Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thoughts and Prayers

Just a quick post today. I made this get well card for my mother who was admitted to hospital on Thursday night. Her treatment is going well and hopefully she will be home soon. I saw Silke Ledlow's card using the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and just knew that I would have to CASE it. You can see her card here. I loved how she used the tiny pearls in the centres of the flowers.

Instead of using the strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and button, I decided to use the 1/4 inch white grosgrain ribbon and a Kiwi Kiss button. I used one of the sentiments from the Thoughts & Prayers set, but used my marker to select only the Get Well Soon part of the phrase - I even used my Stamp a ma jig!

Recipe (all SU unless otherwise stated)
Stamp Set: Thoughts and Prayers
Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Cameo Coral
Inks: Old Olive and Cameo Coral Markers
Other: 1/4 inch White Grosgrain Ribbon; Button Bouquet (Kiwi Kiss), Pearls (Michael's); Scallop Border Punch, dimensionals, Big Shot, Stamp a ma jig, Nestabilities (Spellbinders)


Friday, May 22, 2009

I have been wanting to try the 'shaving cream' technique for quite some time. I had some time today so this was it. I pulled out the shaving cream, my reinkers and got busy!
What fun! I loved it. I was amazed at the swirls I ended up with on my plain white cardstock. I could not wait to make a card - fortunately it does not take too long to dry.
Stamp Set: Winds of Grace, Father's Day stamp is nonSU
Cardstock: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Soft Sky (retired), Bayou Blue (retired), Baja Breeze
Other: Silver Brads, dimensionals

This is the birthday card I made for my sister. I had wanted to use Liquid Applique for the 'icing' but could not find it. I used stardust stickles instead and am pleased with the result.
Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes, Bitty Birthday
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Berry Bliss DSP (retired)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Basic Black
Ribbon: nonSU
Punches: Wide Oval, Scalloped Oval, Word Window

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mini Note Cards & Tote

I had almost forgotten that I had these little die cut note cards. After seeing Dawn's project on UStamp to make mini note cards I decided to get these out and make a few little cards to have on hand.

The current InColours will be retiring soon (June 30) but I decided I should perhaps use some of the older already retired InColours.

I also stamped the outside of the envelopes and made a cute little tote that holds 4 cards and their envelopes perfectly

Stamps - Fresh Cuts, Merci

Card Stock, Ink and Double Stitched Ribbon - Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate (All retired), Fresh Cut Notes

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Manhattan Flower, Fifth Avenue Floral and More

Our niece's birthday is on Tuesday and I wanted to make a box of cards for her. I had been anxiously waiting for my Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions embossing foler to arrive and it finally did late on Friday afternoon. I could hardly wait to get started with Patty Bennett's Brayered Roses technique. You can see her video here. I remembered that I have not been too successfull with my brayer in the past so I decided to sponge the colour on. I am very happy with the results. This is one of the six cards in the gift box. I also stamped the large image from Fifth Avenue Floral on the envelope.
This is the boxed set. I put all six cards in a clear acetate box and then attached the Happy Birthday greeting and the flowers so that they covered the images on the card below. Recipe:
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Bitty Birthday, Oval All, Rose Leaf stamp is nonSU
Card Stock: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Cameo Coral
Ink: Regal Rose, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Cameo Coral
Punches: Wide Oval, Scalloped Oval
Other: Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

This is her birthday card. I used Patty Bennett's template. I CASE'd Caroline Lebel's dress card (see her post of May 9). I love the addition of the little purse! I decorated the envelope with a strips of Pink Pirouette CS, Raspberry Tart DSP and Rose Red ribbon.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette (textured), Raspberry Tart DSP
Other: Rhinestone Brad, Rose Red Ribbon, Eyelet Border Punch, Round Tab punch, Small and Large Oval punches

I signed up for the Spring UStamp hosted by Heather Summers and Dawn Raspas. One of the projects was a one sheet wonder using the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. The flower images were randomly stamped on a sheet of Whisper White and then it was cut into sections to incorporate into a set of cards. The project instructions included 5 cards and a lovely box. I decided to do six cards and not do the box. I think this will make a great set of cards for my sister.

Stamps: Firth Avenue Floral, Fresh Cuts (for you), Very Versatile (Thank You)
Card Stock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Urban Oasis DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Other: Basic Gray Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Scallop Oval punch, Eyelet Border punch, Word Window punch
And of course everyone is doing a flower pot card. Here is my version of the one I saw on Stephanie Luman's blog. These are so fun to do!
Card Stock: Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, nonSU for the yellow
Other: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched ribbon, 3/4 inch circle punch, scallop circle punch, leaf die from the Birds & Blooms sizzlits pack, dimensionals.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral

I saw this card in the March Stampin Success magazine. I love how Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze work so well with the Sahara Sand cardstock.
Stamp Set - Fifth Avenue Floral
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
DSP - Urban Oasis
Ink - Basic Gray (original used Basic Black), Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze
Other - Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla Satin Ribbon (original uses Baja Breeze from the Valet Originals)
Dazzling Diamonds, Two Way Glue Pen (original uses a Flower Designer Brad)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Two posts in one day.
I wanted to make a box of cards to give to a friend for her birthday. There was a layout on UStamp - Spring that I liked but I did not have the stamp set (Soft Summer). I looked through my stamps, found Embrace Life and decided that it would do very well. It also gave me a chance to use up some of my retired DSP - Ginger Blossom. I made a set of six cards - all identical except for the sentiment at the bottom. I used six different greetings that cover most occasions. The flower is popped up with a dimensional.

The card is designed in such a way that the focal image panel tucks in behind the scalloped oval which is attached with a dimensional. There is a blank space underneath for my friend to write a note.
After wrapping up the cards I realized that I had taken this photo before putting dazzling diamonds glitter on the stamens of the flower. It really makes a difference.
Card Stock - Ruby Red, Groovy Guava (retired), Whisper White, Shimmery White, Ginger Blossom DSP (retired)
Stamp Set - Embrace Life
Ink - Basic Gray, Old Olive, Ruby Red
Other - Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla Satin Ribbon, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds, scallop oval punch, large oval punch
This is the birthday card I made to go with the cards above. In some ways to me it looks unfinished, but when I tried to add more it looked over done. Overall I am pleased with how it turned out.
I saw this scalloped dress on Patty Bennett's blog. It is hard to see but there is dazzling diamonds glitter on the edge of each of the scallops. The Raspberry Tart DSP ends itself well to 'dressmaking'.
Card Stock - Kiwi Kiss Textured, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink - Rose Red
Other - Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Eyelet Border punch. The pearl embellisments are non SU

Mother's Day Card

Believe it or not, I have a card to share today. This is pretty much a direct case of Andrea Walford's Fifth Avenue Floral card that you can see here. The only change I made was to use Vanilla Hodgepodge to frame the greeting. I decided that this would be such a great card for Mother's Day, so I made two of them. I loved it so much that both of our mothers are getting the same card! I also left it pretty much to the last minute because I was waiting for the delivery of the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set. As soon as Mr. UPS arrived at my door yesterday afternoon I rushed up to my stamping room and got busy!

I stamped the envelope and just to really tie in the floral theme on the inside of the card I stamped one of the flowers very faintly in the middle of the poem. I think it was just what the card needed. You can't see it very well in the photo above, but here is a close up.

Stamp Sets - Fifth Avenue Floral, Terrific Tulips (retired). The Happy Mother's Day greeting is from Stampendous.
CS - Baja Breeze - textured, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Urban Garden DSP
Inks - Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Other - Vanilla Hodgepodge, Designer Label punch, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots

Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Since returning from Florida I have not been spending much productive time in my craft room. I can't seem to get myself organized.

I participated in Heather Summers' online classes - Simply Punches and Simply Punches 2 and when I was invited to a baby shower with a safari theme I just knew I had to use some of the ideas from those classes.

Can you guess what SU punches I used? I used a non-SU punch for the giraffe's antlers and the Cuttlebug 'At the Beach' cut and emboss set to make the palm trees.

I think it turned out great!

CS - Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, Summer Sun, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink - Basic Grey, Close to Cocoa, Black Stampin Write Marker, Signo Gel Pen

This card is for our great-nephew's 10th birthday. We had decided to get him a gift card from
his favourite place to buy games for his video game systems. I wanted a cute way to incorporate the gift card into his card. I modified the instructions in Andrea Walford's Crazy for Cupcakes class planner to make this card.

This card opens from the top and the gift card tucks right into the ribbon on the inside of the card.

I used the Cuttlebug 'Doodles' embossing folder to make the icing and then sponged it with close to cocoa ink and painted on some Shimmerz (non-SU) to highlight the swirls - I could have used dazzling diamonds but it is for a boy and I thought that might be a bit too much bling for him.

CS - Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip Double Stitched

Thanks for stopping in. Hopefully my posts will become more regular before too long. Mother's Day is on the horizon so I need to get crafting!