Floral Thank You Note

Floral Thank You Note

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Inspiration comes from many places.  Even bathrooms!  I recently visited a friend who just moved into a new home, and when I was getting the tour, I fell in love with the color combination and design of her shower curtain!  (I took a photo of a portion of it.)

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The floral image from the Stampin’ Up “Avant-Garden” set as well as the SU Mint Macaron ink that I recently purchased immediately came to mind, and I used those to create my card.

The flowers were first stamped with the Mint Macaron ink and then stamped again (slightly off-set) with Stampin’ Up Blackberry Bliss.  To add the darker detail to the centers of each flower, I applied Gina K Edible Eggplant ink to the stamp by swiping the corner of the ink pad directly onto the stamp (as if I were drawing lines from the center and out a bit onto each petal.)  I would have used a water-based marker to add the darker shade, but I didn’t have a color that worked.  I used the Edible Eggplant for the stamen as well.  I created a mask of the flower and then went on to stamp the stems and leaves.

For the stems and leaves, I used stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Terrific Tulips” set.  (Of all the leaf stamps I have in my collection, I was surprised to find I had nothing similar to the ones on the shower curtain.  I didn’t even see anything online so I went with what I had!)  I inked up the stamps with the Mint Macaron ink and then randomly swiped my Spectrum Aqua “Moss” marker over parts of the inked stamp before stamping the images.  Again, my water-based marker colors are limited, and in hindsight, I probably chose a color that is more green than the color I was going for.  (It is really overpowering the mint color!)

The greeting is from the Stampin’ Up “What I Love” set and was stamped with GK Edible Eggplant ink. The card stock I used is “Soft Stone” from Papertrey Ink and “Edible Eggplant” from Gina K Designs.

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A Few Simple Notecards

A Few Simple Notecards

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I was almost embarrassed to post these cards since they are so simple.  Each of these cards was made because I needed a card, and fast.  And as I mentioned recently, I am trying to be “ok” with simple designs!

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This super quick thank you note features Paper Pizazz/Hot Off the Press “Yellow Daisies” printed paper, Core’dinations “Dark Blue Large Dot” card stock, and a stamp from the “Think Big Favorites #5” set by Papertrey Ink stamped in Gina K Blue Denim ink.  Recollections ivory card stock was used for the card base.  I LOVED the soft colors of the daisy paper and the font of the stamp and wanted to feature both. Cut, stamp, done.  This card practically made itself!

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This next card features the “Volleyball” stamp by stampabilities and a greeting from the “Short and Sweet” set by Stampin’ Up.  The images were stamped with  Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I scored a line above the greeting and then partially embossed the panel above the score line with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

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This card was made with card stock from both the  “Christmas – Holiday Printed Paper” pack (2014) and “Shimmer Champagne” by Recollections.  The greeting panel was cut with the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” large punch and stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.  I did not have a punch to create a border, so I used a copic marker (E84) to draw one.  (Not really loving that, but I didn’t have time to do a “trace and cut” with the Silhouette since I needed to send this quickly.)  The stamp is from the “Little Branches” set by Gina K Designs.

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I think it took me longer to photograph these cards than it did to make them!  🙂

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Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase

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(inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you HAPPY)

I made this 5×7 card for a birthday, although with no greeting added to the front, this design could be used for a variety of occasions.

I thought I’d try the circle shaping tool from the Border Buddy set by Quilled Creations for this project.  I started with 4 inch strips for the petals.  The purple petals were made by wrapping the strips around the smallest step, and after the circle coils were removed from the tool, I pinched each one flat and then gently pushed on the ends to create the opening in the centers.  The white petals were made with the second step and were barely pushed in on the sides to create ovals.  The swirly stems and leaves were hand coiled with a basic slotted quilling tool.  The loose yellow coils were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).

The vase was made with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Filigree Vase D-Lites Dies.  Because the quilled flowers are 3mm thick and needed to be tucked behind the vase, I made a few quilled coils using the same size strips to put behind the vase to raise it up to the level of the flowers.  It was like using foam squares but perfectly sized for this project.

The oval frame was cut with one of the Grand Ovals dies by Spellbinders and embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the vase, card base and frame was Gina K Pure Pure White and Sweet Mango.  The sentiment on the inside was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

Over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge this month is to make your project sentiment free.  Dies and/or embossing folders must also be used.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Quilled Flowers and Swirls

Quilled Flowers and Swirls

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(inside: May your birthday be filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, love and cheer!  Happy Birthday)

I’ve tried some basic quilling in the past and thought I’d give it another try here.

I used a few new (to me) quilling tools and techniques for this project.  The purple petals (marquise/eye shape) and round accents (tight coils) were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).  The swirly “stems” were too thick for my slotted quilling tool so I held the ends with tweezers and hand coiled them.  I tried out a quilling comb for the leaf.

This is the first time I attempted the large swirls, and I found it challenging to glue them down exactly as I wanted them (the basic shape and to get the strips evenly spaced).  The problem is that once the piece (with glue) touches the paper, you can’t really move it or you have blobs of glue everywhere.  I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing, intricate designs I see on Pinterest!  I definitely need more practice!!

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the card base and panels was Gina K Pure Ivory and Wild Lilac.  The sentiment on the inside was from the Birthday Duo stamp set by Gina K Designs.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Red and Blue Note Card Collection

Red and Blue Note Card Collection

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My triplets are seniors in high school and have just finished the college application process.  All three of them were just accepted to their first choice – The University of Pennsylvania.  Hooray Kelly, Kevin and Keith!!

They received letters of recommendation and completed several alumni interviews as part of the application process, and they wanted to send thank you notes.  Since there are three of them, I wanted to come up with three different card designs, and since we needed to send quite a few notes, I wanted to keep the designs simple and easy to recreate.  The MISTI made this easy!  Penn’s colors are red and blue so I stuck with those colors.

(I was having a heck of a time getting good photos of these cards.  The blue card stock and ink are the same – both Gina K “In the Navy” – and are very similar in real life.  The ink always looks lighter and the card stock always looks darker in my photos.)

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For this first card, I used Papertrey Ink Soft Stone ink and card stock along with the two parts of the “Frame and Filler” stamp by Gina K Designs to create a tone-on-tone background.   I googled Penn’s logo and hand-made the two parts of the “P” (from red rubber used to make gaskets which I purchased at Home Depot).  The logo was stamped with Gina K Cranberry Tart and In The Navy ink.  I embossed the border with a Spellbinders Matting Basics B die.

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The second card design features stamps from the “Work of Art” set by Stampin’ Up.  The ink used for this one was Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel and Gina K In the Navy.

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For the third card design, I created a background with stamps from the “Flower Builder” set by Gina K Designs.  The greeting is from the “Wonderful Words I” set by Stampin’ Up (retired?). Gina K In the Navy and Cranberry Tart ink and card stock was used.

Each of the stamped panels was mounted on a card base made from Gina K In the Navy card stock.  (It looks black in the photos, but it’s really blue!)  A plain white panel was adhered to the inside for the message.

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 Kelly, Kevin, Keith, and their older brother Eric will all be together at Penn next year.  I’m going to have to come up with something to keep me busy when they are away….

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