57 posts categorized "Sherry"


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!




Tue 28

Lavender Kisses
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! Can you believe spring has sprung already? And what a difference this spring has been. With all of the rain we had, everything is green and blooming! The card I’m sharing today is all spring and blooms!

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My A2 card base was cut from a pale gray card stock. I cut a frame from white card stock using two of the dies from the Rectangle Basics set. I also cut a frame from the Petite Doily Frames, and snipped off one long side. I sponged Milled Lavender on this piece, and edged it with a touch of Dusty Concord. I adhered this along the right side of the white frame. I added the tiny sentiment to the bottom right corner of the frame.

I cut one Antilles Floral Border from white card stock and snipped away the two flowers on the left. I cut the border again, but this time positioned the die so that only the three flowers on the right were cut. I sponged my fav … Peeled Paint … on the stems and leaves, and sponged Seedless Grapes on all of the flowers, varying the pressure to get different shades. To add some dimension, I shaped the top flowers and adhered them over the other flowers, offsetting them just a bit. I then adhered this to the bottom of the frame, snipping off the excess from the bottom.

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I cut two of the Lavender Bunch from white card stock, and added Peeled Paint to the leaves and stems of one. I sponged Milled Lavender on all of the flowers, and shaded them with Dusty Concord. I snipped off the flowers from one die cut, shaped them, and added them over the top of the corresponding flower, again offsetting them just a bit. I also sponged a small area of white card stock with Dusty Concord, and die cut the Mini Butterflies from that area.

Now for the assembly. I added foam tape to the back of the frame, but before I adhered it to the card base, I held it over the base, and positioned the lavender flowers where I wanted them, adhering them in place, then adhered the frame. The three tiny butterflies were adhered where shown, and I decided to add some white dots with a gel pen to finish off the card.

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I hope you will be inspired to have a spring fling of your own! Have a great week, and thank you as always for stopping by.




Tue 14

Butterflies Bring Happiness!
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release.

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The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment. I decided to remove the right side of the swell to create a delicate butterfly border. The nice thing is that when the die is cut, an impression is left around the attached wings, so it was easy to fussy cut around the right wings by just following the impression.

One of my favorite techniques is to "smoosh" on a background, which is done by applying ink directly to a non-porous surface, spritzing with water, then picking up the diluted ink with a piece of flexible acetate ... or in my case I used a piece of the clear packaging that our dies come in. The ink on the clear packaging can then be transferred onto the white card stock, and by running a finger over the top of the packaging, the color spreads out underneath, creating a beautiful and unique background. I used the same Evergreen Bough ink for this technique.  I inked up the sentiment in the same color and stamped where shown, and then adhered this piece to the front of the card with foam tape.

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I next die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio from white card stock, and covered the three butterflies solidly with Evergreen Bough ink. Then came the glitter. Do you ever buy a container of glitter just because the color looks yummy, yet you have no idea when you might ever use it? Well, I was lucky enough to find some glitter in my stash that was the perfect color to add to these butterfly centers and a bit outward. Love when that happens! I glued these newly adorned butterflies to the corresponding smooshed butterflies.

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And you know what's coming ... bling! And once again, lucky for me, I had some very small colored sequins that added the final touch I was looking for. Hope you enjoy this card! Have a great week, and thank you so much for stopping by!




Tue 07

Dancing in the Deep Blue Sea
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone. The blog blitz for the new release is in full swing, and I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration coming your way!

I’ve never made an “ocean-themed” card before, and I have to say I had a blast creating this one. I started with a white top-fold A2 card base, and sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Mini Dots stencil to cover the background.

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I cut three of the fourth largest Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames from white card stock, stacked them and glued them together, as I wanted to the scene to be slightly recessed. I used one of the inner pieces for the base of the scene, which I covered by sponging Faded Jeans over the entire surface. I sprayed some water into my hand and shook some drops onto the surface … just love how the ink reacts with water for a perfect underwater backdrop.

I cut two of the Wandering Jellyfish, and two of the Delicate Sea Fan from white card stock. I sponged a variation of Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw on each of the jellyfish, concentrating more of the color on the tops, and less on the tendrils. I sponged just a little Aged Mahogany on one of them. I then added some dots with a white pen, and glittered the bottom edges with a pumpkin-colored glitter. Looks a little like they're doing a dance, right?

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I sponged Scattered Straw on both sea fans, and added Aged Mahogany on the tips, shading it inward just a bit. I used the same pumpkin-colored glitter on the tips. I adhered one of the sea fans at the bottom left corner, arranging it so that there was room for the jellyfish, and then snipped off the excess. I glued one jellyfish directly to the piece, and popped the other one with foam tape. I adhered the other sea fan to the top left corner, and then adhered the assembled piece as shown before adding the white frame over that.

I decided it needed a little something-something more, so I die cut the curved seaweed ribbon from the Seaweed Ribbons set, and sponged it heavily with Faded Jeans. I cut it in half and added the two pieces under the sea fan as shown. And of course it wasn’t complete without a little bling in the form of tiny sequins.

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If you’d like a chance to win the Delicate Sea Fan, please be sure to leave a comment on this post. Comments on all of the posts need to be in by Sunday, March 12th, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the blitz!!




Mon 27

by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

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I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

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I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!




Tue 07

Sending Love With Sketch Floral
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a truly easy card for you today!

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I die cut one of the hearts from the Cherub Hearts, laying it at an angle over the edge before cutting on a white 4.25" x 5.5" card stock. I then embossed this piece with a folder from my stash. I put lots of foam tape on the back to pop it up from the pink card base. 

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I cut three of the Sketch Floral from white card stock and two of just the flower from the pink card stock. Using a spray adhesive, I layered the three white flowers on top of each other. I adhered one of the pink flowers on top of the white, and one behind the flower, which gave the flower a lot of fullness. I tied a length of very narrow ribbon around the stem, and then adhered the assembled flower over the heart as shown. I stamped the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set using a dark brown ink.

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I added some pink pearls to finish off the card. I have to comment on the pink card stock. I was a bit disappointed with how the camera did not quite capture the pretty pink color in the first and third photos ... it came out looking more peach than pink. The middle sample is closer to the actual color, but still not exactly. Hopefully you'll enjoy the overall design and forgive the picture taker!!! 

I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!




Sat 28

Thinking of You
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! The sun is shining again in Southern California! Our prayers for rain were answered, and then some! Today I'm sharing a monochromatic card that might be used as a "just because" card, a get well card or even a sympathy card.

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I used two dies from the Rectangle Basics set to create the frame and the solid piece. I sponged Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the Cressida stencil for the background on the solid piece and adhered it to the black card base. The sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set was inked in Versafine Onyx Black and stamped at the bottom. I then adhered the frame as shown.

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I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from white card stock, shaped them and glued them together, offsetting each layer. Two of the Windswept Stems were cut from white and dark gray card stock. Before adhering them to the frame, I bowed them slightly, adding glue to the bottom of the stems and a bit at the top and positioning them so that the slightly bowed shape remained. I adhered the assembled aster blooms to the bottom left corner. Of course there is always room for a little bling, and I was happy to find some gray-ish gem stones in my stash. I added a large one to the flower center, and scattered the others as shown.

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If any of you are like me, as in rushing to make a card as I'm going out the door, this is a pretty quick and easy card to put together.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and here's to a lovely weekend!




Thu 29

Sending Love
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! Sherry here to share a card using dies from the new Memory Box Valentine release. Wow! There are so many beautiful designs to choose from!

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One of the things I like to do with new dies is to cut each of them from inexpensive white card stock so that I can play and arrange and decide on a layout. I really like the font style of "sending love" from the Sending Love Heart, so after die cutting the image from rose card stock, I snipped out the words from the opening. The die itself cuts a window, as you can see in the card Laura shared earlier this week. Love it!!  

I then die cut the Peyton Heart and one of the hearts from the Classic Heart Collection from the same rose card stock. I just happened to notice that the design in the Peyton Heart die is almost exactly the same as the design in the Arpeggio Snowflake. Woo hoo! I die cut the snowflake from ivory card stock, then snipped off one of the points and adhered it behind the center of the solid heart, which I thought nicely tied the two hearts together.

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I die cut one of the squares from the Stitched Square Layers set, and used an embossing folder to create the background. I adhered the square to the card base with mounting tape. I also used mounting tape to adhere the solid heart. I arranged the Peyton Heart as shown, and added the sentiment. I thought it needed a little glam and luckily had some heart gems in my stash. I added the larger ones to the hearts and scattered the smaller ones on the card front. There is no inking, stamping, or sponging on this card, making it a super quick, no muss-no fuss kind of card!

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Thank you for stopping by, and have a safe and very happy New Year!




Thu 15

Hope and Love
by Sherry Hester

Good morning everyone! I have a quick and easy card for you today featuring the Snowflake Bird die.

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I embossed a 2" piece of gray card stock and adhered it to the white card base about 1/4" from the left side. I die cut the Snowflake bird from white card stock and adhered it to the gray piece. I used the Misti tool to line up the sentiments to fit around the extended swirl, inked them with Versafine Onyx Black and stamped on the right.

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I cut the poinsettias from red card stock, shaped and stacked them, and then adhered them to the center snowflake on the bird. I added two red birdies from the Resting Birds die set, and that finished the card. See how quick and easy? This card would be simple to duplicate if you have some last minute cards you need to get mailed out!

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So glad you stopped by today! Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!





Wed 30

Snowman Joy
by Sherry Hester

Happy mid-week everyone! Oh my gosh, it's almost Christmas!! It's snowman building time, and my card today features the Snowman Collage die.

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I kept this one pretty simple. I die cut the snowman from a quarter sheet of white card stock and trimmed it down to 3.75" x 5". I sponged Hickory Smoke distress ink around the edges of the snowman. The hat, band and scarf were cut from black card stock. The camera didn't pick this up very well, but I added black Wink of Stella onto the band and the scarf ... much better in real life. The nose and heart were cut from orange and red card stock. I assembled these pieces as shown. I had some small black gem stones in my stash so I decided to use those for the eyes and buttons. The poinsettias were cut from the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die set, and the greens were cut from the Jolly Holly Branches, which I snipped apart and arranged as shown.

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For the background, I cut a piece of gray card stock slightly smaller than the snowman piece. I took the smallest snowflake stamp from the Love and Laughter stamp set, inked it with Versamark ink and stamped it randomly on the gray, leaving an open area for the sentiment, also taken from the same stamp set. I embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder, and used an ink dauber to add a little Hickory Smoke over each snowflake to make them stand out. I centered and adhered this piece to the white card base.

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I then popped the assembled snowman layer with mounting tape and adhered it over the base and my card was finished! I hope this card brings you a little joy! Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!