Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Desert Birthday

I was searching for some ideas for using my From the Heart Suite and managed to get side-tracked (Squirrel!!) and found this adorable card using the cactus from The Gangs All Meer which is a great free set from Sale-a-bration.

The colors were changed from the original and a little different techniques, but I do love these great little cacti and how my card turned out.  I spotted the idea on the blog by Kim Plays With Paper.


Lovely Lipstick - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Whisper White - 4" x 5 1/4"
Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper - 3 3/4" x 5" (brown)
Lovely Lipstick - 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" 
Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper - 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (green)
Shimmery White - 2" x 3 3/4"

Whisper White - 4" x 5 1/4" - inside panel.

On the Shimmery White - Stamp cactus #1 and then cactus #2 (see below), then stamp three cactus onto a post-it note and fussy cut them all out.  Cover cactus #1 and cactus #2 with the post it cactus, then stamp cactus #3.

When you remove the post it paper, your cactus will look like this:

Cover all three with post it notes and using a sponge, ink the bottom with So Saffron, carefully sponging over the post its.  Sponge the top half with Balmy Blue.

When the post it's are removed, the cactus are ready for coloring.  I used Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blend for the blossoms on top and both Dark and Light Old Olive for the cactus.

If you look closely, you can see the beautiful shimmer on the picture below.  Boy is it ever hard to get a picture of the shimmer!

The Happy Birthday sentiment comes from Beautiful Bouquet.

Just another glimpse at our beautiful Arizona vegetation.  Perfect masculine card for any guy!

Thank you for looking in today.  So happy it's a short week, and even shorter for me as I'm taking off Friday too.  Woo  Hooo!

Happy Tuesday!

~ Donna 

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Beautiful Anniversary

Several Anniversaries this month that require something pretty, so I made a few of these to have on hand.  I'm really tickled with how they turned out and they were really very quick to do.


Mango Melody - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Grapefruit Grove - 4" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White - 3 3/4" x 5"
Whisper White - 4" x 5 1/4" (inside panel)

On the smaller Whisper White, I began by stamping the flowers from Beautiful Friendship.  I used Blushing Bride for the small roses, Mango Melody for the large flowers on the top, Calypso Coral for the centers and the fern looking flowers.  The leaves were stamped with Mossy Meadow.  The center was left open for the sentiments.

The sentiments came from Beautiful Bouquet and were stamped on Whisper White using Mossy Meadow ink, then punched out with the Story Label Punch.  I punched additional pieces out of Mossy Meadow to place behind the sentiments to help them pop out a bit.

What do you think of these colors together? 

Thank you for looking in today!  It may be Monday, but it's a holiday from work which means lunch with the girls! 

~ Donna

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Pizza Box Kisses

There are so many options for decorating this box, this was just one of the easiest for today.  SO many layers available depending on what you want to do.

Gold Pizza Box (carried over from the Holiday catalog)
From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper - 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" (two pieces, one inside the box, one on the top of the box)

Everything on this box, except for the box, are in the From My Heart Suite

To hold the ribbon in place and so you can easily open the box, I placed a glue dot on the side (see photo below) and I placed another one on the bottom of the box, both to hold the ribbon in place to keep it from sliding away.

You could also use the White mini pizza boxes.  I just wanted a little more shine.

Thank you for looking in.  Are you getting your Valentine's ready?  It will be here before you know it.

~ Donna

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