Thursday, July 31, 2008
I have been wanting to make a cupcake card for ages now and this is my first one! Not perfect, but a start.
I grabbed a scrap of cheerful DP and ran it through my crimper to make it look like a cupcake paper cup. Ran some Passion Pink paper through my Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder and glued it all to my Pixie Pink card base. The Whole card is a almost 5" square, a little taller than wide. The sprinkles are Fruit Punch Stickles. Yes, It's only half SU! but I have to use my contraband sometime! The sentiment and the little birthday cakes are from One Smart Cookie, which was in the mini this summer, but made it to the Fall/Winter Catty! Also used the Daisy punch and the Boho Blossoms punch. I hope she looks at it for more than 2 seconds before moving on to the next great thing ;) But she is only turning 6. I'm pretty sure 6 year olds don't care about cxards, just what's in them and what they get for presents!
I just hope my brother realizes there are 3, count em, 3 , flaps to unfold! I know, I went overboard, what can I say!
This is a 5x5" card- Pacific Point base 5x10" the scored in the middle and folded over. Edges inked with same color as paper.
The Barely Banana layer is 4 5/8" square, stamped with BB ink and the Sun stamp from Life's a Breeze. Edges distressed with tool from Cutter kit, then inked with BB ink.
The Wild Wasabi layer is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2" square, scored in half, then trimmed from fold line to opposite corner on one half. Used CELEBRATE and YOUR DAY stamps from Celebrate Everything set and a tar from Starstruck set with WW ink and stamped all over inside full square area. Edges inked with WW.
Cut a 4" square of DP, then cut that in half diagonally and glued to both sides of the triangle flap of WW. Wrapped Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon around triangle flap and tied a knot. Took Small piece of WW double stitched ribbon and tied that over the first knot.
The Pacific Point inner layer is 3 1/2 x 7" scored in the middle and folded in half. Stamped one of the many little star stamps from Starstruck stamp set over front and top of inside fold in PP ink. Inked edges with PP ink.
Cut out a 2 1/8" circle of BB, used Large Star punch with WW, and Small Star punch with PP. Inked edges of WW star with Garden Green marker, edges of PP star with Night of Navy marker, and circle with Apricot Appeal marker. Used Crop-A-Dile to attach stars with Antique Brass jumbo and regular brads.
Stamped Birthday hugs and wishes from Hugs & Wishes set inside small PP "card" .
Used dimensionals to attach circle to front of small PP "card" after adhering all the layers together.
Used white gel pen to dot outside edge and inside the card base.
Stamped the Happiness stamp from Heard from the Heart set-new set coming in F/W catty! and more stars from Starstruck!
This is the first flap, and let me tell you, that fold on the ribbon to make it lay flat on the front, was a little tricky! I also don't use jumbo brads on cards very often, feels wasteful. Usually use them for home decor and scrapbook pages. But this is for a special guy, so I splurged!
Now I just need to do a FAB card for his daughter, whose birthday is the day after his! And I need to do it today, cuz I work the next 8 out of 9 days! Ugh! But then I get a week off, yippee! And I will only have to use 12 hours of vacation time!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
first I stamped the butterfly in all the colors on So Saffron paper, distressed the edges, and inked the edges of More Mustard card base and So Saffron piece with More Mustard ink.
Then I stamped the sentiment on So Saffron and matted with the other 2 colors. Then I stamped the butterfly in More Mustard on So Saffron and cut it out.
Used 2 way glue pen to add Dazzling Diamonds to the wings and antenna, then popped it up on corner of sentiment .
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Paper: So Saffron, More Mustard, and Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, detail scissors, dimensionals, distressing tool from Cutter Kit
Hope you enjoy stalking the peeks!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I also had to make a birthday card for my stepfather-in-law to send out that morning and he loves to fish and works for Crestliner, a big boat manufacturer. So I decided to do a fishing theme, AGAIN! I also wanted to do the emerging colors technique with a masculine theme, so I stamped the fish from Angler in 3 colors on Whisper White, then used Print Pattern BG to stamp with Versamark, then embossed that with clear EP. Then brayed with Blue Bayou ink, and wiped the excess ink off the embossed parts. I think I also embossed the boat silhouette image in white on Blue Bayou paper, matted that and centered it on the card. I hurried up, found a good poem for the inside, had everyone sign it and put it in the mailbox and forgot to take a picture! Ugh! So I decided to play with it again today and this is what I came up with. I took this one a step further and made my own striped paper in coordinating colors.
Stamps: Angler, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Print Pattern BG
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, True Thyme, River Rock, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Versamark
Accessories: brayer, clear EP , white EP, Plaidmaker templates-small (retired, used to make the striped paper)
I just got the Spring Song set and have been dying to use it! And I finally am allowing myself to play with the new In-Colors that will be available starting August 11th from Stampin Up! I always end up falling in love with the In-Colors and use them alot. I have hoarded paper from all of the years so far and August will be the start of year #3! OK, enough about my love for the In-Colors ;)
I've been playing with the grid technique this weekend and I must say, I like it best so far as a simple texture. I made another card with sponging and background images over the grid, and I really didn't like it, but it could have been just a dud card, you know what I mean!
For this card, I wanted to try my watercolor pencils on a colored paper and see if the white popped enough to make it worth it. I think it worked well, although my coloring is not the best. There are some real artists out there when it comes to coloring, and I'm not one of them! LOL!
Stamps: Spring Song, Dreams du Jour (butterfly)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze (to dye the VV taffeta ribbon)
Accessories: Watercolor pencils, blender pen, scoring blade with paper cutter, taffeta ribbon
Friday, July 25, 2008
I have been dying to use this set ever since I got it, but my teens think it is So Lame, not So Cool, LOL! However my 12 year old boy thinks it is So Cool, so there is still hope. And of course I still have all of the teen pages I will be doing....sometime....I have got to get back to my scrapbooking!
I used the Faux Metal technique for the silver rivets in the corners. This is embossing with silver EP on Brushed Silver cardstock, then cutting out. Super easy and looks great! I also used an oldie but a goodie retired background stamp- Just Jeans- I couldn't resist!
Stamps: So Cool, Stamp of Authenticity, Everyday Flexible Phrase, Rough Edges Alpha, Sanded BG, Just Jeans BG
Paper: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red and Taken with Teal and Bravo Burgundy markers
Accessories: CAD, eyelets, Silver EP, Heat gun, paper piercer and Mat Pack guide, paper crimper, distressing tool from Cutter kit
And this is at his graduation ceremony in 2007! What a handsome dude! He got a standing ovation when they handed him his diploma...it was a tear jerker! His whole class had kind of adopted him and treated him very well. It just warms my heart since I grew up in the same town and know how cruel people can be!
Here is a quick card I did this morning with the Grid Technique from the SCS resources tutorials. I don't have a Scor-Pal, so I just used my scoring blade and paper cutter and I think it turned out well! It was a little tricky though ;) I also used my markers to ink the Flower stamp. I have been hoarding the Apple Cider SU patterned paper since last November, and I am going to try to use it up before it isn't so appealing to me anymore, like when all of the new paper comes out with the NEW CATTY on Aug 11th!
I can't give a step by step today cuz while making a pointless trip to work yesterday to renew my CPR training (which is actually next week *blush*) and wasting $10 in gas, I also ran over a great big staple and have to go get the 2 new tires NOW instead of in September when I planned on getting them! Argh! Anyway.... life goes on.
Stamps: True Friends
Paper: Whisper White, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Apple Cider DP
Ink: Really Rust and Chocolate Chip with Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and Old Olive markers
Accessories: Scoring blade with paper cutter, white gel pen
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, So Many Scallops, Print Pattern BG, Nursery Letters JW
Paper: Passion Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Pixie Pink, Passion Pink, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Circle and Scallop Edge punches, White EP, pink Rhinestone Brads, White gel pen, Cuttlebug with Nestabilites
- I stamped Print Pattern BG in Pixie pink on the card base, then used the Nursery Letters JW in Going Gray over that.
- Used white gel pen to put dots where the diamond points meet.
- Stamped the Sweet One image from So Many Scallops 3 times, once with Versamark on Basic Black, in Black on Pink Passion, and Basic Gray on Whisper White.
- Used white Ep on the black layer and punched image out with Scallop Circle punch. Cut out the other layers as pictures and glued them all together.
- Used the new Scallop Edge punch to make white rick-rack and layered on black paper. Glued to card base.
- Stamped Chick and Star from Nursery Necessities in Passion Pink on white.
- Used Cuttlebug and Nestabilities to cut the layers for the Star and Chick elements. Glued together. Used white gel pen to put white dots in scallops.
- Used dimensional to pop up the Sweet One scallop in center of card, then glued other 2 images to card.
I made this card for my hubby for our 18th wedding anniversary back in June, and he must have really liked it cuz it has sat on the counter next to his laptop since then, *blush* thus the grease stains on the edge and water dripped in the center.... Anyhow! It is a simple card and I used my Cuttlebug with the Hearts folder to emboss the piece of Wild Wasabi on the left. The base is Garden Green, don't the greens go well together?!
Stamps: So Many Sayings, Moose You
Paper: Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ruby Red
Accessories: distressing tool from Cutter Kit, Crop-A-Dile, Real Red eyelet, detail scissors
Here is a link to a printable instruction sheet for this style card- it is titled Be Happy card
Monday, July 21, 2008
This a simple page we did for Club that I think is great for a variety of photos and situations, and for all of those odds and ends pictures we all have. It also uses 2 retiring sets, which was my goal at Club this time...kind of a "Retiring Party" LOL! You can find the printable instruction sheet here. My daughter took all of these wonderful photos, isn't she great?!
Stamps: Little Pieces, Polka Dots & Paisley
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Designer Series patterned paper in Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue and Real Red
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Apricot Appeal, Real Red, Garden Green, markers in Summer Sun, Bravo Burgundy, and Not Quite Navy
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Stamps: Stamp of Authenticity, Weathered BG, Print Pattern BG, Nature Hike JW
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive
Ink: Chocolate Chip JW cartridge, Craft Whisper White, Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Wheel Guide
Printable instructions found here.
In the mean time, take a gander at the card I made for the Grandpas for Father's Day. I wanted striped paper in these colors and didn't have any. So I used the SAMJ and the All In A Row stamp set to make the stripes....for THREE cards! My hubby thought I was crazy! Ok, I am but hey, it turned out great! Don't forget, the All in a Row set is retiring soon, so grab it if ya gotta have it! The bird and the turtle are also from a retiring set- Wildlife Reserve. I just got that set and it went on the retiring list! Glad I got it though, I will still use it alot.
Stamps: All in a Row, Wildlife Reserve, happy father's day-Great Impressions (got this a while ago, pre-demo time)
Paper: Real Red, River Rock, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, River Rock, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Blue Bayou
If you want details on how to do this, leave a comment and if enough people want them, I'll do up some instrutions. Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Stamps: Fabulous Flowers
Paper: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Ballet Blue, Whisper White Craft, white gel pen
Accessories: Heat gun, CAD blue eyelets, 2-way glitter glue, Fine Cosmo glitter, sponge
here is a link to a printable instruction sheet for this technique.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I made this card about a week ago. I had a hankerin to use some of my soon to be retired stuff! Everything except the gel pen, and the eyelets used on this card is retiring! I did use my Cuttlebug with the square Nesties to make the scalloped and embossed panel.
Stamps: Carte Postale, Weathered BG, Print Pattern BG, Warmest Regards (retired hostess set -sentiment)
Paper: Soft Sky, River Rock
Ink: Soft Sky, River Rock, white gel pen
Accessories: Antique Brass eyelets, Soft Sky double stitched ribbon
I just got back from the cities, and I am so pooped! I spent yesterday afternoon thru this early afternoon with Tanya T. and then drove back up to Bemidji.... long day! It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that we were up until almost 3 am talking, laughing, and pretending to watch movies! Nah! Not at all.... :)
I didn't get to see Ariel, she is still in strict isolation to prevent infection after her stem cell transplant. She is having a really hard time, feeling really sick, mouth and throat are covered with sores, can't eat, has been vomiting....
I am going to ask that anyone who can send her a card, she loves to get cards from all over, it really cheers her up! If you would like to see more of her story go to this link and if you want the current address to send cards go to post #61 . Thanks to all of you who have already sent cards to her!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This is the card I made for my kids to give to my hubby for his birthday, back in May! Can't believe I am posting this now.... Oh well! I was inspired by a card in the Spring/Summer catalog for Stampin Up! . I think it turned out good, and the hubby liked it. I mean, he saved it didn't he, LOL! I took this picture on Wednesday, I think. I embossed all of the stamped images. The white ones I used Versamark and white EP , the colored ones I inked the stamp with Versamark, then with the colored ink, stamped the image, then embossed with clear EP. Cool huh!
Stamps: Sporting, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, White embossing powder, heat gun
I am going down to Minneapolis to see Tanya Tix, Ariel's mom. Nancy and I, another mutual friend (we all went to RN school together), are going to get Tanya out for some R&R. She spends 24 hours a day at her daughter's bedside. Her husband is going down to the hospital around noon on Saturday to take over for a couple days.
If you are reading about Ariel for the first time here, you get the full story on a thread on posted at SCS here.
That's all for now! Hopefully I'll be posting more again in a day or two before I have to go back to work!
Main Color CS: 1 each of 4 ¼ x 11”, 2 7/8 x 5”, & 2 3/8 x 2 7/8”
Cutting & Scoring blade with paper cutter, bone folder
Tombow Mono Multi glue or Sticky Strip
Ink pads of your choice- Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Only Orange, Yo Yo Yellow, Green Galore, and Gable Green used here.
Embellishments of your choice- 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scallop circle & 5-Petal flower punches, CAD, and Pewter jumbo eyelets used here.
Now line up the 5 ½” scored line with the cutting line in your paper cutter.
Notice the arrows in the center of your cutting blade handle. These mark the location of your blade. Line the arrow up with the 1 ½ cm mark on the cutting arm, and cut from 1 ½ cm to 9 cm mark
Slip the top of the large panel through the slit cut in the 5 ½” score line. Line bottom of panel up with edge of folded up 1” flap and then fold main piece in half, matching bottom edges up to be adhered to each other.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I have shared the story of my friend Tanya's daughter Ariel. She has cancer and is just finished with her 3rd round of chemo yesterday, and will have a stem cell transplant tomorrow. She is having a tough time lately, and I had started a Rak (Random Act of Kindness) request here and you can read the details.
This is the rather lame card I made for her. She loves butterflies, squirrels, cats, and weiner dogs. I wanted to make a quick butterfly card for her today to send to her,I'm supposed to be sleeping now so I can work #5 out of 5 shifts- I worked days for the first 4 and I work nights tonight, so I won't have time again until tomorrow! Tanya had texted me on Sunday asking that I get my stampin friends to send her some more cards to help cheer her up. Ariel really loves getting the wonderful handmade cards from people all over the world, and from close to home! If anybody reading this wants to send her a card, the address is listed in post #61 in the above link.
Stamp set: Pick a Petal, Warmest Regards(retired hostess), Print Pattern BG, Weathered BG
Paper: Soft Sky, River Rock, Whisper white
Ink: Soft Sky, BLue Bayou
Accessories: White Gel pen, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, 2 way glue pen, Cosmo glitter-light blue and rose
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This is a side view so you can an idea of the 3-Dness of it. (Is that a word?!)
Here is a view of it from the front and open, I just love the tiers of images!
And this is the front view closed. This would be a fun project for club, but a little time consuming with all the stamping and stuff. Heck, who am I kidding! I do that to you guys all the time don't I! I'll do a tutorial after we make it at club.