Saturday Challenge

Today my card is inspired by the Global Design Project 096

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit

Remember that when you CASE a project you can take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set – the colors, the layout, the flowers, whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own. I like the subtle colors and the  simple design, so I adapted it for a thank you card I need to send to a fisher person.
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I began with a Pool Party card base and a piece of the retired By the Shore DSP that looks like water. I could have used the embossing folder, and did consider it, but I like this paper. For the largest square I cut a piece of Pool Party card stock with the largest Layering Squares die. Using the second largest die I cut a Very Vanilla square and adhered it to the larger square.
card front
The topmost square is the third largest size die and cut of Pool Party. The Anchor, fish and sentiment are stamped on Very Vanilla in Pacific Point from the Seaside Shore stamp set and fussy cut with my Paper Snips scissors.
The anchor is attached with Mini Stampin’ dimensionals and the fish is liquid glued to the square. The square is then adhered to the Very Vanilla square with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped the ‘Ahoy There’ on Very Vanilla and was going to leave it as a banner, but decided it looked better fussy cut. It is glued just below the largest square.
This finishes the front of the card.
The inside is a panel of Very Vanilla  and stamped with fish, bubbles and seaweed in Pool Party Classic Stampin’ pad.
After first stamping the seaweed, I stamped one on a Post-it Note to make a mask and fussy cut it. I laid the mask over the seaweed to stamp the fish so it would look like they are swimming in among the weeds. I then added the bubbles, sometimes not re-inking. There was no rhyme nor reason to this, just whatever struck me.
The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, is stamped in Pacific Point. The panel was then glued into the card base.
For the Medium Very Vanilla envelope, I stamped an anchor in the front corner and ‘Ahoy There’ on the flap, both in Pacific Point.
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I hope you like this Global Design Project 096 inspired card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Card cuts: Pool Party; Card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Large square 2-7/8″; Small square 2-3/8″; By the Shore DSP: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Very Vanilla: Middle square 2-5/8″, Inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Friday’s Challenge Vintage Leaves

Today I am playing along with the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #297

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This is a square card, so I chose to make it a 5″ square with Early Espresso as my card base. The next layer is Very Vanilla providing a contrasting mat for the top layer of the base.

For this layer, I stamped the small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set in Versamark ink on a piece of Cajun Craze card stock. These images are random, upside down, sideways, some partly off the edge. This then became my background for the art. You can see them peeking out from behind the art piece.

front closeup

I stamped my sentiment from Background Bits in Versamark on Early Espresso and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. Before stamping I had a decision to make as to where to place the sentiment. Or, more accurately, HOW to place it. Should it be straight with the panel on which it was stamped, or straight with the card base? In the end, I stamped it square with the card base and think this was the best option.The panel was then glued to a Very Vanilla mat.

Using a scrap of Very Vanilla, I sponged it randomly in Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry. After it dried I stamped the maple leaf from Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed it with Copper embossing powder. Using the matching die from Leaflets I cut it out. While I still had the die handy, I sponged, very lightly in the same colors, another piece of Very Vanilla and cut it. Then, I cut one in Copper foil and one from a piece of dark brown foam. You will soon see how I used this.

Before adhering the leaves to the sentiment panel, I glued the sentiment panel to the background, turning it on an angle

Because I wanted the leaves raised off the background, I chose to use the brown foam instead of dimensionals, so it wouldn’t show. I glued the copper leaf to the brown foam leaf, then put strips of Fast Fuse on the back.

front detail

To this I added several loops of Copper Metallic thread, then adhered it to the sentiment panel. Using more Fast Fuse, I adhered the heat embossed leaf to the copper leaf, offsetting it a bit. Woo-Hoo! The card front is done!

For the inside, I stamped another piece of Cajun Craze with Versamark, using the same small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set.

The lightly sponged Very Vanilla Leaflets die cut was stamped with another sentiment from the Background Bits set in Versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.


This was glued to the Cajun Craze panel and on a Very Vanilla mat. The completed inside was then glued into the card base.

Almost finished….but this is a square card. I don’t have square envelopes. So, I made one, using my Envelope Punch Board. I had some paper in my stash that appeared to be pretty close in color to the Early Espresso, so that became my envelope. Or maybe not Early Espresso, but brown anyway!


I love the simplicity of this card and the touches of copper. I hope you like it as well. Thank you for stopping by.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″; Art panel 4-1/8″; Very Vanilla: First mat 4-7/8″; Art panel mat 4-1/4″; Inside mat 4-3/4″; Cajun Craze: Front 4-3/4″; Inside 4-1/2″; For the Leaves Copper foil scrap and (2) Very Vanilla scraps.

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Special Thank You

This card deviates from the standard A2 size and becomes a A7 card. For some reason it seemed appropriate for what I wanted to do. I nearly changed my mind about the size when I decided to use some of the Petal Garden DSP, which is only 6″ x 6″ in size. I find that size to not be in my favor when I want a card larger than A2. Oh, well, there are ways around it.frontI began with Calypso Coral for my card base and also used Very Vanilla, Black and Wild Wasabi for my color scheme. Card cuts at the end of the post.

The Very Vanilla looked a little too, um, vanilla, to suit me, so I added some stamped off once Sahara Sand ‘grunge’ from the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I did this on both of the pieces for the front and also on the inside piece. It took great constraint to NOT put it on the envelope as well!

I began building the rest of the card front with the Very Vanilla as the mat. I really like to do asymmetrical layers on my cards. Sometimes all that ‘centeredness’ bores me.

Next up is a piece of the Calypso Coral Petal Garden DSP adhered to the grungy Very Vanilla. Before I added any glue to any of the pieces, I dry assembled, which necessitated re-cutting the banner because it was too short. From the lovely ‘Whole Lot of Lovely’ DSP I cut a 2″ strip and used my Triple Banner punch to cut the end and adhered it to the DSP. A piece of Wild Wasabi ribbon (retired) wrapped over the top and taped on the back was trimmed even with the banner. This was fast fused to the banner under where the top layer would go.

lower detail

My sentiment Very Vanilla panel was stamped with a sentiment and flower from the retired Gift of Love stamp set. For the sentiment I used Basic Black Classic Stampin’ pad and the flower was stamped in Wild Wasabi. I used my Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write marker to fill in the leaves, and an Aqua Painter to lift some color from the lid of my Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ pad to lightly color in the flowers. Three pearls from the Pearls Basic Jewels finished the flower.

flower detail

This panel was liquid glued to a mat of Wild Wasabi and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A bow in the Wild Wasabi ribbon finished the front, which was now liquid glued to the card base.

For the inside, another grungy Very Vanilla piece was stamp with a sentiment from All Things Thanks in Basic Black. The flower treatment is the same as for the front. This panel was liquid glued to some of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and onto a piece of Wild Wasabi. The whole thing then was liquid glued into the card base.inside

The envelope flap got more of the DSP and the front received a Wild Wasabi flower. I hope you like this card. To purchase supplies from me if you don’t have a demonstrator, just click on the ‘Shop Online’ button at right.

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Card Cuts: Calypso Coral: Card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″;  Wild Wasabi: Front sentiment mat 4-1/4″ x 3-7/8″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: Front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, front sentiment 3-3/4″ x 4-1/8″, inside sentiment 4″ x 6″;  Petal Garden DSP:  3-3/4″ x 5″;  Whole Lot of Lovely DSP: Banner 2″ x 6-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

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Gift Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Gift Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Gorgeous Grunge Clear Stamp Set

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Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker

Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker

Wild Wasabi 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Wild Wasabi 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon


Quick and Easy Parchment Craft

Well, for my first try without the proper tools for making lovely parchment card fronts, I am pleased with the way this turned out. That is not to say that it is anywhere close to what I would like for it to look, it is just to say, “For the first try, not bad.”

Perhaps some of you expect perfection the first time you try something. Not this old girl! I have taken enough classes, and taught enough classes, to know that those really beautiful creations require patience and experience.

Here is the completed card front.

card front

True parchment craft, or Pergamano as it is sometimes called (erroneously), can incorporate embossing, piercing, snipping, and/or coloring. It may only use one of these techniques, any combination of these or all of them.

For my card I chose to color and emboss. I began with the Garden Trellis TIEF and a piece of vellum. I only wanted the edges embossed with this design, so I cut a rather large oval out of a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of ceral box cardboard. After inserting the vellum in the embossing folder I taped the cardboard (not the oval. The piece with the oval cut out) to the OUTSIDE of the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. This left my center oval clear with some embossing around it.embossing detailThe next step involved stamping the image in that blank center. I used Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad and the large rose from the Graceful Garden clear stamp set, stamping on the FRONT of the vellum.

Next is the fun part of making it look like Parchment Craft by embossing the image. I turned the vellum over, and, using the stylus from my Simply Scored tool, I began embossing. Using short and long strokes and overlapping them somewhat, I continued around the flower. You have to be very careful not to press too hard or the stylus will break through the vellum. I used a pretty light touch then repeated the process.

In researching the technique, I learned that a heavier parchment is used in true parchment craft, and tools very much like my stylus do the embossing. The only issue I could see with the vellum is that it is easier to break through it if you are not very careful. My embossing is not very good, but I did learn a lot by doing this. And, it is acceptable if not perfect. The embossing turns the vellum white.

Next is the coloring, which I did on the back side also using my Stampin’ Write markers in Rose Red and Wild Wasabi. I think perhaps next time a lighter shade of pink would look better.

The sentiment is from Banners for you, stamped in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White and cut with a die from the Bunch of Banners framelits. It is mounted on the vellum with stampin’ dimensionals right under the ribbon.

Now the Parchment craft part of this card is finished. The flower is nicely raised and has a pretty trellis border. I already have ideas for what I would do differently, but that is another post!

You all know by now how to finish this, but I will give you a few details.

I used Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White card stock. The Vellum is Fast Fused, at the top only, to the Whisper White paper. This is layered to the Wild Wasabi and a piece of 1/2″ ribbon wrapped around and taped to the back. I thought I had used finely woven Wild Wasabi, but I don’t find it in the catalog. Either I have had it awhile or it was Old Olive instead. Whatever. It goes with the rest of the card. I then took a shorter piece of the same ribbon and tied a knot around the ribbon on the card, making a faux bow.

This was then liquid glued onto the Rose Red card base.

The inside was stamped with two images from the Graceful Garden in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock, after stamping off once.


The small rose was ink to stamp with my Wild Wasabi and Rose Red Stampin’ Write markers and stamped off once. I did not put a sentiment in this card as I plan to hand write a message.

The envelope received a small rose on the front, done the same as the inside rose, as well as a leaf. The flap got the embossing treatment using the Garden Trellis TIEF.envelope frontenvelope flap

I hope you like this technique and try it yourself. I enjoyed it enough that I am very tempted to try the more time consuming parchment craft. The term Pergamano is really the name of the company that makes the tools, but is used frequently as the term to describe this process. Tune in again at a later date for perhaps another version of this beautiful technique.

I am not giving card cuts this time. If you are a practiced stamper/card maker, you probably know what they are. If you are new to this creative endeavor and need more information, please contact me or leave a comment and I will be happy to give those to you.




Sneak Peek-New (to me) Technique

Since I am new at blogging and relatively new to paper crafting, perhaps all of you have heard of parchment craft, also called Pergamano. Not so me. I just heard a snippet about it over the weekend and it sounds fascinating.

Since I got home late last night I have done some research. This has been around for a couple of  centuries, but of course with today’s technology and manufacturing/marketing capabilities, it is less time consuming and easier to learn than one might think. The term Pergamano is actually a brand name for the tools used in this craft, or art, depending on your definition of either.

With all that in mind, I made my first “down and dirty” or “quick and easy” Pergamano type card.

For the real deal, that is Parchment craft, using tools you may, or may not, have on hand, you basically need a pattern, some pencils or pen and ink, and various sized stylus’, similar to the one with your Stampin’ Up Simply Scored tool. To carry this to the ultimate level of perfection, you will also need at least one paper piercing tool.When I have a better handle on that process, I will make a card and share it with you. Suffice it to say, that it is a very beautiful, lacey, artistic technique, and I would dare to call it ART.

For now, the Down and Dirty will do. Here is a sneak peek of the card I made.


Tomorrow I will share with you how I did my very first ever attempt at this technique, so don’t expect perfection. Instead, take from it any ideas that you might, especially if you have never done anything like this before. I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow.

No card-other creative endeavor today

Good Monday Morning! Nice and breezy today and not as hot. However, Mr. Weatherman says it will be hot again tomorrow. So today would be a good day to work outdoors, but I am on the road. Hence, the no card blog for today.

Instead of a card I am bringing you another of my creations… a couple of pieces of jewelry. I am afraid I enjoy too many things, and thus I am not an expert at any of them! However, enjoyment is more important to me than perfecting any particular skill, so I just keep enjoying all of the things I do.

My granddaughters tell me I should make more jewelry and sell it, but so far that hasn’t happened. I make it because I enjoy it, and because I like giving it as a gift.

Here are a couple of pieces I did, one for each of my daughters.


This one is Lapis Lazuli, copper wire wrapped and beads. She likes birds, so there is an attached bird and nest.

Here is another20161220_150129

This one is for the daughter who loves purple and shades of purple. It is also beaded and copper wire wrapped.

Thank you for stopping by. If you wanted to see a card creation, I am sorry there isn’t one today. If you came by just to see what is new , perhaps you aren’t disappointed.



More for men-Antique look

Good Sunday morning Everyone! Another hot one in the heartland! Good day to stay indoors by the AC in my opinion.

Which means, of course, a good day to make cards or other papercrafts after church.

Today’s card is for a man who does nice things for me sometimes and will NEVER take payment. So, when he went above and beyond to make a couple of 60 mile (one way) trips with his pickup, he at least deserves a Thank You card, don’t you think?

The card base is Early Espresso card stock with a Very Vanilla mat. The art panel is also Very Vanilla, but it is VERY messed up Very Vanilla!I began by using an antique looking script background stamp in Soft Suede . I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges in Crumb Cake with a Stampin’ Sponge (which I had cut into fourths), laying the ink on more heavily around the bottom to ‘ground’ it.front

Distressing was done with a couple of stamps from Timeless Textures. Hmmm. Now what? It needed something something. Maybe copper? Ultimately the new 1/4″  Copper Trim was what this card front needed, but not as a ribbon. I cut a short length and spread it out so it looked like a piece of copper mesh. Using a piece of fast fuse under where I put the other embellishments I adhered it to the card front.


A piece of hemp cording from Hobby Lobby in a dark brown got wrapped around three times and taped onto the back. After digging around in my stash of embellishments I found some gears and a pocket watch which I think really add to the antique look. I used several Glue Dots to secure them over the cording and the copper mesh.

The sentiment is in Early Espresso from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a strip of Very Vanilla that I sponged. I did not re-ink the sponge, I just used whatever ink was left from doing the card front edges. I think that was enough to ‘antique’ it a bit.

The bone folder comes in handy to sort of curl the ends, one up and one down. The ‘valley’ was adhered with liquid glue and the ‘mountain’ is held in place with 2 stampin’ dimensionals stacked. This finishes the card front.

By the way, this is a tent-fold card. The inside mat is Soft Suede cardstock and the Very Vanilla panel got the same sponging technique as the front, only with a lighter hand.inside

The distressing is stamped off twice  Early Espresso, done in triplicate. The sentiment, also in Early Espresso, is from the All Things Thanks stamp set. Liquid glue adhered this panel to the mat and into the card base.

The medium Very Vanilla envelope got the same antiquing sponged treatment, in a VERY light hand on the front, but what to use for gears or a clock? I have no gear stamps, and no clocks either. But, I do have a sort of gear looking stamp that actually worked quite well. It is from the  retired That’s the Tag stamp set. I stamped it 3 times in the corner without re-inking the stamp.envelope front

The flap was given the ‘antique’ treatment and stamped all over with as many thank you phrases as I could find, all in Early Espresso. Several stamp sets have thanks or thank you stamps you can use to mix things up a bit. With that, the envelope was done.flap

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Soft Suede: Inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″  Very Vanilla: Card front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Art panel 3-3/4″ x 5″; Inside panel 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Front sentiment 3/4″ x 2-1/2″.

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Stampin’ Up! Nature Sings

Good Saturday morning to You All! I hope you have a Stupendous Saturday, doing whatever makes your heart happy. If your day doesn’t make your heart happy, may you be Blessed anyway.

Having need of a card for a man sometimes stretches the imagination, as there isn’t a lot of product out there for men. I tend to reach for the outdoorsy, nature items when I have to send a masculine card. Today I am using the new Nature Sings stamp set. This set is for Christmas with the reindeer and sentiments, but I am making a Get Well card with it using the reindeer image.

I was inspired by this week’s challenge from Freshly Made Sketches 296


While the challenge calls for clean and simple, I used layering to achieve the look I wanted.

The colors I am using are Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

The card is a 5″ square, so I cut the Tranquil Tide at 5″ x 10″ and scored it at 5″. Other card cuts at the bottom of this post.front

Since I love the Woodland embossing folder and this card is for a guy, I chose to make my background panel in Crumb Cake using this TIEF, then mounted it on a mat of Very Vanilla. I wrapped a piece of burlap string around this 3 time where it would be under my art piece and taped it on the back. I used Glue Dots to hold it in place.

The reindeer is stamped in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock, and I used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker to make a border, just for a little added interest. I could have used the Stitched Shapes square to cut this and had no need for a border. However, sometimes I get in a rut by doing the same thing over and over, so decided to mix it up a little by drawing the border.

To make the art piece dominate I mounted it on a mat of Tranquil Tide that I cut just barely bigger than the Very Vanilla. This is adhered to the ‘woods’ with stampin’ dimensionals, and over the Tranquil Tide flag.

The flag is cut in a fishtail with scissors and glued under the art piece. Actually, this was glued down before adding the art piece, but I dry mounted them to get placement correct before using any adhesives. The card front is finished.

Just to make things interesting on the inside, I embossed another piece of Crumb Cake card stock and cut it so there would be a wide border of Very Vanilla around it. The art/sentiment panel is stamped with images from Nature Sings in Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide. To show more of the ‘woods’, I offset the art piece. Who says everything has to be centered and straight all the time??? The three layers were glued into the card base and the inside is finished.

insideI popped the front on with liquid glue and proceeded to make an envelope as I didn’t have any for a square card.

I found in my paper stash (you all DO have a paper stash, right?) a sheet printed with the same birch trunks as are in the embossing folder, AND on a brown background to boot! What could be better?

Using my Envelope board, I followed the numbers for the correct size envelope, then scored, folded and glued the envelope. Voila! Perfect!envelopeI will use a label for the address to make it more visible to postal workers.



Medallions for Sympathy

Good Day Everyone! What a Fabulous Friday it is.

I began this sympathy card with absolutely no idea what to do. After looking at my paper stacks I settled on Night of Navy for the card base and the card just made itself.

I didn’t want fussy, just classy, so I paired it with Smokey Slate and Very Vanilla; no bling, no embossing, no ribbons and bows.

This is the result.


Card Cuts at the end of this post.

First cut the card base from Night of Navy card stock using my Stampin’ Trimmer. The first mat is Smokey Slate card stock and the top mat is Night of Navy. The mat in between is Very Vanilla card stock stamped with an old background stamp in Night of Navy. This stamp has a sort of Eastern Medallion look to it.

The medallion is cut with the Eastern Medallions thinlits from Very Vanilla card stock, as are the two pieces with sentiments. The sympathy piece is stamped with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ pad using a Gina K stamp. I like the font and it was the exact size needed for this project. The sending thoughts sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers set, again, stamped in Night of Navy. I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line up all the sentiments.

The Sympathy sentiment is glued to the medallion which is adhered to the Navy mat with mini stampin’ dimensionals. Sending thoughts is glued to the navy mat below the medallion and the finished art piece is adhered to the stamped mat. This is then glued to the Smokey Gray mat. The card front is now finished.

On the inside I again used the Smokey Gray card stock as the mat, with the sentiment piece in Very Vanilla. To dress up the sentiment piece without overdoing it, I used my Simply Scored board and the stylus to emboss a border around all 4 sides, crossing the lines at the corners. It is a little hard to see in the photo, but I think you can discern where it is. I did this from the back side as I didn’t want a debossed look. Using the sentiment from Strength and Prayers stamp set (retired), and Night of Navy ink, I completed the sentiment.inside

This was glued to the Smokey Gray mat and into the card base.

I then attached the card front and the card is complete.

On to the envelope! Using a medium Very Vanilla envelope I inked up part of the background stamp in Night of Navy and stamped the flap.

envelope flap

On the front corner I stamped the little corner design from the Make A Medallion stamp set. Then, I mirror imaged it and stamped it again. This finishes the envelope.envelope front

I think it turned out quite well, considering I had no design in mind when I started.

I hope you like it and if you need supplies, please contact your demonstrator. If you don’t have one, I would be very happy to help you. Just click on the ‘shop online with me’ button at right to go to my store. Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cuts:  Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″;        Smokey Gray:  (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla: (2) 3-3/4″ x 5″, medallion 3″ square, sentiment 5/8″ x 3-1/2″, sentment 1-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.

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Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasons

Welcome and a Tremendous Thursday to you all. I am not from the south so I can’t say y’all. Maybe I should just say ‘to you’ and leave it there? 🙂

Today I am using the Colorful Seasons stamp set, and thinking, “I could make dozens of cards with just this one stamp set. There are wonderful elements in it, including leaves, flowers, snowflakes, branches, sentiments and a comfy chair.card front

Then there are the lovely flowers, and that delicate branch from the Seasonal Layers thinlits. And, my favorite, the marvelous Adirondack chair, of which I actually have 2 real ones, where I love to sit outside with my coffee in the mornings and watch the birds.

If you don’t have this bundle it is one you will want on your wish list. If you purchase the bundle you will save 10% of the cost of buying them individually. But, I digress! Happens a lot with me. On with the card.

Today I have chosen to use this bundle just because I love it and for no other reason. This is the third iteration of this card as I couldn’t seem to get what I wanted in the beginning.

The card base is crumb cake, with a skewed mat of Early Espresso. These are not the colors with which I began the project, but I do like these with the Powder Pink. After cutting the base and the mat I decided that a color wash on watercolor paper would make a nice background for my chair and the branches filled with blossoms.card front

Using Powder Pink Stampin’ pad and a Stampin’ Sponge (cut into 4ths) I began the wash on a piece of WET watercolor paper. The first one looked too dark, so I started over and like this much better. A light touch is a good thing…you can always add more ink if it is too light, but you can’t take it away easily if it is too dark.

I let this dry while I proceeded with the other elements. I now have a whole lawn full of Adirondack chairs, as I experimented with different colors of card stock and ink. Finally settling on Whisper White cardstock and Sahara Sand ink to make the wood grain, I used the background stamp, Hardwood, to make the wood for the chair. Just FYI, I have a Powder Pink chair, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake, all with the wood grain, as well as a couple cut from the Wood Textures DSP. I have saved all of these for future projects.

By now, the watercolor paper is DRY!, so, on with the card front. Place the chair where it leaves room for the flower branches and adhere with liquid glue. Using the smallest branch in the Colorful Seasons set, stamp 2 branches in Early Espresso. The stamp that is a grouping of flowers and petals was used with Powder Pink ink for the flowers, carefully lining up the flowers with the branch.detail

Next I used the large branch die from Seasonal Layers, cutting three of them from Early Espresso. This is such a delicate branch that I really didn’t want to cut teeny tiny pieces of dimensionals to give it some lift. The best option seemed to be to cut 3 and glue them one on top of the other to achieve dimension. Before adhering this to the watercolor piece, I decided it was a good time to attach the watercolor to the card front.

My reasoning was that I wanted the large branch to hang over the whole front and it was easier for everything to be attached to help with placement. Once the branch is on, it is time for more texture, so I added die cut flowers, stamped in Powder Pink on Whisper White cardstock.

Placing them in my hand, I used the blunt end of a stylus tool to smoosh (is that a word?) them a bit to look more like flowers might actually look. These were attached to the branch with Glue Dots.

The sentiment is also from the Colorful Seasons set and is stamped in Early Espresso. Something seemed to be lacking, so I thought perhaps a bird, a bee or a butterfly would be the finishing touch. I found this small bird as part of an old stamp and stamped it in Marina Mist. Using a blender pen and ink in the stamp lid, I filled in the bird outline. He is carrying a pink flower in his yellow bill, both filled in with Stampin’ Write markers in Powder Pink and Daffodil Yellow.

The card front is done.

Hold Everything! After I was finished and photos were done as well, I decided to add a small Pearl Basic Jewels to the center of each of the 3 larger flowers, giving the card just a bit of bling. Use your imagination here as I did not re-take the photos.

The inside sentiment, in Early Espresso,is from the Oh So Eclectic set and stamped on the Powder Pink sheet, along with the branches. Using the same flower stamp as on the front, I stamped a few flowers in full strength Powder Pink, adding a few at the bottom.inside

This was glued onto an Early Espresso mat and into the card base.

The envelope received the stamping treatment as well, both on the front, envelope frontAnd on the flap.envelope flapI hope you like this Colorful Seasons set and its matching dies as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by. Please join me again tomorrow for another Stampin’ Up! card.

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Sahara Sand: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″;  Early Espresso: front 3-3/4″ x 5″; inside 4″ x 5-1/4″; Large Branch-scraps; Powder Pink: inside 3-3/4″ x 5″; Watercolor paper: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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