Technique Thursday

Hey Everyone,

Today is Thursday, almost the end of another week. Wow, time does fly!

This post is not about a finished card. I haven’t finished it for a couple of reasons: One, I am not sure if I think it is done well enough to finish and Two, I am not sure what kind of card I want it to be if I do finish it. Christmas? Thinking of You? Sympathy? I need to look at it awhile and think about it.

Anyway, on to the technique which I first saw on a You Tube video by Melissa Kerman. I looked further and there are other tutorials about tarnishing foil, some using aluminum foil from your kitchen and some using the beautiful foil papers. I am mostly following Melissa’s formula, which you can see here.

Here is the card front I created using the same technique of dry embossing, heat embossing and adding a bit of grunge.


I began with a piece of Silver Foil Sheets and dragged my Basic Black ink pad over it lightly, leaving some streaks. Then, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I stamped a couple of the evergreen trees, one tall and one only partially, in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I went back and stamped some of the little pinecone branches from the same set in Versamark and heat embossed again in the gold.

art panel

Here you can see the trees and the pine cone branches as well as the streaking. The heat warped the paper a bit, but I just put an acrylic block on it while I did the next step

Taking a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I stamped another of the pine trees and some of the little branches in Versamark and, again, heat embossed with gold. Most of this will be covered up, so I did not stamp the whole piece. I took this photo before I went around the edge with a sponge and Crumb Cake ink, but I did sponge it.

side piece

Setting this aside, I went back to the foil piece and dry embossed it with the Pine Bough embossing folder. I really like this folder and it is on the clearance rack right now!

angled dry embossed

Then, using what I thought was a light touch, I dabbed some Versamark over the highlighted pine branches and a couple of other spots. Since you cannot see this, I think it will take some practice to get a truly light touch. Personally, I think I got a little heavy handed. I then heat embossed with the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Now it is starting to look a bit more aged. The final step here was to again drag, dab, daub, whatever, the Basic Black over the surface to give it the tarnished look. I also applied some around the edges.

I then assembled all the pieces to get this look.


Each of the 2 art pieces and the foil strip were adhered to a Basic Black mat with liquid glue. The long panel was glued to the Soft Suede mat. The foil panel and mat were liquid glued together, then adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The foil strip and its mat were liquid glued to the base.

That completes the front, if I decide to keep it that way. It was not difficult, nor did it take a lot of time. That said, I think if I took a bit more time it would have been better. This is a technique I will definitely try again, so stay tuned. I want to try it using household aluminum foil.

What are your thoughts on this technique? Please comment below the products and card cuts details. And, if you want to order that Pine Bough Textured Embossing folder, just click on the order online button at right to go to my store.

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, mats (1) 2″ x 5″ and (1) 3-1/4″ x 4″, (1) 3/8″ x 4″; Crumb Cake: 1-3/4″ x 4-3/4″; Soft Suede: mat 4′ x 5-1/4″; Silver Foil Sheets: 3″ x 3-3/4″; Copper Foil Sheets: 1/8″ x 3-3/4″

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Photography today, no card

I do believe it says somewhere that I am a photographer, and that this blog is about creative endeavors. Well, photography is creative, I think.

Since I spent the day yesterday canning tomatoes and really didn’t have time for a card (well, I COULD have made one, but, heck, I was tired!) I thought this would be a good day to talk about my bird photography.

There are many, many kinds of birds, and they all need our consideration. After all, God created all of them, and birds are frequently mentioned in the Bible. As Debbie Blue said in her article “He Will Raise You Up on Vulture’s Wings”, sub-titled “What I learned from bird-watching for Jesus” in Christianity Today, December 19, 2013, “Jesus said, ‘Consider the birds’, Matthew 6-26. I love that Jesus asked us to do that, go outside, get off the internet, watch birds.” I agree wholeheartedly.

Most people do not care much for Vultures, of which there are numerous kinds around the world. And, if we will but admit it, that dislike is pretty much based on their looks. However, consider this: Though they seek out death, they rarely hurt a living creature. Amazing! We humans should be so kind.

turkey vulture adult

Without these “death seekers”, we would be knee-deep (or deeper!) in dead animals, which, as we all know carry disease, especially when there are many of them. Can you imagine the stench, and the appearance of many, many dead animals due to natural causes, disease, and cars were it not for Vultures and their carrion eating friends???? Whew! And, never mind the diseases that would be spread!

I know that isn’t a very pretty picture for many of you, but we need to be realistic here, and not have a false notion of the facts. The fact is that the vulture (in my neck of the woods, the Turkey Vulture, seen above) can ingest the vilest of dead, disease-ridden matter, and, due to their amazing internal structure, digest it and pass it on as harmless matter. Isn’t that incredible??

So, whether or not you like the way they look, a vulture is a reminder that we should not judge anyone or any other creature on looks, but rather see them for their value in the wider scheme of things. The one pictured below is, I believe, a juvenile Turkey Vulture as opposed to the Black Vulture. I have not heard from my bird expert friends, but, due to the fuzzy head and wing colors, I think I am correct. For one thing, Black Vultures are not usually found in Iowa, but stranger thngs have happened! I actually think he is kind of cute.

vulture 1 iou

Other birds are mentioned in the Bible as well, but since I got some really good photos yesterday of the much maligned Turkey Vulture, I thought I would focus on them today. See what I did there???

They may not be as pretty as, say, an Eastern Goldfinch (Iowa’s state bird),


or as striking as an Acorn Woodpecker, photo taken in Arizona,

Acorn Woodpecker

but each has a role to fill as God intended. Far be it from me to decide which is more necessary, or prettier, or whatever. I just enjoy watching them and learning from them all. It certainly humbles me to think that God also considered the lowly (says who?) Sparrows. And that is another whole bird subject. If you thought the house sparrow was it for sparrows, think again. Their are many, and some are quite beautiful. Take the White Crowned Sparrow for instance. Isn’t he pretty?


As you can see we have much to observe in the birds and much more to understand.

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Thank you for joining me today, although I am sure this post was NOT what you expected! I am just full of surprises. 🙂






Stampin’ Up! Happy Birthday with color challenge

Good Tuesday morning everyone. Well, I am even more thankful than usual as we finally had some rain yesterday (1″+) which we badly needed. However, it wasn’t a general rain and certainly not a drought breaker. More is predicted for today. It is a little late to do the cornfield much good for this year’s crop, but moisture in the ground over winter is a good thing. And I am sure it benefited my Hostas and the ponds around here.

Today’s card is following the MFT color challenge #75, which uses colors I like but seldom put together. So, it is truly a challenge.


My niece will be having a birthday soon and I think she will like these colors in a card. With that in mind I began pulling out my supplies, ultimately settling on Whisper White, Night of Navy, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and MORE of the Delightful Daisy DSP. I love this paper stack. There are so many options within it.

I began by cutting the card base from Night of Navy card stock as well as the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits. Next is a Whisper White circle using the largest stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes framelits. These I liquid glued together and onto a Delicate White Doily. This will be the background for my birthday bouquet.

To highlight this and to incorporate another color of the challenge, I chose the coral color all-over design in the Delightful Daisy DSP pack. It is really more like Calypso Coral than Flirty Flamingo, but with the light and dark shading I think it works. I just thought the Calypso Coral card stock was too bright and had too much orange in it to work for this challenge, hence, the Flirty Flamingo. Liquid glue adhered this to the card base and the circle set is glued on top, offsetting it a bit.


To provide a background for my bouquet I stamped one of the tiny flower designs in the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Crumb Cake onto the Whisper White circle. Then, I used the dies from the Bouquet Bunch framelits for all the flowers, stems and leaves in the bouquet. You can save 10% by purchasing these together in a bundle. Other than the inside sentiment, this bundle is all I used for this card.

Using Whisper White, Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo, I die cut a variety of flowers. The stems and leaves were all die cut from Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. I dry arranged these two or three times until I achieved a reasonably good looking bouquet, then proceeded to adhere them to the circle, layering as I would an actual floral bouquet.

I know there are really no Navy flowers, but there are some pretty blue ones. And, the challenge said Navy, so we have Navy flowers. Besides, card making is a creative endeavor, so I ‘created’ a new color flower! The large flowers looked a little plain so I went back and stamped them in stamped off twice Calypso Coral, and stamped off once Night of Navy. Much better looking flowers were achieved by doing this.

My greeting, also from the Beautiful Bouquet set, is stamped in Night of Navy on a scrap of Whisper White. With my Paper Snips I cut the flag end, leaving the other end straight. This was liquid glued over the stems and Stampin’ Dimnsionals were used on the outer end to prevent collapse.


Using Linen Thread, I made a multi-layered bow and used a couple of Glue Dots to stick it to the bouquet as though the bouquet is tied together with the thread.

HMMM. Something is lacking. It needed a couple more small flowers, so I stamped them in Crumb Cake on Mint Macaron and added them to the bouquet. OK, enough texture in the flowers, and enough flowers. But none of them have centers.

I thought the best fix for that issue was to use Pearls Basic Jewels in different sizes. Perfect! I love this look. It is pretty and feminine without being ‘over the top’ feminine.

For the inside, I used a mat from the same DSP as on the front, choosing a portion of the paper that was a bit lighter. The Sentiment stamps are from the Special Celebrations set, inked in Mint Macaron and Night of Navy with my Stampin’ Write markers and stamped on Whisper White.


To dress it up a bit and replicate the lacey look of the Delicate White Doily, I used a corner punch then liquid glued this sentiment panel to the DSP and the card is finished!

Using the same stamp set I stamped a few flowers on the front of the envelope in stamped of once or twice Calypso Coral ink as I do not have Flirty Flamingo, and the stems and leaves in Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy. More of the Delightful Daisy DSP was liquid glued to the flap.

I think it turned out well. Products and card cuts used are below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, circle and flowers 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Whisper White: circle 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″, outside sentiment, scrap; Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron: various scraps trimmed from previous projects; Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: cut 2 for inside mat and front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

Products used but not listed below: Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write marker, retired; a corner punch.

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Pastel Butterflies

Good Monday morning All! I trust this will be a good week for everyone. We have been having a few days of really nice weather, for which I am grateful. I am not a big fan of hot, humid weather, so have been looking forward to fall. It feels like fall is in the air with the crickets chirping, cicadas humming, and my wrens gone. I heard the last one middle of last week, so they are on their way to wherever they go for the winter. I miss their cheerful song already.

Today’s card has NOTHING to do with fall, however, as I am following the Fusion Card Challenge. You can use the sketch, or the photo for inspiration, or both. I have chosen to use both. I like the curvy element and the pastels, though I turned it on it’s side as you will see.Fusion Template-001

I began by changing my mind several times, just because I could. The easy part was choosing the pastels: Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Soft Sky, along with Whisper White and some of that luscious Delightful Daisy DSP.

The curvy part was no problem either as I had purchased a set of dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple that are called the Flip Side. The bundle includes two vertical and two horizontal sets of about 5 dies each. I only used two dies from one of the horizontal sets. Love it! One made such a pretty curved base, and the other cut out the upper portion of the panel, allowing the pretty DSP to shine.front

The first order of business after the work of choosing the colors and dies I would use was to cut the Mint Macaron for my base, which was liquid glued to the Delightful Daisy DSP. If using a directional DSP (this one has flowers growing, so don’t put them upside down!) be sure to cut in the direction you want. I then cut all the pretty butterflies. The large one and the Soft Sky butterfly are from the Butterflies Thinlits, while the two detailed ones are from the Bold Butterflies framelits. After cutting them I wanted a little tiny bit of bling, so I sprayed them with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz for just a dab of glimmer.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Sky with a stamp from That’s the Tag on the solid one, but it just didn’t look right. So, I tried just running it part way through the Big Shot with the detailed die, turning it several times to get the outer wings cut out while leaving (most) of the center part solid. That worked pretty well so I left it at that.

As I dry arranged everything I just wasn’t satisfied with the look, so each of the butterflies is backed with Vellum, which, I think, is much better. Each butterfly is bent at the edge of the body to give some lift to the wings. Glue Dots along the bodies adhered them to the base. Before attaching them to the panel though, I liquid glued that panel to the Whisper White card base. The butterflies were then added and each received some embellishment. The two smaller ones each got a matching Glitter Enamel Dot, while the bigger one got Pearl Basic Jewels along the body.


The inside sentiment from Window Shopping, was stamped in Soft Sky on a panel of Whisper White. The center part was blocked off with a Post It Note before inking, then removed. The little flowers are randomly stamped from the That’s the Tag set. I used Stamp ‘n Write markers in Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron to ink the flowers and Mint Macaron for the leaves.

insideThe Mint Macaron mat backs the Delightful Daisy DSP, over which the sentiment panel is adhered. All are glued with liquid glue and adhered to the card base. This pretty pastel card is finished. Again, if you use a directional DSP, be sure it is cut the right way.

The envelope received a die cut butterfly from the DSP on the front, and a flap of the same gorgeous paper.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Card cuts and products used for this card are below.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-5/8″; Mint Macaron: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Wisteria Wonder: large butterfly 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette: small butterflies, one each color, scrap approximately 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Delightful Daisy DSP: Front 4-3-16″ x 5-7/16″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, scrap for butterfly, flap 5-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

Product List (Products used but not listed below: Simply Defined Flip Side Mosaic Briar dies, Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Mint Macaron Stampin’ Write Marker retired)

That's The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set

That’s The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker

Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker

So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker
Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker

Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker
Big Shot

Glue Dots



Little Cabin on the Lake

Super Sunday everyone. Today’s card is for a family member, sort of reminiscent of a family vacation at the lake.

Since Stampin’ Up doesn’t have a cabin, I used one from Simply Refined, along with the boat and dock. It was a fun card to make.

I began with a card base in Whisper White and sponged the top part lightly with Soft Sky, having masked off the lower portion with Post It Tape, and some clouds masked with the same tape torn to look like clouds. Sort of.front

I then reversed the tape, masking off the sky. A piece of torn tape made an area for the ‘grass’ next to the ‘water’, which I sponged in Pear Pzazz. After masking off the green I sponged the water in Marina Mist, Pool Party and Pacific Point. Using Night of Navy I stamped the ripples in the water using the High Tide stamp set. Next was the line of evergreen trees, stamped along the horizon in Always Artichoke.

The cabin is stamped in Cajun Craze on Cajun Craze card stock, the boat in Cajun Craze on Very Vanilla and sponged in Cajun Craze. The oar is cut from Wood Textures DSP, and the two pine trees are cut from Color Theory DSP and sponged in Always Artichoke to tone down the white. The Dock is stamped in Basic Gray on Basic Gray card stock and all pieces cut with dies that came with the stamp set.

I used stamped off once Always Artichoke to make the shadow/reflection of the trees in the water, and Night of Navy for the dock and boat shadows.

The frame around the ‘picture’ is made with Wood Textures DSP and adhered with liquid glue. I tied the boat to the dock with some Linen Thread. All the die cut pieces were adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, except for the tree at left behind the cabin, which was liquid glued and trimmed with the edge of the card.detail

To add some dimension to the clouds and for a place to stamp the sentiment, I tore a piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Smokey Slate and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well.

The inside received a mat of Wood Textures DSP liquid glued to the card base. The sentiment panel is Whisper White stamped in Always Artichoke. I stamped a row of the conifers along the bottom, mounted the panel on a Pacific Point mat and onto the card base. The card is finished. inside

The Medium Crumb Cake envelope received another row of the trees on the front and a piece of the Wood Textures DSP on the flap. Woo-Hoo! I hope he likes this card, and that it brings back good memories.

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Stampin’ Up! Leaves of Green

Good Saturday to you all! I’m getting a head start on Saturday, but I am still behind in making cards for specific purposes. Whew!

My mom always sent cards to people, and I have not been very good at it. I have decided that the reason was mainly that I did not like standing in a store before a rack of cards to pick just the right one. And then, in some cases, have someone else send them that same card! It just didn’t trip my trigger, I am sure to the embarrassment of my mom.

Now that I am making cards, I send them to people I would never have considered for purchasing a card. Not only is it more personal, it is much more fun!

Ok, on with today’s card, which was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches #300.

FMS Final 300-001

I took a few liberties with it to make this birthday card featuring leaves. And Green.

My card base of Old Olive has a mat of Soft Suede with a panel from the Delightful Daisy DSP. Card cuts at the end of the post.


Next is a rectangular mat of Soft Suede topped with a Pear Pzazz oak leaf from Vintage Leaves, stamped in Soft Suede ink and die cut with the Leaflets Framelit. I took a piece of the Burlap Ribbon and Tear & Taped it to the edge of the Soft Suede mat, then liquid glued the oak leaf, overlapping the ribbon. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere this panel to the card base.

Using Linen Thread I wrapped it three times around the lower end of the panel, taping it on the back.

I needed a small leaf for the sentiment and cut one from the Leaflets, the long skinny one, but it was too big. In my Tim Holtz bunch of leaf dies I found a small oak leaf which is what I used, cutting it from Pear Pzazz card stock. Perfect fit for the ovals without using a huge oval. The larger oval is cut using the Layering Ovals framelits and the smaller one using Stitched Shapes framelits. I liquid glued them together, stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink onto the leaf, using the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp, then adhered the leaf to the ovals. This piece was adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I made a small bow from the Linen Thread and used a Glue Dot to adhere it next to the oval. The card front is done.

For the inside, I used a mat of Soft Suede with a sentiment panel in Pear Pzazz. I stamped the oak leaf from Vintage Leaves in Pear Pzazz, stamped off once, to make a background for the sentiment. Then, using the Big on Birthdays stamp, I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede, liquid glued the panel to the mat and into the card base.


The Medium Crumb Cake envelope, (no naked envelopes here) received an Oak leaf on the front, and mixed leaves on the flap.

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Card Cuts: Old Olive: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, oval, scrap about 2″ x 3″; Soft Suede: front mat and inside mat, 4″ x 5-1/4″, front rectangle mat 1-3/4″ x 4-3/8″, oval scrap about 2″ x 3″; Pear Pzazz: inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, large oak leaf 1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″, small oak leaf, scrap about 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Note

Good Friday to you all! And I am sure some of you are saying, “Thank Goodness It’s Friday!” However, we must be careful not to hurry our lives away, as time goes fast enough as it is. We get older, our children grow up, and time marches on.

One of my neighbors is recovering from shoulder surgery, so, to make her card I used Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #417

Photo Jun 25, 10 20 37 PM

Card cuts and products needed to complete this card will be at the end of the post. Please leave a  comment at the end.

These are not colors I always use, so it was a bit of a challenge. I considered adding either Whisper White or Very Vanilla as the card base, as I think with most color challenges you are allowed to add neutrals. It just didn’t seem to work with the design I wanted to try.front

The card base is Berry Burst. The floral paper was one I have had a long time and wanted to use just because of the color challenge. It became the mat for both the front and inside. The mats for the rectangles are both in Berry burst. The bottom one was again a scrap I had in my scrap box, but you could use Powder Pink and use a background stamp in Whisper White or Powder Pink for the same effect. The top rectangle is a scrap from the Wood Textures DSP, which I ran through the Big Shot in the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. I really like what this folder does for a piece of paper.

For the sentiment panel, in Berry Burst cut the #4 scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals framelits. I number them smallest to largest as I do all the shapes. In Early Espresso cut scalloped oval #5.  Using the Stitched Shapes framelits #2, I cut the sentiment panel from Powder Pink.detail

The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases and stamped in Early Espresso. Layer all three ovals together adhering with liquid glue and attach to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside I used a mat of Powder Pink, then a mat of the brown floral. The Powder Pink sentiment panel is smaller allowing more of the floral mat to show. Using Early Espresso ink I stamped the sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases set, adhered them all with liquid glue and into the card base. This card is finished.inside

The envelope received some little Powder Pink flowers and Mint Macaron leaves from Beautiful Bouquet on the front and more of the floral paper on the flap.

I hope you like this card. It isn’t fancy, but I think it is a nice card.

Card Cuts: Berry Burst: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2 ” scored at 4-1/4″, large mat 1-11/16″ x 3-11/16″, small mate 1-7/16″x 3″, scrap for scalloped oval; Powder Pink: large rectangle 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, stitched oval, scrap, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″; Wood Textures DSP or other brown paper or card stock: main mat for front and inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, top rectangle 1-5/16″ x 2-7/8″, scrap for scalloped oval.

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Love is in the Air

It must be the season for weddings. Oh, wait, I thought that was June! Seems that may have been the case once upon a time, but often weddings are later in the year. I know of a few upcoming, so I took advantage of the the theme for  Global Design Project 099GDP099_Theme_Wedding

for this wedding card. For even more inspiration, I loosely based this card on the challenge from My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #345


For this card I only used Very Vanilla card stock, a scrap of vellum and some of the Copper Foil sheets. Yesterday’s card also was Very Vanilla and Copper. I guess I am on a roll with the copper.

The card base is very vanilla as is the first mat, both inside and out. Next is the copper mat, and for the front, the design panel.

To make this I first ran some Very Vanilla and the Softly Falling embossing folder through the Big Shot. Then, using one of the centers I cut from the copper panel I cut a heart with the largest die in the Sweet and Sassy set. Using the third largest on the inside of the heart, I cut again, leaving a frame.

Hmmm. Now there is an impression on my heart from the inner die. To disguise it I searched through my embossing folders to find one with an all-over swirly design and finally found an old Darice folder that I thought would work. Ahh, yes. No more ring around the heart!

Using the second largest heart die I cut one in Very Vanilla on which to stamp the sentiment.

front detail

After rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the panel and stamping the sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set in Versamark and heat embossing with copper emboss powder, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere it to the Softly Falling panel.

The rose and leaves are from the Graceful Garden set and were stamped with Versamark on Vellum scraps and heat embossed in copper. Before stamping, I used Embossing Buddy to eliminate stray embossing. These I fussy cut (one rose, two leaves) and attached with glue dots.

This art panel was Tear & Taped to the copper foil, which was then liquid glued on the Very Vanilla mat and onto the card front.front

The inside received the same treatment as the outside, Very Vanilla mat, Copper and sentiment panel. The entire sentiment panel was rubbed with the Embossing Buddy before stamping.

The Sentiment panel was decorated with the same rose and leaf from Graceful Garden in Versamark and copper heat embossed. I debated about embossing the verse and decided to just do it. This sentiment is also from Beautiful Bouquet. inside

When the card was finished I decided that was enough copper so only used Sahara Sand ink for the the medium Very Vanilla Envelope, stamping the same rose and two leaves as for the card on the front.

My brain said, “Enough of the flowers. How about some hearts?” I reverted to the Sending Love stamp set for the little flourish with the heart on the flap. All done. I am pleased.

If you like this card, or any other, and have never left a comment, please scroll down and leave one. It doesn’t have to be complimentary, though positive feedback is nice. However, if there is something you don’t like, I would be interested in knowing that as well. Thanks for stopping by.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, (2) bottom mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″,  inside sentiment panel 3-7/8″ x 5″, embossed panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, heart scrap; Copper Foil Sheets: (2) mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, centers cut out, heart frame scrap from center; Vellum: for heat embossed flower and leaves-scraps

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Wedding card

I trust you have all had a good Wednesday. It has been a busy one, but I want to share with you the wedding card I made.

There are a lot of companies out there making stamps and dies for all us crafters to use, and while I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I still like to use items from other companies when Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have what I need.

Before I became a SU demonstrator I had purchased this lovely embossing folder by Docrafts, which also cuts. I believe it is called an X-Cut Embossing Folder and does a lovely job of embossing and cutting at the same time. This is what I used for the card front.


As you can see, it cut little hearts, flowers and butterflies as well as a window that opens! While it is doing that it is also embossing a trellis with flowers. I thought it perfect for this wedding card mad from Very Vanilla card stock. Anytime you die cut something and have little pieces, save them! You never know when you might need that little swirly thing, or tiny heart or whatever.

The embossing powder is Golden Sand from Stampendous, which I used because I did not want a solid metal looking butterfly. I did use that also for the sentiment, which is from the Special Celebrations stamp set. I think the copper stampin’ emboss powder would probably have been better for the sentiment.

The butterfly is from the Papillion Potpourri set, stamped in versamark, heat embossed and fussy cut. This is adhered with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to a small panel cut to fit behind the window (with the corners cut off so as not to cover up the flowers). The sentiment is (HORRORS) cut apart, yes, I did that. Took my little Paper Snips scissors and just whacked it into 3 pieces. Otherwise, it wouldn’t fit in my window. I can always use it as it was intended if I want to.  These are MY stamps and I can cut them up if I want to! It is not an earth shattering thing to do. Just DO it!

I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment lined up straight.

front open window

Using liquid glue I attached this panel behind the window. This fancy panel is adhered with Tear & Tape to a copper mat (with the center cut out. Uh-huh, I did that too. Saves expensive paper) and onto the card front.

For the inside I stamped off once in Sahara Sand the sort of background design from the Graceful Garden set, placing it in opposite corners and leaving room for the sentiment, again using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up straight.

The sentiment is in full strength Sahara Sand and is also from the Special Celebrations stamp set.inside

I stamped another butterfly in versamark on a scrap of vellum and heat embossed it with the same embossing powder as on the front. This was also fussy cut, then adhered to the sentiment panel with a glue dot. This panel was Tear & Taped to the copper (center cut out), which was then liquid glued onto a Very Vanilla mat and into the card base.

The Medium Very Vanilla envelope got another embossed butterfly on the front and a cattywampus design on the flap. My original plan was a failure as I tried to line up the image and have a solid design on the flap. I could not get it to work, so a single cattywampus image will have to do. Probably if I didn’t tell you differently, you would have just thought I intended it to look that way. This was stamped in full strength Sahara Sand.

I think all these elements work well together for a special card for a special couple.

Thank you for joining me. Card cuts and Stampin’ Up! products used are below. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you. Or, to order from me you can just click on the Order Online button at right.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, corners trimmed; Copper Foil Sheets front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Vellum butterfly scrap, or you could just use Very Vanilla for this

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Well, folks, I spent the day doing my patriotic duty by working at the election precinct for a special election today. Our representative passed away a couple of months ago and law requires a special election to be held within a given amount of time. Today was the day. I worked from 6 a.m. until about 20 minutes ago.

The polls closed at 9 and we had to close out everything, take down the signs, tally the votes, count the ballots, seal them and deliver everything to the county auditor’s office. I just got home at 10:30.

Consequently, I did not have time to finish the card I was doing for today’s post. To top it off, I can’t even give you a sneak peek for tomorrow as it is in my studio and not in the house. I refuse to go there tonight, even if it is a bright moonlight night. Frankly, I am tired, and hungry, and just want to curl up with my cat and a book.

So, nighty-night! I will post tomorrow. (Even though I have a 9 a.m. meeting, need to get the car serviced and a meeting at 5:45 p.m.) If you have read this far, GOOD for you! Thank you for stopping by.