Archive | March 2016

Anniversary Card using Stampin’Up!©Marina Mist and especially the fun ‘Large Numbers Framelits’.

Todays post is very special.   I created this card for my fourth child and his wife on their 19th Wedding Anniversary.  (Joshua and Jennifer).  I wanted to show it off but didn’t want to post it before their Anniversary.  The viggnette picture was taken here in  the North Georgia Mountains in the late fall.  When I first saw the picture I wanted to create something with it for them, when I realized their Anniversary was coming up I created this card using Stampin’Up!© Marina Mist,  DSP from Subtles Color Collectio (Marina Mist), the embellishment is now retired.  The sentiments are from Express Yourself   (now retired).  The number 19 is double cropped, one layer of marina mist and one layer of the DSP.  The corners were punched from the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Creating this card made me realize just how difficult it is to choose a color for an anniversary card.  The picture made it so easy for this card.  Can’t wait to use the Large Number Thinnest again!

A Birthday Spring Card using Stampin’ Up!© Botanical Gardens paper, stamp set and thinnest.

This card was so much fun to create.  I used DSP Botanical Gardens to suggest the colors so I choose Mint Macaroon. My new most favorite color from Stampin’Up!©.  So very pretty, suggestive of spring but also all the gorgeous foliage coming in the summer months as well as a tropical flavor  Using Whisper White to layer the card and used the thinnest to crop out some flowers, using candy dots for the flower centers and using Cajun Craze for the Sentiments on the front and inside.  The sentiments are from the Stampin’Up!© stamp set “Butterfly Basics”.  The flower inside is cropped from Botanical Gardens DSP ad layered over cropped flower in same form using Mint Macaroon.  The corners were punched using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.   The ribbon was hand dyed using Mint Macaroon Ink Refill and 1/2 inch seam binding  in Whisper White.  I didn’t like any of the ribbons I had in Mint Macaroon.  I kept it very light for contrast.

Spring break for most of our schools is the first full week of April.  Hope I’m ready for it, I’ll have three of  my grands for most of the week.  I have planned a two night trip to Chattanooga, we will visit Ruby Falls, The Incline Railroad, the Riverwalk and of course the “Chattanooga ChooChoo”.  With an indoor pool my 7, 8 and 10 years will hopefully be worn out with swimming and ready for bed early each night!  I know I shall be ready.   I’ll keep you posted!  (That means lots of stampin’ between now and April 3.)

Stampin’Up!© Bakers Box and Honeycomb Happiness for the Color Challenge from Pals Paper Arts.

This is a first! I have never entered a challenge before and when I saw the colors for this challenge from Pals Paper Arts (PPA293)  I discovered that it was going to be real challenge for me. I decided to do a cute little Bakers Box Thinnest and used Stampin’ Up! DSP (Birthday Bouqet). This was a color challenge, using Stampin’ Up! colors Mint Macaroon, Blushing Bride and So Saffron. The ribbon I had was too wide so I hand dyed Stampin’ Up! 1/2″ seam binding using Blushing Bride reinker. Hope you like this sweet little chick.  Now to figure out how to add it to the challenge.  I continue to learn new things daily about blogging.  DSC_0027_edited-1

Years ago, 1981 in fact is the year I bought my first computer.  An Apple IIe ($3,000.00).  That was a period that there was very little software available so, I would write my own programs for whatever I wanted to do.  I was teaching high school then and would write a program for test scores and grading.  It took me almost as long to do it on the computer as it did online.  I also began to develop publishing skills by writing newsletters two to professional organizations I belonged to and to design and produce brochures and business prospectus for my husbands business.   I have been in love with computers and computing ever since.  I entered the WWW in 1995 during Graduate School.  Many of our assignments were running businesses on line.   At the present time I happen to have two laptops, a MacBook Pro,  two iPads and a Kindle.  I just recently retired my desktop computer, it had gotten slower than “molasses in January”!  Gives me more room to play with my stamps.  And I must state here, I am so very delighted with my new MacBook Pro.  Don’t know how I did without it all these years.

Stampin’Up!© Honeycomb Happiness adorable little chic says “Hello, Spring” from Circle of Spring Stamp Set.

Hello Spring!  Yes Spring began on Sunday but here in the mountains for the last few days it has been anything but Spring.  I have noticed a lot of activity with my fine feathered friends.  Birds in flocks have been visiting my feeders and I am having to refill them almost daily.  My thistle feeder has been covered with Gold Finches, yesterday I counted nine on this small feeder at the same time.

So here is an adorable little chick greeting Spring with his ballon! (using ballon punch).  He is done in Blushing Bride, DSP from English Garden Designer Series paper.  Mint Macaroon is the lovely green cardstock.  Inside Sentiment is from Perfect Pairings Stamp Set (Sale-a-bration), and corners are punched using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.  Kind of pretty and ‘Springy’ don’t you think?

Stampin’ Up!© Easter Lamb card

Happy Tuesday! North Georgia is wonderful this time of year.  Trees blooming, birds singing and snow!! Yes,  we had snow showers on Sunday night but melted as soon as hitting the ground.  I could  see snow on the mountain tops in the distance on Monday.  Cold outside, warm inside and with a hot cup of coffee , perfect stamping weather.

I love this little lamb He was done in Marina Mist, Whisper White and watercolored using the Aqua painter. He is going all the way to Alaska to visit my great grandchildren for Easter. This stamp is only available in wood and has the sentiment attached to the stamp. I carefully cut away the sentiment, trimmed both stamps, adhered the stamp to the flat side of the base and adhered the sentiment on the edge so that I could use both separately. I think this cute lamb would be perfect on a baby card or one year birthday card sometime in the future.

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Stampin’ Up!© Made with Love stamp set and Baby’s First Framelits baby gift card holders.

Blogging  has turned out to be fun, but it is like a whining child, see me, talk to me, do something with me!  I have neglected to meet my own expectations.  That said, I have been busy,  I usually don’t work during the week but the last three weeks I have been teaching a class on Dementia.  I now feel certain that at this point I do not have Dementia.  Then I wanted to reorganize my studio and make it more friendly.  Funny how you open one drawer and it leads to seven more, shelves are begging to be reorganized but I wanted to make cards and so needed to make cards.  I found organization so much more user friendly, at least the part that I worked on!  I made cards, and made cards.  But now I find the hardest part for me to do is to describe how I made them-their recipes.

But I did accomplish a lot this week.  Today I spent working on my watermark and I think I like it.  Time will tell.  Two days this week-yes! two days I spent switching my phone to a prepaid carrier and my hubbies to an entirely different carrier.  Had the same glitches with both phones but it was so worth it.  We both ended up with better reception and we should be saving $ each month.

So here is my card for today. Needing some gift card holders I cased these from Stamp UP a Storm with great directions. I used Lost Lagoon and Marina Mist cardstock, I didn’t have any Marina Mist Ribbon so I handdyed some of the rayon ribbon with Lost Lagoon Ink Refill. Happy New Baby from One Tag fits all Stamp Set (retired). Using Baby’s First Framelits to make the Onesie on the front, then used the cutout for the card slide inside. BYOP (Buy Your Own Present) Stamp Set from the Annual Catalog. Mini Treat Bag Thinly was used to create the cute gift bag.  I used Designer Series Paper Stack: Cherry on Top.  Perfect for Spring boys don’t you think?

Stampin'Up!© Mini Treat Bag Baby Gift Card Holder

Stampin’Up!© Mini Treat Bag Baby Gift Card Holder