Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Crumb Cake & Cupcakes

I will be needing some masculine birthday cards soon and I wanted them to be birthday themed without using the old stand-bys (stars and trees). I didn't use any pink and I didn't tie the ribbon in a bow.  I was even able to resist the temptation to add glitter to the icing.  I think this is manly enough, yet still festive - don't you?  Do you know a man that doesn't like cupcakes?   

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Crazy for Cupcakes.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, soft suede, real red, bashful blue, whisper white.  Ink:  black staz-on, soft suede.  Accessories:  bashful blue, real red & soft suede markers, texturz plate, two tags die, jumbo eyelet, real red striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), linen thread.  Tools:  big shot, sponge, crop-a-dile.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Anniversary Owls

I was completely out of wedding anniversary cards.  So I stole a minutes last night and CASEd this adorable card.  I can't wait to put a few more together!! 

That new owl punch is so cute and not as difficult to piece as I thought it would be.  I've always been conservative with my designer paper scraps.  Now I have a use for even the smallest scraps - owl bellies - who would've thought?!

The button is a clear itty bitty button.  I used the corresponding punch to cut a piece of daffodil delight cardstock and adhered it to the back; making it look like a yellow button.  I'm not too crazy about "naked" buttons, so I punched holes through the card stock and threaded the button with linen thread.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  A Word for You.  Card Stock:  whisper white, crumb cake, early espresso, daffodil delight, sweet pea dsp, pretty in pink dsp.  Ink:  early espresso.  Accessories:  early espresso 3/8" taffeta ribbon, glue dots, glue pen, bitty buttons, linen thread.  Tools:  paper piercer, scallop border punch, bitty punch, quick stick.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Baby Grandson Card

My friend, Karen, was blessed with a new grandson this past week.  This is the card I made for her.  Nursery Necessities just retired, but it's one of those stamp sets that I'm not ready to let go.

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I changed this sweet baby girl card to blues.

I  had a couple of "experiences" making this card:
1.  It was returned to me for additional postage.  I know this happens to some people a lot - in different postal areas.  It's only the second time it's happened to me - in 14 years.  I use ribbon on a lot of cards, but some sorter must not have liked this knot.  It's funny, because I mailed it the same day I mailed that last baby card I showed - with a satin bow, and it didn't get returned to me (and I know it arrived to its destination).  I can't really say that this card was late... but I do time birthday and anniversary cards.  So I'm thinking of buying additional postage stamps to have on hand when I don't want to chance a card being late.
2.  I think I figured out my punching problem.  For several months, I've been having difficulty lining up my punches to center my stamped images.  Especially the circles and stars.  During the 4th of July card time, I was getting so frustrated - I could not center one of those stars in the punch.  When I was making this card, something told me to hold the stamped image and punch straight out in front of me (as opposed to looking down towards my work counter).  Voila!  Perfectly centered stars (and the apples from yesterday's card).  What's the difference?  I think my no-line bifocals are the culprit.  I haven't always had this problem punching and I haven't always had these glasses either.  Now it seems to be solved.  Oh - life's old age lessons!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Nursery Necessities (retired).  Card Stock:  pacific point, baja breeze, whisper white.  Ink:  pacific point, baja breeze.  Accessories:  pacific point striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.  Punches:  large star, 1-3/8" square. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Good Apple

I've been seeing a lot of back-to-school themed cards lately.  I really liked this one!  It's clean and simple yet really cute.  Plus it uses Riding Hood Red which I am so glad returned.  I wish this ribbon had returned also.... but I'll be happy with my little saved stash.

In the middle photo, you can get a glimpse of how I decorated the inside of the card.

I thought it might not be a bad idea to have a few of these cards made up for my daughter - just in case she ever needs to smooth anything over with any teachers. 

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Tart & Tangy, Smarty Pants.  Card Stock:  whisper white, riding hood red.  Ink:  riding hood red, crumb cake.  Accessories:  dimensionals, riding hood red striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), riding hood red, chocolate chip and old olive markers.  Tools:  1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Because I Care and Flower Fancy

I made a card with this Flower Fancy Stamp Set the other day.  Before putting it away, I wanted to CASE this one from the ARTfelt Impressions blog.  I just love how we can make very different cards using the same stamp set!

I have so much work to do, I really shouldn't be playing.  One of the things I need to do is get some more listings on ebay.  Currently, I am selling retired card stock, stamp pads, refill ink, markers and ribbons for a friend.  Check them out here.  If you look right now, come back later - I have more to do!!   If you're local, you can pick up your purchases and you won't have to pay shipping. 

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Flower Fancy, Because I Care.  Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black dp.  Ink:  black staz-on, daffodil yellow, old olive.  Accessories:  basic black 1/2" satin ribbon, black brad, blender pen, dimensional.  Tool:  scallop edge punch.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fox & Friends Baby Card

This past week, we found out that friends/neighbors are expecting a baby.  Of course, a healthy pregnancy and baby are what's important.  But I suspect everyone is secretly hoping for a girl - since they already have 4 boys and no girls.

I had given all of my gender neutral baby cards to Operation Write Home which meant I had to start from scratch and make a card to send to them.  I just hate love it when that happens!!

Totally CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Fox & Friends, Well Scripted, Curvy Verses.  Card Stock:  whisper white, certainly celery, bashful blue, pretty in pink, so saffron.  Ink:  certainly celery, pretty in pink, bashful blue, so saffron.  Accessories:  whisper white satin ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  1-3/8" square punch.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Flower Fancy - Glad We're Friends

Another flower card so soon!  I just said the other day that I don't use my flower stamps very often and here I am with another flower card.  I just couldn't resist.  I thought this card on Andrea Walford's blog was beautiful, plus I was intrigued with a technique she used.

The green panel is Wild Wasabi card stock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  Then I wiped my Whisper White craft stamp pad over the embossed areas.  Pretty cool, huh?!

I used my "bow-easy" to make a pretty double-loop bow.
I stamped the flower image on Pink Pirouette card stock.  To add more color/shading, I used a q-tip in Pretty in Pink ink.  I stamped it again on Whisper White card stock and colored just the center with a q-tip in Daffodil Delight ink.  I cut the yellow out and added it to the center of the pink.  Then I added the bling.  Whew!  Actually, it was easier and quicker than it sounds.

the inside...

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Flower Fancy, Best Yet (retired).  Card Stock:  pink pirouette, wild wasabi, early espresso, whisper white.  Ink:  early espresso, whisper white craft, pretty in pink, pink piroutte, daffodil delight.  Accessories:  early espresso 3/8" taffeta ribbon, sticky back rhinestones, elegant lines embossing folder, dimensionals, glue dot.  Tools:  big shot, stamp-a-ma-jig (inside).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Owl Post-It Holders

When I saw these post-it holders on Inking Idaho, I knew I would be making some.  Too cute!!

I'm anxious to use this adorable owl punch on more projects.  I keep thinking I will do more stamping once the pool closes.  BUT - I am in NO hurry for summer to end!!!

These would be so cute hanging on a purse or wristlette - or anywhere!  They were surprisingly quick to make.  I made 3 in about 45 minutes, and that includes figuring out the dimensions.  I'm sure another batch will be even quicker.  Becky (the originator) used 3/4" binder rings.  Staples (the only local office supply store) only had 1" rings.  Also, you need to divide one post-it stack into thirds - that's about all you can squeeze into the crop-a-dile to make the hole. 

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  none {gasp}!!  Card Stock:  real red, so saffron, early espresso, crumb cake, whisper white, play date dsp.  Ink:  none!!  Accessories:  old olive & early espresson 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, binder ring, post-it notes, glue pen.  Tools:  owl punch, extra wide oval punch, crop-a-dile, quick stick.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cottage Garden in Daffodil and Poppy

Today I used a brand new stamp set called Cottage Garden.  I had overlooked this set in the new catalog - probably because I'm not too into flowers and garden themes.  That is until I found these fabulous cards by Ilina Crouse.  I liked them enough to order the stamps and designer paper.

I've had two photo shoots with these cards.  With some editing, the daffodil card doesn't look too "off", but the poppy doesn't look so great.  Trust me, these cards are super pretty in real life!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Cottage Garden.  Card Stock:  poppy parade, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, whisper white, sunny garden dp.  Ink:  poppy parade, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz, peach parfait.  Accessories:  certainly celery 3/8" taffeta ribbon, flat back pearls, dimensionals.  Tools:  corner rounder.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #4 Wicked Cool

This is the last and the most controversial card we made at my August Stamp-A-Stack.  Those that liked it, really liked it.  And those that didn't like it - well, you get the picture. 

I think everyone could get on board with the color combination.  It was the ruffled ribbon that stirred the pot.  I had seen it done a lot lately and wanted to give it a try.  Since I was learning something new, I figured my guests would want to learn also.  Now I know.  :0)

The card shown in the photos is actually my "prototype".  The ribbon is too uniform.  For the samples that I made later (but before the workshop), I scattered the ruffles in a random pattern and liked it much better!!

The catalog shows these colors with the very fun new stamp set.  I designed the layout. 

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool.  Card Stock:  rich razzleberry, old olive, basic black, whisper white.  Ink:  rich razzleberry, old olive, basic black, versamark.  Accessories:  dimensionals, old olive 3/8" taffeta ribbon, sticky strip. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

August 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #3 Watercolor Trio

This is the 3rd card we made at the August Stamp-A-Stack.   I often like monochromatic cards and this one is no exception.  It is super simple, yet very pretty and elegant.  It was popular with my stamping guests.

CASEd here from ARTfelt Impressions blog.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Watercolor Trio.  Card Stock:  whisper white, old olive.  Ink:  old olive.  Accessories.  lattice weave embossing folder, dimensionals, old olive 1/2" satin ribbon.  Tools:  big shot.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #2 Happy Together

The second card we made this weekend was copied straight from page 75 of the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  It's a fun mix of colors.  Enjoy!

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Happy Together.  Card Stock:  early espresso, whisper white, certainly celery, marina mist, poppy parade.  Ink:  early espresso, certainly celery, poppy parade, more mustard.  Accessories:  silver brad, dimensional.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #1 Aviary


Yesterday and today were my 3 Stamp-A-Stack workshops for this month.  Lots of fun!

This is the first card that we made.  Once again, I used the Aviary stamp set; the one that I didn't think I would buy and now love!

I adapted this card to a 3x6 card that fits in the small open-end envelopes.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Aviary, Tiny Tags.  Card Stock:  basic black (12x12), daffodil yellow, whisper white.  Ink:  staz-on black, daffodil yellow.  Accessories:  daffodil yellow 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, white embroidery floss, black brad, dimensional.  Tools:  stamp-a-ma-jig, jewely tag punch, 1/16" hole punch.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Batty for You Frankenstein

For some reason, I wanted my August order thank-you cards to be Halloweened themed.  And I wanted to use the very cute Batty for You stamp set.  These are the cards that I include with $25+ orders.  I don't want them too simple, yet easy for anyone to duplicate. 

I modified this m&m matchbook holder by Becky Roberts and came up with this card:

I showed it to Kyle and he thought is was kind of cute and kind of creepy.  Jeff was confused; He didn't remember Frankenstein talking.  Am I the only one that gets it and likes it???

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Batty for You, Smarty Pants.  Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white, old olive, old olive dsp.  Ink:  basic black, old olive.  Accessories:  dimensionals.  Tools:  1" circle, 1-3/8" circle, scallop circle and scallop edge punches.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Baja Bird Cages

When I first saw the new stamp set, Aviary, in the new catalog, I didn't care much for it.  It was the colors in the sample card that turned me off.  But then I did see it used a few other times in the catalog and I started liking it.  And now the web is flooded with adorable cards made with it.  I now own the stamp set and it is currently one of my favorites.  Yes - this does happen often :0)

I saw this fabulous card by Kristin Moore on splitcoast.  I'm so glad that baja breeze came back and that I saved (hoarded) some of this retired ribbon.

I cut another vanilla top note die on the inside, stamped another bird in cage and used the thank you sentiment from Curvy Verses.  This card is going in today's mail.

Recipe:  Stamp SetsAviary, Fabulous Phrases.  Card Stock:  baja breeze, very vanilla.  Ink:  crumb cake, not quite navy.  Accessories:  baja breeze striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensional, silver brad, pewter jumbo eyelet, lattice weave embossing folder, not quite navy marker, top note die.  Tools:  crop-a-dile, stamp-a-ma-jig, big shot, small heart punch.

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