Friday, March 28, 2014

Punched and layered sweet flowers

This was one of the cards I made this month as a thank you for orders.  I was just playing with banners again diecut with the banners framelets using the Sweet Sorbet DSP from Sale-a-bration.  The base card is whisper white with a layer of Pistaschio Pudding then another layer of whisper white which was embossed just on the bottom with the Honeycomb Embossing folder.  I layered where I wanted the banners then added Crisp Cantelope punched with the dotted scallop ribbon punch then a layer of DSP in a strip.  Stamped the sentiment from Lots of  Thanks set in Crisp Cantelope and the pansy and the petite petals in same color. Each of the flowers- I have 2 layers of pansy and one petite petals  that I curled slightly using a round chopstick and layered with dimensionals and added the crystal in the center and I think it is oh so pretty!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

MyPaperPumpkin March 2014

I love all the gold in this pack!

These are some of the cards I made using the March kit I received this month. 

Hard to see maybe but I used the the Gold Metallic Encore inkpad to directly apply some gold ink to the wooden pieces to make them extra gold. 
The envelope liners were so pretty and would be just wasted inside the envelope bottom, so I cut off about 3inches off the bottom to use on the cards themselves.  Now this is a trick I learned from my artisan friend Mercedes- to use the angles in the hexagon punch to make the banner bottom - it makes for a less harsh angle then the square punch-   See, Mercedes?  I really did think it was clever..... I was not being sarcastic!  

I would use a gently hand in applying the gold foil paper to your project though- liquid glue like tombo multipurpose shows through with lumps unless you smear it evenly on the back.  If you press too hard on the SNAIL it can show through as well so use gentle pressure to leave as little indentation as possible.  I scattered the gold shimmer dots- which are self adhesive around and tied the gold bakers twine which amazingly cost the same as the regular bakers twine to add extra sparkle....  I actually liked the card even without the stamping- oh so not me to say that but this time I think it is true- like the stamps that came with the set though for something more geometric I think.  I do need some occasion to send the congrats cards though....

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

An easy little gift and tag- or how to recycle those little ziplock bags.....

I had someone new come to my stamping party and order some things including a pad and I wanted to thank them with a matching ink refill for the pad.  I always think it is a good idea to order a refill with the pads anyway especially if there is a chance that the pad could retire at the end of the season. 

I originally tied a ribbon around the bottle, added a tag, tried baker's twine but it just did not look special enough. Then I remembered this lovely tag and I stamped it using Strawberry slush and embossed it clear then diecut it and then stamped it again on basic grey and cut out the banner and layered it on top using dimensionals.  That was easy but to attach it to the bottle, I tried to put it over the bottle cap but it looked too "strangulated"
Then I remembered all these little bags I have been saving from all the past orders so I popped it inside the bag, punched a few holes on the top, threaded the cherry cobbler baker twine through the vintage faceted button and then through the bag, tied it off. Now it was  a perfect foil to clip on the tag in a beautiful and relaxed way.  I hope she enjoys it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So many birthday........Banner money holder

Another birthday approaches and another money holder needed.  Kids now a days seem to not want presents or even gift cards - my kids tell me cash is best since it is not restricted to any one store.
So I used money as template- this is
8 1/2 x 7 inches Real Red CS.  ( I like to make templates based on 8 1/2x 11 cardstock)  scored at 2 1/2 and 7.
Ise the envelope punch board at 3 1/2 to make oh so professional looking dent in the center to make pulling out the money easier-- remember the days we did this with a circle punch?  not quite sure where the center was and getting it a little wonky?   screwed up no more - another use for that ever indispensable envelope punch board! )
I took a piece of  2 5/8 x 6 3/4 piece of Crumbcake CS to decorate the front and stamp the sentiment from Sweet Essentials stampset.

I diecut the Summer smooches DSP (retired) that I had left over from last year using the Banners Framelits die- you can cut 3 sheets of DSP at a time because it is thinner than CS-  so this gets really easy- diecut a bunch and you will have ready made envies for all those occasions-   I used a strip of CSP on the inside to accent it and  low enough to peek-a-boo to the front- tied the linen thread and used buttons left over from last year's sale-a-bration packs and voila- easy peasy money holder a special someone's birthday....

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Geometric Pinwheels

 Isn't this fun?  I was just playing around with the triangles trying different shapes and I thought this was really playful.  Base cardstock is whisper white with a layer of Strawberry slush CS embossed with Arrows textured Impressions EF on top.   I stamped a bunch of triangles on a scrap piece of paper using strawberry slush, coastal cabana, pistachio pudding and Crisp Cantelope- basically all the in colors, punched them out.  I stamped Hooray for today after coloring with markers Strawberry  slush and Coastal cabana and used the banner die to cut it out but it was too wide so I trimmed the sides to make it fit tighter.  AFTER I put the banner down using dimensionals, I put the triangles down to fit around the banner using dimensionals as well- it was pretty tight I tell you-  and it turned out pretty well I thought....  It could be a fun birthday or celebration card for anyone- Change up the colors to more blues for more masculine card for boys- I added a crystal jewel to the center of each but I actually liked it more plain but it's up to you!  Enoy.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Petal Parade Birthday

A quick little card that I adapted from a Thank you card I made for my ordering customers this month.  Base cardstock is Crisp Canteloupe with a layer of Pool Party on top.  I took a piece of whisper white CS and stamped the flowers from Petal Parade in Summer Starfruit - I know some people are not fond of this color but I am so in love with it!   - then the fiery flower in Crisp Canteloupe, and the small flower in Pool party with another stamped on a scrap piece of paper that I punched out with 1" circle punch.  Stamped sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday set- although originally I used the Thank you in the same font from the Lots of Thanks set.
I just adore this Sweet Sorbet DSP from Sale-a-bration. The colors are somewhat unexpected and I love it that it's already been done for me so I just case the color combo!
Add the big jewel crystal and mount the flower  with dimensional over the blue flower you stamped already in the base white cardstock - it adds a little dimension and interest but still a very clean card.  Enjoy and Case away

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Undefine Bird of Paradise

Living in California we see a lot of bird-of-paradise plants and it is such a distinctive looking plant I have been wanting a medium size stamp that would showcase it but never did find one that I liked so I carved one using the undefined stamp carving kit from Stampin' Up.  It went pretty quick and the kit comes with 1 big block and 4 small wooden blocks  to make multiple stamps as you like but my image was too big to fit one so I left it unmounted and used it with double sticky tape onto an acrylic block to temporarily hold it to stamp and it worked fine.

The base cardstock is Tangerine Tango that I embossed with the Arrows textured impressions EF on the right side only.  Took a piece of whisper white, inked up the stamp with Old Olive, Elegant eggplant and tangerine tango.  Wrapped the white CS with Gold Baker's twine and used dimensionals to mount it on the Old Olive piece that was stamped with sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts in Elegant Eggplant ink.

I corner rounded the 2 pieces to add a little less angulation to the card and another easy peasy card.