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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SLIDER CARD - Moving on Down the Highway!

Several months ago my classes made a spinner card, where our sun spun around a circle track on the front of the card.  I wanted to show another way to get object movement on a card without the weight and bulk of the pennies required for the spinner card.  So a slider card was our project. I used the Stamp of the Month from CTMH - The Long Way Home - that will be available throughout the month of June (and added a few stamps from a couple of other sets to get just the right images and sentiments!).  Heart2Heart Challenges has a "Transportation" challenge running during May, so this card is being entered over there.  Pop over to their blog to see the other projects with this theme!

You can see all of the fun images in this stamp set.  I wanted to make this a card that could be used for birthdays or even Father's Day, so I used my handy-dandy micro-tip scissors and cut off (yes, I cut my stamps) the word "SCENIC" from the image at the bottom right.  I always cut at an angle so I can match it up again when I want to use the original sentiment on a project.  This gave me the option of adding a different event on the front of the card.  I found both the "Birthday" and "Father's Day" sentiments on different sets, but they worked great.  We stamped the "Route" first and then fit the appropriate event stamp where it needed to be.  This is such a great way to get extra mileage from your stamps!

It was fun to create the look of a highway by using Whisper cardstock and CTMH's 
Chalk Marker to draw the lane lines.  The car can now travel down the highway and stay on track!

For those who love the old VW vans, we had the option of using that image on the card front.
Here's a list of everything I used on the card.  All of the materials are from CTMH except where noted.
The Long Way Home (S1606) - June's Stamp of the Month available for $17.95, or just $5 if you place a $50 order !!!!
Enjoy the Ride (B1525) - inside sentiment
Beach Life (D1691) - sun and clouds
Hello Life - Cardmaking (retired) - Birthday phrase
A Little Everything (retired) - Father's Day phrase
Scholastic patterned paper (retired)
Slate, Cranberry, Honey and Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry, Pacifica, and Black
Chalk Marker (Z1767)

Punches - word window and tab (retired from Stampin' Up)
Thin and regular 3-D Mounting Tape

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoy a wonderful week!

Flamingo Side Step Card

CTMH introduced a new set of thin cut dies and stamps the beginning of May - these cute flamingos.  Since my mom LOVES flamingos, I had to make her a card with them.  I've actually made several variations of the card which you will soon see!  This side-step card will be a part of my June Stamp Club classes, and I'm also entering it into the Fun Folds challenge over on the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog. Be sure to check out the other great creations on that site.

I love the specialty cards, and thought that these flamingos needed to be showcased on something that would really make them stand out!  The flamingo shapes were first cut from cardstock and then stamped, and I gave the wings a bit of dimension with glue dots.  I actually glued a second flamingo shape to the back of the stamped image to give them more stability on the card - you know those skinny little legs wouldn't do the trick!

I used some nesting dies for the scalloped rectangles and punches for the circles.  All of the grass and waves are cut with the Cricut then embossed and the edges are inked to add dimension.

All of the patterned papers are from the new Calypso paper pack from CTMH.

Here's a list of what I used - all are from CTMH unless stated otherwise:
Tickled Pink (C1651)
Tickled Pink Thin Cuts (Z3228)
Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangles
Calypso Paper Pack (X7210B)
White Daisy, Glacier, Pear and Pixie cardstock
Pixie, Cotton Candy, Glacier, Pear, and Black
Floral Embossing Folder (Z1994) - which is retiring the end of July!
Calypso Sequins (Z3215) - see card below
Bitty Sparkles (Z1263) - see card below
Sponge daubers for inking
Glue Dots
Thin 3-D Mounting Tape

Now on to another version of the card!
A dear friend recently celebrated her birthday, and since there are five of us who join together for these special occasions, I wanted to reflect that on the card.  So here you see the results!  I added some sequins that coordinate with the paper on this card, adding a bitty sparkle in the center of each sequin.

I wanted to find out what a bunch of flamingos is called, so I did a little research.  While some people call them a "flock", I prefer the next option, which is a "flamboyance."  I think it fits the graceful creatures a bit better.  

Well, now that I've given you a little vocabulary lesson, I guess I'm ready to sign off!  Thanks for stopping by, and hope you have a wonderful start to the month of June.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Shaker Card that is "Tu Tu Cute"

Seize the Birthday Challenge this week was to add dimension - well, I think a shaker card dancing hippo popped up in front of the shaking elements qualifies!!!  I love this little girl who seems to be having a lot of fun - and I think the ladies in my June classes will have fun making her as well.  We are exploring "The Kid in All of Us" at our Stamp Club classes next month.  I'll be posting more information about that soon.

The stamp set is called "Safari Ballet" (CTMH) and also includes a very tall giraffe in a tutu as well.

Be sure to check out the other great dimensional cards over at the Seize the Birthday blog.
Thanks for checking out my entry.

Clean and Simple Birthday Card

The design at CAS(E) this Sketch this week three elements with the sentiment over the top.  What better way to celebrate a birthday than with cake, candles and a balloon!

The balloon is cut from CTMH's Artiste Cricut cartridge and the "Celebrate" is a new die I recently bought from Papertrey Ink.  I used some beautiful silver foil paper that was in my stash.  The cupcake is from the Kaleidoscope Card Workshop from CTMH - I stamped the frosting part on the new Calypso paper and added it to the base part.  The candle has been in may stash for a loooong time.

I am also entering this card in the Addicted to Stamps Clean and Simple challenge this week. 

This card will be a part of the June Stamp Club classes - more information will be coming soon.

Hop over to both of these challenge blog and get inspired!
CAS(E) this Sketch
Addicted to Stamps and More

Thanks for taking the time to visit my little corner of blog land!


I fell in love with the sand castle stamp, and decided that the sketch for Mojo Monday this week was perfect - it allowed me to fit all the elements I wanted without them overwhelming the focal point.  The tilted panels show  the seaside background, while the sand castle is popped up over the circle.

I created the background by inking my acrylic block, then spritzing it with water before applying it the paper.  It creates a great watercolor look.  The blue was applied first, and the "sand" was created with a wavy block that overlapped the blue.  Waves were then stamped on the water and I grabbed an embossing folder that I haven't used in quite a while for the clouds in the sky.  The same embossing folder was used on the blue panel, but I used the debossed side for that shape.

I used a colonial white pigment ink and sponged it on the kraft paper before stamping the sand castle to give it some dimension.  That image is then popped up over a double circle.

I couldn't resist the phrase for the inside of the card.  The beach ball was cute, and what better way to celebrate a birthday!  I used a brad from my stash - gosh, I hardly use those any more.  But because of that and the older embossing folder, I am entering this card in the "Shopping our Stash" challenge this week with a Sounds of the Sea theme.

This card will be a part of June's Stamp Club, with the theme - The Kid in All of Us!  More information will be coming about that.  Meanwhile, here's a list of what I used - all from CTMH unless stated otherwise.
Beach Life (D1691)
Lovely Day (B1462) - inside sentiment
Wonderful Words: Birthday (#2641 from Papertry Ink) - front sentiment
Kraft, White Daisy, Honey and Glacier cardstock
Glacier, Desert Sand, Chocolate, Lagoon, Black and Colonial White
Cloud embossing folder - Stampin' Up
Acrylic blocks
Thin 3-D Mounting Tape
Nestabilities circle die
Papertrey Ink stitched circle frame die

Be sure to check out both of the challenge blogs that I am participating in -  Mojo Monday and Shopping Our Stash.  There are so many great projects to inspire you. 

Thanks for stopping by - and hope you have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 8, 2016


 I want to wish everyone out there in blogland a very Happy Mother's Day!
This is the card I gave my mom while visiting her in Nebraska last week.
Here we are visiting the Omaha Zoo - always a favorite destination.

The paper is from the new Happy Times paper pack from CTMH - 
a special only during May to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month. 
You will notice there is a coordinating stamp set for this set.  That's what I used to create the floral grouping at the bottom of my card.
The paper can be purchased at retail price for $14.95 - but you can get it for FREE if you place a $60 order in May.  The Happy Times stamp set sells for $17.95 - and that purchase gets you on your way to the free paper pack!

Check out my CTMH website for all the great products that coordinate with this set.  You'll notice that I have used some pink enamel gems in the centers of the flowers.  The options are endless!