Fall Leaves A Grateful Heart

During this time of social distancing our church has been having drive-by activities. We’ve had a pizza, ice cream, muffins and donut breakfast as a few of the activities. The women’s organization planned on a fall activity where they would give out bread to the women of the ward. They asked me to create a handout that they could attached that would have a message they would like to share. The theme was gratitude.

I had this lovely die from Simon Says Stamp and had recently purchased a pretty fall leaves stencil from Carta Bella. I die cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then ink blended the “Hello Autumn” stencil with pretty fall colors. It was adhered to a olive green rectangle that was cut 1/8″ larger than the stenciled panel. The “Grateful” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock then a 1″ strip of the same green cardstock was cut and the words “A” and “Heart” was stamped and embossed gold to be before and after the die cut. To add a little more visual interest a small maple leaf was cut from soft golden orange and the edges were blended with Vintage Photo ink. A small bow was made with ivory and gold baker’s twine and adhered to the bottom of the leaf, which was adhered to the left of the sentiment with liquid glue.

The message panel was printed and then die cut with a stitched rectangle. The edges were distress with the same brown ink and it was adhered to the back of the stenciled panel. I think it turned out nice.

I love the message. There is so much distress and unrest in the world. So many people are angry and lashing out. If we would take the time to be grateful for all we have been given, to be grateful for the privilege to freely express ourselves and allow others the same right, without anger if they have a different opinion, the world would be a better place.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Carta Bella Hello Autumn
  • Simon Says Stamp Grateful Die
  • Honey Bee Stamps Thanks and Giving
  • Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo
  • Copic Markers YR24, YR21, YR20
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Paper Accent Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Golden Yellow Cardstock from Scraps
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • White and Gold Baker’s Twine
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Yoseng Ink Blending Brushes

Cruisin’ Into Your Birthday in a Classic Malibu

My husband had this exact car when he was a teenager and his was red and white. He said that you screwed the tail like off to fill the car with gas. How cool is that.

I stamped the image onto some Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating die to cut it out. I also cut some sticky back foam with the same die and adhered the two together for dimension.

The sentiments were stamped and cut using the coordinating dies, along with sticky back foam for dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the car so I cut a smaller rectangle of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle and embossed it using the Sizzix Foundry 3D Embossing Folder. Red cardstock was matted behind the embossed rectangle and it was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

The car and sentiments were adhered using liquid glue and the car was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam and Red Velvet Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Foundry 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You’re Not Old – Your a Classic Corvette

Who didn’t want a sporty Corvette when they were growing up and my dream was always that it would a bright and shiny red.

I stamped the image onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. Once the coloring was complete it was cut using the coordinating die. I also used the die to cut some sticky back foam and adhered the card to it for dimension.

I picked a couple of the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamp’s You’re a Classic stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies. Sticky back foam was also cut and added to the back of the sentiments.

To add visual interest behind the card I cut down a panel of what cardstock with a stitched rectangle and embossed it with the Sizzix Mechanics 3D Embossing Folder. It was matted with black cardstock and adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with liquid glue.

The car and sentiments were adhered using liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: R29, R27, R24; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam and Red Velvet Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Mechanics 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Black Onyx Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You’re Not Old – You’re Vintage (Ford Pickup)

I learned to drive in a green Ford Pickup. Not as old as this one from Honey Bee Stamps but still pretty old. The good thing about learning to drive a stick shift is once you get the clutch and gas down you can drive nearly anything.

I stamped it onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it with Copic Markers. I then used the coordinating die to cut it out. Using the die sticky back foam was cut and added to the back of the car.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the car and pulled out Sizzix’s Woven 3D Embossing Folder and embossed a smaller rectangle that would cut down using a stitched die. It was matted with some green cardstock from my stash.

I love the way that Honey Bee Stamps has coordinating dies for their sentiments. If you get their Car Show stamp set, you really need to get their You’re a Classic, which has perfect sentiments to go along with the vintage and classic cars in the set. I stamped a couple of the sentiments and cut them out with coordinating dies. I used the coordinating dies to also cut some sticky back foam and added it to the sentiments.

The embossed rectangle was added to a top folding A2 cardbase and then the car and sentiment were added with liquid glue and the card was done.

My friend said that “vintage” was worse than “classic” it meant you were even older. I reminded her we were going to be 69 this year and that was vintage and vintage is rare.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Car Show
  • Honey Bee Stamps You’re a Classic
  • Copic Markers: G29, G28, G46, G43; C7, C5, C4, C3, C1, C0; B0000
  • Distress Oxide Ink Mowed Lawn
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Sizzix Woven 3D Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock

You Rock – Hope Your Birthday is a Hit

I was a teenager in the 60 and 70’s and Rock ‘n Roll was king. I also grew up in a musical family, although my Mom didn’t like modern music, we listened to the classics, which I like as well. In any case, I love music. Honey Bee Stamps Music Speaks is a truly wonderful stamp set for any music lovers out there. I pulled three of the guitars for this card.

I stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. For the red and white guitar I also cut some sticky back foam and added it to the back of the guitar for dimension.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the guitars and decided to dry emboss a panel of white cardstock that was cut down with a stitched rectangle using Spellbinders Music Embossing Folder and added it to a red cardbase.

I pulled out Matty’s Crafting Joy “You Rock” from my stash and cut it from red cardstock and sticky back foam and adhered the two together. I cut away the foam where the sentiment with overlap the red guitar so that it would be the same height.

The blue and yellow guitars were adhered directly to the embossed panel with liquid glue. The red guitar was adhered in the center of the two, which already had foam adhered to the back. The sentiment was then adhered to the bottom of the card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Music Speaks
  • Matty’s Crafting Joy You Rock Die
  • Copic Markers: B28, B26, B24, B23; Y19, Y17, Y15; YG17, YG05, YG03; R29, R27, R24; Y26, Y23; C1, C0
  • Spellbinders Music Embossing Folder
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Velvet Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock

Pink Rose Hello

My crafting friend encouraged me to purchase Altenew’s newest build-a-flower die. This is my first attempt. I like the size of the flower, but I’m not sure if I like the flat petals to the bottom of the flower.

When the dies first arrived we went shopping for some colored cardstock. I found some pretty textured cardstock from Paper Studio in different colors of pink. I did pull out one pink from my scraps and used some Copic Markers to deepen the color on another. The dies are a little harder to determine where to layer than some of the others I have, but in the end they turned out pretty.

I decided to place the large rose and leaves onto the second largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. For added visual interest I embossed the rectangle using Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. I placed the rose and leaves in the upper left corner of the scalloped rectangle and adhered them with liquid glue.

For the sentiment I cut the beautiful Honey Bee Stamps “Hello” from gold mirror cardstock. I thought about adding foam behind it, but decided to adhered it directly to the scalloped rectangle.

The scalloped rectangle was adhered to side fold cardbase with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Copic Markers: RV25, RV23, RV00, YG05, YG67
  • The Paper Studio Texture Lime Green, Light Pink, Bright Pink, Pink Watercolor
  • Bazzill Green and Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Sorry for Your Loss Corner Flowers

This is the last card I made with Pink Fresh Studio’s Celebrate Our Differences stamp. This time I decided to adhered the flower arrangement directly to the card front. However, I wanted to add some dimension and visual interest, so I cut a scalloped rectangle from white cardstock and then dry embossed it using Stampin’ Up’s Tasteful Textures.

I went through my stash of papers to find a blue that matched the flowers and adhered the scalloped, embossed rectangle to the front of the card with liquid glue. I find liquid glue works best when adhering something that has texture. The flowers were adhered to the corners of the scalloped rectangle, also with liquid glue.

I decided to make this a sympathy card. Unfortunately, I have been in need of quite a few lately. I die cut the word “sorry” three times from leftover blue cardstock and adhered them together with liquid glue and then adhered to the middle of the card with the same glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was adhered using Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the flowers. I liked this card. The colors are lovely, but I think I like it best when the flowers are adhered with foam tape to add some dimension to the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Celebrate Our Differences
  • Honey Bee Stamps With Sympathy
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Silhouette Cameo Cut File
  • Altenew Inks: Eastern Sky, Ultramarine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Paper Studio 5 Color Blue Paper Stack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam

The Miracle of Christmas

I think this is my favorite Christmas card so far. It it fairly quick and easy to make and it is such a wonderful message.

I cut a scalloped rectangle from some layering weight ivory cardstock and then stamped the message with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I tried stamping the message first and then die cutting, but found it easier to make sure the message was centered on the rectangle when cutting it first and then stamping the message.

Hero Arts Christmas Rose Background was stamped onto Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was then cut with the largest scalloped rectangle and adhered to a side folding ivory cardbase with dot liner adhesive. The sentiment was then adhered in the center with liquid glue adhesive.

The poinsettia was cut from ivory cardstock and colored with Copic Markers, but to mass produce it will be easier to cut from red cardstock and just add some depth and dimension with the Copic Markers. The center of the poinsettia was cut from gold mirror cardstock. All the layers were adhered using liquid glue and then it was placed in the opening at the upper right of the card.

A quick and easy card to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose
  • Honey Bee Stamps Miracle of Christmas
  • Hero Arts Layering Poinsettia
  • Copic Markers: R37, R29, R27, R24, R22; G29, G24, G21; R39, G29, G46, G21
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight and Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Find Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Rainbow Big Birthday Wishes

I was in need of some masculine birthday cards and decided to used My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes.

I went through my scraps of paper and die cut the sentiment from a rainbow of colors, along with a white panel that had been sized with a stitched rectangle. I cut a piece of typing paper just smaller than the rectangle and completely covered it with dotliner adhesive and added it to the back of the white panel with the negative sentiment. This makes it very easy to piece all the different colored letters in place.

I wanted to add a little visual interest and ran the panel through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up’s Subtle Embossing Folder. To add additional visual interest I cut a couple of balloons using the Birch Press Design Party Balloons and ran them through with a swiss dot embossing folder for texture. I used the balloon strings from another die set and cut them from gold mirror cardstock and adhered them behind the balloons. I glued the two balloons together with liquid glue and added foam tape behind them for dimension and added them to the top of the sentiment panel.

I decided to use a colorful cardbase. This one was cut from Gina K. Designs Red Hot to make an top folding A2 card and the panel was adhered using liquid glue.

Since I had a lot of leftover letters I also made two more versions (see below).

PRODUCTS USED:

  • My Favorite Things Big Birthday Wishes
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloons
  • Honey Bee Balloon Numbers
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • Paper Accents Gold Foil Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Red Hot Cardstock
  • Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple, Blue Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Thanks to Our Roadside Angels

While we were traveling between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, South Dakota we had a tire blow out on on our 5th wheel trailer. We were in the middle of nowhere without good cell phone coverage, trying to contact roadside assistance when two angles arrived. Chris and Christine Elwell were from Kalamazoo, Michigan on their way to Mount Rushmore. Chris, a journeyman mechanic, had all the tools and the willing heart and hands to help us change our tire. I wanted to create a thank you card for them that would be waiting when they got home, so I pulled out my limited supplies and created this card.

While guys aren’t really into flowers, it’s what I had on hand. I kept the color scheme without any pinks or purples. I would have used blue, since most guys really like that color, but alas there aren’t many blue flowers.

I first stamped the image in a light ink in the MISTI onto some 80# Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, leaving the stamp in place. I used Copic Markers to color the image and put it back into the Misti and stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was then die cut using the coordinating die. I used the coordinating die to cut some sticky back foam and trimmed it down with my scissors and added it behind the flower image.

A stitched rectangle was used to cut a quarter sheet of cardstock and then embossed it with Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to add visual interest behind the flower bouquet. The sentiment was cut from some gold mirror cardstock. The bouquet and sentiment were adhered to the embossed panel using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Thanks Die
  • Copic Markers: R27, R24, R22, R21; Y38, Y35, Y32, V09, V06,V01; YR18, YR16, YR14; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG63, Y05; G46, G43, G20
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock