Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS / Happy for a ride in a Balloon / 2015

Grab your ticket and hop in for a fun ride in a Hot Air Balloon.  This is something I admire nearly every day here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado BUT the closest I have ever done this was once when we lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada back in the '70's!!  I climbed into a balloon which was 'tethered' and only went up so high (not very) above the ground.  That was it for me!!!  I will go for a walk to enjoy watching them up by our house.  Every once in a while, we will hear the "wooooosh" and one is coming down around us.

Base Card Stock:  Solar white
Trim Paper (Outside and Inside):  Fresh Asparagus from Gina K. Designs
Sky Paper:  Here it is again ..... repeating some that I had laying around my work area from the last card
Printed Paper:  From a wonderful Paper Pad - not sure of the name
Basket:  A trimmed piece of Jute Ribbon
Stamps:  The Balloon & the Sentiment from a January 2015 set by TWO PAPER DIVAS
              The Ticket from the TWO PAPER DIVAS SET called "Tickets"
Window Plastic:  From Judikins
Embellishments:  Silver Sequins and Rhinestones to cover the hole in the Sequins

What is hard to see is the fact that the first covering on the card is actually the Window Plastic.  I cut a base card 8.50 x 5.50 and scored it at 4.25.  On one side I trimmed it down leaving 1" from the scored line.  This is the fold over white that you see.  The window plastic is attached to this fold over piece.  The plastic then can be lifted to reveal the Balloon which has been stamped on the sky piece.  I then stamped the balloon onto a small piece of the printed paper and cut it out and instead of paper piecing, I popped it up to give it some interest.  I could have colored in the basket but I remembered that I had some jute ribbon left on a roll and thought it might add some fun texture.  I colored in the ties from the basket to the balloon.  The ticket was a fun after thought for "me" to go along for the ride and "match" the sentiment!!!  When the sky paper is lifted it reveals a matching piece of sky on the back side of the sky piece of the card.  I will be able to write my words on the inside of the white card base.

I had wanted to use an Acetate Card to make this card but it was bulking up ...... so the Window Plastic created the look that I wanted.  Sometimes our first creations in our head do not actually work out in reality.

WATCH FOR ALL THE NEW RELEASES FROM MELISSA AND GAYLA THE CREATORS OF TWO PAPER DIVAS.  Hint, Hint ......I understand there are some awesome stamps to come for 2015!!!
Sure am glad that I am a DIVA!!!

TWO PAPER DIVAS - The first card of the year 2015

Here is my first card for TWO PAPER DIVAS for 2015.  The Kite and its tail, which is really just a curvy line are from a wonderful new set which is ready to makes its Debut.  It is so full of fun stamps which Melissa and Gayla have created ..... one could work all days and create just from this one set!!!  You cannot say that about all the stamp sets that are available.

Products Used:

Card Base:  Solar White which I purchased from Ellen Hutson
Sky Paper:  A fun friend gave me and others in my classes some from her stash
Pink Printed Paper:  My Mind's Eye current valentine pink combination paper pad
Heart Sequins:  Purchased from Impress Rubber Stamps online store in two shades of pink.  (I glued them on and followed the line which I stamped from TWO PAPER DIVAS
Sentiment:  From the TWO PAPER DIVAS set called "Sending Love"

Thank you for joining me today.  Happy New Year and happy creating!!!


We had a wonderful Christmas and hope that all of you did as well.  Hard to believe that we are about to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to what 2015 will bring us.  Roger and I spent Christmas week in Denver with all of our family.  We are so thankful for our precious family and are so lucky to have my Mother, at nearly 92, celebrating with us.  She is living in a gorgeous Assisted Living facility but she enjoyed time with all of our family at our Daughter and Son-in-Law's home.  

New Years Eve will be spent with some of our favorite people in Pagosa.  We will celebrate it at one of our local Restaurants with a nice dinner and whatever the evening will bring.  

I am once again so thankful to my students who attend my classes once a week or whenever they are able to.  In January it will be four years since I started these formal weekly classes and it makes me so happy to see their smiling faces.  They come to hang with each other and giggle and just enjoy what the day brings to their lives ....... and in the middle they work on cards each week.  They keep me on my toes to create for them each week.  

To each of you who read my BLOG, thank you for stopping by when you can.  Let us all see what 2015 is going to be like for each of us.  Happy Creating!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

TWO PAPER DIVAS Design Team Card - Sending Love Valentine

Today is TWO PAPER DIVAS last New Stamp Release for 2014.  Didn't we just start this year?  WOW!! But, how exciting for Melissa Rodgers and Gayla O'Dell, owners of TWO PAPER DIVAS,   They have both worked so hard to give all of us DIVAS on the Design Team and all of the Paper Crafters around the world the product that we have today to choose from their online store.  WAY TO GO LADIES!!

Readers of my BLOG, if you have not done it yet ....... go to and check out the "new" design team members that are coming aboard for 2015.  This is additional new growth for TPD and what an exciting year ahead for all of us.  WELCOME TO Elina Pereira, Irit Shalom, Jenny Stucky and Rita Wright.  Let the creative juices flow!!  But, while you are on the website, do not forget to also check out the stamps (new and older) that are awaiting to be in your collection.

The card today is designed with the "Sending Love" set of stamps from TWO PAPER DIVAS.  Even with emails, texts and all the rest ...... I do not know about you ..... there is something special about going to the mail box.  I say that because we have a cluster box but at my age I can remember when the mail went "plop" onto the floor through the wall slot or the slot in your front door.  But living here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, we are pretty rural but I can see my cluster box through the trees.  In fact there is a funny connection that I have with Melissa Rodgers, one of the owners of TPD.  When she and Tim first lived here in Pagosa, we shared the same cluster boxes.  But, I still love the fact that I was your BEST and well ONLY employee in your "awesome" store here.  Miss you my friend ..... but I love the creative fun we share now!!

Here are the particulars of this card:

Stamps:  Mailbox, lips and the Sentiment  -  TWO PAPER DIVAS
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Memento Rose Bud (for the lips)
Paper:  Solar White 110 lb. from Ellen Hutson;  Bubble Gum from Gina K. Designs and Melon Mambo       
from Stampin'Up.  The Designer heart paper is an old piece from a 6 x 6 pad which I no longer have the cover, just a few pieces left and they are in my Valentine Box.  I used the Fiskar's crimper on it to give the card some more texture.
Embellishments:  Ribbon from Gina K. Designs and Mayarts;  Mylar hearts in two shades of pink from  
Impress Rubber Stamps; and the envelope 3-D sticker from Martha Stewart.
Punches:  Martha Stewart Corner and Straight - All over punch set.

I also did a tiny paper piecing for the flag on the mailbox.  Now, we do not have a flag ....... I just watch for Randy, our mailman, in his car!!!

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be doing a few more postings before the end of the year!!