Monday, May 21, 2018

Rooted in Nature for Mother's Day

Linda Vich Creates: Rooted in Nature for Mother's Day. Rooted in Nature stamps form the focal point of this fresh and spring-like card, with the Layered Leaves embossing folder helping out in the background..
Not everyone celebrates Mother's Day with the gusto with which a lot of us do. Knowing that my daughter would not be doing anything special that day, I made her a special card to let her know what a great job I think she is doing with her own daughter. In creating this card, I CASEd a card by Mary Deatherage.

I used a similar color scheme to Mary's in my card but mine used more color.

Starting with a standard card base cut from Crumb Cake, I added a Lemon Lime Twist matte that had been embossed using the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder. The edges were sponged with Old Olive and a strip of the Share What You Love DSP adhered across it, wrapped with some Linen Thread. The matte was then adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

The tree slice was stamped on Thick Very Vanilla using Crumb Cake and then it was fussy cut before heavily inking the edges with the ink. The pine tree stamp was inked using Stampin' Markers in Old Olive and Soft Suede and then stamped twice on Thick Very Vanilla. They were die cut with the matching dies.

The sentiment from the set was stamped on with Old Olive on a strip of Old Olive and then the Triple Banner Punch was used on it. The sentiment, tree slice, and trees were layered onto the card front using Dimensionals.

Inside the card, a tree was stamped and then the edges of the matte were sponged with both Lemon Lime Twist and Old Olive.

Linda Vich Creates: Rooted in Nature for Mother's Day. Rooted in Nature stamps form the focal point of this fresh and spring-like card, with the Layered Leaves embossing folder helping out in the background..

Linda Vich Creates: Rooted in Nature for Mother's Day. Rooted in Nature stamps form the focal point of this fresh and spring-like card, with the Layered Leaves embossing folder helping out in the background..


I simply love how this card turned out! The Lemon Lime Twist gives such a spring-like freshness to everything and pairing the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder with the tree stamp, (even though the tree is coniferous and the leaves are deciduous) seems to really work well together.

I hope my daughter loves it as much as I do!



Friday, May 18, 2018

Share What You Love For Mother's Day

Linda Vich Creates: Share What You Love For Mother's Day. The Lovely Floral embossing folder and the Share What You Love DSP combine to produce this lovely Mother's Day card.
The Share What You Love Suite is just so inviting that it is hard to work with anything else! As soon as I saw the designer papers, I knew I would be using them for a Mother's Day card. This card was CASEd from a card by Connie Collins.

I first cut a matte from Rich Razzleberry and embossed it in two corners using the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder, available now in one of the Share What You Love bundles and later in the 2018-19 Catalog. This was then adhered to a standard, Old Olive card front.

I cut another matte from Old Olive and topped it with a piece of the Share What You Love DSP and then adhered the matte to the card front using Dimensionals. I ran a piece of Tear & Tape across the centre of the matte and then pleated a length of Fresh Fig ribbon across the tape.

The sentiment, from the new Rooted in Nature stamp set, was stamped in Rich Razzleberry on thick Whisper White and then die cut using the one of the circle dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A matte was die cut using a scalloped circle die from the Layering Circles Framelits. Fast Fuse was applied to the back of the sentiment matte and then twine was adhered to create a flower shape. The sentiment was then adhered to the card front using
Dimensionals.

The inside of the card was left plain, with only a sponged matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Share What You Love For Mother's Day. The Lovely Floral embossing folder and the Share What You Love DSP combine to produce this lovely Mother's Day card.






Thursday, May 17, 2018

Wood Textures GoodBye

Linda Vich Creates: Wood Textures Goodbye. The Tailored Tag punch teams up with Wood Textures DSP to create this inlaid wood effect for a masculine card.
About a week ago, we had to say goodbye to the store manager that we had had for three years. Sheldon was a welcome addition to our store. He was very likeable, hardworking, and had a great sense of humor! Of course, since he was so good at his job, he was promoted and left us for another store in Winnipeg. I made him this card to thank him for being such a great boss.

I began by cutting both a standard card base and matte from Early Espresso. I punched a number of pieces from the Wood Textures DSP and after figuring out the placement, I mounted each on another piece punched from Soft Suede card stock for added stability.

I used Versamark and Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder to create a high gloss on each piece. My plan was to make this look like a high gloss, inlaid wood piece. I then used Crystal Effects to adhere each piece to the matte. For the pieces that overhung the matte, I snipped them off with scissors and then glued them into the tiny spots I still needed to fill. After wrapping lengths of Linen Thread around the matte, I used Dimensionals to adhere it to the card front.

The sentiment, from the now retired Greatest Greetings stamp set, was stamped on Thick Very Vanilla using Soft Suede. The edges were also inked with Soft Suede. The greeting was adhered using Adhesive Strips. For a little "manly" bling, I added three of the now retired Urban Underground Embellishments.

Linda Vich Creates: Wood Textures Goodbye. The Tailored Tag punch teams up with Wood Textures DSP to create this inlaid wood effect for a masculine card.


I'm pleased with how this card turned out--I have the Wood Textures to thank for this!





Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bittersweet Thank You

Linda Vich Creates: Bittersweet Thank You. Distressed wood background is topped with greenery and flowers using Petals & More, Sweet Cake Framelits, and punches.
Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending an evening in the lounge at the Portage Avenue Marigold Restaurant in Winnipeg. It was great to see a lot of old friends but it was sad to think that in a few short days the Marigold Restaurant would close its doors forever. The Marigold had been a favorite watering hole for its faithful patrons including my husband, who had been a regular there for 37 years.

Wally Woo, who passed away on July 1, 2016, came to Canada from China at the age of 15 with only $8.00 in his pocket but went on to found the string of Marigold restaurants in Winnipeg, with  the Marigold on Portage Avenue remaining his favorite. He put in long hours each day at the restaurant up to shortly before his death at 82.

Another important person at the restaurant was the manager, Jean. She also put in long hours but always maintained a professional and pleasant demeanor, connecting with each patron and remembering birthdays and other special occasions. I made this card to thank her for her hard work at Marigold's.

The 5 x 7" card base was cut from Coastal Cabana and then two Coastal Cabana panels were cut for the front of the card and embossed using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. I referred to the excellent tutorial by Nicole Watt on Distressed Wood using Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake and Whisper White inks with sponge daubers to create the colorful wood.

The sentiment, from the now retired Lovely Amazing You stamp set, was stamped with Island Indigo on Coastal Cabana and then die cut using the #3 oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Island Indigo was sponged around the shape and then it was glued to a scalloped matte die cut from the Myths & Magic Glimmer paper using a scalloped die from the Layering Ovals Framelits. The completed sentiment was then glued to two Delicate White Doilies which had been sponged with Crumb Cake. These were attached to the front of the card with Dimensionals.

Both Linen Thread and Gold Metallic Thread were used to create swirls and attached to the card using Glue Dots. The "greenery" was die cut from Myths & Magic Glimmer paper using Petals & More Thinlits and leaves punched from Island Indigo and Soft Suede using the leaf punch. Little filler stems were die cut from Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana using the Sweet Cake Framelits. Leaves and stems were sponged with ink and then attached using liquid adhesive.

The flowers were punched using the retiring Pansy Punch and the retired Petite Petals Punch using Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay card stock. Flowers were stacked, pierced in the centre with a Piercing Tool and then fastened with a brad. Each flower was then sprayed with water and each individual layer scrunched up into a final bud shape. These were left to dry overnight and then carefully disassembled. Each petal was sponged with Crumb Cake and then liquid adhesive was used to assemble each flower. Crystal Effects was used to fasten each bloom to the card front.

Linda Vich Creates: Bittersweet Thank You. Distressed wood background is topped with greenery and flowers using Petals & More, Sweet Cake Framelits, and punches.

Linda Vich Creates: Bittersweet Thank You. Distressed wood background is topped with greenery and flowers using Petals & More, Sweet Cake Framelits, and punches.


It gave me such joy to create this card for Jean and I was so glad that she loved receiving it!

Thank you for visiting my blog today.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Peace, Joy, and Love

Linda Vich Creates: Peace, Joy, and Love. A colorful and festive card that uses the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Sheet Music stamp set.
When I created the card in my Rustic Musical Season blog post, I had actually planned to create two cards that day, using some of the same stamps and framelits. However, time got away from me and I didn't get the second card finished until now!

I started by using my MISTI to stamp the Sheet Music background stamp with Whisper White onto Real Red card stock. I heat embossed it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Cutting a slightly larger matte from Emerald Envy, I dry embossed it using the Holly Embossing Folder. These were stacked and adhered, haphazardly, onto a Real Red 4.75 x 6" card front.

I used the Musical Instruments Framelits to die cut the French horn from Silver Foil as well as a few more horns from Whisper White. I stacked and adhered the horns together. I used a silver Sharpie to edge the horn.

On Red Glimmer paper I used my #9 scalloped square and #6 plain square from the Layering Squares Framelits to die cut a frame. I adhered the frame at an angle on the card front using Mini Dimensionals. The horn was adhered on top of the frame, again using the Mini Dimensionals.

Using Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist card stock, I punched leaves and then sponged them with either Emerald Envy or Pear Pizzazz. I also shaped them a little with a bone folder. These were adhered around the horn using liquid adhesive.

The sentiment was stamped with Whisper White on Emerald Envy and then heat embossed using White Stampin' Emboss Powder. The Triple Banner Punch was used to flag the ends. A strip of Lemon Lime Twist was used to matte the sentiment and was hand trimmed after adhering it to the sentiment and then adhered to the card front with Dimensionals. A few rhinestones were added for a touch of bling.

On the Whisper White matte inside the card, the sentiment was stamped with Real Red and heat embossed using the now retired Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder. The leaves were stamped with Memento and then colored using the new Stampin' Blends. Wink of Stella added some glitz to the leaves and berries to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Peace, Joy, and Love. A colorful and festive card that uses the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Sheet Music stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Peace, Joy, and Love. A colorful and festive card that uses the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Sheet Music stamp set.




Love how this card turned out! The colors of Real Red, Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist are such a fun combination! Be sure to save the color combo below if you'd like to use it for your own projects!

Linda Vich Creates: Peace, Joy, and Love. A colorful and festive card that uses the Musical Instruments Framelits and the Sheet Music stamp set.




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Leaves Birthday

Linda Vich Creates: Fall Leaves Birthday. Multicolored and copper leaves seem to pop right off the embossed Very Vanilla matte on this fall birthday card.
Since the Autumn leaves are so inspiring, I have another fall card for you today!

I started by die cutting three leaves from Watercolor Paper using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I also die cut three of the detailed leaves from Copper Foil.

Using sponges, I added Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry to the leaves. Because I really wanted the colors to pop from beneath the copper die cuts, I used Versamark to heat emboss them with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder 2X to make them really shiny. I then used liquid adhesive to attach the copper die cuts to the colored leaves.

I cut two mattes–one Copper Foil, one Very Vanilla–and used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder to emboss the Very Vanilla matte. Liquid adhesive was used to adhere the embossed matte to the copper one and then to a Dapper Denim card front.

The Banner Triple Punch was used to flag a strip of copper and another of Dapper Denim. The sentiment from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set was stamped on the copper foil using Jet Black Stazon ink. The strips were adhered to the card front with Fast Fuse and the leaves with Dimensionals.

A Watercolor matte for the inside of the card had the smallest leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed using Copper Embossing Powder. Sponges were used to ink the edges using Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. The matte was adhered inside the card with Fast Fuse.

Linda Vich Creates: Fall Leaves Birthday. Multicolored and copper leaves seem to pop right off the embossed Very Vanilla matte on this fall birthday card.

Linda Vich Creates: Fall Leaves Birthday. Multicolored and copper leaves seem to pop right off the embossed Very Vanilla matte on this fall birthday card.

I am so pleased with how this card turned out! So many ways to use leaves on a card. What have you created with leaves? Leave me a comment below!




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Vintage Leaves

Linda Vich Creates: Thankful Vintage Leaves. A non-traditional Night of Navy color scheme used for this fall card that showcases Vintage Leaves and the Layered Leaves embossing folder.
In creating today's card, I had planned to use a new technique but unfortunately, the technique did not produce the results that I wanted so I will save that one for another day! Luckily, I still had the color scheme and rough card design so I set forth to create it.

I started by stamping three oak leaves and one poplar leaf, from the Vintage Leaves stamp set, on Thick Whisper White using Night of Navy. These were die cut using the coordinating framelits.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Painted Harvest stamp set on Gold Foil with Jet Black Stazon and then die cut it using the #3 oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

After cutting a Night of Navy matte, I used the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder to dry emboss it. My plan was to adhere this matte to the Thick Whisper White card front but it didn't look right so I decided that a little bit of gold would help. Instead of using a large piece of Gold Foil when only a tiny edge of it would be seen, I decided to use a trick that I learned.

I cut a second matte from Thick Whisper White and then dragged my Versamark along the edges. I heat embossed the edges using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Now, when I placed my embossed matte on top, my design looked better but it still needed something else. While I thought about it, I adhered the embossed matte to the one with the gold edges and then tied a length of the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around both mattes.

The three oak leaves were adhered using Dimensionals and a little bit of liquid adhesive. The gold oval was adhered over the leaves with the poplar leaf adhered on top of that. It was then that I realized that I had forgot to add some flecks of gold with my Gold Wink of Stella! Too late now.

After finishing with my mattes and sentiments, I decided to stamp leaves around the edge of the card front. With the mattes then adhered with Dimensionals, the card design was perfect!

Linda Vich Creates: Thankful Vintage Leaves. A non-traditional Night of Navy color scheme used for this fall card that showcases Vintage Leaves and the Layered Leaves embossing folder.
The Whisper White card front stamped

I stamped three offset oak leaves on the inside of the card and called it done!

Linda Vich Creates: Thankful Vintage Leaves. A non-traditional Night of Navy color scheme used for this fall card that showcases Vintage Leaves and the Layered Leaves embossing folder.
Linda Vich Creates: Thankful Vintage Leaves. A non-traditional Night of Navy color scheme used for this fall card that showcases Vintage Leaves and the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

Linda Vich Creates: Thankful Vintage Leaves. A non-traditional Night of Navy color scheme used for this fall card that showcases Vintage Leaves and the Layered Leaves embossing folder.

I'm thrilled with how this card turned out! Love the navy and gold together. And what's not to like about leaves?

Hope YOU like my card! Would love to hear from you in the comments below!