Thank You Beary Much

I am mixing the Paper Smooches challenge with Day 4 of the Online Card Classes, Spring Card Camp 2 lesson.

I used the sets Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2, along with the Thanks Word Die to complete the card. The paper is from Gina K Designs in the gradient of turquoise colors: Sea Glass, Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, and Tranquil Teal for the cardbase. The white is Hobby Lobby 110 pound heavy cardstock.

I love the set with the bear and the sentiment set that matches. The class lesson was to use a repeating die or stamp set in creating a rainbow of words. I thought the gradient colors worked for this idea.

Beautiful Butterflies

Beautiful Butterflies is the name of the June Kit from Simon Says Stamp. The butterflies are beautiful and such fun to color. This is a case of Suzy Plantamura’s card. I colored the butterflies with Prismas: PC918 Orange; PC939 Peach; PC1096 Kelly Green; PC1038 Neon Pink; PC993 Hot Pink; PC942 Yellow Ochre. I used the same pattern paper Suzy used. Instead of black gingham ribbon (which I didn’t have) I cut a ¾” strip of black cardstock and embossed the sentiment from the kit in white. I affixed the PP together and added the black strip before adhering to my card base. All of a sudden I noticed the butterflies in the PP were flying upside down. I was able to very gently remove the sentiment strip and flip the panel so the green dotted paper was on top.  After adhering it to the card base, whoops – the panel was crooked. I very carefully removed it and was able to even it up by trimming a sliver with my Tim Holtz trimmer. Got a little glue under the plastic guard, but was able to clean that. Glad I was using Nuvo  Deluxe Adhesive – it is really forgiving.  In spite of all the bloopers that happened I’m really pleased with the result.

Slimline Anniversary Card

I needed more space for the following card, so I went with a slimline card. I have made a card with these dimensions before, but the word slimline was never part of the description, just to fit into a business size envelope.

Tortoise outside
Tortoise inside

I used the newest club set from The Stamps of Life, called tortie2stamp. Tortoise eat dandelions, so I stamped several to fill in the background. This was a joy to create. I am always looking for a new idea each year and this was a winner.

Butterfly Window

I have been creating cards for challenges on Split Coast Stampers lately. Here is a card for the MISTI challenge and a Thursday challenge.

Butterfly Window

This month’s MISTI challenge is to make a summery window card. Then there was a Thursday challenge to make a one-layer card, so both challenges work perfectly together.

The windows were cut with SU dies that match the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Watercolor Wings set, all retired product. I began with the windows then placed the matching butterfly in front of the window opening in my MISTI. I opened the card front and leaving it flat. I stamped the butterflies in bright colors. Then closed the MISTI, laid the body on the butterflies, then opened the card again to stamp it. I wanted the body there, but not on the colorful images. I added a flower from the Layered Daisies set from Gina K Designs along with the sentiment. I popped the small butterfly on the flower and walked away.

I came back the next day or so, kept looking at the white background and didn’t like it. Then I remembered a cloud stencil, from Bonnie, that worked perfectly. I added blue clouds to the sky, then needed green for grass. I didn’t have a grass stencil and didn’t want to keep thinking of ways to get grass and leave the card flat. I have a punch and a die, but both will give elevation to the grass and I was thinking I didn’t want dimension on the grass, so I used the cloud die. I thought it gave the illusion of grass.

I like the card. It took a while to finish, but I think whoever I send it to will enjoy it. Thanks for reading my process.

Joy’s Dragonfly CASE

CASE of Store Bought Card

I received the bottom card from my girlfriend the other day and yesterday I just learned that her long time neighbor and friend passed away. Since dragonflies are my friend Joy’s soothing image, I decided to CASE the card I received from her as a sympathy card in the loss of her neighbor.

I found the dragonfly dies on Amazon which is a set of two –detailed and outline. After cutting the outline on the front single layer card, I then added the detailed die and embossed in to the inside of the card. Then die cut once more the detailed dragonfly and colored it. With my sticky fingers I glued each individual section to the embossed inside. Then backed the detailed outline with clear transparency sheet. Both dies are the same size and cut nicely. My clouds were made using a SSS cloud stencil and Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink. The sentiment is from GKD’s Showtime StampTV Kit Picture It! As I was adding the sentiment I kept on thinking “be straight, be straight”. Whew…it worked without the Misti and a red rubber stamp too.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day and weekend. Stay Safe.

Socially Distanced

The Cat’s Pajamas Paper Arts Digi

Two totally cute free digis were made available by The Cat’s Pajamas PaperArts stamp company. Their Poochie and Kitty Kats are all too cute. I’m feeling satisfied with the finished cards and clearing one project off my desk. Note: I did clear a tiny section of my desk and blocked the back view….LOL….the mess went right back on top after photo. Thanks to our Stamp Buddy who advised of this freebie.

Thanks for looking. Stay Safe.

Birthday Envelope

It’s color week at Just Us Girls using pink, yellow, green and orange. I had a lot flowers cut using the dies from the My Monthly Hero Kit for January – love that set. I colored the flowers with various Distress Oxide inks using my blending brushes, though some of the filler leaves were cut from green cardstock. The envelope from the kit was cut from soft stone. The birthday sentiment, also from the kit fit perfectly on the envelope. The card base is lemon drop. I used the Press ‘n Seal trick to get the flowers arranged and in the envelope. I had lots of fun creating the flowers.

Letter Substitution


Day 10 is all about letter substitution. I have a stamp set by Maymay Made It called Noel. It is designed for letter substitution as it comes with Christmas images to substitute for the letter O or the E. I pulled out a stamp from The Stamps of Life penguins4Christmas, and used the gift for the letter E. To decorate the gift boxes I found a piece of patterned paper that had gold foil gifts all over it and I used it for inspiration. I used a gold Sharpie marker and a gold gel pen to decorate the boxes, like the patterned paper. I added dots all over the background with the gold gel pen, then added a strip of gold foil to the bottom of the card front.

Butterfly Sketch

As You See It Challenge #225
The Sisterhood of Crafters: Birds, Bees, Butterflies

Round 2 with gesso. I think I’m focusing too much on the product and results which is way out of my comfort zone. Anyway business at hand, The AYSI challenge for 05.08.20 was a sketch challenge:

and the The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge is one of Birds, Bees, Butterflies which of course I immediately chose butterflies. I used some clear gesso on my text vellum, then stamped the Pretty Pink Posh Beautiful Butterflies stamp set in Versafine black onxy ink. I colored my butterflies with color burst in marsala and rogue with a water brush, adding some dots with the Ice White Pearl Pen. My clouds using my Bonnie cloud stencil were created using Distress Oxide ink in Milled Lavender and Broken China. I liked the light milled lavender and am thinking I should have stopped there, then for good measure tried to add some white gesso through a cloud stencil…..not happening and trimmed that down. My side panel was cut from my favorite DCWV patterned paper pack The Mariposa Stack and layered on some GKD cardstock after using a darice butterfly embossing folder which cannot be seen but I know it’s there. The sentiment is GKD’s Sweet Friend that I cut apart.

I really enjoy playing along with both of these challenges as they are always fun and creative.

The gloves are coming off with this gesso stuff and am definitely open to constructive critique. You won’t hurt my feelings because you are all such good friends. I promise to only cry a little bit…LOL. To my eye it’s messy.