Thursday, January 30, 2020

Under My Umbrella

I got some new stamps this week  ... and I am excited to be using them!  How do you like this card using the Under My Umbrella Bundle?  I love being able to use a punch for this instead of a die for a change.  Don't get me wrong - I love the dies but I also enjoy going back old school when punches were all we had.  This punch punches out the open and closed umbrellas as well as the umbrella handle.  Plus there is going to be a package of Designer Series Paper that will coordinate with this stamp set as well as 3 other stamp sets!  I just pre-ordered it but you can order it starting Feb. 4 (next week.)

For this card, I cut out watercolor paper with the Stitched Rectangles Die.  I used my Aqua Painter to watercolor Bermuda Bay, Highland Heather and Daffodil Delight on the side of the watercolor cardstock as well as down the side of the base card (thick Whisper White cardstock.)  I white embossed the umbrellas onto vellum and colored the back with my SU Blends (Bermuda Bay, Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo.  I punched the handles out of Soft Suede cardstock.

Take a look at the Coordinating Product that you can purchase next week.  I put my order in yesterday and it has already shipped!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fun Fold with Painted Poppies and Feels Like Frost

Did you enjoy Sunday's Blog Hop?  There were a lot of creative ideas from those NC Demos!

Today I have a card with a different fold to it.  I am still using the Feels Like Frost Designer Paper and this time pairing it with Highland Heather and Painted Poppies.  But you could substitute any flower or leaf image for this card.

The base card is 11" x 4 1/4", scored at 2 3/4" on both sides (so the sides meet in the middle.)  The 3 long strips are 4" x 1".  Cut DSP to cover the 3 strips and the front side of the card about 1/4" smaller on all sides and adhere to card.  Center the 3 strips to the card.  The top 2 are adhered on the right side of the card and the one in the middle is adhered to the left side of the card.  I found it easier to adhere the center strip first and then the top and bottom to get them centered.  Stamp the flower and leaves and use dimensionals on them to adhere them to the center strip and you're done!  Not as hard as it looks, huh?

We are headed to play trivia tonight.  Wish us luck!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

NC Demos Blog Hop - Let's CELEBRATE!!

I have not participated in the NC Blog Hop is a very long time so thought I would give it a try this month.  (trying to do 2020 right!)  The theme this month is CELEBRATE and don't we all love to celebrate good times!  

I looked up the meaning of Celebrate and here is what I found - 

verb (used with object), cel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing.

to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities
to make known publicly; proclaim:
to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice, as through newspapers or novels:
to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies; solemnize

verb (used without object), cel·e·brat·ed, cel·e·brat·ing.

So much to celebrate!  First off I made a card for my daughter who is in the U.S. Army.  She found out last week that she is on the list to be promoted to COLONEL!!  Whoo Hoo!  The promotion won't be until June 2021 but that gives us plenty of time to plan the celebration!!  In the meantime, I am celebrating by telling everyone the good news!  Yes, I am a proud mama!  So several of those definitions will fit this celebration.

This is a simple card that was easy to make.  I love the Feels Like Frost DSP stack which was in the Holiday Mini and I still have a bunch of it left so I am using it!  I wanted it to take center stage of the card and also thought the sentiment says it all (even though it is also retired!)  It is from Incredible Like You.  I dyed the ribbon to match the Highland Heather card.

 I used the Rooted In Nature stamp set to create a masculine birthday card.  That is another great CELEBRATION!

The base card is Pear Pizzazz.  I used a piece of Tropical Oasis DSP (from Mini Catalog) on top of the Pear Pizzazz.   Next is a piece of Grapefruit Grove with a Whisper White scallop die cut from Stitched Be Mine Dies at the top and bottom.  On top of that is a layer of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the tree cut out with Soft Suede and the flowers with Grapefruit Grove (all stamped on Whisper White paper.)  The leaves were stamped with Old Olive ink onto Old Olive cardstock and the top one is stamped on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  Happy and birthday are both die cut using the Well Written Die set - one on Soft Suede cardstock and the other on Grapefruit Grove cardstock.  The ribbon is from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.

I hope you enjoy my cards and will continue to the next stop on our hop.  Follow along with the blog hop and hop on over to Nedine's Celebration HERE.

Sharon Maranich (you are here)

Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 January Card Class Cards

Well, it's 2020 and has been for almost a month.  And what have I been up to this new year??!!!  Obviously, it hasn't been blogging and I apologize to my loyal fans who have asked me what is going on!  I have no excuse except probably laziness and staying busy playing Hand and Foot, Bridge, enjoying the holidays and making a few cards!   I spent Christmas at my daughter's house.  We drove to Maryland on Dec. 20 in time to celebrate her birthday on 12/22.  We had a pretty low key visit and I ate way too much!  We returned home on Jan. 2 and I have been trying to lose a few pounds since then!  I just made my WW weigh in last week by about 1 pound!

Last week I had Stamp Class in my home.  I had a couple of new gals join us and I think they really enjoyed being creative.  Here are  the cards we made:

Lovely Lily Pad stamp, Petal Pink ink and wash on watercolor paper

I used (retired) Powder Pink for this magnolia (Good Morning Magnolia stamp).  The striped background is with the (retired) Brushstrokes background stamp.

The gals had their choice of the pink card above or this Mint Macaron card.  I colored white ribbon to match the card.  The leaf is from Daisy Lane stamp set.

A great masculine Valentine.  

This was my favorite!  Hearts are from the Stitched Be Mine dies - in vellum, Powder Pink and Whisper White.  

Easy using Painted Poppies stamp in the Mini Catalog.  We colored the flowers with a Blender Pen and Berry Burst ink (retired)

I hope you have enjoyed these cards!