Monday, December 5, 2016

Rainbow Ring Wreath

I was inspired at Sam's Club to make a card...yes, Sam's Club...inspiration is everywhere!!  They had Christmas wreathes made of shiny ball ornaments, and one was rainbow colored!!
 I snappped a pic of the wreathes to show you:):)...and if you know me, you know rainbows and I have "a thing"!!...
I used the Simon Says Stamp Ring Wreath and paint chips.  Paint chips may have not been the easiest choice to work with, but I think having such a vast choice of colors makes for a more cohesively colored rainbow!  I had to match up the exact parts of the wreath with each color chip to make sure that the right sized circles were die cut for each particular color...hope that makes sense.  Choosing 11 colors also added to the challenge...less colors would have made the die cutting a bit easier, but I love all the colors!!  Layered the white wreath, and then, as I was die cutting, I put each piece into the wreath.  I adhered pieces of double sided tape on the backs of the colored circles, and then adhered to card panel.  I opted to make this a square card...just thought it looked cool that way.  And I finished the wreath with a Simon die sentiment, from Big Joy...I mean, this card brings me joy!!  Here's a close up...
Such fun!!!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Card for Mom and Dad

I made a card for my mom and dad for Christmas from my family.   I LOVE this two year old set of Simon Says Stamp stamps and dies, Snowy Trees and Sled,  and combined the old with the new, the Happy Christmas stamp set(love the sentiments in this set!!)!  I think these birds are adorable, and there are seven of us all together, thus the 7 red birds...and together with this sentiment, well...I thought they all went perfect together!...
I stamped, die cut and colored (used Prismacolor markers) the tree and birds, the sled was die cut from a piece of Simon Woodgrain cardstock and sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  I layered all the three, then thought two of the birds holding a heart would be cute, so used a Simon Holiday Shapes heart die, layered, then glossy accented the heart to stand out a little from all the red birds.  Here's a close up...
Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Berries on Vellum

I thought I would try a Christmas card made with vellum!  I used two of the new Simon Says Stamp sets for my card, Winter Flowers and Christmas Essentials, stamped with versamark, gold embossed and colored with markers from behind, on a card long piece of vellum...
 Some thin gold twine would be nice, I used gold THREAD and braided three pieces to make the thread more hefty...I HAD to have the right gold to match the gold embossing, and despite the time and effort it took to make the twine(probably longer than it took to stamp and color the card), I think it is a pretty finishing touch and with a vellum card, kind of necessary.  Pictures don't do the gold embossing justice, but here's a closeup that shows it a bit better than the first pic...
 
Oh...edited to add...make sure you use an embossing powder bag(have one linked below)...absolutely necessary to swipe over your vellum before stamping and embossing to keep the powder from showing up where you don't want it!!  Such a fun, and easy card to make for Christmas!!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

I made a fun Christmas card with the Simon Says Stamp die, Jingle Snowflakes, and a sentiment from the new Simon stamp set, Holiday Message Strips.  I thought this wonderful sentiment stamp needed some music, so I paired it with the die and some red and green patterned paper to sandwich the die cut music/snowflakes between...  
I layered the die cut 3 times.  I adhered the red and green papers together with some Eclipse tape before die cutting the musical staff onto the papers, this made it easier to die cut without having the papers move or shift and make the cut of the die "off".  I then flipped the papers over, and with the die cut staffs, I adhered pop up tape and squares on all parts of the flakes and papers to pop the whole panel off of the white card.  I stamped the sentiment with versamark, and white embossed.  Here's a close up...
This card reminds me of an Italian flag...well a sideways one...but thought the red, white and green were "Christmasy"...such fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa

Monday, November 28, 2016

Four Die Cut Rainbow Birthday Cards

I have been on a roll with scraps!   I had 3 scraps of rainbow paper strips on my desk, and knowing I couldn't use them for a very sizeable sentiment, or very many, I tried to make the most and came up with FOUR simply done birthday cards...
 This one used two Papertrey Ink dies, the "birthday" layered 3 times underneath the color.  The HAPPYs are adhered to the card(and not perfectly I must admit...oh well...perfection is highly overrated...and this was my second attempt, and I became too tired to care...I think it STILL looks nice:)?!!).  That IS the only problem with Glossy Accents used on a die cut that you adhere directly to a card...you only get one shot at precise...once you lay it down, moving it leaves a trail of glue goo, so if you don't get it right, it's a trail of glue goo, a redo, or a boo boo...mine is a boo boo.  I'm laughing at myself:):)!!  Here's a close up...
 This is the second one I made with the same scrap as the first, again using the Papertrey Ink "birthday" die.  The "HAPPY" is a cut apart sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags stamp set.  Used a black background using the backside of the patterned paper that I used for the last card on this post:):)...using ANOTHER scrap!!...and the pattern of the background matches the pattern on the "birthday"...
 ...a close up...
 The third one uses a die from Reverse Confetti and the same "HAPPY" from the previous card...
 I used an impression plate from Papertrey Ink to add a little interest without having to add another element to the diagonal rainbow(the only way I could make the die fit the scrap...kinda like the diagonal lines!!)...
The last, but not least, is one very similiar to one I made a few months ago, except, this time with a black background(matching the pattern of the sentiment) and no stamped sentiment...


and a close up...
Oh, I am having sooooo much fun!!  Thanks for visiting me today!! Hugs!! Lisa