Friday, July 30, 2021

Well now, what do you do with several leftover die cuts from the previous card post?
Make another card!

I had so many pieces from the last Curio card, (told you, it took most of the day
to create the card!), that I just had to make another. This time with dark blue
cardstock for my frame. I applied clear embossing powder for a sheen.

I'm kinda obsessed with the vignettes, and love creating individual backgrounds for
each one.

The floral bouquet is stamped from the Holding Hands set, the 'greens' from
All Blessings Flow. And of course the stamped stamp from Pretty Postmarks.

Shhhhhh, don't tell anyone, but in my previous post I put the hinges on backward. 
Just had to show, they were removed and glued on proper! Honestly, I'm married to 
a builder, and my son is a woodworker... please don't tell them! All's well now and hinges 
look right.

Happy, happy creating and crafting!


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hi there! Finally got a day to play with the Greetery's Curio set, and it took me
most of the day to complete this card. There's many pieces, once you combine the
sets, and I kept playing with ideas, die cuts, and colors.

The details in the the sets are wonderful! What you choose to include in your curio
is your choice.

A front view shows the my curio closed, with elements of summer collecting.

My curio 'opens', and has a butterfly on the outside as well as on the inside. There's even
a bee in a bottle. Such adorable details! The door idea was 'borrowed' from Norine Hope's
release card. 

Such fun to make. More of a showpiece than a card to send, but it does fit an A2 envelope.

I have so many pieces left over,  I think I'll make one more! Hope #2 goes quicker!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Serene Scene


I'm having more fun with this Sizzix die set, making #2 Christmas card, and thinking about
different looks for the shadow box effect.

All die cuts for this card. Every item you see is included in the set, right down to 
the tiny candle greenery.

Hoping this closeup shows the details when you cut out the dies. Eyes on the animals,
details on the tree. The 'woodsy' paper is from Memory Box. 

Once again, an envelope for each card! 

Enjoy your day. Hope your summer is going craft-i-ly!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Winter Scene


Christmas in July greetings to you!
This holiday season promises to be a busy one, and it's always nice to have
a stash of greeting cards ready.

My first Christmas card of the season is this sweet all die cuts shadow box nature scene
from Sizzix, featuring elements that has me longing for cool, quiet days.

I'm a big fan of card and envelope sets, so each Christmas card will have it's own
special stylized one for sending.

This one stenciled with the Greetery's Berry Branch stencil, with some splatters.

The tree is treated with some Shabby embossing powder.

Not putting this die set away just yet, plan to do some more cards in different 
color ways. 

Hope I inspired you to stay in and create! 


Sizzix: Christmas Shadow Box die set
The Greetery: Berry Branch Stencil, envelopes
Stampendous: Shabby Green Embossing Powder

Friday, July 23, 2021

Birthday Geraniums


Greetings from Central CA, where our temps are just perfect for ripening fruit.
Not so perfect for long walks, outdoor picnics and much needed gardening.
So I'm indoors, crafting, playing with the new Greetery Summer release!

Botanicuts: Geraniums... LOVE! 
Trying the die cuts with watercolors, and kept a loose, let it happen touch.
Here's my technique: Die cut from watercolor cardstock, light spray with water, touch
with paint, it happens!
Once the pieces are dry, you can add deeper color to accentuate the veins, or not,
your choice.

I love to make envelopes special too. And find Betsy's stamps ideal to compliment the
cards. Her style coordinates throughout each release. They work so  well with each
other. Also love having a birthday stash ready to go!

Watercolor tips?
Don't overwork, keep it loose, above all enjoy the process. And, toss what you
don't like! Remember what colors work well together and what create mud, and
you're good to go!

Have a great weekend!

The Greetery: Botanicuts: Geraniums, Postal Frame, Window Pane Plaid BG, 
Pretty Postmarks, Birthday Blooms, Let's Have a Word: Birthday

Memory Box: Garden Folly designer paper, Fairy Jewels

Altenew: Inks

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

A Jar of Sunshine


Hi and hope you're enjoying The Greetery's newest as much as I am.
I had some fun with the Jumbo Jar. It features 3 dies, just perfect for
creating a shaker.

I love how the Container Garden stamps fit perfectly within the Jumbo Jar,
and I paired an older set, Oopsie Daisy with the card.

It's easy to make a card from the jar by positioning the top of the die sandwich so it 
isn't cut. The folded card is then cut twice. You do have to run it through a couple 
of times. The inside dp is from Papertrey, an older linen stripe.

I had the hardest time photographing this set. Couldn't capture the colors, might have
 been the acetate.The matching envelope was first lightly inked with Distress 
Speckled Egg (the background of the card too), and then stamped. 
Betsy includes a color stamping guide, so helpful!

The sweet little bee was cut from yellow cardstock, and filled in with a black 
sharpie. The wings are blue vellum.

Fun card to make, and I hope receive!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A Poppystamps Hello


Hi there! If you love creating summer cards, I have a sweet 'Hello Summer' greeting
on the Poppystamps blog. Check it out!

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Sitting Pretty Get Well

Summers in my valley. hot. hot. hot. Great for growing summer fruit...
A greater reason to stay indoors, and craft!

The Greetery's Summer Release flew across the country and into my mailbox in 2 days!
A reason to celebrate, and another happy reason to stay in the craft room.

Thankfully I have no one in mind for this Get Well card, but the serene scene seemed
perfect for someone on the mend, don't you think?

I'm off to play with some more of the Greetery's treasures from this order. 
Did I mention it's hot outside? Like I said, great excuse to spend the day crafting!

Stay cool, my friends!


Monday, July 12, 2021

Peony Dreams


Summertime, and the living is hot! We're at 106 today, and the only sensible place to be
in indoors. 
Greetings to you! I have a post today sharing 3 cards created with The Stamp Markets's
 new Peony Dreams.
I've added dies from other companies, and hope it inspires you to do the same. So many
Take a look...

C9's Peony Dreams is a 4 step stamp for the bloom, 3 step for the center of the flower, and 3
step stencil for the leaves. Sounds like a lot of work? It is, but...
so worth it! It's a large bloom (see below), with graceful leaves that cascade off an A2 card.

See the leaf tips and how they hang off the edges?

The card I made is 4 3/4"x 6", and I made a matching envelope from 12 x 12" dp. 
The lacy edging and black strip are also from C9, a die set called Lace Border.
Birthday sentiment from the Greetery.

Another card 4 3/4 x 6", with a window.

This time I trimmed the overhang so the card would fit another hand made envelope.

The sentiment is from Poppystamps, a new one called Art Deco, embossed with a deep
green embossing powder.

I 'borrowed' a design from Kelly Lunceford, which used the Greetery's Crimped Circle
and Crimped Slimline dies for the next card.

Although the long leaves are off the card's border, it still fits in a slimline envelope.

The small grey blue posies are also included in the stampset. 
If it sounds like I'm a fan, I am! This gorgeous bloom was created over and over
in an air conditioned craft room, while the heat outside was just too hot to enjoy the 
outdoors. All in all, a perfect day!

Thanks for visiting, and hope you got some inspiration with multiple stamping,
along with stencils. Stay cool my friends!