Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Using the layout from one of the cards in Heather Summers' fundraiser kit, I made this card.  Just changing the DSP and the stamp set makes the card look quite different.

My friend Debbie does not live near me and she wants to do more stamping but it is difficult to get together.  Hopefully we will be able to arraange something soon.  I prepared a kit for her and am mailing it to her.  She will have all the card stock, ribbon, DSP already cut to size to make two of these cards.  I also stamped and coloured the snowman image.   She will just have to assemble her cards.  I think she will enjoy it and I am pretty sure she has some stamps at home that she could use with this layout.  I haven't told her this will be coming - I think she will be pleasantly surprised.

Stamps - Snow Buddies (Level II Hostess),  Winter Post
Card Stock - Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red, Jet Black StazOn
Markers - Only Orange, Real Red, White Signo Gel Pen, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens (Stardust and Metallic Black)
Other - Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer, SU Mat Pack

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fundraiser - Heather Summers - more cards

Here are two more of the projects from Heather's fundraiser.

As I said in a previous post, all of the projecs in the kit featured the Four the Holidays stamp set and the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper pack.

This first card showcases the metallic snowflake in the Christmas Cocoa papers.  It also uses the Petals a Plenty embossing folder.

Card Stock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Christmas Cocoa DSP
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Stamps - Four the Holidays
Other - Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder

This card uses the very popular Dasher Stamp and the flocked paper in the Christmas Cocoa pack.

Card Stock - Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa DSP
Ink - Soft Suede
Stamps - Dasher
Other - 5/8" real red grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Swap Cards

I am participating in another swap.  I chose 2 spots.  For one spot the theme was Thinking of  You and the second spot is Thanks.  This time the swap was for full cards with envelopes rather than the usual mountable card fronts.  The idea is to get a selection of cards that could potentially be packaged up for gift giving.

For the first card, I used the one sheet wonder technique.  I stamped the images from Fifth Avenue Floral randomly using Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel classic inks on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of shimmery white cardstock.  I then used my paper trimmer to cut out panels of the desired size.  There is a whisper white panel on the inside of the card and it has also been stamped with some of the floral images.  I think that although it is a very simple card, it is quite pretty.  I hope the other participants in the swap think so too.

Stamps - Thank you Kindly, Fifth Avenue Floral
Card Stock - Shimmery White, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Other - 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

The second card uses the Medallion background stamp.  For this card, instead of using Shimmery White card stock I chose to mix some isopropyl alcohol with Frost White shimmer paint to make my own "shimmer mist".  After inking up the stamp with Bermuda Bay I used my sponge dauber to dab Night of Navy on the edges and around the centre circle.  I then stamped the medallion from the Charming stamp set, punched out a 1/2" circle and mounted that on a Build a Brad.  I then placed it in the centre the the stamped medallion.  When assembled, I spritzed the whole card with the "shimmer mist".

Stamps - Medallion, Charming,  Kind and Caring Thoughts
Card Stock - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Not Quite Navy
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Not Quite Navy
Other - Build a Brad, Frost White Shimmer Paint and Isopropyl Alchohol

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fundraiser - Heather Summers

On October 24, Heather Summers hosted a fundraiser in honour of her father to raise funds for GI Cancer Research.  Although I do not live in her city, I was able to register for the fundraiser and I received all of the supplies needed in the mail.  I have not done all of the projects yet, but here are a few of the ones I have done.  Each kit had the materiels to make 2 each of five projects.  All of the projects featured the Four the Holidays stamp set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Papers.

This project used the Two Tags Die, Serene Snowflakes and Four the Holidays stamp sets.

This one uses the Sparkly and Bright Stamp set as well as Four the Holidays.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Watercolour Roses

Several months ago Patty Bennett posted some wonderful cards featuring a "watercolour roses" technique.  She also posted a video tutorial that you can find HERE.   I had tried it a couple of times but was not very happy with my results.  Not one to give up, I recently tried the technique again with greater success. 

I decided that I would make a birthday card for my mother-in-law using the roses I made.  I probably should have more white on the card base so the roses would show up more, but overall I am very pleased with the card.  Hope you like it too!

The roses were stamped on Shimmery White Card Stock, the base card and the Whisper White Top note panel were sprayed with a mist made from rubbing alcohol and Frost White Shimmer paint.  The effect IRL is very pretty.  I used my old olive marker to draw in the lines on the leaves.

Stamp Set - Fifth Avenue Floral
Card Stock - Whisper White, Shimmery White, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Ink - Rose Red, Summer Sun, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White Craft
Other - White Embossing Powder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Top Note Die for the Big Shot, Stampin Dimensionals

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Easel Card

I have been wanting to try one of the easel cards that have been so popular these last few weeks.  I need a card for a friend's upcoming birthday so decided that now was the time to take on the challenge.  They are really not very hard to make and can be adapted easily to whatever card size you want.  I decided to do a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card.  All products are Stampin Up except for the ribbon.

Here is my card

Stamp Set - Fresh Cuts, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White,  Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
Ink - Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Other - Stampin Dimensionals, Ribbon (nonSU)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Punched Turkey

Although Judy and I did not get together on Monday, I did spend the afternoon in my craft room with my stamps, ink and paper.

One of the cards I made is this one that I have sent to friends in Florida. I had seen a turkey made with punches one day while blog surfing - it was actually decorating a Hershey Nuggett chocolate. The head was attached to one end of the nugget and the tail to the opposite end. I decided to make it into a card. The layout is one I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. I wish I had bookmarked both, but unfortunately I cannot remember to whom I should be giving credit.

Hope you like it!

Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Patterns Pack DSP
Ink - Close to Cocoa
Other - 1 inch circle, Scallop circle, Boho Blossoms, Dimensionals, Nestabilities, googly eyes

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lest We Forget

Thank you to all the brave men and women who serve our country - now and in the past.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tool Time

My Dad's birthday is coming up in December and I wanted to make a card featuring tools. My mother has bought him a power saw and my sisters and I are giving him a "saw table". I don't have the stamp set featuring tools, but I had signed up for Heather Summer's Simply Punches online classes and I remembered that one of the projects featured tools made with punches. So here is my version. I love how the birthday greeting from Teenie Tiny Wishes fits perfectly on the head of the hammer!

Stamp Set - Teenie Tiny Wishes
Card Stock - Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard
Ink - Basic Black
Other - Vintage Brads, Punches - Key Tag (retired), Word Window, My Way, 1 3/8 Circle, 3/4 circle, 7/8 square (nonSU)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stamp Day with Judy

Yesterday afternoon Judy and I had our weekly get together to chat, catch up with each other and stamp a few cards. I had posted these cards previously - but these ones are a tiny bit different.

I had previously posted a photo of this card (Andrea Walford's 12 Weeks of Christmas). Neither of us has Serene Snowflakes which is what Andrea used, so we substituted the retired Snowflake Spot. We used nonSU embossing powder on both - this one uses Snowflake, the earlier one used Northern Lights.

Stamp Set - Snowflake Spot (retired)
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Ink - Soft Suede, Versamark
Other - Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Embossing Powder

Don't you just love the Medallion Stamp. Yesterday we made this card using Bermuda Bay and Not Quite Navy inks. Although it does not really show in the photo, we also used the homemade 'shimmer spray' to add some sparkle. We don't have the Pretties Kit so used a nonSU half pearl in the centre of the medallion.

Stamp Sets - Medallion, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock - Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Bermuda Bay
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Not Quite Navy
Other - 'shimmer spray' (made with isopropyl alcohol and Frost White shimmer paint), half pearl.

Now another Dasher card. I love that stamp. This photo does not show it, but after inking the stamp with Chocolate Chip we sponged a bit of Champagne Mist shimmer paint on the antlers.
The image panel (including the Baja Breeze layer) is popped up on dimensionals. This card is also from Andrea Walford's 12 weeks of Christmas.

Stamp Set - Dasher, Warm Words
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red (retired), Baja Breeze (retired), Holiday Treasures DSP (retired)
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Other - Champagne Mist shimmer paint, dimensionals

Have a great day!