Sunflower Birthday

Goodness, it’s been awhile since I posted.  However, my husband’s birthday was earlier this week and I decided to make a card and a tag.  I made this back in September and this time of year always reminds me of sunflowers.

I heat embossed the large sunflower I purchased long ago from Stampendous with versamark and espresso embossing powder.  I actually miss using stamps I’ve not used in a very long time. I then masked off the sunflower and spritzed with Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels.  Remember Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist? Well I still have a bunch so I’ve not tried the newer mists.  I used Yellow Daisy, Meadow Green, Tiger Lilly, Wheatfields, and Coffee Shop. I then used my Tombow Brush Pens, Jelly Beans Collections markers and a waterbrush.  I also used yellow stickles.  All cardstock is from Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, and Very Vanilla.  I made this card 6 X 6.  I’m actually getting tired of all of the small A2 sized cards.  I want something bigger.  I lined my envelope with some beautiful scrapbook paper that I still had here from a Creative Memories stash. They do have nice scrapbooking paper, and so does Stampin’ UP!  The tag, I did the same but lightened up a bit and I did heat emboss and mask off the sunflower, however since this was not on watercolor paper, (I used a tag I have from Unity Stamp Co.), I did use prismacolor pencils on the sunflower.  I am absolutely certain I would  not heat emboss an image again while using pencils.  Not that it made a difference but it was a little bumpy going over the heat embossing with the nice soft pencil.  I used pretty chocolate sequins from an assortment pack I purchased from My Favorite Things some months ago.  I glued those down with Glossy Accents. That is a wonderful glue.  I purchased a big piece of burlap.  I’m always and forever running out of twine, why run out?  I just pull a strip or several strips from the burlap, it works great.   Oops, almost forgot the butterfly is from Unity Stamp Co. Beautiful Birthday Wishes.

I hope you enjoy looking, and thank you!

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Rose Birthday Card

My dear friend, Helen Stosky made this beautiful birthday card for me.  I absolutely love this card, my birthday was a few weeks ago and I still have this card sitting up.  Helen is a published artist.  You will sometimes see her work in “The Stamper’s Sampler”  I am always so honored to receive one of her beautiful creations.  Please enjoy.

Helen said she used Gold to stamp the rose, you can see as the outline on the card around the rose and the leaves, she used Stampin’ UP! vellum cardstock to stamp the rose in white and then embossed with white embossing powder.  She then colored the rose with a red marker on the backside of the vellum, and she did the same with a green marker for the leaves.  She fussy cut the rose and the leaves, and popped them up on the card, added a part of a gold doily and she added pretty sequins.

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Greetings for my Gardening Friend

I purchased some time ago card packs to insert pictures into, not realizing that I would have to cut down a 4X6 picture to even fit into the frames.  I was so disspointed.  So what do we do when we are dissapointed, we make lemonade right.  Needless to say I purchased quite a few of these kits.  I love the Noel sentiment on these cards.  Then an idea hit me, stamp something to do with gardening for my friend and send her a gardening greeting.  I will use the remainder of these card kits to customize these cards for each person in my card list.  I won’t make them all at once just here and there.  The kits are lovely, I purchased these kits from Stampin’ UP! and I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Gift from the Garden, also Stampin’ UP!. I hope you enjoy looking.

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Bon appetit!

It has been much too long since I have posted, once again.

I purchased gift cards from an authentic Italian restaurant in River Grove, IL.  They are amazing, and they do an amazing job with gluten free option.  I also made a greeting card to accompany the gift certificate and showing here.  I used my MISTI and double stamped the background in Stampin’ UP!’s real red ink, with My Favorite Things Gingham background stamp.  I also stamped with Momento Ink the image from My Favorite Things Recipe for Happiness, I used the stamp set and the die, and I colored in the image with copic markers just a bit.  Yes, I sewed the edge of the sentiment.  I punch a bunch of little holes all around the edge of a sentiment using a guide.  I hope you enjoy looking.

Bon appetit!

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Cards of Sympathy

I recently made sympathy cards for 2 of my nieces who recently lost their mother (my sister). I made these cards vastly different because each of them is handling their loss quite differently. The angel is from Maria Girl and the flowers (done with copics) are from the November 2016 KOM titled Midnight Kisses.  Both stamp sets are from Unity Stamp Co.  The copics I used on the flowers are R20, RV21, RV23, G21, G24, G28, Y35, and Y38.