Thursday, September 30, 2010

Play Date Paper and Owl Friends

I think I could make a card every day with this owl punch and still not get tired of it.  It is just so fun to play with and so cute.  There are tons of great samples out in the cyper craft world.  Here's the card I CASEd.  I made mine slightly larger (5.25" square) so it would fit nicely in the 5.5" square envelope.  I know, I know - square envelops require $.20 extra postage.  I think it's worth it for this card.  Don't you agree?!  :o)

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Hello Again, Fabulous Phrases.  Card Stock:  so saffron, early espresso, very vanilla, bashful blue, crumb cake, old olive, play date dp.  Ink:  real red and real red, so saffron & old olive markers.  Accessories:  real red 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, old olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  owl punch, bird punch, wide oval punch, small oval punch.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Circles with Old and New

It was fun to mix old with new colors in this card.  Ruby Red is a retired color, Early Espresso is new and Baja Breeze is a returning color (although this ribbon did not return).  And Think Happy Thoughts is a retired stamp set that I'm not quite ready to let go.

I hope you're having a great day!

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Think Happy Thoughts, Tiny Tags.  Card Stock:  baja breeze, early espresso, ruby red, old olive, whisper white.  Ink:  early espresson, baja breeze, old olive, ruby red.  Accessories:  linen thread, baja breeze striped grosgrain ribbon.  Tools:  1-1/4" circle and jewelry tag punches.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Make Merry Tag Card

 I usually like to make Christmas cards that I think are "pretty" to mail to family and friends.  But I also like to make Christmas/winter themed cards that are "cute" for general notes during the holidays.   This one fits the bill for quick and cute.  I made 4 while I was at it.  It's never too early, right?

The tag is from the Grateful Greetings stamp set.  It's one that has cute little greetings for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day.  The designer paper is from the Candy Cane Christmas pack; some of the sheets in the pack actually have glitter already on them.  Fun!

CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Grateful Greetings:  Card Stock:  whisper white, candy cane Christmas.  Ink:  real red, baja breeze.  Accessories:  silver cord (retired), red eyelet, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, real red 5/8" satin ribbon, dimensionals, pearl.  Tools:  big shot, crop-a-dile. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Halloween Cards with Emma

My sweet 7 year old granddaughter, Emma, hung out with me this weekend.  After church yesterday, she asked if we could make cards.  Seriously!  She asked me!  Well, of course, I was happy to oblige.

This is the card she made for me.  Isn't it cute?  And so is she!

I had made this card the day before.  The black dots in the designer paper are flocked (fuzzy).  I stamped black bats in the dark gray dots - you have to look closely to see them in the photo.

 CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool.  Card Stock:  rich razzleberry, whisper white, wicked fun specialty.  Ink:  whisper white craft, black staz-on, old olive.  Accessories:  basic black marker, pearls, 1-1/4" old olive striped grosgrain ribbon.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cajun Halloween

I made this card before dinner yesterday.  When I opened the designer paper and saw how dark  it was, I had my doubts.  I usually make more "cutsie" Halloween cards, but I'm a little tired of smiling jack-o-lanterns and bright colors. The witches leggings and boots stamp in the Wicked Cool stamp set is sooo cute - that I think I found a new balance that I like!  Cute images with deeper colors may just work for me after all.  What do you think?

The more I looked at this card, the more I liked it.  So I whipped up 5 more after dinner very quickly.  Fun!

Have a great weekend! 

CASEd from ARTfelt Impressions blog here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Wicked Cool, Grateful Greetings (inside greeting).  Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white, cajun craze, wicked fun specialty paper.  Ink:  black staz-on, sahara sand, cajun craze & basic black markers.  Accessories:  dimensionals, raven 1/2" lace trim (holiday mini catalog).  Tools:  2-1/2 and 1-3/8" circle punches.

Friday, September 24, 2010

September 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #4 Artistic Etchings

This is the last card from last week's Stamp-A-Stack.  I can't believe it's been a week already!!  Anyway, just because it says "amour", it doesn't have to be used for a steamy love letter.  It could be a great anniversary card....or birthday card... Don't you love most of the people you send cards, too?  :o)

Last night, I finished up my samples for the next Stamp-A-Stack.  It's in two weeks, but RSVPs are due Monday, 9/27.  This workshop includes the normal projects, plus the Contempo Christmas Stamp Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Paper.  Let me know if you would like more details.

I think I'll make a Halloween card today.  Sounds like I have my holidays out of order, doesn't it?

Today's card was CASEd from here.

Recipe:  Stamp SetArtistic Etchings.  Card Stock:  whisper white, basic black.  Ink:  black staz-on, real red.  Accessories:  basic black 1/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals.  Tool:  1" circle punch.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #3 Fall Friendship Tree

Good Morning,

This is another card from the September Stamp-A-Stack.  We used the Season of Friendship stamp set.  It's a fun stamp with a large main image stamp.  It includes leaves, flowers, snowflakes and a bird; so you can use it for any season.  We made a really pretty card at a Stamp-A-Stack last winter - check it out here.  It has one sentiment stamp that we used on the inside:  "The season of friendship lasts forever."

Although I am not ready for summer to end (we were actually in the pool yesterday), punching out and poppping up all the different shades of leaves for this card was fun.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Season of Friendship, Falling Leaves.  Card Stock:  cajun craze, chocolate chip, more mustard, ivory naturals.  Ink:  chocolate chip, old olive, more mustard, cajun craze.  Accessories:  old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  3/4" circle punch.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #2 Paisley Thanksgiving

This is one of the cards from the last Stamp-A-Stack.  We used 2 new stamp sets out of the Holiday Mini Catalog; Paisley Prints and Seasonal Sentiments.  I really like the sentiments set - it has great sayings in fun fonts for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day.    Clear mount is only $11.95 and it covers 4 holidays!

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Seasonal Sentiments, Paisley PrintsCard Stock:  cherry cobbler, very vanilla, early espresso.  Ink:  early espresso, cajun craze, more mustard.  Accessories:  5/8" early espresso grosgrain ribbon, glue dots.  Tools:  sponge wedge.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #1 Birthday Cupcake

My September Stamp-A-Stack was this past Friday and Saturday.  This was the first card we made.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Crazy for Cupcakes, A Word for You.  Card Stock:  whisper white, pacific point, melon mambo, pumpkin pie.  Ink:  chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, melon mambo.  Tools:  owl punch, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2-3/8 scallop circle punch, crimper, dimensionals.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy 80th Birthday to my Dad

Today is my Dad's birthday.  We had the whole family over yesterday for his favorite dinner of chicken & dumplings.  He claims mine are better than Cracker Barrel's.  But, honestly, I doubt he would tell me otherwise.

This is the birthday card and matching gift bag that I made for him.

I CASEd these from the fabulous Becky Roberts' Inking Idaho blog.  I love the card and hope to get a chance to make some more soon.

Recipe:  Stamp SetsOn a Pedestal, Word Play.  Card Stock:  rich razzleberry, whisper white, old olive, pumpkin pie.  Ink:  rich razzleberry, old olive, staz-on black.  Accessories:  rich razzleberry 1-1/4" grosgrain ribbon, perfect polka dots embossing folder, xs lunch bag (non SU) pumpkin pie & delightful daffodil markers.  Tools:  top note die, big shot, xl oval punch, star punch, small star punch (retired), scallop edge punch, 1-3/4" circle punch.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Non-Traditional Halloween Card

As soon as I saw this card in the new Idea Book and Catalog, I just knew it was going to be our Halloween card to mail to family & friends.  I even had to purchase a new stamp set and alphabet dies to make it.  I love the non-traditional colors, and there's no mistaking it for anything other than a Halloween card. 

Anyway, the day I made it, I also made another Halloween card.  It is pretty cool, too.  I asked Jeff his favorite and he chose the other one.  It's funny how many times my plans change before holiday cards actually hit my mailbox.

Apparently the card in the catalog that I CASEd was smaller than standard size.  Once I made the main panel, I thought too much baja breeze showed so I decided to add texture to it.  This was my first time to use the new Spider Web Embossing folder from the new Holiday Mini Catalog. 

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Wicked Cool, Full Month.  Card Stock:  baja breeze, whisper white, pumpkin pie.  Ink:  crumb cake, baja breeze.  Accessories:  chocolate chip and old olive markers, staple, old olive satin ribbon, spider web embossing folder, timeless type alphabet dies, dimensionals.  Tools:  big shot, stapler.

Monday, September 13, 2010

One Layer Card with Branch Out

I've seen a lot of sponging and one layer cards lately and wanted to try my hand out it.  Typical of me, I started with an "involved" card.  It took a little practice, but I am pleased with the results.

For the grass and hills, I free-hand cut scrap card stock to use as a stencil.  I used my Oval Scallop Die and Big Shot to make a stencil for the clouds.

I CASEd this card from Kathy Baffone on the SU demonstrator website.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Branch Out (retired), Sincere Salutations.  Card Stock:  whisper white.  Ink:  early espresso, black staz-on, wild wasabi, going gray (retired), river rock, always artichoke, bashful blue.  Accessories:  wild wasabi ribbon (retired).  Tools:  sponges, scallop oval die and big shot.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Well-Behaved Women

I liked the colors and design of this card and I think the sentiment is funny.  And, of course, I love the faux-stitching.

Jeff and I went out to dinner the other night and ran into a former neighbor.  He sees her occasionally at work, but it's been a very long time since I had seen her.  She didn't recognize me at first because I "look so different" (not sure how to take that).  My entire family has wonderful memories of living next to this lady and her husband.  She is now quite up there in years (I think 96+) and she is as sharp as a tack.  She plays bridge 4-5 times a week (and wins), she has a great memory and is very witty.  The next day, I mailed this card to her with a little note.  I know she will just love the quote!

I CASEd it from here.  The blog name is shabbyhorse and she does have a great ability to create shabby chic cards.  I also love her photos and reading about her life on a ranch.

Recipe:  Stamp SetsArtistic Etchings, Favorite Thoughts.  Card Stock:  soft suede, bashful blue, whisper white.  Ink:  crumb cake, bashful blue, back staz-on.  Accessories:  whisper white organdy ribbon, pearl, white gel pen.  Tools:  scallop border punch, mat pack, paper piercer, sponge.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Baja Breeze Bird in a Tree

I had seen this card on SCS and kind of liked it.  I like the idea of throwing in colors that are  not traditional for the season.  And sometimes cards look better in real life.  So, I tried it ... and ... it's just OK.  I won't be making more.  Someone out there may love it, so I'm sharing.

Have a great week.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Season of Friendships, Falling Leaves (sentiment).  Card Stock:  baja breeze, whisper white, cajun craze, early espresso.  Ink:  early espresso, cajun craze, pumkin pie, more mustard, baja breeze.  Accessories:  early espresso 1/2" satin ribbon, dimensionals.  Tools:  scallop border punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Crushed Curry Birthday Balloons

I hope you're enjoying your Labor Day!  It's been nice having Jeff home from work and Kyle home from college.  I'm missing the rest of the crew, though.  It's so quiet here!

With fall quickly approaching, I thought this would be a good birthday card to have on hand.  Also, I think it would be good to send to guys.

I colored the balloons in with my crushed curry marker, then covered them with crystal effects.  When I make more, I need to remember to securely tape all edges of the whisper white layer to the chocolate chip layer.  The crystal effects curled my paper a little.  To add texture to just one section of the card base, I laid it the wrong direction in the embossing folder before running it through the big shot.

This card was originally shared by Susan Martin on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator website.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Dot, Dot, Dot and Crazy for Cupcakes.  Card Stock:  whisper white, chocolate chip, crushed curry.  Ink:  crushed curry, black staz-on.  Accessories:  crushed curry marker, crystal effects, crushed curry 1/2" polka-dot grosgrain ribbon.  Tools:  perfect polka-dots embossing folder, big shot.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tall & Slim Artistic Etchings

Every once in a while, I like making cards with these dimensions.  They fit nicely in the open-end envelopes and they are just different.  Once again, I've used my new Artistic Etchings stamp set.  I have no interest in french things, but I like this stamp set. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

I CASEd this card from Jill Coleman on the SU demonstrator website.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, basic black, poppy parade.  Ink:  basic black, poppy parade, daffodil delight.  Tools:  scallop border punch, small heart punch. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Jeweled Crown

I was playing with my Artistic Etchings stamp set last night.  I made three cards that are very different from each other.  We will be making one of them in a couple of weeks at my September Stamp-A-Stack.  So I thought I would share one that we won't be making.

I think this might be my favorite.  I wanted to CASE this card.  She had used pretty in pink satin ribbon. but I wanted to break open my in-color blushing bride ribbon.  I used my color coach to pick the other two colors; early espresso and pear pizzazz.  Don't you just love the little bit of bling of adding the adhesive rhinestones to the crown?

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Artistic Etchings, Favorite Thoughts (summer mini).  Card Stock:  early espresso, whisper white, blushing bride, pear pizzazz.  Ink:  early espresso, blushing bride, pear pizzazz.  Accessories:  blushing bride 1/2" stitched ribbon, dimensionals, adhesive rhinestones.  Tools:  1-3/4" circle punch.
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