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!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Inspired Bloomin' Marvelous Card

Saw the cutest card on Pinterest and I just loved the way it was layered and the colors used.  Amy Storrie's card here was inspired by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator as well.  It's fun to see the different evolutions of cards that were inspired by others!

Here is what I came up with:

I made 2 because I plan on giving them away as a gift (but I can't say to whom!).  I used a similar color palette as Amy did, but didn't have the Sycamore Street designer series paper so I used Floral District which is very similar.

It looked to me like Amy used the smallest banner from Itty Bitty Banners Framelit Dies for her layer behind the butterflies.  I wanted to give it a little more weight, so I used the bigger banner and then cut it in half and trimmed to get it to fit how I liked.  Otherwise it was just a tad too long.

Amy's card used such great details, I had to replicate them, from the Rhinestones to the use of the Needlepoint Border TIEF from the Spring Catalog. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Birthday Class Trio

In a previous post I showed the ribbon flower keychain that we are going to make at my niece's birthday party this month.  She also had asked for a bookmark.  I also thought to round it out a stamped candle would be fun.  The original bookmark I made did not coordinate with the colors of the keychain so I changed up the colors, using Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple instead of Baja Breeze and Island Indigo.  Here is the trio altogether:

The candle stamping was very easy.  I used markers to color the sentiment from A Daring Adventure set and stamped it onto white tissue paper.  I also stamped the other images from the set onto the tissue paper.  I cut the tissue paper to fit around the candle and positioned it.  Then I wrapped wax paper tightly around and heated with my embossing gun.  I worked in small areas at a time, moving the wax paper as I went until all of the tissue paper was melted into the candle. 

To finish it up I embossed Primrose Petal core'dination paper using the Argyle TIEF and sanded it.  Final touch, adhere the bottom of the candle to a Tea Lace Paper Doily.  Can't wait to help the girls make these!