Category Archives: Stampin Up!

Revisiting my card making skills…

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Holy cow…..it’s been ages since I sat down and made a card!!  I’ve been so involved in my new love of Mixed Media that I haven’t given my cards a thought in some time.  I did get together with my Stampin’ Up! group this past month after taking the summer off and it felt good to create on these small canvas’ and get some cards back into my stash!  This card is for a challenge over on the Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) site that I also haven’t visited in some time.  I’ve been nudged a few times by my old SCS buddies to get my butt in gear and get posting to this particular challenge thread and then a couple of my Mixed Media friends also put up the challenge so I figured….why not!!  I used supplies from a lot of different companies on this one!

The challenge for this weeks Mixability was to use grid-lines of some sort in your project.  My grid-lines are on my background paper which is from Prima’s Sunrise sunset collection and looks like a ledger sheet.  I stamped my Stampin’ Up! Swallow Tail butterfly onto the card front and then again onto the same  ledger sheet paper in order to cut it out and pop dot it up for some dimension.  I inked the Butterfly with some of my Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Worn Lipstick.  I also took one of my homemade stencils I received in a swap I did with one of my Mixed Media friends from The Netherlands and used some of my homemade texture paste to give my background some dimension as well.  After the paste was dry I added layers of the Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint and Broken China to the lattice texture paste design to grunge it up a bit and then outlined each of the lattice squares with my charcoal pencil and smudged the lines to create the illusion of additional dimension.  I stamped the Thanks So Much sentiment using a stamp from my Stampin’ Up! Riveting set and pop dotted it up as well.  I outlined the edge of the card with my charcoal pencil as well and smudged it in.  I then took some of my Close To My Heart Create-A-Shade Pear paint and applied it to the wings of the butterfly to add some shimmer to it.  The shimmer doesn’t pick up in the camera at all, but I love the look of it! I also added some Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the outside edges of the butterfly wings.  Here’s the card:

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Here’s a close up of the lattice texture stencil:

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So, there it is!!  A mixed media card!  Go figure.

Thanks so much for checking in. To my Canadian friends, have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Huggss,

Yvonne

You Can Do It!!

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Hello my little blog family…..two posts in one week??!!  Just in case you’re wondering, no, I did not make a New Year’s Resolution to keep up with regular posting (although I’d like to find a way to become more consistant….lol).  I have my mom here visiting and we’ve been on a card creating binge right now and I’m just having so much fun!!  I have a few cards done and will try to post each one of them over the next few days…..we’ll see how that works out…..lol.

You’ve seen me talk about the gals over on Splitcoaststampers every now and again.  Well, one of the ladies has started a new challenge thread called You Can Do It!! This challenge will be hosted by anyone joining the group that wants to host and has an idea for a technique, card sketch, color combo, embellishment idea……etc.  The person hosting for the week will give the group a challenge and we can either participate or not each week and make a card according to the challenge she put out there.  You can even go back to previous challenges and do them if you want instead of the challenge for that week.  We’re a pretty laid back group and have a ton of fun!!  The very first challenge was to make a card using a hand-made flower of any kind.  And this flower didn’t have to be hand-made by yourself, it could be one that someone else made for you too!!  I ended up doing two cards for this challenge.

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Check out that beautiful crochet flower!!  My mom crochet it for me…..did three different flowers so I decided to stack them to make one gorgeous full flower!!  I attached them all together with a brad from the Stampin’ Up! set of Antique brads and just love it.  She also showed  me how to do the double embossing technique on one card front…..very cool.  I love my newest embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! called Fancy Fan Folder.  It’s the one on the top of the card.   I’d love to find a die cut with that pattern on it.   And how about that lace…..OMGosh!!  I got it through a Facebook Destash your Stash site where people go on and create an album with all the supplies they want to purge out of their craft space or in some instances, stores, and are given a date and a one hour time slot to sell their stuff!  I just love this lace and got it for a song!  My Congratulations sentiment stamp is from one of my favorite sets from Hot Off the Press called Tiny Words & Images onto one of my tags from my Spellbinders Fancy Tags set.

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I’m going to get her to teach me how to make these before she goes home so I can pump some of these babies out too.  🙂  I don’t know that I’d ever try to duplicate the lace though.

The second card I made I used one of my favorite Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart called Art Philosophy.  It has about 6 different rolled flower die cuts to choose from and I love making these flowers!!  I also used my new Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die cut I got from my mom for Christmas.  I’ve been wanting that die cut for a while now and just love using it!  I use 4 of them on this card.  I took two of them and flipped one over and then attached the ‘bottom’ of them together to make the sort of fan shape with them.  I did the same thing again and just turned it upside down too to mirror the top one.  Clever now, aren’t I??!!!  🙂

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All I can say is thank goodness for glue pens cause that’s a very narrow die cut!!!  The leaves were punched out using my pocket leaf punch from Creative Memories.  The sentiment is a Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  I love those rolled flowers and this is the first time I used patterned paper to cut them out and I really like them!  Here’s a close-up of the beauties….

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That’s it for today.  I’m off to go play some more with mom.  Later ladies!!

Huggss,

Yvonne  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cards, cards and more cards!!

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Hey there my blogging family!  I was at our cabin for a few days last week and decided it was time to make some cards again…..I had a blast!!  One of these days I’ll figure out how to do the delayed blog post thingy so a new post comes up every day or so……but ya, that’s not going to happen today, so I’ll just put them all into one post…..lol.  The paper and most of the embellishments used on these cards were all purchased from Leanne’s store called Scrapn’ With Flair…..check it out….she has great prices!!

Have I mentioned how much I love my I Am Roses roses???  I really like how this card turned out and love the shabbiness of it (is that even a word??  lol).  I used papers from the BoBunny Country Garden line and the Weathered design.  I love this paper line and had such a hard time cutting into it!!!  It’s so crazy, but I feel like I have this hoarding vault full of all my favorite stuff and I never want to use it…..soooo silly!!.  I used a strip off both sides of the paper for this card and covered the seam with a piece of lace I found at our local Thrift Store…….I LOVE that store!!  I’ve got so much stuff from there for just a few dollars, it’s crazy!!.  I distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and then inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood…..one of my favorite inks.  I attached a butterfly from a package from Close To My Heart and then grabbed my Gesso and randomly applied some to give the card an old weathered look.  It doesn’t show in the picture, but I applied some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the two colored butterflies on the paper……I really love how that stuff just adds to the dimension on a card!

So…….how ’bout this one…..very mixed media…..I really like it.  It’s not for everyone, but  I’m really having fun with the whole mixed media world lately.  For this card I started with a Kraft cardstock base and then layered on paper from the BoBunny Timepiece line and the Country Garden line.  I tore the layers and then distressed the edges with my fingernail and inked them with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo…..another one of my go-to favorites!  I used my Stampin’ Up! Scallop Trim Border punch, some burlap pieces and some jute twine.  The butterfly is from the 12 x 12 Chipboard add-on to the BoBunny Country Garden line and it has a bunch of very cute elements to be used!  I took my texture paste and randomly smeared it over the card and burlap and then added a bit of white Gesso to the top of it to give it more of a white look.  Once I was all done with the card I grabbed my Tsukineko Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray and gave the whole front of the card a spritz with it……it leaves a very cool raised texture to the card front once dry.  Along the left side of the card there is also half a doily pasted on that’s been spritzed with some of my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (sooooo love these spritz’s!!!) in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.

This is more of a traditional card I made for the Alphabet Challenge on SCS.  The letter for this week was C.  I used the BoBunny Timepiece paper and then took my stamps from a new set made by “darkroom door” called Tick Tock.  I stamped all three clocks onto cardstock using my Rich Cocoa Memento Ink, distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distress tool and inking the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I also inked the entire edge of the card base with the Vintage Photo as well.  I added some of my Close To My Heart Liquid Glass to the edges of two of the clocks and to the swirls on the card front.  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and the silver butterfly was from my stash as were the brown flat-back pearls. 

 

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The butterflies were stamped onto a piece of paper towel and then spritzed with my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabios in Caribbean Blue, Luscious Lime and Mango Mania.  I also took the other half of the doily I’d already spritzed and used it on the side of this card.  I added some lace that I died using the spritz’s and a lace bow.  I took my texture past and smeared quite a bit of it on the front of the card and then spritzed it as well.  I added some stickles to the wings of the butterflies and then traced around them with my white pen to make them pop.  I distressed the edges of the card with my Distress Tool and then inked them with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China.  I added three I Am Roses roses to the front.  These three roses were already inked with the black on the edges of the petals, so I took my spritz’s in the Caribbean Blue and the Mango Mania and gave them a couple of sprays to tie them into the card better.

That’s it for my very long post…….if you’ve stuck around this far, thank you!!!  As always I love to read your comments/feedback.  I’m off the see what else strikes my fancy……till next time!

Huggss,

Yvonne  😉

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  😉

 

 

 

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  😉