Oct 1, 2020 | Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday |
As these months go whizzing by, it’s time to announce the winner of my September Drawing. Congratulations to Gayle A. from Texas! You have won the stack of 100 pieces of 6X6″ Designer Paper. I will be sending it to you as soon as I receive the Linen Thread from Stampin’ Up! to include in your package.
All of my customers who ordered a minimum of $50 will also be receiving the Linen Thread, plus a handmade card from yours truly. You can see my Host Code Gift for October, and my new drawing prize, below today’s card instructions. Fun, fun, fun!
And, be sure to check out the Designer Paper SALE that begins today!!!! Details are below.
Today’s design was a complete surprise! I only knew the colors I wanted to use, and that it would be a birthday card.
For my colors, I found a stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp Set, which I stamped in Highland Heather, Magenta Madness, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green. The stamping was done on Whisper White Cardstock, 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.
Perhaps it was the size that made me think of the Sunflower Die. So, I ran it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, and it was prettier than I imagined.
Next, I used an Ornate Layers Die to give my sunflower a nice border, and layered it on a Thick Whisper White card base, 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, folded at 4 1/4″.
I glued the sunflower back in its “hole,” minus all the little petals, replacing only the center on a Dimensional.
The last step was scary. After trying numerous sentiments and die-cuts, I saw it was best stamped right on the card front. So, holding my breath, I carefully stamped, “a very special day,” (Special Someone Stamp Set) in Gorgeous Grape Ink. Whew!
I was inspired by the splash of colors, and theme, at Seize the Birthday.
My October Host Code Gift
Add my Host Code (TGDPKUE3) in the box provided when you order a minimum of $50.00 in the month of October, and I will send the Red Braided Linen Trim to you in November.
My October Drawing Prize
This month’s drawing will be 100 pieces of retired, Christmas/Holiday Designer Paper, cut into convenient 6X6″ squares. Your name will be entered in the drawing when you place a minimum $100 order in October.
You can click on my shop button, or the pictures in my Product List, to go to my store. Have fun filling your shopping bag! I’ll announce the winner November 1st.
Speaking of Designer Paper, a selection of Stampin’ Up’s current Designer Paper is 15% off for the month of October. Instead of $11.50, you will pay $9.78. Clicking on the pictures below gives you a close-up view. Stock up now!
If you’d like to join my Dream Makers Team, click here:
Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!
May 23, 2020 | Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday, TGIF |
I know we’re all feeling a bit homebound these days, so let’s use our imaginations, and go on a tropical vacation.
The “adventure” began with a Sweet Silhouettes Die, which I used to cut from a blue piece of Topical Oasis Designer Paper. (It’s the DSP I’m using for photography).
TIP: I backed the word with a retired piece of foil paper to give it thickness and extra strength to raise the curled “t.”
Next, I used a Stitched Rectangles Die to cut the classic woody car from another sheet of Tropical Oasis DSP. Isn’t it great?
To create the background, I used a Friendly Silhouettes Die to cut the palms and curved line from Whisper White Cardstock. Then, I used brown, Tropical Oasis DSP to cut the shape a second time, and glued the two together on a green piece of Tropical Oasis DSP.
Afterwards, I ran this through the embossing machine with the Coastal Weave embossing folder, and layered it on a card base of Old Olive.
The Tropical Oasis DSP and the Coastal Weave Embossing Folder are Last-Chance products, so please check to see if they are still available. You’ll find the link to the entire list of Last-Chance products at the bottom of this post.
Today’s card was inspired by the “travel” theme at TGIF,
and, the “tropical” theme at Seize the Birthday. Yes, this will be a birthday card, and suitable for a guy!
Read about my May gifts!
First of all, this month’s Host Code gift is something I know you’ll want in your collection. It’s the new, fabulous, Ornate Floral Embossing Folder! I’ve already used it on a number of my cards, and it adds gorgeous texture. Just add my Host Code (DGMYPXET) in the box provided when you order a minimum of $50.00 in the month of May, and I will send the embossing folder to you in June.
Secondly, I’m having a drawing for two items: the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set AND the Small Bloom Punch. Your name will be entered in the drawing when you place a minimum $100.00 order in May.
This is Stampin’ Up’s list of retiring items, so click here, then click on “Last-Chance Products” in my store. Order those bundles now while you get the 10% savings, and earn the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder from me, plus a chance to win the Small Bloom Punch and Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set.
Last, but not least, if you are a customer of mine, you will be receiving the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, with ordering beginning June 3rd. The catalog happens to have a brand new stamp set (page 48) that coordinates with the Small Bloom Punch!
Thanks so much for stopping by. My birthday is in May, so I’m especially happy to have you celebrating with me!
Apr 13, 2020 | Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday, TGIF |
The So Very Vellum is so very pretty, and fun to use. It looks like bubbles on this birthday card, don’t you think?
I first cut the three colors of vellum with two Layering Circles Dies. Then, I cut an equal amount of Whisper White Cardstock for backing.
TIP: I discovered, if you put tiny dots of glue behind the dots, it doesn’t show at all.
I had fun embossing (Corrugated Embossing Folder) and distressing (used my fingernail) the background, which I glued to a Thick Whisper White card base.
I placed the bubbles and sentiment on Stampin’ Dimensionals, which enhanced the embossed dimension. This card just might fly away!
“Happy Birthday” is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set, stamped in Memento Black Ink, and cut with the smallest Stitched Rectangles Dies.
No worries, if you don’t have the So Very Vellum DSP. I bet you can come up with equally stunning paper for this design.
I was inspired by TGIF.
I’m also sharing with Seize the Birthday’s Spring Fling.
The Coastal Weave Embossing Folder is my Host Code gift for April. When you place a $50.00 minimum order in April, I will send you the embossing folder in May. Don’t forget to type my Host Code JQT3MUZN in the box provided.
Thank you for visiting today. Just click on the pictures in my Product List to start filling your shopping bag. I appreciate your support!
Mar 4, 2020 | Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday |
Today’s masculine birthday card began with the sentiment from the So Sentimental Stamp Set, “This calls for confetti!”
Colorful confetti made me think of the stripe from Bird Ballad Designer Paper. So, I added Thick Whisper White Cardstock to the stripe, cut it with a Stitched Rectangles Die, and embossed it with the Corrugated Embossing Folder.
The colors really popped against black, so I used Basic Black Cardstock for the card base. Besides, men like black, right?
I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, and cut it with a Layering Circles Die. This circle fit perfectly within the circle made with a Painted Labels Die. You can see I used the same stripe for cutting this fun, swirly circle.
On the inside, I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set, and stamped confetti from the So Sentimental Stamp Set. The colors of ink I used for the confetti are the same as in the Bird Ballad stripe, and named in my Product List below.
I’m sharing with Seize the Birthday, where the sentiment is the focal image.
The supplies I used are in my Product List below, so click on the pictures, and have fun shopping. My Host Code gift for the month of March is Pearl Basic Jewels (140 total pearls). If you order a minimum of $50.00 in March, I will send you the Pearls in April. YAY!
Thanks for stopping by!
Feb 17, 2020 | Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday, TGIF |
The Tropical Oasis Designer Paper provides the focal point for today’s masculine birthday card.
Do you remember these classic Woody cars? My brother paid $50.00 for one back in the 60s. What a deal! Problem was, it didn’t run. But, my mother loved anything old, and my father loved anything with wood, so they agreed to let it sit behind our house. I think it was still there when we moved.
Today’s card looks simple, and it is. However, you wouldn’t believe how long it took to complete. It’s unusual for me to tear up a card, but its predecessor is in the trash. I think I had too many goals in mind, because I was making it for a specific person’s birthday, plus two card challenges, but I persevered.
The first thing I did, for both cards, was to crop the Woody from the Tropical Oasis Designer Paper. To give it a nice shape, I used a Painted Labels Die.
TIP: Take your time figuring out which cars to crop. Some cars have more space surrounding them than others.
Next, I stamped the palm trees, from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set, in Pear Pizzazz Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then, I layered this on a Soft Sea Foam card base.
I used “Happy Birthday” from the Clubhouse Stamp Set, because it was the right size, and had its die from the Golf Club Die Set for cutting.
Since this card is for a certain person, I stamped “You’re a classic” inside, and decorated the envelope flap.
TIP: Cut a piece of DSP 5 3/4″ by 2 1/4″, add a thin line of Liquid Glue around the edge of the flap, attach the DSP, and trim the excess using the flap as a template.
The two challenges are:
I appreciate you visiting today. If you’re in the mood to go shopping, just click my “shop” button. Keep in mind, if you use my February Host Code (U463KNM3) with a minimum order of $50.00, I will send you the Eyelet Lace Embossing Folder in March.
Thank you, and have a great day!
Feb 8, 2020 | Freshly Made Sketches, Gallery, Hand-Crafted Cards, Seize the Birthday |
Dino hasn’t seen daylight for a while, so he wanted to come out and say, “Happy Birthday.”
Dino’s Birthday Card
I stamped Dino in Bermuda Bay Ink, because he wanted to match his favorite balloon color. He was easy to cut, using his Dino Die. The Dino Days Stamp Set and Dino Dies are shown as a bundle (you save 10%) in my Product List, but they can be purchased separately.
The balloon paper is from Birthday Bonanza Designer Paper. I used a layering Squares Die, and then the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners. Check out the punch in my product List. It’s so much fun to use this punch, I could go crazy and round the corners on EVERYTHING!
Dino wanted everyone to know he is the one saying, “Happy Birthday,” so I used the “speaking bubble” from the Special Day Die Set. The coordinating, Special Someone Stamp Set, has the perfectly sized sentiment, which I stamped in Memento Black Ink.
For the background, Dino talked me into using the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder on Whisper White Cardstock. Have you seen dinosaur skin? Well, I haven’t, but Dino said this is what his skin looks like, and it ties his card together.
Dino wants to show off his card at Freshly Made Sketches.
And, Seize the Birthday, because he is a GREAT creature.
Thank you for stopping by. In case you missed Saturday’s post, beginning this month, February, I’m adding a Host Code for your purchases. If you enter this code, U463KNM3, and order $50.00-149.00, I will send you the Eyelet Lace Embossing Folder in March.
See Saturday’s post for more details.
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