Thursday, July 21, 2011

Variation of Flower Fest Dahlia card

This is the same idea from yesterday but using a different flower from the same flower fest set. The color scheme is still the same: Regal rose, pear, white then regal rose stamped with versamark and embossed with white EP and colored in with regal rose and real red markers. Pretty in its own way. I will be trying this with other stamps in the set as well as other colors- any 2 coordinating colors will work for this, Im thinkin'.

Challenge yourself to CASE yourself!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flower Fest Dahlias

Karen Barber is such an amazing stamper and she made a card using flower fest with highlighting that looked likd Dahlias that I had to try it out. This is a CASified version of her card. Base card is regal rose with a layer of pear on top then white stamped with sentiment in black on the bottom from Teeny Tiny Wishes then embossed with polka dots on the top side only.

The flowers and leaves were stamped with versamark then embossed with white EP. I repeated this with another scrap piece of regal rose CS and cut out although it looks just as pretty punched out. Used regal rose marker to add some color then real red to add just a little more pop of color to add more dimension. Added 2 loops of pear seambinding ribbon underneath the scrap piece flower and used dimensionals to pop it up.

It's an easy card that just LOOKS complicated. I thought it looked like those expensive Japanese papers I love so much.



Friday, July 15, 2011

Flower Fest thank you

After finding out that my tomato plants were being eaten by aphids, a friend of mine gave me some ladybugs to put in my garden. I wanted to send her a thank you for that and for so many other ways that she has been looking out for me and here is my little thank you using the flower fest set. All the flowers were embossed using white EP onto pacific blue, elegant eggplant, regal rose and daffodil and celery and pear using versamark and punched or cut out and adhered using dimensionals. Flower pot was made using cherry cobbler CS.

I did use a dauber to add a bit more of the same color to the center of the regal rose and eggplant and crystal jewels to the pacific blue starburst flowers.

The small script was embossed in white as well with gel pen to make the trail to the lady bug made with red and black cs and itty bitty circle punch. Split the red circle and dotted the back with white gel pen too and added a little bit of head detail with the detail end of the black marker.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flower Fest on a Fence

I was dropping off an order at someone's house and as I was backing out, I saw this little fence with red geraniums peeking through and I thought I've got to make a card that reminds me of this.

I admit when I first saw this set I thought this set was too "crayon" but the matching punches was just too irresistable, and I have seen some examples that looked elegant and gave in. This is a sample I made to play with the idea of the fence- using 1/2 inch left over white strips that I put into the pennant punch to make consistent triangle tips.

The clouds were punched from the cupcake punch. The butterfly was embossed white onto saffron and punched with little pearl jewels. The flowers were poppy embossed with white and then daubered in the center to add some dimension. punched with circle punch then scissor cut closer.

Sentiment from Heard from the Heart set was also embossed with white
onto the bashful blue base cardstock.

Happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you already have.... if this would only be true with my stamping habit...


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Camping in Northern California

Near Eureka in northern California are some of the most beautiful redwoods in the country. Ladybird Johnson Grove, Founders grove, so many places to explore with trees with bases as big as your house that are hundreds if not thousands years old. This is where we go every summer to meet friends and hang. We go to Fern Canyon- where they filmed some parts of Jurassic Park movies as it does look absolutely prehistoric with ferns growing and toppled trees and icy clear mountain water underfoot.

My kids even did a junior ranger tour on 'Who's pooping in the forest?'- I thought with all their talk of poop related things they would love it- we saw Banana slugs, deer and elk patties - fresh mind you! to name a few- but I am not sure they were as into it as they talk it. After seeing deer pellets I am totally off milk duds!

We checked out Agate Beach this time and this is the view from the top where we parked the car - and where the bathroom was- looking down at the beautiful beach - no matter how many times you ask your kids- make sure you go before you go down- there is always that ONE that has to go as soon as you are down there - right?

We also visited a replicated authentic Indian village - complete with a hand carved canoe and a dancing pit which my kids climbed all over.

and the Elk that roam the prairies that are just beautiful- I am teaching my 6 years olds to read- DAN GER and lots of other fun signs for them to read..... DO NOT ENTER... CLIFF EDGE.....BEARS.... TICKS....

I am looking forward to one day my DH saying- "honey, I am taking the boys camping this weekend- what will you do without us? " hmmmmm....

enjoy the outdoors!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pennant Parade Happy Birthday Wishes

I wanted words on the pennant and was trying to figure out how many pennants would look good and horizontal cards max is really five. So words like Happy, Party, thank, uncle, mom- centered or a shorter word with an image like a heart or flower would work too. After I did happy - I looked for the words birthday wishes and my old standby sincere salutations had it. The colors and combination on the bottom were cased from a cute card by Amy O'Neill on stampin connection (for demos only) Base card is Pool party - a new in color with so saffron DSP and Lace ribbon border punched in white CS, tied with tangering ribbon. The pennants were stamped in olive, tangering and saffron and punched using the new Petite pennants builder punch, mounted with dimensionals and accented with crystal jewels in the corners. The little letters are from Calendar Alphabets and Numbers set punched out with 1/2 inch circle punch set off with dimensionals.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Sweet Folded Ribbon total CASE

I was looking to do a card using the texture plate and I ran across a card from Julie Beltramo and I knew I would have to case it. The colors were so pretty. Bridal bliss base with crumbcake layer followed by white CS textured with texture kit #4 (retired)The word friend from the textured paper was punched with word window. The pretty postage stamp was stamped using bridal bliss and same color CS punched using the postage stamp punch and layered using the dimensionals. The stitched polyribbon was stuck on with sticky strip in a random fashion. Super simple and oh so pretty...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

This was a challenge card that I did for splitcoast few weeks ago for CC328 and SC338. I dreamt about the card and how I wanted to do it and it came out exactly how I envisioned it (that rarely happens though...)

Basecard is crumcake with cherry cobbler layered on top stamped with Open Sea with versamarked. Next the layer of navy cut with circle cutter and the rest cut with the a straight edge and a smaller version in white.

After swishing a embossing buddy over it, I used versamark to heat emboss the patriots (Rubber Monger). I then stamped the flag (Ann-ticipations) with cherry and blocked it to stamp the lady liberty(Stamp in Hand). I used the dauber to add some more navy and crumbcake, distressed the edges to add more old world charm, added a star brad (stampin' Up -retired) to finish it out.

Thank heaven for all the brave men and women out there that make possible our freedom and way of life! possible today!


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Embedded Embossing

June workshop was all about embossing and this is one of the cards my friends made. The inspiration is from a card I saw by Michele Reynolds on Stampin Connections.

The base is pink pirouette with celery CS layered onto it. The white CS layer has little leaves diecut and glued on as well as flowers made with Boho Blossoms and itty bitty shapes punches. A 1/8 inch hand held punches were used to make the little center circles. Once it looks the way you want the way you want, insert the whole thing into the square lattice embossing folder to emboss all the layers in one fell swoop. The Four frames stamp is stamped in chocolate chip then punched out usng the decorative label punch. Punch 2 more out of the pink CS and cut it as shown previously to creative layers behind the stamped image. Warp a piece of celery satin ribbon and tuck the end under the celery layer before permanently taping down. then mount the frame using dimensionals. Biggest challenge is punching the flowers and not losing the little bitty centers!



Friday, July 1, 2011

Beautiful Wings CAS in Eggplant.

This is a layout lifted from Jen Sannes from I have been cleaning up my stamping room- it always gets my mojo going- sometimes when I have too much stuff, it gets overloaded and you need to reboot to get you going again. Since there was a lot of Elegant Eggplant CS on my table, I decided to just use it as a base, stamped the sentiment from Short & Sweet with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. Diecut the white CS using scallop rectangle and cut a saffron piece slightly bigger. A piece of Pear Pizazz Stitched poly ribbon was laid on the bottom. Saffron piece was mounted with dimensional. The butterflies were diecut in pear, pacific and melon mambo- If you make 3 cards, you can rotate the colors - save the extras for another project. Mounted them with the Multipurpose liquid glue just in the center so you can lift the wings later and added a little pearl to add a little interest.

Pretty simple and easy- just the way I like 'em!