Friday, June 27, 2014


A little "friendly" card in honor of such a beautiful day today in Pagosa.  When the late afternoon was occurring it was already 73 degrees outside and a gorgeous evening.  This is why we moved here in 2003.

The floral on this card is from Two Paper Diva" stamp set "Seed Packet Flowers"; the Butterfly and the Sentiment are from the stamp set "Mason Jar Fillers 1".  Both of these sets are gotta have sets in your collection.  There are so many ideas on each.  Please go to the Two Paper Diva's site and enjoy shopping!!

The green, the blue and the printed papers are from Gina K Design.  The leaf pattern is from her new 6 x 6 series called "Here comes the sun".   The black and white check ribbon is from Gina K Design.  The blue card stock was dry embossed.

See ya next time!!  :-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cards from Card Classes during part of the month of June, 2014

Yes, we live in Pagosa Springs, CO. which is truly a place in Paradise.  So many of my gals in my card classes now have the P.S., CO. stamp so they wanted me to produce some cards using the stamp. We were so lucky to have Two Paper Divas design this stamp for us.  You will see another card below using the stamp again.  In the first card, it was so appropriate for me to use the Balloon/Mt. stamp which I have had for a number of years.  We live in this type of beautiful scenery with Mts., the River and the Balloons flying overhead!  In the second example, we are "picture perfect"!!

My "Thinking of You" card was very nicely received by my ladies in class this past Tuesday.  I took an online "Stencil Class" earlier this year and just recently purchased this tiny butterfly stencil by Magenta.  Just way tooooo cheery!!!  I am so in love with Stencils and I have been for years.  I have a drawer full that I used on children's clothing when I use to design on them.  But, I am new to using the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste and get such a thrill out of the outcome.  Worth the experience if you have not tried it!!  This card will be going to my Mother in a few days.....Shhhh do not tell her!!

Just a card because I wanted to use the Simon Says "Oh Happy Day" die.  The leaf paper is from Gina K Designs and a beautiful 6 x 6 paper pack called "Here Comes The Sun".  Cannot wait to use some more of these papers.

I am so in love with this Woodgrain Embossed card stock which I discovered sometime ago through Ellen  I never want to run out of it!!  The Happy Birthday is a die by "Dee's Distinctively" and I used glitter paper to use with this is a happy card in person!  I do not know what I am more obsessed with.....wooden embellishments or anything feathers!!  So, I used both on this card......

 This "Sunshine" card inspiration came from online and a Julie Ebersole creation.  When I watched her do this shaker card, I knew that it was on my agenda to do SOON.  This sweet sentiment is the song (one of the two Sunshine songs) that we have sung to our first two Granddaughters at night when we put them to bed.  So, it will be going to #2 Granddaughter for her Birthday this summer. Thanks to you, Julie, for this creation.  It is made and ready to go in the mail in a few weeks.  The precious stamp set is from Mama gotta love their stamps.  And....then there is that "wooden" bird!!!  It had to be red because that is #2's favorite color.  I must say this card was pushing my A.M. ladies but they got it and had a ball making it!!  Now shhhhhh and do not tell #2!!

All I can say about this one is thank goodness for the Simon Says "Partial Cut Flower" die and Distress Inks by Ranger (even in these soft colors).  If you have not purchased the "Partial" are missing something delightful for cards these days!!

Some years ago my dear friend, Hope, gave me boxes of stamps because she was done with them.  Her passion for stamping was waning.  From these stamps I picked a few that excited me and then I gave the rest back to her to pass on to someone else lucky to go through them as well.  Thanks HOPE!  So when you slide the real wood veneer band off this cute card.......check out the inside!!  There is our Pagosa Springs, Colorado stamp again.  AND appropriately after seeing that beautiful scene on the front.  Then ladies there are Mts. inside as well and I am so lucky to see the Mts. around us in Pagosa out my huge kitchen window 365 days a year.  Enough said!!

So last but not least a favorite old set of sentiments that I love to pull out from time-to-time and have fun with.  But, this time I decided to use this darling stamp of the lady in her hat and it looks like she is definitely speaking these words.  The "Poof" part is on one of those "Wobbles".  To all who have Birthdays in June, I send this greeting to you.  Both of our children are celebrating their Birthdays today and tomorrow!  Happiness and Hugs!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS DESIGN TEAM card for the week of June 23, 2014

SUNFLOWERS are always a favorite flower with a lot of card makers.  Thank you to Melissa and Gayla, owners of TPD,  for giving Two Paper Divas a beautiful example of such a stunning flower.  Ladies go to the Two Paper Divas website and go shopping for your clear stamp needs and then grab your copic's and color away!!

I wanted some interest behind the "Taylored Expressions" Quatrefoil Die which I used on this card and I went to one of my favorite Black/White (or slightly cream) printed "toile" card stock from Recollections to add that difference instead of using just black.  It tied the ribbon from Gina K Designs that I knew that I wanted to use and the color of the centers of the flowers.  In order to not interrupt the visual but enhance it, the Interior Designer in me decided to use the Wild Orchid card stock by Gina K. Designs for the Quatrefoil layer.  A final touch is the "diamond" in the middle of the bow.  A girls just gotta have those diamonds!!

Happy Crafting this summer to all of you!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVA'S design card for week of 6/16/14


With the beginning of Summer upon us this Saturday,  it seems appropriate to do this special card using the "Life in Flip Flops" stamp set by TWO PAPER DIVAS which also included the sentiment.  Check out their website and you will find this darling set in their store.  It is a great one with all the sentiments relating to these wonderful foot gear that we all wear in the summer time.

To make this card I decided to use the Label Card Thinlits Die from Stampin' Up to help show off the Flip Flops in a special way.  The following are the additional products that I used:

Card stock:  Stampin' Up and 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad Six by Six by My Minds Eye
Dies:  Simple Banner by Poppystamps;  Tessatina Border by Memory Box
Ink:  "Coffee" Archival Ink by Ranger
Enamel Dots (Teal) for decoration on the Flip Flops
Glitter Paper - Unknown - Just to add some sparkle to the card

A handwritten note can easily be written on the back of the card.  Happy Summer to ALL!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Two Paper Diva's Design Card "Tea Time"

So, how many of you out there in "Blogger land" have taken on a new computer system but do not have it all figured out yet and I have had to resort to using my old system in the meantime to do this posting?!!  You know what I would like to say.......but I will be kind!!  I have two keyboards and two "mice" sitting here on my desk with the Old CPU under the desk and a darling, tiny Chrome Box on top of the desk.  There is a brand new monitor and a beautiful brand new Brother printer (plus everything else) and here I am operating out of the old system.  #XW##!!!!!

Okay.......on with business at hand!!  My posting for Two Paper Divas this week was an absolute ball.  I wanted to use this flower grouping from the Two Paper Diva Stamp Set "Seed Packet Fillers", but I did not want to put it in one of TPD's other set "Mason Jars" (new set will be arriving at the store soon).  So, I decided to get creative and did the following:

  • Using versamark ink,  I stamped the teapot with the attached lid (from the "Tea Time" set of TPD) on vellum twice and then using a Turquoise Zing Embossing Powder by American Crafts, I used a tiny stiff brush and wiped away the embossing powder from the lid of the teapot on one and the base of the teapot from the other piece of vellum.  This left me with an open base and a separate lid.  Then I heat set these two different pieces of vellum.  Once done, I closely cut out the lid and the base leaving a small edge of the vellum to the outside edge of the embossed pieces. Now I had what appears like an open top to the base of the teapot allowing it to look like the flowers are sitting in the base.  I placed these pieces on top of the lower section of the layered raised white piece of cardstock which I had dry embossed the lower section only. The enamel dots which I used on the lid and the base allowed me to glue the two pieces to the white cardstock.  I then embossed two of the teacups from this same set from Two Paper Divas in two different colors and applied them to the front of the card after heat setting them. This time I was able to use glue within the design on each of the cups.  The flowers were stamped and colored using colored pencils prior to placing the vellum teapot base at this point of the card.  I used a yellow and white twine at the top of the card layered piece and used a sentiment stamp from the "Tea Time" TPD set to finish off the front of my card.  Before finishing this layer of the card, I round all four of the corners.  
So, with a modification of the one stamp and without cutting it as some would have done, I was able to create a fun look!!!

Thank you for stopping by to see a different technique.........