Monday, May 22, 2017

A Different Baby Card

We have a lot of deer here. And by a lot, I mean we've counted thirty-two at one time in our hay field!
Smiley from Millan.Net
That mob hung around for a while, but seems to have dispersed. Now we are seeing small bachelor groups of maybe four to six. This is the time of year the does are off birthing their fawns, and it's always so exciting to spot the first fawn of the year. (Heh heh, "spot" the first fawn.) The only trouble is, while we love watching them, they are are real problem when it comes to our young orchard and garden-to-be.

There is a chicken wire fence around everything but they could hop over it without any effort, so we're looking to "discourage" them with electric fencing. Maybe a little jolt will make the green things on the other side less enticing. Now if it would just work on the darn bugs! Geez, there are a lot of bugs here! As I'm writing this, I'm enjoying the flashes of lightning bugs outside my window. They aren't garden pests, luckily!

In the Meadow is one of the stamp sets that is retiring next week. In fact, I used all kinds of retiring products here, some of which are already sold out, unfortunately. But the stamp set is still available! I thought the mama and fawn would make a great, rather unusual, baby card.

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Shimmery White 2-1/2" x 4-1/8"
 Mat: Basic Black 2-5/8" x 4-1/4"
 Mat: Shimmery White 2-7/8" x 4-1/2"
 DSP: Mint Macaron 4" x 5-1/4" (from 2015-2017 In Colors DSP Stack - RETIRED)
 Card base: Mint Macaron 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4" (STILL AVAILABLE 20% off)
  1. Adhere DSP to card base.
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Black at bottom of image panel.
  3. Stamp deer above greeting, and then on a sticky note to cut out a mask. Mask off the deer and stamp the trees.
  4. Using an Aqua Painter, add spots of Old Olive to the trees and grass, and a light Soft Suede wash to the deer.
  5. Adhere to black mat and then to Shimmery White mat.
  6. Clip ribbon to top with a mini paper clip.
  7. Attach image to card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
NOTE: The Mint Macaron Ribbon and DSP Stack is sold out, but the Mini Paper Clips are still available at 40% off.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wood Words (Sneak Peek!)

A few months before my husband retired, we "bought the farm." No, really - we bought a farm! It had been our lifelong goal to get away from the stifling, soul-crushing city life and move to greener pastures. Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would be so far from where we had spent most of our lives, but when you find the place of your dreams, distance doesn't matter. Of all the places we looked at in our property search, this was the one my honey said felt like home to him. And so now it is.

So naturally, when we got back to country living (we lived for a while in rural San Diego County), having a farm house meant we needed to decorate accordingly. I have chicken-themed place mats, and an old metal sign in the kitchen that says Farm Fresh Eggs. Of course, we don't have any chickens (yet). Until now the the focus has been on getting the orchard planted and the garden set up properly. It's a lot of work! I remarked to my better half yesterday that retirement is a lot more work than I thought it would be.

Which leads me to this stamp set, Wood Words, part of the Wood Textures Suite. As soon as I saw this set, I knew it was a "must have!" This and another one called Heartland (p. 39 in the new catalog) are so ME! Both will be available in wood-mount and clear-mount options. Wood Words can also be purchased as a bundle, with the cute little Wood Crate Framelits. Since I rarely have need for a basket, box, or bag, I passed on them, but knowing me, I'll likely regret it later and end up getting them anyway, LOL.

Part of the Wood Textures Suite includes the Wood Textures DSP stack, which I know I preordered, but can't seem to find at the moment. It has to be around here somewhere! So, being the ever-resourceful card maker that I am, I pulled out the trusty Hardwood background stamp and made my own wood, using Sahara Sand, stamped off once.

Can you believe it? I didn't use Mr. Big for this card! *GASP!*

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lovely Friends Sneak Peek

Large greetings are really trendy right now, and the new Lovely Friends stamp set is tres chic! I love the greetings and ways that they can be combined. For this project I kept it simple, choosing to show off the gold patterned paper in Eastern Palace Specialty DSP (available in the Early Release bundles). The greeting is heat embossed in gold, then adhered to the Fresh Fig mat. These colors look so rich together!

I wanted to add some flowers, but had a tough time deciding which ones I liked the best, size-wise. I finally settled on the three smaller blossoms in Falling Flowers, because the May Flowers Framelits that match meant I didn't have to fussy-cut them. Yes, sometimes I'm lazy like that!

I had a gold die cut from the Flourish Thinlits in my bits box, which added an extra touch of shine. That box really is pretty useful sometimes!

The flowers were stamped in Fresh Fig on Whisper White cardstock, then I used a Blender Pen to pull some of the color into the image.

The two larger blossoms were popped up on dimensionals, and some Pearls Basic Jewels were added to the flower centers. Made for a quick and easy card!

 Greeting: Whisper White 3-1/2" x 4-1/2"
 Mat: Fresh Fig 3-5/8" x 4-5/8"
 DSP: Eastern Palace 4' x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Fresh Fig 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"

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