Easter Lily

I used the CTMH stamp set Lovely Lily for the focal image.  I gave the flowers there color using my copics.  Always fun to play with those.  I added some dry embossing to the background.  The nestabilities from Spellbinder were used for the frame, flower image, and also the sentiment.

Hope all is well with you and yours, Joanie

New Embossing Powder

Again on this card I used the Cherry Blossom stamp, but used a new embossing powder that I had picked up.  It is called Opaque Sparkle made by Recollections.  This powder has a  very pretty pale hint of pink to it with some round glitter.  It is called Vintage Pink.

The gray card with the pale pink gave the card a very soft and delicate look.  I'm happy with the new powder and will be adding more of it to my collection.  I have also recently purchased the scallop punch.
This punch was made by CTMH and I really like it because it has smaller scallop's than others.  I have a larger one but for smaller projects this one will be more in proportion.

Thank you for visiting today, Joanie

Brick Wall Embossing Folder

Hi everyone, Just had to share this new folder with you.  It is made by Sizzix and is a great way to add texture in the background.  I just started inking it in brown shades and ended with Autumn Terracotta.
The stamped image is called Cherry Blossoms by Rubber Stampede.

For this card I just carried the colors through to the flowers and it seemed to work well together.

Have a wonderful day,  Joanie

Father's Day Card for Husband

Here is a card I made today using two of my favorite new stamp sets from Miriam Prantner (sold through the "Neat and Tangled" company.

Special thanks to my friend and neighbor, Lluvia, who gave me the patterned paper pack from Michaels--which made for a fun masculine card.  And thanks to my mom, too, for the jute/twine, and washi tape.  And thanks to my dear friend, Ruby Sunshine, for the lace and inspiration for this card style.

This was such a fun card to create.  It has been far too long since I took time out of my day to sit and make a card.

Hugs and have a great day!

On the Corner of Awesome and Inspired

Last night my husband came inside and tossed a small package at me.  He had no idea what was inside.  It wasn't from Close To My Heart.......and I could tell by the look on his face he was curious.

Did I answer his look?  I don't remember.  Truthfully, I think I was a bit too caught up in the moment to do anything but give a little, "YES!  It's here!" and tear into the envelope.

I knew what was inside.  I had been patiently waiting for it to arrive for what seemed like eternity (though I'm sure it was only days).  :-)  It was two new stamp sets from a company I had never tried.

So why did I bother trying this new company's stamps?  Two words.  Miriam Prantner.  Miriam--a woman I have never had the pleasure of meeting in person and yet whose blog I have followed for several years--created the two stamp sets I had purchased.

As you can imagine, my mind began to whirl with possibilities.  What was I going to create first?  Which stamps would I use?  Who would I give it to?  The two coordinating sets have endless options.

Here's the clean and simple card I made this morning:

The stamp sets are called "On the Corner" and "On the Corner Additions."  They are sold by a company called Neat and Tangled and I am pleased to report the clear stamps are made with high quality--clean stampability--photopolymer.  I am so happy with the way the stamps inked up that I will definitely be keeping this company in mind with future stamp purchases.

To see more of the stamps on these two stamp sets and view awesome inspiration from Miriam Prantner, I encourage you to visit her blog by clicking here.

I added a little black bird on the top of the sign from CTMH's "Sophia" stamp set.  And the Olive green cardstock was heat embossed with white wording--to look a bit like an actual street corner.

Sure, I could have done more--and on other cards I may--but this card seems finished exactly the way it is.  And, after all, sometimes the hardest thing about stamping is knowing when to stop and let a card be done.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

PS  This card is for Miriam--who consistently inspires countless stampers with her awesome talent and fresh ideas.  Hugs! :-) -B

Sandpaper, Brayer, Ink....Oh my!

I went to my ink carrousel and spotted Smoothie.  I hadn't use that color of pink in a little while and so I grabbed it---------thinking----------that's the color mood I'm in today.

Well, after sitting at my work space for a little bit, I came up with this card:

I used a Cuttlebug folder to create the background pattern on Smoothie cardstock.  CTMH "Hello Bloom" and "Look to the Light" stamp sets (inked in Vineyard Berry and one of the greens) finished the card.

To give the background a little pizzazz, I distressed it with sandpaper and then added Smoothie ink with a rubber brayer.  After swiping here and there with the sandpaper, again, I deemed it worthy for the card front and adhered it to the Colonial White card base.

Oh...................and if you're wondering what's in the middle of the flower........well, it's the top of a button that I cut the back side off of so it would lay flat.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by our little blog to take a look today.
Hugs and blessings,

How To Make A Pop-Up Box Card

I made this card for Valentine's Day.  It's hard to believe it folds up and can be mailed-----but it can!
You could use balloons, star shapes, flowers, wedding bells, Christmas themed shapes--the options are limitless.

Here's what it looks like from the side.  It really is 3-D.  I was so tickled to find the instructions--I juse have to share them with you!

And now for the instructions:
(They're not hard at all!)

The card base (Or box shape) is 10 1/2" X 5 1/2"

You will score your card stock across the long side at 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2", and again at 10"

You will turn it to short side and score it once at 2 1/2" (this is the top of the box or the box flaps.

You will trim off the 1/2" score line at the short side or top of the box.

Next you need to cut your box flaps.  Cut to the score line on the 2 1/2" side, top of box.

You will need to make your little inserts for the center of the box, this is where you attach your embellishments.  With a scrap of card cut it to 3 1/2" X 3",  score both ends at 1/2" on each side.
This is were you will add the adhesive to adhere to center of box.  You will need two so cut the card in half, that you had just scored, making sure that you have left all score lines, long side.


Next fold all score lines.

Now your ready to decorate.


This card folds flat for mailing.  I will use my envelope punch board to make the exact size I will need.

If you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will do my best to help.

Happy Valentine's, thanks for visiting, Joanie