Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Paisley Pumpkin

I have been so busy with changes at work and with kids starting school, I have not been able to see straight- but I have been playing with what little time I have left with the things I ordered from the Holiday catalog- of course I wanted it ALL!  I was fiddling around with the paisley set and the dies and when I put the two paisley together it looked like a pumpkin- so here is the little card I made to showcase that.  The sentiment is from Suite seasons set and the little scallop on the bottom is just like one of the floral patterns from the Paisley & Posies set - I think it was just made for it.  I took Watermelon Wonder- I know but it reads pumpkin in real life next to the Emerald cardstock leaf-  as the base, added a layer of gold glimmer paper and then on Very Vanilla CS stamped the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder and Emerald,  glued the diecut paisleys as shown,  The leaf is from Rose Garden thinlits in Emerald CS. I auditioned several other leaves to see how it would look and this with its lacy look seemed most appropriate.
The stem is made using the little tree trunk from Thoughful Branches onto Soft suede. using soft suede ink.
Happy Fall, y'all!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bringing back Birthdays Tin of Cards

I really am trying to send birthday cards to my family and friends and God only know how many cards I have just sitting around.  I have lots of occasion cards but my problem is that I don't remember the birthdays until after it's past and then I smack my head for forgetting.  The solution is to have cards set up by months rather than occasions.

I really love the tin of cards and got the stampset to match to make the cards inside but I used the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set to stamp the months on each of the tabs.

 Now the kit comes with only 9 dividers but no worries.  I used the white cardboard that comes with most of the DSP to cut out a piece 6 1/2x 5 inches and then used the envelope punch board to make the tabs.
 For the side tabs, punch at the corners and at 3 inches. The middle tabs are not exactly centered so it seemed like about 1 3/4 and at 4 1/4 or so worked out. After punching the indentation, cut off the remainder with the paper cutter.

Maybe Stampin Up will put 12 dividers next time in the kit?

 I am thinking about stamping Writing Notes stamp in front of each divider to write the actual birthdays and names of people to remind me to send the cards.
 While I was taking the picture of the Tin for the main picture a gargantuan bumblebee buzzed into the picture- here is the closeup...
On the lid I like to have some postage stamps on the ready so nothing impedes my card getting mailed.

When I gifr these, I also like to put a pen - you can use a velcro tab on the pen and the lid to attach if you want.

Hopefully I will be better this year sending out my cards.....

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Love and Affection Catalog sort of CASE

There was s little card on page 46  of the Annual Catalog that really caught my eye and I cased it of course for the last month's party.  Base card is Watermelon Wonder embossed with Floral Affections textured impressions.  I took a piece of Cucumber Crush and then a piece of whisper white stamped with Love and Affection set using crushed curry, watermelon, cucumber black as shown.   I then stamped happy birthday from Birthday Banners - curved it to fit the banner and stamped the banner in Crushed curry and diecut it out and mounted with dimensionals. 

Bright, cute, easy peasy card.....

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jar of Love Hello Shaker card

 Such a fun little card we had at my last stamping party.  Base card is Pool Party. Take the DSP (here I used the It's my Party DSP from Occasion catalog (retired) fold the bottom up by about 1/2 inch and diecut the tall jar shape.   I took a piece of clear windowsheet   bigger than the jar opening all around and stamped the jar and sentiment with Staz-On,  Make sure to lift straight up to prevent smearing.   Adhere the clear window sheet to the back of the DSP. putting tape just on the edges of the DSP.  Now, place the foam adhesive strips around the edge of the jar on the clear adhesive sheet. I used the embossing buddy to take some of the stickiness and static off the sticky strips. add some hearts diecut and some sequins and put a piece of whisper white CS larger than the cut out to ocver and adhere the whole thing onto the base card,  Stamped the lid with Crumbcake, diecut it and put it on in the front.  I tied a little cord into a bow and attacked it on the corner o the lid tied with the tag,    Enjoy!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Undefined- Star Wars

 At the  end of the school year I have been making a tin of cards for each of my kids' teachers, decorating the tin, filling it with a stack of cards for different occasions.  I like to add a book of postage stamps on the lid with a magnet and  put it in a bag with a stack of envelopes so they have everything they need to send out the cards.

One of my boy's teacher this year is crazy about Star Wars.  He has movie nights at school and has lots of paraphernalia on his desk. He was the teacher for my other boy in the past and I had found some Star Wars designer paper then, but this time I had no luck finding anything appropriate. So Undefined again to the rescue-  it is now retired through Stampin' Up but I bought a bunch of extra carving material just for situations like this.   I found some pictures on the internet that I thought would work and printed it and used it to carve out the images.  I found the font TIE-WING on line for free and printed on whisper white CS using my printer.  I printed 4 on one sheet then cut it out then stamped the images above the sentiment.  The Yoda is stamped in Pear Pizazz with same color CS to layer the stamped piece.

Easy cards and now with my new stamps I can make many many more.  I have little stamping space so I don't mount the carved rubber on the wood blocks but they are thick enough to work without the wood.
I also carved out too much of Yoda's eyes so when I stamp it, it looks wonky.  Since Stampin' Up has coordinated everything, I just used the marker to fill in the eyes a bit and it's just fine.....

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 April Paper Pumpkin

 I got this red package this month from my Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin subscriptoins and it was this little foam wreath with little yellow flowers dangling from it which was kinda cute.  I had been playing with my Botanical Gardens die at the time and had cut a punch of flowers and I got to playing and this is what came out and I am super happy with it.  So cute!
I actually put a nail on my wall to make it a permanent part of my little wall.
 I used the branch that came with the kit as a base for the flowers. Folded the four sided flowers from botanical gardens for the blue blossoms on the end. 

I still have tons of leaves and yellow flowers left over to make more projects.  I will have to play some more.  This was the anniversary kit and it came with an extra stampset which was super sweet.  
I used a left over piece of DSP to make the pink flower in the center and tucked in the small yellow flowers on each side.  Added little pearls for that extra sweetness.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Picture Perfect Botanical Garden

This was one of the projects at my last month's workshop.  The hardest part was the hummingbird- I had to do it several times before I got the jist of it- definitely a learning curve with it- although my friend Makani got it the first time perfect- she is an amazing stamper!  The base is blackberry bliss with a layer of Hello Honey.  Stamped the Hardwood background using versamark to get that subtle watercolor look.  Hello Honey was way to strong when I stamped it straight so if you use it definitely stamp off first.

Diecut the whisper white with the leaves- make sure you have the orientation right on that one.  Stamp the
sentiment before you mount it just in case.
Used the Botanical Gardens suite to diecut all the little flowers again and mounted them using dimensionals  and Multipurpose glue and put the jewel crystals in the center.

The hummingbird is stamped first with stamped off Pear Pizazz with #1 stamp, full strength Pear Pizazz with #2 stamp and the Blackberry bliss with #3 stamp.  Then use Melon Mambo for the collar stamp.  You do have to fussy cut the bird but it does not take long- took me less than a minute to cut it out and you know how I hate cutting with scissors!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Botanical Garden Gold and white cards and a great idea

I was at Michael's few months ago and they had their best buys- this box of 60 cards and envelopes for sale for $5.  I couldn't pass it up. The envelopes are paper thin and cheesy but man - a gold card and envie for 10 cents?

Anyhow in the pack were these really cheesy white heart with LOVE printed on it.  There really is no one I could possible send these to as it stood but there had been really pretty black  and white stripe cards I had seen.  When I layer cards and have to cut the cardstock to size there are always 1/2 inch strips left over that I keep and these left over 1/2 inch whisper white strips were perfect for this purpose.

Stamped the sentiment from Rose Wonder stampset in black.
This was the original cards that I put strips of white on.
I have to give credit to Gayle, one my Stamp-n-chat friends who brought a bunch of pieces diecut already in a container like this so we can pick and choose what we wanted and I thought it was brilliant.  So with all the little scraps of paper that I have I have been just diecutting all the pieces from the Botanical Gardens suite so I can make bouquets in a jiffy.  Love It!
So making all these cards were just a snap.  Just pulled some flowers are and laid them down.
With the gold stripes I wanted to add a little touch of gold sparkle so with little left over Gold Glimmer paper I punched out little 1/8 inch circles.

The flowers and leaves were mounted using dimensionals or the green Multipurpose glue - depending on whether I wanted the depth or not.  Leaves were stamped with Mossy Meadow - the white flower was sponged with the dauber with Calypso coral and the little gold circle added to the center.
This is just another variation on the same idea.
So all those little tiny pieces of cardstock, before you throw it away, see if you cut a few pieces of flower or center or whatever out of it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bloomin' Butterfly popup card

The base card is Blackberry bliss- with a strip of Wildflower Fields DSP from Sale-a-bration. A piece of  Hello Honey then Lost Lagoon die cut with the Bold Butterfly die.  I die cut whisper white with Bloomin' Hearts thinlit then with the butterfly again and laid it on the inside as shown to make a lacy butterfly.
Stamp Happy Birthday from Butterfly basics with versamark and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

The inside is a piece of  Hello Honey folded in half and oval cut  then scored in half on either side as shown.  Stamped the lines and sentiment in blackberry and leaf in Old Olive.  Stamp the big butterfly with Lost Lagoon and Blackberry then punch a bunch of white flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch.  Added the little butterfly with the Bitty Butterfly punch. I messed the picture and could not turn it- Sorry!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Party Party with Cucumber Crush

This was one of our workshop cards- easy  and fun little pop up card.   The base is whisper white with a layer of Watermelon wonder.  Layer of In color DSP  then Oval watermelon Wonder then whisper white oval.  The cake was stamped off then stamped with Cucumber crush then Happy birthday added with Blackberry Bliss.  The curly cues are from the Hip Hip Hooray diecut on the inside and then Silver Glimmer stars punched out with Confetti Stars border punch.
Cucumber crushed cut 1/4 inch smaller than basecardstock die cut  with Hip Hip Hooray die.