Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Cruising Pinterest the other day, I came across a clay pendant that was stamped. I've never been into jewelry, but I thought this might be a fun thing to try. Especially since my daughter is all about cute, girly embellishments!

My daughter wanted to help and make something appropriate for Easter. We started with Fimo clay, rolling it into a ball and squashing it down. I pressed the rubber stamp images once I had it into a flattened circle. I used a retired Stampin' Up! set called Holiday Blitz. I cut the flip flops out using a small fluted biscuit cutter that I have in my kitchen. For the bunny pendant I cut it free hand since I didn't have something on hand that worked for that shape. Cut my pendant hole before baking.

After baking them in the oven for about 1/2 an hour and letting them cool, we used Smooch Pearlized ink on the embossed images and wiped off, just to accent the images. I forgot to grab cord at the store, so we used silver stretch cord and added our choice of beads from the SU Pretties Kit.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Wishes

With tomorrow the celebration of Easter, I wanted to make my grandmother a card that she could hang on her bulletin board in her room. Unfortunately she doesn't remember me when I go to visit her, but I get my crafty side from her. She was always knitting, crocheting or crafting something. I still have a ton of blankets that she either sewed or knit and they are the best! I know if she were able, she would appreciate the card. Hopefully she will enjoy it anyway.

Stamp Set: Delicate Doilies
Paper: Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Doily Triple Layer Punch, Silver Brads

This card was inspired by one done by fellow demonstrator Melissa Davies on her blog. She always has such beautiful creations! I stamped the doily images first and then punched them, added a brad to the center and popped them up on a dimensional. I made a couple extra to sell to Karen at Tiny Boxes as well.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Another April Birthday

My good friend and upline's birthday is in a few short days. She is so sweet and encouraging and I am thankful to have met her! And because she likes to display the cards she receives to show her customers, I wanted to make something with the latest and greatest products. The stamp set (with the exception of the sentiment) and the Designer Series paper is from the new Summer Smooches suite of products that is available as a sneak peek now and will be in the new catalog. It is a very bright and sunny color palette.

For the main card, I used Daffodil Delight cardstock. The layout is from Clean and Simple Stamping FTL#143. Using Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade markers to ink of the flower and vase images from Bright Blossoms set. I popped up the Whisper White panel with dimensionals (although it's hard to tell in the photo). Used the Summer Smooches DSP and edged the panel with Island Indigo punched using Scallop Ribbon border punch. Made a banner out of Daffodil Delight cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Island Indigo. Attached a green button to the banner and tied white Baker's Twine to the button. Added a rhinestone to the flower.

And I kept my promise not to use Baja Breeze this time! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

November 2010: Art Contest Honorable Mention

Each month Stampin' Up! has a couple of categories that you can send in cards for in hopes of earning free stamp sets as well as being published in their monthly business magazine. Typically I don't send cards in, but I am part of a demonstrator card swap group where if you send in an extra card it will get mailed in to Stampin' Up!'s corporate office. I've seen my cards on the display boards at Convention and Regionals, which is a great honor, but hadn't ever won anything. So it was a complete surprise when I was contacted by Stampin' Up! about winning an honorable mention for November 2010. My name was featured in the magazine, I won a free stamp set of my choice and my card was featured on the online extras on the website.

I had actually forgotten all about this card, as I didn't make any extras. Surfing the web last night I came across my card on another demonstrator's website. Now that I have a blog, I figured I would post it.

Amour Card:

Fortunately the website lists all the supplies that I used to make it, so I don't have to remember from a year and a half ago! Stamp set is Artistic Etchings. Cardstock is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Whisper White. I threw in some Newsprint Designer Series Paper that I distressed with ink and my distressing tool.

The one thing I used in here that I don't typically on a card was the Decor Stencils. It was a fairly new product for Stampin' Up! at the time and I wanted to see how it could be incorporated into a card. I like being able to use my products in more than just one way. Plus I was not about to start stenciling my walls! :) By tacking the stencil to the whisper white cardstock with removable spray adhesive, I sponged Crumb Cake ink. The stencil allows you to control how much or how little ink will appear.

In order to really make the Eiffel Tower and Amour sentiment stand out, I first inked the images in VersaMark, then in Early Espresso ink before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock. This allowed the images to have the color I wanted and the stickiness so I could emboss. I used Crystal Clear embossing powder and heated it with a heat gun which raises and gives it a shiny finish. Added a couple of brads and some 1/8" taffeta ribbon and Voila!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Birthdays

Haven't had much time to create lately. Work has been very busy, which is a good thing, but at the same time stressful. I have a few birthdays to plan for in April, one being for my mother and another for a very good stamping friend! Even though my mother's is later in the month, I made her card first.

Using textured Pink Pirouette card stock for the base, I layered a panel of twitterpated designer series paper on top of Baja Breeze. Using the petal cone die I cut out the banner which I stamped the sentiment on in Cherry Cobbler. I finally used my free Triple Treat Flower stamp and stamped twice, once in Cherry Cobbler and once in Pink Pirouette and then punched them out with the five petal flower and fancy flower punches. Added a pearl on a bitty punch flower and layered it. I curled the leaves of the flowers around a blender pen just to give it a little extra dimension. Pretty quick and easy!

For my stamping friend's card, I am challenging myself to not use Baja Breeze anywhere in the card! :) That's all I have seemed to be using lately. Time to change seasons and go with some less muted tones. We'll see what I come up with!