Fun Daisies

Fun Daisies

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Recently, a friend saw a card online and asked if I could show her how to make something like it.  This is one of my versions of that card.

Here’s the card I CASED:

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(from: Better Homes and Gardens, March 10, 2016)

The original sample was adorable the way it was laid out, but if you are at all familiar with my style, you know I wouldn’t be able to glue my pieces down so randomly or crookedly … LOL!!  Also, the flowers on the sample were real daisies that were dried and pressed.  I used die cut flowers instead.

I played around with different stems, grass and the yellow central florets.  Here are two more versions.

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I couldn’t find the paper or ribbon used on the sample so I improvised.  The paper is from the “Pinks & Corals” pad by Craft Smith.  The paper has a white core so I was able to sand and scrape it up a bit.  I also rubbed white Gesso on the surface with a paper towel.  I was afraid to use too much, and now I feel like there is not enough white.  Next time…

For the stems, I used Recollections Jute Twine or white Darice Paper Rope.  The leaves are Celebrate It Swiss Dot ribbon from Michaels.  For the central florets, I used buttons from a mixed bag I purchased online or “You Had Me At Yellow” mini prills.

The daisies were cut with dies by Whitelotous.  The grass is Gina K Grass Green card stock or a scrap of printed paper from my stash (not sure which paper pad it came from).  Whaline Green and Celebrate It White raffia were also used.

The greeting is from the “Nurturing Blooms” set by Gina K Designs and was heat embossed with Ranger White embossing powder and versamark ink.  (You can see the shine a little better on the second sample.)

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Z-Fold Birthday Wishes

Z-Fold Birthday Wishes

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This card features the flamingo image from the Fiskars “Tropical Getaway” stamp set and a scrap of patterned paper (American Crafts #320330).  Circles were cut from white and black card stock with dies from the Spellbinders Classic Circles (large and small) sets.  Tim Holtz Milled Lavender distress ink was “smooshed” onto the white panel.  The flamingo was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a die cut that I made with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine and was colored with a “Pink Flamingo” Bic Alcohol Marker.  The greeting is from the “Happy Birthday Stamps” set by Ms. Sparkle & Co.

This is what the card looks like when it is closed.

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And here is a version I made on a tent fold base:

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Silhouette Daisies

Silhouette Daisies

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This CAS card features the daisies from the “Various Verses” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and a greeting from the “Painted Harvest” set from Stampin’ Up.  Both were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink on white card stock matted on black.    A sponged background of Gina K  Ocean Mist and Applemint inks added a pop of color.

Using the same layout, the same mask for the sponging, and the same daisy stamp, I switched up the colors and made a birthday card as well.

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On this version, the images were stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink on white card stock.  (The greeting on this one is also from the “Various Verses” set.)  The ink for sponging and the card stock used was Gina K Peach Bellini and Kraft.

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Child Sympathy Card

Child Sympathy Card

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I think sympathy cards are among the most challenging cards to make, and it is especially difficult if it is for the loss of a young child.  I recently needed a card to send to friends who lost their three year old granddaughter.  She had a rare, childhood form of kidney cancer but showed no signs or symptoms of having the disease, so her death was completely unexpected.  I cannot even begin to imagine what that would be like, and there is very little anyone can say or do to make it better.  So I really struggled with this card.

Ultimately, I chose this teddy bear image from the “Baby Bear” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and a beautiful sentiment stamp for the inside called “God’s Promise” by DRS Designs.  It says:

God’s Promise
“God didn’t promise days without pain,
laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain.
But God did promise strength for the day,
comfort for the tears, and a light for the way.
And for all who believe in His kingdom above,
He answers their faith with everlasting love.”

The bear image was created with 3 stamps that are layered on top of one another.  I used Gina K Kraft ink for stamp #1 (the most solid of the three stamps/lightest ink), Gina K Warm Cocoa for stamp #2, and Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe for stamp #3.  The greeting is from the “Sentimental Bouquet” stamp set from Gina K Designs and was stamped with SU Tip Top Taupe ink.  I used water color paper,  Stampin’ Up Tip Top Taupe card stock, and printed paper called “Tan Floral Tapestry” from Hot Off The Press/Paper Pizazz.

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