Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bugs & Beetles Get Well Card

I am not particularly fond of bugs, beetles, or anything that flies and buzzes around - with the exception of butterflies.  I was not a child who collected bugs in a jar, instead aggressively removing them from my house whenever I saw them. And some bugs, like the Ash bore beetle needs to be totally exterminated, having done some incredible damage to our Ash trees!

So why would I get a bug stamp set?

Not collecting them does not mean I am not fascinated by them.  In their own environment they are a wonderful. Talk about colour schemes, shapes, etc!! These are not only a means of identification, but also,more important to us, these colours and shapes or more, can be a source in inspiration. In addition I do craft shows and I have customers who would love this subject on cards.

I found the idea for this get well card  on Pinterest .

Confining the bug in a jar appeals to me tremendously, so the Everyday Jars Framelits were a god send. After putting the bug in the jar I immediately put a lid on it. Then it was coloured with markers. The die cut jar was adhered to a stitched Crumb Cake circle with dimensionals and matted with a Soft Suede scalloped circle. This art piece was adhered to the card front.

The sentiment (non SU) was stamped on Whisper White.  It was perfectly paired with the topic for this card.  A couple of flying bugs were stamped below the sentiment. After die cutting and matting the sentiment it was adhered to the card front.

The Soft Suede card base is layered with the striped pattern of the Soft Suede DSP, with a 1" strip of the dot pattern along the left side. A 1/8" stitched Bermuda Bay ribbon was placed over the seam.  This brought a pop of colour to the otherwise monochromatic card.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Jar of Love, Sentiment (Class Act Stamps) non SU, Bugs & Beetles
Inks: Black Memento, Basic Gray, SU markers (Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Pool Party)
Papers: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Soft Suede DSP
Accessories: Shape Stitched framelits, Layering Oval framelits, Everyday Jars Framelits, 1/8" stitched Bermuda Bay ribbon, dimensionals, Layering circle framelits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets on a Pop & Twist card - Stampin' Royalty #363

I love making cards with unusual folds, so making this Twist & Pop card for the Stampin' Royalty challenge this week, was right up my alley. The challenge this week was to create a project using dies. This card fold was chosen to display the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets as well as the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.
I have made this card before-see the blog post here.  In this earlier blog post, I provide a link to a video, which I found was very helpful.

A Pop & Twist card has a mechanism inside the card that "twists" open as it "pops" out.  When the card is closed it looks like a regular card.  I usually keep them closed with a belly band that is held together with Velcro rather than adhesive.  That way it can be opened and closed easily.
A picture of the belly band is below this picture.

This card front shows a Whisper White oval upon which a dragon fly is adhered on a stamped background. A die cut vellum dragonfly overlay is adhered to the  dragonfly giving it life and dimension. Dazzling details added to the wings give it sparkle.

The DSP is Serene Scenic DSP matted with a Whisper White cardstock. The card base is Delightful Dijon

This belly band keeps the card closed and is decorated with an embellishment and a sentiment.
The embellishment is made using various sizes of circle punches on the top of which is a gold foil small die cut dragonfly,

Opening the card reveals the pop and twist mechanism as well as more die cuts.

The top and bottom panels are covered with more of the Serene Scenery DSP.  Stitched die cut ovals are embellished with another dragonfly die cut as well as a die cut bumble bee.
Close ups of both are next.

A close up of the upper panel shows the details of the dragonfly with its vellum overlay.

A close up of the lower part of the inside features another die cut Whisper White oval- for written messages &/or signature.  Two gold foil die cut embellishments adorn this oval.

Each of the 4 panels are layered with Serene Scenery DSP and Whisper White card stock, the edges of which are sponged with Delightful Dijon ink. Along the bottom of each panel is  stamped (second and third generation stamping) with Old Olive and Delightful Dijon inks.
The main feature of this outer panel is a cut out bumble bee which was coloured with markers. Like the larger dragonfly some vellum was die cut and adhered to the wings only.
Because the sentiment was too large for the space, it was cut into separate words/phrases and then added it to the two middle panels.

The right two panels are almost a mirror image of the left panels.
The sentiment is completed on the inside one. On the outside panel, two bumblebees, one of which is die cut in gold foil, are buzzing around. The second one is a twin brother of the one on the left panel.

Dazzling Diamonds was added to all the vellum overlays

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Suite Sayings, Remembering Your Birthday (retired)
Inks: Black Memento, Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Markers (Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Soft Sky).
Papers: Delightful Dijon, Serene Scenery DSP, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Vellum card stock
Accessories: Detailed Dragonfly thinlets, Stitched Shape Framelits, Dazzling Details, Scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Accessory word punch, Velcro (non SU), Dimensionals, Glue dots, Big Shot

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bee Happy - Try Stampin' on Tuesday #310

"Sweet Thoughts" is the optional theme for this week's sketch challenge Try Stampin' on Tuesday. When I think of "sweet" I think of flowers, honey, and that leads me to bees.  So my card this week features flowers and a bee. Thanks to Vicki for the sketch.

The base card is Sweet Sugarplum card stock, layered with Very Vanilla embossed with the Hexagon Dynamic texturize Impression folder. This embossing folder reminds me of a honey comb.

A piece of Playful Palette DSP matted with Sweet Sugarplum is adhered to the top of the card.

Art Piece:
The flower from the SAB Avante-Garden stamp set was stamped twice on a piece of  Whisper White card stock die cut with the Stitched Square Framelit. One flower was stamped with Sweet Sugarplum; the second with Peek-a-boo Peach. The stem and leaves were stamped with Mint Macaron.  Black Memento was used to stamp the flower centers.

Texture was incorporated into the Art Piece by stamping with Flirty Flamingo with the dot stamp included with the stamp set.  I wanted the dots to be faint, so I stamped off once before stamping on the background.

The flowers needed a bee to make them happy.  So, a bee from the Garden in Bloom stamp set, was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White, colored with markers then cut out and adhered to the art piece with a dimensionals.  Some Wink of Stella was applied to the bee's wings.

The sentiment is stamped with Black Memento on a small piece  Flirty Flamingo cardstock, one end of which was notched. After sponging the edges, it was adhered to the top of the art piece using dimensionals.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Avante-Garden (SAB), Garden in Bloom
Inks: Black Memento, Peek-a-boo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron SU markers (Daffodil Delight)
Papers: Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Peek-a-boo Peach, Playful Palette DSP
Accessories: Shaped Stitched Framelits, Hexagon Dynamic Texturize Impression embossing folder, Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush, dimensionals

Now its time for you to make a card or project using Vicki's sketch and post it on one of two places - the Try Stampin' on Tuesday blog or on their Facebook page.
Check out the cards made by the other team members and leave them "a little lovin".  Comments are always appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing your work.
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