Thursday, June 30, 2022

A Surfin' Squirrel

Yesterday I made an offset gatefold card on my FB video (now on my YouTube channel). I used a fun clear stamp set from The Rabbit Hole Designs called "Clarence Surfing", it's coordinating die set, a sentiment from their "Beach Background" clear stamp set, and a sentiment from Spellbinders' "Birthday Unboxing Sentiments" clear stamp set.

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But wait, offset gatefold you ask. Yep! Instead of scoring my 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock I scored at 1 1/2" and 5 3/4".

We were showed this at our monthly stamp club get together June 25 and I thought, why didn't I think of this? How cool! I also made a coordinating envelope as this will be my swap card for the July meeting. The little blue 1/2 pearls are from a little free pack that came with my TRHD order.

I used 1/2 of a clear velcro circle to hold my card closed instead of making a belly band. I so much prefer this over the band. It's really hard to see the one on the far right panel but it's there!

Here's the card fully open. All images were colored with my PrismaColor pencils. This is an A2 card.

You can check out my YouTube channel (link in the sidebar) but this is such an easy card! Let me know if you try it!

Stampin Carol

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15 NIV

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Oh My Gosh But My Desk is Clean!

Ah, Wednesday. The day I share my desk in whatever shape it's in and join in with Julia of The Stamping Ground and other brave ladies. This is week 682 and the last time I'll be joining in until maybe July 20. But, hold on to your hats..... I cleaned the GKW pile (goodness knows what) on the left side of my desk in front of my Scan n Cut. It was about time!

SHOCK!!!! On the far left the 2 piles are sorted and I know what's in them! My trash can is a bit fuller and I found some stuff I want to play with!

I'm also prepped for my video later this morning showing an offset gatefold card. This was shown to us at our monthly stamp club in Tucson and after seeing it I had one of those, "now why didn't I think of that" moment! I have a post scheduled for tomorrow showing my card and it is fun!

So after taking my picture yesterday I started playing with the die cuts just to the left of my mat. The card will probably be posted about July 13 as I've been busy scheduling posts for a couple weeks out.

So head over to Julia's and enjoy! I'll be on and off checking out the desks.

Stampin Carol

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Keep Calm & Carrion

A couple weeks ago I got in some new The Rabbit Hole Designs stamp sets. I just had to get their Desert Background since I live in the southwest.

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I colored with my PrismaColor pencils and the color is a bit more vivid than my photo. Seems my lighting washes out the color a bit. The sentiment comes from TRH's Caffeinated Vulture.

If you see a smiling snake run! Run even if they're not smiling. We haven't had but 1 rattler on our place since we moved here 15 years ago but we keep the weeds and what grass there is mowed for fire danger and more. 

We don't have buttes and mesas like those in the background but we have visited Monument Valley in southeast Utah where they are. If you ever get a chance to visit go for it. They're amazing and so much movie history is there, too!

Stampin Carol

What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8

Monday, June 27, 2022

A Young Boy's Birthday

 Our grandson recently had a birthday and he LOVES trucks, heavy equipment, trains, Legos, and such. So I purchased a great paper and used an old die set to make his card.

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The excavator is from an old Spellbinders die set called "Tractors". I have used it for quite a few of his birthdays. This card was pretty fast and easy to make. I think the silver sequins was enough bling. I used a stamp from Penny Black's "Better With Age" clear stamp set on the inside.

We got him a couple sets of Legos of vehicles as our son posts on Amazon what to get him. This makes it easy as our grandson has oodles of kits!

Do you try to make cards specific to the recipient? 

Stampin Carol

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Friday, June 24, 2022

Hello Sunflower!

 I redid a card that I made a couple months ago that I didn't particularly like. I loved the paper and the die set but it just didn't work. So, I changed it up.... a lot!

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The original card is HERE if you want to look back at it as a reference. 

I really like how this turned out. I used Spellbinders Sunflower and Ladybugs die set and Paper Roses Hello Chunky Layered die set. The gorgeous paper is by Graphic 45.

I added Wink of Stella to my sentiment to add a bit of pop. I love this little die set and linked it below.

My lower center is very textured. Isn't it cool!

I think this remake is much better than my original card, don't you?

Stampin Carol

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.  1 Corinthians 2:12

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Another Floating Gatefold Card

 I know I shared this style of card before (yep, last August 19, 2021 and on video August 18, 2021) but I didn't find anything that I wanted to take the time to figure out and could show in a reasonable time frame. Oh well. But this style is still cool!

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I just love this Southern Heifer clear stamp set and coordinating die from Whimsy Stamps! And the Farmhouse paper pack is lots of fun, too! It's one sided and has a sheen!  I just got in the Slimline Fence Die set, too, and it is perfect with this little sassy cow.  The sentiment is from Spellbinders' new "It's Party Time" clear stamp set that I got in this week! I have ordered Whimsy Stamps "Bless Yer Heart" die but it won't be hear until Friday.

I didn't make the sheep "float" as I did the pig but I wanted you to see the small velcro dot on the back of the cover. You can't even see the other one on the black checked paper even in person!

The sentiment is also from Spellbinder's "It's Party Time" clear stamp set. I stamped directly on the card using my Misti as I needed to stamp it twice to get a good dark image plus I used my heat gun to set it a bit more. The sheep and pig are from Spellbinders newly retired Baby Farm Animals stamp set. I've used this a lot and am sad to see it no longer available. All images were colored with PrismaColor Pencils. I am waiting on my new OLO markers and should have them next month!

Hopefully I can find something different for next week but I won't be doing any videos in July until the 27th. We're going to do something special for a couple weeks.

Stampin Carol

The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.  Ephesians 5:9