Free As a Bird

As most of you know, I live in the Northeast and right now we are being invaded by Robins.  I have never seen so many Robins before!  They are everywhere.  I know most people love having birds nest around their house but these Robins have gotten out of control.  They tried to build a nest on my outside lights (multiple places), my front door wreath, my deck and right over where I park my car.  Robins are cute (sort of) but they are also very, very messy.  I am not a fan.

I actually made this card a couple of months ago and never posted it.  It was before the mess started, back when I liked Robins and thought it would be cute to make a Robin card.

The cardstock colors I used on this card are Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Whisper White.  I first stamped the bird and the branch from the stamp set Free As A Bird in Memento Black Ink and colored them using my Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow and Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.  I stamped the sentiment in Memento Black ink too.  Then I stamped the flowers on a separate sheet of Whisper White cardstock and cut them out by hand (don’t look too closely) and colored them with a Dark Petal Pink Blend.

This stamp set has matching dies called Stitched Nested Labels Dies.  I think these dies are one of my favorites from the entire catalog.  You can save 10% by purchasing this stamp set and dies in a Bundle.  I cut out the entire image using one of the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  Then I cut a larger one out of Cajun Craze cardstock and then again out of the 4″x 5.25″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock.  The dies cut the inside of the image but also cut pierce the outside.  I love that part! Here is a close up where you can see I used the inside pieces for Whisper White and Cajun craze but used the outside piece for the Mossy Meadow.

Lastly I added the flowers using Dimensionals.

I probably should have used embossing paste along the bottom of the card to simulate the mess on my car, wreath and decks!

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Designer Series Paper Challenge

Hi everyone.  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is to use two different designs of Designer Series Paper .  This was hard because my mother always told me to never wear two different patterns together!  You always have to have a solid with a pattern.  I am sure there were a ton of “What Not To Wear” episodes on this matter.  It is a good thing that it is ok to do this on cards!

I decided to use the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper.  I figured out the two designs I wanted to use but had a hard time figuring out what else to do with it.  I tried different flowers but thought it was too much so I played around with a new set of dies I just got called Hand-Lettered Prose.  I like these dies because the letters are slightly slanted in an elegant font.  The colors in the DSP are Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow so I cut the letters out in Mossy Meadow cardstock.

The ‘Birthday’ stamp is from the stamp set called Piece Of Cake.  The whole stamp says Happy Birthday so I masked off the word “Happy”.  To do this, all I did was cover the word “happy” with a piece of tape, ink the stamp and then pull the tape off.  That way only the word “Birthday” had ink on it.  The hardest part is remembering to take off the tape.  If you forget, it makes a mess (ask me how I know this!).  I have ruined many a piece of cardstock because I forgot!

I felt like the card needed a little something else.  I looked for some embellishments in Mossy Meadow and I didn’t have any.  No worries though!  I took my Dark Mossy Meadow Blend and colored 3 of the green sequins from the Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins.  That is one thing I love about the Blends.  You can use them to color any non-porous material such as the sequins.

Now please go to Buffy’s and Jackie’s blog to see what they created this week.

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Daisy Lane CAS

I love simple and easy cards.  I think they can be elegant and still get the point across.  Simple and easy cards are called CAS.  This stands for clean and simple.

This card is a CAS card. I used the new stamp set called Daisy Lane.  This stamp set has a couple of coordinating punches.  One is the Daisy Punch and the other is the Medium Daisy Punch.  You can buy this stamp set and the Medium Daisy Punch in a Bundle and save 10%   This stamp set also has a coordinating stamp in the new catalog called Daisy Delight.  I love it when Stampin’ Up!® adds new products to go with the old products.

To make this card, I first stamped the flower in Gorgeous Grape and the stem in Shaded Spruce onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and layered this piece onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock and then onto a Whisper White card base.

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Sailing Home

I totally forgot to show you the last card we made at our monthly class in June.  We used a lot of products from the Stampin’ Up!® Come Sail Away Suite.  This Suite includes the stamp set called Sailing Home, the matching dies called Smooth Sailing, and Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper.  There are also other products such as embellishments, ribbon and an embossing folder included.  If you love it all (like me!) you can buy the entire Suite just using one item # (152175).  Stampin’ Up!® has done this with all their Suites making it so easy to order.

This card was super easy to make.  The colors are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Whisper White.  I stamped the lighthouse in Night of Navy ink and cut it out using the coordinating die.   I also cut the wheel out of Night Of Navy cardstock using a die that embosses at the same time.  I know it is hard to see in this picture but the die embosses rings on the wheel.  I layered everything onto a card base of Crumb Cake and stamped the birds and sentiment in Night of Navy Ink.

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Tasteful Backgrounds & Daisy Lane

Stampin’ Up!® has so many awesome new products in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog that I had a hard time keeping to my budget.  I am not a very patient person so when I see something I love, I want it immediately.  This card had three different products that I purchased right away.

The colors I used on this card are Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Mango Melody.  To make this card I first used the set of dies called Tasteful Backgrounds.  There are three dies in this set that you can use to make fun backgrounds like this one.  It also has a matching stamp set called Tasteful Textures (and you can get the 10% Bundle price).  I didn’t use the matching stamp set on this card but it is really pretty and worth buying.

After I cut them out, I used my 1 1/4″ Circle Punch with Mango Melody cardstock to put behind a couple of the cut out images.  Then I used Mango Melody ink with the stamp set called Daisy Lane with the matching punch called Medium Daisy (you can buy these in a Bundle and save 10%).  The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Here’s A Card.  This is a sentiment only set that has a few different elegant fonts and sentiments to use on the inside and the outside of a card.

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Happy 4th!

Happy Birthday to the United States of America!  

I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with family, friends and fireworks.

Sailing Home

Last week was Rob’s and my 36th anniversary.  It is hard to believe it has been that long.  It is definitely true what they say about time flying.  Somehow during all that time we managed to raise together three handsome and brilliant sons who now have children of their own. We have had our ups and downs, as most people have but somehow we made it through it all.  I would not have wanted to do it with anyone else.

This is the card I made for Rob to celebrate our anniversary.  We have never really done presents or extravagant things to celebrate.  We have mostly celebrated this date quietly with just the two of us going out for dinner or something like that.  This year was no different.

To make this card I used the Come Sail Away Memories or More Card Pack from the 2019/2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog for the background.  I love these card packs because they have lots of fun designs that coordinate with other products in the catalog.  I stamped the sailboat and the anchor from the stamp set called Sailing Home in Basic Gray Ink and  then cut them out using the matching dies called Smooth Sailing.  I layered all of this on top of a Basic Black card base.

Happy Anniversary, Rob.  It is true that any day with you is the best!

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