Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A Cardful of Flowers

We've come to the end of another Craft Month. Here's the Big Finish: a card in a box. I used a couple of tutorials--a British one for the concept and another one to convert to inches. 

I used "share what you love" (how apropos) DSP in the razzleberry stripes and the dots. I pulled the colors from the dots to make the flowers. I stamped with rich razzleberry and blackberry bliss (stamping off) as well as Versamark. The cardstock is tranquil tide, (maybe) grapefruit grove, so saffron, basic black, and pear pizzazz. I used the wavy die cut for the stems and used some of the cast off as long grass-like filler. The sentiment is stamped in rich razzleberry; it is from the Berry Blessings Stamp set. 
The amazing thing about this card is that it folds flat for mailing!

Another amazing thing about this card is that I ran out of snail adhesive yesterday so this is all glue and glue dots. And not any fancy glue, Elmer's gel! I had 234 feet of adhesive and I ran out! I guess I did a lot of crafting this month. 
Oh, and just one more thing!

I made some edits to the card I did on Thursday, March 28. I added in the plaid hearts as leaves and I think it breaks up the color. Definite improvement.

Thank you all so much for visiting over the past month. I've really appreciated your comments and just knowing you were out there.

Stay well, friends. I'll regroup and be back soon!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Magical Swirls

I mentioned earlier that I would like to try the wreath in green for Christmas and here is the result. I added flowers in real red and a bit of bling. The designer series paper is Nordic Noel. It's cute, and I could add a sentiment, but the really interesting bit of this card is on the inside...

It's a magic wallet. (Watch the gift card closely.) I used JanB's directions but that is way more video than you need for this pretty simple card (seriously its 12 pieces of paper and four pieces of ribbon).

One more card, and I can take a rest. I really do appreciate those of you who stopped by and left a comment. Your notes were uplifting and helped me along on this challenge. Thank you!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Stella Swirls

I love this card! This is the card I want someone to send me if I have some kind of illness where I am confined to bed and need cheering up. 

This is Connie Stewart's version of a gatefold. I used her measurements and then stopped paying attention, clearly. Because I stuck the focal image on the wrong half of the card. (In my defense, I had the card the wrong way round when I did the tone on tone stamping with flirty flamingo.) The colors here are flamingo, mango melody, old olive, and sahara sand. I stamped off to create the color variation. I love the little dab of splatter--it reminds me of baby's breath!

I also used wink of Stella--a glitter brush pen--on the flowers. I think you can see it in that lower left corner. 

And the inside. I need to find a lovely "get well" sentiment I think. I'll keep an eye out.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

W-fold Kite

 At yesterday's stamping retreat, one of the demonstrators showed how to make a W-fold card. I think it is definitely the lesser of the letter-fold cards. (See Z-fold here.) I embossed the blue (balmy? soft sky?) with the cloudy day embossing folder and mounted it on a night of navy card base. The poppy parade, granny apple green, and night of navy kites are on a background stamped with blue spatter. The red and green kites are popped up on dimensionals and the whole panel is popped up.

Inside, the kites are repeated. The "pop up" W-fold is mounted on the same blue as the card front, with granny apple green ombre paper mounted on navy. I stamped half the kite on the designer series paper (DSP). I've seen other people do this, and it looks like butterflies. It's evocative here. The sentiment is stamped in poppy parade, from curly cute. It's all mounted up because it was supposed to go on the front of the card but I didn't like how it fit, so I slapped it on the inside and called it good. 

I'm not sure I'm in love with the concept. I think I'd like it better if the four panels lent themselves to a story or something. The demonstrator's examples were just four pieces of DSP mounted on cardstock and why?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Stamping Retreat Swirls

 I have spent all day in a virtual stamping retreat with the Creativate team. I have watched a bunch of tutorials and made some cards of my own. I even did my first mystery stamping! But first!

One of the team made this gift card holder, and I put my version together pretty quickly. I "made" DSP with the stamp set using highland heather (first and second generation), not quite navy for the swirls, and granny apple green for the leaves. The cardstock is blueberry bushel. The ribbon is just something from my stash that matched pretty well.
On the left hand section, you can see the gift card holder. It has a little thumb notch so you can grab your gift card and go!

The sentiment is stamped in gorgeous grape with the sentiment from perfect pairings.

The morning started with a card made from four pieces of DSP. They were cut and put back together to make this patchwork design. This DSP is well suited, and I popped it on to pacific point card stock. On a couple of them I tied ribbon to look like ties! Isn't that more manly than a bow? (On one of the cards I had to camouflage a mistake.) The sentiment is from upsy daisy and punched and layered on pacific point.
The first set went so quickly, I thought I'd try it with a Christmas DSP (Merry Moments Stack, ret.). The sentiment is heart of Christmas, and I stamped it in cherry cobbler. I am going to need to get some cherry cobbler cardstock so that I can layer the sentiment. I think the card may also be cherry. This goes so quickly! I have never started making my Christmas cards so early. I don't want to jinx myself but...
Today I tried something I have never done before--mystery stamping! We were told to cut certain types of papers certain sizes and to get out a large sentiment stamp, to have embellishments and ink pads handy. We started by cutting up the DSP (field and flower) and had to follow instructions blind. I think mine came out pretty well. The card in the lower right hand corner may be a little sparse, but I could add loads of those punched flowers because they mimic the "filler" flower in the DSP.

At 7pm I got a delivery from Stampin' Up and not gonna lie, one of the sets I ordered would have been better on this card. 

There are a number of projects I look forward to trying over the next few weeks. This was such fun! Okay, one more presentation! Bye.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Snowman Swirls

Tonight, I went with a center stair card. I used a couple of tutorials as a guideline but cut the sides to 1.25" because I didn't want the snowman floating on a too large center panel. The DSP is from the merry moments stack (ret). I stamped two of the swirls and die cut the swirls from a sparkle paper. I added a wink of Stella on the large bottom swirl to give it some additional sparkle. I stamped half the kite to make the bow. It's stamped with mossy meadow. The jolly is die cut from Christmas greetings thinlits.

Pretty cute!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Done is Good

I just couldn't get the design to come together for this one. I probably needed a third color for the flowers. Eh. Stairstep card. These directions.