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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Liberty For All

Happy Memorial Day! In honor of this holiday and in honor and memory of those Veterans who have served, I’m posting a patriotic card. This one was made using the "Liberty For All" stamp set from Stampin’ Up! It’s been discontinued but I know there’s one similar in the current catalog.

The eagle stamp was colored with Real Red and Night of Navy Stampin' Spots and stamped on Whisper White card stock. It was then layered first on Night of Navy and then Real Red card stock. The base card is Whisper White and the star stripe is stamped first with Versamark and then heat embossed with silver EP. I like the simplicity of this card and yet the eagle looks SO majestic!

Recipe:
Stamp Set: Liberty For All
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy card stock
Ink: Real Red and Night of Navy Stampin' Spots, Versamark
Accessories: Silver Embossing Powder, heat tool

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Elegant Whimsy

I have to keep reminding myself that I have this blog and that people are actually checking it out. I have a tendancy to get behind with my posting. Today was supposed to be my day off from work but I got called in to help with a major copy project. (I retired two years ago but am back to work very part time at a local copy store.) Then I had to run off our condo newsletter which I will hand deliver tomorrow before going in to work in the afternoon for my regularly scheduled hours. After I post this, I'm going to bed. I'm beat.

I got the idea for this card from Splitcoast. It's using one of the free stamp sets that was available during the last Sale-a-bration promotion by Stampin' Up!. I copied it shamelessly because I thought it was just that elegant. Check out the card Here

I thought this could even be used as a masculine card because with the "bow tie" and the dark colors, it looks sort of like a tuxedo.

Recipe:
Stamp Set: Birthday Whimsy, Canvas Background
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: 3/8" wide ivory satin ribbon, Crystal Effects, yellow Stickles glitter glue, ticket corner punch

I stamped the cake in black, and then stamped the frosting part in Purely Pomegranate and cut just that part out. I attached to cake and then put Crystal Effects on to add a glazed "frosting" look.. Add some yellow Stickles for flames and a bow tie and it’s done!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Saving The Best For Last

This one is my favorite. It's probably because I love red even though I can't wear much of it. I'm going to send it to my mother for her birthday which is in just a few days. I sold the rest of them to my store manager. Gee, I sort of wish I hadn’t done that! Now I have to make more!

Recipe:
Stamp: Dress Stamp from Inkadinkado, Warm Words
Paper: Designer Mat Pad by Brenda Walton, shimmer papers
Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories: Clear acetate sheet, Glitter adhesive, fine glitter in red, large and small oval punch, ribbon from Michael’s, dimensionals

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Acetate Card #3

Here's another color version of the last two dresses. The directions for making it are the same as the first dress card post but here they are again so that you don't have to go back and find them.

Recipe:
Stamps: Dress Stamp from Inkadinkado, Warm Words
Paper: Once Upon A Time Mat Stack by DCWV, shimmer papers
Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories: Clear acetate sheet, Glitter adhesive, fine glitter in pink, large and small oval punch, ribbon from Michael’s, dimensionals

The image is stamped on to an acetate sheet with black StazOn and glitter adhesive is applied to the BACK of the acetate and the glitter sprinkled on and the excess tapped off. The glue is allowed to dry completely and then the dress is cut out. The glitter shines through from the back and doesn’t rub off. The sentiment is stamped on either the same paper as the card or a coordinating paper and matted on shimmer paper matching the dress.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Acetate Dress #2

SO SORRY to have gone so long without posting! I hadn't realized that it had been a WEEK! We were out of town for a long weekend visiting my parents for Mother's Day and it was a great time. Sort of hard to get back into the swing of things here.

It’s a little bit easier to see in this picture, how much this dress sparkles. I really didn’t want to take anything away from the dress itself which is why I didn’t use any additional embellishments elsewhere on the card. I let the paper do all the work.

Here's the recipe for this card. Most of the materials are the same as the previous blue one. Again, the hardest part of making this card was figuring out what paper worked the best for the background!

Stamp: Dress Stamp from Inkadinkado, Warm Words
Paper: Once Upon A Time Mat Stack by DCWV, shimmer papers
Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories: Clear acetate sheet, Glitter adhesive, fine glitter in green, large and small oval punch, ribbon from Michael’s, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Taking A Short Break From Dresses...

...to bring you a graduation card. I completely forgot that for some folks (mainly college graduates), that this weekend is graduation weekend. I'm going to post a card here that is appropriate for graduation and would certainly work for a high school graduation too which, in most cases, is later in the month.

I really like this card because it doesn’t use much in the way of stamps, it’s the paper that sets if off. Again, I found this on Splitcoast and can’t find it again to give proper credit so if anyone knows, please post a message back here and I'll change this post to give proper credit. It uses the Brocade Background Designer paper from SU! that is retired, but any vintage type paper would work equally well if you don't have the Brocade Background. The only thing stamped is the sentiment and the two little butterflies.
Recipe:
Stamp Set: Essence of Love
Paper: Brocade Background Designer Paper (ret.), Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, double rectangle punch
The main card is AA cardstock with the Brocade paper applied. The striped panel is matted onto VV cardstock and before it's attached to the main card, rectangle holes are punched in it for the ribbon. See picture for placement. The sentiment is stamped on VV with CC ink. It is then matted on AA cardstock and again on VV. The little butterflies are stamped in CC and AA ink, cut out and attached with a half of a dimensional.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Acetate Dress #1

I came across the idea for this dress in one of my rubber stamping magazines and went a bit crazy with it this year. I had at first intended that it be a card for Mother's Day but then realized that it would be appropriate for ANY mother ANY time, so made up several. They're really very easy to do, the hardest part was finding background paper that matched or at least coordinated with the color of the dress.

It’s hard to see in the picture but this card is stunning in real life. The paper has glitter or shine on it somewhere and the glitter on the dress really sparkles!

Stamp: Dress Stamp from Inkadinkado, Warm Words
Paper: Once Upon A Time Mat Stack by DCWV, shimmer papers
Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories: Clear acetate sheet, Glitter adhesive, blue fine glitter, large and small oval punch, ribbon from Michael’s, dimensionals

The image is stamped on to an acetate sheet with black StazOn and glitter adhesive is applied to the BACK of the acetate and the glitter sprinkled on and the excess tapped off. The glue is allowed to dry completely and then the dress is cut out. The glitter shines through from the back and doesn’t rub off. The sentiment is stamped on the same paper as the card and matted on shimmer paper matching the dress.

I can’t tell you how brilliant this looks in person, guess you’ll have to try this and find out for yourself!

National Scrapbooking Day

I didn't realize that today was National Scrapbooking Day until I checked out a couple of the blogs that I have favorited and it was posted there. Hope you all have a chance to do something fun with your stamps today. I'm not a scrapbooker, but my friend Kate and I are getting together for a Red Hat event, and afterwards we'll come back to my house and spend the evening crafting. We're going to be making some table favors for my senior group at church, using stamps of course! So, we'll be celebrating anyway! Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Last Flower Dress

This is the same design as the first card but I used a rectangle image instead of a circle. I’d stamped and colored the image too close to the edge of the paper so my scalloped punch didn’t work. Rather than throw out the design, I just adapted it to the size that was usable. I like it!

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

Life is a Beautiful Thing

Some days it just doesn't pay to try to be creative.  Today was one of those days.  I knew I had to make a card since I wanted to post s...