Monthly Archives: April 2012

Friend to friend…..

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We’re at the end of the marathon!!  Unless I get some cards done tonight and feel like posting them….at this moment I can’t see that happening…..lol.  So this card is right up my alley I tell you.  A bit of a vintage feel and I’m in heaven!

Check out this stamp!!  If this doesn’t scream vintage, I don’t know what would!! It’s from the Stampin’ Up! set called ‘Rue Des Fleus’ and it was in the Jan – Apr flyer.  I never did order it and I really hope I don’t regret it….lol. It was stamped onto the cardstock in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then the image was inked over using a dauber and the Soft Suede ink.  The image was then punched out and matted onto the front of the oval Designer Frame embossed image that was embossed onto the Baja Breeze cardstock and torn off.  Love the look!  

 

The Designer Series paper was embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to give it some depth.  Sentiment stamped, punched and inked and we have ourselves a neat little vintage card!

Okay, now I’m off to finish making supper and then to my room to craft the evening away!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

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For my friend…

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Are you ready for a really cool technique my blogging marathon buddies?!  How about a little Faux Tile (or Grid) Technique?!  This is sooo cool looking!

Check…it…out!  Grab your score pal and have some fun ladies! Centre your cardstock vertically and score every inch then give your paper a turn, center it again and score every inch to give you a 1 inch scored grid pattern on your cardstock.  Now grab those stamps of yours, ink them up and ‘gently’ press the image onto your scored piece of paper.  You don’t want to push too hard or you’ll lose the tile effect as the grooves will fill in.  This card was stamped using the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Bunch flower set in both Calypso Coral and Lucky Lime Aid. Then it was sponged all over the grid pattern with the Crumb Cake ink to really bring out the tile look.  I just love this look!

The base of the card is made with Crumb Cake, then a layer of the Calypso Coral and then the card front.  Before we glued the top two layers down we took strips of thin, sheer ribbon and wrapped it around the card three times and tied a knot. The flowers were punched out, pop-dotted on and the card was complete!

I’m getting ready to get back to my craft room and just create something already!!!  One more card…..lol

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…..heartfelt…..

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Okay my blog world friends…..I’m back from the trade show…..bought some really cute little kids aprons for when the Grandkids bake with Grandma….and some loose tea, yummy.  I’m back at it here to get caught up….got lots of great and oh so wonderful things happening next week so I want to start off the week all organized and ready to take them on!!  This card was done at my last Stampin’ Up! demo night and we did a very cool technique that I’ve been wanting to try and play with for some time now.  Stamping onto paper with just the acrylic block!  Yup, love the results…..so check it out!

See how cool it looks!!  We used two different size block and stamped onto the front of our Stampin’ Up! White Confetti paper, overlapping the blocked image a bit with the Crumb Cake ink.  The flower image was colored directly onto the stamp with Taken with Teal marker and Cherry Cobbler.  Give the stamp a huff and stamp ‘er down! The flower stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! Nature Walk set.  Very lovely set and I love the look of the dual colored stamped image.  And I just love the look and feel of the seam binding ribbon….yup!!

A couple of bees (wasps….whatever you want them to be…lol) were also stamped onto the card front in the Soft Suede and their bodies colored in with the So Saffron markers.  The sentiment was added and we were ready to start matting and layering the pieces on!

Some of the ladies used the scallop edged punch for the Cherry Cobbler strip along the side.  I chose to tear it to keep the look and feel of the distressed pieces flowing through the card.  Both looked very nice and it just came down to a personal preference.  Our Stampin’ Up! demo (A.K.A. ‘Cutter’) is a wonderful demo and pretty much lets us play as we put the cards together.  We have a great group of ladies and there’s never a shortage of laughter floating around the table pretty much all the time.  The card base is Crumb Cake, to which a layer of the Taken With Teal was added and then our top stamped piece of White Confetti.  This could make a great masculine card (perhaps minus the bow) with the color combo…..I love it!  I’ll definitely be using the stamped acrylic block technique again!

So, are you still with me…..off to post another card.  Please, please kick my butt if I ever get this far behind again!!!  lol lol

Huggss,

Yvonne   😉

Live Inspired….Love You….Thank You….Happy Birthday….

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We were at the cabin a few weekends ago and I was in a more CAS mood.  I usually like to distress and mess up my cards…..I went with a more of a clean look and not allot on the cards.  I was on a roll and made a few of them (and I thought I’d save you some email space and post all four of them in one post…..lol):

 

How ’bout that little pop of orange??  I used one of my swirl stamps which is from a set that I believe was the Martha Stewart swirls set (but I honestly don’t remember for sure) and stamped onto the bottom of my card base with my versamark stamp pad.  (love that stamp pad!!)  I added the word paper strip which is from a Making Memories paper called Brun Antique Dictionary.  I found this 12 x 12 paper in a pack of 25 of the same two-sided sheets and just fell in love with it!!  This is going to be soooo versatile and I know I’ll use it allot (as you’ll see with these cards….lol).  The cute bird pair is from my Inkadinkado stamp set called You are a True Friend and was colored in with my Tim Holtz Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I also added another swirl to the printed DP which was stamped in Tim Holtz Dried Marigold Distress ink.  The ‘Live Inspired’ was taken from a portion of a Close To My Heart stamp from the set with the same name and stamped and edged in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.

This card also uses that very cool Making Memories Brun Antique Dictionary paper.  The flowers were made from two different stamp sets – one using a stem and leaf stamps from a set I’ve had forever and don’t even know who it’s made by. The flower is from a new set I just got from Stampin’ Up! called ‘Faith in Nature’.  I LOVE this set and I know I’ll use it allot.  I sponged the flower portions with some Tim Holtz Dried Marigold and Antique Linen Distress ink and also inked the edges of the printed DP with the Dried Marigold and some Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  The sentiment is taken from a portion of a stamp from my Hot Off The Press stamp set called ‘Matching Borders & Focals’.  It was stamped and edged in the Memento Rich Cocoa ink.   The lace strip was attached under and was colored using my Tim Holtz blending tool and my Antique Linen Distress Ink.

 

This was a quick and fun card to put together.  That pear stamp is a new fave of mine from  my Stampin’ Up! Faith in Nature set.  I stamped it onto a plain piece of cream-colored cardstock and inked it with some Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold Distress Ink and my sponge daubers.  I didn’t like the look of my plain cardstock so I grabbed one of my wooden skewers that I keep in my tool pouch and stamped it into the Memento Rich Cocoa ink and dotted it onto the paper using the flat end and the pointed end for some depth to the paper.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and inked in the Memento Rich Cocoa.  It was matted a layered a couple of times and I punched a border in some rusty colored cardstock using my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch.  Added some liquid pearls and Taaa Daaa….lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so that’s it for a while.  I’m going to be heading to a trade show this afternoon with one of my DIL’s and then I’ll be back to play.  Have a most wonderful day!  Chao.

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day…..again!!!

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Hello once again!!  Here is another Mother’s Day card I made…..this one was snatched up pretty quickly at work when I took it there to show the girls…..it never made it past the first girl!!  I REALLY love this die cut from Memory Box called Sefafina Heart …. just check it out!!

 

 

Isn’t it just so delicate and lovely?!!!  I added some bling to it just for those special mother’s.  My card base is some DP I’ve had in my stash for so long and I have no idea where or when I picked it up.  I think it makes for a very nice contrast for a background. 

 

 

 

My Mother’s Day sentiment is from my Close To My Heart sentiment set called “A Little Everything” which you’ve seen me use before.  That love lacey border is the Martha Stewart Elegant Lace punch. 

 

 

 

So, there it is…..very pink…..very feminine.  I actually did another one but went with a brown and orange sort of combo…..that one was grabbed right away too and I had intended to add bling to it too…..didn’t get a chance!!  lol.  Here’s what that one looked like……same layout (only reversed), just different color combo and I used my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch:

 

Now, what card to post next??  Are you getting tired of your emails filling up yet if you’re a subscriber…..lol.

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

Mother’s Day….

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Good day my amazing blog friends!!  I thought I’d better post a couple of Mother’s Day cards too so the amazing Mother’s don’t think I’ve left them out!!  This is a card we did at my last Stampin’ Up! demo night and I absolutely LOVE it and the layout.  It’ll be a very versatile layout for my collection as it would also make a wonderful wedding card.  First of all, just check out this amazing flower stamp!!

I just love this set from Stampin’ Up! and it’s called Mixed Bunch.  One of the best things about this set is it comes with a matching punch so you get the wonderful little cut out scallop edges to the flowers. We punch the flower out around the stamped image and then again on a piece of the Concord Crush cardstock, rounded up the edges of the flowers, layered them and attached it with some pop dots.  The Elegant Lines embossing folder is also one of my favorites from Stampin’ Up!  And check out the Ruffled Ribbon!!  I just love the look of that ribbon!!  The colors we used for this card were Concord Crush and Wysteria Wonder (which is starting to become one of my favorite SU colors!!)

Check out this adorable sentiment for the inside of the card!!!  I love it!!!  It’s from the ‘Well Scripted’ stamp set and is just sooo perfect for the Mother’s Day card.

 

 

 

 

 

So, here it is in full size.  I really like the look of the elements of this card and think it would look sooo stunning as a wedding card.  Switch up the colors to a beautiful tone on tone or a white and cream mixture.  Yup….a definite layout keeper….lol.

Thank you my friend for checking out this little gem…..how about one more Mother’s Day card I made using one of my new Memory Box dies…..

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

Father’s Day…

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Hello Blog pals…..here I am again!!  I have a group of girls I work with that purchase my cards on an ongoing basis.  I have this little box at work where Ijust put a bunch of cards in with an envelope for them to pay me on the honor system for any cards they take.  I decided I’d better start getting some Father’s Day cards in that box soon, so here’s a card I made up when I got some inspiration from one of my card making magazines.

I really like the masculine feel of this card.  Another layout I saw in one of my cardmaking magazines…..lol.  I love the layers on this card and I even pulled my sewing machine out for this card.  I made a little brown paper bag (out of a big brown paper bag….original, huh….lol) to hold a tag that has a cute little sentiment on it.  The piece of ruled paper I tore out of a journal book I have.  It didn’t have the red margin lines on it so I added those.  I also didn’t like the stark look of the white paper so I used my Tim Holtz blending tool and Distress Ink in Antique Linen to soften it a bit.

Here’s a peek at the tag I put into my paper bag.  It says “You are some kind of wonderful”.  Kind of fitting for Father’s Day I thought!!  lol  The measuring tape is from my Stampin’ Up! Totally Tools set and that stamp actually has the words ‘love beyond measure’ under the tape measure.  For this card I only wanted the tape measure so just didn’t ink up that part of the stamp.  The Happy Father’s Day is from one of my Close To My Heart sentiment sets called ‘A Little of Everything’.  It’s a very versatile and I use it quite often.

 

Check it out in full size.  I kinda like this one.  Check out my ‘screw’ brads…..cute…..oopps…..I mean, manly, aren’t they!

Thanks so much for coming on by.  I hope I stirred your imagination just a little to go and get creating in your craft space!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much!

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Hey there my bog friends!  I have sooo many good things going on in my life right now,…….holy cow!!  The most important right now is I have Grandchild #4 due any day now!!  I’m super pumped to meet the precious little bundle I can’t even tell you!! 

I was playing around with some of my stock pile of embossed cardstock and came across a card in one of my cardmaking magazine that sent me in this direction.  It’s just a tiny card measuring in at 4 x 4, but I think packs a bit of a punch for it’s size! 

 

 

I really like the pop of color the teal brings to the card!  And I have a confession to make…..I’ve had this Baker’s Twine forever, and this is the very first strip of it I’ve ever used……geesh!  Seriously?? lol.

 

 

 

 

‘Thanks So Much’ sentiment came from my Fiskars ‘So Much Thanks’ stamp set.  I really like how this little card turned out.

Check out the beautiful painted box in behind my card.  My very talented Mother painted that quite a few years ago and I absolutely love it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by again for a peak…..I hope to see you soon!!

Huggss,

Yvonne

Fancy Folds.

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I’m baaack!!  I have another card I need to get uploaded for the other SCS challenge thread I’m on.  My friend Lauren is hosting this weeks Mix It Up challenge and has put out the challenge for a fancy fold card.  You really do need to go and check out her blog.  She is one talented lady and I just love her style!  You can find her over at Laurenscraft.  You won’t be disappointed!

So, here’s another Stampin’ Up! card using the Triangle Fold technique.  It’s a little 4″ square card and so very cute!

The little square with the sentiment is only attached to half the front triangle piece of cardstock.  Crumb Cake was used for the base of the card and then layers of Designer Paper, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  It’s a very easy card to put together and very cute when it’s all done!

Here’s a close up of what it looks like when it’s all closed up. 

I think my blog is mad at me cause it’s not co-operating very well tonight at all!!!  I tried to post a couple of pics of this card (one of the card opened) and it won’t post both pics……so I’m giving up now before I get any more frustrated!!!  lol.  Some days, a techie I’m not and I guess this is one of those days!

I’m off once again to run and post to the challenge thread…..I’ll see if SCS likes me any better….hahaha.

Thanks once again for popping in……I know I say this almost every time, but honestly, I truly do appreciate you stopping by for a peak! 

Huggs,

Yvonne  😉

Pink Pirouette….

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I just love the names of the Stampin’ Up! colors….lol.  Hello there to my blog friends.  I’m trying to get back into some sort of a routine with posting to my blog…..I’ve missed posting to it sooo much!!  I’ve also been neglecting my SCS friends and their challenge threads.  Time to make up for it! 

Over on the Alphabet Challenge thread our friend Diane is doing a fantastic job of challenging up each week with such fun options for each letter.  You really should go and check out the challenge here and see what she comes up with.  She’s truly a gem of a person and is doing a fantastic job of temporarily hosting the challenge for Dani.

I was at my Stampin’ Up! demo night last week and this is one of the cards we made…..I love the CAS layout.  And it’s made with one of my favorite color combo’s of pink and brown!  Check it out!

 

The base of card was made using Early Espresso onto which was layered the Pink Pirouette. The corners were cut out using the Scallop Trim Corner punch.  The very cool layered flower was made using the single stamp called Triple Treat Flower.  The middle of the flower was punched out using the 5-Petal Flower punch and layered.  Love the look of that flower stamp and punch combo.

Thanks so much for popping in…..I’m off to post this to the challenge and can check one more thing off my list to get caught up!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉