Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday Blossoms in Monochrome

Still using up that retiring Pop of Pink Specialty DSP! If you think about it, you can get 72 cards out of one pack of Designer Series Paper, just by using it as a 4" x 5-1/4" background. That's a lot of cards! And if you use smaller pieces or strips, it will go even further. I just checked this morning, and the it's still available at 40% off. Of course, all the retiring things end in one short week!

This has to be a short post, because our dog is having tummy issues, yet again, so we have an appointment at a new vet shortly. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can figure out what is going on with her. Nothing like the sound of a dog retching at 1:30 a.m. to wake one up in a hurry. *sigh*

Here's the "How To"
 Flowers: Whisper White 2" x 4"
 Background: Pop of Pink Specialty DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
 Strip: Pop of Pink 3/4" x 5-1/4"
 Glitter strip: Silver Glimmer Paper 1/8" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Melon Mambo 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Adhere DSP background to card base. Adhere DSP strip approximately 1/2"-5/8" from bottom of background. (Mine measured 9/16".)
  2. Attach glimmer strip to center of DSP strip.
  3. Stamp leaves (twice) in Melon Mambo on background as shown and use a Blender Pen to pull color from the stamped lines into the leaves.
  4. Stamp blossom twice on white cardstock and color with Blender Pen using lid of ink pad as a palette. (Squeeze ink pad while closed so some ink transfers from the pad to the lid.)
  5. Punch blossoms with Pansy Punch and adhere to card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Add Clear Faceted Gems to centers of blossoms.
  6. Stamp greeting in Basic Black above DSP strip on the right side.
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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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