Penny Black Simplicity – Summer Blooms

Hello! Today, I’m sharing a CAS floral card created with Penny Black stamps and dies. I’m trying to squeeze in a few more summer-themed cards before moving into the fall and winter holidays!

Jean Manis Penny Black Simplicity

I stamped and heat-embossed 40-468 Flowerets and colored the flowers with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Carved Pumpkin). I then fussy cut the flowers. I die cut 51-242 Shall We Dance twice from green cardstock and attached the fussy-cut flowers to the stems (covering the flower portion of the die cut). I arranged the flowers and stems on a background to which I’d applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.

The sentiment from 30-338 Special Thoughts was stamped onto a window panel. To embellish the card, I added a butterfly cut with one of the dies in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy set.

Late Summer Hello: TE Share Joy Challenge #49

Hello! I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #49.

TE Share Joy Challenge #49

I used the sketch and the colors to create a CAS, beach-themed card (not ready to say “good bye” to summer quite yet!):

TE Share Joy Challenge #49I trimmed the Beach Border with the one of the Stitched Square Stacklets dies after stamping the cardstock with a sentiment from Simply Succulents Stamp & Die Combo in Sugar Cube ink.

I had this card all assembled with a white strip (rather than the patterned paper) and it looked a little blah, so I flipped through my stack of patterned paper and pulled out this fun Echo Part print to add just a touch of whimsy! I also dry-embossed the background cardstock with the On the Spot embossing folder to add interest and texture. (I find that if there are multiple layers in a card design, it always helps to add some patterned paper and dry-embossing!)

TE Share Joy Challenge #49

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Nautical Greetings

Yes, I’m sharing another nautical-themed card! Absolutely, hands down, it’s my favorite summer theme. I’m already making lists of Halloween and Christmas projects (and products to buy!), but since it’s still July, I want to celebrate the “now” just a little bit before moving into the fall- and winter-themed projects!

Jean Manis Nautical Greetings

I used the smaller of the two boat dies in the Poppystamps Marina Sailboat set, cutting the boat from kraft and red cardstock. I trimmed off the lower portion of the red one so that the boat would be wood-colored and the sail red. I have a couple of anchor dies, the one in the WPlus9 Design Studio Dies, Nautical Notions set being the smallest (which worked best with the boat).

The Stampin’ Up sentiment is one that I’ve used several times before. I keep looking for more nautical sentiments but haven’t seen anything that’s caught my eye.

Supplies:

Stampin’ Up sentiment; Poppystamps Marina Sailboat die; Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder

Beach Dog

A lot of my paper crafting focuses on holidays and events, such as Halloween and Christmas or birthdays and weddings (as I’m sure yours does as well). You know the adage “write what you know”?  Between holidays and events, I like to create cards in the season I’m experiencing that relate to my world.

This card, created with a variety of die cuts, is inspired by our Golden Retriever Ginger’s love of the beach. Ginger died two years ago (and we still miss her every day!).

Jean Manis Beach Dog

During the last year of her life (in which she battled cancer) we took her to the beach as much as possible, as it was truly one of her favorite places to be.

Ginger at the Beach

Enjoy your day!

Supplies:

Papertrey Ink Flipping Out stamp set; Poppystamps Puffy Cloud Border; Poppystamps Labrador; Impression Obsession Small Grass Die Set

Penny Black Simplicity: You Brighten My Day

Today, I’m sharing a CAS floral card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

PB Simplicity

Taking my color cue from the sentiment, (included in the 30-338 Special Thoughts set), I stamped the Penny Black 40-460 Sunbursts with several bright colors of dye ink on 110# Neenah white cardstock, staggering the image for visual interest. (I tried pigment ink as well, but preferred the saturated and bold look I got with the dye ink.) I embellished the card with butterflies cut with one of the dies in the 51-132 Flights of Fancy set.

To the Beach – TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #43.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I used the sketch (rotated ninety degrees counter-clockwise) to create a beach-themed card.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

I put a die-cut circle representing the sun in the spot on the sketch where there’s a large circle and used the swim suit pieces in the spots with the smaller circles. (I took a lot of artistic license with the sketch!)

For this card, I colored watercolor cardstock with Distress Inks before cutting it with the various dies (from the On the Line Beach Cutting Plate set) to create a different look. Instead of centering the palms on the scene, I offset them so that the palm on the right is more prominent. The Sunshine word die was a complimentary die provided in one of my Taylored Expressions orders.

TE Share Joy Challenge #43

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Taylored Expressions Farewell Favorites Sale

TE Farewell Favorites

Taylored Expressions is bidding a fond farewell to over 200 products as we retire some of our favorite items with an amazing SALE. Choose from a variety of stamps and dies at up to 80% off retail price — but hurry, once they’re gone, they’re gone forever! Check out the graphic above to see how you can earn an even greater discount off the sale price and then visit the SALE HERE to start shopping! Additional discounts expire July 17th.

I’m sharing two CAS cards I created using one of the sale items – Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer.

For my first card, I used one of the frames (there are three in the set) cut inside one of the Stitched Rectangle Stacklets dies to create an overlay.

TE Farewell Favorites

The outside edge of the Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer does not cut, so it can be placed inside a larger die. The palm was cut with the On the Line Beach Cutting Plate set and adhered directly to the cardstock background. The frame was added with foam adhesive. I couldn’t resist embellishing with the Little Bits – Flip Flops.

TE Farewell Favorites

For my second card, I used a different frame in the Pockets & Pages – Fab Frames – Summer set with a die in the Stitched Square Stacklets set to create a CAS masculine card for the car lover in your family.

TE Farewell Favorites

I added the frame directly to a card panel, which was dry-embossed with the Chevron embossing folder. I adhered the vehicles, cut with the Transportation set, to the frame background with foam adhesive. This card came together very quickly!

TE Farewell Favorites

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Sunny Summer Days – TE Share Joy Challenge #42

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #42.

TE Share Joy Challenge #42

I used the sketch to create a card celebrating summer. I was indirectly influenced by the inspiration photo. The ice cream cone made me think of popsicles, which made me think of flip flops, …).

TE Share Joy Challenge #42

The Little Bits adhered to the die-cut circles, do the heavy lifting here, while the Picture Perfect – Sunny Days frame adds a sentiment and ties the card together.

TE Share Joy Challenge #42

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Splash! – colourQ challenge #348

I’m playing along with colourQ challenge #348 with a CAS summer-themed card.

CQC348

I thought about this combination of colors for a bit and kept trying to figure out which color should have the most emphasis and which the least. In the end, I decided to give the colors more or less the same amount of emphasis and employed my design friend – repetition.

colourQ challenge #348

I colored Ranger Glossy Cardstock with Distress Inks to cut with the Little Bits – Beach Ball die. I cut the base of the balls and the Mini Caps Alpha & #’s from uncolored Glossy Cardstock. I like how the glossy cardstock emulates the plastic of blow-up beach balls. I colored the background using Loll Thompson‘s “splash” watercolor technique using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink- her video is here. I had “splash” on the brain, since that’s what I used for the sentiment!

colourQ challenge #348

Supplies: Tim Holtz wave embossing folder

Hello Summer – TE Share Joy Challenge #41

I’m playing along with Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #41.

TE Share Joy Challenge 41

I used the sketch and the colors to create a summer-themed card:

TE Share Joy Challenge #41

I used the Eventful – Pool Party die to do the “heavy lifting” of my design. The big “hello” from Bold Brushstrokes was heat-embossed on the Candy Corn cardstock rectangle. To embellish, I couldn’t resist using another pair of Little Bits – Flip Flops on this card (I’ve used these on half a dozen cards this summer!).

TE Share Joy Challenge #41

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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