56 posts categorized "Sherry"

09/21/2017

Thu 21

Whimsy Halloween
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! The Halloween blog blitz is in full swing with lots of fun inspiration!

The Whimsy characters are ... well, they're just real characters! I chose to use the Whimsy Bat and the Whimsy Ghost in the composition of my Halloween card today.

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I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3-3/4" x 5", and then die cut one of the smaller circles from the Circle Basics set of dies from light weight paper. Using the opening as stencil, I sponged on Scattered Straw to create the moon. I then masked that off with the die cut circle and began sponging on Black Soot Distress Ink, a little darker at the top and with a lighter touch moving downward, also adding a few smudges over the moon. On top of that, I sponged on Dusty Concord, again lightening the intensity moving downward.  I then splattered Dusty Concord on the background.

Next I die cut three Whimsy Ghosts from white card stock, and the Whimsy Bat from black card stock. I lightly sponged Black Soot around the edges of each ghost for definition, and added a piece of black card stock to the backs of each of the ghosts, with a dot of white for the eyes. I filled in the ties on the ghosts with purple glitter (although it's a little hard to see in the picture), and used the same purple glitter on the bat's wings. I added a piece of white card stock behind the bat's eyes and added black dots for its eyes. I die cut two of the Woodland Branch from black card stock, and snipped away a part of one so they would look different. The little specks you see on the ghosts are from the glitter ... couldn't seem to control it!!

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I then arranged the ghosts into the branch limbs as shown. Foam tape was added to the backs of the ghosts and the bat and then adhered. I die cut the little "boo" word from black card stock and added it where shown. To finish the card, I added some of the Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

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If you'd like to win the Whimsy Ghost die, please leave a comment on this post! There are great prizes each day, so be sure to add your comments on all of them! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. One comment will be randomly chosen for each post, and it just might be yours!!!  Have a wonderful rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by!

Sherrysig


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09/09/2017

Sat 09

Hooray for Holiday Mail!
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone!  Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Don't you just love holiday mail? I sure do! Today's card uses two of the elves from the Christmas Elves clear stamp set and matching dies. The little guy on the right looks really excited to be hitting the road to deliver the mail to his little elf friend who's waiting so patiently!

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I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Birch Landscape stencil to create the background directly onto a folded A2 card base. The Fresh Pine Landscape was cut from white card stock. I love how this die can be cut as low or as high on the card stock as you want, depending on how much space you want to work with below. You can also snip off the individual trees to thicken the forest, so to speak (although there is a matching die set with just the trees).

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That little elf is getting closer and closer! I sponged my go-to green, Peeled Paint, onto the trees, and added some blue shaded snow drifts using a piece of paper that I hand cut. I stamped, die cut and colored the two elves, and once I decided where I wanted them to be placed, I die cut the groove using the middle die of the three grooves in the set.

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Looks like that very patient elf is finally going to get his holiday mail! As you've seen from earlier posts, the mechanism for sliders is pretty simple. Before I moved on, though, I remembered (thank goodness) to stamp the sentiment onto the piece while it's flat. We've all been there ... you get a piece all ready to add with foam tape already attached and oops ... you realize you should have stamped the sentiment, and good luck getting a good impression, right?

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Rather than a penny, I had to use a dime for my little guy, otherwise you would have seen the penny sticking out from his sides. I positioned the dime behind the slot, added a narrow piece of foam tape and then attached the elf with the mail to that.  I doubled up on the foam tape on the back before adhering it to the card base, making sure there was plenty of room for the elf to slide.

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If you haven't ever made a slider card, I hope you've been inspired this week to give it a try. This was my first slider card and I loved making it! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Sherrysig


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08/31/2017

Thu 31

Snowflakes and Poinsettias
by Sherry Hester

Hello Memory Box friends! Wow, the last day of August already! Even though the summer has gone by fairly fast, I'm sure ready for sweater weather, aren't you? Maybe my card today will bring some cooler thoughts! It features the Snowflake Wire die and the Poinsettia Blooms from the latest release.

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I decided to do one of my favorite techniques for the background of this card. I just love to smoosh!! I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3-1/2", and smooshed on Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. I like this technique because you have some control over where you want the various colors to go. If you haven't done this before, it's super easy. Take your ink pad and squiggle some onto any non-porous surface and spritz with water. Then take a piece of packaging, like the one that our dies come in, bring it down to the ink, pick up the color and bring it over to the area you want to smoosh, then lay it onto the surface use your finger to spread the color underneath, making a one-of-a-kind pattern. Fill in the open spaces with the other colors using the same technique, then dry the whole surface with a heat tool. Once my piece was dry, I lightly sponged Seedless Preserves on all four edges, then adhered it directly to the front of a white A2 card base.

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Next I cut two of the Snowflake Wire and added an orchid colored glitter to all of the snowflakes. I offset the two snowflake wires and adhered them to the top right corner of a 2-1/2 by 4-3/4" piece of white card stock, then stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment in the open area. From white card stock, I then cut three of the smallest poinsettia from the Poinsettia Blooms set. I heavily sponged Seedless Preserves on two of the poinsettias, offset them and glued them together, and added the orchid glitter to the top one. I sponged Peeled Paint on the third poinsettia so there would be some contrast and also to pair it with green that was smooshed. I snipped it apart, adhering three petals at the top back, and two to the bottom right.

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I adhered to stamped piece of card stock with foam tape to the top left of the smooshed piece, then adhered the poinsettia with foam tape as shown. I was thrilled to find some orchid colored gem stones in my stash, so I scattered them around to finish the card.

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I hope you enjoyed this card, and once again, thanks so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig  


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08/12/2017

Sat 12

Merry Christmas
by Sherry Hester

Hello friends! My card today features the Cozy Mugs die set from the latest holiday release. This is a great set that can be used all year round and for just about any occasion.

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I die cut the largest mug from white card stock and stenciled Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the body, masking off the handle. I then masked the body and sponged Peeled Paint onto the handle. I added a little glitter to each dot, and lightly sponged Peeled Paint around the edges of the mug.

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I die cut one of the frames from the Stitched Frame set and adhered it to the green A2 card base. The mug was slightly shaped and adhered with foam tape as shown. From the Poinsettia Blooms set, I die cut the middle poinsettia and two of the smallest. After shaping them, I adhered them together, offsetting them slightly. The centers were cut from white card stock and sponged with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. It's not seen well in the picture, but I added some glitter to the center as well. The assembled poinsettia was then adhered to the bottom right of the mug. I cut the tendrils from white card stock and sponged with Peeled Paint, then tucked them as shown to the left of the Poinsettia.

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I cut the snowflakes from white card stock, and also snipped the smaller snowflakes from the Snowflake Wire, adhering them as shown, leaving room for the sentiment. I added glitter to all of the snowflake centers. The sentiment was inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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Once I decided on the layout, this card was easy and quick to assemble. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherrysig


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07/26/2017

Wed 26

Blessed
by Sherry Hester

Hello, everyone! As others have said, creating winter cards takes a little bit of the edge off of the simmering summer heat!

As soon as I saw the Soaring Bird die from the new holiday release, I fell in love. Lots of possibilities with this one! I started out by cutting a light blue piece of card stock to 3.75" x 5.5". I decided to use the  negative space of the die cut bird as a stencil, and sponged the open area with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

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This creates a background for all of the open spaces of the die cut bird. I actually liked to softness of the stenciled look, which I'm likely to use on another card. I decided to die cut three of the birds and stack them for depth.  I also cut two of the Woodland Branch die, an oldie but goodie die that I hope is never retired!

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I adhered one bird over the stenciled image, then added glue to the top of that one and the second bird, which made it easy to line them up evenly.

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I then laid one of the Woodland Branches under the bird at an angle, and snipped apart the second branch in a couple of places so that I could position the pieces where I wanted. I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I added clear glitter to the bird's head and wings. To create the falling snow, I used Chunky White embossing powder, sprinkled it around and melted them by using the heat tool underneath the card stock. I then adhered the assembled piece to an A-2 top-folding white card base.

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I hope you enjoy this card! I'm so glad you dropped by and enjoy the rest of your week!

Sherrysig


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07/13/2017

Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Sherry Hester

Greetings from sunny and very hot (and humid) Southern California!

It’s always fun to surprise a friend with a “just because” card to let them know they’re special, and today’s card would do just that. Hello Friend - 1

I love using 100 lb. white card stock to cut almost all of my dies. It’s sturdy, especially for the delicate dies, and it’s fun to sponge favorite colors onto the solid die cuts. And I love the clean and simple look of white.

So to begin, I cut a piece of white card stock cut to 3.75” x 5”. I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink ever so lightly on the left side of the card, fading it out towards the edges. I splattered the same color ink onto the entire background.

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I die cut the Honeycomb Background from white card stock and snipped away in random fashion a lot of the die cut, leaving enough to adhere over the sponged area.

I next cut two of the Climbing Vines from white card stock and sponged Peeled Paint on the stems. On the leaves, I shaded the ink upwards from the bottom of each one, then used a stylus to shape each leaf.

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The brand new Bird Sanctuary stamp set and matching dies are fabulous!! I chose one of the birds, and thank you, Laura, for the wonderful tutorial the other day on how to match up the stamps to the dies. What a time-saver! Once the bird was stamped in Versamark Onyx Black, I used a paper towel to remove the black from the branch and sponged Gathered Twigs there instead. I sponged Faded Jeans on the bird’s wings, and Seedless Preserves onto its belly along with some clear glitter, because every bird needs a little bling, right?  

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I inked the sentiment in Onyx Black and stamped where shown. I adhered the vines and popped the bird with foam tape. The assembled piece was then adhered with foam tape onto an A2 white card base, and that finished the card!   

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and if it's hot where you are, drink lots of water and stay cool!!!

Sherrysig


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06/23/2017

Fri 23

Happiest of Birthdays!
by Sherry Hester

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s card is a new version of an older post using Adelaide Stem and Airin Bird Background dies. The layout is close to the same, but I changed the color scheme and the background.

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I created a stencil using the Zimmer Oval Background, and on a piece of white card stock cut to 3.25” x 4.5”, I randomly sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink through the openings, leaving some areas very light and others a little darker. I splattered the same color ink onto the background.

I cut the Airin Bird from a light blue card stock, and shaded the top and right sides with Faded Jeans, added a dot for the eye, and colored in the beak with an orange colored pencil. I cut two of the Adelaide Stem from white card stock, sponged Peeled Paint onto the stems and lightly sponged Dusty Concord on the flower portions. Purple glitter added some sparkle to the flowers.

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I arranged one of the stems behind the bird and adhered them to its back. Before adding the bird to the background, I strung a length of white twine with some lavender beads, then wrapped it around the piece three times. The bird was adhered with foam tape, and I inserted its tail in between two strands of the twine. Once that was in place, I snipped off one of the flowers from the second Adelaide Stem and glued it down to the left of the bird. I added foam tape to the assembled piece and adhered it to a white A2 card base. The sentiment is from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


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06/09/2017

Fri 09

Happy Birthday Wishes with Lilacs

Hello everyone!

It's kind of unusual for me to create a card using only one stamp set, with no dies or popping anything up with foam tape. It was my muse who said, "Go one-dimensional for a change!" There's really no limit to all the many ways this set can be used ... as you've seen from the beautiful cards already presented by my fellow design team members! And I love all the sentiments that come in the set, not to mention the matching set of dies.

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I decided to "hang" the lilac stamp for a little different look, although it would have worked just as well the other way. If you turn the card upside down, you'll see what I mean! I stamped it twice with Versamark ink onto purple card stock cut to 3.75" x 5.5", then embossed the images with white embossing powder. I added three more single flowers in the same way. Using diluted white acrylic paint, I colored in all of the flower petals. I applied Peeled Paint distress ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a wet paint brush to color the leaves and empty spaces.

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I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped it as shown, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then used the same diluted white paint to splatter the background. I finished the card by adding clear glitter to the flower centers. I adhered this piece to a piece of darker purple card stock, cut just slightly larger, then adhered that to an A2 white card base.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by today!

Sherrysig


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05/03/2017

Wed 03

A Simple Happy Birthday
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! The first few days of May have been beautiful here in southern California. Those April showers really did bring May flowers!

The card I’m sharing today was inspired in part by Jennifer McGuire’s "Stamping on the Go" video during which she used the layering dies from Birch Press Design to create some gorgeous clean and simple cards. I don’t YET have any of these dies, but they are at the top of my wish list. My card has no resemblance to hers, I admit. It simply got me thinking in the direction of the card I eventually came up with. Without further ado ...

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I started with a white A2 card base. I used an embossing folder from my stash on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and adhered it directly to the base. My intention was to create a white on white background using two of the Stitched Aster Corner die, but they got lost on the embossed background. The same thing happened when I arranged them on a piece of white card stock over the embossed background.

Then I decided to use one of the frames from the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames … okay, I’m seriously addicted to this die set! One frame wasn’t enough, so I cut four just for good measure, stacked and glued them together. But even using the raised frame around with the Aster cuts on a white piece of card stock didn’t work for me. I ended up cutting a piece of light gray card stock to fit inside the frame. I arranged the two Aster die cuts on the gray piece, snipped off what was extending over the edges all around, and adhered that piece to the embossed background, then set the frame down. This allowed the flowers to stand out, and I liked it much better. By the time I was done, my craft table looked like a war zone!

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To finish, I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from yellow card stock.  I shaped one large and two small flowers, layered them together, and adhered the assembled bloom to the bottom left corner of the frame, then added black Prills to the flower center. I cut a strip of black card stock, inked the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set in Versamark, and embossed it with white embossing powder, flagged one end and adhered as shown.

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I may try another card using these same flowers or one of the other intricate flower dies. I would cut enough to stack them and cover the entire card front to create a deeply textured background, then add a colorful focal point on top. The ideas are popping! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by today!

Sherrysig


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04/11/2017

Tue 11

Sprouting Vines & Butterfly Wings
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today.

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I started off with a top folding A2 white card base. I cut another piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Garden Peony Blossoms stencil. That stencil is one of my favorites.

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I cut three of the fifth largest frames from the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames Set and adhered them one on top of the other. By the way, I think this frame set is a must have!  I cut two of the Sprouting Vines and adhered them to the top back of the frame, cutting off the excess at the top. I then adhered the adorned frame to the stenciled piece, offsetting it to the left just a bit.

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I stamped the "Thank You" portion of the "Thank You Kindly" sentiment from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set. I always try to remember to stamp the sentiment before I add the mounting tape and adhere it. I don't know about you, but I've made the mistake of trying to stamp it afterwards, and it's not pretty!

I die cut the smallest butterfly from the Potenza Butterfly Trio using yellow card stock, and adhered it to the bottom right corner. To finish the card, I added some yellow pearls to the vines and here and there, and put one big one on the butterfly center. This was a very easy card to make. The sentiment could be changed to go with almost any occasion.

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Have a wonderful week, and thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sherrysig


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