Monday, April 24, 2017

Card with Envelope on the Front




The inspiration for this card came from this card on Pinterest with a vellum envelope on the front.  This card had confetti inside the envelope.  As I experimented, I wondered about making the inside of the envelope the main part of the card.

I realized you really didn't need to open the card itself so this one is free standing with a very simple stand in the back.

Here's the process video on YouTube:



Thanks for visiting this week and if you know what color hedgehogs are supposed to be, let me know!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sketch Challenge and Distress Inks



The Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge this week was yet another excuse to play with my Distress Oxide inks.  When I saw the sketch, I instantly thought of the Stampin' Up! Medallion stamp.  I haven't used it in ages and that is a shame because it makes such pretty and fast cards.

For this one, I inked the stamp with three of the Distress Oxide ink colors - Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Purple working from light to dark.  I stamped on bookpaper and then misted with water to get that oxide effect when dry.  You could also mist before stamping for a pretty, softer look.

I used Walnut Stain for the greeting, flourish and distressed edge.  Find bookpaper at my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's so funny?


Some people like my mother have a wonderful sense of style.  Others, like my husband, well, not so much.  I couldn't help but take this photo of him walking in an unconventional combination of clothes.  I sent it to my stepdaughter who told me I should burn it.  What did I do?  Scrapbook it of course!

The layout uses a sketch from the 2016 Sketchbook that was originally meant for more photos.  The 4 I have fit nicely along the strip at the top with a larger photo on the bottom.  I'm continuing with the same Basic Grey collection I used for the last layout.

Watch the video


Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Inspired Mother's Day card




I took the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers today and took the opportunity to get my Mother's Day card done.  Last night my BFF mentioned using the 5th Avenue Floral set.  It was still on my mind as I looked through the gorgeous Pinterest gallery linked up to this challenge. All the challenge details are shown here.

I chose a photo of an arrangement with peach/magenta roses and little purple flowers.  I was also inspired by a photo of a ballerina's costume that included detailed lace and satin cutouts.  To create mine, I cropped down a Silhouette border and then cut several individual pieces so I could curve them into the desired shape.   They are coated with some iridescent ice embossing powder and linked with narrow white ribbon and a strand of beads.  The sparkley doesn't show up that well in the photos.

I combined several stamp sets to get the floral arrangement.  The rose is colored with watercolor crayons and the leaves are colored with colored pencils.  The purple flowers are stamped with Distress Oxide ink.

It was a joy to just experiment and play making a card.  Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Birthday page from collection



Most birthday themed collections seem to me to be more for children. This one from Basic Grey works for all ages.  I was blessed to receive several Basic Grey page kits from a friend cleaning out her stash.  I was just delighted!  You know how I love Basic Grey and this is such a treat.  This is my first layout from the kits.

For Mother's birthday, I spent a lot of time planning her cake.  The rest of us are real chocolate people.  She, however, is not as much of a chocolate fan though she does eat it.  I thought I'd take the opportunity to do something different.  This is a coconut cake with raspberry filling (courtesy of Smuckers) and 7 minute frosting. The cake recipe from Bake Me More is here.  I looked at so many 7 minute frosting recipes and videos, I'm not really sure which one I used.  I think it was Martha Stewart's with the addition of cream of tartar.  I'd never made it before but it turned out nicely and everyone enjoyed it.  A hint from my DH:  leftover 7 minute frosting tastes wonderful with chopped bananas.  I can't eat bananas so you'll have to take his word for it.

This the only cake I've ever made that called for powdered sugar in the batter, a full pound of it! It worked.  The only objection I have to making it again is it takes every pan and bowl in the kitchen to make it.  Oh, well, that's why dishwashers were invented.

DH made mother a card based on a saying he saw somewhere else. He added the first verse himself.  It read:

On your birthday...
When you arise from your slumber
and totter around unassisted,

remember that age is just a number
And yours is ....Unlisted.

She got a little bent out of shape at the word "totter." While Mother's age remains a mystery disclosed to only a limited number of us, I assure you she looks marvelous and is ridiculously healthy for her age.  If only I had her strength!  Oh and she does not totter.

Here's the process video:


Another page coming along with this same kit soon.  Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Challenge Card, Birthday Blooms and Video

For Splitcoaststampers Color challenge, I made this card with the Birthday Blooms set I had close at hand from....



making this card over the weekend.


For the first card, I used some of the extra stamps from the Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms set. The color challenge included a pink/lavender color that I don't have so I used several watercolor crayons to achieve the color.  The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink and was the last scrap of that color I had.  The other colors are the In Color Mint Macaroon and the older color Pear Pizzazz.  A little lace was dessert for this challenge.

For the 2nd card, I stamped and colored on bookpaper which I've shared in this video:



I have some variety packs of bookpaper on my Etsy shop:  Lovely Layers Art.

Thanks for visiting today!
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