Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Mixed Bunch Medallion

    Seems like no matter how much ribbon I buy I don't  have the color I need.  On this card I simply used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to punch a strip of paper that looks like ribbon! The medallion stamp is from the Stampin' Up!™ Mixed Bunch stamp set. I used Stampin' Write™ markers in Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, and Poppy Parade to color the medallion and then spritzed it with a little water to mute the colors. The sentiment is from the soon to be retired stamp set called On Your Birthday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Good-bye Poppy Parade!

A pretty simple card! I used Poppy Parade for the card base. The flowers were stamped with  Stazon™ Black and colored with a Poppy Parade Stampin' Write™ marker. They were punched (no fussy cutting!) with the matching Blossom Punch. I added a couple of buttons from my stash, a little retiring 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain and a couple of Little Leaves in Always Artichoke. I don't always stock up on the retiring In-Colors but I did purchase an extra pack of Poppy Parade, just in case. 

  I am posting this while out of town visiting relatives.  I went bowling today for the first time in quite awhile. Let's just say that I did not throw any gutter balls, I did not fall, I got a couple of strikes and broke 100. After not bowling for several years, my goals are simple; keep the ball on the lane and don't do anything embarrassing! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Trio of Mixed Bunch Flowers

 I CASE'd this card from the Stampin' Success magazine for demonstrators.

 I don't know about you but I have a tendency to grab the same colors over and over again. I rarely grab Perfect Plum or Rose Red, no reason I just don't grab them. This card uses Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi. The stamp set is Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch. The blossom punch was used to punch out the stamped flowers and the Square Lattice embossing folder added a little texture to the background.

  I have a whole box of new unopened goodies sitting in my basement just calling my name (Rhonda, Rhonda come play with all our beautiful goodnes!)....I didn't work today but spent the entire day running errands. You know, really exciting ones like getting hay for the bunnies, buying toilet paper and paper towels, mailing packages and returning a T-shirt that looked better on a hanger than on me. Sigh...Hang on goodies I'm on my way!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two More Retiring Sets!

 I love this technique! I must confess I don't always save every scrap of paper. Pretty much anything smaller than 3" goes in the recycle pile. However, this would be a great way to use those leftover strips of paper!  For the inspiration card and tutorial click HERE to go to Canopy Crafts blog.         

         I used a Labels framelit to cut the opening and a piece of Baker's Twine instead of ribbon.  

    The sentiment is from the soon to be retired set called Sincere Salutations. Great set of sentiments; I like the script. Definitely a keeper! The background stamp is from the Stampin' Up! set called Extreme Elements, also retiring May 30.  

  The weather here in KC is lovely! I am sitting on my deck listening to my new Carrie Underwood CD, the kids playing, birds chirping and my cat Zoey whining 'cause she wants to come outside. I would bring her outside on the leash but her only collar is a break away one and I am afraid she might see the neighbor cat and "break away". 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Say Goodbye to Mr. Jones, the Turtle

    One of my friends, who is also a customer,  told me that every spring the same turtle visits her backyard. She knows it is the same turtle because the markings on his shell are very distinctive. Her brother named him Mr. Jones. So here is a card in honor of Mr. Jones the turtle, LOL! 

  I used the soon to be retired Stampin' Up!™ set called Nature's Nest and single stamp called A to Z.  The ribbon is Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain, also retiring. Card base is Crumb Cake. I stamped the turtle twice, once with Always Artichoke and once with Early Expresso. The shell was cut out and popped up with Dimensionals™.  
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