Sunday, August 26, 2012


As summer begins to unwind and the days are shortening, as a card maker the thoughts have already turned towards Christmas. Of course traditionally red and green predominate the market. However several years ago I began to depart from that and began to bring in plums and teals, then my source for the plum cardstock I had been using dried up. Recently, I found it back in stock, so I was back in business! Today I'm showing off a simple card using plum and shades of green.

 The bottom forest green and top spring green layer (Hollos) have been embossed with the same Sizzix Sugar embossing folder (from the Sugar and Starry Night set #657066). A middle layer of Leapfrog (Bazzil Basics) a lighter green, has not been embossed. The top plum layer (Hollos) is cut and embossed with Spellbinders Labels Eighteen and the sentiment "Rejoice" (Rubber Cottage) is embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powders.

Get creative and plan now to do your own Christmas cards...the sky is the limit! Have fun...and thanks for stopping by...


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Yellow & Gray I/O Challenge

Thought I would try something new...a new challenge and new colors...ones I haven't tried before! This set from Impression Obsession is designed by Tami Potter of Wish-n-the-Wind...famous for their Mosaic Moments Grid scrapbooking papers.

You can find these clear stamps at the Impression Obsession web site...Summer Seals CL 107. I've used the flower stamp from this set.

The dotted papers are from Lasting Impressions and I have used a swiss dot embossing folder for texture, also  cut with Spellbinders Circles a portion of the flower base from the yellow on yellow dots paper. The gray ribbed cardstock is from Hollos.

To see some of the other cards that have been submitted for this challenge go to the Impression Obsession Blog for the August 16th posting for the Yellow & Gray Challenge. (check the left hand column for the link)

Thanks so much for stopping by...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DeNami August Blog Hop
Welcome to the Bright, BOLD and Beautiful Hop!!
I'm Andrea Fisher and you have arrived at Five Pines Designs!
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I won't waste time going into a lot of details, I have several cards to share. I started out not knowing where to go and then it was hard not to keep going. I hope there is something you'll enjoy!
Card One

DeNami Design "Thinking of You Stamp"
Spellbinders Dies: Classic circle and Scallop Circle
Doodlebug Design Pattern Papers

Card Two
yes, I know it's early for Christmas, but I think pink and green are bold and bright!

DeNami Design Merry Christmas circle; Christmas Trees
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Stars and Swirls set
Art Gone Wild: Craft Cutts Dies: Small Quilt Circles
Cardstock: white, Hollos
Doodlebug Design Pattern Papers
Crystal stickers
Martha Stewart glitter (on the swirl dots)

Card Three

starlet stamp stamped in each of the colorful dots on the Doodlebug paper

DeNami Design: "Sending You God's Blessing" Stamp, Mini-Starlet stamp
Doodlebug Design Papers
Aqua Cardstock
Darice "Dots" Embossing Folder
Corner rounder punch
Spellbinders Dies: Classic Circle

Card Four

gatefold card

close up of layers: bottom rosette scored at 1/4" green rosette scored at 1/8"

Cricket Zing! embossing powder
Doodlebug Design patterned papers
Spellbinders scalloped circles
Bazill cardstock: grasshopper

Card Five

DeNami Design Stamp: Celebrate circle (embossed with white embossing powder) cut out and mounted on top of the Love sentiment , and Love Script Heart. Petit Four Hearts stamp set (blue hearts embossed in white)
Color Box Pigment Cranberry ink
Darice Heart embossing folder
Spellbinders Dies: Classic Circles
Twines: Martha Stewart: red; Doodlebug Design: Blue
Narrow red, white and blue ribbon
Glue Dots: pop dots
Cardstock: Hollos
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You have until August 13th, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize)
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Now it's time to head on over to the next stop on the Blog!
Rochelle Washington 
She will WOW! you with her designs, a very creative lady!
thanks so very much for stopping by...
please stop back again...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Birthday Bouquet

Greetings! This really isn't a bouquet in the way you may expect, but it was a flower stamp, Blossom, by Daisy Bucket that I began with to create a pattern that is similar to a wedding ring quilt pattern. I've used chalks on the reverse side of the vellum ( Sage, Pink Petunia and Aegean Blue by Versa Magic.) and finished the sentiment inside for a birthday and a Penny Black stamp. However, this could easily be used for any occasion, or just a note card.

Sometimes it pays to try a stamp as a decorative element and create a whole new adventurous try something new! My inspiration for this card? You only have to look to the top right hand corner of this blog to see the connection!

thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mosaic Moments August Challenge #2

The latest challenge now on (or in the scrapbook gallery for a peek!) See what everybody has been working on for the summer challenge and share your own projects too!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Core'dinations Pearl Perfect Paper!

The perfect occasion to bring some pretty pearl paper out and play around. This card is a variation of a couple I have done before. I love the Core'dinations Cardmaker Series Pearls. This is Silver Pearl and can be purchased in a pack of twenty five sheets for a reasonable price. Our local Pat Catans Stores carry several colors to pick and choose from.

The Silver Pearl is great for Graduation cards, and it is a perfect match with S-E-I's White Elegance foil papers. I've used two different patterns in this card. This close up will show them off a bit more.


The stamp is from Ducks In A Row, the image is embossed with Liquid Platinum from Ranger. I fussy cut the image and used foam mounting tape to give it a little height. The circles are Spellbinders dies and Martha Stewart's lace edger. A touch of ribbon finishes it off. Pale blue-gray parchment on which to stamp my sentiments are inside to complete the card.

Pretty papers can really inspire you for a quick and easy card that has a look of elegant simplicity.

thanks for stopping by...


Core Cards Creative Frenzy

Today I'd like to present three cards that feature Core'dinations Cardstock. Each card uses at least two different collections. One of the main features of Core'dinations Cardstock is that it is designed to be sanded, torn, antiqued or for the not so brave, to use as is! The colors in the various palettes are bold and bright and rich. The core of the papers vary from white to colors matching the main color to those that contrast. There is a look for everyone.

This first card (4.25"x 5.5") was designed with a western look. The Core'dinations All in the Family Cobalt Blue paper torn and sanded for the feel of old, worn and faded jeans. Next a layer of bandanna paper followed by a Sandy Tan in the All in the Family collection that is embossed with Provo Craft's Textile embossing folder for the look of tooled leather.

This is repeated in a darker shade in the Sandy Tans for the leather patch with the birthday greeting (from Whispers-Sugarloaf products) in Copper ( Zing! embossing powder). Antique copper brads (Making Memories) secure the patch in place. 

Card #2 (4-5/8"x6-3/8") is featuring the Whitewash paper collection and the Oceans Blues 'All in the Family' collection from Core'dinations. For a nautical feel I chose the Whitewashed Colonial Blue. With the color side up I used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board to score every half inch. Flipped it over and sanded down the lines just created to give the look of bead board and then lightly sanded the whole surface to give it a weathered look. This was the base for the card as well as a section cut with the Spellbinders Labels Eighteen.

The lighter Ocean Blues layer was embossed with D'Vine Swirl embossing folder from Provo Craft. To resemble breaking waves random swirls were sanded. Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two cut to fit behind the Spellbinders Oval and Labels Eighteen cameo center piece. The lighthouse stamp is from Stampin' Up, stamped in cobalt blue and edged in colonial blue on a white with blue speckled cardstock.

The final card (4-5/8"x6-3/8") for this post is a multi-layered card. Beginning with a solid black cardstock then adding a layer of red Whitewashed Core'dination Cardstock embossed with Provo Craft Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then using an EK Success punch for a dotted scallop edge on both top and bottom. Spellbinders dies Hearts, Scalloped Hearts and Small Circles are used to form the candy and the candy box. A red bow attached to the bottom right hand for a touch of softness, and helps to camouflage the exposed side of the box.

The box lid is made from one of the hearts cut out of the heart layers and tops a scalloped heart. It is then stamped with DeNami Design's Love heart stamp with VersaMark watermark ink.

Three hearts were cut inside larger hearts and stacked with foam tape on top of a base heart. Three layers of circles in paper from the Chocolate Box line of Core'dination's paper are used to create the candy for my box. I chose yellow, orange, green and red backed shades of brown and ran through the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder then sanded the swirls to reveal the colors. My version of a box of chocolates that you know what's inside before you bite in!

I hope you found something you'd like to try. There are so many ways to use the Core'dination Cardstock, be sure to try some soon!

Thanks for stopping by....