Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Berry Blaze Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards aren't typically cards that I keep on hand, as I like to make each one specifically for the recipient.  For this card I pulled out glossy cardstock that had Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze brayered over the surface to create an ombre effect.


  • One section is stamped with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and a very old Ink Links Butterflies image and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • Another section is pressure embossed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch.
  • The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company . . . beautiful life, blessed memories set.  It is stamped on vellum with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • To create a textured look I gently pressed the card base into the Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze.  I am pleased with the end result!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter Birthday card for Retro Rubber

Time to get back into the swing of things over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  Our first challenge of 2020 is "it's Cold Outside!"  In our part of the world we are in the mid 30's during the day and freezing temps over night. 


I have a family member who has a January birthday so it was perfect to create a winter themed birthday card for him.


It is hard to tell in the photo, but the trees do have a bit of shimmer to mimic a light frost of snow.
  • A very old stamp in my collection, a tree by Ann-Ticipations from 1996 is the featured image.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer which also edges the image.
  • The trees are outlined with Zig's Wink of Stella, which is very subtle.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Art's "It's your day" from 2013.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.  The ends are trimmed with Fiskars Art Deco Corner Edger to create a unique banner look.  The edges are inked Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.
  • Judikens Extra Fine Grove Corrugated Sheet is wrapped with Darice Natural Hemp cord and tied in a knot.  
  • All the layers are adhered to a A-6 size card base.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do visit the rest of the Retro Rubber Design Team's blogs and leave them a little love!  Enter the Retro Rubber challenge with your own Winter Themed project and remember our simple rules:  1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and needs a bit of inky time 2) State how old your image is 3) Enter only up to 10 challenges including ours.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Thank You in Blue

You know how sometimes you have a new stamp and you just have to use it?  My new Triple Step Thank You from Concord & 9th is that stamp and die set that earned the distinction of "I wanna play with it now!"  I created a few cards with the set and played around with several colors of Memento Ink.  These are my two favorite versions.


  • For both versions I set up my stamp platform so I could stamp several of the main Triple Step Thank you.  I used Memento Inks in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, and Paris Dusk.
  • Wink of Stella added a bit of shimmer and sparkle on the letters of the sentiment, it is hard to photograph without bright sunlight and we are a bit short on that here in Central Oregon!  Currently it is snowing.
  • The same three inks are used with the sprinkles from Concord & 9th's Sweet Sprinkles set.  I varied the order of the colors and stamped the design across the card.
  • Craft twine is wrapped around one edge and tied in a bow.
  • The Thank you sentiment is mounted with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The card base is inked with Bahama Blue and an Ink Blusher.
  • The base layer is adhered to the front of the card.

  • The background is created with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.  The ink is applied directly to the embossing folder and the white cardstock is pressure embossed.  only the recessed sections of the cardstock pick up the ink for the most part.  This is a really quick way to create a background, although your fingers do get a bit inky!
  • For this version the card base is inked with Summer Sky.
 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed New Year!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sympathy Card for a dear furry friend

I've been hunkered down out home for what seems forever!  Not much crafting, but plenty of celebrating birthdays and holidays!  Unfortunately a little bit of illness too.  Now that we are in the new year of 2020 it is time to play with paper.  Sadly the necessary cards to be made are related to losses, in this case a dear furry friend of the feline persuasion.

My stash does not contain any cat related stamps, so I went to the old paper collection by DCWV called Pet Stack.  It had many dog related papers which are used more frequently in my scrapbooking.  I used the Paper Craft Crew PCC365 sketch for my inspiration.


  • The papers are trimmed to fit the sketch and adhered to the card base.
  • Unity Stamp's  . . . beautiful life, blessed memories stamp set provided the sentiment.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.
  • To finish the card Echo Park Enamel Dots are adhered.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Hoover Dam Double Page layout for Stick It Down

Hello everyone!  So glad to be back into the swing of things and crafting!  We have a great set of sketches to start the new year and decade over at Stick It Down.  Go check them out!  This is the double page sketch for January. 


I am really loving how it worked so well with photos from my recent trip to Las Vegas, where we drove over to tour the iconic Hoover Dam.  I actually ordered some of the photos taken at the Dam . . . that would feature different backgrounds.  You can only order the photos in this size so it was perfect for this sketch!

 Hoover Dam was built in the era when Art Deco was the style.  All of the art and interior motif was incredibly well preserved Art Deco, a testament to a great aesthetic!

I started with paper purchased at ScrapbooksRus in Las Vegas, Scrapbook Customs Old Antique and Old Antique Words.  The title was printed for me, yeah!    To keep with the Art Deco theme I choose Spellbinders Moroccan Accents and Moroccan Motifs and die cut grey and blue cardstock embellishments.   To trim the corners of the grey cardstock journaling blocks I pulled out the ancient Fiskars Nostalgia Corner Edger.   A little journaling and the layout is complete.  Now to print and scrap all the other great photos I took during the tour!

Thanks for stopping by and please do come play with our sketch this month.  It is really a quick and easy sketch to complete over at Stick It Down

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Retro Rubber think Red, White, and Green for Christmas

For our last challenge of the year at Retro Rubber we have the seasonal color theme!  Everyone can use a few handmade Christmas cards, so come join the fun and make a few to enter our challenge.  Our rules are simple 1)  Use a stamp that is at least one year or older and indicate the age of the stamp in your challenge entry 2)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.


I will admit I did a couple of variations on the theme, and finally decided on this design.


I am a huge angel fan, so many of my Christmas cards feature angels.  It is always fun to use the same stamps or dies and create new versions of a card.
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Lacey Angel is die cut from red cardstock.  I knew I wanted to create a layered card so the angel is adhered to white cardstock and then fussy cut to create a solid white background around the lacey die.  
  • Spellbinders Opulent Ovals is used to die cut the oval layer which is inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.  
  • The sentiment by Annette Watkins from about 1997 is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy on vellum.   The vellum is run through a 2.5 Xyron Sticker Maker first then it is then die cut with Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles.    
  • Sizzix Snow Flower embossing folder is used to emboss vellum for the background.   
  • The layers are carefully adhered to together, the green oval was adhered to the vellum first with dimensional foam adhesive.  The adhesive was applied behind the oval on the embossed vellum layer and adhered to the A2 card base.  The sentiment vellum sticker is adhered to the oval.  The angel is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive to the vellum embossed layer.
Thanks so much for supporting our Retro Rubber Challenge blog over the years, we are now over 5 years old and still going strong.  Join the fun over at Retro Rubber with your own Christmas card or red, white and green project!

Monday, December 2, 2019

December Stick It Down Double Page

Here we are with the last sketch of the year for Stick It Down.  A great one for all those Christmas photos you undoubtedly have!


Here is my version of the sketch, which I recreated for four double page spreads.  I was able to use a two sheets of Kraft cardstock and three sheets of patterned paper for all four layouts!  I am really pleased with the embellishments I stamped to match.