Thursday, February 26, 2009

swapping flowers

I made this card for a swap my upline hosts. It's actually not that difficult to make this card. Start with Old Olive cardbase, Pink Passion and Whisper White cardstock, Echoes of Kindness hostess set, Old Olive ink, and Rose Red ink. I used 1/4" and 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbons, pink rhinestone brads, 1/16 hole punch, and the ticket corner punch. I used a blender pen and the inks to color the flowers and leaves. You could also use rose red for the mat, but I actually built this card around the idea that I wanted to use Passion Pink, which is a color I hardly ever use!
Well, we are expecting storms all day today, so maybe, just maybe I will be able to finally make a card today! I think I am going on week 2 without a single card made! Ahhhh! In the meantime, I have to get my Kindergartener ready for school now! have a lovely day!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Buggy Birthday!

I haven't had a whole lotta time lately to work at my scrap-desk :(
so I have had to resort to posting pictures of some older cards! I think I made this one back in August! Hopefully I will get to make something new soon! I am having withdrawals!

I used the Bugs and Kisses set for this card. It really is such a cute set!
I started with a Ballet Blue cardbase, then on Whisper White I stamped the various buggies in different colors and cut them out. I used the 5 petal flower punch to punch out several Certainly Celery flowers, then cut them up and 'notched' the edges for the leaves. I also cut a strip of Certainly Celery and used scissors to make the grass along the bottom.
I lined the inside of the card with Whisper White, punched a square through the front of the card and stamped the sentiment on the inside so that it shows through. On a separate piece of Real Red, I punched out a square using the same square punch, then hand cut out a square slightly larger than the punched window, creating a frame. I put the buggies on with dimensionals, and glued the leaves at the top.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Simply Said card

Today's card was inspired by this card by Marelle Taylor. Isn't hers just fabulous? I wish I had come up with the overall idea, but alas, I can't take the credit! Marelle has such wonderful creations!
I did my own interpretation of her card for this card. I also did a slightly different version of my card for a swap my group had a few months ago. When we do swaps, the gal who organizes it sends one copy of each swap card in to Stampin' Up. The Stampin' Up demonstrators website has a page called Stampers Showcase where they feature about 6 cards each day, all sent in by demonstrators. Well, last Saturday, I happened to check that page like I do every day, and to my ultimate surprise, there was my card! Woohoo! I was just thrilled!
Todays card was actually my prototype before I made my swap cards. This card is made with the Simply Said set, Soft Sky, Barely Banana, and whisper white cardstock, Basic Black, White craft, and Soft Sky ink, white gel pen, scallop edge punch and the large square punch.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Butterfly trails

I made this card a couple months ago for a swap. It uses the Whimsy Wheel, Garden Whimsy set, One of a Kind set, the Boho Blossoms punch, and the Best Yet set. The Best Yet set is a retired hostess set, but you can easily substitute this with another sentiment. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the flowers and butterfly, and used the Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers. I Stamped the Whimsy wheel in white craft ink on the Bashful Blue, then cut the wave freehand. I ran glue along the edge of the wave and sprinkled glitter on it. I put the butterfly on dimensionals and added glitter to the dots on the butterfly and the centers of the flowers.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The card that almost wasn't

This card gave me so much trouble! I came so close to just chucking it! I started off by stamping the butterflies from Flight of the Butterfly onto a plain white cardbase, and I didn't care for the colors at first, then I added the flowers, and I realized everything I stamped so far didn't sit on the paper like I wanted it to, it was kind of off-balance. So then I thought I would cut it and use it as a panel. So after I cut it, it was still off balance, so I decided to push the piece all the way to the upper right corner, leaving only a band of color on the side and bottom. Ok, I liked that, but it still needed something. So I stamped the sentiment, but that stamped too high! I then added black with a pen on the butterfly bodies and around the edge of the white and while doing that, the pen slipped and I made a mark on the white! It was at this point I was ready to just throw it away. Then I wondered if maybe I could just add another line and make it like a vine.........hmmmmmmm........THEN I tried to add shadows to the butterflies, and in doing so, I messed up the yellow one! Argh! Lastly, in hopes of salvaging all this work, I added glitter just on the polka dots of the butterflies. Sigh. Still not satisfied with it, but I thought It would at least make for a good blogging story! And to top it off, I even had trouble placing my watermark on the picture! There really wasn't a good place to put it! Argh! Well, I sent this card to my mother in law for her birthday... I hope she likes it!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Little blue birdie notecard

Sorry i've been kinda quiet here the last few days...I seem to have acquired my husbands cold and have been trying to fight it! I am still not sure who is or the cold!

I made a set of note cards using the Fun & Fast Notes set keeping them.....guess what...simple! I used the same Polka Dot background stamp inked with different colors for each card, bashful blue, Certainly Celery, and Apricot Appeal. This example shows Bashful Blue. I then cut a simple square of white and stamped the bird, teacup, and porcupine images with black Stazon, then colored them with blender pens and ink. I matted each image with it's coordinating cardstock color, and that was it! I kept these to a minimum on purpose. I wanted to just have a little collection of coordinating notecards that I can give as a gift to a friend of mine. If you wanted to, you could go one step further and actually have the cardbase Bashful Blue, and then the white polka dots could be a panel on the front, but I wanted the white inside as well, so I just kept the cardbase white. Ok, I think I'm rambling....maybe it's time for more medicine!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Today's card is another easy one! (big surprise!heehee!)
I used the Illuminations stamp set in Pumpkin Pie, stamped the image again on a scrap piece then cut out the whole word and a little bit of the flourish and placed it over the original image with dimensionals. So Saffron, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, added some wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon tied in a little knot, and rounded the corners of the card! Great for when you only have a few minutes to come up with a thank you card!
If you changed the colors to something more valentines-y, you can substitute the Cherish stamp from the same set, and you have a very beautiful valentine card to give a loved one!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy February!

Happy February, everyone! I didn't make too many valentines cards this year, so this is actually the last one I have for now!

I have been finding it easier to complete cards as of late by keeping them as simple as possible. Maybe If I had a little more time on my hands, I will be able to get more elaborate again! But I really like the way this card turned out. I always have a tendency to get an idea in my head, and start to work on it, but it ends up transforming into something else entirely! But that's ok!

For this one, I used the Polka Dot background set with Real Red, then a strip of pale plum and elegant eggplant to edge the white strip. I stamped the heart with Pretty in Pink and Riding Hood Red, and the sentiment from Holidays and Wishes. I rounded the corners on this one to give it a cutesy look!