Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chalkboard Technique Bookmark

My niece's birthday party is in a few weeks.  Time to get working on coming up with projects for her and her friends to make.  I already figured out the flower keychain project.  She wants a bookmark and I thought maybe a candle to match it would be good. 
I used the Two Tags Die and die cut Pool Party.  Punched Island Indigo cardstock with the scallop circle punch.  I used the word image from the Daring Adventure set in Pool Party ink to stamp on the bookmark.  The ribbon was from Sale-A-Bration.
In order to get the scallop circle lined up just right (as I am quite OCD sometimes), I flipped the scallop punched piece front side down then adhered the front side down bookmark piece down on top of it.  This allowed me to see where the scallops of each item lined up and to make sure it was properly centered.
I punched a 1-3/8" circle out of Basic Gray cardstock first and set the "positive" punch aside for another project.  Then I used the "negative" and punched again using the 1-3/4" circle punch, leaving me with the ring above.  I did this 5 times and sandwiched them together so that I could build up a frame.  I used Tombow Mono Adhesive to the top ring and added Silver Glass Glitter to the top.  On another piece of Basic Gray cardstock I heat embossed the "A" image from the Broadsheet Alphabet set using white ink and embossing powder.  To make it look like a chalkboard I rubbed some ink using a paper towel across the cardstock and then punched out using the 1-3/4" circle punch.  Adhere the built up glitter frame on top of the embossed piece and attach to the Island Indigo scallop piece.

For a final touch I added a rhinestone to the "A" just to add some bling and to coordinate with the Silver Glass Glitter. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Monogram Thank You Cards

We just celebrated my daughter's 10th birthday with family yesterday.  We had the grandparents over and all the girl cousins!  We missed the one boy cousin, but since his birthday is only 3 days after hers, he was celebrating with his friends.  Amid the chaos of 6 girls ranging from 6 to 12 years old, we did manage to sing Happy Birthday. 

This means it's Thank You card time!  I admit, I am not good about thank you cards.  I really wish I was better about it.  I want my girl to know it's the right way to do things.  I made a concerted effort this time to make Thank You cards for her to be able to write and send out.  Kept them simple.

Made the monogram using Broadsheet Alphabet and Daydream Medallions in Rich Razzleberry.  The patterned paper is Floral District.  These are the note cards that Stampin' Up! sells pre-scored in the middle with the envelopes included.  I used the Adorning Accents Framelit die to cut the edge and then embossed using the Adorning Accents folder. 

Ready to go after only 10 minutes time with a set of Thank Yous!  Now to sit down, write them out and send them off!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Butterfly Dream

Yesterday I was going through the Control Freaks Blog Hop and came across the most gorgeous card by LeeAnn Greff.  It was simple yet had these great details that just made it pop.  I knew I wanted to recreate her design and put my own little twist on it!  Here's what I came up with:

The butterflies are punched first on Whisper White and then using the 1-1/4" circle punch punches out again.  Then they are layered on a piece of Parker's Patterns DSP punched out with the 1-3/8" circle punch.  Like LeeAnn, I used rhinestones on the bodies, but I wanted to add a bit of color so I colored them in using a Sharpie. 


I used the scallops from the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack to get the antennae on each butterfly.  This was one of the touches LeeAnn used to really make the card a wow!

Another way I changed it up was by embossing with the Chevron TIEF so the lines go across horizontal instead of up and down.  The folder is set up to do a quarter sheet at once but the orientation of the striping would be vertical.  In order to do it the other way I ran it through my big shot twice, lining it up the second time with what had embossed the first time. 

Thanks for the inspiration LeeAnn! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wisteria Romance

Trying to come up with some general birthday cards.  Yesterday's was masculine in style and today's is more feminine and elegant.  The colors used are Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant with a pop of Daffodil Delight in the center of the flowers.

Using the large flowers image from the "Bordering on Romance" stamp set I stamped it on the Wisteria Wonder multiple times in Whisper White craft ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Using a blender pen, ink and markers, I combined them to shade the flower petals and leaves.  It took a few times of doing coloring them, letting it dry and going back over again with more color until I was happy with the look.

I tied ribbon around the Wisteria panel. Stamped the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant and cut out using the Hearts A Flutter die.  Punched a hole in it and tied it onto the ribbon with Bakers' Twine.  I'm really liking this die set!  It makes such cute tags!

What do you think?  Would you like to receive this card for your birthday?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

By The Tide Birthday

Last summer at the Stampin' Up! Regional Seminar in Providence, RI, I won a gift certificate for my swap card for a shopping spree.  I saved it until the Spring Catalog came out so I could score some new goodies!  One of the stamp sets I really liked was "By The Tide."  Living in New England near the ocean, it just spoke to me. 

Isn't it cute?  Of course, once I received it I was a little unsure of how I wanted to use it.  I've seen lots of cute samples using the lobster.  This set makes me think it would be well suited for a masculine card, father's day or a guy's birthday.  I started out with my "prototype" card using Pool Party cardstock for the base and the frame.  The oval framelit was used to die cut the raised Pool Party panel and then embossed with the Argyle TIEF.  The ink colors I used were Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, Gumball Green and Pool Party.  When I got it all together I just didn't like it.  I was going to add a sentiment banner as well, but since I wasn't happy with the direction, I stopped.  Here's how far I got:

It just seemed a little bit too babyish???  Not quite right.  So back to the drawing board.  I decided to use the Square Lattice TIEF and a base card of Crumb Cake.  Instead of Summer Starfruit ink on the seaweed/coral I used Crumb Cake.  The rest of the colors were the same.

I like how this came out.  I was tempted to add more "stuff" to it, brads, bling or ribbon, but I kept it simple because it's supposed to be more masculine, less fussy and potentially a card we make at my next Stamp-A-Stack! 

The Very Vanilla panel is 3"x4" and after stamping the images I put a Stampin' Dimensional in each corner then adhered the oval frame panel to the top so it was lined up correctly.  

What do you think?  Do you like the Argyle or the Square Lattice texture for this card?  Summer Starfruit seaweed and Pool Party base card or Crumb Cake for both?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Banner Birthday

I got sick yet again Friday night.  It really has been a tough winter.  Fortunately this was over and done with within 24 hours, but it still set me back from what I wanted to get accomplished.  Stamping some birthday cards was something that suffered.  We had a party on Sunday and I needed a card so it had to be quick.  I was cruising some rubber stamping blogs and came across a really cute card that was simple but had cute elements to it.  It was a case of a case and when I went wading through all the links to try to find the originator, the page no longer existed! 

I changed it up by using Brushed Gold Card stock as my base, stamping the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla and punching the hearts out of Red Glimmer paper.  I thought the hearts were appropriate for the birthday girl who's birthday was the day after Valentine's Day! 

Added rhinestones to each heart and added it to banners, made using the Hearts A Flutter framelit die.  I rolled the top ends of each banner around my paper piercer to curl it and attached them to Cherry Cobbler Bakers' Twine.  Really simple with a cute "bling" factor to it! 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Blizzards and Valentine Treats

It has stopped snowing but they are still working on the roads.  We have at least 24" here.  They open the roads at 4 pm and I can't wait to get out of the house!

While my girl was outside sledding and enjoying the fresh snow, I was making her Valentine treats for her class.  Originally I had prepped these for the Valentine class I held last weekend, but by the time the girls finished their cards they just wanted to play!

I cut the base layer hearts out of the die cut sheet in the Stampin' Up! More Amore designer series paper.  Cut the smaller heart with our punch.  In the spring catalog are Creped Filter Paper.  It comes in circles and large rectangles.  Using Real Red I stamped the heart image from Hearts A Flutter stamp set onto the circles and wrapped it around a lollipop tied with Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon.

I stamped the heart again in Pool Party ink in Whisper White card stock and die cut using a Framelit from Hearts A Flutter set.  Pool Party Baker's Twine attaches it to the Real Red ribbon.

Twenty two of these later and my daughter is ready for Valentine's Day at school!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Blizzards and Birthdays

We are in the middle of Blizzard 2013 here in New England.  The winds are howling and the snow is coming down very heavily.  We still have power so I am charging up the electronics in the event it goes out.

This month and continuing through March is a crazy busy time of year for kid birthdays in our family.  My niece who will be 13 (I can't believe that) has asked me to do a birthday party for her and her friends.  So I have been brainstorming ideas.  She wants to do a bookmark, but that is not enough!  I thought of doing a candle to match the bookmark.  At leadership though, one of the girls had an adorable swap that was a keychain made of ribbons in the shape of a flower.  I took a picture of it and thought it might be cute to recreate.  After some searching some Stampin' Up! Sites I found a demonstrator in Australia who had a free PDF tutorial and a video on how to make it.  Her name is Tanya Bell and the link to her tutorial page is:

Here is what I have come up with for my niece:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Penguin Birthday

My good friend's daughter turned one at the end of January and she asked me to make invitations for the celebration.  She picked a penguin theme which I think is so adorable!  The party was the other day and everything turned out so cute!  Love the "Hot Cocoa Bar" that was all set up and there were lots of penguin decorations.

Here is the card that I came up with for the invites:

I used the Stampin' Up! MDS2 Digital Scrapbooking software to print out the "You're Invited" onto cardstock.  I was able to match the color of the Real Red cardstock easily through the software and size the words to fit the 1" punch.  To make the penguin I used the Owl Punch and cut off the ears.  I used the Stocking Builder punch for his little wing flaps!  And he needed a hat with a Silver Glimmer paper pom pom. 

Of course, for the party, I needed to have a birthday card to give.  It had to be a penguin!  I was recently at Stampin' Up!'s leadership conference in Orlando and received a swap from someone that was a penguin card.  It was really cute, but I changed it up a little, making it into a full A2 card.

I used the Decorative Label punch and scored it at 1/2" to make his little feet.  The scallop sentiment he is holding is from the set "Sketched Birthdays" which is a set we received at Leadership.  It's not even available, so this is a sneak peek!  I wrote a sweet little note inside and donated in the birthday girl's honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.