Friday, April 24, 2015

Maryland to Texas

I have a sweet friend Pat that lives in Maryland. We met on Facebook and quickly became great friends. A few months back she emailed me saying she was coming to Fort Worth for a Team Meeting with some mutual Stampin Up Demonstrators. Well, she cannot come to Fort Worth without meeting me!! So we made plans and counted the days down.

I live and breath making cards, but lately I have been on a kick making these cute handmade gift bags. I had already made her a pretty floral one all set to go with a cute friends tag on it. Well, the morning of our getting together, I looked at the friend stamp and wished I had a cute Texas stamp to use instead. Then I remembered Close To My Heart had given an adorable stamp set to everyone that attended the Texas Convention three or four years ago and I had one sitting in a drawer! From there I got thinking about using some kind of map instead of a floral paper. So I searched thru my travel 12" x 12" papers and found a piece of paper from a Little Yellow Bicycle "Pack Your Bags" collection that had a map of the USA on it. I lucked up and had two pieces of it!!! Within an hour or so I remade her bag and was hoping she preferred this one over the floral print. We had a fantastic time talking and laughing in her hotel room. I actually hated to leave for dinner a few hours later, as I knew I would be going back home afterwards.

Here is the stamp set I used and the bag I made......Don't you just love this stamp set!!! One of the pics is blurry....darn it! But I did not have time to retake my pics prior to my leaving for us to meet. Enjoy!

Happy Scrapping..........Cheryl

Using the long star stamp and red ink, I stamped over the Baltimore to
Fort Worth area that was her route flying. The stamp was
the perfect length for this!

I picked up this cute ribbon from The Little Blue House
which is a local scrapbook store here in Keller. It matched great

This is the back of the bag. Don't you LOVE the cowboy boots!!

Sorry....this is blurry :(

A full shot of the front of the it! I was excited 
to give it to her. I stopped at Hobby Lobby and 
bought a few Texas souvenirs and candy to put inside it

A close up of the front die cut and stamps used. I need to find 
more of this paper. I want to make another one! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Maybe My Last Masking Card?

I still had my stamps and inks out all over my work surface this morning as I was attempting to straighten things up, but I had another idea on how to make still yet another card using the masking technique. I have really enjoyed using the 2" Post It Tape on my last few cards. I am almost certain we will be doing this in one of my classes too. It's easy, quick, and so much fun! For today's card I used an A2 top folding card, the Lifetime of Happiness stamp set (only $13.95!!!) along with the stamp set in the exclusive Brushed Scrapbooking Workshop On The Go kit, and just three colors of Close To My Heart inks....oh and the masking (Post It) tape. This would be a great card to mass produce too. Enjoy!

Happy Stampin............Cheryl

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Masking Technique

I enjoyed making my last card so much, that I decided I needed to make another one. I am not a Butterfly stamp collector. I love seeing them in my yard and I think they are just beautiful to watch, but I don't think I have ever stamped one. When I ordered the Your Own Kind Of Wonderful stamp set, I really hesitated to do so and had second thoughts all the way until I hit the "send" button on my order. I never thought I could do this pretty stamp set justice with my limited coloring ability. So, I chose to stamp them in monotone colors with black as my accent color instead. I just love how it turned out! I already have my April workshop and Library card class projects planned, but I may have to rethink adding this card. Enjoy!

Happy Stampin.......Cheryl

Monday, April 6, 2015

A Quick, One Layer Top Fold A2 Card

Today I had one of those mornings when I should have been vacuuming and washing a load of clothes, but an idea popped in my head for a card. Needless to say, within minutes I was pulling out a dozen stamp sets looking for a few small flowers for my card.  I lucked up and found one stamp set with everything I was looking for. Using two stripes of Post It Removable Labeling Tape, I masked off the top of the card at the scored fold and again in the upper portion of my card base. I wanted this card to be one that was quick and easy to make several of at a time. I have a couple birthday's coming up and this will be easy to go back and add a birthday sentiment to later. I used a Colonial White card base, but our White Daisy would have been just as pretty. Using it also will change the tone of any inks used. I only used four colors for my card. Some days I like using many layers, but lately I have been going for a clean and simple card.  Enjoy!

Happy Scrappin......Cheryl

Happy Scrappin & Card Making!! Cheryl