Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hi Friend

Tried my hand at a Mojo Monday card sketch today.  It took me a long while to try sketches for inspiration, but once I tried them I was hooked!  Here's the card…

I used Ellzybells stamps.  I really miss that company, their stamps are so cute.  
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Card in a Box Bouquet

I've seen so many of the cards in a box on Pinterest lately that I was itching to try one.  I looked at lots of tutorials and found that there were quite a few different measurements that I could use. I made a sample that would fit in an A2 envelope but it was too small because I wanted to use Stampin' Up's Flower Shop stamps.  I found another tutorial but the measurements were in centimeters and I couldn't figure out the conversion, so I took a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock and figured it out!  I'll put the measurements I used at the bottom of this post in case you are having the same problem that I had.  Here is how my card came out!

And here is a side view.  There are lots of tutorials for assembling this kind of card on line.  Just do a search and you will find one.

The really amazing thing about this kind of card is that it folds flat and can go into the mail!  It has real WOW potential!  I know I will be making lots more of these!

Here are the measurements I used

Fits in envelope that is 5-3/4" x 8-3/4"

Cut card stock 10-1/2" x 8"

With 10-1/2" side up at top of score board….Score at 2-1/2, 5, 7-1/2 and 10

Turn so 8" side is up at top of score board….Score at 4

Cut extra piece of same color 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"  ….Score this piece at 1/2 and 3 and cut in half (1-3/4)

Measurements for mats

For back of box 
Large mat is 7-3/4" x 2-1/4" ……smaller mat 7-1/2" x 2"

For flaps and bottom

Large mat is 3-3/4" x 2-1/4"…..  smaller mat is 3-1/2" x 2"

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up Flower Shop
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Taken with Teal, DSP 
Inks: Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Taken with Teal
Dies :  My Favorite Things Royal Leaves

Miscellaneous: Stampin' Up Pansy Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, 1-3/8 Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch,  Art Institute Glitter

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Rose Cupcakes

When I was up north visiting my son, I went to my favorite stamp store, Bella Arts in Johnston, RI and I found the sweetest cupcake ever…and it didn't have any calories at all!!  I was thrilled to find that they had some of the paper mache cupcakes left, so I scooped them up and brought them home.  I used MFT's large rose die to cut the roses and got lots of practice rolling them, and I'm in love with the finished product!  I'm going to make a bunch because they will come in handy when I need a little gift for someone! 

I can't decide which one I like best.  Here's a close-up pic of the pink one…

and of the yellow one…I added some clear Stickles to this one...

I want to make a purple one and a blue one and a light pink one!  They are so adorable when they are finished :)  I found the paper mache cupcakes at Joanne's on line so if you NEED to make one you can get them there!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up for roses. 12 x 12 decorative paper for bottom
Dies : My Favorite Things large rose die and leaf die
Miscellaneous: hot glue gun & sticks, Martha Stewart score board, tweezers, clear Stickles

Thanks for visiting, 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Vellum Hearts

I haven't used my heat gun and embossing powder in ages, so it was really fun to get them out and play today!  I stamped onto vellum and then colored the back side with Tombo markers.  The white lines weren't crisp enough when I put the vellum over blue paper so I cut  some plain white hearts to glue under the images and got the effect I was looking for!  

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Hero Arts heart, Stampin Up greeting
Cardstock: Stampin Up vellum, white, turquoise, hot pink
Inks: Versamark, Versafine black
Markers: Tombo Markers
Dies : Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Up scalloped ribbon border punch

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Floating Chicken

I wanted to try out embedded embossing technique that my friend, Kim found.  Though I liked the card samples I saw on line, they looked kind of flat so I decided to use this technique as a background and to build on top of it.  I've been feeling bad for people I know who live up in New England and are really tired of snow.  I thought a funny summer card with a message that it will be over soon might make them laugh so I used this floating chicken stamp from Whippersnapper and made a beach scene!  I glued paper together to make the water, sand, sky and sun background and them put it through my Big Kick using a Stampin Up embossing folder and then again using a swirly embossing folder.   Then I added the sand castle, pail and crab to it.  I made a spring with some wire and attached it behind the chicken so when you move the card she bobbles like she is really floating on water!!  

Here's another shot showing how much texture the embossing folders gave to the background.  I'm thrilled with the result!

If you have some time or want to try something new…I think you would like this!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Whippersnapper
Cardstock: Stampin' Up
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Assorted Copics
Dies : Taylored Expressions wave die 

Miscellaneous: embossing folders, chalks, wire

Thanks for visiting,

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Kind & Cozy

I had to make a challenge card for a small local group that I'm a member of.  They post 2 challenges at a time and you get to pick which one you want to do.  This time it was "make a card using sequins or Flower Soft"  and a Fusion sketch, where you had to use the card sketch, the theme or the color combo!  I decided to combine the 2 challenges into one card and this is what I came up with…

It's a variation on the sketch, but I think it works!  I just got the Kind & Cozy set from Stampin' Up so I had to use that and I saw a great video tutorial on this fun fold by France Martin.  You can see it here if you want to try making one!  You should watch the video anyway because she has such a cute accent and way of saying things!  It makes me smile every time I watch it :)  The card is a tri-fold and doesn't stand up well on it's own so I added an easel to the back of it using Sizzix Bigz Easel Die by Tim Holtz. Here is what the card looks like when you open the first fold…

…and the 2nd fold…

And here is a picture of the Fusion Card Sketch that I used.  I think it's a fun take on card sketches.  Here's a link where you can find more…  I love that they post lots and lots of sample cards for you to see!

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a good week :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Stampin' Up Kind & Cozy
Inks:  Stampin' Up markers
Dies : Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies
Miscellaneous: sequins, washi tape

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Card Tricks by Lindsay Ostrom

This post is about something brand new!  It's a product from Lindsay Ostrom called Card Tricks.  They are kind of like Digi stamps except that she sends them in sets through the mail.  You can purchase them on her Etsy store here.  The images are also being produced as rubber stamps by Rubbermoon!  You can get them wood mounted, cling or unmounted.  You can also get the wood mounted stamps at Lindsay's Etsy store.  All the images have been submitted but are currently in production so the stamps aren't all available yet.

I was very excited to be chosen to color some of the Card Tricks images and make them into cards.  They are adorable and fun to color and they work well with all the embellishment stuff I have in my stash…really…I couldn't wait to finish coloring so I could add glitter, buttons and jewels...little flowers and swirls and ribbon.  Can you tell I'm excited!

For the 1st card I used Copic markers to color.  I didn't keep track of the colors I used, but if you need to know, leave me a message and I'll figure it out.  Isn't she the cutest???  I loved the flowers in her hair so much that I decided to use a leafy vine die from My Favorite Things and a flower punch to make a matching embellishment for the bottom of the card!  I added a bit of glitter to the flower centers and the heart for a little sparkle!
 For the second card I colored with Prismacolor pencils because I like how they pop when you use them on Kraft card stock!  I also used Souffle and Glaze pens by Sakura.  The Souffle pens have an opaque ink that works really well on Kraft card stock, the white is my favorite.  The Glaze pens are great too because they add a bit of glossy shine.   I used the yellow and dark purple on this card.  Then I added MFT buttons, rhinestones and twine!!
 For the third card I used Copic markers again.  This little tree makes me happy and it was really easy to color.  I added some black Glaze pen to make the little dots pop and then I decided to add clear glitter to the leaves of the tree.  WOW…it is gorgeous!  This picture doesn't do it justice...

so I decided to take a close up in the hopes that you could see how amazing it is.  It's a little better but not even close to seeing it in person!

The last card is another little girl.  Isn't she sweet?  I love her hair and the flowers in it and I love her striped stockings and the ball fringe on the bottom of her skirt!  Again I colored with Prismacolor pencils and used a Souffle pen for the white dots and a Glaze pen for the black dots.  I added yellow rhinestones to the flower center and to dot the "i" in thinkin' and I found some tiny red rhinestone hearts in my stash that were perfect on her blouse and to embellish the ribbon!

Hopefully all the images will be available as stamps from Rubbermoon soon, but if you can't wait and you want to start coloring now…check out Lindsay's Etsy store and get yourself some Card Tricks to play with!!

Thanks for stopping by :)