Sunday, May 29, 2011

On the Grow

What a sweet set!   As soon as I saw it in the new Summer Mini Catalog, I fell in love!  It’s probably because I love to watercolor, not that I can watercolor in real life though.  But that’s why I love stamping.  With stamping, it looks likes I can watercolor! (wink)

I made this card for a friend who fell and broke her ankle and her wrist.  Get better soon Cheri!  I hope she doesn’t see this post before she receives her card...  :0)

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Lately, I’ve seen a lot of cards using white on white cardstock with loads of texture, so, I just had to try it out myself.  It was such a quick and easy card to make.  And yet, it has the look of a card that took a long time to create. 

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I ran the base of this 3 1/2 by 5 card through the Big Shot using the Finial Press Texture Impressions folder.  I “recycled” by using a scrape piece of Whisper White card stock that already had the edge punched with the Scallop Trim border punch.  Before I stamped, it was run through the Big Shot with the Tulip Frame Texture Impressions folder. 

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The image is stamped in Stazon black and then using my aqua painter and classic ink pads, I colored it in (Perfect Plum, Old Olive & Bashful Blue).  Added a few pearls, of course, and then spritzed it with the Smooch Spritz.  The camera didn’t pick it up, but the spritz gives it a nice pearly finish.

This one is definitely a candidate for 1 of the 2 cards we’re making in this month’s Card Class, along with a Father’s Day card.  You’ll have to check back in a day or so to find out.  Or better yet, click on the “Subscribe” button in the right hand column to have my blog post show up right in your inbox!

Thanks for looking!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Love and Care

I thought I’d try some new colors.  Well, new to me anyway…  I have my favorites, and it’s really hard to get me out of my comfort zone.  That’s why, even though I’m mixing it up a bit, I still had to use Old Olive!

Color combo: Flowers - Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, and Old Olive. Card stock - Very Vanilla, Night Quite Navy, and Soft Suede.

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I textured the background paper using the Square Lattice Textured Impressions folder, and then distressed the edges.  All of my sentiments were too long for the Modern Label punch, so I cheated a little.  I measured the width of the punch (it comes out to about 9/16”) then cut a strip to that width, and stamped my sentiment.  Slipped the end of the strip through the bottom of the punch and placed it where I wanted it punched. Then did the same for the other end. Voila!

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This was actually the first card I made with these colors, and in the middle of making this one, I came up with the other one.  Luckily, my brain didn’t lose it before I finished the first one!

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I think I like the second one best. What do you think?

Stamp Sets:  Love and Care - level 2 hostess (Summer Mini catalog) and Live, Laugh, Love

I hope you were inspired, now go create something!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

“To die for” Big Shot Class

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of easel cards made from the Beautiful Butterflies die, and it got me to wondering what other dies I could turn into easel cards.  Hmmm…

I thought this would also be a good idea for my next Big Shot class, which is this coming Thursday, by the way.  The first two easel cards are the ones we’ll be making in class, and the second two are samples of what else you could do with your dies.  I still have a few more dies I’d like to try, but that’s for another day!

Butterfly Anniversary

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Of the four I made, I think this is my favorite.  It is so beautiful and elegant.  It looks much better in person! I used the Scallop Square and Beautiful Butterflies die for this one

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The main colors in this card are Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla.  I added some Basic Pearls, which I seem to do a lot lately.  But they are so sweet, and go with everything.

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And some more pearls here, too…

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Summer Fun

Our second project for class. I used the Scallop Circle and Scallop Circle #2 die.

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This is such a bright and happy card!  If I was feeling down and received this card, I know it would perk me up right away.  And I’m not just saying that because I created it.  LOL

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The flowers and sentiment are from the level 2 hostess set in the new Summer Mini Catalog, which I received for free!  Thank you Stampin’ Up!  This set reminds me of my all time favorite set - Watercolor Garden, which retired several years ago and I still haven’t gotten over it. ha ha

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Get Well Rolodex

I love this Card, Telephone & Address die (what a long name for a die!).  I bought an old cast iron looking Rolodex and have a ton of ideas running around in my head.  Maybe a sort of family tree photo album thing…  Oh well,  I’ll just have to see what happens!

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I also used Mandy’s Fun Flowers die, again.  I had just given back to her and had to borrow it all over again. :0)

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Owl Fun

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This picture is a little washed out.  Not sure what happened, but real cute in person. This one also uses the Scallop Circle and Scallop Circle #2 dies.

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Of course, he needed pearls t00!

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Join me and learn how to make these wonderful easel cards.  They’re almost a gift all by themselves!

Class Details:

  • Thursday, May 12th
  • 7pm
  • $10 or free with a $20 order
  • RSVP by Tuesday, May 10th

Thanks for looking.  I hope to see you at class!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

First Friday Card Class

Card class this week.  It sure came on quick!  Here are this months samples:

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I’ll show you how to make faux tin ceiling tiles.  All you need is an embossing folder, versamark, and a some silver embossing powder.  And, viola!

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Here’s the second card we’ll be making.  It’s very fun and cute, if I do say so myself! 

"tea"rific!

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I was feeling inspired and even decorated the inside of the card!  Must have been the extra "vitamins" I was drinking today.  Teahee!  Oops, I meant teehee…

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I grabbed the sentiment for the Elements of Style stamp set and added the “tea”rific with the tea bag behind it.  It was one of my rare inspired moments!

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I hope you can make it to class the week.  But don’t worry if you can’t, I’ll be offering it again at the end of the month in my Last Chance Class! 

Here are the details for this weeks class:

Friday, May 6th at 7pm

  • Make 4 cards, 2 each of the above cards (envelopes included).
  • Bring a friend and make an extra 4 cards for free (that’s 8 cards for $10!)
  • Place a $20 order and get this… the class is free.

RSVP BY TOMORROW!!!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

More Fabric Fun!

I was digging through my closet, it so needs to be cleaned out, (Amy, come help me!) and ran across a “craft”, kid-sized, t-shirt  to play around with.  It actually still fit my daughter, which is amazing, considering how long it’s been in there!

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I used an iron on adhesive, then sewed the buttons on top.

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I love the jean flower the best!

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Flower Hairclip:

I put this together the same way I made the bookmarks.

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But instead of sewing ribbon on the the back, I sewed a hairclip. I was in a hurry, so it’s not pretty (on the back), but it works!

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Of course, it has to have a little bling!  This butterfly came from something my daughter had that was broken.  I’ve gotten in the habit lately of holding on to those little “bits of bling”.  They sure come in handy!

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Well, that’s all I’ve come up with so far.  I still have a whole tin full of fabric flowers left, but, I’ve run out of ideas. Hopefully inspiration will strike soon, and I’ll post some more.

Thanks for looking!

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