Happy Summer Birthday

Hey there!  Long time no post, huh?  I think it’s this heat that’s got me all kinds of exhausted!  I love summer.  I just wish we could have spring weather all summer long!  Say, 75º F!  Some of you probably have that, but not me… not here in Arkansas.  90º+ F is what I have.  My weather app says it’s 85º but feels like 92º… whaaa?!  I think it’s hotter… it certainly feels hotter… and that’s with some rain we had today.  It’s scorching hot without rain.  I hate heat waves.

Anyway, moving on to the card.  The reason for this post, of course.  🙂  I created this card, well, one like it, for a coworker… and I liked it so much that I had to recreate and share it!  Aren’t you lucky!  Ha!  No, but really!  In all honestly, this is one of my favorites.  I  recently purchased the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle, the  oval, and the circle die-namics STAX sets from My Favorite Things and I was eager to use them, as usual!  I love all MFT products.  So, take a looksie, below, and then I’ll tell you all the products I used. 😉

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I started with heavy card stock from Hobby Lobby and cut a few strips of blue painter’s tape.  Oh my… I looove that stuff!  I’d seen a couple of other crafters use it (YouTube) and I gave it a go!  I like using it better than sticky notes (it’s more inexpensive, too)… like, when I run craft paper and die through my Big Shot and I want to make sure my die doesn’t move- that’s when I use it the most.  I can use it over and over…and over again and it stays sticky forever and a day!  And it doesn’t damage my card stock when I remove it.  Always peel back at an angle, though.  🙂  Ok, ok… back to the card.  So, I taped my painter’s tape to my glass cutting mat and cut the tape in half, long-ways, with my craft knife.  Used a ruler, too, just to make it easier for my craft knife to slide right down where I need it (the middle).  I then used the glass cutting mat, again, as a guide, and stuck tape on my card base, evenly spacing the tape out (1/2 ” apart).  I hope that makes sense… if not, just look at the stripes on the card.  That’s what I was doing!  Haha!  I used the Grapesicle ink pad from MFT and an ink blending tool to apply the ink on the card stock on the open spaces.  Blend, blend, blend.  Remove painter’s tape. When it dries, it’s beautiful!

Then, like I said earlier, I used the rectangle (largest in the set) and the oval (second largest in the set) – stitched mini scallop die-namics to cut out two pieces of card stock. I stamped the Happy Birthday greeting with a sentiment from Tulip Time from Papertrey Ink, and used Winter Wisteria ink pad from said company at top of rectangle piece.  🙂  For the flowers; I used the Bitty Bouquets stamp sets from PTI, because I love their stamp sets!  This stamp set is new to me, too.  I’m in love!  It’s adorable. Silly me, when I ordered it I didn’t think I was going to use the  matching die set and now I’m sorry I didn’t get it – I will get it on my next order! Anywho – I first stamped the roses inside the oval die cut piece, and then I stamped the little hydrangeas and tulips on a separate card stock and fussy cut them… (super time consuming for me).  Kudos to those of you that enjoy that!  I’m not patient enough. *Insert exhausted emoji here*

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Next, I centered the rectangle and temporarily adhered it to the card base so that I could use it as a guide to glue down my oval. Then I glued down my oval. After that, I lifted the rectangle off, added my ribbon and bow (inexpensive from Hobby Lobby), placed foam tape on the back of, then set rectangle back down (using oval as guide), and pressed to make sure it stuck well.  I used the fussy cut images that I stamped with Berry Sorbet, Winter Wisteria and Plum Pudding dye ink pads from PTI, as well as the Bubblegum and Razzle Berry dye ink pads from MFT.  I did a little blending of the inks with the blending tool right on the stamp itself, before stamping the card stock.  I placed the fussy cut images and glued them on top of the rectangle. I also used foam tape for support under the flowers that hovered over the oval area.  Lastly, I used iridescent sequins from Hobby Lobby. Yes, I know… I haven’t gotten my hands on those pretty ones from Pretty Pink Posh… yet!  Those are on my wish list, though!  One of the other items on my wish list was just ordered earlier this week and I can hardly wait to get it in the mail!  I ordered my very own MISTI!!  Woohoo!  I can’t wait to create a project with it.  SOOO excited!!

Ok, that’s it for today.  I hope you liked the card and were inspired!  Thanks for stopping by.  See you back here soon!

-Rox

Easel Card

So, here is my first attempt at an easel card.  Haha!  I love the cards and really enjoyed putting it together.  No instructions, by the way, only saw a picture and thought I could recreate it.  I think next time I will read the instructions, though!

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I used the stamp set called “Cutting Garden” from PTI.  I’ve used the leaves and the other flower stamps but I hadn’t used this one in particular.  I like it!  I only need to get my creativity flowing to make something pretty with it.  The sentiment is from the “Spring Woods” stamp set and it’s covered by Wink of Stella, along with the entire flower and its foliage.

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Next time I make one of these I will have to measure and make the fold in a different place.  In this one, I didn’t leave enough space for a long message.  I guess if you keep the message short and sweet it will work too!

The stitched rectangle die I used for the pink background is from Lawn Fawn and the white sitched wonky die is from MFT.  It’s my new favorite!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Go get crafty!

-Rox

 

Sending Get Well Wishes

I hope everyone is having a great Wednesday.  It’s been overcast all day for me, but at least it’s not cold!  I can’t wait for more Summer weather!  Now, if only the hubs can finish putting the grill together… otherwise, I may just have to do it myself!  I love spending time outside!

Anyway, what was I going to write?  Oh yes, the card!  For this card I used Papertrey Ink’s Make It Market Kit, Don’t Forget to Write, and some lovely inks as well as the largest Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die from My Favorite Things.

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I am absolutely in-love with this kit.  There are so many ways to use it!  And the stamp pads from MFT… oh my… I just L.O.V.E.  They stamp so nicely.  The dark blue is not from MFT and as you can see, it’s the one that stamped kind of blotchy.  I ordered eight stamp pads to begin and I don’t regret it.  So, I ordered another batch yesterday!

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I love combining inks, dies and anything else I can think of, from different companies, for a creative twist! I tried to get a good picture of the word “Sending” as it is covered with Wink of Stella.  I think I did three layers.  Ha!  It’s sparkles beautifully in person.

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Here is the inside of the card.  A little flower bouquet at the top, left corner.  Isn’t it sweet looking?!  I can’t wait to play some more with this kit!  The possibilities are endless!

As always, thank you for stopping by!  Come back soon!

-Rox

Tweetings

Hey there!  Today I have a cute little card using the Spring Birds stamp set from Your Next Stamp.  I created this one for the Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #39.

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These birdies are just so fun!  I left the greeting as “Tweet, Tweet” and will place a more specific greeting on the inside when I decide how I will use it.

The color chart for the challenge is below!

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See you back soon!

-Rox

A Buggie Birthday

Hello!  Welcome back!  I have been eager to share this card with you for about a week now and I have finally found some time to sit in front of my computer and upload the pictures. Yeah!  Anyway, moving on…

I ordered a few stamp sets from Your Next Stamp earlier this year and I just thought they were absolutely adorable.  I usually don’t go for little critters an such, I tend to stay with florals, but these are just so darn cute! Besides, I need cute little guys like these for kids’ birthday cards.  I just so happen to attend my adorable great niece’s birthday party last weekend and that’s when I decided to make this card for her.

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The card took me several hours… I used more techniques than I’m used to but I think it was absolutely worth it!  The stamp set has a coordinating die set but when I ordered this stamp set they were sold out of the dies so I had to do a lot of fussy cutting.  Whew!  Also, I did plenty of coloring.  I used regular Crayola color pencils, I just had to be patient and and did multiple layers so that I could blend colors and create darker and lighter areas. For the background I used the Ranger blending tools and masked the sky portion to color the grass and then I masked the grass and colored the sky… THEN… I used a spritzer to create a distressed effect and soaked up the water after about 20 seconds with a paper towel.

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For the greeting, I masked several letters off of the little greetings that came with the stamp set and stamped a few letters at a time as this particular greeting is not part of the stamp set.  The word “Birthday” is from Papertrey Ink as well as the mason jar. The stitched rectangle for the background as well as the scalloped rectangle are from Lawn Fawn… and lastly, I loaded the butterfly’s and dragonfly’s wings, the ladybug’s spots and face as well as the spots on the little worm with about 3 layers of Wink of Stella.  Oh My!  You should see it in the sunlight!  I literally dragged my husband outside so he could see it too!  Ha!  Bless his heart, the things he puts up with.  But he was a good sport and said it was “pretty cool”!

I hope this inspired you to create something cute and fun! Thanks for stopping by!

-Rox

Teal Birthday Wishes

Oh, how I love Daylight Saving Time!  It’s a little rough at first but gaining more hours of sun is worth it for me!  I get to come home after work and I still have time to take pictures of my latest creations, as opposed  to having to wait until the weekend and attempting to find a little bit of spare time then to take the pictures.  Not to mention that now my days simply seem longer.  🙂

Moving on to on my latest little project… I was able to take this picture today when I got home from work.  See why I love Daylight Saving Time?!

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I used The Cutting Garden stamp set and matching dies from Papertrey Ink, Rectangular Stitched dies from both the “Large” and “Small” collection from Lawn Fawn and stamping pads from Stampin Up!

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I tried a new combination of colors (new for me).  I wasn’t sure of how much I would like it once finished, but I’ve got to say I quite like it!  I tried to use a solid teal or blue for the base of the card but it seemed too bold.  Then, I found this pretty polka-dotted paper in my stash and it worked out nicely!  Woohoo! Lastly, I added some iridescent sequence that I got at Hobby Lobby and voila!!

I need to build up my birthday card stash so I can have them at hand when needed, instead of running around like a chicken with my head-cut off on the day that I need them. *Insert ashamed emoji here* Ha!  So, as I build up the stash I’ll be creating and sharing here.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon.  😉

-Rox

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers everywhere!  Such a special day today.

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To celebrate I have this Happy Mother’s Day card made mostly with stamps and dies from one of my recent Papertrey Ink purchases. I love this happy little bird!  It’s perched on its flowering branch looking at the world in wonder.

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Here is a closer look! The stamping was a little splotchy as the stamps are still very new. They need a little more love before they stamp evenly, I think.

I hope you enjoyed.  Thanks for stopping by!  🙂

Thank You

Hello!  I have a Thank You card today.  I’m giving a break to the Mother’s Day cards for now.  🙂  Most of the time my cards have a white background and that’s actually how this one started.  When I put the wreath together, however, I thought it was missing something, so, I went back and added the violet background.

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I like it better with that pop of color behind the white circle.  The purple flowers stand out nicely.  Those same flowers are also covered with the clear Wink of Stella that added a nice, subtle shimmer to them. Unfortunately we can’t see the shimmer in the picture, but trust me, it’s beautiful!

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Here is the inside of my card.  I stamped a small purple flower and some leaves on the bottom, right corner  of the inside panel.  The stamps are from Hero Arts.  It’s a small set that has a couple of small dies with it. It’s very versatile and there are endless possibilities to create with it.

Thank you for stopping by; I hope you enjoyed it!  See you back again soon!

-Rox

My Mother’s Pearls

Hello everyone! I hope you had a great weekend.  We are still excited about Spring and good weather around here, although, we had mostly clouds this weekend.  At least it was warm enough to keep from wearing a jacket. We celebrated two of my sweet sister-in-laws birthdays and my own… AND we had enough rain this evening to also keep me from watering my plants.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my plants!  But if they can get rain water, all the better!

Full time job and trying to plant veggies and flowers while it’s still early-ish Spring has kept me busy.  So, I hadn’t been able to take good, clear pictures of the cards I’ve worked on early enough in the day and I am late on posting.  However, I am still working on Mother’s Day cards and loving it!  I have several to show the next several days.

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So, I got a Sizzix Thinklits die by Rachael Bright (#660388) at Hobby Lobby that reminds me of a lattice or flower trellis.  I used it with solid white card stock and added roses from Papertrey Ink (The Sweet Life – three layer stamps) and one of the Happy Mother’s Day sentiments from them, as well.  I also used another Sizzix Sizzlits of branch with leaves (#656367) made out of clear vellum.  It softens up the design a bit.  And lastly, I added three pearls to the top of the sentiment.  This reminds me of the pearls that Mom got for me when I turned fifteen.  I was born in Mexico, so,  we celebrate the fifteenth birthday instead of sixteenth as a right of passage.  🙂20160418-DSC_6875-1

I am using the same patterned paper that I used for my previous project.  I’m still making an effort to use more of it.  Hopefully next time I will at least show a different pattern.  Ha!

I don’t know about you, but I love opening a card and seeing how the design continues on to the inside.  Especially on a handmade card.  So, I’ve been trying to do better at this.  It takes a little extra time but I think it’s worth it. Below, you can see I stamped one of the roses on the bottom, right hand corner of the inside of my card.20160418-DSC_6868-6

And here you can see the front of the card, the inside and the front of the envelope.  I just wanted it to all tie together. 20160418-DSC_6866-5

This is one of my favorite cards for Mother’s Day so far.  I think it shows by how many pictures I just posted.  🙂 I hope the sweet woman that receives this card knows how much I love and respect her.

Well, that’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you were inspired! Stay tuned for more Mother’s Day cards to come.

Much Love,

~Rox

Love you, Mom

Hello there!  Welcome to my Paper Passion blog!  Let’s just dive in and get started, shall we?  I created this card, yesterday, with several things in mind.  Mother’s Day is next month and I also have a stamp set from Papertrey Ink that I ordered and received a couple of weeks ago and I hadn’t had a chance to use!  So, I decided to make a Mother’s Day card with my new stamp set. I’m so happy that I finally got my hands on it!

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The stamp set is called Spring Woods along with the Spring Woods die. I absolutely love it and I’m sure that I will be using it in many more projects to come, which I hope to share with all of you!

The inspiration for this card came mostly from my sweet Mama. She loves flowers and gardening more so than I do and i just had to make a very floral card that reminds me of spring, sunshine and her.  😉  I also decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to use floral paper because I have a lot of it.  I read a recent post by Julia Altermann with Just One More Card where she created the cutest card and used a patterned paper background.  I love her cards and videos!  On her blog post she mentioned that she has a difficult time using patterned paper, and I thought “So do I!”  I have multiple patterned paper stacks because they look so lovely on display and I always think I will come up with something awesome to use them on, however, I just don’t know how to pair them with more patterns. When I do pull them out, I usually end up with a big mess and end up trashing the project.  😦 So, I challenged myself for this card and I’ve decided to create more cards with those lovely patterns. I can’t get better if I don’t practice, right?!

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I also used a piece of soft white vellum with a pretty pattern to soften some of the background. And I just love the lace punch from Martha Stewart.  I’ve had it a while and thought, why not?  Mom loves lace-y things, too!  The die that I used with the glitter paper is called Reflection by Spellbinders and the cutting template for the clock is from Momenta (found at Hobby Lobby).

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Oh, I just really like this greeting!  Also from Papertrey Ink and it’s their Boutique Borders: Mother stamp set by Dawn McVey (another one of my favorite card makers).  I decided to add a little splash of color up top with a couple of leaves from the Stitched Leaves lawn cuts from Lawn Fawn. Then, the finishing touch is the tiny paper clip from Tim Holtz to attach the greeting to the leaves.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed and come back soon!

~Rox