Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leafing out into Something New!

I don't know where summer went...it is with a bit of nostalgia I am noticing brighter blue days with the crisp of Autumn approaching.The mornings have been a bit too chilly to sit on our back porched in area of the deck...but I am anyways, with my polar bear robe and my polar bear looking Beulah beside me...and this week we are watching our daughter's dog, Daisy, so I also have one at my feet...well actually on top of my feet where she rests her head. With the end of summer wedding, summer seemed to go by too quickly, so now I am hoping to set a more leisurely pace for Fall. I love Fall and everything about it. It is my favorite season, although all seasons have their special nuances that sing to me.
I have two Pinterest inspired cards today, both with a lot of white space, bright colors, and minimal layers.
I made this for a dear friend who came to our daughter's wedding, which was 3 1/2 hours from our town and a 2 night hotel stay. She was like my own "Maid of Honor" only she was the Mother of the Bride's Maid of Honor"...meaning she was by my side, offered to do anything, get anything, complimented me about my dress, assured me, made me laugh, brought me champagne for toasts, and danced like a fool with me on stage...which my husband has a video he's keeping somewhere, which I have not seen...if I did I am sure I would be quite embarrassed. But let's just say, we had fun! Which really was my goal for after the ceremony...just enjoy the festivities!
My friend is a big Starbucks coffee drinker...so I was really excited when I found this gift card there today:
It will make a cute tuck in to the inside of my card, don't you think? I think she'll be tickled!
Anyway, I made her this card that was featured on the Papertrey Ink blog using the Mighty Oaks stamp set and matching die. I also used a wood grain embossing folder to add texture, which you might see more clearly if you click on the picture for magnification. The swirls were free handed with a silver gel pen.
So here is another one just like it...except for one thing:
The sentiment is one of my favorites, so I made another card using the sentiment stamped in a new color from SU!, Blue Lagoon. I stamped that thing at least 12 times before getting it straight, and so I had to include a picture.
The next card is using PTI's older set, Turning a New Leaf. This leaf is the closest I could find that wasn't more of an outline stamp and had a filled in image which made the overall look much more graphic.  I masked the image and stamped on Watercolor Paper.
I then used a very old SU! sentiment with the SU! word window and oval scallop punches to basically hide a boo boo. The colors are old olive and navy blue card stock, and the addition of more mustard inks to the olive and navy. 
These are not original ideas...though I have added my own changes, the ideas were from the PTI blog. 
I am always blessed to have you visit. The coffee pot is on and if you come to sit on my deck, I'm sure we'll have a pooch around to keep you warmed up!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baby Card at Midnight

I am probably the only one who does this...decide on the way to bed at night to take one last peek into my stamp room...and unintentionally starting a card around midnight. Which is why I try not to do that. But this was a quickie card and almost embarrassing to post because of the lack of time put into it...although I have to say, I really like the vintage feel.
I used a retired Flourishes baby stamp set. First I ran a (new to me) Cuttlebug Embossing  frame (Rebecca) which helped to set off the images and gave me corners where there were none! Stamped on So Saffron designer series paper by SU! in a brown memento ink, first the chair, then the saying, then the ducky in the upper corner. I liked the balance. I didn't want to color, but just used a single copic to add a little "shading" to the images, and then brown pearls to finish off. Matted on a chocolate chip brown with a Very Vanilla card base. (SU!)
I liked that I didn't have to color. The stamps pretty much set the tone for the feel of this card. Even though it was simple, I liked the way it turned out.
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