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Birthday Bouquet

>> Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. We have finally had a couple of consecutive days with sunshine and more normal temperatures. It's beginning to feel like spring!

I went to a local craft store the other day to get one specific die. Well, you can probably guess what happened. I did get that die set, but saw something else and well..... Here are a couple of birthday cards I created using this new fun flower die from Gina Marie.

First I worked on the backgrounds by adding a few colors of TH Distress Oxide inks to some Glossy paper. Once the panels dried I rubbed on some TH Distress Micro Glaze. The glaze really brings out the color and makes it more permanent.

Next I die cut the flowers (all one die) from the white and black panels. I used the outline die just to emboss the edges to give the flowers a bit more definition. The Birthday Wishes greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on the white panel and heat embossed in white on the black panel.

I really like how these turned out. Thanks for stopping by today.



Bee Happy

>> Saturday, April 21, 2018


I'm thinking if we all wish reaalllly hard we just might actually see some spring weather soon.  I was totally thinking about spring as I made my card for today, so I've done my part :)

I started my card by stamping our Daisy Bloom and Bitsy Bee on separate pieces of white card stock using black ink, coloring and fussy cutting them.   Once my grey layer was cut to size, I added a strip of black card stock and stamped our Spring Bee Happy Greeting above and below.  Before mounting the daisy I added a yellow flower brad to the center and added a little curve to the petals using an embossing stylus.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Piggy Grad

>> Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! It's getting to be that time of year..time for the Pomp & Circumstance march across the stage. I remember it well...mainly because I was in the band & played it for a lot of graduating classes! In the graduation spirit, I have a fun grad card today.

Normally, this pig image has a party hat along w/ a balloon but since I fussy cut him, I cut off the party hat. The small balloon was stamped again w/ lt blue ink, colored & fussy cut. All the other balloons were made by die cutting 2 sizes of balloons in a piece of copy paper & using the negative as a stencil. After I sponged the Distress inks thru the stencil I added some Wink of Stella to some of them. 
The greeting was stamped at the bottom & I used Copics to make the shadow underneath. A few grad caps & some drawn balloon strings & I was done!

Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs - Birthday Party PigDream Big (insideBrush MortarboardBright Graduation Greeting)
paper: Staples 110# white, black
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks tumbled glass, broken china, cracked pistachio, spun sugar, shaded lilac, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade
accessories: Copic markers,  Spellbinders A2 modern stationery dies  Misti, small grad cap punch, ODBD Balloon dies (used as a stencil), Wink of Stella


Fishing Rules!

>> Thursday, April 19, 2018

Good morning!
Well summer and Father's Day is also in our near future so I'm trying 
to think ahead... This first card could be for any occasion but it 
is most likely going to be for the guy in your life!!
DRS stamps used: Fishing Rules 315K and Jumping Fish 325L

This card uses lots of corrugated card stock both torn and painted 
and as a base layer.  I used white paint and green paint and also 
some copper Nuvo Mousse.
I also used some gauze (or cheesecloth) and rubbed it with
Tea Stain Distress Ink.  I applied matte paper adhesive
to the blue panel with a brush and pressed the gauze into it.  
After the adhesive dried I inked it and because some of the paper had 
adhesive on it, I got some really different results, happy accident
you might say.  It just goes with all the other guy elements.
My fish is fussy cut from the jumping fish scene.

This next card is a cute birthday card, with birds and that darling
The bird dies are from Elizabeth Craft.  I colored them to look like the DRS
stamp bird on the feeder,  I believe they are Nuthatch.
Everything else is pretty simple.

Hey, thanks for visiting today!


Piggies and Chocolate

>> Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My card today designed itself.  I started with the Wood Grain Background stamp and added some sponging and a little water distressing. 

Then I thought I would add Leonard Pig's Dance of Joy which lead to the Hogs and Kisses Greeting, which led to the Giant Chocolate Chip (a Hersey's Kiss), and then it needed more fun so I added Birthday Party Pig.  Super fun to make since it kind of made itself.




Spring Time Cards

>> Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Splish, splash!  The real life bird baths around these parts are absolutely overflowing....We've certainly had our share of April showers this weekend, and that's what inspired my two cards :)

I colored up the Bird Bath image and paired it up with the Spring is Creeping Greeting that I cut in half.  I matted each in black to make them stand out, and used the Interlocking Circles and the
Three Butterflies to create the background papers.   

After all the showers, I sure hope I see some flowers by the time May comes around. I colored up the Flower Border and fussy cut it out. They weren't long enough to go vertically down the card, so I cut them in half, before attaching them to the black strip of paper.  I wanted the card to be inspirational, so I stamped and layered up the Faith Greeting, knowing that it would cover up the middle portion of missing flowers. 

I attached these elements onto a background made using the Splatter Background stamp and the

Thanks for stopping by!


More Birthdays!

>> Monday, April 16, 2018

Hi Everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. I have a couple of birthday cards to share with you today. The first one was super easy to create. I die cut the butterflies from a rainbow of pastels and arranged them on some cream CS that was embossed with a CB birthday EF. The tiny birthday greeting was stamped onto the same cream CS, die cut and layered onto a die cut circle. Everything was attached to a cream card base.

My second card uses this week's sketch for the weekly Splitcoast Stamper Sketch challenge and some new flower dies from Spellbinders.

I started by die cutting the flowers from dark and light purple CS as well as the flower stems and leaves from green CS. the Happy, happy, happy day greeting was stamped onto white CS, die cut and layered onto a dark purple panel. The light panel was embossed with the same CB birthday EF. I really like this sketch and how this card came together. 

Thanks for stopping by today.



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