I found myself in a time constrained situation yesterday and I needed a get well card. I was trying to figure out what I was going to make and then I happened to glance at the card rack where I keep cards that I have in my stash. I saw...


A Redeux and more...

A Redeux

I found myself in a time constrained situation yesterday and I needed a get well card. I was trying to figure out what I was going to make and then I happened to glance at the card rack where I keep cards that I have in my stash. I saw this card I posted on Tuesday and I knew just what I was going to do.


I took the front of Tuesday's card and cut it off. Then I trimmed it down 1/8" on each side. I made a Tempting Turquoise card base and attached the white panel with Stampin' Dimensionals. Done! Talk about quick & easy! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! (Don't worry, I saved the inside of the first card to use another time. No waste here!) 

I had a plan for the inside too.


Using Weather Together the inside goes great with the exterior. Now I was ready to write a note and put it in the mailbox this morning. I guess I'll be building a "get well" stash next!

I've got a friend coming shortly to spend the day and make cards. We did this in June and it worked out really well for me. She goes back to the classroom next week and we wanted to get one more stamping day in before that. I'm glad we're making it work. That will be a good start to my weekend! I hope you have a great weekend! - Dawn


The Sparrow

I pulled out a stamp set I have never used for today's card. It's called Phrases and Praises from Paper Trey Ink. I bought it a few years ago because I just love the sentiments in it. They include an instruction sheet with their stamps and a list of suggested ways to use the sentiments. I thought that was a nice addition to the stamp set. I was making a card to send a friend who is undergoing stem cell transplant right now and is in the "basement" period where the white blood cell count gets very low. Hopefully, it won't last too long and she'll be on the way to complete recovery.


I used "ink smooshing" and heat embossing to for this card. Doesn't this bird and branch from Best Birds go perfectly with the sentiment. I'm not guaranteeing that this is a sparrow! It's close enough though. All the images were heat embossed with white ink onto Watercolor Paper. After that I started smooshing ink over the images by laying some color down on a slick sheet, you could use Window Sheets for this, spritizing the ink with water and picking it up with the watercolor paper. The embossed images resist the ink and pop right out. After I had all the ink added to the stamped panel all that was left to do was to let it dry. Then I could add the sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment. They sparkle like the sun!

Inside the card I used another sentiment from the same set. It coordinates beautifully with the sentiment on the exterior. I did change one word. The stamp had "me" in place of the "you". I used part of a sentiment in Birthday Blossoms. I loved how the "you" fit neatly under the sentiment above to complete it.


I can't wait to get this one in the mail to my friend!

Oscar did get a groomed yesterday and looks like a new dog! Afterwards I packed him up and took him to visit my mother, which he didn't get to do. We couldn't find her anywhere at her assisted living facility. On the way out we saw here at a service they were having in their dining area but she didn't see us and we would have caused a scene cutting across the dining area to get to her. We had already put the things we'd brought her in her room so we just came back home. I guess she'll figure out I was there when she sees what I put in her room! I like to take Oscar up to see her right after he's groomed, when he smells good. I'll try it again this afternoon! Right now I'm off to get my own haircut. :) Hope your Thursday is terrific! - Dawn


Otterly Awesome!

This weekend is one of our grandson's eighth birthday. While he was here last week, at our first Cousins Camp, we visited the GA Aquarium where he fell in love with the otters. He even took a stuffed one home with him. Happily, a few months ago a friend of mine came to scrapbook with me and brought a stamp set with her for me to stamp and die cut some images to use later. It was otters! I am so glad she brought this set and dies but I cannot remember the name of it. I believe it was a Lawn Fawn set but I'm not positive because I can't find it on their site to tell you the name of it. BUT it was great to use for Luke's card and I'm thankful she shared it with me.


I had to pull out some retired By the Shore Designer Series Paper to use for the water on this Soft Sky card base. Clouds were strategically added to the sky with the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative masks with Embossing Paste. I did this first and while the clouds dried I worked on the rest of the card. I used four other Stampin' Up! stamp sets to finish the card. I colored the party hat, from Better Together, with Clemson colors, Elegant Eggplant and Tangerine Tango. The package, found in Weather Together, was colored with Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise. I had to fussy cut those out. It was nice that the Crumb Cake otter has slits in his arms to hold things! I stamped a few sentiments from my friend's stamp set, too. I'm glad I stamped "Otterly Awesome". The rest of the sentiment I pieced together using words from Sunshine Sayings...again! This set has gotten a workout lately!

Inside the card are more otters! No birthday card is complete without some birthday wishes. I found these in Birthday Banners as well as the balloon. The "8" was die cut using the retired Little Number Thinlit dies.


Those otters had slits in their arms already too! It was easy to add those embellishments! Now I've got to get to the Post Office! The dog groomer had a conflict in her schedule yesterday so we'll have to wait until for her to come this morning before I can do that. But that's okay because I only got part of my cleaning done. Good thing I "saved" some for today or what else would I do?! lol  I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Colorful Greeting

I think I left my card making mojo in Williamsburg. In an effort to continue building my stash of "friend" cards I made a colorful card to add to my growing pile. I will be in the note writing business later this week. :)


Yesterday I went to one of my favorite techniques, stripes. This is so much fun and I always love the result. All you need to do is start with a piece of Whisper White card stock covered with some Adhesive Sheet. Remove the release paper and cover the adhesive with strips of card stock. I pull out my scrap basket and find the longest scraps of various colors and use my paper trimmer to cut strips in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" widths. You can make a pattern or use just certain colors, the sky is the limit. For this card I used any bright color that I had long strips of in my basket. I have made card backgrounds doing this too. This time I used my striped paper from which to die cut words. A Thick White card stock base was the perfect place for the words too, they really "pop" on it. I used the "SENDING" from Sunshine Wishes and the ampersand I found in the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set to put the die cut words together in a fun greeting. I couldn't help but add a sunshine on the bottom of the card and some Enamel Dots for some more shine!

Inside the card all i needed to add was one more colorful word....


Yesterday I had grocery shopping to do so I went out early to get it done. After getting back I went to work roasting vegetables for salad lunches this week. It's much easier to get this done ahead of time. I also found another good watermelon to snack on. I hate it when the watermelon are gone for the season! Today I've got to get some cleaning done after those boys were running in and out last week. The groomer is coming this afternoon to get Oscar all clean too. Maybe everything will be clean for one day anyway! :) I'm hoping some card making ideas come to me while I'm working! Have a great day. - Dawn

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A Red Bike

I'm a little slow getting into the swing of things this week! After having grandchildren for eight days and having my allergies giving me fits at the same time did me in last week. Yesterday was a day to chill and today I'm hoping to get back at some sort of normalcy! In between some cat naps I did manage to get a card made yesterday.


I'm trying to keep my stash of "hello, thinking of you, just a note" cards stocked up right now as I'm sending out quite a few of them. Bike Ride is perfect for any of these types of cards. I got in my head that I wanted a red bike. With a stamp set like this you can have whatever color bike your heart desires! That's part of what makes this stamp set so much fun. I paired the red bike with Crushed Curry accents and a wire bike basket filled with a bouquet of flowers. The background for my bike gave me a few problems until I remembered the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack. In it I found this cute checked piece of DSP. I set the bike on a piece of Dapper Denim card stock edged with Washi Tape and "hello" from Sunshine Wishes that was heat embossed in white. At the very last minute I added a couple of retired Dapper Denim Enamel Dots.

Inside the card I added another piece of the checked DSP and a couple more of the words from Sunshine Wishes.


After we returned the four boys last week we picked up their 10 year old siblings. We were taking them on a trip and hadn't told them to where they were headed. As soon as they hit the car they wanted to know where they were going. Williamsburg was their surprise destination! They had a good time and really enjoyed it. We also visited Jamestown and Yorktown. They heard a lot of history and we'll see how much they retain! Their favorite thing to visit were the tradespeople. They asked really good questions and the tradespeople were great about answering them!

Here's a picture of them at the gardens behind the Palace.


This is a picture at Jamestown with a statue of Pocahontas. (They did not need jackets and I don't know why they had them on.)


Now I'm off to see what I can get done today, my list is long! Maybe I'll squeeze in a little time for stamping too! Have a wonderful start to your week. - Dawn


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