Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Flower Easel Card For You

Hello!  Hope your day is going well!  I have yet another Thoughtful Branches project to share with you today!  This one is a bright and happy easel card, which combines images from Thoughtful Branches and the Jar of Love stamp set:

The card base is Peekaboo Peach, and the stamped images are on Whisper White card stock, which is in turn layered on Flirty Flamingo card stock.  There's a bit of Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon tied in a bow around the card.  You can see a bit of texture on the bottom of the Peekaboo Peach, and that is from the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I stamped the jar in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, with the water stamped in Soft Sky.  Stems and leaves are stamped in Old Olive, and the blooms are stamped in Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum.  I added Fine Tip Glue over the jar to give it more of the look and feel of glass.

Here's the card folded into an easel:

The greeting and Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle were cropped with the Layering Circles Framelits.

I decided to use my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope out of the 2016-18 In Color Envelope Paper to go with my card, and it was nice to be able to adjust the size of the envelope to accommodate the side bow more perfectly:

What do you think?  Hope you like this project!  If you haven't gotten your Thoughtful Branches Bundle yet, hurry on over to my store to buy it -- it's only available until August 31st . . . or while supplies last!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Christmas Shaker Card

Here's a fun, interactive Christmas card I created with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle -- love how versatile the elements in this are!!! 

For this card, I started with a Dapper Denim base.  I heat embossed some snowflakes on the front of that.  I used a piece of Thick Whisper White to create the shaker window.  First, I drew a pencil line onto the White card stock around the inside of the Layering Circle Framelit I wanted to use to create the window.  Then, I stamped the trees.  I fussy cut out the tree tops inside the pencilled on circle, then inserted my circle framelit below them and die cut the rest of the shaker window.  

I adhered a bit of Window Sheet behind my window.  Then, I used the new Foam Adhesive strips (love these!!!), added some sequins and glitter before adhering the window layer to the base, and my shaker was quickly and easily done!

Finished the card with some cute red bird die cuts, a greeting (from Peaceful Pines), a bit of the new burlap ribbon, and a star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Here's the inside:

If you haven't gotten your Thoughtful Branches Bundle yet, be sure to click here to head over to my online store soon to get yours before they are gone!  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Apple Tree Thank You

Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  In case you hadn't noticed, I'm really enjoying the Thoughtful Branches Bundle available this month (or while supplies last!).  Today I have a thank you card I created with the bundle to share with you. For this card, I decided to create a little apple tree scene:

I cut the Whisper White piece for the tree using one of the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, and used another to create the shape for the greeting.  The background layer is embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I added a bit of Gold Metallic Thread behind the greeting.  In addition to the two leaves stamped and cut with pieces from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle, I cut the little butterfly with a die from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets, and added a heart from the new Metallic Enamel Shapes to the butterfly center:

If you haven't gotten your Thoughtful Branches Bundle yet, be sure to click here to head over to my online store soon to get yours before they are gone!  

Also, if you have Bonus Days Coupons from last month, be sure to redeem those before August 31st!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Class Samples

Hi!  Happy Saturday!  Popping in today to share a few samples for the upcoming Thoughtful Branches class, which will be next Sunday, August 28th, from 1:30 to 3:30pm.  I've been seeing so many wonderful ideas with this set, and been having fun coming up with my own ideas!  It was hard to settle on just four projects for the class, but I finally did!

Here's a special gift box, made extra special with copper embossing on the box and tag:

For the cards, I fell in love with this sunflower I saw on Connie Collins blog (love the poinsettia she created, too!), and the gift bag she created with it inspired this card:

And, here's my take on the pumpkin cards that are being made with Thoughtful Branches (not positive who started it, but the first one I saw and pinned is by Kim Jolley, and you can see her original post here.  I also love the Cinderella coach / gypsy wagon card she created, which you can see here):

Last but not least is an original design, which also features some stars created with a sneak peek item from the upcoming Holiday Catalog and actually the greeting is from a stamp set from the Holiday Catalog (so two sneak peeks!):

Hope you like these!  If you'd like more information about the class or to rsvp, please click here.

The Thoughtful Branches Bundle is only available until August 31, 2016, or while supplies last.  So, if you haven't purchased your Thoughtful Branches Bundle yet, you can order it online here, or you can purchase just the stamp set here.  (And, if you purchase from me, you can get my class either for free or half off!!!)  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fabulous Friends Friday: Marlene's Thoughtful Branches Cards!

Happy Friday!  I have some amazing cards to share with you today from my fabulously creative friend Marlene!  As you may know, Marlene and I regularly swap cards, and we just swapped a batch of cards made with the Thoughtful Branches Bundle, which is available this month (or while supplies last!)   She sent me four amazing cards in this swap, which show how versatile the stamps and dies in this bundle can be!!!

Here's a beautiful autumn card using the tree from the bundle: 

I love how Marlene heat embossed the stamped leaves with our new Copper Embossing powder, and the neat way she framed the card with notches on the top layers, around which she wrapped the Copper Metallic Thread.  Marlene used the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder to add the perfect touch to the Crushed Curry background.

Here's a peek inside of the card:

Marlene also sent me this elegant, clean and simple card, which is perfect for sending Christmas or winter greetings:

The Softly Falling embossing folder creates the perfect background, and I love the sweet red birds in and under the die cut tree from Thoughtful Branches.

How do you like this adorable lamb Marlene made using the leaves/flowers die?

Marlene made the lamb's body and the sun using the new Layering Circles Framelits.  The head and hooves were created with the Fox Builder Punch.  Marlene used the new Labeler Alphabet set to create the greeting.  The Tempting Turquoise background paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Pack (love these!).  Marlene's creation was inspired by this card by Judy Strickling.   

And, here's a peek inside Marlene's card:

The final card from Marlene is this beautiful hydrangea card:

The greeting is stamped on a Window Sheet and die cut with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. Marlene added the background texture with the Fluttering embossing folder.

Surprise!  This is actually an easel card:

The bee and greeting are from the Pun Intended Hostess set.

And, here's the card all the way open:

Thanks so much, Marlene, for these beautiful cards!  And, thank you for visiting my blog!

- Michelle

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Affectionately Yours Cards

Hello!  Sorry to disappear on you for a bit again!  Has been a busy week with getting ready for the kids to head back to school and then the first couple days of school this week!  Starting to get back into a routine, though, so hopefully I'll be posting more regularly again.

Today I have some cards for you that I created using the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper.  For this first card, I also used some flowers and leaves die cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, some Affectionately Yours Washi Tape (with beautiful copper foil dots to complement the foil flowers in the designer paper), scallop squares cut with the Layering Squares Framelits, greeting stamped with the Pop of Paradise set, and die cut with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits:

The swirl behind the heart is created with the Swirly Scribbles thinlets.

The next two cards were created with the same layout, and are relatively simple -- layers of Watermelon Wonder and Affectionately Yours Designer Paper, with a bit of Flirty Flamingo Ribbon, and greeting from the Gift of Love hostess set, stamped in Night of Navy:

And, for today's final card, I mixed the Affectionately Yours designer paper and washi tape with a simple greeting, dotted circle, and flower from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set:

Hope you enjoyed these bright and cheery cards!

Thanks for visiting!

- Michelle

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Blooms and Bliss Stepper Box

Happy Tuesday!  I have a fun project to share with you today.  This is a stepper box I created for my most recent swap with my friend Marlene!  To create this box, I followed instructions from Debbie Henderson, which you can find on her blog here.  I used Rich Razzleberry for the main portion of my box and Sweet Sugarplum for the lid and inside boxes, then decorated with the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper.

The flower on top of the lid is created with Rich Razzleberry cropped with the Pansy Punch, then Blushing Bride cut with the Petite Petals Punch, and stamped with the Blooms and Wishes stamp set using Rich Razzleberry ink.  The flower center is a Metal Rimmed Pearl.  And, I tied some of the gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around the lid.

I should have taken a photo of the treats I placed inside!  In case you are curious, I filled it with different kinds of small wrapped chocolates (a couple wrapped Lindt truffles, or some mini Ghirardelli squares, for instance . . . ).  While I'm partial to chocolates, I think other fun ideas would be jewelry, or maybe some pretty ribbons or embellishments for crafting projects,  What other ideas do you have for this?  Please leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks so much for visiting!

- Michelle