Friday, June 30, 2017

Peach and White Mexican Tile

This will likely be a birthday card for my mother as she looks so nice in peach; it is definitely her color.  Love all the tiny details on this Cheery Lynn Mexican Tile background die.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday

Dies used:  Cheery Lynn Mexican Tile, Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet, Tutti Designs Happy and Birthday word dies

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Timeless Tulips

Although I like how this card turned out, I have to honestly say it was not easy using the layered stamps for the flowers.  Each flower has three layers, thus three different colors of ink are needed.   More recent layered floral stamps I've used have only two colored layers and one black outline layer.  I found those much easier to line up.  

 Distress inks, as you may know, do not stamp vividly on clear stamps unless you use a MISTI (which I did) and keep applying coat after coat.  

Products used:  Sunny Studio Timeless Tulips clear stamp set and die set, Ellen Hutson Warm Fuzzies (sentiment), Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Frantic Stamper Chevron Card Panel, Stampin' Up Rose Red and Regal Rose inks, Picked Raspberries DI, Shabby Shutters DI, and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes 


Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blue and Cream Sunflower Card

I'm still trying to use up some pattern paper I have but find I am color challenged when it comes to using paper with any design on it.

I used the Sue Wilson Noble Dies Ornate Pierced Design for the card base, Cheery Lynn Sunflower (cut 3 times on dsp), and the Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves.

I left a lot of room for a sentiment once I figure out how this card will be used.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thank for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, June 23, 2017

Red White and Blue Thanks Star Wreath

The current challenge at Impression Obsession is to use stars so I used the star that comes with the All in One Frames -- Circles set, cut several with glitter paper and adhered them to the Leafy Wreath.  Then I cut the word Thanks three times and layered them in a red, white and blue pattern for more dimension and to give the card an even more patriotic look.

Products used:  Woodgrain pattern paper from Michaels, Impression Obsession All in One Frames -- Circles, IO Thanks, IO Leafy Wreath

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Impression Obsession Stars Challenge

The current challenge at Impression Obsession is Stars.  I do not own any IO stamps with stars on them so I had to use the only IO die I have that has a star with it.   For my card I used the center star that cuts out when using the All in One Frames -- Circles die:

I colored the stars with Faded Jeans and Barn Door distress inks and dripped on some ink splats as well.  The word "celebrate" is from the Birthday Top Edgers.

To give the card a little sparkle, I dabbed some sparkle texture paste to the stars.

You have until July 4th to join along.  Hope to see your creations there.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Embossing Vellum While in your Dies

When I saw the Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp was Embossing, it gave me the perfect opportunity to finally use some vellum with my Sue Wilson dies.  I had been wanting to use the vellum and emboss it with a stylus while the vellum was still in the die, leaving these beautiful white lines.  With all the hand embossing that I was doing, my hands were a little tired, but I wish I had put a more intricate frame around the card such as one of Sue Wilson's Ornate Pierced Rectangles or Squares.

I used the following products:  Sue Wilson Striped Nasturtiums, SW Exquisite Poppy, SW Perfect Peony Complete Petals, SW Camilla Complete Petals, SW Faux Quilled Blooms, Cuttlebug EF, Vellum from Hobby Lobby

I'd also like to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Touchy Feely

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Guest Designing at Ellen Hutson

I was chosen to fill a guest spot on the Ellen Hutson Design Team for June's Pin-Sights Challenge

 The Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge is a monthly inspirational challenge based on a Pinterest Inspired photo that is located on the CLASSroom blog. A random challenge participant will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store.  To be eligible, you MUST use Essentials by Ellen products and the Pin-Sights Challenge Board as inspiration. 

I was thankful they chose me for June's challenge;  I love these colors and could easily make a floral card.  Here's my card based on this challenge board:

This is a Double Dutch fold card. 

 The heart is part of the Essentials by Ellen Folk Heart die set.  I cut the Brushstroke Hello die into the top yellow layer then filled in the center of the "e" and "o" with the leftover bits.   I stamped some solid flowers from the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms.  My Misti came in handy here because I had to stamp the solid blooms about 3 times with Distress Inks in order to get the dark color I wanted.  I used Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Spun  Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade.

When you lift the top flap with the heart on it, inside there are two side panels which I decorated with the solid floral stamps and two larger panels:

I decorated the two bigger panels inside the card with the spiral looking rose stamps which are also part of the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms.  After stamping them with my Misti and various Distress Inks, I manually cut the images out.    The stamp "I Love You" is from the Essentials by Ellen Amazing Women set.

The back of the card looks like this:

I used a different stamp from the Amazing Women set on the back.  It says "You are beautiful inside and out".    There is a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers on how to make this card.

Good luck with the challenge.  I can't wait to see all the entries.   Thank You Ellen Hutson for allowing me this opportunity to guest design for you.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Simon Says Stamp: Emboss It

Today's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Emboss It".  You can dry emboss, heat emboss, use a stylus to emboss, etc.  I used two different methods on my card.  The background paper is gold foil embossed and the flower center and word "hugs" are both embossed with a stylus while the gold foil cardstock was still in the die.  This gave the die cuts a little more dimension.

To make the daisy stand out more, I filled in a few of the chevron strips to make a solid background in that area and did the same under the word "hugs".

I used the following products:  Cheery Lynn Chevron A2 Frame, Cheery Lynn Shasta Daisy, Cheery Lynn Floral Bouquet (leaves), Tutti Designs Hugs, Sue Wilson Stitched Lattice Frames, Sue Wilson Exquisite Poppy (floral center)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

RWB Card for Flag Day

This week's CAS Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers is to use the colors of your country's flag on your project... thus the red, white and blue on my card for the United States of America.

I used the following products:  Die'Sire Bordeaux corner die, Sue Wilson Delicate Daisies Complete Petals, Dee's Distinctively Thank You, EK Success Mini Butterfly punch, Martha Stewart Frond punch, Barn Door distress ink

I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Touchy Feely (adding texture to a card -- as in the texture of the daisy leaves and center)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blushing Bouquet

Monday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Touchy Feely where they want you to have texture on your project.  I combined the embossed brick wall on the background with the embossing on the flowers and their raised enamel dot centers.  

Products Used:  Memory Box Blushing Bouquet, MFT Die-namics Stitched Oval STAX, Impression Obsession Butterfly set, Sizzix Brick Wall EF.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Black and White Thank You Card Tutorial

To make these cards, I used the Die'Sire Bordeaux corner and the Frantic Stamper Thanks card band.

I started off by placing the Bordeaux corner die on a piece of cardstock measuring 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 for this 5 x 6.5" card.  Two of the edges on the die that form the right angle have cut lines on them so they will detach from your paper but the diagonal line will not detach.  You would have to manually cut it in order to get a triangle.  I wanted to keep it attached for this card so I made sure the two cut lines were sticking out beyond my piece of paper when running it through the machine.

Below is how the card looks when cutting just the two Bordeaux corners and leaving them attached to the paper:

Next I placed the Thanks card band in the middle of the paper and ran it through the machine, being careful to center it both vertically and horizontally on the diagonal.

The "Thanks" also stays attached to the card.  You just manually cut along the top and bottom to remove the two side pieces from the card:

Now it's ready to mount onto the card base.  Add a few flowers and the card is done.

Products Used:  Die'Sire Bordeaux corner die, Frantic Stamper Thanks Card Band, MFT Die-Namics Flower and Leaf Trio (retired)

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sweet Cherries

One of our neighbors just had a baby and they walked all the way over to our house to bring us some cherries they had just picked on a family outing.  It was nice to be able to talk to them since we can't really talk through the fence with the dogs barking.

To thank them for bringing us such an unexpected gift and to walk all the way over with a newborn baby, I thought I'd make a card for the 6 yr old daughter, Ava, who is the one who delivered the cherries with her mother and new brother.  

 I used the following products on the card:  Frantic Stamper Cherries, FS Sweet word die, FS Pinprick Circles, FS Accessory Words 1 and 3

I'm entering this card in the Your Next Stamp Sketch and  Color Challenge #65 where I used this sketch as inspiration:

and this sketch for the colors, but I only ended up using two of the colors, not 3 as required:

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Cheery Lynn Sunflower

I saw this card on Pinterest and used it as inspiration for my card.  My card really doesn't look anything like the Pinterest card so I think I'm going to give it another shot.

To color the sunflowers, I cut them on white cardstock then swiped them through a variety of distress inks that I spritzed on my craft sheet.  I like the fact that some of the white still shows on the sunflowers.

The goal for making this card was to keep it masculine looking but still have flowers on it.  I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Masculine and

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make it  Masculine

Products Used:  Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire, CL Sunflower, CL Fanciful Flourish, CL Small Exotic Butterflies, Martha Stewart 3 Hydrangeas punch

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Father's Day Card

My Father's Day card this year is made with the Sue Wilson Family Tree die, Impression Obsession Rectangles 6-in-1 Frames, and the Cheery Lynn Dad word die.

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Masculine

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pawprints in my Heart

Just another card using the adorable Puppy Set from Impression Obsession.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

I used the following dies:

Impression Obsession Puppy Set, IO Butterfly Set, IO Hill Landscape Layers,  IO Poinsettia Set Small, IO Small Snowflake Set, IO Fir Sprig Set, IO All in One Frames Circles, IO Rubber Stamp "Pawprints in my Heart"

Thank you for stopping by ~ Ann

Purple Atlantic Ocean Background with Striped Nasturtiums

I had an easier time placing the flowers on this card than I did a previous card in pink:

It may be due to the flower size and all the greenery which I think fit better on the purple card than the pink one.

I used the following dies on the purple card:

Sue Wilson Atlantic Ocean Collection Background die, Sue Wilson Pierced Squares, SW Striped Nasturtiums, SW Maidenhair Ferns, SW Faux Quilled Leaves, Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs

I also tucked in a few stick pins with pearl leaves on them.

This ended up being a big card measuring 6 3/4 square since I added the two bottom layers.  With all the bulk from the flowers, it would most likely be a card that gets hand delivered instead of going through the mail.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Circles
Simon Stays Stamp Wed Challenge:  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann