Friday, February 25, 2011

A cupcake birthday

There are lots of cupcake punches out there but I had been resisting because I knew I wanted the one from Stampin Up. It comes with a cherry on top, a candle and sprinkles and I just love it. I also love the coordinating stampset- These guys are marketing geniuses I tell ya- either that or total enablers to stamp addicts like me!
I used the tangerine base, with white on top of that with happy birthday from the same set stamped in chocolate chip. Is it not the sweetest little font?

Ran the tulip embossing folder over the pear CS to fit the smaller profile- ran the cardstock then took it out and turned it around to reimpress to get the smaller size I needed and it reimpresses the corner to make it perfect- LOVE IT!
then a daffodil circle punched then the large scallop circle in white. Cut 1" strips of melon mambo and chocolate chip CS, stamped the cupcake top and the base with coordinating stamppads before punching them out. I punched a heart - I think I am using this red glitter paper for EVERYTHING! Just love that sparkle it adds- I thought it looked like it was missing something though- I had mounted the cupcake using dimensionals so I slid in a small piece of ribbon behind it and just tied it in the front and it just added that special something that I thought made it look complete.
I used this card at my workshop to show people how to partial emboss using the tulip folder and it was not too difficult- but FYI-it did make it easier to tie the bow AFTER you mount the cupcake. Just put the dimensionals low enough on the cupcake bottom to slide the ribbon behind it. This would be such a fun card for a kid's or anyone's birthday. You can try using a vanilla color for the frosting and putting some different color sprinkles, in all the in colors would be fun too.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

faux pressed flower

This was a technique I saw on line I thought made an easy card using the Thoughts and prayers set and all the flowers including bottles of Primas that I have been acquiring.
I stamped the stem in olive on a white CS and also on corners of the crumbcake CS base. Stamped the sentiment in black and then glued the flowers and the white cs and pressed the whole thing using the lattice embossing folder.
Love the effect and really easy!
Time to get out your flower collection and finally put them to use.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Love card

I was playing with a bunch of ideas for valentine and this was the final card I had for my workshop. I used the tree, quote box and sentiment from Valentine defined and the 2 birds from Aviary- I thought there should be some little animal but I wanted 2 animals facing each other. The bird in the tree legs were too long so I only inked up part of it. The tree was stamped in Garden green then the branch part removed with blender pen then reinked using the chocolate chip marker. I used the blender pen to color below the tree to ground it a bit. The 2 birds were inked with chocolate chip. The quote box in real red then added a punched glitter heart in center. It was mounted on garden green CS corner rounded. The red CS was pressed using the Lots of Love letterpress plate.

I stamped the love in red then punched out with modern labale punch. I then ran the ribbon through a hole on the left and mounted with dimentsionals. Added a crystal jewel to add a little sparkle- fits perfectly over the O!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine Treats

It's that time of the year again! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it is time to make 63 valentine's treats for 3 classes- I had to make it not too difficult so here it is. Little valentine posies. There are specialized dies to make just these kind of things but of course I do not have any so I used my old Island floral die to make these but any large flower die would work.

I punched a larger hole in the center to fit the tootsie pop I wanted to use. I cut through one of the leaves and petal between so I could roll it up a bit to make it more dimensional. I even used the stylus and a mouse pad to add some leaf lines as you can see.

after I put the lollypop in the center then I used some tape to overlap one of the petals.

I overlapped the petal fully to make a 4 petal flower.

The leaf petals were only overlapped about 1/2 to make an asymmetrical leaf as shown.

This is what the completed flower set looks like. Easy peasy flowers.

When I was at the local M*chael's - with generous gift cards I received for Christmas, I saw these ribbons for 50% off and I had to have them. 4 yards for a buck- not bad! I cut off each happy valentine's day and punched a hole with my cropadile to pierce it and threaded the lollypop bottom as shown on the right.

I wanted to add a tag so that my kids would have to write the names of the recipient so I used this retired stamp that matched the tag punche in red to make easy tags. Originally I had added the tag with linen thread but my kids had a hard time tying it- they are supposed to make their own valentines- so I used the modern label punch and 1/4 inch circle punch to make a tie the way like those bread ties. I just cut through with scissors and it stayed on the lollypop reasonably well. It does shred after the while so I would have the kids sign it in the back and put it on at the end.

and here it is. My kids are having a ball making these- I hope you do too.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A simple card

Julie just had a birthday
and of course my card was about 2 weeks late- how can it be that someone that makes as many cards as I do cannot remember to send a birthday greeting to people they love in time? Got me! My mom just got a phone call this year... Shame on me.
But better late than never so I sent an unbirthday card to Julie and a few cards that I stamped with her name on it. The sentiment and the alphabet stamp are from PTI. You're a Gem sentiment from the Occasions Mini from SU. Crystals jewels from SU. I layered white with Poppy Parade then another layer of whisper white. I stamped the sentiment and then used my black pen to draw a line between the sentiments and 1/4 inch away from the edge. I tried both crystals on either side of her name and to dot the i. A clean and simple cardset for a real gem of a person!