Sunday, September 26, 2021

My Birthday Cards

I celebrated my birthday last week and I squealed when I received this card from Chris and Damian. Isn't it the cutest little scene? OMG, that squirrel from Lawn Fawn's Let's Go Nuts was clearly made to play the drums from Julie Ebersole's Twelve Days! It's pure genius!!

The sentiment combo -- one of them masked and partially stamped -- and the cheerful bunny are from Brandi Kincaid's Backyard Party and the dancing squirrel is also from Lawn Fawn's Let's Go Nuts.

The beautifully coloured pile of leaves is from Lawn Fawn's Let's Go Nuts and the oft-used widgeon is from Technique Tuesday's Duck Swan Goose. The stage from Forest Feast makes a great anchor for the scene. My husband did all the colouring and arranged the scene with guidance from my son. They make a great team, don't they?

I also received a bunch of gorgeous cards from crafty friends -- and a surprise visit with food from one -- which made me super happy! On the top, from left to right, the cards are by Lindsey, Tracey and Angela. On the bottom row, from left to right, the cards are from Heidi, Angela and Lori. Thanks so much, dear friends!

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Catherine Pooler | Bringing Good Cheer

My obsession with the Grandma's Attic colour combo and the Nostalgic Season stamp set and coordinating dies continues with today's version of my release day card. I love this 6" x 8" layering stamp set so much that I could use it to make all my holiday cards!

I had stamped extra ornaments when I made my first card and I was originally going to make an exact replica to mail out but then I decided to switch things up just a tag. My base panel was cut from white glitter cardstock. Then I used the Scallops & Dots Dies and the Woodgrain Background to create the layers from white cardstock and vellum cardstock.

I heat embossed the sentiment and strings before adhering all the layers flat using both vellum and permanent tape runners. Since the heat embossing warped the vellum panel, the vellum tape didn't work as well as it normally did. The piercing details would've hidden 1/8" Scor-Tape which I would've and should've used, had I been better prepared. Instead, I added glue dots here and there to keep certain areas from popped up off the Woodgrain Background.

I wanted to keep this card completely flat for easy mailing so I adhered the ornaments with glue dots. I love dimension and I love using foam tape and, for this reason alone, this isn't my favourite card. I may make a version with dimension and correct the vellum adhesion for personal satisfaction. LOL

To finish, I added some sheer organza ribbon in the form of little bows at the tops of the ornaments to pretty up this card. I hope this inspires you to use the Nostalgic Season stamp set in a different way!

If you missed my other This Christmas cards featuring the Grandma's Attic colour combo, please check out the following posts:

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

VIDEO | Taylored Expressions | Wheatfield Dreams Card Kit

I'm excited to share inspiration using the Wheatfield Dreams Card Kit from Taylored Expressions. I love the rich colours of this kit -- Mulled Wine, Honey and Sweet Basil. The gorgeous images illustrated by Lori Craig inspired three easy cards.

For my first card, I created a colour blocked background and added texture using the largest of the Diagonal Stitch Rectangle Stacklets. Then I added images that were ombre stamped with five different ink cubes -- Dijon, Honey, Mulled Wine, Avocado and Sweet Basil.

I stamped the sentiment with Sugar Cube ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I adhered the images with foam tape at the top and liquid glue at the bottom.

My second card features three Copic-coloured sunflowers which are adhered with foam tape at the top and liquid glue at the bottom. To create the tag, I stamped the sentiment on vellum using black pigment ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I used the smallest of the Tag Stacklets 2 dies, using partial die cutting to shorten the tag.

For my third card, I heat embossed the burlap background using the copper embossing powder included in the kit. Then I cut a "moon" from the panel using the third smallest of the Stitched Circle Stacklets.

I added three Copic-coloured wheat images to the heat embossed panel with glue dots, trimming off the overhanging pieces before popping it on to the card base with foam tape. To finish, I added three small stars from the Gathered Stars Die, leftovers from my previous video.

I hope you're inspired to create with this kit! It's so inspiring for year-round thank you and encouragement cards. There are so many ways to use the beautiful kit ingredients and the possibilities are endless.

No doubt, this kit will be as popular as Lori's previous kits -- Field Notes and Field Notes 2 -- so be sure to grab one while you can! The September 2021 gift with $100+ purchase is a layering stencil set and it's so beautiful.

Thanks so much for watching!