Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gold Birthday Candles

Hi -

Another quick post today.

I'm amazing myself lately with the frequency of my posts (and card creating!). It's the fact we've been experiencing a lot of rain lately here in the Greater Toronto area, so although my garden is loving the moisture (and me the free water!), it's not a great time to be outdoors weeding or planting. It is, however, a great time to make cards :-)

Another easy card - I used Penny Black's Bright Wishes, which was heat embossed in gold on the main panel. Gold Rhinestones were adhered for the flames, and the sentiment panel was gold embossed on black cardstock, which matches the black matting. To soften the card somewhat, I rubbed the edge of the white cardstock with my Krylon 18K Gold Leafing Pen.

I actually did this card in several different colours - using silver embossing powder as well, then using a rainbow of different colours of rhinestones for the "flames", then matted in a coordinating cardstock colour. The sentiment panel was heat embossed on vellum instead. This one - the black & gold - has a decidedly "masculine" feel to it, which is fine by me.

Thanks for stopping in.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hero Arts Spring Gem Card Pair

Happy Monday!

OK, so for some folks, Mondays are nothing to be happy about! But I say it's a new day, so enjoy & make the most of it! :-)

Today I'm sharing a couple of cards made with the Hero Arts Spring Gems image, which I picked up some time back but never got around to using. In fact, my group of stamping friends broke this baby in long ago, and STILL I didn't hop on the bandwagon - until now!

I embossed it (gold and silver) and added various rhinestones from my bling stash. I especially wanted to do a red/black/white colour scheme as I SO wanted to use these black & silver cat's eye Rhinestones I picked up (aren't they awesome?).

The gold version - Congratulations card:

and the silver version - Birthday card:

So easy to put together!

Thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Million & One Thanks


Today I'm sharing a card I made a while back that mixes up some Stampin' Up (One in a Million Stamp Set) and Papertrey Ink (Bigger Blooms stamp set and matching dies).

I inked up the Bigger Blooms in colours that matched the lovely My Mind's Eye DP from which the frame was cut, using Spellbinder's Big Scalloped Rectangle dies. The leaf diecut behind the flowers is from Papertrey Ink's Turning a New Leaf (stamps & dies used here).

A bit of bling using Wink of Stella (Clear), Stickles and a flatback Ivory Pearl were added to the middle of the flowers, then I added pop dots to secure them to the bottom corner of the frame.

I'm trying to become more "comfortable" with CAS cards (i.e. not break out in a cold sweat). It was SO hard not to add something to that VAST area of WHITE SPACE (LOL).

But I prevailed :-)

Thanks for popping by & enjoy your day!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Feeling Sentimental Vintage Birthday Wishes

Thanks for popping in to join me today! I hope you had a great weekend.

A while back I saw a card where someone didn't fussy cut the stamped image, they tore the paper around it. I so loved this look that I had to give it a try, using the same stamp set and image, but with a different lay-out. This look definitely suits this vintage style stamp set - Stampin' Up's Feeling Sentimental. The bike image was stamped in Early Espresso ink, with some light sponging using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (a heavier hand was used in the centre of the spokes).

I used up some of my old DP stash (always feels good to use pretty paper that has sat around for a while!). Stampin' Up's Sanded Background stamp was lightly inked with Crumb Cake and stamped on Vintage Cream cardstock, the edges distressed with Vintage Photo ink, then layered on Crumb Cake cardstock and wrapped with Chocolate Brown twine. Altenew's Label Love provided the sentiment, stamped in Early Espresso ink, which was cut & popped up.

Have an amazing day/week!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Papertrey Ink Sympathy Card Duo

Wow ...

Where did May go?

For that matter, where did the other 4 months at the beginning of the year go???

Time doesn't fly by - it ZOOMS by in a Mustang Shelby GT350 ;-) Vrooooommmm!!!! (OK, I'll admit that sound affect was rather corny LOL).

Today I'm posting a couple of Sympathy cards made with Papertrey oldies but goodies, which were inspired by cards I've spotted on Pinterest.

My first card uses PTI's Meadow Greens stamp & die set, along with a couple of "paint splotches" from My Favorite Things' Abstract Art stamp set:

I gold embossed the background images, black embossed the sentiment from PTI's Think Big Favorites #3 on PTI's Tag Sale #9 tag diecut in vellum, and added a bit of gold metallic string to finish the card off.

The second card uses PTI's Lovely Layer's stamps/dies, stamped in Stampin' Up's Baja Breeze and Memento Black. I used a Spellbinders Circle Nestie die to cut the embossed panel to place my "flower" inside the negative space, and matched my sentiment flag using PTI's Keep It Simple: Sympathy.

Simple and soothing, don't you think?

Thanks for dropping in. Until the next time ... take care!