Archive for Memory Monday

Memory Monday – Simply Sketched

Such a busy weekend and Monday has flown by so quickly, here I am writing this post late ...sorry! Sadly I had to make some sympathy cards this weekend and I took the opportunity to use an old retired hostess set called Simply Sketched. With a few lovely images and a sympathy greeting it was ideal to use for this card. I cut some Watercolour paper small enough to suit the image and sentiment, as well as allow enough room to cut the end in a banner shape. I stamped the sentiment and  image in Archival Basic Black ink. Next I water coloured using Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky ink and an Aqua Painter. I added some new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper, which I also added a banner cut to, in behind the watercoloured piece and adhered these to pieces together using Tear & Tape.  Before attaching these to my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals, I used Soft Sky ink to stamp the leaf image on the Pool Party card base. A simple, yet heartfelt card.  

Memory Monday – Bear Hugs

I hope you all had a great weekend.  We had a great time at the bodybuilding competition.  Our competitor took first place in his class and I even participated in an impromptu, fun pose down against two other women and won!  My husband was so proud of me, as he knows I'm really shy. Today's Memory Monday feature is a product that just retired!  Bear Hugs.  I was blessed enough to be allowed to use this product that one of my stamp club members had purchase. I layered my stamped images on the long retired Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper to complete a fun outdoorsy look. The bear was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and then coloured in slightly with the brown Watercolour Pencil.  I used the Watercolour Pencils to also colour the flower, the bears apron, as well as the honey pot. The image is attached to an Old Olive matte which has been popped up on the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The honey pot was die cut using the Bear Framelits and also popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional. I love the sentiment as the bears open arms and smiling face are the perfect invitation for a hug. I thought this card turned out 'beary' cute 🙂 Thanks for visiting and see you again soon!  

Memory Monday – Swallowtail

Good morning and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a good weekend. The forecast had called for rain all day yesterday and instead it was the most beautiful, warm, sunny day!  Small yet wonderful blessings 🙂
With so many retired stamp sets in my stock that I enjoy too much to clear out, I sometimes find it difficult to settle on which one to use for my Memory Monday card. However when my eyes came across the Swallowtail stamp, I immediately pulled it out and set to work on my card.  I first started with the retiring Watermelon Wonder cardstock but wasn't overly thrilled with the look and switched my design to Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Cut your cardstock at 4-1/4 x 11" and score at 5-1/2".
  • Run your Embossing Buddy over the front and back of the card
  • Ink up the Swallowtail stamp in Versamark and stamp on your card (over the front and the back).
  • Apply Gold Embossing powder, tap off excess and heat set using your Heat Gun.
  • Trim 1/2" off the card front so it is now only 5" long.
  • Using a wide Washi Tape of your choice (I used a retired gold accented washi tape), attach a strip along the edge of the 4 1/4" width. With your cardfront closed (and being 1/2" shorter than the card base, you will be able to see the washi tape
  • Ink up your greeting (I used the retired set Blessings from Heaven) in Archival Basic Black ink and stamp on the card front.
It can be a struggle to create a single layer card while also ensuring that it is also eye-catching. Simple steps such as trimming the card front and adding washi tape to the inside are a great way to add appeal and depth.  Do you ever challenge yourself to create a single layer card?

Memory Monday – Harvest Blessings

Growing up I lived in the country.  We had chickens and a massive vegetable garden to feed our family of nine but that was the extent of our farming.  As kids though, we did help out at the neighbours with things like stone picking as the fields were prepared for seeding.  Some of my fondest memories involve tractors.  One included driving the neighbours tractor for stone picking while everyone else slugged it out, picking up the stones.  I was too young to keep up with them, so this was the best task for me.  As well growing up, my father owned a 1927 McCormick Deering tractor.  Every so often during the summer he would fire it up and would take us for rides, either on the tractor itself (we would sit on the large tire fender covers) or he would hook up a haywagon style wagon and would jump on that for a ride. These were simple joys of life and memories I will forever cherish. Perhaps these memories are the reason why I keep stamp sets such as Harvest Blessings.  The old tractor is a great reminder of these times. I used the Harvest Blessings stamp set to pull together a very quick card.
  • Cut Pool Party cardstock at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2, score along the length at 4 1/4 and fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Stamp the Hardwood background image in Soft Suede ink on the Whisper White cardstock
  • Attach to stamped Woodgrain layer to the Pool Party card base
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3" x 4 1/4"
  • Stamp the tractor and sentiment from Harvest Blessings, in Archival Basic Black ink
  • Sponge Soft Suede ink around edges of 3" x 4 1/4" stamped white cardstock
  • Add Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of the stamped image and attach to your card front
  Pretty easy right?     Do you own this set? And if so, for any particular reason?