Saturday, February 16, 2019

Mary Fish's Million Dollar Varied Vases Bundle

Good Morning from my crazy house!
   We are having fun potty training our new puppy Finn and getting ready for a couple of short back to back trips.  Don't worry, Finn and his sister's Vivie and Lulu have a sleepover sitter.

   I spent the beginning of my week catching up on my Birthday and Anniversary cards.  So often I think stamp sets from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog get forgotten about thru the year. We all get so excited for the Holiday and Occasions supplements that we overlook all the things we got excited for in June. Keeping that in mind, and wanting to really get some use out stamp sets I already have I pulled out Varied Vases.  This set was designed by Mary Fish as her Million Dollar set.  It's a great one that you can really be creative with.  I did three different cards one Anniversary, one Birthday and one that could be either (I used it for Anniversary).

I like that I can create three cards with a very different feel.  

Simplicity with monochromatic. These purples are so cheerful, they make me smile. 

I used Judikins Diamond Glaze on top of the vase to make it look like glass. it is a fun effect. 

Here I made the vases look like terra cotta pots.

Varied vases comes as a stamp set or bundled with a punch. Personally I think it is a really versatile set. You can use it for almost any card you need.  

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pal's February Blog Hop .....Home To Roost

Good morning from Annapolis. 

Welcome to the Pals’ February blog hop. We’re so glad you’re here because it’s “Time to Sale-A-Brate”! Our Design Team created projects using Sale-A-Bration items to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

When I first saw this set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog I knew  had to have it.  Growing up we had two rooster lamps in our house.  When my parents moved in together they each brought one with them.  My Dad's is all white with a lovely maple base. Like he was  it is a classic, sturdy, functional lamp. Not too showy. It resides in my bedroom. My Mom's like she was, is very detailed and colorful. That one  resides in my Sister's living room.  February happens to be the month both my parents passed away in. On the 8th my Dad will been gone 11 years and on the 28th my Mom will be gone 8 years.  Creating this card felt like my little tribute to them.  I hope it brings you a smile. 

When I started to design this card I wanted it to be like those two lamps. Classic and functional with a little bit of show!  

I think I did my Parent's two lamps justice!  My card has  a nice basic background of layers. Real Red and Regals Designer Series Paper cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies. I added some burlap ribbon. (The one I used is retired but I included a link in the supplies for one that is current.)  My rooster colored up nicely with alcohol markers and since I am a Jersey Girl and love BLING I added 3 pearls in the upper right hand corner to balance the card out.  

Dad's / My lamp 
Mom's / my Sister Eileen's lamp

For the sentiment I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Heat embossing a sentiment gives it some dimension and makes it "pop", it is a favorite technique of mine.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Spring Has Sprung” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

My Favorite Things: Birthday Cutie

Good Morning !

 Valentines Day cards are done and were mailed out! I did make a page for you to see them all. The link to that page can be found on the right.  Now that I have a little lull before I swing into Easter cards it's time to catch up on some Birthday and Anniversary cards.

The stamp set from today's cards comes from My Favorite Things. This company has really fabulous stamps. What they also have is a brick and mortar store!  My Top Dog Friends and I were able to take a "Field Trip" there back in November. I can tell you it was the highlight of my week. They let us wander around for hours collecting items to purchase. Their wonderful staff answered all our questions and they even gave us a tour of the back operations where all the stock is kept and orders are fulfilled. It is kinda fun to be able to picture in your mind where your items are coming from. If you are even in or near Eustis Florida go visit! 

Birthday Cutie is from the Pure Innocence Line. They are sweet and simple people. The best way I can describe them is a modern version of Precious Moments with a little Holly Hobby.


I did three sets, so I could play with the colors, doing them monochromatically. Don't you love the watercolor wash paper? It is also from My Favorite Things. I have to tell you that I am quite a fan of their papers as well as their stamps.  You will be seeing more of them in the future, I received a nice stash today! 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bee Thankful...The Groundhog said Spring is coming!

I, for one am Thankful for the lovely weather in Maryland the last few days. Because I am also Thankful for the most adorable puppy we adopted two weeks ago! Now you know what I have been up to, other than coloring and creating cards.

Meet Finn:

Lulu, Vivie and Finn in front.

Since being Thankful I thought I would make a card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Bee Thankful.  I plan to send one to our local ASPCA where we adopted Finn. This stamp is cute, cheerful and can be colored many ways.  I chose some Spring colors  for today, Flirty Flamingo and Pineapple Punch.

I shaded the words using only one marker, gave it a solid color the added some shade, went over the whole thing again and added highlight with the white gel pen. To get the white dots on my dry embossed Flirty Flamingo I used the same white gel pen and made big dots.  Then I fussy cut the whole thing. YES! I did it by hand and not in the Scan N Cut.  

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