Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday card for my girl

My baby girl was born 11 years ago today!  She's such an amazing person with a bright spirit and beauty inside and out.  She has taught me many things along the way and I couldn't be more proud of her!  Therefore, she is  my inspiration for this card.

Her favorite color these days is blue and typically more of a teal blue.  So Coastal Cabana was the base card.  The retro fresh washi tape has a great color scheme fit for my daughter's personality, bright, cheery, vibrant!  I stamped Off The Grid in So Saffron onto Very Vanilla cardstock panel and Gorgeous Grunge in Coastal Cabana.  The sentiment from Just Sayin' is in Tangerine Tango ink die cut with the Word Bubbles framelits.  Behind the sentiment I die cut a piece of Champagne Glitter Paper as it coordinates will with the Brown Sugar color in the Retro Fresh palette.  Final touch I punched out some stars in So Saffron.

Gave it to her this morning and of course she loved it.  She's always very supportive of my card designs!  Here's to another good year for her!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

FMS123 Ombre Thoughts & Prayers

Birthday and Thank You cards seem to always be in my stock pile.  I suppose I don't keep a supply of sympathy cards because I'm a bit superstitious.  Also, I like to make a card with the person being remembered/prayed about in mind.  

This card started with the FMS123 sketch.  It's not your typical layout, with the 8 stacked shapes, and at first I wasn't sure if I would be able to come up with something.  But I do love a challenge!  
The stamp sets used are Happy Watercolor and Thoughts and Prayers for the sentiment.  To achieve the Ombre look, I used Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut them into 3/4"squares.  Using dimensionals I popped them each up leaving a little bit of space between them.  

The flower image from Happy Watercolor was stamped in Gold Encore ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  Using the white chalk marker, I colored in the flower petals.  The leaves were colored in with the corresponding color marker so the image didn't blend into the cardstock.  

This was a great sketch to get the creativity flowing!  The Clean Team came up with some beautiful designs as usual.  Thanks for checking out mine!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Good Thoughts in Gold

This is the last of the RAK series I am making for my friend.  I wanted to do something with gold since it is very trendy right now.  I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest and came across this card.  I really liked the Crisp Cantaloupe with the Brushed Gold.  I also used the sketch FMS122, but since it was so similar to Deb's card which won an honorable mention for FMS118, I didn't think I should post it for this sketch challenge.

The banner framelit was used to die cut the sending good thoughts sentiment which was stamped in Gold ink and embossed with Gold EP.  Before stamping the sentiment, I stamped the heart in Crisp Cantaloupe.  The center of the Very Vanilla panel is the gold washi tape and the sequins are from the Gold Sequin Trim that were cut off the twine holding them to each other. A Calypso Coral panel was placed behind the banner.

I used the Crisp Cantaloupe trim from the Sweet Sorbet, tied knots in each end and frayed them.

I really like how the whole thing came out!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Just Sayin' Clean and Simple Card

For this RAK card I wanted something quick and fun.  I saw a cute non-SU card on Clean and Simple Cards a while ago using the thought bubbles framelits and thought I could do something similar using all Stampin' Up! products from the newest catalog.

The card base is Strawberry Slush cardstock.  Using the Word Bubbles framelits and the magnetic platform, I cut the shapes out of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut the Kaleidoscope DSP to the same size as the Whisper White panel and adhered it to the Basic Gray panel.  I raised the Whisper White up off the DSP with dimensionals.  Stamped the Woo-hoo sentiment in Strawberry Slush onto Whisper White and cut out using the coordinating Word Bubble framelit.  Attached the Word Bubble with another dimensional.

A quick, clean and simple card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FMS 121 Perfect Blend RAK

A good friend of mine recently asked me to make her some RAK cards.  She wants to send out cards as "Random Acts of Kindness."  Perhaps she'll slip a Dunkin' Donuts gift card in there?  I wanted to use the Perfect Blend stamp set and the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches served for inspiration.

I definitely think I veered wildly from the sketch, but I promise it started out that way!  I keep a sketch book and always try to jot down ideas when the inspiration hits.  In this case it was the sketch and the I worked it out from there:

I try to write down what inspired me (in this case FMS 121) and the colors I'd use (if you can read my chicken scratch).  Then I sketch up the rough idea - as you can see, very rough!  Then it's time to get to work!

Here's what I came up with:
The little heart element from the sketch didn't make the final card.  I liked the "white" or in this cases "crisp cantaloupe"space and didn't want to add anything else to it.

The sentiment is punched out using the Artisan Label punch and popped up on a dimensional.  In order to get two cups side by side, I stamped the first image on the left on the Sahara Sand.  I made a mask of the image by stamping onto a Post-It note and cutting it out.  I placed the mask over the first image and then stamped a second time.  I also stamped the lid part of the image onto Whisper White and the cup sleeve onto Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper, cut the images out and attached them to the Sahara Sand.  The finishing touch is a little punched out flower with a rhinestone in the center.

Thanks for stopping by!