Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pop Up Cake in pink pirouette

When you make the cake from the new pop up cake die from Stampin' Up they ask you to cut 3 7/8" strips of paper in addition in 3 different lengths. Using a 12" square paper and cutting the strips, there are 3 pieces of DD paper that I had to somehow incorporate into the card.

I moved them around and found this pleasing - I hope you do too. Waste not, want not.

Stamp the Lily of the Valley image from Ever After set in black on pink pirouette CS and color in with spica glitter pen in white and green to get that subtle sparkle- hard to see here, sorry! - then apply the DD paper scraps as shown. Place 2 little adhesive pearls- hero arts- on the connecting strip. Punch out eyelet border. Pierce paper and use dark green spica glitter pen to create faux stitching lines.
Mount on whisper white cardstock base.

The popup cake is cut from pink pirouette for the large and small layer and kiwi for the middle layers. Raspberry tart DD paper for the outside layers.

sentiment by PTI simple alphabet.

Happy Birthday to you- you know who you are!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Manhatten Flower Embossing folder -variations 1-4

Stampin' Up has done it again. I keep thinking I really have everything that I could possibly need to stamp for the rest of my life and BAM! they bring this Manhatten Flowers Textured Impressions Die and of course I have to have it. do you blame me?

#1- This is as simple as it can be. Texture the pink pirouette cardstock with the Big shot using the embossing folder instructions- it's the same if you have the cuttlebug -same sandwich as your other embossing folders. The words are from Friendly Words stampin' wheel- more about that in another post. Layered onto black CS then tied with new organza ribbon and onto a pink pirouette base and voila! and elegant and easy card.

#2 this is a trifold card using the same embossing folder. Score 12x 5 1/2 inch cardstock at 4 1/4 and 8 1/2 from the left along the long ways to make a trifold. The right piece will be a little shorter and that's OK.

Texture the left panel with the folder as shown.

Texture the right side panel as shown. You will have a positive on one side and negative on the other.

Cut a smaller white panel for the inside and stamp with coordinating ink- her saffron using Fifth Avenue Floral- I love how everything coordinates!
I cut out the tops of the flowers to make it more interesting.

Close up the card and you get a trifold like this.
Tie up with a ribbon- here with white taffeta and again, a simple little card that looks like it took you hours to make!

#3 This is what it looks like when you emboss vellum carstock and use watercolor crayon to color from behind it. You don't need to be too careful, I just moved the aqua painter around the back. I used red on the left side and coral on the right and stamped birthday wishes in black. Again tied using organza ribbon. Simple and elegant.

#4. This is another easy technique of coloring directly on the embossing folder with your classic ink pad - here I used regal rose - to get even coverage.

This is what the pink pirouette CS looks like after I rolled it through the Big Shot.
The dye ink washes really easy off the folder with just water.

This is the card I made using the flowers cut out from above. The sentiment is from Elegant Cheer set. It was stamped in basic brown onto pink pirouette CS. I cut out the top and the bottom of the flowers- and as challenged I am with the paper snips, these were really fast and easy. I taped 2 strips of kiwi striped ribbon as an accent and mounted it all onto regal rose as shown. I thought it was lovely. I hope you do too. Have fun with your textures impressions die folders!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bookmark Card- how to thread a bead onto taffeta ribbon

I thought I had posted this but I guess I hadn't so here it is.
This is an adaptation from a bookmark card I received from my upline Tami for meeting my goals for the month. It uses the vanilla hodgepodge hardware. She used the crystal effects on top but you know me, no patience to let it dry, so I punchedout a window sheet using designer label punch for the top layer then another using the DD paper - here Bella Rose, stamped the initial L from Lovely Letters- M and W are hard to fit unless you do it sideways- FYI.

Leave a tail long enough on the vanilla taffeta ribbon to put in a book and hang out the bottom. I think I made mine almost 18 inches so it would have enough room for the bead at the end and the loop around the bookmark in the front so it would fit in a book even if it was 11 inches long.
Trick to beading onto the taffeta ribbon, you hae to make a needle from the ribbon by cutting it like this- a long needle and a taper.

Needle the bead and pull it through and knot the end to secure it. I thought it was a nice touch.

The word window punch secured on both ends with the mini glue dots to secure the bookmark to the card and the Friendly words wheel on chocolate brown cardstock embossed in clear for a subtle effect.
Choose your words inside for the occasion. Card and gift in one!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cat's Pajamas- spring clearly swanky cards

Cat's Pajamas is another one of my favorite stamping companies- How can you resist the clearly swanky stamps that they just put out for the spring?

They also have a great deal on the 3 new stampsets right now- get 3 for the price of 2- as the kitty kat pak- find it here: http://thecatspajamasrs.com/Products.htm
They were recently at a show but I could not go as I was giving a talk on osteoporosis- one of my passion topics- for a local nonprofit group, so my dear friend Makani picked these up for me and I am in love. Are these not the cutest penguins- reminds me of my 3 mischievous rascals at home. They were colored with copics on whisper white after stamping with memento tuxedo black ink. the greeting was stamped in real red onto whisper white then die cut with spellbinder label die and attached with stampin' dimensionals. The DD papers are from making memories on bashful blue cardstock base and wrapped with tangerine tango striped grosgrain.

I really like simple cards on really sturdy base cardstock- this is PTI's 110# cardstock folded into A2 card size, impressed with spellbinders classic rectangle die using my beloved Big Shot and the silicone pad- I just LOVE how the formula is written up on the mutipurpose platform so I am no longer looking for that little piece of paper with all the layering instructions like I used to with the cuttlebug- that alone makes this machine worthwhile!

Stamped again in memento tuxedo black and colored wtih my small selection of copics. This is part of your belated birthday present Makani!

This is how the colors look upclose. The dress looks polka dotted where I used the blender pen to pick up the colors to lighten it and add a little texture.

I just think this is so sweet..... makes me smile inside.

This is another image from the same set that I just adore. Again with memento tuxedo black and copics- same technique for the center of the flower. Happy and spring in sentiment using SU markers- pixie pink and green galore and flower brad from SU- center colored with a brown copic.

It finally feels like spring here!

Lynda :-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cake pop up Die- Max's Birthday Card

I got the brand new cake pop up die from SU.
It is a brand new release from Sizzix and exclusive to SU for right now. As someone who is just crazy about pop ups, this is a must have. I already made birthday cards for several people - I will post theirs as soon as I believe they have received it.....

For Max's 4th birthday, my son Tyler made the cover - writing in white Sharpie marker on night of navy cardstock base.

The theme of the party was space. His mom made the most adorable invitation card ever using the viewmaster card idea with the rocket from pun fun stampset and the wheel, when turned showed the earth, the sun, stars and moon. It was a definite WOW card.

The inside of the birthday card has the cake die pop up using whisper white CS for cake layers and the
Delicate Dots Designer Paper for the layers. The cake top was stamped with happy birthday and his name using the Papertrey -It's a celebration set and simple alphabet.

I stamped the rocket image on bashful blue in black and highlighted parts with the white sharpie and glue dotted it onto the card.

All my boys signed it even Dylan- I can see that he is coming along and can see that he is proud that he can sign his own name now- He wanted to make the N really big- he said.

The die comes with instructions on how to put it together and having done a bunch of pop ups I know how difficult it is to do one of these- my Christmas card was 8/10 - this would be 2/10. It comes with all the pieces all cut and scored and hole placed in all the right places- I LOVE IT! I will show you more samples using this die- weddings, birthdays- any kind of celebration would be perfectly appropriate.

Happy Spring!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Friends 24-7 -creating your own designer paper

I see some designer papers out there that are just repetition of one image- with the damask image from the Friends 24-7 set, you can create your own!
Here I used plain white CS using Kiwi pad. Start by stampimg the image on one end. Now this stamp is not square so to make it fit close together, I flipped th stamp with each row to make the images line up tighter. I then sponged the edged with the same ink to give it that distressed look. It's really pretty with the pirouette pink as well.
Stamp the sentiment in Basic brown. Punch a 1/8 inch hole above the sentiment and tie the ridinghood red taffeta ribbon throught the holeas shown. I like it that it is a little different than the usual tying the ribbon, keeps the ribbon from moving up and down and uses less ribbon, to boot.
Bird stamped in Basic Brown also on 2 3/4 " square white CS, corner rounded on 2 sides only and pierced and sponged again with kiwi. Mounted on 3x3 kiwi CS again corner rounded on 2 sides only then mounted with dimensionals.
As the sentiment says the Happiest business in the world is that of making FRIENDS- I think they got it wrong- It should be STAMPING WITH FRIENDS!
Wishing Happiest business to you all!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thinking of You with Thoughts and Prayers

I got this Thoughts and Prayers set because I thought the images were really lovely but I am so blessed to have such healthy friends that I don't get a chance to use the get well or sympathy sentiments so here I am always using the Thinking of you again.
The white and saffron CS was die cut with top note die and white trimmed off at the perforation and sponged with the celery inkpad and both cut off on the left side.
This is a card showing how with just one inkpad- here Certainly celery- one of my go to pads- and one color marker- here regal rose, you can create this image. After stamping with celery, "erase" the green on the flowers with your blender pen, wiping as you go if needed to remove the green ink from the pen, then color in the flowers with the regal rose pen.
Put on a strip of Delicate Dots DD paper as shown and tie with saffron grosgrain-Both are one of six Sale-a-Bration items available to the end of this month only- Mount the image using dimensionals and Bob's your uncle!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Fifth Avenue Floral

I ordered this set as soon as I saw it in the catalogue- I just love the simple elegance of it. It is as its name suggests New York Chic.

I thought these colors would reflect the mood of urban sophsitication- white, sahara sand and black and I think it works.
The flowers are all stamped in Sahara Sand- edge the paper with eyelet border punch, added a buckle from Silver Hodgepodge Hardware with white taffeta ribbon and stamped the sentiment in black and punched out with large oval punch. Substitute whatever sentiment you like. This was one of my projects at my workshop last night and sentiments from Thank you kindly set worked beautifully too- sponge the edges with sahara and you are good to go.

One of my pet peeves is really dark color base cardstock where it is hard to write a message inside- like this black base card.

So I added another white cardstock inside, stamped the flowers in sahara sand- and it added a nice touch and a surface you can actually write on should I ever actually send this card to someone.......

I am ready for some sunshine............


Friday, March 6, 2009

Branching Out

My sister had this SU set Branch out and since I did not have it I stamped a bunch of cardstock with it with the intention to make some cards for her. Although it is a very sweet set, all the images I stamped look really lonely. I love that little bird and the tire swinging- This is the perfect situation for using the stamp positioner if you want the placement perfect. The image is stamped in basic black, distressed and mounted on distressed mellow moss and then onto elegant eggplant-although it kinda looks black here-mellow moss and eggplant- another of my favorite color combos- FYI- vanilla tends to be a better neutral for this combo.

The words are from So Many Sayings set- now retired- it was a set of three sort of like the Many Happy Returns set in the current catalogue - all sliced apart so I ended up with a gazillion sayings-it was stamped in white craft then heat embossed with white EP. But the card stilll looked like it was missing something so I punched a 1/8 hole and tied a eggplant 1/4 inch grosgrain. It feels like it's still missing something but I guess that is the whole point, isn't it?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A little scalloped Thank you

I've been a bit under the weather- traveling last week screwed up my sleeping and I'm not back to my old self yet- I can't seem to be able to get enough sleep to feel rested- you get a little old and BAM! you can't even bounce back from a little time zone change- and to top it off I got a little bug and my head feels like it's about 200 pounds all the time- so until I get back in shape to post some things I make with my new toys- which I have not even mounted yet- Now you know I must really be sick- I am usually SO excited that I mount everything the day I receive them!- Having rain 24-7 hasn't helped this fog in my head- although I know we need it for prevent a drought next season. But I am thinking of everyone who is reading my blog and don't want to let you down with nothing posted this week.
So here is a little thank you card I made for a very patient someone- I textured(I need this to be a word!) pink pirouette with the new SU texture plates, then used a 1" strip of chocolate chip with a 3/4: strip candy lane DD. I scallop punched the thank you after stamping in choc chip then used dimensional to mount it with a 1 1/2 inch square of ridinghood red square. Can you tell that this is one of my favorite color combo? Chocolate, pink pirouette and ridinghood red!
Here's to wishing you a sunny and healthy spring!