Mini Masterpiece Monday – Botanical Builder Woodgrain

Botanical Builder Woodgrain
Botanical Builder Woodgrain

Instead of dreading Mondays, let’s look forward to Masterpiece Monday! Either mini or mega, it’s still a masterpiece. While this card is mini in number of items and minutes used to create it, it’s mega in style. Very Vanilla cardstock was run through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and provides a backdrop on the card front vine cut with the Botanical Builder thinlet. Mossy Meadow ink for the sweet sentiment from Cottage Greetings adds a pop of color. Matching cardstock was also die cut and glued to the outside of the envelope flap.

Throwback Thursday – Henry Says Party!

Henry Says Party!
Henry Says Party!

After a month of zero to no crafting due to life getting in the way, I decided I need to make some changes. I want to create and share more often. And a simple card can be just as lovely and provide that creative outlet as a more involved card with many steps. And oh how I’ve struggled with that concept. The old KISS rule – keep it simple silly – really is true. Anyway, on to my new weekly feature.

It’s Throwback Thursday! I’m planning on sharing retired stamps from my stash that need some loving. This adorable little elephant and all his accessories are a part of Henry Says. And Henry says happy birthday!

Colors are Pool Party and Melon Mambo. The Tiny Triangles embossing folder adds texture and interest to the layers.

My Leap Year Challenge – Day 3

 

Botanical Gardens Stripes
Botanical Gardens Stripes

Sorry I’m behind on my posting – had a few technical difficulties, but am getting caught up!  This card showcases some of the gorgeous Botanical Gardens DSP. Greeting is from Cottage Greetings and the glimmer stripe is Pool Party. Quick and simple!

 

Black and Bright

Black and Bright
Black and Bright

The classic black and white combo gets a shot of color in this bright tropical greeting card with a ton of dimension and flair. The details are below…

1. Stamp grid image from Timeless Textures with Versarmark ink in upper third section of Basic Black card front.

2. Emboss with White Embossing Powder. Set aside.

3. Stamp leaf veins in Wild Wasabi classic ink on Wild Wasabi cardstock. Position leaf framelits over top and cut with Big Shot.

4. Cut flowers from Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pink Pirouette cardstock. Cut flower centers from Basic Black cardstock.

5. Cut Mint Macaron flower from the Botanical Gardens DSP.

6. Assemble flowers with multipurpose glue and pearls.

7. Attach flowers to card front with glue dots.

8. Stamp Whisper White cardstock with Mint Macaron ink and adhere with multipurpose glue to inside of card.

Vintage Polaroid Birthday

Up Up and Away Birthday Balloons
Up Up and Away Birthday Balloons

Bright pink balloons floating above the clouds shout a cheerful happy birthday greeting. Card base is Soft Sky, sponged with Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Night of Navy. TIP:  Use a circular motion and a light touch. Clouds are stamped with white Craft ink. Polaroid frame is cut from heavy Whisper White cardstock with a square thinlet and Big Shot. Greeting is stamped with Archival Basic Black ink. Frame has Dimensionals on the back to create a 3D effect. Balloons are stamped with Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo classic ink and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch. To create dimension, one balloon is glued directly to the cardstock, a second balloon is layered on top with one Dimensional, and the third balloon is positioned in front of the Polaroid frame with two Dimensionals on the back of it. Knotted silver thread is glued to the balloon openings with a Fine Tip Glue Pen, and allowed to hang freely. And a bit of Wink of Stella in clear creates some sparkle and shine to the tops of the balloons.

Jack Frost meets Lovely As A Tree

Wintery Lovely As A Tree
Wintery Lovely As A Tree

A touch of sparkle brings frost to the gorgeous bare branches from Lovely As A Tree. Great versatile card for a winter birthday, thank you, or holiday card with non-traditional colors!

Whimsical Woodland

Whimsical Woodland
Whimsical Woodland

I’ve been seeing this technique popping up all over the Internet, and had to give it a try. Super easy, and it adds a really cool watercolor effect to your projects. And it uses Lovely As A Tree – bonus!

Whimsical Woodland Instructions
Whimsical Woodland Instructions

 

Among the Branches for Winter

Among the Branches Vellum Sparkle
Among the Branches Vellum Sparkle

Texture makes this wintery card pop! There’s dry embossing with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the little ornament image from Among the Branches is heat embossed in gold. The snowflakes are stamped with the new Archival Basic Gray ink pad and rhinestones to every other one add some glitz. Gold embossed vellum from the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack adds another layer of texture, as does the nest of gold thread behind the popped up focal point.

Here’s the how to.

Among the Branches for Winter Instructions
Among the Branches for Winter Instructions

 

 

Toasty Gold Thank You

Tin of Cards Thank You
Tin of Cards Thank You

Parts from the Tin of Cards plus some pearls and gold thread help bring this golden thank you together quickly and elegantly! A reminder that handmade cards don’t have to take a lot of time to still be special.

Everything Eleanor Gift Set

Everything Eleanor Gift Set
Everything Eleanor Gift Set

I had made an individual card with the Everything Eleanor flourish that a friend of mine loved, so when I needed a thank you for her, I made a complete gift set. From all reports, she loved the set too!

A cute and clever to way to package a set of cards is to use the Sketched Dots Tag A Bag Gift Bags as envelopes, and belly band them together with a bit of White Jute Ribbon.

Individual Everything Eleanor Gift Cards
Individual Everything Eleanor Gift Cards

 

Fall Fields

Fall Fields
Fall Fields

Harvest is done on our farm! This year was a record early planting season and now a record early harvest. There is still plenty of work to be done, like cleaning up machinery, plowing and more, but the grain is in the bin.

My card today is meant to represent those rolling fall fields. The Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder shows the work done in the field. Most of our leaves are gone off of the trees, so pines fit my theme nicely. Below is a quick instruction sheet – enjoy!

 

Fall Fields Instructions
Fall Fields Instructions

 

A Big Thank You

A Big Thank You
A Big Thank You

Texture is the name of the game with this big Thank You. A wood cutout, corrugate cardboard turned perpendicular to another piece, black embossing, and glimmer paper add multiple layers of interest.

 

I Heart You

I Heart You
I Heart You

Tin of Cards to the rescue again! A little Pink Pirouette marker coloring on the heart, and stamping the sentiment with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and this sweet and simple card is ready for someone special.

Golden Fall Flowers

Fall Wedding
Fall Wedding

Just sent this 3D fall flower card to a sweet couple that got married. The cotton paper is a dream to work with and make flowers from. The graphic black and vellum paper comes from the Winter Wonderland Designer Paper Stack. Congrats Jaren and Evan!

Going Somewhere?

Going Somewhere?
Going Somewhere?

World Map and Typeset DSP come together for this fun card. Makes me want to hop in the car and see where I end up!

Vintage Fall

Vintage Fall
Vintage Fall

Inspired by a recent trip to the Elkhorn Antique/Flea Market today! The oak leaves with acorns stamp is from the iconic Lovely as a Tree stamp set. Very Vanilla and Soft Suede provide the background colors.

Blinded Everything Eleanor

Blinded Everything Eleanor
Blinded Everything Eleanor

How many of you have stamp sets that you had to have, and are just sitting there? That’s me with Everything Eleanor. I loved that set from the moment it hit the catalog, ordered it, promptly put it in my stash and then … nothing. Well, I dug it out today and USED it. I think it was worth the wait.

So get out those stamps in your stash and give them some love!

Ghostly Steed

Ghostly Steed
Ghostly Steed

I love it when I can get more use out of a stamp set (and in this case dies, too). I took the Jingle All the Way stamp set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies and made a Halloween card! Base of card is Smoky Slate, layered with Basic Black, Basic Gray and Elegant Eggplant. And my ghostly steed is cut from vellum.