Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tea For Two

I'm taking a little break from my patterned paper cards to post this simple one.  I was digging in my scrap drawer and came across a punched Doily Lace Trim strip from a couple years ago.  There was a Kraft card base sitting on my desk and voila, I had a little inspiration.


I glued the punched strip directly to the card base and stamped a sentiment from Tea For Two by Papertrey Ink just above it.  On the top portion of the card, I stamped the teaspoon from Tea For Two Additions in alternating directions.  I sponged Fine Linen ink all around the card edges.  Then I stamped my teapot on a pretty yellow floral paper and cut it out, placing on the punched strip.  It almost looks like a table runner or tablecloth. 

I guess I did use patterned paper.  lol  I have no idea what company made this one since it was tucked into a package of used stamps that I purchased last year.  It makes a darling teapot!

Stamps:  Tea For Two, Tea For Two Additions (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Fine Linen (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), dsp (unknown)
Misc:  Doily Lace Trim punch (Martha Stewart)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

I hope you are having a wonderful 4th of July!  I'm so grateful to live in this country where I have been blessed with so much.  I had hoped to get a new patriotic card made this morning, but got distracted by other stamps.  lol  Instead, I thought I would just re-post a couple of cards in celebration of this Independence Day.

http://mapleberrymusings.blogspot.com/2012/06/happy-fourth-of-july.html

http://mapleberrymusings.blogspot.com/2013/05/land-of-free.html

Click on the pics to see the original posts.  I'm looking forward to grilled bratwurst and colorful fireworks later in the company of old friends.  I've got on my red, white and blue and I'm ready to celebrate!   :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

On My Mind

I've set myself a challenge to use up some of my patterned paper, particularly the bits and pieces of retired Stampin' Up packs that my demo gave me last year.  You saw my Beau Chateau card yesterday.  This time I am using Urban Garden.  I have just two sheets, both different, and one side I don't particularly like, so I've been working with three different patterns and making a variety of cards.  Here's the first one.


I paired this pretty green pattern with Kiwi Kiss cardstock on a white card base.  I stamped the Take Care tree branch (by Stampin' Up) on white cardstock and hand cut it out.  I actually used markers on the rubber stamp rather than an inkpad to get the green leaves.  I stamped the nest in Close to Cocoa ink and lightly sponged the finished cut image to tone down the white.  Then I added Baja Breeze speckled eggs.

My sentiment is from You've Got Mail by My Favorite Things and was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink to match the branch.  It's cut with the Vertical Greetings die and layered at the bottom with Kiwi Kiss cardstock.  I love the soft spring look of my finished card.

Now if it would just stop raining so I can take pics of the other cards!  :)

Stamps:  Take Care (Stampin' Up); You've Got Mail (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Kiwi Kiss, Urban Garden dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Vertical Greetings die (My Favorite Things); scissors

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Many Thanks

I had one solitary sheet from an old dsp pack by Stampin' Up called Beau Chateau that I was determined to use up.  I needed a set of thank you cards to give a friend who's been dealing with breast cancer and I thought this soft pink pattern was just right for the job.


I love the combo of kraft and pink!  I glued the patterned paper directly onto a Kraft card base.  I cut a heart from Sweet Blush cardstock using one of the Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches dies by Papertrey Ink.  It frames my sentiment quite nicely and doesn't cover up too much of the paper.

I cut strips of Kraft cardstock with the Building Blocks dies and stamped my sentiment in three parts.  I used two sentiments from Embellishments, selectively stamping one of them to divide it up.  Then I glued the strips at slight angles over the heart to add interest.

Love it!  I was able to make six cards from the sheet of patterned paper.  Now I just need envelopes.  How on earth can I be out of envelopes??

Stamps:  Embellishments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Kraft, Sweet Blush (Papertrey Ink); Beau Chateau dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Limitless Layers: Heart Stitches die, Building Blocks die (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Thanks Friend

I've been creating some new cards in my studio and remembered that I forgot to post this one I made over a month ago.  Better late than never!  :)


I used this year's anniversary set from Papertrey Ink, along with a sentiment from Bitty Bouquet.  It's a simple design.  I stamped the various pieces directly on the white panel, except for the flowerpot, which was cut out.  Quick and easy!

Stamps:  Petite Pots, Bitty Bouquet (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Hello Honey, Gumball Green, Poppy Parade (Stampin' Up); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Gumball Green (Stampin' Up)
 

Monday, June 8, 2015

I Miss You

I made this card a couple weeks ago and finally got around to photographing it so I could post it here on my blog.  I adore the adorable animals holding signs in the Three Amigos stamp set by Mama Elephant.


I have two children away at college and wanted to make a "missing you" card to have on hand.  I stamped the cat image on white cardstock, colored it with Copic markers, and then cut it out with scissors.  I do have the matching dies, but I wanted to closely cut it so that I could stamp the whiskers/hair on the background paper and then match it up.

I used dies from three different companies to cut out my hillside, clouds, and sun.  I added everything to my card base after gluing down a striped patterned paper for my background.  Simple and cute!

Stamps:  Three Amigos (Mama Elephant)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  dsp (Stampin' Up); White, Summer Sun (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Copic markers; Stitched Cartoon Cloud dies (My Creative Time); Sunshine die (My Favorite Things); Stitched Hillside Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Hello There


I'm popping in to post a card for the Pretty Pink Posh watercolor blog hop.  It's one of the hot trends in card making and is such an easy way to add luscious color.  I pulled out one of my Distress reinkers for the watercolor technique.


After cutting a tag with watercolor paper and the Stitched Duo 1 die from Pretty Pink Posh, I embossed my sentiment using clear powder and then painted over it with a damp brush and Peacock Feathers reinker.  I love how the color makes the sentiment stand out.

I stamped a lot of different flowers and leaves from the Fresh Cut Florals set by Wplus9 Design Studio, choosing a variety of ink colors.  Having the matching dies made this process much quicker!  I also put small centers on the pink flowers with a pearl pen.  I then arranged my flowers into bouquets on the tag and adhered the whole thing onto a kraft card base.

The result is quite elegant!  It felt great to get back into the studio and create again.  Most of my time has been spent on organizational projects.  Necessary, but not nearly as much fun!   :)

Stamps:  Fresh Cut Florals (Wplus9); Hello There (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  VersaMark; Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft, White (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Misc:  Fresh Cut Florals dies (Wplus9); Stitched Duo 1 die (Pretty Pink Posh); Peacock Feathers reinker (Distress Ink); cream Pearl Pen (Viva)