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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Baby Shower: Card in a Box






I haven't made a card in a box for quite a while.  I really enjoy making them.  This one is a little larger than I have made before, so I had to make the envelope for the larger card..

Stamps:
Polka Dot Punches
Zoo Babies
A Little Wild
That's the Ticket
Bundled Baby
Occasion Sentiments

Other:
Darice hearts embossing folder







Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sympathy: Watercolor Vintage Vogue and Butterflies


The monthly challenge was to use purple, lemon lime, and embossing.  The watercoloring made the colors blend beautifully.

Colors:
Concord Crush
Wisteria Wonder
Sweet Sugar Plum
Lemon Lime
Baked Brown Sugar
Rich Razzleberry

Stamps:
Vintage Vogue
Timeless Textures
French Foliage
Love and Sympathy

Other:
Embosslit Butterflies
Snow embossing folder
Pearls

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Storage for Ink Pads

I had run out of room with my ink pad storage.  I ran across a blog that showed this nifty idea.  Sold on Amazon, the Media Stix are for storing CDs.  However, the Stampin' Up! ink pads fit like a glove!  Each set of Media Stix holds 60 ink pads.  I bought two sets; now I can store my ink pads in style!

The media sticks are attached to the wall.  They are at a slight angle, but I have not had any trouble with the ink running.




Friday, September 15, 2017

Birthday: Masculine Watercolor Clocks




















I watercolored the background in browns.  Then I embossed with a Darice clock folder.  I sponged lightly the embossed raised portion.  I added the sentiment and put the die cut gear/clock on the inside.  












Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Thank You: Watercolor Embossed


A quick thank you for a coworker.  She loaned me some money and saved me 20 minutes!  Inside the card is the two quarters she loaned me.  I watercolored the background, then embossed with an old embossing folder.  Quick and easy!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sympathy: Watercolor Poppies


I watercolored the background, die cut the background with stitched shapes, die cut the poppies, and adhered it all together.  I love the soft colors.  The card stock is Pool Party.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Birthday: Watercolor Dragonfly Dreams


Avant Garden has a flower stamp that fits on a stem.  I used that flower stamp in circles of three to create a flower.  Once spritzed, the flowers look like a single flower.  I had a piece of shimmery card stock that blended perfectly with the watercolored piece.

Colors:
Mellow Moss
Soft Sky
Pool Party
Marina Mist
Black

Stamps:
Avant Garden
Dragonfly Dreams

Other:
Dragonfly Dreams die
Dotted Swiss embossing folder

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sympathy: Watercolor with Parisian Border


I found this die on Amazon also.  I like the silhouette-like effect.

Colors:
Powder Pink
Blushing Bride
Regal Rose
Baked Brown Sugar
Black

Stamps:
Avant Garden
French Foliage
Flourishing Phrases

Other:
Parisian Border die (Die-sire) 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sympathy: Watercolor with Floral Frame


I found this beautiful floral frame die cut on Amazon.  I love the look of it!

Colors:
Crushed Curry
More Mustard
So Saffron
Crisp Cantaloupe
Tangerine Tango
Black

Stamps:
Wetlands
Timeless Textures
Butterfly Basics
Vintage Vogue

Other:
Floral Border with Frame die (Hero Arts)
Dotted Swiss embossing folder
Butterfly punch
Pearls

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Birthday: Watercolor, Flowers, and a "Whoosh"



  

This is birthday season for me.  I used the "whoosh" from the Stampin' Up! set Star of Light.  With spritzing of water, most of the stars in the "whoosh" were blended into the colors.  However, I love the effect.  

Both flowers were stamped and die cut using card stock rather than watercolor paper.  The look was too harsh for me, so I spritzed them also.  Then I shaped the flower while still damp.  The flowers stayed in perfect shape when dry!

Colors:  
Strawberry Slush
Pink Pirouette
Berry Burst
Soft Suede
Always Artichoke

Stamps:
Star of Light
Watercolor Wash
Confetti
Floral Flourish (Hero Arts)

Other:
Floral Flourish Framelits
Stitched Whirl Background
Punch





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Retirement: Watercolor with Butterfly


Another retirement at my school.  Mary has worked with me for 15 years.  She will be missed by one and all.

Colors:
Mossy Meadow
Coastal Cabana
Marina Mist
Pool Party
Tranquil Tide
Garden Green
Island Indigo
Bordering Blue
Baked Brown Sugar
Very Vanilla

Stamps:
French Foliage
Timeless Textures
Gorgeous Grunge
Vintage Vogue
Playful Backgrounds
Banners for You
Paisleys & Posies
So Happy for You

Other:
Butterfly Thinlet
Vellum
Stitched Whirl Background
Pearls

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wedding: Love & Laughter


A wedding card for a friend of my son, Adam.

Colors:
Berry Burst
Blushing Bride
Powder Pink
White

Stamps:
Love & Laughter

Other
Punch
Corner Punch
Pearls

Friday, July 28, 2017

Birthday: Watercolor with 3D Embossing


This is the first time using Sizzix's geometric 3D embossing folder.  I love how it prints.

Colors:
Berry Burst
Blushing Bride
Sweet Sugarplum
Rose Red
Fresh Fig

Stamps:
Delicate Doilies
Mini Tags (ODBD)
Timeless Textures
Playful Backgrounds
Confetti
Vintage Vogue

Other:
3D Geometric embossing folder
Ribbon
Linen Thread
Punch

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Birthday: Wheat on Watercolor Background





I did the same card twice.  The first was VersaMark and black embossing powder, then the watercoloring.  The second was watercolored first and then stamped with black StazOn.  The cards certainly have a different look.

Colors:
Mossy Meadow
Old Olive
Coastal Cabana
Crushed Curry
Tangerine Tango
Black

Stamps:
Wheat (Hero Arts)
Tiny Greetings (Hero Arts)

Other:
StazOn
VersaMark

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sympathy: Orchids


I needed a sympathy card for a coworker.  The orchids from Remarkable You are perfect for a sympathy card.  I watercolored the orchids and the background. 

Colors:
Crisp Cantaloupe
Peekaboo Peach
Old Olive
White
Black (StazOn)

Stamps:
Remarkable You
Petite Pairs

Other:
Corner punch
Oval punches
Embossing folder

Birthday: Patchwork of Embossing!


I did some trial and error with the size of the colored rectangles.  I ended up with:

Upper left:  1.25" x 1.25"
Upper right:  2.25" x 3.5"
Lower left:  1.25" x 3.5"
Lower right:  1.25" x 2.25"

I used the smallest oval in the Stitched Shapes dies. 

Colors:
So Saffron
Pear Pizazz
Mossy Meadow
Crushed Curry
Early Espresso
Soft Suede
Crumb Cake


Stamps:
Thoughtful Banners

Other:
Embossing folders
Stitched Shapes dies
Stars

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Play in the Sun, Dance with the Moon





I used an old 2002 Stampin' Up set and updated it.  I stamped the three stamps in VersaMark, heat embossed with black embossing powder, and watercolored each side.  I used washi tape as a divider while I was watercoloring.

Colors:
So Saffron
Black
Hello Honey
More Mustard
Mellow Moss
Real Red
Not Quite Navy
Night of Navy

Stamps:
In the Sky
Paisleys & Posies

Other:
Watercolor paper
Black embossing powder
VersaMark


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Thank You: July 4th


My family had a pot luck gathering at the Rollwitz family cabin.  I sent this card to those that attended.  We had a wonderful time!

Colors:
Night of Navy
Real Red
White
Silver glitter

Stamps:
Thoughtful Phrases (Hero Arts)

Other:
Sunburst die
Star die
Star punch

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Birthday: Happy Birthday Die Cut with Watercolor


Colors:
Blackberry Bliss
Lots of pinks

Stamps:
Timeless Textures
Vintage Vogue

Other:
Happy Birthday dies
Water color pen
Punch
Pearls

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bookmark: Split with Fun Foam






Our Daily Bread Designs has bookmark stamps and matching dies.  My grandson, Jakob, wanted to make another bookmark.  I really like the split bookmark, but it was too flimsy with a single layer of card stock.  I chose Fun Foam to make the bookmark more sturdy.

The book is A-Z Beekeeping with the Slovenian Hive by Janko Bozic.  I liked the pretty cover.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sympathy: Flower Shop and Petite Petals


A simple sympathy card is always the best.  A colleague just lost her husband of 40 years.  What a devastating loss.

Colors:
Wisteria Wonder
Concord Crush

Stamps:
Flower Shop
Petite Petals

Other:
With Sympathy embossing folder
Punches
Pearls

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Gift Bags for Father's Day Gifts


I used the Stampin' Up! gift box punch board for these cute boxes.  I can never remember how to use the punch board, so I don't use the punch board as often as I could.

The boxes use the small size on the board.  The card stock was cut 10" x 6.5".

You're Sublime is used for the tag.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Birthday: Eastern Beauty Rainbow


This my first card using the Eastern Beauty set with the matching dies.  I actually only used the dies for this rainbow card.

Colors:
Grey
Black
Melon Mambo
Bermuda Bay
Orchid Opulence
Hello Honey

Stamps:
Tiny Tags

Other:
Pearls
Punch
Eastern Beauty matching dies

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Father's Day: Loads of Love

Another Father's Day card. My go-to guy set is Loads of Love, especially when the guy loves cars.

Colors:
Crumb Cake
Real Red
Dapper Denim
Coastal Cabana
Cherry Cobbler

Stamps:
Loads of Love

Other:
Heart border embossing folder
Pearls
Wink of Stella

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bookmark: Glittery Dinosaurs!


When my grandchildren are allowed to pick out their own paper, they usually have glitter paper in mind!  Jakob just finished kindergarten and is reading every day so he can be ready for first grade in the fall.  This is the bookmark he designed - until I can find a dragon stamp for his bookmark.  😊

Bermuda Bay and silver glitter paper are his colors of choice.  Old Bones and the matching dies (Dave's Dies) were his choice of designs. 

Birthday: Balloons on Watercolored Background


I used eight different greens and browns for the watercolored background.  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, and gold glitter paper were used.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Father's Day: You're Toadally Awesome!


I love the set You're Sublime.  I also like puns!  I made three of these cards, one for each of my children.  All three of my children have become wonderful parents.  I am the luckiest!

Colors:
Lost Lagoon
Basic Black

Stamps:
You're Sublime
Gorgeous Grunge
Words (Paper Studio)

Other:
Bigz Alphabet Typeset
Dies by Dave
Punch

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Birthday: Watercolor with Botanical Blooms


The watercolor background worked perfectly with the Botanical Blooms set.

Colors:
Lost Lagoon
Sage Shadow
Dapper Denim
Pool Party
Island Indigo
Coastal Cabana
Marina Mist
Daffodil Delight
More Mustard
Night of Navy
Always Artichoke

Stamps:
Playful Backgrounds
Gorgeous Grunge
Work of Art
Vintage Vogue
French Foliage
Timeless Textures
Paisleys and Posies
Watercolor Wash
Confetti
Stacks of Wishes (for inside)
Thoughtful Phrases (Hero Arts)
Botanical Blooms

Other:
Pearls
Botanical Blooms matching dies
Wink of Stella

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sympathy: Loss of a Cat






My brother and sister-in-law's cat was euthanized recently.  It is always difficult to lose a member of the family.

Colors:
Early Espresso
Old Olive
Crumb Cake

Stamps:
C is for Cat
Never Forgotten (ODBD) for inside

Other:
Impression Obsession dies for cats
Mosaic Moments Here Kitty die


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thank You: Celebrate Today


Patrick's sixth grade teacher, Mr. Slavish, was the most inspirational teacher ever.  He motivated Patrick and allowed him to love school and learning again.  His previous teacher had taken that away from Patrick.  Patrick made this card (with a bit of guidance from me) by himself.

Colors:
Bermuda Bay
Coastal Cabana
Silver Glitter

Stamps:
Wetlands
Celebrate Today
Thoughtful Branches (for inside)

Other:
Celebrate today matching dies
Star Border punch
Star punch
Bakers twine
Stick on stars

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Retirement: Feathers with Watercolor Background


Aaron has a coworker that is moving to a different department.  We used the stamp Watercolor Wash.  I am not sure I will use it as intended, but it gave a good beginning base for the water coloring.

Colors:
Soft Suede
Baked Brown Sugar
Coastal Cabana
Bermuda Bay
Sage Shadow
Lost Lagoon
Bordering Blue
Marina Mist
Bashful Blue
Pool Party

Stamps:
Banners for You
Four Feathers
Watercolor Wash
Paisleys & Posies
Gorgeous Grunge
Timeless Texture
Playful Backgrounds

Other:
Linen Thread
Button
Pearls
Four Feathers matching dies
Vellum
Heat embossing powder

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Retirement: Dragonfly with Watercolor Background





Another coworker is retiring this year.  The Dragonfly Dreams set is new to me, but I am sure I will be using it often.  It is a gorgeous and versatile set.

Colors:
Early Espresso
Baked Brown Sugar
Wild Wasabi
Old Olive
Certainly Celery
Lost Lagoon
Mossy Meadow
Pear Pizzazz
Very Vanilla

Stamps:
Dragonfly Dreams
Awesomely Artistic
French Foliage
Banners for You (for inside)
Happy Retirement

Other:
Dragonfly Dreams matching dies
Pearls

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day: Watercolor Flowers and Butterflies



I had three cards to make for Mother's Day this year.  My daughter-in-law is now a mother -- with my fourth grandchild.  Life is good!

I am still fascinated with watercolor for the background.  I made all three cards at the same time, but each card is unique.  Each card has seven layers of stamping and spritzing.  I love this technique!

Colors:
Blushing Bride
Pink Pirouette
Strawberry Slush
Flirty Flamingo
Rich Razzleberry
Baked Brown Sugar
Pistachio Pudding
Black

Stamps:
Dragonfly Dreams
Timeless Textures
Vintage Vogue
Paisley & Posies
Gorgeous Grunge
Faith in Nature
Happy Mother's Day


Other:
Beautiful Wings embosslit
Pearls


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Masculine: Celebrate with Watercolor Background


I have been enjoying experimenting with watercolor paper.  The background used five different colors with lots of spritzing and sponging.  Too bad I covered up most of the beautiful background.

Colors:
Early Espresso
Soft Suede
Crumb Cake
Sahara Sand
River Rock
Dusty Durango
Mossy Meadow

Stamps:
Irish Blessing background
Timeless Texture
Gorgeous Grunge
Beautiful You

Other:
Banner dies (from Dies by Dave)
Metal gear
Linen thread
Enamel dots

Saturday, May 13, 2017

88th Birthday for my Mom


My mom is 88 years old this year.  We posted on Facebook to get as many people as possible to send a card to her.  This card is from one of her great-grandchildren.  She has been receiving many, many cards.  My cousin Ramsey asked her son's teacher if each student could send a card.  What a wonderful surprise when she received 30 homemade art projects.  My goodness, that brought tears to her eyes!

Colors:
Concord Crush
Wisteria Wonder
White

Stamps:
Create a Cupcake
Balloon Adventure

Other:
Candle border punch

Monday, May 1, 2017

Birthday: Hearts with Glitter





Gorgeous glittery card!  However, I don't like that you have to use glue to adhere to the glitter paper. 

Colors:
Rose Red
Silver Glitter
White

Stamps:
Happy Birthday

Other:
Heart border punch
Heart punches
Stitched Shapes
Pearls

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Birthday: Driving By With Birthday Cheer





The colors in the picture are a bit off.  I used Lost Lagoon and Early Espresso; the picture should be darker and richer in color.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Colors:
Lost Lagoon
Early Espresso
Assorted markers for coloring

Stamps:
Loads of Love
Loads of Love Accessories
Sandpaper background

Other:
Markers