Friday, February 25, 2011

Fun Flowers -- Mojo Monday 179

This is for the Mojo Monday card sketch. Yes, I know it's Friday, but that's the way my week has been.
A lot of the supplies on this card were FREE Sale-a-Bration items:  The ribbon, buttons, designer paper, stamp and scallop sticker were all!  The flower is from the Fun Flowers die in the current mini.  

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Watercolored Botanical Gazette

I got the Botanical Gazette designer series paper and haven't really known what to do with it since I don't have the Nature Walk stamp set that coordinates with it.  A girl's gotta have some limits, right? I was stumped.  Fortunately, last week I got my New Color watercolor wonder crayons and had them on my desk and had the butterfly paper nearby and had an aha moment.  I colored those boring brown butterflies with my crayons and this is what I came up with.

The designer series paper works really well with the crayons and blender pens.  The color spreads beautifully. Now if I can just figure out what to do with the creepy bee paper from that pack.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Springtime Vintage Ensemble

The Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper lives up to its name. It's got a lovely vintage feel and it's floral.  What more can you ask for?  For this set of cards, I used a 6" x 6" piece of dsp.  Some of my customers did a product share where they each got a 6x6 piece of every dsp in the mini catalog and I wanted to put together a sample of what could be done with it.  I made these a few weeks ago, so hopefully I remember all the details.

For this card, I cut the dsp into a 4" x 4" piece, which left me with a 4x2 piece and a 2 x 6 piece that I used later. The stamp set is Punch Bunch, a set you can get free.  I used my markers directly on the stamp to get multiple colors on the same stamp.   
I used the 4 x 2 piece of dsp on this card.  The border on the right from the In Stitches wheel which I took off the wheel and cut apart each image. The sentiment is from So Happy For You, another SAB set. 

The final card uses the 6x2 strip.  I cut 1/2" off of the end and used it as an accent piece. The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake.  Colors used on all cards are: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizazz, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla. 

You could use these layouts with any designer series paper and stamp sets.  It's pretty quick and easy, once you figure out your basic approach. As I've been writing this, I'm inspired to make another set of cards with different layouts from a 6x6 piece. Cross your fingers that I have time to get that done. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Card Makeovers

I made these two cards using leftovers from the projects I showed you yesterday.   The cupcake card uses many of the supplies from the purse card. I just changed the card base and made cupcakes instead of purses.  The shimmery cherries on the cupcakes are fun.
This masculine birthday card uses the Plane and Simple set from the mini catalog.  The silver embossed piece is a piece of foil that I glued onto some cardstock and then ran through the Big Shot with Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I thought it added some interest to the card without the usual embellishments.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February Stamp Club projects

These are two of the projects we did at stamp club this month.
This first one uses the cupcake punch as the base of the purses.  The flap is half of a 3/4" circle and the handle is a 3/4" circle with a smaller circle punched out of the center.   This card was the inspiration for my card.  I don't know if you can tell, but the red scallop layer is the splediferous red glimmer paper.  This card cries out for lots of bling! 

The second card is a fun little "present" card.   I actually changed the card base from the Pretty in Pink that you see here, to Peach Parfait.  I've had enough pink lately! There were a couple of other changes after this prototype because I didn't want my ladies to hate me.  There were enough little pieces with the purses so I eliminated a couple of bits  :-)  You can see the card open and closed. 

The final card was this one that I showed you last week.   Check back with me tomorrow and you can see what I did with the left over pieces of cut cardstock.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Baby Blossoms

I tried to resist purchasing the Baby Blossom's set from SU's Occasions Mini catalog, but I'm a sucker for anything floral and resistance was futile.  This card was my first attempt at using it.  In all honesty, it's going to take a little practice to line up the layers on the flowers since it's a 2-step stamping set, but since there are so many amazing samples on SCS and people's blogs, I can probably get it figured out.  


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Future's So Bright...

...I gotta wear shades.  Remember that song?  Okay, I don't know whether the future is bright or not, but this card certainly is.  It started out to be for yesterday's SCS sketch challenge.  Well, it looked awful and no matter how I arranged things, they got worse. So, I tossed the various pieces aside and came back later and this is what evolved.  It's definitely not worth all the time I spent agonizing over it, but I don't hate it anymore.

  The base and flower are Melon Mambo, lighter is Regal Rose.  The adorable designer paper is from the Sweet Stitches pack in the mini.  The flower is from the Fun Flowers die and the center of the flower is covered in Baja Breeze glass glitter, also from the mini.  I found a great way of getting the glitter to stick.  After punching out your shape, use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on p. 39 of the mini and then dunk it in the glitter container.  The stamp set is So Happy For You which is one of the sale-a-bration sets you can get free with a $50 purchase.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Three Amigas Virtual Playdate

Once again we had a Three Amigas virtual playdate. We each gave the others a challenge.  This is what I came up with between driving my kids to and from various places (sometimes more than once since one of them left his swim bag at the pool), cooking and a little cleaning.

Joanne's challenge was to make a Valentine treat holder.  I used the scallop envelope die for the Big Shot to make this holder.  Love the glittery red heart made from the red glitter paper in the mini.  It contains a cookie which our family refers to as The World's Best Cookies.  The oatmeal texture of the cookies mirrors the bumpy texture of my thighs due to eating too many. You can thank me for not showing you a picture of my cellulite.

Julie's challenge was to make a Valentine card without using pink or red.  My wonderful husband makes me a latte every morning, so this seemed very appropriate.  The main image and sentiment is from Pun Fun and the colors are Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake.

My challenge was to make a card using only the neutrals color palette.  I played with my new Bring on the Cake stamp set for this one.   Adhering the little bitty candles was a bit of a challenge.anyone have any tips? When I asked my husband if this card was masculine enough, he said that cards are never masculine because guys don't give other guys cards. I really do love him a latte in spite of his attitude toward cards.

Click on my amigas' links and check out their creations.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sweet Summer

I WISH it was summer, but that's a long way off.  This is the Sweet Summer stamp set that you can get FREE with a $50 purchase.  It's a fun little outline set that can be colored in or left empty.  This time I chose to color it.  I started with just the oval with no mat underneath it, but it needed something more.  So, after the whole thing was glued together, I punched 3 scallop ovals which I'd punched the center out of and finagled them around and underneath the white oval.  Let me tell you, stamping friends, that's not for the faint of heart! 

It all turned out in the end, but I really need to learn the lesson of laying the whole thing out before gluing anything down. 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Using the Color Coach

I finally broke down and bought Stampin' Up!'s new color coach.  Why oh why did I wait so long? It has combinations that I would never have thought of and info about the dynamic duos (combinations that create monochromatic looks) that surprised me. 
This combination is Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy and Sahara Sand.  I think it works pretty well. 

The main flower is from Build A Blossom and the "thanks" is the Sale-A-Bration set So Happy For You (free with $50 purchase).  Check out the stamp on the right side.  It's one of the rows of stitching from In Stitches stampin' around wheel.  I unmounted the rubber and cut apart the rows of stitching. I put a thin row of Tombow Multi Adhesive on the back of the rubber and let it dry.  Did you know that if you let it dry without sticking it onto anything, it becomes a temporary adhesive? Anyway, with the new clear blocks, it worked like a champ.  For $8.95, it was a worthwhile experiment.  The only problem is that the rubber is about 7" long and that didn't work with my blocks. So, I cut it down to 5.5" which is the length of most of my cards. 


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fun with Flowers

I had a wonderful block of time to play this afternoon while the guys were doing "guy stuff." This one uses all kinds of new toys from the Occasions Mini Catalog including the Fun Flowers die for the Big Shot, First Edition designer series paper, and Rose Red seam binding.  

The old toys that I used were the self-adhesive pearls (love 'em!), Boho Blossom punch, and the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  Colors are Rose Red, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla. I'd been wanting to try the ruffled ribbon technique that's super popular now.  It was much easier than I anticipated.  Use a strip of stick strip and then just keep folding your ribbon on it your ribbon on it.  Some people use a needle and thread and gather the ribbon, so it's really a matter of personal preference. 

Visit again soon. I have lots of projects to share.