Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Enjoy Life and get Carried Away

Here's a fast and fun birthday card to make.  The Carried Away DSP has wonderful prints to play with, and I wanted a bright hot air balloon to go with it.  I got together with friends to craft on Sunday, and one of the fun things is when we share stamps and dies and play with each others products.  So, my friend offered to cut some balloons for me toward the end of the day, as she'd finished her projects.  We'd been using my Big Shot all day long, but as she cut the balloons suddenly it quit cutting the details in the middle of the dies.  We tried adding a shim, switching base plates, changed cutting pads, and finally switched to a different die only to determine the Big Shot was broke.  Nobody's fault.  It just died!  I got on the phone with Sizzix this morning, and they will send me replacement parts to fix it, but I have to take it apart to determine what is broken and needs replacement.  Last year I broke the crank shaft, and my husband fixed it and said he'd never take it apart to fix it again.  I guess I'm on my own! 
I completed the rest of the card using punches today, with a greeting from the Sweet Sentiments that I trimmed the ends with the Decorative Label punch, then I used it inside behind the circle. 
I tried to keep the card simple adding just a know of bakers twine to tie it to the layout design from Less Is More Challenge Sketch 19. 
It's going to be a challenge to create without my Big Shot.  I had such plans for it this week.  I have cards to make for 3 swaps that have to be done before the 6th.  It can be done, so you'll have to stop back and see what I make.  In the meantime, my friend offered to loan me her extra Big Shot. 
(Maybe I need an extra Big Shot!) 
Mary Alice

Monday, February 27, 2017

Avant Garden meet Affectionately Yours

 I wanted to get birthday cards in the mail today for all the March birthdays I want to celebrate.  I need over a dozen cards this month, so I keep trying to come up with fresh ideas.  I will not duplicate the cards I'm sending, so I look for inspiration in the card challenges. I came across the box with some In Color markers that I had hardly used, and decided that I would go to CAS Colors & Sketches Challenge #211 and use those beautiful colors.  I found a fun layout at Match the Sketch Challenge No. 165, so I was ready to go.
I started with some Watermelon Wonder print from Affectionately Yours DSP, and then decided to tie it together with some pretty little flowers from Avant Garden, which I colored with the Watermelon and Peekaboo Peach. I added a greeting from Birthday Banners.  It made for a fast and fun birthday card that's ready to mail tomorrow.  That's nine birthday cards in the mail.  Wait til you see the sweet one I have to show you tomorrow.  
Mary Alice    

Punched succulents birthday card

 I have been watching people create their beautiful succulent flowers with the lovely sponged tips.  I had the opportunity to make a few a couple weeks ago when I made the succulent Vertical Garden Kit.  It was fun to make, and I sponged a few flowers, but it just wasn't enough.  I yearned to make more.  So when I saw the colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge #431, and the photo of the succulent garden, I was inspired to make this card.  I don't have the flower dies, so I used what I had, flower punches to make some "faux succulents".  I know they are not as authentic looking, but they were fun for me to make, and I think this card turned out great.  I added a birthday greeting from Big On Birthdays, then I masked it off before I stamped a hardwood background.  I got the idea to use a wood background from the Addicted to CAS challenge 105 to use wood this week.  Love that look!  As I was arranging the flowers, I decided to add some linen thread for some texture.   Another fun birthday card ready to tuck in the mail this week.   Hope you like it too.

Mary Alice

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thanks for those who serve

I had the occasion to join a group who are sending cards to soldiers.  Easy!  I have lots of cards I can send.  They are asking for an assortment of cards, but.....one thing I did not have were cards for the military personnel, to thank them for their service.  I got to work this weekend to create some cards for them.  I wanted to make some patriotic, and some kind of masculine.  I struggled to come up with ideas.  So, I ended up looking at casing some cards, but I was able to put my own twist on them.  I think I came up with some suitable cards, and thought I'd share a couple favorites with you. 
The first card is a flag made with the Work of Art stamp set, and a big greeting from One Big Meaning.  I put down a couple sequins before stamping the red field, and then added a few sequins and stars.  It was a fast and fun card to make. 
The second card was made with Painter's Pallette.  Love the push pin heart idea that I saw done on another card.  I added some prints from Moroccan DSP, keeping it simple and a little masculine.  Did you notice on one of the cards I added a splatter of paint?  That's because I got one of those dreadful halos as I was stamping the second to the last pushpin.  I was so mad.  I decided to grab my white pen that I use as a little cover up on such occasions, but the paper was vanilla, and the pen was white, so no go.  Turned to a little splatter stamp to add some color as my cover up.  it works!  Just had to share my mistake turn around. 

I added a little thank you inside the card with another pushpin.  Cute?  I thought so. 
Don't want to toot my horn too much for this project, but I thought I'd share my card on Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #87 where the theme this week is Kindness. I wish I could show more kindness for these soldiers serving overseas, but sharing some cards that they can send their families and friends is the best I can do for now.  I appreciate all that brave people who serve our country. 
I've got more fun cards to show you this week, so stop by and see what I have tomorrow. 

Mary Alice

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sweet and Flirty Birthday Card

We are having beautiful spring like weather here in Minnesota this weekend.  We hit an all time record on Friday with the temp reaching 65.  I was lucky enough to get out and enjoy the afternoon having lunch with my sisters.  I stopped by the craft store to pick up a couple things and couldn't wait to get home to play in my craft room.  I just yearned to make some spring themed cards, so I reached for some flowers and gingham.  The stamps are called Avant Garden, and they are free during SaleABration with a qualifying purchase.  Quick, fun and easy is what I call this card.  Except for a little masking on the flowers, the stamping is fun and easy.  My little tip, if you like to do masking, is to stamp your image on a post-it note paper and cut it out, then I save that image in the stamp case and reuse it. I backed the flowers with a little gingham print from Succulent Garden DSP. 
I was looking for a little challenge for my card, so I used beautiful color combination from As You See It Challenge #143 to use Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, and Flirty Flamingo.  It went felt a little daring to use denim for my greenery, but I like the way it turned out. 
I found a simple layout perfect for my card from the Stampin Girls Gone Wild Weekend Card ChallengeHandstamped Sentiments Challenge 257 is all about spring and flowers and bright colors, and that's what I was trying to accomplish with my card too.  I'll share this card with SU-Only Challenge #148, where they are looking for ways to use SaleABration products, and the stamp set came from there. I love to play along with the card challenges, and I think I'm on a roll, so come back again tomorrow to see another fast and fun card I am making. 

Mary Alice


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fast and Fun Birthdays

It's been a great weekend for stamping with the sun shining and the spring like weather, and I have been so inspired to create.  I also love it when you find a sentiment that is the focal point of the card. The Big On Birthdays stamp set has wonderful large images that make for fast and fun card.  I have lots of birthday cards to make in the coming weeks, and I am sure this set will get plenty of use.  I started with a lovely spring floral from Bloom & Bliss DSP.  Then I stamped the image and cut it with the Lots of Labels framelits.  I tucked a pretty doily behind it to soften it up a little, and a couple of pearls for some sparkle.  So Easy! 
I found my inspiration in the layout from the Paper Players Challenge 332, my colors came from Color Throwdown Challenge 430 and and Stampin Royalty's Challenge 363 to use Dies this week. 
Stop back soon,
Mary Alice

Designer Tees, times two, if you please

This is a card that is a compilation of so many things that inspired me.  I wanted to use the Designer Tees stamp set I got from SaleABration.  I loved the sayings, but really wasn't crazy about the idea that they should go on tee shirts.  I just wanted to play with them on cards. The first card I created for a swap that I was doing.  The second card was my first design, but I switched things up for my swap card.  The second card's sentiment was just perfect for a birthday card that I needed to make.  I saw that someone had cut off the happy face and stamped a cascade of them on a card, and I had to try it, and added a birthday greeting inside. 
All the hot air balloons from the Carried Away DSP make me smile.  I find it delightful to create with this paper, and it's free from SaleABration with a qualified purchase, too. 
Then I saw someone else use the Stitched Framelits to make a quilt design, like I did on my card.  It was a lot of work, as I needed to make a dozen of these cards for a swap I was in.  It required cutting out squares, then I cut them in half diagonally, then put them back into a square to get the stitching on the diagonal cut edge, too.  It was one of those trial and error projects before I came up with a method that worked for me, but once I figured out what I wanted to do, it was so much fun.  
I love doing card challenges, so I will share my cards with Stampin Royalty Challenge 363.  Their challenge this week was to use dies, and I sure had fun doing that.  The layout inspiration came from InkSpire Me Challenge #288, but I took the liberty of putting my sentiment in the center.  Over at the SU-Only Challenge 168, they are looking to see what we are making with our SaleABration products. 
I can't wait to make some more cards for tomorrow.  It's a beautiful day, and I am ready to play.  Come see what fast and fun card I'll be making next.  

Mary Alice 

PS,  Someone contacted me asking how I did the pinwheel.  I cut the squares using the 1 3/4" Stitched Framelits.  Next I cut those squares diagonally.  If using a directional print, like I did, be sure you are careful which way you cut diagonally.  Notice the two prints were cut in different directions.  The solid color pieces don't matter, as they work in any direction. 
Next I used the largest Stitched square, with the cut edge facing up.  I placed the cut diagonal edge against the edge of the square, so that I will get the stitches, but not cut the edge.  I held them in place with a post-it while I ran it through the Big Shot. I found I could only manage to keep 2 in place while I ran them through, 4 was too much.  Hope this helps if you want to give it a try.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Carried Away with Brithday Card

 It's been a while since I blogged, and sometimes I need something to get me jump started, so I look for a fun card challenge to get me inspired.  I need to get some birthday cards made, as many birthdays are coming up in March.  I got a little carried away with the Carried Away DSP, which is free during SaleABration, to inspire me with this card.  I just love it when the paper is so clever you can make a card with minimal stamping.   I punched out a couple balloons using the Balloon Bouquet punch, and added a little basket beneath, and popped them up with dimensionals. Then I used the sentiment from Big On Birthdays for the sentiment on the front and inside. 
This clever layout came from the sketch at Mojo Monday challenge 484 and I'm sharing it on SU-Only Challenge 168, because they are looking for cards made with SaleABration products. 
This card was so fun and easy to make, I think I have time to make another one.  Stop by tomorrow to see what else I've created. 

Mary Alice

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Valentine Card Class


Valentine Card Class
Wednesday, February 9  6:30
We will be making these 3 cards, all suitable for mailing, and I will have a fun little 3D project for you to make, too.  Click on the link above to register for the class, or message me here if you'd like to come. 

Bring on the winter stamping!

 I love stamping in January, when I have new stamps and products to play with, but getting motivated this winter was kind of slow.  I had a couple of swaps that I had joined and needed to make cards, but each day I searched for inspiration.  I wanted an original design, but I went looking on various sites to see what others had been doing with new Stampin Up products.  I kept telling myself "make something!  you have a deadline".  One day I was heading to my craft room and I thought to myself, I should try diffusing some oils that would stimulate my creativity.  I grabbed a new oil I had called Clarity, and headed to the craft room.  An idea came to me very soon, and this is the card I created.  I was excited and on a roll.  I had a second card designed and mostly made by the end of the day.  The following day it dawned on me that maybe the Clarity had helped, so I tried it again.  Sure enough, I decided to make a third set of cards for the swap, and then I went on Stampin' Connection and looked for another swap to do.  I was really on a roll.  Found a Valentine swap, joined and made up those cards that day.  I got my mojo back and I have been so busy making cards in January.  I live in Minnesota, so it's great to stay in and watch it snow while I stay cozy in my craft room.  The down side is that when I make cards for swaps, I never post them on social media until after I am sure that everyone in the swap has received their cards.  So, it's time to share.
This card is so simple to make with just a diagonal score on your card front.  The paper is from Sending Love DSPstack.  I cut the delicate hearts and flowers from Sunshine Wishes dies.  The sentiment is from Suite Sentiments, and a couple little hearts stamped from Love Sparkles. 
I hope you enjoy this fun Valentine, and come back to see some others I made tomorrow.

Mary Alice