Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happiness Always

This is a great, quick and easy all-purpose card, which I completely case'd from Rachel Durtschi! I changed the color scheme, but the layout and stamps are exactly the same.

I masked off a 2" square on my Whisper White cardstock with sticky notes and swiped my Pink Pirouette ink pad a few times to create the pink square. Next, I stamped the butterflies from the Happiness Always hostess set, the bold butterfly image with Riding Hood Red and the top butterfly image with Chocolate Chip ink. The sentiment is stamped with Riding Hood Red ink. I added some Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, layered the Whisper White cs onto Riding Hood Red and finally a card made from Pink Pirouette.

Stamps: Happiness Always
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, sticky notes

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Snowflake Trade

This is my trade for tonight's downline meeting. Our theme is snowflakes, and I wanted to do something with the Felt Flurries from the Holiday Mini catalog. I'm also on a Coluzzle kick, since I just got mine! :) This is the result...

I've seen several ornaments on Splitcoast and I thought that would make a really fun card - something that the recipient could actually hang on the tree. I used my Coluzzle to cut the circle card, as well as the Ski Slope designer paper. (I cut each circle from the dp in half, so I could make two cards out of one circle.)

I randomly stamped the snowflake from the Scandinavian Season set in Whisper White ink and added the sentiment (from To You & Yours). Next, I added the designer paper and some striped grosgrain ribbon. I layered two felt flakes and secured them with a rhinestone brad (from the Pretties Kit). I layered the snowflakes onto the card using a Dimensional. I used the Round Tab punch to make the hanger at the top and added some silver elastic cord, which could be used to actually hang the ornament on a Christmas tree.

Same card different color combo!

Stamps: Scandinavian Season, To You & Yours
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Ink: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red (blue ornament), Chocolate Chip (red ornament)
Accessories: Coluzzle, Little Felt Flurries, Round Tab punch, Pretties Kit, silver elastic cord, striped grosgrain ribbon (Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Batty For You

A cute take on a Halloween card I received as a trade from a fellow demo, Stephanie. The bat is made using the Coluzzle circle cutter and punches.

Using the Coluzzle, I cut a circle out of Basic Black cardstock and trimmed a little off of one side, to give it a straight edge. I punched a half circle at the rounded top with the 1 3/4" circle punch. Next, starting from one of the bottom corners, I used my 1" circle punch to create the scallops in the wings. I punched it once at the corner and then again towards the middle, and repeating this starting from the opposite corner. The body is made with the Large Oval Punch and the 1" circle punch. The ears are from one of the flowers in the Boho Blossoms punch. The final touch was the googly eyes.

The card was made from Basic Gray cardstock and I randomly stamped the circles (from the Tasty Sweet set) with Basic Gray ink. I tore the bottom edge of the card and added a strip of Kiwi Kiss designer paper, where I stamped Happy Halloween in Basic Black ink. I also added a piece of Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon.

I cut another circle with the Coluzzle out of Whisper White cardstock and sponged the edges with Basic Gray ink to create the moon behind the bat. I layered the bat and moon on to the card using Dimensionals.

Thanks again to Stephanie for the adorable bat idea! I love anything I can make with punches. Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!

Stamps: Tasty Sweet, All Holidays
Paper: Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Gray, Basic Black
Accessories: Coluzzle, 1" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Large Oval punch, Boho Blossoms punch, googly eyes, Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mother/Daughter Class

We made these fun projects at the Mother/Daughter Class last Friday night. Our next class will be on November 14 and the projects will be just as special. Contact me if you would like to attend!

Tic Tac Toe Tin

Birthday Card with Envelope

Mini Gift Card Set

Friday, October 17, 2008

Crazy for Cupcakes

Rain, rain, stay and play! I really want to stamp today... :) It's raining here, and (miracle of miracles) both kids are napping. Perfect stamping conditions! I was able to get a few things made today for a workshop I have next weekend, so I'll be sharing those soon. But today, some cute birthday cupcakes. I made this card at a shoebox swap and my upline presented it - it's so sweet! (No pun intended...)

Pretty straightforward stamping here. I stamped the cupcakes in Basic Brown ink and colored with Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa markers. I colored the cherries using a blender pen and the ink from the lid of my Riding Hood Red ink pad. I also added a little glue from my glue pen and added a some sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The cupcakes are layered onto a panel of Chocolate Chip cs.

The card is made from Kraft cs, with about 1 1/2" cut from the bottom. I used the Scallop Edge Punch on the bottom edge and adhered some Riding Hood Red designer paper to the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment near the bottom edge, to the left. To place the cupcakes on the card, I put adhesive on only the top 1/2 of the Chocolate Chip panel and placed it on the card. The finishing touch is some double stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon. Don't you want to gobble them up?
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red dsp
Ink: Basic Brown, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, blender pens, Dazzling Diamonds, Double Stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Color Inspiration Challenge #26

Yeah! Another color challenge from Kristina Werner. I haven't been able to play for awhile - busy, busy, busy. And I suppose I should have been doing something a little more worthwhile (like watching the presidential debate) but I couldn't help myself (plus the debate was driving me CRAZY - I tried, really, I did!).

I L-O-V-E these colors together, plus I got to play with my new Coluzzle set! Yippee! :) I didn't have any Wild Wasabi cs left, so I changed my green to Certainly Celery. I'm go glad I saved some of my retired Cutie Pie designer paper - it was the perfect fit for this card. I also found a very cool layout on Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday.

I felt like these colors called for something fun and whimsical. I started by pulling out my markers and colored the "enjoy" stamp from the Enjoy Every Moment set. Once I had stamped it on Whisper White cs, I layered it onto a Rose Red panel. I also added a Rose Red felt flower with a silver brad as an accent.

I cut both circles using my Coluzzle, added a little paper piercing and layered the designer paper onto the Certainly Celery circle. I stamped a few flowers (from the same set) on the bottom half of the card. Next, I adhered the layered circles on the card and added some Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon. Finally, I placed the sentiment over the ribbon, using Dimensionals.

Love to hear what you think!

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Whisper White Cutie Pie dsp (retired)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Bashful Blue striped grosgrain ribbon, Flower Fusion, silver brad, Coluzzle

Pocket Silhouettes

Another card using the set Pocket Silhouettes, another card I case'd from Rachel. This easy and elegant card could be used for so many different occasions!

To make the card, I folded a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" sheet of Basic Gray cardstock in half. I folded one edge down approximately 1" and tore a narrow strip from the bottom. I taped the torn flap down and tied a piece of white taffeta ribbon around the card, making a pocket. I repeatedly stamped the flower image along the bottom, stamped the same image on a piece of Whisper White scrap paper and punched it with the 1 3/4" circle punch, making a tag. I punched a small hole at the top of the tag and threaded some fine crochet thread through the hole, tying it to my ribbon. For the card, I took a piece of Whisper White cs, rounded the corners and stamped the sentiment. So simple and so pretty!
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/8" hole punch, white taffeta ribbon, crochet thread, corner rounder

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Upsy Daisy Birthday

I've been working on birthday cards - you can never have too many, can you? These cards both use the set Upsy Daisy, but are very different in the tone and feel.

I case'd the layout for this first card from a fellow demonstrator, but changed a few things about the card, including color and focal image. First, I stamped the daisies with Baja Breeze ink on one side of the Whisper White panel and then stamped it again in Pacific Point ink towards the other side of the panel. Next, I stamped the sentiment, and layered it on to a black panel. I took a piece of Baja Breeze cs, folded down the right corner and tied the Pacific Point grosgrain ribbon around the panel, layering it onto a Pacific Point card. I placed the daisy panel over the ribbon using Dimensionals.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Accessories: Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon

This is a very simple card, but looks rather elegant. I stamped the daisies in Blush Blossom ink and used my Regal Rose marker to color the tips of the flowers. I stamped this onto a Whisper White panel and layered it on to Regal Rose and Close to Cocoa panels. I also tore the bottom edge of the Close to Cocoa panel. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right-hand corner and tied a piece of Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon around the front.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Paper: Blush Blossom, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Ink: Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose marker
Accessories: Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon

Friday, October 10, 2008

Holiday Peace

I saved my favorite for Friday! I really LOVE this card - I think it's the simple layout, the serene colors, and the glitter. It just all came together very nicely... I really like this set, too. It's called To You & Yours and it has several small simple greetings that are adaptable to pretty much any Christmas card.

The house image was stamped in Not Quite Navy ink on Shimmery White cardstock and punched with the Wide Oval Punch. I sponged Not Quite Navy ink around the edges, to give it a little more depth. Next, I applied glue to the roof line and snow swirls and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter. The rectangular panel is very simple - Not Quite Navy dsp and Sahara Sand cardstock layered onto a Whisper White panel. I also added some paper piercing to the top and sides of the Sahara Sand panel. I tied some white taffeta ribbon around it, placed it on the card front and placed the oval to the left side, using Dimensionals to pop it up.

Stamps: To You & Yours
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy dsp
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Crafter's Tool Kit, white taffeta ribbon, wide oval punch, sponge

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Scandinavian Season #3

Another take on the Scandinavian Christmas tree card I posted earlier. You can view it here.

Stamps: Scandinavian Season, All Holidays
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Ski Slope dsp
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Boho Blossoms punch, silver brads

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Merry Christmas to You

This is a card I designed that, at first, I wasn't crazy about, but it has really grown on me. I love this color combination, and I think the embossing is really lovely, especially for a Christmas card.

I stamped the large swirl from the Baroque Motif stamp set with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder, which ended up looking more cream than white. I did the same with the sentiment, from the Best Yet hostess set. Next, I randomly stamped the small flower image with Bravo Burgundy ink around the embossed swirl.

To make the medallion, I stamped the large flower in Bravo Burgundy ink on a square piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and added a half pearl from the Pretties Kit. I used the Ticket Corner punch to notch the corners and layered it on to a square of Always Artichoke cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon around the card front, and taped the ends down where the medallion would cover them when placed over the top. I secured the medallion over the ribbon ends with Dimensionals and made a small bow from the ribbon, which I placed on the card using a mini glue dot.

Stamps: Baroque Motif, Best Yet
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Versamark
Accessories: White embossing powder, heat gun, Pretties Kit, Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, ticket corner punch

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

O Christmas Tree

This is an ultra quick card to put together! This is based on a similar card that my upline designed. I used the Dotted Lines wheel to create the top Old Olive panel and colored the Christmas tree stamp with markers. Some wide red grosgrain ribbon finished it off.

Stamps: Deer Friends, All Holidays, Dotted Lines wheel
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Sun
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, wide red grosgrain ribbon

Monday, October 6, 2008

Merry Snowmen

This is one of the Christmas cards we made at Saturday's 10 Cards for $10. A quick card, perfect for someone who wants to make several to send out to all the rellies! :) I tried to make all of the cards that way, but I think a couple of the cards were a little more involved than I anticipated. Anyway, this one was a hit!

The card base was made from a 3"x12" sheet of Kraft cs, folded in half. I wheeled the top half of the front of the card with the Jolly wheel with Whisper White craft ink. The snowmen were stamped with Black Staz-On, colored with markers, and punched out with the Square Scallop Punch. I layered this onto a square piece of Real Red cs. After tying a piece of ribbon around the front, I placed the snowmen over the ribbon with Dimensionals and stamped "very merry" with Real Red ink. Finished card measures 3"x6".

Stamps: Window Dressing, Short & Sweet
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White, Jolly wheel
Ink: White craft, Black Staz-On, Real Red, Bashful Blue marker, Real Red marker, Pumpkin Pie marker
Accessories: Scallop square punch, Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Love Many Things

Another take on the tri-fold card with belly band. I posted a similar card a while back. You can view it here, along with complete instructions. I seem to be slightly obsessed with belly bands lately... on my cards anyway!

We made this card at last month's 10 Cards for $10. October's class is this Saturday and we'll be making Christmas cards. I've been putting the supplies together all week and have finally come up with five cards I'm happy with. I'll be sharing those with you next week.
Stamps: Dreams du Jour
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Bella Rose dsp
Ink: Black Staz-On, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Scallop Square punch, blender pens

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Heartisans' Awards Night

Last night we had our annual awards night for the downline group that I belong to - the "Heartisans." I was really excited to receive two awards from my upline, Karla. I was named third in sales for the year and the "rising star." I received several gifts, including the two charms above, which are from Brighton. I can't wait to get a chain so that I can actually wear them. :)