Hello, Baby…Baby Bear Card

Hello, Baby…Baby Bear Card

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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bear from the Stampin’ Up “Baby Bear” stamp set.  The bear image is created with 3 stamps that are layered on top of one another to add such realistic detail with no coloring needed! For this card, 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 also from the “Baby Bear” stamp set and was stamped with Gina K Kraft ink.

The image sheet that comes with the set has the numbers by the stamps/images, but the numbers are not on the actual stamps themselves, so I wrote the numbers on the stamps with pen before removing them from the image sheet so I could easily tell which stamp/layer was which.  Another little tip I had seen online is to line up the bottoms of the 3 stamps instead of trying to line up the heads.  The details on the head do not go all the way to the top which makes it really hard to line up the images that way.

The balloons were cut with the Paper Smooches “Balloons” dies from paper from the MY Mind’s Eye “Cowboy” patterned paper pad and a scrap from the My Mind’s Eye “Stella & Rose – Mabel” pad .  The plaid paper for the background mat was from the MME “Cowboy” paper pad.  Recollections kraft and cream card stock was also used.

The string for the balloons is a piece of yarn I had in my stash.  It was too thick, so I untwisted the threads and retwisted them into 3 skinnier pieces.

Over at the Die Cut Divas this month, the challenge theme is “for the love of animals/pets” where our projects must include an animal and must also include at least one die cut or embossing folder.

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Be Back Soon


Be Back Soon

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything here on my blog.  I go through “busy periods” where it seems like I have a bunch of card needs with short deadlines, and I actually start to feel stressed about getting everything done.  I also get caught up trying to “out-do” my previous projects which can tend to get very time consuming and expensive.  I really do enjoy pushing myself to try new techniques and to make cards/projects with interesting twists, but that also adds to the stress.  Strange, I know, since this is supposed to be a hobby!

This past month has been a “slow period” with very little that needed to be done.  Luckily, my mojo stuck around, and I found myself in my craft room a lot.  I decided to pull out some stamp sets that I have had for a while but have not had time to play with yet.  I forced myself to be “ok” with creating some simpler card designs.  And I must say, I have thoroughly enjoyed this past month of “low key” card making. Very relaxed, very fun, and very productive.

I guess the problem is that I had also decided to take take a little break from blogging so now I have a lot of catching up to do!  I hope to start posting again soon….


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Be Strong…

Be Strong…


I was asked to create a panel for a 4×6 inch frame with the quote, “Be strong.  You never know who you are inspiring.”  She asked that I do the panel in pink, gray and white.  This is one of the samples I came up with.

This was part of a gift for someone battling breast cancer.  The woman is a school principal, and the gift-giver wanted her to have something for her desk to encourage her to stay strong.  Because the butterfly wings are off the panel a bit, she decided to use the frame she purchased without the glass.  (I didn’t have the frame when I took my photos.)

Here are the other samples I came up with from which she could choose…

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The bottom two samples could be customized with the embossing folder or background stamp of choice, and the center panel with the quote could be done with different shapes (oval, heart, etc.).

Over at Die Cut Divas this month the theme is to use red or pink in your project.  A die and/or an embossing folder must also be used.

To see the supplies used on each of the samples… Continue reading

Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase


(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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