Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Soothing Tea Creation & a Recipe!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I've brought you a fairly new set from Flourishes.
Coffee & Tea images seem to be all the rage as people celebrate their favorite drink;
 even I love to buy coffee & tea images.
(Actually, Tea Images were some of the first images I purchased when I began stamping.) 
 Tea images are some of  my favorite!
I love the ritual of having tea & all the finery...!
And when you are ill, there is nothing more soothing than a cup of tea,
 so I made my card a "Get Well" Card.

Here's a funny little poem for you, I think it will give you a chuckle:

The Doctor's Prescription
A purse, a purse, for better or worse,
Indeed, would you know it, I've married a purse.
My wife's little daughter once fell very ill,
And we called for a doctor to give her a pill:
He wrote a prescription which now we will give her,
In which he has ordered a  mosquito's liver,
And then in addition the heart of a flea,
And half pound of fly wings to make her some tea.

This is from the Chinese Mother goose Rhymes, of 1900.
( From Tea Poetry, compiled by Pearl Dexter.)

I have been admiring the Pop-Up Box Cards out there since they came out & I've never made one.
So, I thought it was time.
Check here for a Tutorial:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/popupboxcard/
(This one from SCS is a Large Pop-Up Box Card.)
or
Check here for another Tutorial:
http://dawnsstampingthoughts.typepad.com/dawns_stampin_studio/2014/06/pop-up-box-card-video.html
(This one is a Smaller version of the Pop-Up Box Card. )
You will want to view both of the videos to these tutorials as they both are very different from one another & offer their own tips.

I used a favorite tea of mine for inspiration,
"Lady Londonderry,"
 from The Tea Table.
(Of which I can no longer have, due to it not being decaf. :(
But, that doesn't mean you can't have some! It is my all-time favorite!)
(Check here: http://www.theteatable.com/product/LL.html )
The flavor is Lemon & Strawberries, Oh my!
Inspiration can come from anywhere!

And don't forget, if you want any Flourishes Images shown, or those not shown, you can call the
Flourishes Store
Call:  850-475-1575
Or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Someone is waiting to serve you!
(Oh, I so want some 4th of July Stamps right now!)

The secret to this card is to keep all your die cuts or stamped images & embellishments
inside 
until the box is opened.
The little Tea Cup from Flourishes- Grab a Cup fits nicely into this Pop-Up Box Card.

Take a peak:
 I used Flourishes- Grab a Cup for my images along with Flourishes- Berry Sweet Frame.

I colored my images with Copics & Prisma Color Markers.

 I used Diamond Glaze on the tea in my cup & the flesh part of the lemon.

Look closely & you can see my "Get Well" message.
 I used Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites along with Flourishes- Classic Frames Template Die.


You can see the sections in this box.
 By the way,
I used the smaller version of the Pop-Up Box Cards & I added a section,
 giving me more surface to add images.

This is the front flap.
 I used Flourishes- Grab a Cup.
I will tell you I used the stamp "Coffee Time" from the set, & cut it in half, separating the words coffee & time.
Then I paired "time" up with the word "Tea" in the set.
(Cutting ones stamps aren't as bad as I thought it would be. LOL)

This is a close-up of what the sides look like.

 And some additional photo's for you:


This cutie folds flat & slides right into an envelope:
You can see I only have a little bit of the stamped images popping out from the top.

Don't forget to make a matching envelope.
You want the recipient to know that something special is inside for them!
For the smaller size Pop-Up Box Card, see the WRMK Envelope Board. 
I used the measurements for a 4" x 5 1/2" (5-Bar) card size for my card.


I just love this little Pop-Up Box Card! It's really just the cutest little thing
 & will be sure to lift spirits, I'm sure.
 It's already in the mail to a very special lady in need of a pick-me-up.

Here's one of the recipes I told you about several weeks ago that I thought you might like to make.
 It's a perfect 4th of July Dessert or it can be a Tea Time Favorite.
Meg's Never Fail Brownies

8 T. Shortening
2 c. Sugar
1 t. Salt
1 t. Vanilla
Cream these till they are fluffy.
Add:
4 eggs
8 T. Sweet Milk or regular Milk
In a 2 cup Measure Cup separate from the ingredients above add:
8 T. Cocoa
Then finish filling the two cup measure with flour to the 2 c. mark.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients gently, mixing as you go.
Blend well.
Pour into a floured 9" x 13" baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min's.
Check as you would a cake to be sure it is done.

You can add frosting after it is done or powdered sugar or leave them plain.
You can also add Peanut Butter pieces etc., whatever you like to the mix before you bake it.
You can't seem to go wrong with this recipe.
Believe me, you will love this recipe!
It is an old family recipe that everyone loves.
Enjoy!

So, what do you think about my card this week?
All of your comments are truly welcome & appreciated.

Enjoy some Tea today & try your hand at one of these cute little Pop-Up Box Cards!
TLady

Supplies not mentioned above:
The Paper Studio- KellerKurtz & Company Paper
SU Paper
Recollections Paper
Glue Dots & Dimensionals
Tim Holtz- Distress Ink- Tea Dye
Tim Holtz- Distress Marker- Picket Fence
 Memento Ink
Acetate
Paper Studio- Rhinestones
SU- Markers














Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Water Color Wedding!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have that last Wedding Card for you today!
I wanted to do this one just a little different & I noticed a lot of people doing acetate cards lately,
& it inspired me to make my own. 
Using acetate just gives a different & maybe a little more modern look to your creations. 
My Color Scheme was taken from the Bride & Grooms Invitation---Hot Pink & a Royal Blue.

I'll start with the Gift Tag:
 I've used a green colored background color so you can see what I've done & I have lots of pictures for you, so hang onto your hats!
Here you can see the Silver Embossing--SU-Silver Embossing Powder.
Have you noticed that I used a Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pen-white
I don't know about you, but my white ink pad seems to always dry up,
 & then when I go to use it, I can't!
 So, I LIKE using my Pitt Pen!
 Perfect on acetate!

Here is the inside, where we'll write "To & From...."
(I'll let you know what supplies & stamps I've used below.)

Next, is my card:
I used the same sets here, that I used on my Tag, Flourishes- Roses Are Red 
& the writing in white is from Flourishes- Wild Roses.

Here you can see the little white swirl I used on the tag also--
it is from Flourishes- From the Heart.

Here is a closer look at the stippling I did with my Letraset Water Color Aqua Markers.
 This is the inside.
The sentiment is from Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites.

Gift Receipt Envelope & Insert:
 Remember I mentioned the  last time I did a wedding card, 
one needs to add your name to the inside of your gift, so "helpers" 
don't remove your tag or card from the gift & confuse the receiver?
Well, I came up with this---a "Gift Receipt Envelope & Insert" telling WHO the gift is from!
Just write your name on the back of the 3"x 3" card, decorated to match your card & tag;
just a square piece of paper with rounded corners---SU Corner Punch. 
Our son will just slip this right inside the top of the box with his gift before it is wrapped.


This is the Water Color Wedding Combo Set:
I've been using these Flourishes sets a lot this month with all the weddings our kids are going to.
(Believe me, there are still many images I too would love to have from Flourishes!)
But, you can see there are many ways to use these wonderful images from Flourishes. 
Each & every time getting a different look to your creations.

If you see something you like be sure to call
The Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
Or
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
I know Jan Marie & Mike would love to serve you!

Wishing this couple Many Happy Years of Wedded Bliss!
TLady

Be sure to come back next week to see "A Soothing Tea Creation & a Recipe!"
(I'm thinking Chocolate!)  

Supplies not mentioned above:
U:Create Watercolor Paper, 90 lb.
Versa Mark
Paper Studio- Rhinestones-(small ones)
Ribbon
SU- Rhinestone-(large one)
Score-buddy
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Becca Bow Maker
WRMK- Envelope Board
SU- 1/8" Hand Punch
Letraset Water Color Aqua Markers- You can find them at Dick Blick here:







Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Flourishes News for you & a "Happy Father's Day" Card!

Hi Blog Friends!

I do have a card for you today, but first & foremost, I  have a bit of  Flourishes News for you from
 Jan Marie!
I talked directly to Jan Marie last week,
 & for Jan Marie's loyal customer's,
 she wanted me to let you know how she is doing. 
She isn't doing so well right now & is in critical condition.
( This is from me now, Please keep Jan Marie in your prayers & I am sure she wouldn't mind you putting Flourishes images to good use either--- maybe, drop a card in the mail to her? )
Flourishes LLC,
Jan Marie Caruso
4140 Lyric Lane
Pensacola, Florida
32514-6871
But, she wanted you to know that Flourishes is not dead & is not going away.
She is devastated with all that has happened... 
& that these things are only hurdles that need to be overcome.
Do "stay tuned-in" for more upcoming news!

Now, I don't know about you, but I am excited about what is to come!
Jan Marie has always brought us wonderful images to work with,
 & I have no doubt things will be up & rolling soon!
I'm ready, are you?

I created a Father's Day Card for you this week.
I wanted to use different colors than I normally do for my masculine cards
 ( I usually use earth tones),  & a new fold!

So, here's what I came up with:
I used Flourishes- Classic Window Template Die
 to create my "Double Swing (Flip-Flop) Card!"
I found a tutorial on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCC1sUoXslI
I am always looking for "Fun Folds" for my cards!
I also used U:Create Watercolor paper-9 lb. weight, inking my stamp-
Flourishes- Mountain View
 with my Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pen- black,  & Letraset Watercolor Aqua Markers.

This is the backside, or the "flip" side!
I used Flourishes- Inside & Out- Happy stamp set.
Notice, I placed an Antler Button with Linen Thread on the backside.
I thought it needed a little embellishment.

Here is a close-up of this beauty, created by Lauren Pope.
When Flourishes first came out with this stamp set, I knew I had to have it!
My husband is an out-door's man & enjoys images like this too.
He's been known to use my stamps for his crafts too.

Have you ever seen one of these majestic creatures?
We opened our back door one morning to take our dog out & there in our drive-way, just standing there looking at us was a majestic elk! He was right behind our vehicle;
 it was an up-close experience!
I had to stand & just look at him for awhile!
 He was huge, standing much taller than a man or our truck!
My husband's head came up to his shoulders!
Just after I pulled back slowly as not to startle him, so I could grab the camera, he took off up the mountain side, so I wasn't able to get a picture.
 It was such a treat to see him that morning!

So, that is one of the reason's I thought the binoculars would work with this card. I think we got a very special treat that morning & not too many get that close to one of these wonderful creatures!

Hope you like my Father's Day Card & it helps to inspire you to create something extra special for those men that are Father's in your life!

Do stayed "tuned-in" for any up-coming news about Flourishes & 
remember to pray for Jan Marie!
TLady

***Challenges I will be entering this in*** 
Addicted to Stamps- The theme is "Outdoors."
Check here:
http://addicted-to-stamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/challenge-84.html#comment-form

Catered Crop- The theme is "Manly Men."
Check here:
http://cateredcrop.com/2014/06/08/manly-men-recipe-swap/#respond

That Craft Place- The theme is "Men."
Check here:
http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/new-challenge-men.html#comment-form

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog-Challenge #9-  The theme is " Fold It!"
Check here:
http://gloriadesignschallenge.blogspot.com/2014/06/guest-designers-challenge-9.html#comment-form

Make It Monday Challenge Blog- The theme is a "Male Theme."
Check here:
http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/for-males-in-your-life_9.html#comment-form

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- punches
2- Grommets
3-Brads
1-Micro Binder Clip
1-Binoculars Charm- from Crazy Crow
1-Antler Button- from Crazy Crow
Linen Thread- from The Log Cabin Shoppe
Memento Black Ink
Letraset Water Color Aqua Markers- You can find them at Dick Blick here:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/letraset-aquamarkers/













Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Together Forever!

Hi Blog Friends!

I am back again this week with another Wedding Card.
Perfect, since June is a month usually filled with weddings.
I think this one came out beautifully & so far is my favorite.
I wanted to do a white on white with silver & just take a look at what I came up with!
Let's start with the gift tag:


The silver embossing powder looks a little dark, but believe me, in real life it is gorgeous!
 Next, the Wedding Card it's self:
I used the sketch from SCS this week:
 I just gave it a little turn.

This card came out exactly like I wanted.
 Don't you just love it when that happens?
The image is from Flourishes- Roses Are Red 
& the sentiment is from Flourishes- Picking Wildflowers. 
(Yes, I am loving these sets lately! Perfect for all things love.)

Don't forget, if you've been inspired & see something you like,
 call the
 Flourishes Store:
Call: 850-475-1575
or
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Jan Marie & Mike will be happy to help you with your order.
 Back to my creation, lots of dry embossing & heat embossing with this project. 
I used SU- Manhatten Flowers, & Elegant Lines, & Cuddlebug- Victoria.
 I also used SU- Silver Embossing Powder & Versa Mark.

And a gorgeous Satin Flower!

I found a tutorial here:
You'll love this!

Here is what some of my tries looked like. They're tricky & it takes practice.
(Some look a little burnt or dirty---just the lighting I assure you!)
You can see the different shapes, but they're supposed to be round & flat.
( Do think kindly, these are my first tries. LOL )
 I also discovered you will get 9 Roses from 18 ft. of Ribbon---each rose is made with 24" of ribbon. I  used ribbon that is 7/8" wide.
You can make these satiny lovelies as small or as large as you like;
 mix it up & try a different type of ribbon if you like,
 or spritz them & dye them whatever color your heart desires.
There are endless possibilities with these lovelies!
 The lady on the You Tube Video suggests 1"- 1 1/2" wide ribbon. Watch her closely!
 It's a  super tutorial.

 This is the Rose I chose to attach to my card.
 I am extremely pleased with how it came out.
One suggestion, when using the hot glue gun---if you have one of the larger glue guns, set it on low. 

The inside of my card:
Quite simply stated!
The rose image is from Flourishes- Roses Are Red, 
& the sentiment is from Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites.

Next, I have the envelope!
You wouldn't think I'd get so excited over an envelope, but.....
I saw this this week & fell in love with it
 & knew this would be the way I would do my envelope for this card.
Take a peak:
 Lots of flowers from Flourishes- Roses Are Red, 
& the scroll is from Flourishes- From The Heart.
 I'll write the Bride & Groom's names there.

This Envelope is 3/8" deep. A perfect envie for a special  3-D Card.

This is the backside of this special envelope.
I used Flourishes- Wild Roses. 
The embossing is done with a Spellbinders Corner Die, (ODB).

How to make the Box Envelope:
Using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board,
create an envelope size one size larger than you are desiring--without folding it.
 I made an envelope for the card size 4 1/2" x 6"; my card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Once your envelope is punched & scored, next line it up as below
Use the curve from the aqua colored punch  & line it up against the punch, then score again.
If you enlarge the photo, you'll be able to see where I scored my second line--
yes, you would move it over just a little more.
 Do this with each already punched area.
I used my Score-Buddy to finish off the scoring--where you don't get a good score line.

Go ahead & fold your score lines.
Decorate your envelope while it is flat, masking, embossing, etc.,
 then glue your envelope with a good adhesive.
 I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Now, my finished combo:
I am totally pleased with how this set came out.
Perfect for a June Wedding!

Be watching for another Wedding Card in the near future!
Know all comments are gladly welcome & much appreciated!

What a wonderful time for this young couple, the beginning of their lives 
"Together Forever!"
TLady

***Just a little note for those who have a blog:
 Be sure to add your Blog Address to the back of your creations***

**** I will be entering this card in the challenges below****
Craft-Dee-BowZ- June Challenge- Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow.
Check Here:
http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com/2014/06/june-challenge.html

Make My Monday- Weekly Challenge-The theme is Wedding.
Check Here:
http://mimchallegeblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/wedding-theme.html#comment-form

Vintage Stamping Challenge #21- The theme is Summer Blooms.
The main focal point should be stamping.
Challenge closing- Midnight, Sunday, 6 July 2014.
Winners & Highly Desireables announced- Monday, 14 July 2014.
Check Here:
http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/?p=1499#respond

Our Daily Bread- The Challenge is White on White
Check Here:
http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/

Supplies not mentioned above:
My Gift Card is 3" x 3"
Spellbinders- Classic Oval
SU- Pretties Kit
Paper Studio- Pearls & Rhinestones
Glue Dots
Dimensionals
SU- 1/8" Hand held punch
Sheer Ribbon
Satin Ribbon