Sunday, February 22, 2015

You Brighten My Day card

It's Sale-A-Bration time again.  One of the sets you can get for free is "You Brighten My Day."  This is a set that perhaps I might not be interested in purchasing, but because I was able to get it for free I ended up with it.  My friend challenged me to make a sample for her with this set.  Otherwise it might sit on the shelf collecting dust.

The light bulb image was really cute, so I went about designing a card using it.

I stamped the image three times, staggering it to make different lengths.  The cords were drawn using a ruler and the Stampin' Write journal pen.  Card base is Blackberry Bliss with the DSP panel from the Moonlight Series Stack.  Daffodil Delight ribbon to transition from the DSP to the white panel.  The way the light bulbs are stamped, the sentiment that came with the set didn't make sense the way it curves.  I used "you light up my life" from the "One Tag Fits All" inking just the words with the Blackberry Bliss marker.

The light bulbs were stamped using Memento Black Ink and then colored in using the Blendabilities markers.  I outlined each image in the lightest Soft Sky and used the Light and Medium Daffodil Delight markers for the inside and the light rays.  For the base of the bulb, I colored using the Silver Dazzle Marker.

I really like how this turned out and hope my friend likes it!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Birthday Balloons Card

The new Occasions catalog is out and as always, there are lots of cute stamp sets.  One of the sets that immediately caught my eye was "Celebrate Today" which is very versatile for all kinds of occasions beyond birthday.  It contains sentiments for graduation, wedding, baby and general celebrations.  And there are coordinating framelits so you don't have to cut freehand.

This card is a fun Happy Birthday card with bright colors.  I used Strawberry Slush, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi and Tempting Turquoise inks to stamp the balloon image.

The birthday sentiment is from the My Paper Pumpkin kit for January.  Using a Basic Black Stampin' Write marker allowed me to just color in the "birthday" part of the stamp.

After stamping all the balloons and die cutting them using the Balloon Framelits die, I used the Little Letters Thinlits dies to cut the letters out of each one.  The balloons are then attached to the card which is 4"x 9" with dimensionals.

And finally, tied a bit of White Baker's Twine to the end of each balloon.  It was fun to use a card size that is outside what I typical do.