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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beachy Little Christmas

Where has the time gone?  I can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month.  However, it has been a busy time for me, so that's the excuse I will use.

The new Stampin' Up!™ Holiday Catalog is here.  And one of my favorite stamp sets is the Beachy Little Christmas set.  This set comes with wood blocks OR photopolymer.  It's an adorable set, and living in Florida, very appropriate.  Here are a few cards I made with this set.


First up is this cute beach hut with surfboard.  I like the little wreath.  


Next up is the Christmas tree with seashell ornaments in a polkadot bucket.  The pink and kraft look great together for a non-traditional colored Christmas card.


And last, but certainly not least, the palm tree with Christmas lights.  I had a slight booboo, but fixed it by stamping Merry (from a different set) over it.  Now you can't even tell.  :-)

The insides say "Who needs snowflakes when you have seashells?", and "Have yourself a beachy little Christmas".

You could pair the palm tree with the beach hut, also.  A fun set, for sure.  The background paper was some I've had in my stash for awhile, but it works.

Why have I been busy, you might ask?

My hubby hurt his foot at work and tried to keep working, which made the injury worse, so I have had to be his feet while he's been laid up.  I keep telling him that when he's better I'm sitting down for 2 weeks and not getting up.

Also, my youngest granddaughter, who just started high school, had a rash that appeared her 4th day of school. When my daughter looked at it, she decided to take her to the Emergency Room. They did some blood work and determined that she had 0 platelets (a normal person has between 140,000 and 450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood. She had zero. Zip. Zilch.  Nada.   So they put her in an ambulance and took her about 150 miles away to Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, where she spent a week trying to get some platelets.  Her diagnosis, after ruling out leukemia, cancer, lupus, and other nasties, is ITP - Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.  They sent her home with 105,000 platelets, but after a week home she was down to 65,000.

And now....drumroll, please....we are waiting for Hurricane Irma.  She's not going to be nice.  If you could say a little prayer for us Floridians, we surely would appreciate it.

Hope to see you again soon.....




Monday, July 24, 2017

Stamp-N-Storage Private Sale




Don't forget to take advantage of this fantastic sale.  I have their inkpad storage and love it!  My inkpads fit beautifully, and I can see at a glance what I have.  Stamp-N-Storage is not advertising this sale, so you won't find it on their website.

You will need the Coupon Code to receive your 15% off.  But hurry!  Sale only lasts until July 31, 2017.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive


Although I was unable to participate in the Blog Hop due to other obligations, I still want to share information about this wonderful event.

The purpose of Cards for Little Hearts is to collect handmade cards for the Heart Center staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and to help lift their spirits while they are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

The current 2017 card drive runs from July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  And there are sponsors and prizes.

You can find all the information you need about the the guidelines and packaging your cards on Christina's blog at http://www.christinahordesigns.com.

You can contact Christina at info@christinahordesigns.com for any questions you may have regarding the card drive.

Here are the cards I made for the drive:

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Dearie Dolls digital image

Stamps from Gina K Designs

I used the Stampin' Up owl punch to make these cute penguins.

Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp and die cut trees

Gina K Designs stamps

Some used digital images and some were stamped, but all were handmade with love. I will be mailing these to Christina at   CHRISTINA HOR, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017  U.S.A.

Won't you make some cards to share?




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Candy from Paris

Good morning!  Hope ya'll are good.  It's hot as blazes here in Florida.  I can't wait for winter! Hahaha.  Jokes on me...winter doesn't get here until probably October, when the weather cools down a tad.  These hot, hot days just drain the energy right out of me.

Recently my niece and her husband went to Paris to visit.  While she was there, she brought me a cute little notebook from the Louvre, and also some chocolate.  Some from Paris and some from Ireland. I hoarded that chocolate and ate it a tiny square at a time.  And honestly, I couldn't tell you which was better.  One was milk chocolate and the other dark chocolate, but both were scrumptious.

The wrapper on the Parisienne chocolate was so pretty that I couldn't bear to throw it away. So I made her a thank you card with it.

My phone didn't do the picture justice. There are little bits of glitter on the wrapper.  Where the "weight" of the chocolate was, I cut a tiny piece of cardstock and stenciled in the year.



You can see the sparkly bits a little better in this photo.  There was a tiny butterfly on the back of the wrapper, so I cut it out and popped it up for added dimension.


Here is a closer picture of the year that I put over the weight area.  For the inside, I used the gold wrapper that the chocolate was actually wrapped in, die cut the "thank you" sentiment several times and glued them together to make it raised.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card before I gave it to her.  Sorry.

She loved the card and will keep it with her other mementos of her trip.




Friday, June 23, 2017

Another colorful card.

Here is another colorful card I made for the Mod Squad Challenge.  I hope you like it.



This card uses Stampin' Up! set Blooms and Wishes (#141784) and multiple colors of  colorful dye inks.  I forgot to write down the colors I used, but any bright, colorful inks would do.  It's so bright and cheerful and it makes me happy.  :-)

Thanks for looking,


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Life Is A Beautiful Thing.

I wanted to make a colorful card so I could join the Mod Squad Challenge this week.  I think I've succeeded, what do you think?

Here is the card I made:



The background paper is some DSP from Stampin' Up, which I colored with Spectrum Noir markers. I added a little glossy accents to the bees wings (he's peeking out from under the butterfly).  I stamped the sentiment, also from Stampin' Up, onto vellum with black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly is a Cheery Lynn Designs die, which has been cut and then glittered.  A few sequins and I was done. And happy.

Thanks for looking,








Edited:  6/28/17 - I won the Mod Squad Challenge with this card!  So excited!

Free Copy of Rubber Stamp Madness

My favorite stamping magazine is Rubber Stamp Madness.  If you hurry, you can get a free copy of the current issue.  Here's how:

To receive a free copy of RubberStampMadness's Summer issue, send an email to rsm@rsmadness.com and mention this blogsite. The first 100 responders will receive a copy. 



Here's information about the issue: ATCs are the main focus, with six-pages inside, an ATC-filled cover. Down on the Farm stamp art incorporates cows, chickens, barns and over-sized potatoes in pastoral scenes. Judy and Bobby Duke of B & J's Art Stamps share the story of their home-grown business and samples of Judy's fabulous artwork. A how-to feature explains steps for making Simple "Step Cards," perfect for sharing through the mail. Three terrific tags are showcased in The Tag Shoppe. An album of "Not-Feeling-So-Blue" artwork and more are in this issue. 

Be back soon with a card to share.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get Well Card Using Transfer Gel

Good afternoon!

We finally got some rain. Yay! We have really needed it, and so I'm happy that it finally rained here.  Now we should have a nice weekend ahead of us.


I wanted to share a card with you today that I made for a friend.  She had surgery, and is on the mend, so I made her this little card to cheer her up.

First I used a Tim Holtz stencil on a piece of 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 white cardstock, and applied green ink. After I removed the stencil, I sponged Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin' Up new In Color color) all over the cardstock.  Then I reapplied the stencil over where I had sponged the original green and applied a thin coat of ThermoWeb Transfer Gel.  I let it almost dry and then sprinkled some Gina K Prismatic glitter over it.  The gel grabs the glitter and keeps it firmly attached to the card.  But it needs a little bit to dry, so I went on to making the flowers.  I think a nice variegated purple would look nice with the green vines.

To start off, I used some Distress Oxide Inks on another sheet of white cardstock in a variety of colors to get a variegated look.  I applied them to an acrylic block, spritzed them with water, and smooched them onto the cardstock.  I let them dry between colors.  When I was happy with the results, I stamped little flowers (Petite Petals Stampin' Up # 133155) and punched them out (Stampin' Up #133322).  I pushed down on the flower centers with my pencil to give them a little texture.  I adhered them to my background panel.  Now they need centers, so I used Nuvo Crystal drops to give them a center, and let dry.  By the way, the Petite Petals and the Punch are both on the retiring list, so if you like them and want them, you need to order by May 31st.  You can order at www.beckypartan.stampinup.net.

I adhered the background panel to a dark green cardstock, stamped "Get Well Soon" on the inside and it's done.

By letting the transfer gel amost dry before applying the glitter, it didn't get overwhelmed by the glitter.  You can see from the picture that it's got some glittery shine, but not a lot.  I could have left the glitter off, and when the transfer gel dried it would have just been shiny, but not glittery.

Anyway, I'm happy with the card, and I'm pretty sure my friend will like it, too.

Inky hugs,





Friday, May 19, 2017

Hero Arts Koi Fish

Good afternoon!  Summertime is already in full swing here in Florida, and it's HOT - HOT - HOT. Just time for a quickie post, so, today I want to share with you the Hero Arts Koi Fish stamp set.

 I started off with a watercolored background.  I ran it through a Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!  Look at the texture in this background.

I stamped the fish from Hero Arts (it's 3 step stamping and very cool) and the lily pads and flowers and cut them out. You can see the variations of inks on the koi below.  Adhered them to the background with a liquid adhesive.


And below is the completed card.  I love the textures and colors.


I loved working with this set from Hero Arts.  I also have their 3-step poppy stamps and love them also.

Hope you have enjoyed.  Have a great weekend.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Mermaid's Family...

Good afternoon.

Somewhere, over the weekend, I found a free digital image of a mermaid and her baby.  I am having internet problems and can't remember now where I got the image, but I love it!  Do you think it fits a nautical theme?


Isn't it gorgeous? I couldn't wait to make a card with it.


I am trying to learn how to color properly, with all the shadows and highlights, but I struggle.  I can see it in my head, but it doesn't come out right on paper.  So I shall keep trying.  I wanted to add highlights to the hair, but I haven't got it quite figured out yet.  :-)


There is a lot of texture in this piece.  The background is watercolor paper that was run through an embossing folder and then I colored the sea grass with markers.  The dark blue mat is glitter paper. The mermaid scales are glittered for shine.  I die cut a tiny starfish and glittered it to put in her hair. The bubbles are die cut from watercolor paper.


I die cut some underwater plants and shells. I also cut them out in fun foam so I could glue them together to give it added dimension.  I put a pearl on the shell and popped it up with dimensionals.  Everything is very shiny.  

Overall, I am very happy with the way this turned out.

See you again soon...

Inky hugs,



Friday, May 12, 2017

Anniversary Time

Hello!

Today is my 16th wedding anniversary (where has the time gone?) and I wanted to share the card I made for my dear husband.  We are soul mates.

Years ago, someone stamped a cute volkswagen beetle for me and it's been sitting in my stash, waiting for just the right moment.  I wish I had that stamp. Or at least remember who stamped it for me so I could borrow it. So, if any of you know where I can find that stamp, please let me know.  It's the perfect size to add "people" to it.

Anyway, I dug out the image, and  colored it in with red copics.  My marker obviously needs reinking.  But we've been on the road awhile and our car is old and has seen better days.  :-)



I stamped the two chickens from the Stampin' Up! set Hey Chick (Sale-A-Bration item) and cut them out.  One is me and one is my husband.  I let him have the funky "hair" since he doesn't have a lot in real life.  :-)    I adhered them to the back of the car and popped the whole thing up with stamping dimensionals.

The background trees are from the Stampin' Up! set Lovely As A Tree (#128655). I stamped them multiple times to make a forest.   You can order them here:  www.beckypartan.stampinup.net.  I made a stencil to make clouds in the sky, which I sponged with a very pale blue ink.

The hot air balloon, the dog, and the "Happy Anniversary" are from Gina K. Designs (Framescapes - Simply Spring and Framescapes - Winter Trees).

I drew in a road (the road of life) for us to travel down.  And I cut the grass in the foreground and popped it up with stamping dimensionals, so it's in the foreground.

I hope you have enjoyed my light-hearted anniversary card.  I gave it to him this morning and I must say it was a hit.

Inky hugs,
Becky

Monday, May 8, 2017

Something old...

Good morning!

I am part of a great group of ladies that swap a card once a month.  Each month has a theme, and this month it was to use something that you haven't used in a long time.  For me, it was stamps and tape.

The card I ended up making...


I hadn't used the silhouette stamp in a very long time.  And I love to watercolor, although I'm not very good at it.  But with a silhouette stamp you can't fail, right?  So I watercolored the background to look like a summer sunset. When it was dry, I stamped the floral silhouette image.  I had to stamp it a couple of times because of the bumpy watercolor paper, but using a stamp positioner allowed me to stamp it in the same place.  I matted it with black cardstock.

Then it was time to choose my background cardstock.  I chose this pretty yellow cardstock that matched the yellow in my watercolored piece.  But it was plain, so I dug out a stencil and some Distress Oxide Inks (they blend so smoothly) in the same colors as the watercolored piece, and sponged them on the cardstock.  The colors I used was Fossilized Amber and Faded Brick.

Now I needed something for the bottom.  I dug around through my stash and found this glittery black tape that I had purchased a couple of years ago and never used.  It was great for the bottom of the card.  

A few sequins, and viola!  I was done.  I was very pleased with the results.

Hope you are having a fantastic Monday.  I'm a little sore. My chickens have decided they love to dig underneath my huge bouganvillea, and I was afraid they would step on some of the sharp thorns and hurt their feet.  So I went to Walmart and bought some loppers and pruners and set about pruning the tree around the bottom, about 2 feet up.  Between the pruning and the raking and picking up and hauling to the curb, I used some muscles that haven't been used in a while, and I can tell it this morning. But my girls now have plenty of room to dig around under the bush without hurting themselves.

Henrietta and Goldilocks
Until next time, do something crafty!



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tri Fold Card

Good morning! Today I wanted to share a tri-fold card with you, but in my haste to get pictures before I mailed the card, I forgot to get a picture of the total card.  But, from the pictures I did get, I think you can figure it out. Just picture a reversed L-shaped card.

I cut a piece of cardstock into an 8 x 8 square.  Then I scored it at 4 inches on both sides, so I got intersecting lines on the square.   I cut out the top left 1/4 of the card. The score lines make it easy. Then you fold the top right portion down and the left bottom portion in to make the card.  Here is the front of the card.



I ran the front section of the card through my Cuttlebug in an embossing folder to get some texture. I cut a circle into the front of the card using a circle die, then I cut another smaller circle onto a piece of 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 white cardstock, which I adhered in the center of the opened front page, making a layered look for the front.  I die cut "hello" twice from pink cardstock and once from fun foam, then adhered them together.  adhered it to the open area on each side, and sprinkled glitter on it.  Let dry.

Then I started on the inside panel that folds down.  You can see the white cardstock on the left (open) panel - this is the one I die cut with the circle.


I used some Stampin' Up! designer paper cut into a 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 inch piece, then sponged pink ink on it to match the outside of the card.  Since it was a big floral piece, I put a die cut butterfly in the center as the focal point.  The butterfly has a glimmer to it.  A few sequins finished this panel off.

On to the inside of the card.  You can see a little better the top panel that folds down and the left panel that folds closed.



I, again cut a piece of white cardstock 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 and stamped the sentiment in pink ink.  I had some fancy dies I had never used, so I cut some out of the pink cardstock and adhered.  In hindsight, I should have adhered the dies then stamped the sentiment to get better placement, but will make a mental note to do that in the future.

All in all, I was pleased with this card and will make more. You can make any size, as long as you keep it square.  I think the largest would be a 6 x 6 card because you would have to use 12 x 12 paper to make it.  But as long as you keep all the sides square, you should be able to make any sized card.  


It's been a dry year so far, and the last couple of days we've had a little rain, which has helped, but we are still in need of  lots more liquid sunshine.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Penned and Painted

Good afternoon!

I am in love with the Stampin' Up!  Penned and Painted stamp set (#141938).   I have been having so much fun making multiple cards using different colored inks, and different components of the set.  Let's take a look.


 Here I have used the same colors of inks, but I also used the outline stamp on the card on the left.  I also used a stencil to lightly stencil in a background.  There is room in the bottom right for a sentiment.  What I also like about this card is you can use it turned in any direction.  It can be used landscape or portrait style, sentiment at the top or bottom.

Now let's look at some cards made with different colored inks.


Again, you can use in either direction.  But look at the detail in those flowers.  

I think this has become my new favorite stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set at www.beckypartan.stampinup.net.

Thanks for looking. See you again soon.