April 17, 2019

Not Your Average Background!

Hi all,

I was playing with a card tonight and it just wasn't working for me so I set it aside and started something totally new - sometimes you just have to do that!

I am SOOO ready for warm weather, so wanted to create a bit of my own spring. So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Soft Seafoam and Balmy Blue were speaking to me and the word they were saying was "SPRING!" What to do, what to do, what to do....

Here is what I created:

To mask this project, you could use Post-it notes, but a while back I found Post-it removable labeling tape and it worked perfectly for this project. If you're ever looking to leave a crisp frame around a project or a torn frame, this product also works very well. I ordered it online.

The pattern created is totally random. No two projects will be alike. I can see using this technique with so many color combinations. Start by masking off a small section of cardstock and sponge the section. Move the tape to cover what you just sponged and mask off another section of the cardstock. I had 4 pieces of tape that I kept moving around. If, when you're finished, you find some white spaces, place your tape down and color in the spots. 

I didn't want to cover up the good stuff, so chose the Thank You Thinlit to finish off my card. I stacked the sentiment in each of the colors of the project and topped it with the pop of Balmy Blue. The background piece measures 5" x 3 3/4". The Gray Granite layer is 1/8" bigger and Soft Seafoam is used for the card base.

Hope you give this technique a try. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Happy Spring!

April 10, 2019

Sunshine Wishes

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First”! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Here in Wisconsin I am WAY ready for spring. When deciding which products to feature in this post, Sunshine Wishes certainly spoke to me!

My goal with this project was to create a bit of spring sparkle. I have several close family/friends who are undergoing a variety of cancer treatments and will send this card to hopefully, add a smile and a bit of hope to their day. You can easily replace the word "hope" with the word "love" from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and have a perfect Mother's Day card.

A beautiful feature of this card is the background that was created with a watercolor wash of Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral, using an Aqua Painter on Watercolor paper.

Cut a Calypso Coral card base at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", Pear Pizazz at 4" x 5 3/8". Adhere the Pear Pizazz layer to the Calypso Coral base.

Using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, cut your choice of words with Calypso Coral, a Petal Pink and a Flirty Flamingo butterfly and a Petal Pink and Calypso Coral large flower. Trim the stem off of the Petal Pink large flower, offset the Calypso Coral flower over the top and adhere using a Fine Tip Glue Pen. The two leaves were cut using the Support Ribbon Framelits.

For a bit of sparkle, cover your die cuts with Wink of Stella.

Create the frame using the largest and 3rd largest Rectangle Stitched Framelits. Cut the Watercolor paper 1/8" smaller than the rectangle and used Tombow glue to attach it. A tip that worked well for me was to place the frame face down and adhere the Watercolor paper to the back of the frame. It is easier to center the Watercolor paper this way versus placing the frame on top of the Watercolor paper. Small detail, but I found it made a difference. The Tombow glue doesn't immediately set, allowing time to tuck the flower stem into the frame.

Adhere your butterflies using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. A string of Rhinestone Basic Jewels creates the body.

A glue dot on the bottom right corner will serve as the anchor for your swirl of Copper Metallic Thread. Glue Dots are also used to adhere the leaves.

Use dimensionals generously to secure the layer to the card base.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below; I enjoy hearing from you.

With more snow in the forecast for this Wisconsin April week, I am enjoying this bit of spring and send you sunshine wishes!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

To learn more about or to purchase products used in this project, click on the photos below.

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April 4, 2019

Gingham Baskets

A quick post to share the treats I sent home with my class participants this week. I always like to make a little treat for them to take home with them. These baskets are a breeze to make.

I filled them with Belgian and Italian Easter chocolates I purchased at TJ Maxx. I again used the perfect spring flower - the daisy! My peeps thought these were so cute so at the end of class I did an impromptu tutorial for them.

Cut your card stock in a length that can be divided by 3. These little baskets I used 6" x 6" paper. I scored at 2" and 4" and burnished the score lines. On 2 opposite sides cut the score line up to the intersecting score line. Cut the DSP to 1 7/8" squares and adhered the squares to the 4 outside corners. Take the outside corners of the paper, bring them toward the middle and match the points up. Use an adhesive to hold them in place. Do the same on the other side. For the handle, cut a 3/4" x 6" piece of card stock and a 1/2" x 6" piece of dsp. I used Tombow glue to attach the handle to the inside of the basket. You can rest it on top of the middle square. You can make multiples of these in no time!

I also made a bigger one:

I cut the card stock at 8 1/4" x 8 1/4", scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"  and followed the same procedure.

If you're looking for a cute, fun and QUICK project, this is one for you.

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Have a great day!

April 2, 2019

A Little Note for Audrey

This past weekend I went back to my former church for a celebration of 25 years of music ministry for Audrey, the music liturgist at the parish. For many years I had been a very active member of the music ministry and Audrey became a very good friend. She is someone who lives a grateful life and always counts her blessings. It was wonderful for her and her family to hear from so many about what a blessing she is to them.

As a small token of appreciation, I made a set of 10 note cards and a fun box.

The music staff is from the Swirly Scribbles Framelits. I used a sentiment from Butterfly Gala. The envelope flap was randomly stamped with Sheet Music. I love the Daisy Punch; it creates the perfect spring embellishment.

I messed around with measurements for the box and wound up with 2 pieces of card stock cut at 9 3/4" x 8 1/2, scored at 2" on 2 long sides and 1 short side. I glued those pieces together and made a flap for the top that measure 6 1/2" x 4", scored at 2 1/2" and 4 1/2" and glued the 2" panel to the inside of the box. Leave a comment if you need clarification on any of that.

Along with the box of cards, I included one of my home made cinnamon breads. The package smelled heavenly!

It's especially fun to give a gift when you know it will be appreciated.

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Enjoy your day!