Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Breezy Polka Dots

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This is a card that we made at a workshop last night. I saw THIS adorable card by Kylie over on Splitcoaststampers and knew that I wanted to do my own version.

I stamped the flower image on Cameo Coral and then again on Kiwi Kiss card stock and punched both out with the 5-petal Flower Punch. The Kiwi Kiss flower I cut into pieces so that it could become the leaves. The Chocolate Chip brad is one of the new 5/16" jumbo brads. The edge of the Cameo Coral layer was distressed using the Cutter Kit. The flower and the Cameo Coral layer are up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla
Accessories: 5/16" Chocolate Chip Jumbo Brad, 5-Petal Flower Punch, 1/8" circle punch, Cutter Kit, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Rose Simplicity

This is a card that I created for an organized swap at leadership. The challenge was to make a one-layer card. Yep, just one piece of card stock. The rules allowed one embellishment, but that was it! Although it sounds simple, the ideas that people came up with in the swap were amazing! Sometimes simple isn't bad. :-)

Anyway, here is my card using the set A Rose is a Rose. This is a two-step stamping set, so it is easy to create the "depth" of the leaves and roses. I used Riding Hood Red and Old Olive ink and stamped on Glossy White card stock. To add the ribbon, I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch two holes, pulled the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon through, and then tied the knot.

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive
Paper: Glossy White card stock
Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Take time today to remember all those people in your life you love. :-)

Here's another Valentine's projects we made at my Valentine's Bundle class. I'm not sure who first came up with the idea for these CUTE scallop note boxes, but they are fun and resonably simple to make. You start by using the Big Shot with the Scallop Envelope Die to cut out 4 scallop envelopes which you then make into a box. I added a picture tutorial here. . . . if you have questions about any of the steps, please don't hesitate to ask! 

Trim one of the side tabs off of each envelope, add 2" by 3" pieces of Designer Paper and then use a strong adhesive (Sticky Strip or Tombow) to adhere the box together.

I used a 3" by 3" square of light cardboard (the kind that comes in the packs of 12x12 paper) to give stability to the bottom of the box.

Thread and tie the ribbon and add a bag of goodies! I used the Stampin' Up! large cello bags.

Here's a close up of the tag. The white is embossed, and the heart is then cut out. I used a loop of ribbon attached to the back of the tag so that it could slide off and on the bag--without needing to re-tie a bow. :-)

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Candy Lane DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, White Stampin Emboss powder, heat tool, 1/8" Circle Punch, 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, Filigree Designer Brad, pink circle rhinestone brad, large cello bag

Friday, February 13, 2009

Today I have a very quick project to show you. I love this type of project--it gives you a nice handmade gift for someone in literally minutes! This was one of the projects we made at my Valentine's bundle class.

I wrapped the Riding Hood Red card stock around the candle and used Sticky Strip to adhere the paper to itself. (Although you can, I didn't actually adhere the paper TO the candle, just around.) Next I wrapped and adhered the Candy Land Designer Paper.

For the tag, I stamped with Riding Hood Red ink on Very Vanilla card stock. I used a blender pen to color the heart Pink Pirouette, and then a 1" circle punch to punch out just the center of the image. I layered it on a 1 1/4" Riding Hood Red circle and tied it to the candle with Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon. So easy. :-)

Tomorrow I will have another Valentine's project with a tutorial, so check back!

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Candy Land Designer Paper
Accessories: Blender Pen, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1/8" circle punch, candle (Ikea)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Heart Day!

Yesterday I went to my first (of many I am sure!) school program. My son's preschool had a little Valentine's program which was of course very cute. :-) As part of their party, they exchanged Valentines. So another first was making Valentines with my son--a lot of fun! Start to finish it only took a little over an hour to make 20, and my son loved being able to pass out Valentines that he had made.

I did the stamping while my son started to color. While he finished, I cut the Real Red and Basic Black layers, punched the holes (I punched 5 at one time with my Crop-A-Dile) and started assembling. Next my son helped me put the dimensionals on the back of the Basic Black layer, and then we finished assembling together and added the suckers.

And of course I couldn't let my son have ALL the fun coloring--so I had to make one using my crayons. ;-) I colored mine with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and then used an Aqua Painter.

Note: The dimensions of the red layer are 2 3/4" by 4 1/4" This way I could get 8 bases per sheet of cardstock.

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Crop-A-Dile, Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Gray), Aqua Painter, dimensionals

Monday, February 9, 2009

Good Bird Confessions

Don't you just love these bright colors! Here's a little confession. . . . I got the idea for this color combination from the Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series Paper. *wink* If I'm ever stuck on coming up with a color combination, I often turn to the section of the catalog with all the Designer Papers and pick out a color combination from there. Makes my job easier!

This is a card we made last month at my Technique Club. We made several cards using different types of dry embossing. This card used the Punches Plus Classy Brass Template and Empressor Stylus. Now here's another confession--I don't have a light table! Since I was doing a random pattern, I wasn't too worried about exact placement of the circles. For this card I just put the classy brass template on the table, and then the card stock on top. I would feel through the paper to get a rough idea of where I was, and then I used the stylus. It does take a few minutes to do all of the circles, but I like that the finished product has more texture.

This cute bird is from the set Good Friend--the set I received for free at Leadership. :-) The bird is stamped in Pacific Point, and the legs and sentiment are Chocolate Chip. For the beak, I stamped on Summer Sun paper and then cut it out and popped it up with a small piece of a dimensional. The Pacific Point layer is distressed and also up on dimensionals. The sentiment is from A Little Birdie Told Me. Finished card size is 5" tall by 5 1/4" wide.

Stamps: Good Friend, A Little Birdie Told Me
Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, Summer Sun, Whisper White
Accessories: Punches Plus Classy Brass template, empressor stylus, 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, cutter kit, dimensionals