April 30, 2019

One Way to See Life Half Full

I make an effort to be a glass half full kind of person. I don't tolerate a lot of negativity - life is too short for that.

Linda Bauwin's Million Dollar stamp set, Half Full (#144999) has wonderful images and sentiments to add a positive note to your day.

To create this card:
Card stock: 
Cherry Cobbler 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Basic Black 5 1/4" x 4" Very Vanilla 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

  • Mark the Very Vanilla piece at the halfway point on each side using a pencil
  • Use tape or Post-It to create a mask using the pencil marks made above
  • Lightly sponge each masked triangle using Blushing Bride and Soft Seafoam
  • With the mask in place stamp the triangle with glasses from Half Full and Sheet Music
  • With mask in place, sponge the edge of the mask with Momento
  • Stamp the wine bottle image
  • Color with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities
  • Create the shadow with Smoky Slate and an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen
  • Cover the label with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of added sparkle
  • Layer the pieces onto the base

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April 23, 2019

A Note of Encouragement with Artfully Aware

I currently have five people in my world who are experiencing major medical struggles, several of them are co-workers. I wanted my colleagues to know they are being thought of by our leadership team so created a few cards we all signed at our morning meeting and popped them into the mail. In spite of all they are experiencing, I hope the thoughts and sentiments provide a smile to their day.

The Artfully Aware stamp set was a perfect choice for a card from the team. I'm not an artist or even a really good color-er (I know, that's not a word, but you get it!), but the Stampin' Blends make shading so very easy. You'll find the list of products used in this project below.


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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.

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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!

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