Sunday, August 31, 2008
Supplies: Stamps: Drake can be found here! Sentiment can be found here!
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Only Orange, Old Olive, Stampin' Up! last year's Halloween DP
Accessories, etc.: Poly-Twill ribbon, pop dots, Copics
Friday, August 29, 2008
Today's card was inspired by one of Kristina's MACM creations from June. When I say I was inspired, I don't mean CASE in this situation. Her card inspired me to use my gel-a-tins Off to School stamps, as well it inspired me to get back into embossing and make my own backgrounds with dot stamps. This card really was one of those cards where I sat down, started with a totally random part and went from there. I decided I wanted to use a brighter colour, so guava it was. Next up, I really wanted an embossed dotted background, or a partial one any way. I grabbed this cute dot from Flower Frames and Letters. If you remember Stampin' Up!'s Alphadots set from a few years back... this set is similar. I like this one better though since all the letters are capitals (I cannot STAND when an alphabet provides a mix of upper and lower case, decide on one, you know!). It's also a clear set, so it's super easy to line up, and it comes with a few fun flower and dot center images as well. Basically, if you were ever regretting not getting Alphadots and like clear stamps, you may want to look at this set.
Okay, back to the creation. So I stamped that dot with versamark, clear embossed it, then worked on my sentiment panel. I did a sample stamping on some scrap white first (pre-embossing!) to see just how much space I would need. I would highly recommend doing that when piecing together sentiments with larger alphabet sets. By the time I was ready for the embossed sentiment I knew exactly how I wanted the placement. Finally, I added in some stitched ribbon and I stamped and embossed a flower to add a bit more interest and "pop" to the card. To emboss with dye inks, remember, ink up the stamp first with versamark, then ink over that with the dye ink, stamp it, and cover with embossing powder. Have an awesome long weekend!
Stamps: Flowers Frames and Letters, Off to School (gelatins)
Ink: Groovy Guava, Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Paper: Cocoa, Guava, White
Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Clear and White EP
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Stamps: DoodleFactory Tropics
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento) Cool Caribbean, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Copic markers, brayer, sponge
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Stamps: Super Star, Admission is free (by gelatins )
Ink: Tangelo, Dandelion, Summer Sunrise, Canteloupe
Paper: Only Orange, Summer Sunrise, White
Accessories, etc.: Pop dots (of course...can I make a card without them?)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
So what are your must haves from the new catalog? I'm waiting until September to get anything, but I do know that Eastern Blooms, Pocket Silhouettes, the Hidden Garden Rub-ons, the Haiku and Hawaii Papaya papers, as well as the Ghostly Greetings paper, and Chills & Thrills rub-ons are all on my list.
Stamps: It's Beautiful jumbo wheel
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi textured cardstock, White, DP
Ink: Wasabi, Pomegranate
Accessories, etc.: double stitched ribbon, rub-ons, dimensionals
Monday, August 18, 2008
This last card was very much inspired by the amazing Mary Jo Albright. I loved the swap card she made and wanted to do my own version. My card has been simplified. I just really loved the look of the boat on the cut out waves, so that's what I did. It's funny, for this card, I started out with the boat. I wanted it sparkly, so I coloured it in with Spicas. I noticed how much that sparkly red seems to match Ruby Red. I was looking through my Stampin' Up designer paper collection and found the perfect match. This striped paper comes from the Ginger Blossom pack. Normally that set would not make me think of anything nautical, but this design on its own just fit! I added in some twill as my ribbon. Anytime I do something nautical I have to use twill, it seems like it's a rule or something! I still wanted more sparkle so I drew along the edge of my free-handed bubbly waves. You can catch a glimpse of all that sparkle to the left.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
I should add in an decorated interior. It's pretty basic, but pretty and coordinated.
I just found out this card won in one of PaperTrey Ink's August Guest Star Stamper! I'm very excited!
To answer a question, blues used are Memento's Bahama Blue and Danube Blue.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When I saw the Floral Frenzy set, all sense of "sure I have enough flower sets" went out the window. Really, can you get enough flower sets? I don't think so, I keep adding them to my collection and I use so many of them for so many different cards! For this card, I kept to using only PTI products (except the white cardstock, I know people RAVE over their white, but I've got a decent supply that's also 110lb and a nice bright white, plus I can drive to the store to pick up a pack of 250 sheets, sets me back about $15.00). I thought these flowers would look really pretty inked up with Lemon Tart with just a bit of Summer Sunrise dabbed around the edges. I was thrilled with the result! Can you believe I forgot my dimensionals (they are such a staple too!) during my weekend getaway?? So I had to get resourceful. I use double sided tape that comes on a large roll. To make dimensionals, I took a short, thin scrap of cardstock and folded it in half, twice. Then I wrapped it with my tape, voila, instant pop! Anyway... the lemon tart cardstock was stamped with some flowers to make some pretty patterned paper. I added in a sentiment from Garden of Life and some Spring Moss twill.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I really love all things tree (tree-y? tree-like?). I have had my eye on this PTI set for quite some time. I was waiting to put together a larger order. So when I finally placed that order, the set Father Knows Best had to jump into the cart. Pairing it with chocolate, vanilla, craft, and olive just seemed like the natural thing to do. I thought about going all distressed on it, but I really loved the clean look to the dots and lines. I really love how quickly this card came together. I am totally going to make a big bundle of these in summer and fall colours to keep on hand for masculine birthday cards! I'm thinking this particular design would look amazing with some rusty coloured leaves, some striped orange/rust papers and some wider chocolate or rust ribbon!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
As I mentioned, I was heading away from my studio for the weekend. It's always difficult determining what to bring. So... here's what I brought (and I have to say limiting myself really made me stretch my creativity).
- at least one sheet each of cardstock from my Stampin' Up! and PaperTrey Ink collections (plus several neutrals of course-white, vanilla, kraft, vellum, black, grey, chocolate)
- only clear stamps- a mix of PTI and a muse this time
- my big paper cutter (the guillotine style tonic one)
- 22/24 Memento ink pads, plus the PTI inks I have, plus a white craft pad
- my little container of sorted brads
- a random collection of ribbon
- Copics and Spica markers
- 2 pairs of scissors
- Cleaning Pad and waterbottle
- A large assortment of my cut down Stampin' Up! patterned papers
- roll of tape
The list sounds extensive, but it almost all fit into one of those 9x13 or 14 inch Rubbermaid containers. I had the markers and ribbons in their own turquoise empty punch box tins. I ended up making 10 cards while out there. Keep in mind that is not all I was doing! I was at a cabin, so there was plenty of this:Thanks for coming by!
Monday, August 11, 2008
For the baby girl card, I grabbed some PaperTrey Ink Sweet Blush cardstock and matching stitched ribbon. I still had plenty of the scalloped paper left over, so I used that again. I really liked the idea of the announcement on the ribbon of the other card. Since I didn't have any matching ribbon, I went with a stamped sentiment (comes from SU!'s So Many Sentiments) with the image, as well as behind the image. For this one I went with the cat. It's just one of those things, cats always seem more feminine to me, just like dogs seem more masculine. I don't know why.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
For the second card I went with something WAY faster. I saw these butterflies in this K & Co. Wild Saffron paper and thought they should take center stage on a card. I left the one on the paper. The card was too plain, so I cut out a second butterfly and popped that up. I only attached it along the body so that wings had the illusion of fluttering. I added in a sentiment from Verve Stamps that I thought went nicely with the whole ensemble.
Thanks for stopping by today. I was at a cabin for the weekend, took lots of nature photos and made lots of cards too :D So I'll be sharing those this upcoming week.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Any way, I really wanted to use some of the Bali Breeze papers, so I chose my papers, then chose the ink and ribbon to match. I went with a simple layout, but I just love the vibrancy of the colours! I chose the teal papers specifically because the dotted swirls kind of matched the cat's.
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo Cat
Paper: White, Pomegranate, Teal, Bali Breeze
Monday, August 04, 2008
Anyway, here's my tag. I had lots of fun stamping, using glitter, and inking up these letters from a Basic Grey Christmas collection.
Paper: White (staples) Blue (Colorbok)
Ink: Moonlight White, Peacock Spectrum Pad (Brilliance), Paris Dusk, Summer Sky, Danube Blue (Memento)
Stamps: Fancy Flakes (Gel-a-tins)
Ribbon: May Arts, Stampin' Up
Tape: Stamper's Magic Tape (Starving Artistamps)
Chipboard letters: Basic Grey
Glitter, Rhinestone brad (Making Memories)
Friday, August 01, 2008
Alright, so here's what I did...
#1 Using the 6x10 sheets, cut a piece of the adhesive to the same size as your vellum
#2 Peel the backing (it's nice how there's a slight seam so you can do this with ease)
#3 Attach your vellum, being carefully to place flat so no bubbles occur
Now for my finished product. I also used the tape on the tree piece. For that I covered the stamped image with the tape, than coated in glitter. Easy, and SO much cleaner than dealing with interfacing, white glue, or packing tape!
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo- Cats & Bats
Ink: Brilliance Moonlight, Tuxedo Black, Stazon Black
Paper: Black, Vellum, White
Accessories, etc.: Glitter, Stamper's Magic Tape, Ribbon, Cord, Polyshrink