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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Different but the Same

This is the same design as the previous card, but uses slightly brighter, darker paper. If you look closely at the dress design, it looks like I used different color markers, but in reality, the markers are the same ones that I used for the previous card, I just used whisper white cardstock for the scalloped circle instead of the shimmer white.

Stamp Set: Blooming With Happiness
Paper: Pink Passion, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Ink: Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac markers
Accessories: Mega circle and scalloped punch, paper flowers from Hero Arts, Flower Fusion felt flowers from SU!, yellow brad, lilac SU! organdy ribbon (ret.), Cuttlebug folder "Stylized Flowers" dimensionals

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mother's Day Dress

This is a beautiful card that I found on Splitcoast and CASE’d. You can find the card here. I had intended that it be used as a Mother’s Day card but then realized that it could be used for a birthday or any day card also. It certainly is getting me in the mood for Spring!

Recipe:
Stamp Set: Blooming with Happiness
Paper: Shimmer White, Pixie Pink, Lavender Lace
Ink: Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Lovely Lilac markers, black StazOn.
Accessories: Mega circle and scalloped punch, paper flowers from Hero Arts, yellow brad, lilac SU! organdy ribbon (ret.), Cuttlebug folder "Stylized Flowers" dimensionals.

I stamped the dress using the StazOn ink and then colored in with markers. I then punched out the dress using the mega scalloped punch and then the mega circle in lilac as a background. I ran the front of the card through my Cuttlebug machine using the Stylized Flowers folder. The lilac band was made by cutting a strip of card stock just slightly larger than the width of the organdy ribbon. This was a pretty simple card to make, the part that took the longest was coloring in the skirt of the dress!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mother's Day Flowers

Seems hard to believe that Mother's Day is coming up in just a few weeks. The year is going by fast, isn't it? I got this card idea from Splitcoaststampers and for the life of me, I don't remember who originally did it. I went back and tried to find this card again so that I could give proper credit, and couldn't find it! So sorry. If someone can tell me who did this, I'll edit this post to give that person credit.

I just LOVE this set! The Ginger Blossom Designer Series paper is awesome too! I did this card up for Mother's Day obviously, but it could be used for any occasion just by using a different sentiment.

Recipe:
Stamp Set: Embrace Life, More Say It With Stamps set by All Night Media.
Paper: River Rock, Ruby Red, Whisper White, Ginger Blossom Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black and River Rock ink pad, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, and Ruby Red markers
Accessories: Gold Cord, Marvy mega circle punch, Marvy giga scalloped circle punch, 1/16th" hand held punch, gold brads, dimensionals, Fiskars Shape Cutter Circle template.
The River Rock card base is stamped with River Rock ink and the leaves stamp, and then the Ginger Blossom half circle is attached to the left side. I could have probably made the half circle using a coffee saucer but I was too lazy to go downstairs and get it. The Ginger Blossom stem was stamped with black ink and colored in with markers, punched out, matted to the scalloped circle and attached to a piece of Ginger Blossom paper matted to Ruby Red. Two gold brads at the top and a bit of gold thread finishes it off. The panel was attached with dimensionals.
Very easy card! The hardest part was getting the cord bow to stay put!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thinking Of You Orange

It feels like forever since I last posted something but I think it's only been a couple of days. Had a shoulder muscle problem that had me out of commission for a day (seemed like a week). When it hurts to even move your head or even hold it upright, it's hard to concentrate on anything fun, especially cards, but I'm on the mend now.

This is the last of my set of cards using the "Tart and Tangy" set. It's another neat one using the orange slice.

Recipe:
Stamp sets: Tart and Tangy, Friendly Messages by Stampendous
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" round circle punch, scalloped circle punch, Crystal Effects, dimensionals.

I used the Crystal Effects to paint in the juicy segments of the orange slice.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Thank You Strawberry

This card is fourth in a set of five. I really had fun using Jill's ideas for making these cards. I posted a link to her blog in the first post I did using this set, Tart and Tangy.

I used the slit punch to make the scalloped edge on a strip of red cardstock. Just start punching at one end, and move the punch so that the slit you just made lines up with the area in the punch that will make the next cut. Do this until you get to the other end of the strip, the cut piece falls away and there you have it. It’s hard to see in this picture but I made dry embossed dots in the scallops with the Crop-A-Dile. The instructions are to set the top to A, the bottom to 2. Just make sure you don’t press so hard that you actually cut out a hole. You want the embossed look. You could also use Chocolate Chip marker on the bottom of the strawberry and a bit of Crystal Effects to give the impression of a chocolate dipped strawberry. YUM!!!!!!! However, that didn’t seem to fit in this card so I left it plain. This card is similar to one I posted after a Stampin’ Up! card making event that I went to earlier this year.

Recipe: Tart and Tangy, Friendly Messages by Stampendous
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, slit punch, Crop-A-Dile, dimensionals

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Day Orange

Hello everyone! It's raining and cold (37*) here today, AGAIN. ICK! ICK! ICK! I'm getting so tired of this. I was out early this morning and drove home in the SLEET! It's supposed to be SPRING for crying out loud! I guess that's why I love these cards so much, they remind me of warm summer days.

When I first saw the set "Tart and Tangy" I wasn't quite sure what sort of "exciting" things I could do with the orange slice. Strawberries were logical, as was the apple, but an orange? Well, I liked the bright but simplistic style of this card from Jill's blog (see first post on this set) so I went with it.

Recipe:
Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Friendly Messages by Stampendous
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Summer Picnic Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals

I stamped the orange slice in Pumpkin Pie and then used Crystal Effects to juice up the orange segment. Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it?! Simple but oh so good for you!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Thinking Of You Cherries

OK, I should be posting Mother's Day cards instead of fruit cards, but this group of cards that I'm featuring reminds me so much of Spring, and I'm SO ready for it! It's a cool, cloudy 41* today and I'm in the mood for warmer weather and shorts! So, since that's obviously not a possibility today, I'll post another card from the Tart and Tangy set. The inside sentiment is a "thinking of you" one.

Recipe:
Stamp set: Tart and Tangy, Versatile Verses
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Picnic Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, scalloped circle punch, 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals, Crystal Effects
The cherry paper is matted first to Old Olive, then Bashful Blue cardstock. This is attached to Real Red which is then attached to the Whisper White card base. I put a bit of Crystal Effects on the cherries to give them some shine and also stamped the cherries on the front of the envelope.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Get Well Apples

I fell in love with the whole Tart and Tangy stamp set when I saw several cards on Splitcoaststampers. I hadn’t purchased the set then, but I knew I had to have it. I came across Jill’s post of all the cards on Splitcoast and just had to try them out. Find her post on her blog here. I used different sentiments, but I thought she was great inspiration. Thanks Jill! The manager at the new job that I have, ordered the one with the three apples as a birthday card for her mother because her mother LOVES apples. The sentiment that I used on her card was "Too Cute For Words" from the SU! retired set "Quick Thinking." She said that she has bragging rights now for the rest of the year because of my card. Woohoo!

I did this one up as a Get Well card.

Recipe:
Stamp set: Tart and Tangy, Quick Thinking (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Picnic Designer Paper
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: 1 1/4" and 1 3/8 circle punch, 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I'm Back! - Sort Of..........

I've found the original posters for most of the cards that I made to sell so I'll be posting some new pics here soon and giving credit where credit is due. I have to write up the recipe for each of them first, and I can't remember what I used! That's what I get for not writing things DOWN when I'm pulling them out of the folders and drawers!

Anyway, check back again in the next couple of days because I'll be posting a lot.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Temporarily Out Of Cards

I've been frantically working on cards to sell on consignment at the new place where I'm working. That would normally mean that I'd have a TON of things to share since I've made a lot of different designs. Problem is, I was shamelessly copying other people's ideas and didn't copy down any of the information to link back to their card. I feel really bad about that too, because I certainly want to give people credit for all of their work and inspiration. If I can find the cards that I CASE'd, I'll post my card here. Otherwise, I'll have to make some new ones to post here. Guess I should get started looking. Some of these ideas that I copied are too nice not to share!

The Actual Card

Here is the card that I actually used for the shoe box swap.
I didn’t put a sentiment on the card because I wanted to leave it open in case I needed something specific. The card that I had as my sample at the swap had used the "Friend" stamp from this set.

Recipe:
Stamp Set: Friendly Flowers, Clear Stamp Flourish
Paper: Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss, Pumpkin Pie, Naturals Ivory card stock
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories/tools: Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Gold Brad, Dimensionals, 1/16" hole punch, Rectangle Punch (or double rectangle), ½", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punch, Scalloped Punch

A couple of tips to pass along:
* Layer card stock strips together and punch rectangle holes through all layers for ribbon before attaching to card base. (Use lots of force with punch, it works but it’s hard.) Or, if you prefer, go through Pumpkin Pie and Mellow Moss cardstock and attach ribbon before layering on to Not Quite Navy strip.
* Stamp main image a second time in Pumpkin Pie ink and punch out center with 1/2" circle punch. Layer all (scalloped, mellow moss, not quite navy and pumpkin pie), punch hole with 1/16" hole punch, and attach together with brad. Then attach to card with dimensionals.

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