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Saturday, February 13, 2016



I thought since I made some daisies on a card, I could do coneflowers too.  So today I decided to turn the petals of a daisy to point down and added some flower centers to ake what I think comes close to looking like a coneflower.

Here is the recipe:

  • Whisper White card base, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
  • Liner is Elegant Eggplant, 4 x 5 1/4
  • Coneflowers are made with the 1 3/4 inch punch from Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant card stock. Use a dauber to color each flower with the matching ink from the center of the flower out, leaving some space uncolored.
  • Cut each circle in half.  With scissors cut each half from the scalloped edge toward the center (do not cut through all the way) to form the petals.  Move the outer petals in toward the center of the blossom and glue with 2 way glue pen to have them point downwards.
  • Use a small oval punch, 3/4 x 15/16 inch, to punch out the flower centers from Soft Suede card stock.  Trim the punched paper and take a wedge from the oval to form what looks like the flower center.
  • Hand cut a tiny, thin, strip of Pear Pizzazz card stock to form the stem. Glue to the back of each flower and place the completed flower on the Whisper White Card stock liner, 3 3/4 x 5 inches.
  • Cut a strip of Melon Mambo card stock, 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 inch and place to the right of the flowers.
  • Cut a strip of Elegant Eggplant 3/8 inch x 3 3/4 inch to place on the right of the Melon Mambo piece.  Place the completed card face on the card base with dimensionals.
  • Add a strip of Melon Mambo card stock, 1/4 inch wide and beveled to make a banner end with the Banner Triple punch.
  • Add a strip of Whisper White card stock 1/2 inch wide by 3 1/4 inch wide which is stamped with " on your special day" from the Botanicals for You stamp set in Elegant Eggplant ink.  Burnish the edge of the strip with a dauber inked with Melon Mambo ink.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Balloon Celebrations

Inspired by a card made by Becky Roberts, I did my own version of a celebratory card using the "Balloon Celebrations" stamp set from Stampin' Up.  The color is easy...all one color, Lost Lagoon.  Here's how I did it:

  • Whisper White card stock that measures the standard 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • Liner is Lost Lagoon, measuring 4 x 5 1/4.
  • Stamped Whisper White card stock, measures 3 3/4 x 5
  • Took the smaller balloon from the set and used it to stamp all of the balloons in various intensities of color.  Started at the top using the Lost Lagoon ink pad at full strength and proceeded to cover the top portion of the card.
  • As I moved down the page, I stamped off once the inked stamp and placed it under the more intense colored balloons.
  • As I moved closer to the bottom of the page, I stamped off twice to make a very faint image of the balloons across the page.
  • Added the greeting toward the bottom of the page, "let us celebrate" from the same stamp set.
  • Added stars around the greeting from the same stamp set in varying intensities of color.
  • Punched out two balloons from the silver metallic paper and a few stars using the Star Confetti punch.  I added the balloons to the card with dimensionals  and used the fine tip glue bottle to add the stars.  I think it turned out pretty good.  Hope you like it.
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Barb Kapla

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3 D Tea Pot

I love, love, love, making 3 D projects and here is one that I did over the past weekend.  It is a lovely, square and modern looking tea pot.  This is made from an SVG file from my Silhouette Cameo.  The machine cuts out the pattern and I had to put it together.  It was a fun project, so I thought I'd share it with you.  
To make this particular one, I used So Saffron 12 x 12 inch paper and a DSP that had some matching colors in it.  I chose a floral pattern from one of my 12 x 12 DSP packs called "Wildflower Fields" from Stampin' Up.  All of the pieces were glued together to make one pot, with the interior of the pot lined with the printed paper and the solid colored paper was to be shown on the outside of the pot.  It takes about 1/2 hour to paste together and decorate the tea pot, but I thought it was well worth the time.  Hope you like it!  

To see more of my projects, click on the links to Facebook and Stampin' Up to the right of this post on my blog page.  Please email me with questions and comments.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Barb Kapla

Fresh As A Daisy Card

I happened to start fooling around with a scalloped circle punch paper piece that I wasn't using and started cutting down the scallops to the center of the circle.  To my surprise, I had made what looks like a daisy.  If I removed some petals and added a stem, I wound up with a pretty spring card for any occasion.  I happened to use a birthday greeting,  but I think it would work well for a sympathy card.  Here is what I wound up with:

  • Punch 2 or 3 scalloped circles in your favorite color of card stock from the 1 3/4 inch circle scallop punch.  I used So Saffron for the flowers and Delightful Dijon for the card liner.  I burnished the Whisper White card face with So Saffron ink on a dauber to color the edges of the card face.
  • In the center of each flower, burnish with a dauber the matching ink color to provide some definition to the flower.
  • Take the petals and cut in groups to make the flower shape you desire.  I used 5 petals for one flower (at the top), four petals for the middle flower, and three petals for the last flower.
  • I used a scrap piece of paper (Old Olive) to cut some stems by hand.  Just took the scissors and cut!  
  • Also hand cut the stem / flower base by making a "U" shape to attach the flower to the stem.
  • Added the "Happy Birthday" greeting from "Butterfly Basics" and stamped it in Delightful Dijon.
This is a very easy card to make and I think you'll be happy with the results!  Thanks for taking a me with questions or comments!  For more ideas, click on my links to Facebook and my Stampin' Up web page to the right of this post.

Happy Stamping!

Barb Kapla

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