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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Cure Girls

Hello Everyone,

I made some cards, one for my friend who is a breast cancer survivor and recently finished her treatments.  Now she is healing.  4 of the cards are now in a cardpack as a thank you gift to someone who is incredibly kind and compassionate and always doing kindnesses for me as well as for others.  I used 2 of these (yes, I made quite a few) are thank you cards for my Congressman and Governor for all they did to support my recent advocacy for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

I used Unity Stamps: Cure Girls Stamp Kit, and the hope stamp is from Unity’s February 2016 Kit of the Month.  My husband figured out looking at the “hope” card upside down, that it also spells joy.  So I have another use for this stamp.  Always a plus!

I used Stampin UP! Card stock, the thick cardstock as the base and their pretty designer series papers in Night of Navy.  The pink card I used Blushing Bride.  I used Momento Ink and Coconut Swirl card stock by Bazzil for the girls as I was using Copic Markers.  The copic markers I used are all sketch markers, B97, B02, R81, R85, YG13, YG17, Y11, Y08, V12, V17, E00, E02, E11, E97, E37, E29, E99, and E21.

Blue: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis                                                                                                         Purple: Fibromyalgia                                                                                                                            Pink: Breast Cancer                                                                                                                                Yellow: Gulf War Syndrome                                                                                                                 Green: Lyme Disease

I hope you enjoy looking

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Birthday Shaker

I made a fun birthday card last month, I was inspired by another creative coach’s creation.  I love this adorable set, Stampin UP!’s Balloon Adventures and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit dies.  I used all Stampin UP! cardstock. I actually had planned to cut the balloons out in black cardstock and glue them on, but I decided to color the white cardstock instead with a black marker and go over it with a wink of stella.  I  used a gold metallic marker. I used gold cardstock and I even had gold envelopes from a project I’d completed earlier.  I did not have black and gold sequins that I thought I had, so I used black sequins as well as sequins from the chocolates collection from My Favorite Things.

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Steamin’ Hot!

We just celebrated Valentines Day.  And while I also made a more serious card for my husband, this one is by far too cute not to share.  I used copic markers, and Stampin’ UP! Cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Glossy Accents for the lenses of the glasses. Wink of Stella on the heart and a heart embellishment.  I used Unity Stamp Company’s “The Irony” stamp.  Thanks for looking

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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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Balloon Celebration

I’ve had 2 very special birthdays to celebrate recently, a dear friend, and my son’s Godmother.  I made a card each for them.  I didn’t realize how many pieces I had touched until our sweet little cousin asked me just how I made this.  So here goes.  I cut my cardstock (Stampin’ UP! thick cardstock) to an A2 size, finished size 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.  Then I cut a piece of Soft Sky card stock (SU) to 5 1/8 X 4 1/8.  I used SU’s Balloon Celebration Stamp Set and Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I then stamped clouds in Craft White (SU) onto the blue cardstock and I used a regular blow dryer to set the color.  I acutally left this overnight to make sure it was fully dried, but I’m sure I went overboard with that.  I cut a piece of  Vellum Cardstock (SU) and I used a pair of scrapbook scissors to cut the bottom of the vellum.  I then went over the area of the vellum cardstock with an embossing buddy (SU) where I wanted to stamp Happy Birthday and used Versamark to stamp Happy Birthday onto the vellum.  I sprinkled SU’s Gold Fine Embossing Powder over the veramark and heat set it with a heat tool (ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED) I attached the vellum cardstock aligning it to the top of the soft sky CS with tombow adhesive.  I cut pretty banners out of the silver glitter paper, and used retired Strawberry Slush paper and stamped little stars all over the Strawberry Slush banner, and attached both with adhesive.  I then stamped the ballons in soft sky and Blushing Bride, and punched those out and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise them (pop-dots)  I used pretty twine under the ballons and tied at the ends.  Thanks for looking!

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