Card #25 – Valentine Card #4- {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #25, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is: Peggy who said, “Another cute card!”.

Thank you for your kind words and Congratulations Peggy!

I hope you enjoy your card.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #25 – Valentine Card #4

Card 25 Supply LayoutI started by assembling all my supplies.

This card uses washi tape much like the card from Day 23, but I decided to use my heart punch to create another option for Valentine’s day.

For this card I used link pink cardstock (5 1/2″ X 8 1/4″) for my base, dark pink cardstock for the frame (4″X5 1/4″) and white cardstock (3 3/4″ X 5″) for the front panel.

I started by choosing 5 coordinating rolls of washi tape.  I took a piece of white cardstock and starting laying down strips of each washi tape repeating the pattern twice.  Once the tape was on the cardstock I took my brayer and rolled the paper to make sure the tape was adhered well.

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After creating the heart embellishments, I gold embossed the sentiment, inked the edges of the white cardstock and adhered the front panel to the pink frame.

Card 25 6I cut a piece of red and white twine, attached it with tiny staples and used foam squares to adhered the hearts to the twine.

I finished the card by attaching the whole front panel to the pink base.

Here is the finished card.

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Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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We’re really excited about Valentine’s Day.  Actually our mom is really about Valentine’s Day and we tend to get excited about things she gets excited about.  It’s how we roll.

 

 

 

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Paws || Walk On – 1.18 – 1.31

Every now and then when I’m walking dogs, I will just stop, ask them to sit for about 30 seconds and then I will say “walk on”. That is there cue to start walking again. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. They’re super focused when they’re on the walk and I like to know I can get their attention any time I need it. 2. It’s good to continue to incorporate training into their daily routines. Just as we need to continue to refine our skills, so must dogs.

This always reminds me how important it is for me to pause and reflect on the past week and then think about the next one as I “walk on”.

Paws | Week of 1.18-1.24

• called my Grandpa in England.
• started prepping my wall tree for Valentine’s Day.
01887896b157b26b211816b1be11720c3320beb2f9• still working on the #clutterfree30 challenge on Instagram with @cleanmama.  It’s a great exercise – one I’m sure I’ll repeat.
01e424f3342401059e9a8fd9100edf658dbf3a9893• took care of these two handsome boys.
• prepped and posted January Card Series || Cards for 2015.
• made progress with tidying my craft room.  Setup up bins by color for my paper scraps.
• worked on my Journal52 Art Journal (Quest46 #7)
• mailed off cards to the daily winners of my January Card Series || Cards for 2015.
• almost finished reading Unbroken.
011c0bda936a9528c6d383b926c7136643c9e2e61a• had dinner with friends and played Mexican train
• almost finished reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.
01e67f906053334de5acb8b115843e6fbd41006906• celebrated my sister-in-law’s  and my mom-in law’s birthdays at Benihana.
• walked the dogs almost everyday.  Decided to keep track of our walks on a calendar.  So far for 2015:  17 out of 24.
• still working on Margaret’s scarf.


Walk On | Week of 1.25-1.31

• call my Grandpa in England.
• knit and drink coffee with friends.
• have lunch with friends.
• skype/knit with my friend who lives in San Diego.
• continuing my Photo-a-day challenge.
• prep a craft for an upcoming Pinterest party.
• help a friend with her sewing.
• try to finish Margaret’s scarf.
• make and post the last week of the January Card Series || Cards for 2015.
• continue with #clutterfree30 challenge.
• attend Women’s Breakfast at church.
• play cards with friends.
• work on Quest46.

My favorite quote from the week:  “Sometimes it is not enough to do our best.  We must do what is required.”  Winston Churchill.

Have a wonderful week,
Grace

 

 

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I liked Jonas so much I let him share the couch with me.

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Card #24 – Die Cut Flower Card – {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #24, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is: Denise who said, “I think this is one of my favorites! Beautiful card!”.

Thank you for your kind words and Congratulations Denise!

I hope you enjoy your card.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #24 – Die Cut Flower Card

Card 24 Supply LayoutI started by assembling all my supplies.

Die cut flower and greenery shapesDie cuts are great for paper piecing designs.  I love this set of 3 flower shapes because it provides two sizes of each flower to let you layer and add interest and dimension to your project.

I used the “Thanks a Bunch” sentiment again because of the flowers.  It just seems to go so well.

Once I decided on my colors, this card went together very quickly.

For this card I used light blue textured cardstock (4 1/4″ X 11″) for my base, a variety of patterned cardstock for the flowers and greenery and vellum (4″X3″) for the sentiment panel.

I chose my coordinating patterned cardstock and die cut two sets of the flowers and four sets of the greenery.  I also ran the front of my card through the Big Shot with the polka dot embossing folder.

White embossed sentiment on vellumAfter trimming the vellum and white embossing the sentiment, I attached it to the center of the card front.

Card 24 5I assembled my flowers by placing the more patterned piece on top of the more solid piece.  I did that with all similarly shaped flowers.  Then I attached the greenery first in an arc over the top and bottom of the vellum.  After that I just glued the flowers on top of the greenery.

I finished the card by attaching white enamel dots to the center of each flower.

Here is the finished card.

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Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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Did you mention to Mindy that it’s not cool to chew on your die cuts?  I figured because she’s still new that you’d want to point that out.

 

 

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Saturday Snippets | January 24, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1. Discovered a new podcast called 99% Invisible.  Episode 130 – Holdout is excellent.

2.  In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, I wanted to share the NFL Bad Lip Reading, 2015 Edition.

rhubarbblanket3.  I recently started following a very talented artist/knitter/blogger, Jennifer Edwards, who also happens to have the same last name as me.  Her most recent post, entitled Rubarb, makes me want to crochet a chevron blanket sooooooo bad.  Isn’t it just yummy??

 

4.   All I can say is this guys has guts!

5.  Today is “National Peanut Butter Day”.  Bet you didn’t know that???  Check out their website for some interesting facts about the humble peanut.  For instance, did you know that Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.  Wow!  I only have one question for you – smooth or chunky?


Well that’s all the snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful Saturday,

Grace

 

 

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Did you say peanut butter?  I LOVE peanut butter and in answer to the question – whatever my mom gives me. (smooth)

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Card #23 – Washi tape Card – {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #23, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is: Michelle who said, “ADORABLE!!! That has to be my favorite one so far IT’S SO CUTE.”.

Thank you for your kind words and Congratulations Michelle!

I hope you enjoy your card.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #23 –  Washi tape Card

Card 23 Supply LayoutI started by assembling all my supplies.

I love washi tape!  Washi tape is a Japanese paper tape that comes in all different colors and patterns and is really versatile.  I’ve used it in card making before when I made a Valentine’s card and a St. Patrick’s Day card.  It’s also fantastic for scrapbooking and journaling.

 

For this card I used plum textured cardstock (4 1/4″ X 11″) for my base and white cardstock for the front panel.

Washi tape attached to white cardstockI started by choosing 5 coordinating rolls of washi tape.  I took a piece of white cardstock and starting laying down strips of each washi tape repeating the pattern twice.  Once the tape was on the cardstock I took my brayer and rolled the paper to make sure the tape was adhered well.

Punching flower shape out of cardstockI took the white cardstock front panel and punched flower shapes in a fairly haphazard fashion.  I then glued this panel to the washi tape cardstock and trimmed the excess.

 

Punching flower shape out of washi tape paperAttaching punched flower with foam adhesiveBefore I stamped the sentiment, I punched several flowers from the remaining washi tape cardstock and attached foam squares.  Positioning them at an angle to each flower cutout on the white cardstock, I pulled the release paper on the foam square and glued them.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment, adding some rhinestone gems and going over the flowers with my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

Here is the finished card.

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Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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I just want to make sure I understand – These washi tape things aren’t treats?  I’m not supposed to gnaw on them like they’re a delectable morsel?  Got it!

 

 

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Card #22 – A Window Card – {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #22, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is: Pam who said, “This might be my favorite! Not sure if I said that before, but now I mean it! Super love it!!!!”.

Thank you for your kind words and Congratulations Pam!

I hope you enjoy your card.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #22 –  A Window Card

Card 22 Supply Layout1_136146_FSI started by assembling all my supplies.

I’ve had this stamp set for a while and today I decided to take it out for a drive.  You stamp the front and back of a puppy or a kitten and attach them so it looks as if they’re peeking through a window.  When you open the card there’s a surprise inside.

I used avocado cardstock (8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″) for my base, patterned paper (4″ X 5 1/4″) for the cover panel and flag, scrap white cardstock for the stamped images and scrap avocado cardstock for the flag and stars.

Stamp embossed and colored to create front and back of the puppyCard 22 5I started by die cutting the front of the card and the cover panel.  I used my circle frame die cuts and cut towards the middle left of the card.

I stamped, embossed and colored the front and back of the puppy.  After cutting them out, I glued them, wrong sides facing, together.

Card 22 10I used my tape runner to glue the patterned paper to the front of the avocado cardstock and then adhered the puppy image just over the lip of the lower circle.  This gives the illusion that the puppy is leaning on the circle.Card 22 6

I stamped the sentiment on the die cut banner and backed the banner with matching patterned paper.  I glued the banner inside the card just above the puppy in the circle.  Here’s a picture of the inside of the card.  Oh man, I love puppy butts!

I finished the card by gluing down the die cut stars and some enamel dots.  I went over the stars with Glossy Accents to give them a dimensional finish.

Here is the finished card.

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Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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Card #21 – A See Through Shaker Card – {31 Days of Cards}

Cards for 2015 InstagramBefore we get to Card #21, the winner of yesterdays daily giveaway is: Emilie who said, “I think that the box cards are really cute and fun especially this one.”.

Thank you for your kind words and Congratulations Emilie!

I hope you enjoy your card.

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for today’s card. Remember each day you leave a comment, you are entered into the drawing for the Grand Giveaway for all 31 cards. Easy, peasy.

Card #21 –  A See Through Shaker Card

Card 21 Supply LayoutI started by assembling all my supplies.

I’m a bit in love with shaker cards at the moment.  This one is a little different because the acetate sheets are placed right on top of each other, creating a see through card.

 

 

 

I used yellow textured cardstock (4 1/4″ X 11″) for my base, white cardstock (4″ X 5 1/4″) for the cover panel, scrap white cardstock for the stamped images and clear acetate (4″ X 4″) for the see through part.

Matching die cutsI started by die cutting the front of the card and the cover panel.  I used my square frame die cuts and cut towards the top of the card to leave room at the bottom for the sentiment.

Embossed and colored stamped imagesI stamped and embossed two images of a light bulb and cut them out.  Each image is glued together so that the back of the panel is the same as the front.

Clear acetate glued to the inside of the cardCard 21 7I adhered  one of the clear acetate pieces to the back of the front panel over the square made by the die cut.  I placed the light bulb and sprinkled glitter and sequins.  I then glued down the remaining acetate square on top of the bulb and sequins.  I glued down the white cover panel to cover the glue used to secure the acetate.

I stamped the sentiment on the lower portion of the front of the card and glued three rhinestones just below the left lower corner.

Here is the finished card.

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Remember to leave a comment below and be entered to win this card today and possibly the Grand Giveaway of all 31 cards on February 1, 2015.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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You know…. that light bulb gives us an idea.  Let’s all have cookies!

 

 

 

 

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