Saturday, July 31, 2010

Inspired By Nature 3D

I so enjoyed using the 3D technique on this card here, that I was anxious to use the same technique again.  The opportunity came up when I made today's card for a sketch swap.

Inspired By Nature 3D:
Stamps:  Inspired By Nature, Just Like You
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Taken With Teal, DSP: Autumn Meadows
Ink:  White Craft, Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal
Misc:  twill, rick rack, metal edged tag, circle punch, Cuttlebug EF, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thinking of You

Thinking of You:
Stamps:  Together Forever, Sincere Salutations
Paper:  Old Olive, Certainly Celery, DSP: Petals and Paisleys, Vellum
Ink:  VersaFine Onyx Black
Misc:  circle punch, vellum, sticker
Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Spring Card

Why have I never made this type of folded card before?   They are so much fun to make!  So much fun that I made two at the same time!  Well actually I made two so that I could use up the last sheet of paper from an older Simply Scrappin' Kit!

Even more fun...when you pull them from the envelope they "spring" up!  LOL!   Yep, easily entertained!

You can find the directions (both written and in video form)  here on Splitcoast.

Spring Card:
Stamps:  Alphabet Soup
Paper:  Taken With Teal, Whisper White, Simply Scrappin' Kit: Island Blooms
Ink: black
Misc:  Simply Scrappin' Kit: Island Blooms, brads, yellow Stickles

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pop-Up Card

This is a pop-up card I made for a challenge for one of the Yahoo groups I belong to.  You can find the directions for making one here (Splitcoast).  Written directions with photos and a video are both available.

Surprisingly these cards are not difficult to make and are so much fun when finished!  I'm easily entertained, but I do like cards you can play with!

Before I get into the list of supplies used for this card, let me point out a few things.  The blooms were "stamped" twice, the second set cut out and mounted onto the first with dimensionals.  I actually applied the ink to the flowers with sponge daubers.  The stems were colored with markers.

The image piece was spritzed with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz before being layered onto the larger layering tags.

I added the ribbons before taping the base together, as it was easier for me to get them wrapped and  tied.  I also added the Hodgepodge  Hardware frame before taping as well, again it was easier for me to do so.  The die cut grass was added after the whole thing was taped and the tag was popped out.  That way I could get it placed just in the right spot!

The entire piece will collapse and fit into an envelope!

Pop-Up Card:
Stamps:  Inspired By Nature,  Because I Care, Tiny Tags
Paper:  Early Espresso, Crumb cake, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Ink:  Early Espresso, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Misc:  Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, corner rounder, dimensionals, oval punch, safety pin, Sizzix grass die, Smooch Spritz: Log Cabin, sponge daubers, Jewelry Tag punch, twill, ribbon
 Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Party Time Tuesday: Challenge #9!!

 Party Time Tuesday!  Anything Goes this week for your birthday card!  As always, put a birthday greeting on the front of your card.

PTT #9:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Simple Sayings II
Paper:  PTI white, Basic Black, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
 Misc:  ribbon, red seed beads, crystal effects, circle punches, corner punch
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lots of Dots

Can you tell that I like polka dots?  LOL!  I think using polka dots always make for a cheerful card.  When I get a new package of DSP, the sheets I'm sure to hoard are the ones with polka dots!  (I also like stripes...wonder what this says about my personality...she's dotty and straight-laced!?!, Hey, I just made that up, not necessarily true!).

All kidding aside, this card is a case from page 77, September '09 cards magazine. I was drawn to the circle with the flower slightly stamped off the edge.  Either my flower was too small or my circle was too big, but I felt it needed something in that big white space!  (Yes, as a card maker I am often afraid of too much white space!)

See the black polka dotted ribbon?  It is the strangest stuff !  It almost feels like paper rather than fabric.  It came in some card kit purchased a long while ago and is the first time being used.  Not sure I would ever buy a roll of it, but it served its purpose here and I love the scalloped edge!
Lots of Dots:
Stamps:  Friendship Blooms
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White, DSP: Bella Rose and Candy Lane
Ink:  VersaFine: Onyx Black, Riding Hood Red
Misc:  ribbon, brad, flocked flower, library clip
Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Get Well #2

 This is the second Get Well card posted today.  Both of the cards were made for a themed swap on a Yahoo group.  

I wanted to make sure that both cards looked very different from one another, even though I used the same fancy tag on both to frame the sentiment.

 I let the beautiful DSP to take center stage on both the cards.  The papers are just too pretty to cover up!
 Get Well #2:
Stamps:  Bold and Basic Greetings
Paper:  PTI white, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, DSP: Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink:  Black
Misc:  Shapeabilities: Fancy Tags, corduroy button, ribbon, dimensionals

Off to stamp some more!

Get Well #1

Get Well #1:
Stamps:  Sincere Salutations
Paper:  PTI white, Basic Gray, whisper White, DSP: Urban Oasis
Ink:  Basic Gray
Misc: Shapeabilities: Fancy Tags, punch: Key Tag
 Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

ATC Trio

Here are three ATC's I made for a recent swap.  The playing cards and bingo card/numbers etc.are from a set of stickers. 

The frothy mug of beer is from the Cheers To You set.  I had misplaced my white Flower Soft, so used white Fun Flock for the foam.

Other items were from my embellishment stash and scrap paper stash.

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hidden Pictures

Can you find the butterfly and the bee?  It's difficult to see in this photo, but on the background DSP are two stamped images.  Think of them as hidden pictures.  Remember those from your childhood?

Also on the large brads are rub ons.  They blend in so well that the recipient  of this card thought they were purchased pre-printed!   My apologies that it so difficult to see these fun details on this pastel colored card.
Hidden Pictures:
Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Merci
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, DSP: Bella Bird
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Misc:  ribbon, brads, rub ons, scallop edge border punch, dimensionals

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Christmas In July

I'm in a couple of Christmas in July swaps and this is the card I am sending.  In the close-up photo of the pear, maybe you can see better how I stamped the image twice.  First with Bravo Burgundy and a second time with Encore Gold, slightly offset.  It gives the image a subtle, elegant sparkle.  I used Encore Gold on a background stamp and stamped over the DSP as well.  Again a subtle, yet elegant sparkle.

Christmas in July:
Stamps:  Ageless Adornment, Sanded
Paper:  PTI white, Bravo burgundy, Brushed Gold, DSP
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy, Encore Gold
Misc:  southwest corner punch, sponge dauber
Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Recent Stamp Purchase

What you see in today's card are two of the stamps in the TAC stamp set called Bow Chica Bow Wow.  Aren't they fun!?!  Being a lover of cats this set was a must have for me.
I especially love this sentiment!  Too fun!  I love dogs too, so I'm sure I'll be using the rest of the images from this set in the near future.

This is my second attempt at coloring the image with Copics.  Don't bother taking a closer look  as there is no artistic shading going on.  I tried with the first image I colored, but it ended up looking like a fox with rabies!
Bow Chica Bow Wow:
Stamps:  Bow Chica Bow Wow
Paper:  PTI white, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, DSP: Darling Doodles
Ink:  Memento Black, Copics
Misc:  Nesties: Labels Three, Spica Clear Glitter Pen, ribbon, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #8!

 What's in your pocket?

Head on over to Party Time Tuesdays to see what the Design Team has in their pockets this week!  Yes, Challenge #8 is to make a birthday themed Pocket Card!

Come and party with us this week and show us what's in your pocket, won't you?  (Reminder to put a birthday greeting on the front of your card!)

 Challenge #8:
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Birthday Whimsy, Simple Sayings II
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, DSP: Apple Cider
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust
Misc:  felt flowers, brads, stitched ribbon
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Sunny Sketch

 A Sunny Sunday Sketch, Week 9 to be exact!  Hosted by Christyne at Handstamped From The Heart.  Check out her blog for this week's sketch and then join in on the fun!

I made my card for a swap where we had to emboss...with embossing least favorite thing to do on a good day!   It was not a good day when I made this simple flower.  Let me explain.  I have not heat embossed in years, yes, I said years!  I just do not like to do this.  So anyway, I'm first wondering if my embossing powder will be too old to use (it wasn't!). Then I am searching high and low and everywhere in between for my embossing buddy...nowhere to be found...must be with my missing Basic Gray marker and my extra ScorPal bone folders and...whatever else is missing that I haven't realized I need just yet!

So you experienced heat embossers know what happened again and again and again until I finally gave in.  For the rest of you...humidity + fine embossing powder + no embossing buddy = an unpleasant mess!  So after three tries, I settled for the cleanest looking embossed flower, but decided I better distress the larger flower to make it look like I wanted the entire bloom to look so very less than perfect! ...As I keep looking at it to see if it miraculously looks pristine, it is growing on me.  I'm liking it more and more... Sheesh!

A Sunny Sketch:
Stamps:  Circle Circus
Paper:  PTI white, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Ink:  VersaMark, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Misc:  SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots, Shapeabilities: Nested Flowers, embossing powder/heat tool, punches: spiral, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, ribbons, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

E is for ...

I recently sent this card off for a Letter E swap.  A couple of my favorite details on this card are the linen thread and brads used on the pull toy, and using a separate cloud from the Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP for the sentiment.  The cloud was popped up with dimensionals and a puffy heart sticker was added.

Another fun detail is that I stamped a second elephant ear and gave it some dimension by popping it up with a dimensional.  The stitched ribbon adds an interesting contrast  and texture between the two DSP patterns.

E is for...:
Stamps:  Year After Year, For A Friend
Paper:  So Saffron, Buckaroo Blue, Going Gray, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Ink:  Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (marker)
Misc:  ribbon, brads, corduroy button, puffy sticker, linen thread, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sweet Pea, You Make Me Happy

 I'm almost too embarrassed to post this super simple card...well almost, but not quite because here it is!

I started out with a Crumb Cake card base, then added a layer of Rose Red.  On top of that is a layer of Sweet Pea Designer paper.  I chose a portion of the paper that was covered in flowers and stems.

In the flower centers I adhered the felt circles from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt package.  (Yes, I admit, I bought a ton of these before they became discontinued!)

Rather than using the felt leaves from the same package, I used grosgrain ribbon, folded in half, and then stapled onto a couple of the printed stems.

A rub on in the upper corner completes this happy, but super simple card!
Off to stamp some more!

Friday, July 16, 2010

3D Stamping and Wiper Card Techniques

 The colors look off in this photo.  What I used was a color combination from the new SU Color Coach: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Daffodil Delight, along with Whisper White.

My images were all stamped using the 3D Stamping technique, which you can learn how to do here.  And the card technique is called a Wiper Card, which you can learn how to make here.

You can learn more details about this card here:
Stamps:  Upsy Daisy, Garden Silhouettes, Just Like You
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Craft White
Misc:  SU TIF: Square Lattice, Shapeabilities: Fancy Tags, Oval Punch, Corner Rounder, pearls, SU Color Coach
Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

ATC Turned Card

I followed the Week 8 Sunny Sunday Sketch found over at Handstamped From the Heart, for this card.  Christyne so nicely pointed out on her blog that the small panel in the sketch is the size of an ATC.  Well I just happened to have made a couple of those recently and was happy to transform one into a card!

Check out her wonderful blog and join in the fun of her sketch challenge!

ATC Turned Card:
Stamps:  Central Park
Paper:  PTI white, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Old Olive
Misc:  Cuttlebug EF: Distressed Stripes, Accents & Elements: Roof Garden, brads
Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Copic Practice: Take 2

 This is my second attempt at coloring with Copics from the other night.  This poor little fairy has a dirty face through no fault of her own!  I don't know what I was thinking or doing, but she needs to wash her face!

But the good news (for me at least) is that I was able to show some signs of successful shading on the heart!  Woohoo - progress!

The wings were outlined with a glitter pen...very subtle. So subtle in fact, that I can't see it and I am holding the card in my hand!  The heart on the cupcake was enhanced with the glitter pen as well.  Again,  very subtle!

So I guess there is no need to mention the glitter flower embellishments were used to mimic the glitter on the image!  Sheesh!

Copic Practice: Take 2:
Stamps:  unknown
Paper:  PTI white, Rose Red, DSP: Sweet Pea
Ink: Copics
Misc:  ribbon, flowers: glitter with rhinestones and plastic

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #7!

 Woohoo!  It's Tuesday!  Time for another Party Time Tuesday Challenge!  The theme this week is the ever popular Anything Goes!  That means you make a birthday card of your choice and link it up on the PTT Challenge Blog!  The only other rule is to remember to have a birthday greeting on the front of your card.

Check out Party Time Tuesdays to see what the Design Team was up to this week for your inspiration!  And remember we want to see what you have created, for our inspiration!

PTT challenge #7:
Stamps:  Birthday Whimsy, Designer Label
Paper:  PTI white, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, SU DSP: Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Misc:  Designer Label punch, circle punches, rick rack, string, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Sunny Hello

I put together this card for Alissa's  challenge over at her blog Starry Nights Studio.  She has provided an awesome sketch and a theme which is beach/summer.  I went with summer on my card using a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade.

A couple of details to point out, if I may.  The pitcher and drinking glass have been covered with Crystal Effects to simulate real glass.  The sun has subtle sparkle provided by a clear Spica glitter pen.  Very subtle...wonder if my pen is getting dry?  But I think Stickles would have been more sparkle than I was looking for here.

One more detail to address.  The panel behind the image is not, I repeat, is not yellow snow!  Yes, it is yellow.  And yes, I did use a snowflake embossing folder. But, for this card, it is a panel of many suns in different sizes and shapes.  Just so you understand I would never promote yellow snow!  Sheesh!

A Sunny Hello:
Stamps:  Simply Summer,  Summer Fun
Paper:  PTI white, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, DSP: Patterns Pack
Ink:  black, Daffodil Delight, Copics
Misc:  Cuttlebug EF: Snowflakes, ribbon, Spica glitter pen, Crystal Effects, brads, flocked flower, punch, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Copic Practice: Take 1

I need practice...lots of practice!  I've been buying Copics a few at a time from Scrapbook Store At Your Door through their marker club and have just enough of them to begin to think about how to organize them.  And so far all I have done with them lately was to pull the caps off a few and then put them quickly back on again!  I am so intimidated by these markers!

So anyway, the other night I decided to just give it a go again and try to color something simple.  This image is my first attempt in a long time.

I discovered that I need more different colors for coloring skin.  I only have one peachy color which is a little too orange and my pinks are too pink!  Since coloring the face almost did me in,  there was no way I was going to attempt the dress, so left it white with red trim!  LOL!

Copic Practice: Take 1
Stamps: main image: unknown, Happy Everything, Time Well Spent
Paper:  Rose Romance (remember this vintage SU color? A real blast from the past!), PTI white, DSP: Raspberry Tart
Ink:  black, Pretty In Pink
Misc:  Nesties: Ovals, and Scalloped Ovals, ribbon, button, metal frame, brads, Scrapper's Floss, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

You're So Nice

The new SU IB&C is so nice too!  there are so many great cards to CASE!  Check out page 103 to see the inspiration for this card.

What caught my eye in the original card was the fun way the ribbon was folded and the tiny punched out flowers on the bottom portion of the card.  Fun little details that I would have never thought of on my own!

You're So Nice:
Stamps:  Sweet Dreams, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Marine Mist, Cajun Craze, Garden Green
Misc:  SU TIF: Perfect Polka Dots, twill, linen thread, pearls, punches, distressing tool, dimensionals
Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Branch Out

 Another CASEd card from the July 2008 issue of cards.  Check out page 99 for the inspiration card in a subtle color combo.

As you can see, my card uses a bolder color combo of Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip.  I went with bold because my rub ons were brown and the matte board I had was a rusty orange color.  Speaking of the matte board, it was a real challenge getting it cut with Nesties.  I sent it through the Big Shot more times than I had patience for and I still had to use my craft knife to finish cutting it out! 

Branch Out:
Stamps:  Branch Out, Whimsical Words
Paper:  PTI ivory,  Tangerine Tango
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Misc:  matte board, Cuttlebug EF: Floral Screen, Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware, Nesties: circles, ribbon, rub ons
Off to stamp some more!


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