Thursday, April 30, 2009

Garden Dreams

I absolutely LOVE this card! I made it with my new Stampers group this week. It is a simple 3x3 gift or note card. The base is Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I punched the window out of my Urban Garden Designer Series Paper with my Designer Label punch. The butterfly stamp is from my "Dreams Du Jour" stamp set which I stamped in White Stazon ink onto clear acetate (in this case, I used a clear piece of overhead projector acetate, but SU now has "Window Sheets" available in different thicknesses for this type of project and for other great projects).

I adhered the acetate to the backside of my DS paper with sticky strip. The Basic Grey tafetta ribbon was added, then the DS paper was attached to the card base with my beloved Stampin' Dimensionals. I adore the finished result!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Take a Look

Debbie in England has some amazing blogcandy. Incredibly generous, you should check it out!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Organza Elegance

I really love how this card turned out. It's so simple and one of my favorite card sizes (3x6).

The base of the card is textured Sahara Sand. I used a strip of Pale Plum cardstock along the top of the card. The flower is cut with my Sizzix flower daisies #2 die (the smallest of the three flowers) from Elegant Eggplant cardstock. I punched a hole through all three layers of paper with my 3/16th" hole punch on my Cropadile. After placing the Jumbo Eyelet in the center of the flower (without finishing the eyelet) I threaded the White Organza ribbon between the flower and the Pale Plum paper and up through the unfinished eyelet before using the Cropadile to finish the eyelet. I had to pull the ribbon carefully to keep it snug while I clamped the eyelet closed. Then I continued the ribbon around the back of the card front and up the hole to tie it into place.

The sentiment is from my Fresh Cuts stamp set, which I stamped in Basic Black ink and very carefully filled in the letters with my Black SU journaler pen where they didn't stamp as clearly because of the textured surface.

For a final touch, I gently lifted the edges of the petals off of the card to create a more 3-dimensional look.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Embossed Flower Sillouette

Once again, this card has some retired paper on it, but you could easily use other paper and get a beautiful result

I used River Rock (retired) cardstock for the base of this card. The stamp is from the "Inspired by Nature" stamp set, which I stamped with Versamark ink on some Designer Paper (also retired) and used white embossing powder over the image before heating it.

I tore the edge of the Blue Bayou textured cardstock (retired) and rolled up the torn edge before adhering it to the card beside the patterned paper. I tied the Mellow Moss grosgrain ribbon around the card front. The sentiment is stamped in Blue Bayou ink (retired) on Whisper White cardstock. I didn't tear these edges, but simply rolled them up. The white cardstock was adhered to the card with stampin' dimensionals for a bit more "pop"!

For a similar look, you could try this combination:
Designer Series Paper - Urban Garden
Sahara Sand cardstock (for the base)
Not Quite Navy in place of the Blue Bayou
Always Artichoke grosgrain

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Heartfelt Sympathy

I made this card a while back. The patterned paper and the River Rock cardstock (the card base) are now retired, but I thought you might like to know how I placed the flourish at the top of this card. This is a 3x6 card.

The flourish is from the stamp set "Baroque Motifs", which I stamped with Versamark ink on the card base and clear embossed it. I stamped the sympathy stamp from the "Close as a Memory" set in Always Artichoke ink. Then, after insuring the sentiment was dry and using my embossing buddy over the cardstock, I used my stampamajig to help place the same stamp onto the Summer Sun cardstock so that it lined up with the one on the base and again used the clear embossing technique.

The final touch is tying the Mellow Moss tafetta ribbon around the top of the patterned paper before adhering it to the card front.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pretty Cute in Pink

Here's a little baby card I made while just playing around with ideas. I got a baby card from my dear friend Melanie and really liked the layout so I thought I'd give it a try. This one has a few retired items on it. If you like those, I'm sure you could find a substitute.

The base is on Very Vanilla cardstock. I started with a basic 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card and cut it with my Fiskars paper cutter to make the shape of the sleeves and the angle of the sides of the shirt. I then used my 1-3/8" circle punch to punch the neck hole and the leg holes. The scalloped edges around the neck and legs was made by first punching a 1-3/8" circle out of pink patterned paper (this is a retired paper), then placing the scalloped circle punch over the hole that I made and punched again, resulting in a scalloped circle with a 1-3/8" hole in the middle. The scalloped "donuts" were then trimmed to size and adhered using a small amount of my Tombow adhesive. The pink gingham ribbon (retired) was tied in a bow and adhered with a small amount of Tombow as well.

Tip: When using SU's Tombow adhesive, be sure to use a small amount so that it will not ooze out from under what you've glued down. This glue remains sticky even when dry If any is left exposed, it will be sticky and collect dust and dirt. Drying sticky is handy however, when making sticky notes or other items that you wish to be removable or repositioned.

The image (retired stamp set called "Punches Three") was first stamped in Pretty in Pink on the shirt. Then I stamped the image again on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in Close to Cocoa ink and trimmed around the center part of the stamped image. This was placed over the first image with Stampin' Dimensionals for a bit of "pop".

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Thank you notes.

Here's a simple little thank you note. I made a number of these as thank you cards for baby shower gifts I received. Many people gave money toward a Joovy stroller! I am so thankful!!

This is just a little 3x3 note made out of SU kraft cardstock. The Classic Stripes background stamp is stamped on the envelope in Pink Pirouette and on the kraft CS in Whisper White craft ink. Using the Scalloped Square, I punched the Pink Pirouette paper. I used the 1-1/4" square punch to punch out the white square and sponged the edges with Pretty in Pink ink. The heart is from my "Moose You" set (now retired) and was stamped in Pretty in Pink on Whisper White cardstock which I then punched out with my 3/4" square punch (unfortunately no longer available with SU). I love stampin' dimensionals and they are placed under the scallop square and the 3/4" square to add depth and interest to the cards.

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Too Long...

Well, it's been far too long since I last posted. Nothing has been unusual in my life to take me away from my blog, but life is simply ... busy. I deeply apologize for my absence and hope to post more regularly. However, I need a bit of encouragement. There are very few people who comment on my posts. A big thank you to those who have. I would love to hear more from all of you and know if you like what you see or if I should pack up and go home! LOL!

So, here's the deal. In the next three months I am going to do my best to post at least once per week. For every comment you make, your name will be put into a jar on my computer desk. You will only be counted once per posts. So even if you comment more than once (and bless you if you do), your name will be entered only
once into my jar. So, please be sure to give me your name and an email (or check back on the draw date). On July 15th, I will draw a name and it might be yours to win ... A BRAND NEW CAR!!!

just kidding

Seriously, the winner will be sent a wonderful package of Stampin' Up! and non-Stampin' Up! crafting goodies for your comments.

Thank you for participating. And I will try to hold up my end of the bargain and keep on postin'.

"do, or do not. there is no try" - Master Yoda