Monday, August 10, 2015

Once Again

Hello My Dear Stamping Friends,

Well, I know it’s going to surprise you, but I’m back again and it hasn’t been a year!

We just got home from a quick trip to Iowa where we attended a surprise 80th birthday party for my aunt and uncle.  They were truly surprised so that made it even more fun.  (One thing that we got to do was eat sweet corn that had been picked that day and then cooked that night.  Oh, my!!!)

Today’s post will be the last two of the cards that I used as swaps at convention.  Once again I case’d (copy and share everything) it.  I probably changed the colors and in general changed the cards some.  I hope you enjoy these two.

Before I show you these two, I want to make a correction to the instructions for the Daffodil card.  I forgot to tell you that the black lace on the card is actually paper which comes in the package of Timeless Elegance designer paper that you’re using for the flowers.  It’s one of prettiest packages of designer paper that we’ve ever had.  (I was mistaken when I told you that I used only one silver backed pearl; I actually used all silver backed pearls on this card.  You could do either.)

Okay, now to tell you how I made the elk card.  The stamp set is The Wilderness Awaits---I love this set.  I first stamped the background image (from the stamp set You’ve Got This) in Tip Top Taupe ink, after stamping off.  I then stamped the elk using my Memento pad.  I used the new Lots of Labels framelits to cut him out.  Depending upon the size of your card stock, you may need to trim off the bottom of the paper.  I then sponged Tip Top Taupe around the edges.

The envelope liner and the first layer of the card come from a package of Envelope Paper (In Colors).  I then cut 4 inches of Burlap ribbon and attached it with snail.  (The burlap is too heavy to wrap around the card so it just lays there.)  The banner piece comes from the beautiful Go Wild designer paper pack.  I attached it with dimensionals.  I then attached the elk piece with dimensionals.  The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More.  I used the new Washi Label punch to punch out the greeting after I stamped it on a white strip of card stock.  I also punched one out of Basic Black card stock and cut it in half so that I could spread it out to frame the greeting.  I attached the white to the black with snail and then the entire piece to the card with dimensionals.

The Watercolor Wings set is used for this next card.  This is a beautiful set.  I used the new Thick Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder card stocks.  The new thick is perfect for a card base.  I used the new Fluttering embossing folder to get the butterflies on the background layer (Watermelon Wonder).  The striped paper is once again from the Envelope Paper In Colors.  The greeting piece (Watercolor Words) and the striped piece are both attached to the Basic Black card stock.  The butterfly is stamped on a scrap piece of white card stock; the first layer of ink is Calypso Coral, the second, Watermelon Wonder, and the top layer was stamped with the Memento pad.  I then used the new Bold Butterfly framelits to cut it out.  The small butterfly on top was cut out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper also using the new Bold Butterfly framelits.  I placed the glimmer paper face down with the dryer sheet under it and the waxed paper on top of the framelit.  It came out quite well.  (Sneak peek:  The new Holiday catalog, which you should receive in August, contains a new Precision Base Plate that “delivers improved performance with more detailed dies, giving you extra fine cuts”.  I got to play with it at convention and it seemed like it worked very well.  There’s a great picture of it in the catalog that tells you how the layers go—still uses waxed paper but no dryer sheets.)

That’s it for today.  I can’t wait to put this out there for you and start another one.

Hugs to you, Pat

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I'm Back!

Hello My Dear Stamping Friends,

Well, here I am quite awhile since my last post.  I’m sorry it’s taken so long, but I do plan to do better this year. 

I’m going to show you the cards that I took to convention this year to swap as well as some of the ones I received as swaps.  The ones that I swapped were also used as the stamping projects at our Customer Appreciation event.

Granddaughters Madison and Molly helped me make my swaps so I left home with 196 this year, which was wonderful.  I had so much fun swapping; it might be my favorite activity at convention.  Jim went with me again this year.  He’s gone several times and really enjoys his free time (he doesn’t attend convention—just visits friends, takes walks, listens to the Mormon Tabernacle organ recitals, etc).

I usually come home with lots of ideas that I’m going to implement---please read that to say too many ideas.  This year, I’ve made a list of only three things that I’m going to do.  Perhaps I won’t get so overwhelmed this time!  Anyway, one of the three things is that I’m going to do a better job of keeping up my blog (of course, with Jim’s help).

Before we start, I want to remind you that I copy almost everything.  I may change colors or stamp sets, etc., but I’m just not talented that way so, as I say at all of my parties:  “I can copy really well.”  So, if you’re seeing you card here, I apologize for not giving you credit.  I’ll give you the credit if you let me know.  And, thank you for the great ideas.

One of the swaps that I took was this yellow card.  I made it using the Daffodil Delight card stock, Basic Black card stock, and the Timeless Elegance designer paper.  The card is so easy as the color is added with sponge daubers directly on to the designer paper.  I saw it made in many different colors; I also saw the leaves colored, too.  I didn’t color the leaves on mine.  I added a few pearls---one of the silver based pearls and then a couple of other pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels package.  The greeting is from the stamp set One Big Meaning. I love this card and it was VERY popular when I was swapping.

The second card that I’m sharing with you today is made with the Remarkable You and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets.  Remarkable You is a great set that has several large flowers and I think that everybody needs Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The majority of the ones I made were made using Night of Navy card stock as the base; I ran out of Navy card stock so I used Perfect Plum for some of them.  I like both colors.  For the first two layers, I used color on color (Navy on Navy) with the top layer cut at 5 ¼ x 4 and then I used the Woodgrain embossing folder on this one.  (We used a couple of different embossing folders and I thought they all looked good.)   I then used the Circle framelits to cut the two circles.  I usually stamp before I cut, but I didn’t on these.  I used the Memento Black pad to stamp the flowers (did you know that there’s an Archival Basic Black pad in the Holiday catalog---it stamps like a dream!).  I then did a tiny bit of coloring with the Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron markers.

Before I assembled the card, I wrapped a piece of Mint Macaron 1” Dotted Lace Trim around the top Navy card stock layer.  I then adhered the two circles together and attached them to the card using dimensionals.  Stamp the “With Sympathy” or other greeting on a strip of white card stock and punch it out.  I sponged a little Navy ink onto the edges.  I attached the greeting with dimensionals.  I then added a tiny pearl at each end of the greeting.  I also added three pearls to the top of one of the calla lilies.  I like this card a lot, too.

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Please let me know if you come here and read this blog entry—it will encourage me to keep it up.  Also, please let me know if you have any questions.  I really want to share with you.

Have a great day, Pat