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March 2016

Going Places for a 65th Birthday

Hello!

I had hoped to get this narrative written to post earlier this week, but life got in the way just a bit.  As I mentioned in my last post, a week ago Thursday, Friday was my husband's 65th birthday and I had yet to make his birthday card.  My husband was not happy that he was celebrating a significant birthday milestone and really wanted to ignore it.  In his mind, being 65 meant that he was nearly dead.  To me, being 65 means that a new chapter of life is beginning.  So I wanted him to get the message that now that he's 65 he's "going places."  Here's what I came up with.

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This card was really quick to make.  The card base is Basic Black cardstock.  A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the World Traveler Textured Impressions embossing folder with the edges of the cardstock and raised embossing sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  A strip of paper from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered over the lower part of the embossed panel then a length of Crumb Cake 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon was adhered along the center of the paper strip with the ends of the ribbon folded and adhered to the back of the embossed panel.  The panel was then adhered to the card front.

A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the Happy Birthday greeting from the Sky is the Limit Sale-A-Bration stamp set using Basic Black Archival ink.  The top and bottom edges of the cardstock was trimmed close to the top and bottom edges of the greeting using the Stampin' Trimmer and the left side of the cardstock was cut into a banner tail using Paper Snips.  The greeting was adhered over the paper strip and ribbon aligning the left edges of the paper strip and greeting.  

The compass image from the Going Global stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and punched with the 2" circle punch.  A piece of Basic Black cardstock was die cut to mat the punched circle using the Big Shot and the Circles Collection Framelits.  The edge of the punched circle was sponged with Crumb Cake ink and the inked sponge lightly applied over the stamped image.  The punched circle was adhered centered to the die cut circle and then adhered to the right center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the edges sponged with Crumb Cake ink.  Two strips of Going Places Designer Series Paper were adhered just below the top edge of the liner (the strip is 1/2" wide) and just above the bottom edge of the liner (the strip is 3/4" wide).  The "You are my greatest adventure" image from the Going Global stamp set was stamped at the center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.  The tiny heart was filled in using the fine tip end of the Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.  Crumb Cake ink was lightly sponged across the open areas of the liner.

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The "...greatest adventure" image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Basic Black Archival ink.  As with the liner for the inside sentiment area, the tiny heart was filled in with the Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, the left edge and part of the bottom edge of the envelope were sponged with Crumb Cake ink, and Crumb Cake ink was lightly sponged over the stamped image and up to the top left corner of the envelope front.

My husband was pretty tickled with his birthday card and the special surprises I had in store for him on his birthday.  I think it's so important to feel special on your birthday and I do like to spoil my husband.

My husband did some spoiling of me last Sunday.  A few months ago I found out that my favorite mixed media artist was coming to Florida to teach some classes.  I signed up immediately and Sunday was the big day.  To entice my husband to help me with the 2-1/2 hour drive to and from the class location, I offered to pay for a round of golf at a country club nearby.  So here's who I spent the day with...

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Can you believe it???!!!  Tim Holtz!!!  I was so excited and learned so much!  AND I had so much fun!!  I first saw Tim's work 13 years ago when he was a demo artist for Ranger at Expos and trade shows.  Over the years, I've been following his work and have been intrigued with his unique style and talent.  This is really the first time I've had the opportunity to take a couple of classes with him and I'm so very glad I did!  The first class was a technique class experimenting and mixing a variety of inks, paints, and textures and the second was a mixed media project class using many of the techniques from the first class.  Here is the completed project from the mixed media class.

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My hands are still stained as Tim believes in using basic tools (your fingers) to do some of the product application.  Doing these kinds of projects always gets me energized.  I can't wait to get out my technique samples and refine my new skills!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for the birthday card --

Stamps:  Going Global, Sky is the Limit; Inks:  Basic Black Archival; Stampin' Write Marker:  Real Red; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper Stack:  Going Places; Embellishments:  Crumb Cake 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 2" circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, World Traveler Textured Impressions embossing folder, Magnetic Platform, Circles Collection Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Project Kit -- Tin of Cards

Hi There!

It's a special week in my neck of the woods.  My husband's 65th birthday is tomorrow and I'm so excited for him!  Him?  Not so much...  I think he should be as he was convinced that he would never live to this birthday, but that's a whole 'nother story.  In any case, I have some things planned for him this weekend that should make him feel pretty darn special.  So we'll see how it goes.

Today's post is about a really lovely project kit from Stampin' Up!  In fact, it's featured on the cover of the Stampin' Up! Catalog:  the Tin of Cards Project Kit.  It looks pretty cool on the catalog cover, but in real life it's even better!  This kit has the ingredients for 16 cards and envelopes, dividers for a greeting card organizer, and the actual tin in which to organize the cards.  The coordinating stamp set, Tin of Cards, has some really lovely stamp images that can be used for a wide variety of projects but I'm especially fond of the number of word images that can be used for pretty much any occasion for which you'd make a greeting card.  In my book, that makes the stamp set an exceptional value.  Here's the entire kit assembled.

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Here are the 9 file tab dividers to organize the greeting cards in the tin.

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Here is the first of the four card designs.  This one is pretty simple with the wooden word bubble; but the combination of wood and glitter is adorable.

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The second card design has a rectangular cutout with a printed transparency window under the butterflies.

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The third card design features a gold foil sheet with horizontal cutouts.  I like the idea of stamping on the card front inside the cutouts.

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The fourth card design has a large cutout on the card front with a printed panel of paper behind the cutout.  The colors on the paper are so bright and cheerful!

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All of these cards were made pretty much as directed on the instruction sheet that comes with the kit using the recommended ink colors and the coordinating stamp set.  It took me a little over two hours to make all of the cards and the dividers so you can see that you'll have a good start to filling your box with cards that will be available right when you need them.  Plus, there's plenty of room in the box for more cards!  

Of course, don't make the kit so that you can keep the cards...Send them out!  Put a smile on a loved one's face and mail them a card that you've made.  It will make their day!

And if you're looking for a great gift for Mother's Day, Secretary's Day, Wedding, or other special event, an assembled Tin of Cards Project Kit would put you right at the top of the "Best. Gift. Ever." list!

Now I'm rolling over to my crafting table to make a birthday card for my husband!

Have a great weekend!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this project kit --

Project Kit:  Tin of Cards; Stamps:  Tin of Cards; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Staz-On Jet Black; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tombow Multi, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Bone Folder, Paper Snips 


A Garden of Thanks (#GDP027)

Happy Monday!

It's been a hectic couple of weeks ending with three stamp club meetings over the weekend.  Now it's time for the paperwork and the clean up.  The nice thing about that is while I'm cleaning up I can focus in on the fun stuff that happened during the meetings and it makes the process a whole lot more fun.

A tropical look is always a favorite with me considering where I live and the abundant color surrounding me year round.  My favorite tropical plants are plumeria (frangipani) and hibiscus in all their color varieties.  So when I saw the Botanical Gardens Bundle in the Occasions Catalog, it was the very first thing on my Wish List.  Today's post features one of the projects I designed for the weekend's stamp club meetings using the Botanical Gardens Bundle and a coordinating item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack.  (You saw the other two projects in this post and this post last week.)  This project also fits the Theme Challenge at Global Design Project (GDP027) for a Thank You project.

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GDP027 Thank you

This card begins with a card base of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  A piece of vellum from the Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack was cut to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" to cover the card front and attached with a strip of adhesive placed approximately 1/2" from the left edge of the card front.  A piece of Cajun Craze cardstock was placed vertically near the left edge of the vellum with the left edge of the cardstock approximately 1/8" from the left edge of the vellum.  A strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper was adhered at the center of the Cajun Craze cardstock.  Note that the top and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper and Cajun Craze cardstock are flush with the top and bottom edges of the card front and vellum.

Scraps of Mossy Meadow and Old Olive cardstock were stamped with the three largest leaf vein images from the Botanical Blooms stamp set using the ink color for that piece of cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  A scrap piece of Old Olive cardstock was used to die cut the fern thinlit (using the Precision Base Plate along with the Magnetic Platform).  The leaves were adhered near the lower left corner of the card front using Mini Glue Dots at the stems of the smaller leaves and an additional Mini Glue Dot under the largest leaf.  Since my largest leaf extends over the vellum, I lifted the vellum up and placed a Mini Glue Dot in between the vellum and the card front under that leaf to keep the vellum from flapping too much from the weight of the items that would be adhered to the card front.

Scraps of Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, and Hello Honey cardstock were used to die cut the three flowers.  The Cajun Craze and Mint Macaron were die cut with the large and small five petal flower framelits and the Hello Honey was die cut with the double five-petal thinlit (using the Precision Base Plate with the Magnetic Platform).  Cajun Craze ink was used to add flower centers to the three flowers and all of the flower petals were gently curled with the bone folder.  The three flowers were adhered to the card front over the leaves using Mini Glue Dots.  

A final scrap of Hello Honey cardstock was stamped with the "thanks For Being You" sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set using Cajun Craze ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Tags & Labels Framelits.  The greeting was adhered near the upper right corner of the vellum using Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed between the vellum and the card front underneath the greeting to help keep the vellum from flapping with the weight of the greeting.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  It's very difficult (impossible) to see in this photo, but there's a piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum adhered across the bottom 1-1/4" of the liner.  This time, the adhesive used was Xyron making the strip of vellum a sticker.  This was done because a strip of adhesive or Mini Glue Dot would be visible through the vellum; however, covering the entire back of the vellum with Xyron adhesive (I used the "X" Xyron dispenser) solves the problem of how to hide the adhesive.  A strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper covers the top edge of the vellum and brings all the vivid color from the card front to the inside.

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The border stamp from Botanical Blooms was inked with Old Olive ink and stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  Three Hello Honey flowers were added near the lower left corner by stamping off the ink on a scrap of paper before stamping the smallest five petal flower on the front of the envelope.  The flower centers were stamped with Cajun Craze ink.  The solid leaf images were stamped on a scrap piece of paper before stamping on the front of the envelope and then the leaf veins were stamped over the solid leaves using "full strength" Old Olive ink.

My stamp club members were a bit hesitant when they saw this card thinking that it was going to be a difficult project.  They were certainly pleased to find out that the Big Shot did the lion's share of the work and they got to have the fun of figuring out how they were going to place their flowers on their card front.  I just love it when a plan comes together.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Botanical Blooms, Suite Sayings; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive; Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Xyron "X" (non-Stampin' Up!); Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Botanical Builder Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

 


Pedaling for a Friend

Hello!

It's been a busy week with lots of unexpected ups and downs.  Life tends to be that way sometimes, doesn't it?  I'm getting the final things ready for my Stamp Clubs this weekend but wanted to stop to share this simple friendship card with you.

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This card features the Pedal Pusher Sale-A-Bration stamp set with the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  The background on the card front features one of the fun images from the Timeless Textures stamp set.  Here's how it's made.

The card base is Lost Lagoon with the bumpy texture stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set stamped repeatedly across the card front using Versamark ink.  A piece of Going Places Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock with the right edges flush.  These papers were adhered to the card front centered between the top and bottom edges with the right edges flush.  

The tandem bicycle from the Pedal Pusher stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Early Espresso for the basket, and black again for the flowers in the basket.  The bicycle was colored with the Blender Pen and inks pushed to the top of the ink pad with Delightful Dijon for the bike frame and tulips; Lost Lagoon for the drop flowers, basket, gear plates, pedal bars, and at the center of the front tire; Watermelon Wonder for the five-petal flower; and Mossy Meadow for the leaves, stems, pedals, handle grips, seats, and the rear reflector housing.  The bicycle was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered near the bottom right corner of the Designer Series Paper.

A scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was stamped with the "i'm here for you" greeting using Mossy Meadow ink and punched with the Word Window punch.  The greeting was adhered to a strip of Hello Honey 5/8" Striped Cotton ribbon using Mini Glue Dots.  The right end of the ribbon was folded under and adhered with Mini Glue Dots.  The left end of the ribbon was cut into a banner tail.  The ribbon strip was adhered at the upper left corner of the Designer Series Paper using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The bumpy texture image was stamped across the top and bottom edges of the liner using Versamark (not very easy to see in the picture, though).  The "let me pedal for a while" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.  The bicycle was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner using Memento Tuxedo Black for the bicycle, flowers, and bird; and Early Espresso for the basket.  The bicycle was colored the same as for the card front with the additional use of Lost Lagoon for the bird.

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The front end of the bicycle was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope.  The bicycle, flowers, and bird were colored as already noted.

When I saw this stamp set I was instantly charmed.  I love the message of friendship and encouragement that I used for this card.  An additional sentiment can be used for weddings or anniversaries, so there's some nice flexibility with this stamp set.  

There are only a couple of weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, so now is the time to make your purchases and select your FREE Sale-A-Bration items.  You'll earn one Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 (US) in merchandise you order (before Shipping & Handling and Tax, of course).  What Sale-A-Bration item do you just have to have?  

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Pedal Pusher, Timeless Textures; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder, Versamark; Cardstock:  Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Going Places Stack; Embellishments:  Hello Honey 5/8" Striped Cotton ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, Word Window punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


A Balloon Celebration with Party Pants

Hello!

It's the beginning of another busy week but I wanted to take a few moments to share a fun birthday card with you.  I finished making this card this morning and was so tickled that it turned out the way I envisioned it!  And on the first try!  

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One of the really cool things that Stampin' Up! has done during Sale-A-Bration this year is to offer product that coordinates with items offered in the Occasions Catalog.  That's the case with the Balloon Celebration Bundle (Balloon Celebration stamp set and Balloon Bouquet punch) and the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Combine these with the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack, It's My Party Cardstock Pack, and the It's My Party Baker's Twine Combo Pack and you have a whole lot of Birthday cards going on!

This card begins with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock.  A strip of paper from the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with Basic Black cardstock and adhered along the left side of the card front.  A piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the balloon string bundle coming from the lower right corner of the cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  The Whisper White Cardstock was matted with a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock and adhered on the card front so that the top right corner of the piece is 1/2" from the top edge and a smidge more than 1/4" from the right edge.  

The small solid balloon image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped over the second string end from the right using Mint Macaron ink.  The large solid balloon image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped over the third string from the left using Crushed Curry ink.  Now it's time to add some punched balloons.

  • A scrap of Mint Macaron cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the second string from the left.  Note that part of the balloon may extend beyond the edge of the Whisper White cardstock
  • A scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock was stamped with the large dotted shadow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using Melon Mambo ink.  The "put your Party Pants on" sentiment from the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set was stamped over the dotted shadow using Basic Black Archival ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the large balloon and adhered over the third string from the right with a Stampin' Dimensional
  • A scrap of Crushed Curry cardstock was stamped with the small dotted shadow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using Crushed Curry ink.  The "Cake Time!" sentiment from the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set was stamped over the shadow image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the small balloon and adhered over the first string from the left
  • A scrap of Sahara Sand cardstock was stamped with the small dotted shadow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using Sahara Sand ink.  The "Woo Hoo!" sentiment from the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set was stamped over the shadow image using Basic Black Archival ink.  The stamped piece was punched with the Balloon Bouquet punch for the small balloon and adhered over the first string from the right

To finish off the card front, the bow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped where all the strings meet on the string bundle using Melon Mambo ink.  A small bow of Melon Mambo/Basic Black Baker's Twine from the It's My Party Baker's Twine Combo Pack was adhered over the stamped bow using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a strip of the It's My Party Designer Series Paper adhered across the top edge of the liner.  The large dotted shadow image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped near the upper left of the liner using Melon Mambo ink that was stamped once on a piece of paper before stamping on the liner.  The large balloon outline stamp from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped around the shadow image using Melon Mambo ink.  The "let us celebrate" balloon string from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped from the bottom of the balloon to the right edge of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.  The black ink was also used to stamp the "Happy Birthday to you!" sentiment from the Party Pants Sale-A-Bration stamp set inside the Melon Mambo balloon.

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The Melon Mambo balloon with "let us celebrate" string was stamped on the front left side of the Medium Whisper White envelope.

I hope you're inspired to make some birthday cards for the special people in your life.  This year I plan to actually send out the birthday cards that I make.  It's all part of the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement started by Stampin' Up! trainer Shannon West with a challenge to send a handmade birthday card to anyone who asks for one.  As part of that movement, if you'd like to receive a handmade birthday card from me, please click on the Email Mickey button and let me know your birth date and your mailing address.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this birthday card --

Stamps:  Balloon Celebration, Party Pants; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  It's My Party Stack; Embellishments:  It's My Party Baker's Twine Combo Pack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Balloon Bouquet punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope