Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

My mom's birthday was this past weekend so you know I had to make her a special birthday card. I attended a class with my very talented upline, Linda Keal, to learn how to create Cracked Glass. We made three cards in that class. One of my favorites was used as the inspiration for this card.
The card is mounted on a Pretty In Pink cardstock base. The background is a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Tea Party set.

Now for the fun part...on Whisper White cardstock, I used the En Francis background stamp with Pretty In Pink Classic Ink. The flower design is from the stamp set Playful Petals, stamped in Basic Gray Classic Ink. The flower was colored using a combination of Classic Ink watercoloring and the Stampin' Write markers.

After the design is colored and completely dried, I used the Cracked Glass technique. A wonderful tutorial about this technique can be found on Split Coast Stampers.

The cracked glass piece was mounted on a piece of Pretty In Pink cardstock and wrapped with a 1/2" Pretty In Pink striped grosgrain ribbon. A flower designer brad added just the right finishing touch before assembling the whole card.

I love the way this turned out and my mother was thrilled with the extra "gift".

Feeling a little chocolately!

I never let a good scrap go unused. After working on a project with some Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper, I had a little left that definitely couldn't be wasted so I put it all to good use with some quick and simple cards.

This first card uses the Curly Label Punch Bundle to create a simple sentiment on the outside of the card. The base cardstock is Not Quite Navy. On top of the 2" strip of DSP is a piece of 1/4" Chocolate Chip ribbon. Quick, simple, and super cute!!

This fun little quick card is made with a Chocolate Chip base. A 2-1/2" strip of DSP was added about 1/4" above the bottomo of the card. I used the wonderful new Whisper White 5/8" ribbon to tie an off set bow to the front of the card. The inside is stamped with a Thinking of You sentiment from the Simple Sentiments set.

This last card is by far my favorite of the bunch. This card uses a left over piece of To The Nines DSP as the "garden" background on top of a Chocolate Chip cardstock base. The flower was made with a 1" strip of DSP that was accordian folded over and over. The edges were connected with a piece of sticky strip for good hold. I added the Chocolate Chip cordoroy brad and a piece of 1/4" Chocolate Chip ribbon to finish off this very cool flower. I will definitely be adding more of these cards to my collection!

Thank you holder

I was feeling a bit adventurous and decided I'd try my hand at a note card folder. This cute little number holds 4-6 thank you cards and envelopes. The folder is made from To The Nines Designer Series Paper. Since I was just creating as I went, I don't have any dimensions to share just yet. I'll work on a pattern and will post to the blog soon.

The thank you cards were made with the En Francis background stamp using Versamark ink on Old Olive cardstock. The bottom of the card is To The Nines Designer Series Paper, separated by a strip of 1/4" Chocolate Chip Ribbon. The medalion is stamped and punched with the Curly Label Punch Bundle with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink on Sahara Sand cardstock.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Busy, busy, busy...

I have been much too busy over the last few weeks for my own sanity. It's been crazy around here.l My greatest fear was that my to do list may mate with my undone list and I'd have noting but lists of undone things to do all over my house!! All has not been lost in my creative world, however. I have done some stamping but admitedly not as much as I had hoped to do. I've actually been working on creating a bunch of cards to sell at the Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale that's happening in the middle of May. I want to get rid of a lot of my non-SU! stamping materials and also thought I could use a little corner of my booth to do a little advertising for myself!

I didn't want to leave my post without a little card share. This card is made using the paper piecing technique. You grab your favorite stamp, stamp it onto patterned paper, and cut it out for an accent area just like I've done on the bottom of the cupcakes and the candles. Decorate the rest of your project to suit your mood.

I'm off to Boy Scouts now. With any luck, I won't be so tired and may be able to get my creative juices flowing after the meeting!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mono Thank You

This thank you note was designed originally with a monochromatic color scheme in mind. The red "thank you" was a late add to incorporate a burst of color. This card is made with Basic Gray cardstock and ink and Winter White cardstock. Thank you has been stamped in Ruby Red.

Upsy Daisy was used to stamp the daisies on the face of the card. To get the background "shaddow", simply move the stamp over and up and stamp again without reinking. The 5/8" Whisper White ribbon is from the new Occasions Mini Catalog.

I'm off to take on another monochromatic personal challenge!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Choo Choo!!

I had a whole lot of fun tonight playing with some new stamps. This cool little card is focused on the new Choo Choo stamp set from the Occasions Mini catalog. I'm absolutely in love!! This card is 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" and fits nicely in a #10 envelope. Wouldn't this make a great birthday greeting for a little boy? I think the contrast in colors is what really draws me to this card. I've been staring at it all night :)
The recipe for this card is as follows:
Cardstock - Basic Gray, Black
Stamps - Choo Choo, Neighborhood Jumbo Wheel, Right On Track Wheel
Craft Ink - Whisper White
Classic Ink - Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Not Quite Navy, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories - Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Gray Corderoy Brads
Tools - Stampin Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Wheel Handle, Jumbo Wheel Handle, Paper Snips