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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Week of Roses - Day 4 is Peachy

I again all!  Welcome back to a week of rose cards.  We've had red, blue and yellow so far.  This one is peach, and we still have pink to go, and maybe a surprise of white.  Using the same stamp, but angling the image slightly, and using a different die to cut out the outer embellishments.  I added a bit more blue in the leaves this time.

 
Here's another peachy rose card I found in my files, and thought I'd share it as well.  The eggs are from a stamp by Chocolate Baroque, which I absolutely love to pieces!

Thank you so much for visiting!  See you tomorrow for another rosey card!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Week of Roses - Yellow Rose Day 3

Hi, blog friends!  Here I am once again with a new rose card to share with you.  This week is A Week of Roses, and I've promised photos of cards I've made with roses on them each day.

Today's rose is yellow, and I've used the same stamp as previously blogged about on the previous "Rose" days.  It's amazing to me how the same stamped image can be used again and again but look totally different!





































This photo has a little better angle on the 3-D rose made from scratch.





































Tomorrow will showcase a peach rose card.  I hope to see you then!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bless You

Hi!  I hope everyone has had a great month!  It's almost over already!  The fourth card for July is one that I got a lot of enjoyment out of making.  There's nothing therapeutic like coloring, for me that is.  Fussy cutting things out also has a calming effect on me.

This card was an easy one to make.  It was just a matter of stamping the flowers, coloring them in, die cutting the decorative corners, gluing, and popping up.  That's it.  Here's photos and the details on how I did it -


 I started with a 5" x 5" square white card, and chose the beautiful green dotted paper from the Blushing Rose Collection to layer on the front.  (I must apologize for my photos being a little off in the color - computer issues, then more computer issues!)  Using the Decorative Corners die, I cut two of the heart corners, and glued them in opposite corners.  The photo above doesn't show an accurate shade of green for the base, like below.   I found some pretty coral grosgrain ribbon in my stash, and glued that from upper right corner to lower left corner, then trimmed the edges evenly with the cardstock.  I made a small loop out of the ribbon and glued that in place also.  In the Blushing Rose Collection of paper, there are two sheets of sentiments from which I cut the square saying, "Bless You".  The roses on this sentiment were much more of a pink, so I touched them up a tiny bit with some coral ink.  That's what is so nice about these papers!  With a little bit of color, they can be changed ever so slightly to match another image, or use them as beautiful as they are. 

The last thing I did, (and the most fun!) was stamping the flowers from the set Cherry Blossom onto pink shimmer cardstock three times, the third time so that I could cut it up and use parts of it.  I used Copic markers to color the flowers,  After cutting them out, I positioned them, and adhered to the card front as shown with dimensional adhesive squares.  The Bless You sentiment was also applied this way.  The button was an opaque white, from my stash.  I used a coral marker to color it, placed some yellow stamens in the center, and glued it over the end of the Cherry Blossom branch and the end of the ribbon loop.  I added a couple of the little leaves from the cherry blossoms I had been cutting on under the button. 

For the inside - I stamped the sentiment from the set Bloom on a piece of white scrap cardstock, in a coral ink then tore the edges.  I sponged them with a little green ink and applied this piece flat onto the left side of the inside of the card.  Tucking in just the stem, I also adhered flat another of the Cherry Blossom branches.  That's it - so easy!  Here's the things you will need.

Our Daily Bread Designs - stamp sets, Cherry Blossom and Bloom
                                            Blushing Rose Collection of paper
                                            Decorative Corners dies
Pink shimmer cardstock
Ribbon and flower button
Versafine Onyx Black ink, heat set
Copic markers - Y19,  YG 03, YG45, YG63, G21 and R05

I hope you've enjoyed your visit, and I hope you'll come back!  I've loved having you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Week of Roses - Day 2, Blue

Hi, again!  I hope you're all doing well!

Here's a blue rose for Tuesday, and I've never seen a blue rose, but I sure love this image and others I've seen done in blue.  I used the same rose stamp from Stampin' Up, and their markers also.  Just added some dimensional adhesives and ribbon onto a die cut to blue rose patterned paper and that was it.  Very easy.

Have a great week!

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Week of Roses - Day One, Red

Hi!  I thought I'd do something a little different this week around my other designing company blogs, and that is to blog about some of my rose cards.  Each day will show a different rose card, new and past, but mostly new.

My first one is this red rose.  I sent this card to a friend of mine for her birthday.  I don't know what it is about red and white, but with the main image stamped in black, then using those two colors- it's just a "WOW" factor.  The rose stamp is from Stampin' Up, and I paired it with some of the new Spellbinders Card Creator dies, and an embossed card.  Happy Birthday, Janet!



Sunday, July 20, 2014

I am beginning to learn...

Hello!  "I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all", said Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Through normal everyday life, I'm finding this is to be true.  I just got this stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs in the set called "Clover".  As I was going through my boxes of stamps, I found the beauty that was used on the inside that hadn't been used in a long time.
 






This little "door" is the only part of this card that opens, which makes it unique.
This iris is one of my favorite flowers.  Although they've bloomed for the year, this one will live on and on.

 
I wanted to show the detail in the flowers, and the Flower Soft I used for the "fuzzies".

 
This last photo show the back of the card, just flipped over.  There is lots of room for the sentiment with the card dimensions being 6 1/2" x 4 1/2". 
 
Thank you so much for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to you! Stepper Card - Our Daily Bread Designs

Hi, dear friends!  Here's my third card in a series of five for the month of July as guest designer for Our Daily Bread Designs.


I wanted to use more of the beautiful cardstock that was in the Blushing Rose Collection.  It makes layering a card with several elements very easy!


I used a piece of white cardstock measuring 8 1/2" long, and 5 3/4" wide.  I scored the card width-wise at the 3", 5 3/4" and 7" marks.  The 3" score line is folded down, the second up, and the last down.  Your card should stand up after pressing your score lines down. 

I die cut two of the cross corners using the die from the Decorative Corner set.  Memento Rich Cocoa ink was used on a  sponge dauber to "age" the cross corners.  I glued one on the right bottom corner of the second panel, and one in the left lower corner on the back of the card.  The glue was applied just to the very outside edges of each die cut, and not across the middle, so this could be used as an "pocket" in which to put a little card, or in this case, the bookmark.

I cut a rectangle piece of white cardstock, and then traced around it on the pink cardstock, cut it 1/8 " wider than the white, to use as a mat for the white.  I used the same corner cutter for each corner on both.  I applied the pink rectangle to the lower right side of the front panel, then tied a length of ribbon around, then tied it in a bow near the bottom right corner of the pink mat.  The white rectangle was applied with dimensionals so give it a little depth, folding over the bow loops to make the bow as shown.  I hand cut the sentiment from the Blushing Rose Collection, and glued it to the front of the white rectangle.  As I said, the sentiment pieces in this collection of cardstock are fantastic, and make creating a beautiful but very easy card very fast and convenient.  I left the inside blank for a suitable sentiment, and writing space on the back of the card, and on the back of the bookmark.  The bookmark is a scrap piece of the rose cardstock with some of the bottoms of the roses cut with a craft knife, so that they overlap the top edge of the card, while on the back, the bottom left edge of the bookmark fits into the decorative corner die cut.  I rounded and distressed the edges of the bookmark, then matted it onto the same pink cardstock used before.  With a 1/4" hole punched in the top center, ribbon and trim were threaded through and tied at the top.

Here's a photo of the back of the card -


The last thing I did was to stamp the bees, color them, and cut one out.  The bee on the second layer was stamped first, and then the same bee was stamped on a scrap of white cardstock.  I colored them the same, with the yellow marker on the body, and the lighter blue on the wings, then cut the bee on the scrap paper out.  I positioned and glued him on so that when the card was completely closed, he was overlapping the same bee stamped on the inside, so that the second bee couldn't "bee" seen!  Then when the card was opened, both were visible, along with another bee stamped on the inside facing the opposite direction.

Supplies you'll need for this card are:

     ODBD Stamp sets - Clover (bees)
     ODBD Die set - Decorative Corner
     ODBD Blushing Rose Collection of papers
     Versafine Black Onyx ink pad
     Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad
     Yellow and light blue marker of choice
     Ribbon of choice
     Sponge dauber
     Dries Clear glue
     Dimensional adhesive

I hope you'll enjoy making your version, and I'd love to see them if you'd like to link back to your page so I can visit!  Please take a second and leave a comment for me, and better yet, become a follower!  Thanks for visiting!  Have a safe and happy summer! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Persian Motifs

Hi, everyone.  I purchased a duplicate set of Spellbinders Persian Motifs dies, and they are in an unopened package.  Now, I know most of you have done this yourselves!  It's too late for me to return the dies to the company purchased from, so I am offering them for sale at 50% off.  $15.00 plus $2 shipping.  Anyone out there want them?  They're gorgeous!

Persian Motifs

Thanks!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July, and your week is going well!

Hugs,
Clare

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bloom Where God Plants You

Hello, everyone!  Happy Summer!  The flowers are in full bloom, and butterflies are everywhere!  I love cards with both of these elements, and these from Our Daily Bread Designs are so impressionable!


This card made for the second week in July for ODBD's guests designs, is one that I really enjoyed making - different for me with the machine stitching on it, and simple.  I used the sentiment, "Bloom where God plants you" as part of the focal piece, from the new ODBD stamp set, Bloom.  To accompany the sentiment, I added a paper bow and twice-stamped butterfly.   Below are the complete instructions, and a list of supplies you'll need to recreate this beauty.

I cut a white card base to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  From the new paper pad Blushing Rose Collection, I chose scraps from five sheets of different, but coordinating paper.  I laid them out in different ways to resemble a quilt, then tacked them down just in the centers of each scrap piece, so there wouldn't be difficulty stitching them to the card base through adhesive, which would eventually jam the needle or break the thread.  I used several different stitches, as my grandmother did on a crazy quilt.  On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of one of the patterned green papers to the same dimensions as above to cover the stitching back and loose thread ends.

There was some small beading in my stash that set the sentiment off, so I glued it around it.  The sentiment was stamped in green, and a little of the flowers at just the top of the flower stems stamp used along the bottom of this piece, in coral.  Both of these stamps are from the set Bloom.  I love the font this was written in!

The butterfly is a single stamp from ODBD, called Butterfly Single.  I stamped it twice on the same patterned paper to match, in Versafine Black Onyx.  The bottom butterfly was touched up with a little of the coral color just in the center at the body, extending out into the wing area to shade.  The top butterfly I left alone with color, but did apply some glitter to the body.  I glued the two bodies together just in the center, and manipulated the top one so that the wings would stand up some, and show the dimension of the bottom flutterby.  A little glue on the butterflies, and a paper bow with a button glued in the center finishes off this pretty card.

Supply List -

Our Daily Bread Design's stamp sets - Bloom, Butterfly Single
Our Daily Bread Design's Blushing Rose Collection
White cardstock
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Stampin' Up's classic Gumball Green and Cameo Coral ink pads
Sewing machine, pink thread
Button
Seed beaded trim
Aileen's Super Tacky Glue
tape runner
Glitter - Art Institute's #147 Pink Azalea Ultrafine Transparent

Thank you for coming to visit, and I hope you've been inspired in some small way!  See you next week!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wish for you

Have you ever had a wish for someone and didn't know how to send it?  Hi, everyone.  I'm sure that this wishful card would delight anyone you had a good wish for.  I think it would wish someone a great day, a better tomorrow, a wish for good health, better health, a wish for healing, for comfort, for anything you can imagine.  Of course, it would be a good one to send to a girlfriend, mom, sister, aunt or even someone you've never met, but wanted to wish a good day!  Your pick!


I've been really fascinated by some of the newer Spellbinders dies, and I've used four of them here.  I'll be glad to let you know what they are if you'll just contact me.  The word, "Wish", is one of Stampin' Ups beautiful word stamps.  I've used them so many times.  I cannot for the life of me remember where I got the image of the tulips from - if you know, can you please tell me?  My mind has gone, and it's not in the last place I looked for it!

I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend, and tomorrow starts a new week.  Have a great week, and I hope you'll visit again soon!  Thanks for coming.

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I am a child of God, wife, mother of three, and gramma of six. I also belong to Sam, my black lab. I enjoy stamping, scrapbooking, beading, photography, sewing, camping, fishing, hiking and life! I am a retired dog groomer. Denver, Colorado, is where I was born and raised. I miss the snow and drier weather.

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