Sunday, November 24, 2013

FMS113 Striped Christmas

A chance to play at Freshly Made Sketches again while watching football (and waiting for The Pats to play).  Here is the sketch:

I really love the simplicity of this sketch along with the offset borders.  I recently saw  some cards used with the red and silver Glimmer Paper.  Had to give it a try!

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! Greetings of the Season stamp set in Real Red ink on Whisper White on a Smoky Slate panel.  I cut 1/4" thick strips of silver and red glimmer paper and adhered them side by side at a 45 degree angle.  (Used my grid paper to line it up).  Added a Rhinestone to dot the "I" in Christmas.

Stamped a small star image from Simply Stars in Smoky Slate and Real Red and popped them up using dimensionals.  Punched out a couple of stars with the small star punch in silver glimmer paper.

Quick & Cute Bring on the Cake!

I needed a quick, fun and cute birthday card this weekend for one of my nieces.  Fun and cute because she is 10 years old.  Quick because life never stops being busy.

Stamps sets I used were Simply Stars, Gorgeous Grunge and Bring on the Cake.

The Gorgeous Grunge image is in Melon Mambo ink, stamped off once to lighten it.  The stars are in Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango, cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  The sentiments, both from Bring on the Cake, are stamped in Black Stazon onto Whisper White card stock.

I love making simple cards like this!  Always make more than one to have in the stockpile for when needed in a pinch.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Banner Class for Kids

Stampin' Up! has this great new product in the Holiday Catalog, Build A Banner Simply Created Kit.  It comes with a bunch of stencils to decorate the banners as well as the alphabet so you can create whatever saying you want.  The banners are 5"x7" and are a sturdy canvas.  This sounds like a great class project for the kids!

Using Bermuda Bay ink and a sponge dauber to create the dots on the banner and Festive Flurry stamp set die cut with the matching Festive Flurry framelits.

The banners come with the grommets already applied and ready for the jute twine that also comes with it.  I love that I was able to stamp the snowflake images, die cut them using my magnetic platform and layering them all very quickly.  I die cut some different size Silver Glimmer paper.  I also used the Expressions Framelit to die cut the "Merry" sentiment in Bermuda Bay.

This is going to be a fun class!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Christmas Joy 2013

Every year I do a Christmas stamp-a-stack.  In order to be ready for November, I usually plan a couple months ahead of time by starting to think about what colors to use, stamp sets, etc.  After sketching something out, I'll do a "prototype" to see how it works out.  This is one of them.
I started with Confetti white card base and base panel.  I really like the look of the same color layered on top of the card base.  Using the Holiday Ornaments Framelits (which are in the Holiday Carryover), I diecut the ornament from the center of the panel.  The magnetic platform does a great job of holding the framelit in place while sending it through the Big Shot. 

After diecutting, I placed the panel on top of the card base (not yet adhering it) and used a white gel pen to outline the ornament.  Then I used Season of Style Washi Tape to cover over the outline.  After I had all the tape in place, I added a piece of Red Glimmer paper to the top to make it look like a cap.

With a 2 way glue pen, I outlined the die cut and added Dazzling Diamonds.  Used 1/8" Silver ribbon for the hanger.  I popped the panel up using dimensionals and adhered it to the card base.  The letters are Sahara Sand cardstock cut from Typeset Alphabet dies.  Such a fun look.  I've seen this done with ribbons instead of washi tape, but this way really quick and easy!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Camo Card for FMS106

Masculine cards are typically challenging, but when I saw a card that used Gorgeous Grunge to make a camouflage background, I knew I wanted to try it!  The card that I saw had only a few colors on white cardstock.  I decided to try Crumb Cake for the cardstock and used Old Olive, Soft Suede and Basic Black inks to stamp the image.  I haven't played Freshly Made Sketches in a while, so I headed over to see what the sketch for this week is:
I thought this was a great sketch to showcase the Camo background!  Here is what I came up with:

The sentiment is from Perfectly Penned in Old Olive Ink.  I stamped another Gorgeous Grunge image on top of the sentiment in Soft Suede.  Stamped and cut out some star images from Simply Stars and popped them up with dimensionals.  Added Early Espresso Candy Buttons to the center. 

Here's a close up:

Originally I had added 3 candy buttons to the side of the sentiment, but I went to bed last night thinking it wasn't quite right.  Got up early this morning and added the stars.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Autumn Love

Every once in a while you come across a card that someone makes that just inspires you to immediately go in to the craft studio and get to work.  This was that type of card.  Mary Brown had pinned her card and as soon as I saw it, I had to replicate it (with my own tweaks, of course)!

The base card is Pumpkin Pie with an Early Espresso panel.  The Whisper White is embossed with the new Pretty Print TIEF from the Holiday Catalog.  The "love" sentiment is Early Espresso die cut from the new Expressions Thinlits die.  (TIP:  use waxpaper between the paper to be die cut and the thinlit for easy release!)

To make the leaf, I used Whisper White and brayered on Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink.  Then I die cut using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  Put the leaf through one more time using the smallest die from the Hearts Collection Framelits.  

I sponged the leaf with Gold Metallic ink and added some Rhinestones next to the heart.  Since my wedding anniversary is in September, I thought it'd make a really nice anniversary card.  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Flower Shop Swap

Time to create a card to swap with the other demos at our meeting this weekend.  Since it had been a while since I've had the chance to stamp, I needed some inspiration.  After checking tons of samples using the Flower Shop stamp set, I came across a card very similar to what I ended up with.  I changed up a few things, like the embossing of the Smoky Slate panel and the Pool Party cardstock.  The original card was done in Soft Sky and was a really soft look, but I didn't have any left.

I embossed the flower images with white embossing powder on VersaMark ink and added a pearl to the center after punching it out using the Pansy Punch.  These flowers are difficult to line up as there isn't a direction to it.  I made a template from scratch paper, wrote TOP on it and keep it in the stamp set box.  I use it to check to make sure the image is aligned on the stamp block before I stamp so that I can properly punch it out.

Other supplies I used:

  • Oh, Hello stamp set
  • Flower Shop stamp set
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp set
  • Smoky Slate cardstock
  • Pool Party cardstock
  • Bitty Banners framelits
  • Ovals Collection framelits
  • Pansy Punch
  • Argyle TIEF
  • Perfect Polka Dots TIEF

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Simply Pressed Button Card

It's been a crazy summer!  Can't believe it's been so long since my last post.  I've had lots of new goodies that I got at the beginning of July, but haven't had time to play with them.  Now that I have a demo meeting coming up, that has forced me to do creating.

I volunteered to demo one of our new products called Simply Pressed Clay.  You get a pouch full of white clay (similar to Model Magic that my daughter plays with).  Currently there are two silicone moulds, one Buttons and the other Flowers.

There really are some fun things to do with the clay.  You can dye them with reinkers and fold into the clay to get any color you need.  Use dazzling diamonds, embossing powder, and Crystal Effects gives a nice glossy shine to it!  Drying time is important as taking the mould out too soon can result in skewed buttons and flowers.  Putting in the freezer helps speed up the time.  Or let the clay sit out for 1/2-1 hour before putting it in the mold.  Spraying the moulds with cooking spray helps them release easier as well.

Here is the card I came up with:
The colors are Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe.  The clay is dyed with Pistachio Pudding reinker before putting in the button mould.  I let it air dry overnight and then threaded it with Coral Baker's Twine.
Other goodies I used included:

  • Label Love stamp set
  • Pennant Parade stamp set
  • Modern Mosaic TIEF
  • Deco Labels Framelits
  • Artisan Label Punch
  • Hexagon Punch (to make banner ends on DSP)
  • 1" Circle Punch
A quick and easy Thank You card that you could easily change up for other occasions using the Label Love stamp set!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Anniversary Frame

A friend of mine was going to a 25th Anniversary vow renewal.  She had seen the Wedding gift frame I made and wanted something similar.  For this I wanted to incorporate the years married.  I added the "25" in a Crumb Cake color to let it fade into the background.  The initial of their last name is the main focus done in Early Espresso. 

Their names are overlaid on the "25" and their original wedding date on the bottom using the same font and color as the "V".

I printed it out on Aida Cloth.  I really like the juxtaposition of modern day printing on old fashioned cloth used for cross stitching samplers!  An updated Sampler!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Celebrate with Stars

Haven't had much chance to post lately.  I've been getting ready for Relay For Life.  I've got some really great friends and family who have donated to my team.  It really means so much to me, my husband and daughter.  If it weren't for research and drug trials funded through donations, our lives would be very different right now.  I want at least that type of outcome for all cancer patients.  Looking forward to a great event this Friday raising more money!

Here's a quick design for the multiple birthdays we have coming up.  Inspired by a card of Dawn Olchefske's.  Very patriotic and easy to whip up.

Base card is Crumb Cake and the sentiment from Perfectly Penned is stamped in Midnight Muse ink.  I punched the star image out of each panel and adhered a rhinestone below.  Popped up the panels on dimensionals.

Finished in ten minutes!  What do you think?

Monday, June 3, 2013

MDS Wedding Gift

We have a wedding coming up in a few weeks for some very special people.  With funds very tight right now, I wanted to create something that had meaning and was personalized for them.  Originally I wanted to do this on burlap fabric, but when I tested out printing on it I just didn't like the look, it was too rustic for a wedding gift, not the right feel.  So I got some Aida cloth, used for cross stitching, which come in a wide variety of colors as I found out.  Here is a close up of the printed out portion:

I cut the Aida cloth to 8.5x11 and ironed on a piece 8.5x11 freezer paper.  Using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!, I set up the words and flourishes on a blank 8.5x11 project.  When I was happy with everything, I put the cloth with the attached freezer paper backing into my inkjet printer and set my settings to highest quality. 

Really pretty and personal.  I may be making many more of these in the future!  Would you like to receive this as a gift?

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wish Big Card with This and That

Finally getting the opportunity to participate in Freshly Made Sketches.  As always, another great sketch to challenge your creativity!  It definitely inspired spring for me as we patiently await the weather to warm up here!

Recently my Stampin' Up! package full of This and That product came.  I'm really not a scrapbooker even though I really love this new line!  Of course, I had to use the Designer Series Paper on this card.

I also used the Washi tape which is really fun.  The one I used has great depth to it (easier to see in person).  I didn't even notice until I unrolled it and started playing with it.  It's all very subtle but stunning! 

Can you see how the numbers show through?  Such a pretty nuance to the design! 

I stamped the "BIG" words from "Wish Big" in Basic Gray ink directly onto the Designer Series paper.  At first I was bummed because it didn't stamp perfectly, but when I stopped to look at it, I liked that it wasn't perfect.  I think it works well with the paper, giving it that "shabby" feel.  So I left it.

The banner image from the new photopolymer stamp set Designer Typeset is done in Pool Party ink on Whisper White card stock.  The letters are in Calypso Coral.  I cut the banner out leaving a little bit of tails on either side, added Calypso Coral Baker's Twine and Silver Mini Brads in between the banners.  To attach to the card I used Stampin' Dimensionals to give it some height off the paper and washi tape. 

To shift gears just a bit, we here in Boston have experienced quite a tragedy this week.  I know quite a few people who were running in the marathon and were affected by what occurred.  My daughter and I were talking about it and we both remarked about the strength of character shown during such an awful event.  She loved that people were there helping others.  I am glad that as a 10 year old she chooses to focus on the kindness of people rather than the 1 horrific act.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in our community and beyond who have been affected.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mother's Day Class for Kids

I am holding another class for the kids!  This time we'll make a special gift just for Mom!

I set up a Facebook event and printed out invitations using MDS for my daughter to hand out:

Let me know if you can join in the fun!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

FMS79 Horse Frontier Card

Happy Easter!  Trying to do a quick post before we head off to be with family for the holiday.  Another Freshly Made Sketch to motivate me:
This card ended up being a little piece meal of components that I already had.  The other day I was playing with the Natural Composition Specialty Paper by brayering Soft Suede ink onto it.  It has a glossy raised pattern that resists the ink allowing you to create a really cool background.  I also had stamped the horse from Horse Frontier and had been playing around coloring him in. 
The colors used are Early Espresso for the base of the card and scalloped band, Soft Suede on the main panel stamped in Soft Suede ink using Woodgrain Background.  The horse and Happy Birthday sentiment from Sketched Birthday in Soft Suede ink is on Crumb Cake Cardstock.  The banner behind the sentiment is Soft Suede.  I layered some crochet trim on the Early Espresso band, dyed a flower from Flower Trim with Rose Red ink.
The horse image was stamped in Stazon Black ink and then I used blender pens and ink to color it in.  With 5 nieces and a daughter who are all obsessed with horses, this would make a perfect birthday card for any of them!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the holiday!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Designer Typeset Birthday

Stampin' Up! recently released it's first set of photopolymer stamps!  Completely CLEAR! 

It really is good quality and easy to use.  They are very sticky and you can wash the ink off with water by rinsing in the sink! 

I came up with a birthday card using the banner image.  And because they are photopolymer, they are flexible allowing me to curve the banner.

I really like the Tempting Turquoise and Real Red colors together.  They just seem fun and vibrant.  I used the Silver Mini Brads in between each pennant of the banner and added a touch of ribbon to the ends.  

And to finish the card off I added a silver button and more ribbon on top of it.  This was a fun, quick and easy card because of the photopolymer!  Let's hope Stampin' Up! brings us many more clear sets!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

FMS78 Welcome Card

I finally had a chance to play with this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  It's been a crazy week so it's nice to sit in my stamp studio and create!  Here is the sketch for this week:
And here is what I came up with:
Sometimes you see a stamp set that really speaks to you for some reason.  That was this set, Hoop La La.  I don't Cross Stitch on a regular basis, although I have done it (and probably have a few unfinished projects in my closet).  I purchased it when it first came out in June/July of last year and have not used it since!  It was time to dust off the set and challenge myself to use it! 

As I was working on this card, my daughter (10) came into my studio and was watching me work.  She saw my stamped hoop images and asked me what it was supposed to be.  Her guess was that it was some sort of "time machine thing".  Looks like it's time for her to learn all about another craft!  I love her imagination!

I stamped the hoop from "Hoop La La" in Soft Suede first on Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out.  On another piece of Very Vanilla card stock I stamped the "Netting" background stamp in Summer Starfruit.  I colored the house and welcome image with Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Midnight Muse markers and stamped on top of the Netting.  The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig helped to line it all up.  Then I stamped the hoop, again in Soft Suede on top of the house image and cut out around the inner circle.  Stampin' Dimensionals help pop up the inner circle over the outer hoop image.  I also used dimensionals to set the Window Frames die cut onto the card. 
The Midnight Muse card stock pieces at the top and bottom were embossed using the Needlepoint Border TIEF.  It really coordinates well with the Hoop La La set.  The flowers were punched out of Cajun Craze card stock using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch with a Pearl stuck in the center.  The Designer Paper I used is Comfort Cafe.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Card Holder

In preparation for an April birthday gift, I needed to make a card holder.  There are tons of templates out there to use, but I ended up just making one myself.  To make one of these, it takes one sheet of 12x12 cardstock (with a little scrap leftover).

I used a sheet of Basic Gray cardstock to make the base which is 6" x 12".  I used some Designer Series Paper from the Twitterpatted and Sycamore Street collections.  The ribbon is 3/8" Ruffled in Pool Party.  I stamped the image from Layered Labels twice using Basic Gray ink onto Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut one of the images with the Apothecary Framelits and the other using the Oval punch.  Layered the oval cut image using Stampin' Dimensionals and added a couple of mini silver brads.

On the inside, the pockets hold envelopes on the left and cards on the right.  Enough for 4 cards and envelopes.  I cut, scored and rolled some scrap pieces for the pen holder. 

The pockets are just wide enough to hold the envelopes leaving space for the pen when you close it. 

I have a very crude template that I drew up for this, but if anyone is interested in getting the dimensions, send me an email and I would be happy to share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FMS77 Oh Baby!

I had a lot of fun doing last week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, I decided to give it another try!  I wanted to keep this really simple, not too many colors, not too many embellishments.

I used the single stamp "Oh, Baby!" from Stampin' Up! in Real Red ink.  I used the new style "firm foam" ink pad and it really does a great job of stamping a solid image like this one.  I accented with Basic Gray cardstock.  I think it gives it a more chic look, not as cutesy as the typical pastel baby colors.

I accented the side of the Whisper White panel with the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border punch.  The little heart was punched out of Silver Glimmer paper and popped up on a dimensional.  You could use this card to congratulate a Mom-to-be or even as the Mom-to-be announcing the good news!

Thanks for stopping by!

EDITED:  I changed out the photos from my original post due to the poor quality of the color.  I used a newer version of Photoshop allowing the Basic Gray to be better represented.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

FMS76 Freshly Made Sketches

I decided to try out a sketch from the blog Freshly Made Sketches.  When I saw it, I immediately thought of the cute butterfly elements I used in a previous card here.  Anyone can participate in the sketch and link their card to the blog's gallery.  This week's sketch is the following:

I decided not to look at the gallery before designing my card as I didn't want to be influenced by what others had designed.  Butterflies definitely seem like a popular theme! 

I used the Oh, Hello stamp set oval in Daffodil Delight ink to make the background of the circles.  Tempting Turquoise cardstock was embossed using the Chevron TIEF.  Rhinestones were colored with a Sharpie marker.  The Finishing Touches edgelit was used to die cut the Rich Razzleberry cardstock edges. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nephew's Birthday Card

Stuck right in the middle of all of his girl cousins, my one nephew has his birthday.  Girlie style cards are definitely not his thing!  This is his last year before he becomes a teenager.  Masculine style cards are always a little more difficult to come up with, add to that making one for a tween!

Banners!  Those don't have to be just feminine!  And by keeping the colors to Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade, it gives it a more masculine feel, as well as embossing using the Honeycomb TIEF. 

The Chevron Oval is from Oh, Hello stamp set in Lucky Limeade ink and cut using the new Ovals Collection Framelit die.  The sentiment is from the Perfect Punches set in Island Indigo and is embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  Punched out using the Large Oval punch and popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Embossing Tip:

  • Ink up image in VersaMark ink
  • Then ink image in Island Indigo
  • Stamp image on Cardstock
  • Add Clear Embossing Powder & heat set
Embossing this way allows you to be able to emboss with all your Dye Ink Pads rather than having Craft Ink.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Quick and Simple Baby Card

Today's card was made for speed.  I wanted a card that would quickly communicate the occasion without all the fuss!  A punch art bib seemed the way to go.

To make it non-gender specific, I went with Daffodil Delight cardstock on Whisper White that was embossed with the Tulip Frame TIEF.  I punched out the bib using the scallop punch.  Then with the 1-1/4" circle punch I clipped off three of the scallops to create the bib shape.  Punch a couple of holes to thread the 1/8" Daffodil Delight ribbon through and knot.  The sentiment is from Embellished Events in Basic Black ink.

A simple ducky image from the Baby Bundle stamped onto the bib and colored with Daffodil Delight reinker and a touch of Peach Parfait marker for the bill.  Attach it to the card using a Stampin' Dimensional to raise it up. 

A card done in no time!