Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring Awakenings


I LOVE this Iris digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop so much I couldn't resist making another card with it!!! Today's card is for the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #5. This week there is no sketch, colors, stash or theme which means ANYTHING GOES. That's right, anything goes so what are you waiting for... hurry on over to the Digi Doodle Shop's Best and enter your card creation for a chance to win a free digital image!

My Spring Awakenings card base is Elegant Eggplant layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White cardstock then Floral Tapestry: Amethyst patterned paper. Over the patterned paper I added a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock. The Iris is a beautiful digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop. I printed the image on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored it in using copic markers.

Next I paper pierced around the edges then layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock. I wrapped Silver Metallic Ribbon around it and tied a bow in front before attaching to the card base using mounting tape. To finish off the card I added three small silver brads above the image.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Iris (Digi Doodle Shop);  Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, PTI White and Floral Tapestry: Amethyst (Scrap-Ease);  Ink: Copics YG63, G99, BV11, V17, V09;  Other: Small Silver Brads, Paper Piercing, Metallic Silver Ribbon and Mounting Tape.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Up, Up and Away


We had lots of fun at the zoo and will share some pics with you as soon as I get them uploaded.  For today though, I have another card to share with you. My Up, Up and Away card was created for this week's Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #14. I love this sketch because the image is slightly turned which in itself adds so much dimension to this card.

I also used my newly discovered method of layering again on today's card so my card base is a half sheet of Basic Black cardstock folded in half. Next I cut a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Basic Black cardstock and layered it with a slightly smaller piece of Treasured Brights patterned paper then a 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 strip of Taken With Teal cardstock. I wrapped the Black Dashed Ribbon around this layer and tied a knot in front before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Up, Up and Away stamp set then colored in using copic markers. I paper pierced around the edge then layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock then attached to the card base using mounting tape. The sentiment was also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Heartfelt Phrases stamp set, punched out using the Word Window Punch, then attached to the card base using mounting tape. To embellish the card I added a matching button threaded with DMC White at the center of the knot.

Hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Up, Up and Away, Heartfelt Phrases (Verve Stamps); Paper: Taken With Teal, Basic Black, PTI White, Treasured Brights (Colorbok); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics BG09, R85, R89; Other: Paper Piercing, Black Dashed Ribbon (Bazzill Basics), Word Window Punch, Button, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Monday, April 26, 2010

All Pooped Out


I love these stamps and take them out every summer to create a super fun card! I thought in light of my having turned 40 over the weekend it was fitting... that I'm ALL POOPED OUT!!! I'm off work today and tomorrow... YEA!!! Today we are headed to the Minnesota Zoo to see all the new baby animals. That is, as soon as I quit yacking and get my butt in gear.

Today's card was inspired by the Stars and Stamps Stash Challenge to use "Hardware" (my all time obsession) and the layout is from this week's sketch challenge hosted by Sketch Saturday. It is their 100th sketch and I thought it would be a lot of fun to play along this week. I'm trying a new way of layering my card base today which you will see in a minute but first wanted to give credit and point out that the inspiration for this new technique came from Michele over at Paper Cuts.

My card base is a half sheet of Garden Green cardstock folded in half. The new technique is that instead of creating my card from this card base I cut another piece of Garden Green cardstock that is 4 x 5 1/4 or slightly smaller than the card base. See in the photo how there are two layers of Garden Green cardstock. I love this because now I'm able to wrap my twine or ribbons around this layer and add brads or other things that poke through and the ugly looking stuff on the back side is all covered up and there are no ripples or bumps in my card.

Next I cut two pieces of patterned paper measuring 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 and layered them on the new style card base. I wrapped Jute Twine around it a couple times and taped the ends down on the back side. To embellish this layer I added medium copper brads in each corner then adhered it to the card base using mounting tape. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Large Outhouse stamp and colored in using copic markers. I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Garden Green cardstock and attached it to the card base using mounting tape.

The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out and layered on to a slightly larger piece of Garden Green cardstock then attached to the bottom of the image. To finish off the card I stamped three Mosquitos in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White, cut them out and taped them randomly around the outhouse. And if you've ever been camping in Minnesota... this is exactly the bathroom amenities that you would find! In my dream world though... there would be no Mosquitos, LOL!!!

Now I'm really heading out to the zoo to see all the cute baby animals and get "ALL POOPED OUT".

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Large Outhouse, Pooper Out and Mosquito (Stamps by Judith);  Paper: Garden Green, PTI White and Patterned Paper (DCWV);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics C6, C8, YG63, YG67, E55, E57, E47;  Other: Jute Twine (PTI), Medium Copper Brads and Mounting Tape.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Umbrella


Hi everyone!!! Today is really special because it is not only Saturday which means I get to hang out all day in my PJ's and stamp but it is also my 40th Birthday!!! At work yesterday I was officially invited to the old ladies club, LOL!!! After I get today's mail I'll take a group photo of all the cards that have been trickling in to share with all of you!!! A HUGE thanks to all of you for the wonderful cards and birthday wishes... it means a lot to me!!!

It is raining here today which gave me the incentive to complete my Stamps R Us monthly challenge card. The monthly theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" and the challenge is to create any card that has to do with showers... an image with an umbrella or rain drops. The My Umbrella stamp set from My Favorite Things is the first thing that came to mind and I love paper piecing whenever I use the Pure Innocence stamps and today was no different.

My card base is Pure Poppy cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of Regal Rose patterned paper. Next I added a 2 1/2 x 4 distressed piece of So Saffron cardstock. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of PTI White using the My Umbrella stamp set and colored in using Stampin' Write and Copic Markers. I paper pierced the edges and layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Pure Poppy cardstock before attaching to the card base.

I stamped the image twice more in Memento Tuxedo Black on the Regal Rose patterned paper and cut out the umbrellas. I attached the first one directly on to the image then layered the second one over it using mounting tape. To embellish the card I added a felt flower finished with a button threaded with DMC White.

Hope you have a great weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: My Umbrella (My Favorite Things);  Paper: PTI White and Pure Poppy, So Saffron and Regal Rose Patterned Paper (Stampin' Up Patterns Pack II);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics E00 and E57, Regal Rose, Rose Red and So Saffron; Other: Paper Piercing, Edge Distresser (CTMH), Felt Flower and Button (Making Memories), DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Butterfly Blossoms


Hi everyone! Today's card is really simple but I love the bright colors and hope you do too!!! I created the card for this week's color challenge hosted by the Digi Doodle Shop's Best. The challenge is to create any card using the colors blue, green and yellow. Everyone is welcome to play along and if you don't have a Digi Doodle Shop image, that's OK, go ahead and use any stamp already in your stash! Hope you play along this week and are the lucky winner to get a free digital image!!!

My card base is a half sheet of Summer Sun cardstock folded in half.  Next I cut a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then layered it with a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  I cut my patterned paper the same size, marked one inch from the top and bottom and cut the patterned paper diagonally.  I took one half of the patterned paper and layered it on to the bottom half of the Tempting Turquoise cardstock then wrapped yellow gingham ribbon around this entire section and tied a beautiful bow in front before attaching to the Summer Sun card base.

The Butterfly Blossoms digital image is from the Digi Doodle Shop and was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers.  I distressed the edges before attaching to the card base.  To embellish the card I added a matching button threaded with DMC White at the center of my bow.

Hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Butterfly Blossoms (Digi Doodle Shop);  Paper: Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, PTI White and Wild Wasabi Patterned Paper from the Prints Pack (Stampin' Up);  Ink: Copics BG05, Y17, YR24, YG63, YG67;  Other: Edge Distresser, Gingham Ribbon, Button, DMC White and Glue Dots.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Lion and Lioness


His Card, The Lion (Above) and Her Card, The Lioness (Below)


Today you are in for a special treat because I have two cards to share with you... The Lion and The Lioness! My card duo is inspired by the Stars and Stamps His and Her General Cards Challenge. The challenge is to create a pair of his and her general cards. One general card that may be sent to the man in her life and the other to the woman in his. General cards are any non-holiday cards like Love You, Miss You and Thinking Of You.

During the month of March Operation Write Home had 48 new units request cards which means another 16,000 cards needed on a regular basis. I'm not sure how many total units there are receiving cards at this time but just reading the Hero Blog posts is more than enough to keep me inspired making cards. In addition to the weekly challenges hosted on the Stars and Stamps blog Operation Write Home has a Make Someone's Day challenge going on through May 10th, click here for more details.  While you are there, check out the pics of the really cool prizes being offered too!!!

My Lioness card base is a half sheet of Regal Rose folded in half. Next I cut three 1 1/2 x 3 strips of Sahara Sand cardstock and aligned them along the top edge of the card base. The patterned paper is 2 1/4 x 5 1/2. After adhering the patterned paper I wrapped grosgrain ribbon around the card base and taped the ends down where they are covered up by the image. I tied a cute bow with matching ribbon and attached it using a glue dot.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a 2 1/4 x 2 3/4 piece of paper pierced Georgia Pacific cardstock using the Medium Lion stamp and was colored in using copic markers. I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Certainly Celery then Regal Rose cardstock and attached it to the card base using mounting tape. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Georgia Pacific cardstock using the For Every Occasion stamp set then punched out using the Small Oval Punch.

The Lion card was made using the same layout except I swapped out the cardstock, patterned papers and embellishments. The specific supplies used to make the Lion card are detailed below.

Hope you have a wonderful week!


CREATIVE DESIGN (THE LION):
Stamps: Medium Lion (Stamps By Judith), For Every Occasion (CTMH);  Paper: Brocade Blue, So Saffron, Georgia Pacific White and DCWV Patterned Paper;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics YR21, YR12;  Other: Paper Piercing, Jute Twine (PTI), Small Oval Punch and Mounting Tape.

CREATIVE DESIGN (THE LIONESS):
Stamps: Medium Lion (Stamps By Judith), For Every Occasion (CTMH); Paper: Regal Rose, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery, Georgia Pacific White and DCWV Patterned Paper; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics YR21, YR12; Other: Paper Piercing, Grosgrain Ribbon, Small Oval Punch, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Trio Of Potted Flowers


This is one of those cards that just sort of happens. I wanted to create something really special for my friend and fellow Stamps R Us blog group member, Shelly, for her birthday! Happy Birthday, Shelly! Wishing you the best today and always! I don't have a sewing machine but love the look of stitching on cards and thought I would try emulating hand stitching. Don't think I've ever seen stitching that looks like this but since it looks really cute... for today, let's just pretend it's stitching, LOL!

The layout for this card is one I haven't used in forever but it worked great for this card, you will see what I'm talking about in a minute! My card base is a half sheet of Classic Magenta cardstock folded in half. I cut three pieces of Beautiful Morning patterned paper then drew alternating lines and dots around the edges using my Black Sakura Glaze Pen. Next I wrapped White Dotted Black Ribbon around the card base and taped the ends down in front where they are covered up by the image. I made the bow using my Bow Easy and attached it to the card base using glue dots.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on paper pierced PTI White using the Trio Of Potted Flowers stamp and colored in using copic markers. I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Classic Magenta cardstock before attaching to the card base using mounting tape. To embellish the card I layered bazzill flowers and finished it off with a black button threaded with DMC White.

After finishing the card I decided it looked better on the glossy black cardstock but didn't feel like starting over so instead I layered the whole card on to a 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 piece of glossy black card stock. The glossy black cardstock is like a postcard and the original card is attached to it.  Since the finished card is larger than the standard size I was able to use one of my fancy Wal-mart envelopes I picked up some time ago that is a bit larger than the standard A2 size I usually use.  

Hope you have a beautiful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Trio Of Potted Flowers (Great Impressions);  Paper: Glossy Black, Classic Magenta (Prism), PTI White and Beautiful Morning (My Minds Eye, Ooh La La For Her Collection);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics E08, YG13, RV13, RV17, BG09, BG32;  Other: Paper Piercing, Sakura Black Glaze Pen, Bazzill Flowers, Button, DMC White, White Dotted Black Ribbon, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Looks Like Spring


Wahoo, I can finally say it looks like spring around here! The buds are opening on the trees and our tulips are coming up... well, at least the ones the neighborhood jack rabbit hasn't eaten yet, LOL! My title is also symbolic in that it is the name of the stamp set I used for today's card. My card was inspired by all the beautiful nature around me and the Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #12. I'm cutting it a little close since the new challenge will be posted tomorrow, WHEW!

My card base is So Saffron cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of Spring Flowers Designer Series Paper. The shadow layer is also So Saffron layered with a different pattern of paper pierced Spring Flowers Designer Series Paper. I wrapped the grosgrain ribbon around the shadow layer and tied a bow in front before attaching it to the card base. Oh, I almost forgot to share with you that I finally caved in and ordered a 3M Scotch ATG 914 Glue Gun and must say... I LOVE it!!!  My husband thought I was crazy when I showed him my new toy, LOL!!!

But, I degress... the background for the image was stamped in Creamy Caramel on Whisper White cardstock using the Looks Like Spring stamp set. I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Chocolate Chip then So Saffron cardstock and attached it to the card base using mounting tape. The flower was stamped in Bashful Blue on Whisper White using the same stamp set then was cut out and attached to the background using a glue dot. To embellish the flower I added shimmery button threaded with DMC White. To finish off the card I added two smaller buttons along the side also threaded with DMC White.

Well, that's it for me today!  Hope you have a great weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Looks Like Spring (Stampin' Up);  Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Spring Flowers Designer Series Paper;  Ink: Creamy Caramel and Bashful Blue;  Other: Paper Piercing, Grosgrain Ribbon, Buttons, DMC White, Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Frog In My Bird Bath


Today's card was created for the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #3. During the month of April we are celebrating spring and each week are challenged to come up with a different card creation relating to the theme. This week is our first sketch challenge. If you've visited my blog before you already know how much I love sketch challenges. To play along with me this week, simply create any spring themed card using this sketch and enter it over at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.

My card base is 5 1/2 x 11 piece of Close To Cocoa cardstock folded in half then layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then paper pierced Petal Patch Designer Series Paper. The strip is a 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 piece of Close To Cocoa cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced Petal Patch Designer Series Paper. I wrapped the ribbon around it and taped the ends down on the backside before attaching to the card base. I then made a beautiful bow and attached it on the front using glue dots.

The cute Bird Bath image is from the Digi Doodle Shop and was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer then colored in using copic markers. I die cut and embossed the image using my Standard Circles Large Nestabilities and layered it on to a piece of Close To Cocoa die cut using my Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Petal Patch Designer Series Paper using the Basket Full'o Flopsey stamp set then punched out using the Small Oval Punch. Next I die cut a flower using the Bird w/Leaves and Flowers Sizzix Die and Petal Patch Designer Series Paper. To embellish the flower I added a button threaded with DMC White in the center.

Thanks for fluttering by!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Bird Bath (Digi Doodle Shop) and Basket Full'o Flopsey (My Favorite Things); Paper: Close To Cocoa PTI White and Petal Patch Designer Series Paper; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics B91, B93, E71, E77, Y15, R30, YG63; Other: Paper Piercing, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Ribbon, Button, DMC White, Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large Nestabilities, Bird w/Leaves and Flowers Sizzix Die (Stampin' Up), Glue Dots and Mounting Tape.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Seeing Your Face


I've had the Sizzix Top Note Die from Stampin' up for some time now and finally pulled it out to play with!  I love the dashed line around the edge and the unique shape.  It changes up the layout and adds so much dimension.  Today's card was created for my special friend and fellow Stamps R Us blog group member, Lynn, for her birthday!  Happy Birthday, Lynn!  Thank you for the amazing inspiration and awesome blog posts... they always make me laugh and put a HUGE smile on my face, you have such a wonderful sense of humor!  Hope your birthday is as special as you are!!!

Today's card base is Garden Green layered with a slightly smaller piece of Georgia Pacific White cardstock then Treasured Brights patterned paper.  The strips are 1 3/8" pieces of Garden Green cardstock.  Next I added the Top Note die cut using Georgia Pacific White cardstock.  The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a 2 1/4 x 3 piece of Georgia Pacific cardstock using the Seeing Your Face stamp and was colored in using copic markers.  I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Garden Green cardstock then Treasured Brights patterned paper before attaching to the card base using mounting tape.  To embellish the card I added a Sunflower Dew Drop in each corner.

Hope your day is cheerful and bright!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Seeing Your Face (Penny Black); Paper: Garden Green, Georgia Pacific White and Treasured Brights (Colorbok); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics R30, E13, E39,YG63, G85, C4 and colorless blender; Other: Sunflower Dew Drops, Sizzix Top Note Die (Stampin' Up) and Mounting Tape.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunflower Garden


I'm a little late to complete the Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #11 but here it is... better late than never, right!!! I struggle with sliding my cardstock up to the ends of the card base and today was no different so I slid the brown layer down a little so I could see the card base all the way around the edges. The supplies used for today's card are from my Taylored Expressions August Key Ingredients Kit.

My card base is Blush Dark Red layered with a slightly smaller paper pierced Pearl patterned paper. I keep wanting to call this patterned paper Honeycomb because that is what it reminds me of, LOL! Next I added the strip of Suede Brown Dark cardstock. The shadow layer is Blush Dark Red layered with a slightly smaller piece of Patchwork patterned paper. I wrapped the brown grosgrain ribbon around it and tied a bow in front before attaching to the card base. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on paper pierced Very Vanilla cardstock using the Sunflower Garden stamp and colored in using copic markers.

Thanks for coming by, hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Sunflower Garden (Great Impressions);  Paper: Blush Dark Red and Suede Brown Dark (Prism), Very Vanilla, Patchwork and Pearl patterned paper (Pebbles, Linnie Bell Collection);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics YG63, YG67, Y21, YR12, R89, E44, E47, E49;  Other: Paper Piercing, Grosgrain Ribbon and Mounting Tape.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Anything But Stamping


Somewhere along the line I came across a challenge to make a card using anything but stamping.  It's only taken some time to complete the challenge but that is where my inspiration came for today's card.  That and wanting to play with my new Birds w/Leaves and Flowers Sizzix Die.  This beautiful card was sent to my friend and fellow Digi Doodle Shop's Best design team member, Monika, for her birthday!  The card is traveling all the way to Germany so I hope it made it there in time!  Happy Birthday, Monika!!!  Hope you have a fabulous birthday and your day is filled with all things as beautiful as you are!

The layout for today's card is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #62.  As always, I didn't have the card ready in time to actually enter in the challenge but it sure was fun playing with the sketch.  My card base is So Saffron layered with a slightly smaller piece of Very Vanilla cardstock then Le Jardin Designer Series Paper.

The strip is So Saffron finished on both sides using the Scallop Edge Punch.  I wrapped the grosgrain ribbon around the cardstock and taped both ends down on the backside before adhering the strip to the card base.  Next I grabbed a bunch of scrap cardstock and had fun playing with my sizzix die.  The bird is die cut from Bashful Blue, the flower Always Artichoke and the leaves River Rock.  To embellish the card I added a button threaded with DMC Ivory in the center of the flower and three Kaiser Rhinestones along the bottom of the card.

Hope you have a beautiful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Paper: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla and Le Jardin Designer Seriers Paper (Stampin' Up);  Other: Bird w/Leaves and Flower Sizzix Die (Stampin' Up), Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Kaiser Rhinestones, Button, DMC Ivory, Mounting Tape.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ruby Red Irises


Today's beautiful card was created for the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #2. This week the challenge is to create a card using a different fold which really brought me out of my shell but also gave me a chance to play with my new Scor-Pal. The design for this card is called the Gate Fold Card.

While working on this card I also made a Gate Fold Card for my father-in-law's 70th birthday along with a tutorial being featured over on the Stars and Stamps blog. The photo above is of my Ruby Red Irises card closed. The next photo shows the card slightly open so you can tell where the folds are.

 
My card base is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of Ruby Red cardstock scored at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8". Fold the flaps at the scored lines. In keeping with my traditional layers I next cut a slightly smaller piece of PTI White, cut it in half and attached one half on each flap. The next layer is a slightly smaller piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, cut in half and attached to the card base. I wrapped ribbon around the left flap and taped the ends down in the middle where they are covered up by the image.

The Iris image is a digital stamp from the Digi Doodle Shop that was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers. I paper pierced around the edges and layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Ruby Red cardstock. The left side of the image is taped to the left flap so that the card may be opened. To embellish the card I added a pretty bow finished with a large button threaded with DMC White. In the lower corner of the image I added two small buttons threaded with DMC White.

Hope you enjoyed today's card creation, thanks for stopping by!


 
CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Iris (Digi Doodle Shop);  Paper: Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi and PTI White;  Ink: Copics R14, R39, YG63 and G99;  Other: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing, Ribbon, Buttons, DMC White and Glue Dots.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nature Silhouette


I'm really proud of myself for coming out of my shell and trying so many new things lately. I recently got the Scor-Pal and created this handsome nature silhouette card for my father-in-law's 70th birthday! While making the card I took a bunch of photos and made this fun Gate Fold Card tutorial featured on the Stars and Stamps blog. I left the flaps go on this next photo so you could see where the folds are and how it looks when opening up the card.


My card base is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of Handsome Hunter cardstock scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8. I folded both ends inward then added a 1 7/8 x 5 1/4 strip of patterned paper on both flaps. Next I layered a 2 x 2 1/8 piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock on each flap about 1 inch from the bottom then lined the top edge with 3/8" Twill Tape.

The image was stamped and embossed on a 2 3/4 x 3 piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using the Nature Silhouettes stamp set, Chocolate Chip Craft Pad and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Handsome Hunter cardstock before attaching to the left flap using mounting tape. To embellish the card I added brown chipboard photo corners in each corner of the patterned paper and some Chocolate Kaiser Pearls along the bottom of the image.


Hope you have a handsome day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Nature Silhouettes (Stampin' Up);  Paper: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Handsome Hunter and Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up), Patterned Paper (Rocky Mountain Scrapbook Co);  Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft Pad, Chocolate Chip and Handsome Hunter;  Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Neutral Photo Corners (Jo-Anns), Chocolate Pearls (KaiserScrapbook), 3/8" Twill Tape (Stampin' Up) and Mounting Tape.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Bunny Trio


Happy Easter, everyone!!!  We are spending the day with my in-laws and have lots of fun activities planned... delicious dinner, easter egg hunt and card games!!!  Before we take off though I wanted to share the easter card I sent to the family this year.  The layout was inspired by the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #106.

My card base is Sage Shadow layered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White then Barely Banana cardstock.  The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on paper pierced Whisper White using the Bunny Trio stamp and colored in using copic markers.  It is hard to tell in this photo buy I sponged Bashful Blue ink around the sides and top for sky and Sage Shadow along the bottom for grass.  Next I layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Sage Shadow cardstock and attached it to the card base using mounting tape.

The three squares at the bottom of the card are 1 1/16 x 1 5/16 Sage Shadow layered with a 7/8 x 1 1/2 piece of paper pierced Whisper White cardstock.  I attached a paper flower in the center using a clear medium Rhinestone Brad then attached the squares to the card base using mounting tape.  To further embellish the card I attached a bow above the Bunny Trio using a glue dot then added a large clear Rhinestone Brad in the center.  To attach the Rhinestone Brad I first cut off the ends on the backside to make it lay flat then attached it using a glue dot.

Hope you have a Happy Easter!!!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Bunny Trio (Inky Antics); Paper: Sage Shadow, Barely Banana and Whisper White;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sage Shadow, Bashful Blue and Copics R32, G21, Y21, V93;  Other: Paper Piercing, Sponge, Paper Flowers, Rhinestone Brads, Organdy Ribbon (CTMH) and Mounting Tape.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Little Boy Bunny


Hi everyone! I'm really excited to share today's card with all of you. My Little Boy Bunny card was created for the grand opening of the Digi Doodle Shop and first challenge being hosted over on the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge Blog. I'm excited to announce that I'm one of the Digi Doodle Shop's Best Design Team members and hope you will join us each week for a new challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card that is Easter or Spring themed.

If you haven't already done so, you will want to sign up for the weekly newsletter and visit the store for a chance to win your very own custom stamp. The first 50 customers will be entered into a drawing for a FREE one of a kind custom stamp. I've had a sneak peak at some of the custom stamps created for others and they are really AMAZING, you won't want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity!

Today's card was created using the Little Boy Bunny digital image from the Digi Doodle Shop.  When I first saw this Little Boy Bunny digital image I knew I wanted to color him using browns and blues with some yellow to highlight the cute butterfly. My card base is Close To Cocoa layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then paper pierced So Saffron cardstock. The shadow layer is paper pierced Haystack patterned paper layered on to a slightly larger piece of Close To Cocoa cardstock. I chose this patterned paper because I wanted to color the image as the title says... as a Little Boy Bunny and after choosing the paper thought how funny... the patterned paper is from the Piggy Tales, Little Boy Blue collection, LOL!

Next I wrapped white grosgrain ribbon around the shadow layer and tied a knot in front before adhering it to the card base.  The Little Boy Bunny digital image was printed on PTI White using my Epson Photo Printer and colored in using copic markers. It is hard to tell in this photo but I tried using a shading technique when coloring the bunny (the brown parts of the image). I really like the effect and will have to do this more often. After coloring the image I cut it out and attached it to the card base using mounting tape. I also colored and cut out the cute little butterfly to complete the image. To further embellish the card I added two small copper brads in the upper corner.

Thanks for coming by and hope you play along in this weeks challenge!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Little Boy Bunny (Digi Doodle Shop);  Paper: Close To Cocoa, So Saffron, PTI White and Haystack (Piggy Tales, Little Boy Blue Collection);  Ink: Copics YR21, B95, B97, E71, E47;  Other: 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercing, Small Copper Brads and Mounting Tape.