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Happy Birthday Orvil!

Today is my dear, sweet, wonderful  husbands birthday!  Happy Birthday honey!

I usually keep this blog for stamping related posts, but I could not let the day go  by without wishing him a great day.

Orvil is such a great guy – kind, generous and funny.  A Navy veteran who loves dogs, nature and his beloved corvette.  I know I fall somewhere in there as well!    He is such a great handyman around the house, but loves to kick back and relax as well.

For his birthday I revamped this card into a birthday card by changing out the sentiment.  When we moved to Florida he put up a bunch of birdhhouses and feeders in the backyard and I’ve been amazed at the variety of birds that we’ve attracted.  It makes spending time on the back patio so much more interesting.    So the birdhouse theme card seemed perfect.

He looks at the card and marvels about how great it is, then starts really looking closely at it.  Finally he says  – “what’s with the button?”.   You know guys  – if there is a button it should be there to hold something together, right?   I explain that it is merely decorative (doesn’t he know that buttons are all the rage now?).    I’m not sure he understands the concept…

Anyway – happy birthday dear!!

the never ending card…..

This card has the same layout as yesterdays, but its been months in the making!  And it  has more lives than a cat!  I thought I would never finish it – here is how it started.

I began by making the main panel with Memory Box Provence paper last year ( before Thanksgiving!).  I liked the panel but just could not get a card out of it.  Nothing looked right, so I did what most of you do – set it aside in the “partially completed” pile.

So flash forward a few months….I’m  cleaning my stamp room yesterday and come across the panel and try once again  to do something with it.

I look for  a different card base than I had started with months ago – looking through the DCWV textured pack  I find a color that works well with the Memory Box – I’m on my way!

Ribbon – I have tons of blue and green ribbons but of course none that are the right shade.  Step back and look at the card again – it has muted tones and more of a natural feel, so I pull out the twine and decide that it looks better than ribbon – yay!!

Now to embellishments –  Buttons? Don’t have any.    Brads?  None that are the right size or color.   Tags?  I try a bunch but nothing looks good.   I try to  make one of those paper flowers I see everyone doing, but I don’t have the  correct scallop punch, although I do think that a paper flower from the same paper pack would look great.  I’m beginning to get the feeling of deja vu that this card is going  back in the stack of partially completed pile.

 I finally find this soft blue flower – the only one like it in my stash – and decide it looks fine!  Things are moving along.

Finally – the sentiment.  I realize that even with all the stamps I have I need more sentiments.   And I need them in the right size and font.   Geez – that means I need to buy more stamps……..After going through almost all of my stamp sets, I decide on a sentiment from Rubbernecker.  It’s a birthday sentiment and I’m always in need of birthday cards, and its the right size and shape for the card.    I stamp it in blue to go with the flower, then decide that the panel itself needs to be mounted on blue just to give it a little more pop and to comply with that design “rule of threes”.  So I have a blue panel for the mount, a blue flower and blue sentiment.  

I am done!!!  And it only took several months to create this clean and simple card!!!!

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Melon mambo with kraft

Today’s color challenge was to use melon mambo, kraft and black.  The bright burst of melon really pops against both the black and kraft neutrals.

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The stamps are from Flourishes All Wrapped up set and were stamped in Palette Noir ink.  Now here is something odd – I started coloring the gift boxes with melon ink, but the color did not look right especially when placed against the paper.  The ink looked more orange-y than pink – not sure how that happened!! 

Anyway – here is a good tip…if you have prisma pencils try and match up a pencil color to your ink.  In this card I ended up coloring the boxes with a mix of prisma pencils #993 Hot Pink and #994-Process Red along with  #107o French Grey 30%.   These colors were a nice match to SU’s colors.  You probably can’t tell from the photo but I added a little sparkle to the boxes with a stardust get pen.  The colors overall in the photo are a bit off because of the weather here – its been rainy all day and looks like it will continue through the afternoon, so this was the best I could do.

The ribbon is a black satin overlayed with a sheer polka dot.  The black satin by itself seemed to heavy and the sheer dot too light.  Combining them gave the look I wanted!  The flowers are sizzix die cuts with black rhinestones for the center.

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My latest favorite color combo

I’m seeing these colors in some variation all around me – a light blue/aqua paired with a rich red/violet.  They can be found in Basic Greys Eskimo Kisses line, in the latest holiday line from Cosmo Cricket and I even saw this color combo at Cracker Barrel the other day on one of their holiday tree displays!

IC challenge xmas final

Materials Used: Stamps - Flourishes Holiday Greetings; Paper - Flourishes (white), SU (blue and pomegranate); Ink - Palette Ballet Blue, Marvy Aubergine, Other: ribbon, rhinestones, cuttlebug folder, slice machine

I first paired these colors a year or so ago (or was it longer?) when SU issued its beautiful pomegranate paper.  I wish they had made this a permanent color – I’m running low on my supply!  I used it with their soft sky and immediately fell in love with the look!  So this year several of my holiday cards will be made using these colors.

This card was a snap – the blue panel  was embossed with a cuttlebug folder and a panel of pomegranate dp was added on top.  The die cuts were made with a slice machine.  The sentiment is from Flourishes Holiday Greeting set and was stamped with a Marvy marker and sponged with Palette Ink – ballet blue ink.  Rhinestones and ribbon complete the card.

Limited supply - girly girl

Materials Used: Stamps - Flourishes (sentiment), SU (flower), Rubbernecker (background); Paper: Flourishes White, SU Pomegranate; Ink - Palette Ballet Blue, Marvy Aubergine; Other: Ribbon, pearls nestabilities

With this color combo fresh in my mind, I decided to make a  birthday card – somthing I am always in need of!  Using the same color scheme I put together this card – soft and feminine.  The hardest part was lining up the pearls on the ribbon!  I used circle nestabilities to cut out the shapes and sponged some color on the circle before stamping the image.



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Birthday Greetings!

I took my inspiration from a Riley Fitzgerald card, with the sketch from 2redbanana’s sketch blog.  The easy part was done – I had the image already stamped and colored from a previous project and it was just waiting in my box of stamped images ready to be used!

FS challenge gift box final

Materials: Stamps: Flourishes (gift box and sentiment), SeeD's (background); Paper: Flourishes, SU; Ink: Palette Charcoal, Copic Markers; Rhinestones, Stardust Gel Pen

I colored the image with copics – see my post HERE for a video of how I colored it.  It’s one of my favorite images, from the Flourishes All Wrapped Up set, because it can be used for so many occasions.  Its used as a birthday card here but just change the colors and you can turn it into a christmas, baby or wedding card!

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