Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Musical Flowers

This elegant card was actually pretty quick to make. 

The flower is from the Fun Flowers die in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I sponged the edges of the petals with So Saffron and the centers with Pretty in Pink.  An Antique Brad is the center of the flower. The music is from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper collection.  The stamp is from Tiny Tags.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Clean and Simple Button Flowers

These adorable flower shaped buttons are free during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.  I saw a card where someone made them into flowers and had to copy the idea.
The card base is 4x4, so a little smaller than traditional cards.  It's made with textured white cardstock, which is wonderful for clean and simple cards.  The sentiment is from Trendy Trees.   The stems are from Baby Blossoms. The "thread" on the buttons is actually super skinny strips of cardstock.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Botanical Gazette Ensemble

Here's another set of cards made with the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper.  Since I don't have the coordinating stamp set, I had to stretch myself.  This set of cards is made with two 6x6 pieces of the dsp, along with cardstock and embellishments.
This is the whole set, or should I say "flock" of cards. 

In addition to the dsp, I punched a bird out of chocolate chip and ran his wing through the big shot using the Elegant Lines embossing folder.  I sponged a little Very Vanilla ink on the wing and belly for some added dimension. The dsp and Crumb Cake layer were also embossed with that folder.  No actual birds or their wings were punched in the making of this card :-) 

I have to admit that I cheated on this one.  The bird is cut out from the same designer series paper, so I guess I did use more than two 6x6 pieces. 

The flower is from the Fun Flowers die in the Occasions Mini catalog.  I sponged the centers of the flowers with Marina Mist and the edges with Crumb Cake.

Same bird punch as before.  The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake.  Crumb Cake seam binding that I ruffled by pulling on some of the center threads. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stamp club Projects

These were two of the cards we made at stamp club this month.  As always, we had a blast, although the bug discussion was a little creepy.
This card was a quick and easy one using Baby Blossoms from the Occasions Mini and Curly Cute from the big catalog.  I copied the idea from Julie.  Colors are Rose Red, Baja Breeze and Artichoke. 

This card uses the Sale-A-Bration set Sweet Summer.  We stamped the image on Confetti white using Black StazOn and then colored with watercolor crayons.  The card base is River Rock which we ran through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder.
There was one more project, but I have to wait and show that to you after it arrives in someone's mailbox.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dollar Spot find

Target has these cute take-out boxes in the dollar spot section.  I jumped all over this butterfly one, knowing it would be perfect for altering. It's so fun to find things that coordinate with Stampin' Up! images. 
This is the box "before." That was the cleanest spot on my stamp table.  Yikes!

This is the box "after."  I added butterflies using the Beautiful Butterflies die for the Big Shot  in Melon Mambo, Pacific Pointe, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  The buttons are from the button and ribbon pack that you can get free during Sale-A-Bration, through the end of March.  Notice the difference in the handle?  I put in some Melon Mambo Pom Pom trim.  

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Newsprint Present

Yahoo, I have another masculine card. This was inspired by one of Julie's cards. 

The "newspaper" wrapping on the present reminds me of all the times I've wrapped gifts in comic paper, minus the newsprint all over my hands.  The stamp set is Bring on the Cake from the Occasions mini.  Card base is Not Quite Navy.  And, hey, I have ribbon on a masculine card.  Ha!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Manly yes

...but I like it too.  Raise your hand if you remember that commercial.  This is the last card I made with the 6x6 striped chocolate chip dsp piece.  I kind of like it, if I do say so myself.
I punched a bunch of circles in chocolate chip, early espresso and crumb cake and stuck them on the striped piece. Originally I'd planned on running it though the dotted texture folder, but was afraid it would be too much.  The greeting is from the Sale-a-Bration set So Happy for You. 
Like I said yesterday, I can definitely see using this same concept with prettier colors.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Masculine Cards

On of my biggest stamping challenges is making masculine cards.  My preference is for flowers and pretty colors.  I bought the Neutrals Stack of designer series paper with the intention of making masculine cards.  This is what I did with a 3" x 6" piece of the striped Chocolate Chip paper.

This card uses the Engraved Greetings stamp set that you can get FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  The stamp has some curly cue components to it, so I just colored the letters with my Chocolate Chip marker. The cardstock is Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake. The dsp started as a 3x3 piece that I cut an inch off of.  I then cut the smaller piece in half and put it across the center of the card.  If you were to lift up the center rectangle, you'd see that the striped strip doesn't go all the way across.  How's that for being frugal with paper!

I'd had my eye on the So Many Thanks stamp for a while, so was excited when I could get it free during SAB.  In spite of the row of hearts, it's masculine enough.  This piece of dsp is 3x3.
It's so hard not to put on a little glitter, ribbon or bling.  As far as I can figure out, hemp and brads are about the only embellishments that are manly enough. I didn't use either of those on these cards, but HAD to add texture with my Big Shot embossing folder and texture plates.

My plan was to do a week of masculine cards.  This may stretch me to my creative limits!  

I like these layouts so maybe I'll use them again and pretty them up.  Stay tuned.