Sunday, August 24, 2014

Watch Out Orlando Graduation Card

I am very, very grateful to the bloggers that I follow lately!  I've been in one of those creative slumps and I can't seem to come up with anything that I like on my own.  Thank goodness this doesn't happen to everybody at the same time. I've been lucky enough to find great cards that I could use as a springboards and this is an example of another one!  I needed a graduation card for a friend who is finishing up nail tech school and since I know she will take Orlando by storm, Wanda Guess' card was just perfect for the event!  You can see Wanda's inspiration card here. Since I had the Taylored Expressions Instant Photo Frame Die I was set to go. It is a favorite because you can put so many things into the opening to make snapshots that are the perfect size for a card front!
  I used the "Cracked" font on my computer to make all of the wording for this card.  To center the words on the photo frame, I printed them out on white card stock.  Then I cut the frame out of vellum.  I placed the vellum frame over the words to center them and marked the 4 corners so I could place the die just where I needed it to be and taped it in place.  Ran it though the Big Shot and then used it in my card :)

I had a few of the paper dolls left when I cut the strip to size so I used them to decorate the inside of the card...

Dies:  Taylored Expressions Instant Photo Frames, My Favorite Things Skyline Border, Cloud Trio & Paper Doll Girl Border and Memory Box Corner Bow Die
Miscellaneous: Dylusions Ink Spray - London Blue, vellum

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Regarding Dahlias

Regarding Dahlias is not the kind of stamp set I typically buy, but I went to stamp camp and my demonstrator Susan Kirk made such a quick and simple...and gorgeous card with it that I had to have it and I bought it!  I was really happy that I did when I saw Connie Collins' exquisite card on can see it by clicking here!  I was inspired and just had to try and see if I could make something like it!  I didn't have the inks that she used and I have Copics instead of Blendabilities, but I was determined to make something pretty with what I had.  Here is how my card turned out...

For some reason I wanted to 3-D this flower so I cut some layers and added some foam tape and gave the flower some shape.  I also messed up when I was coloring the background with Ranger Distress inks and my new mini blending tools so I had to cut around the flowers and add them to a different background layer.  I don't know if you can see in the photo, but doing this gave a little more depth.  It was one of those happy mistakes because the flowers looked even better after.  


Stamps:  Stampin' Up: Regarding Dahlias, Gorgeous Grunge & Perfect Pennants
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress: Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves
Copics: V000, V01, V12, V15 & V17
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant & More Mustard and Cougar Opaque white

I want to thank Connie again for her beautiful card and the inspiration it provided!!

Here is a photo of the card I made at Susan's stamp camp.  Isn't it pretty?  And so quick and easy to make.  I thought a set in different colors with different designer paper would make a really nice gift for someone who doesn't stamp...or even someone who does!!  

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Doctor Graduation

Our son finished his medical residency in June and we attended the graduation.  We are so very proud of him and all his accomplishments.  It was a very happy day.  Here is the card that I made for him…

The sentiments are both from My Favorite Things.  Sorry but I didn't write down the other supplies I used for this one.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Snappy Birthday

A friend posted a message on Facebook about a mom asking for birthday cards for her soon to be 6 year old son, Danny.  It seems he has an inoperable brain tumor and all he wants for his birthday are cards.  I'm really glad that I saw this in time to get a card out to him.  In case you want to send one, too…here is the information.

Danny Nickerson
P.O. Box 212
Foxboro, MA 02035

Here is the card I sent.  I used a cute set from Stampin' Up called Crab & Company.  

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up - Crab & Company
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Pink Passion, Craft an black, watercolor paper
Inks:Stampin' Up - Craft White, Memories - black 
Markers:  Assorted Tombo Markers
Dies : Spellbinder circles
Miscellaneous:  Small circle punches, ribbon, chalks for sky & ground, ribbon, white gel pen (for shrimp eyes), washi tape

Here's a picture of the inside of the card.  I used my computer to make the message because I didn't have a stamp that said what I wanted to say…and then I decorated the inside with washi tape.  I'm loving using Washi tape to make the inside of my cards more interesting.  If you are like me, you get so busy making the front of the card cute that you forget the inside until you have everything cleaned up.  Washi tape is so quick and easy and adds just a splash of color to tie it all together!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are having a "Snappy Day" too!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Red, White & Blue

For this card I pulled out my brass embossing stencils from Lasting Impressions.  I haven't used them in ages.  I know you can use your Big Shot to emboss them, but I like using my light box so I did it the old fashioned way!  The little flip flops are so cute and so Florida!!  I needed some red and white striped paper to make it look more patriotic and I didn't have any so I got out some white, a red marker and my metal ruler (it has cork on the back so the marker won't bleed underneath) and I made some.  It was pretty easy and just what my card needed :)

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: Stampin Up Night of Navy 
Inks: Distress Inks: Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany
Embossing Templates: United We Stand, flip flops (sorry no longer available)

Miscellaneous: star punch, red marker & metal ruler (to make striped paper)

I hope you like it.  Have a great holiday!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Graduation Card in a Box

It's that time of the year again!  Everyone is talking about graduation.  When I saw the new cap and diploma dies from MFT, I thought they would work great in a graduation box card.  I really liked how it turned out.  I used girlie Gator colors and added some streamers and stars and it looks like quite a party!  

I used an MFT border stamp cut into pieces for the streamers!  Here's a side view….

Supplies Used:
Stamps: My Favorite Things -  LLD Happy Graduation
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Blue & white floral decorative paper, Gator paper and Cougar Opaque white
Inks: Versafine - Black
Dies :  My Favorite Things LLD Graduation Accents & Looped Border Dies Spellbinders classic Oval & Scalloped Oval Dies 
Miscellaneous: Star Punch, acetate

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Making Soup

I had to come up with a card for a project day with friends and since I've been wanting to try making a recessed window card I decided to do that.  I found a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers  and played around with it until I made it work and felt confident enough to teach it to a group. Thank goodness for the video that Splitcoast provided, it made figuring the card out so much easier!  You can view the tutorial here.  Because of the construction, I think this card would have to be hand cancelled so it will take a little extra postage to mail, but it's so cute it's worth it.  Even though the recessed window is only a quarter inch deep, I found it to have a lot of space for layering.  It has potential for all different types of scenes.  I'll be making more of these :)  I kept this one on the simple side because of limited time for my project.  I made 2 different cards to give my friends a couple of options.  

Because of the construction, you have to decorate the left inside of the card…

Here are some close ups.   Can you see how much space there is for layering?  I used two pieces of foam tape behind the chef and one more to pop the pot out.  That means there could be at least 3 layers within the window!  I added a MFT banner made out of Graphics 45 paper to add a little embellishment to the frame.

Here's the other card.  The chef stamps are from Inky Antics.  They are still available for purchase but I couldn't get a direct link from the website.  If you do a search for "clear stamps" then go to page 22 you should see the set.  Here is the number and name…10983LC, Stovetop Cooking Chefs Clear Set.  I also used an MFT border die to embellish this window

I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol mineral spirits to color all of the images and used Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Scattered Straw) to edge around all the white pieces.  Hoping this inspires you to do some stamping!  

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