Saturday, May 25, 2013

Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

I dug out an old set from Stampin' Up to make this gift card holder card.  It is called Meow, Meow and is retired now but it's so cute, I bet many of you have it in your stash or you know someone who might let you borrow it!  I adapted a fold that I've done before.  I liked how it looked but didn't like that it couldn't stand by itself so I decided to see if an easel (Tim Holtz Die) would hold it up.  I had to cut the top of the easel down a bit, but it works perfectly which makes this a fold that I will use again.  I love it now! 

Here's the inside and the gift card holder envelope.  I used an iTunes gift card for the measurements and made a template that I can trace around whenever I need one of these.  Easy!!

And here is the back with the easel.  Love it!  It makes this kind of card stand up and look adorable.  I bet everyone turns it around to see how it can stand up!

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you are having a happy day!!

Supplies used:
     Stampin' Up - Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and DSP - Thoroughly Modern
     Stampin' Up - Meow, Meow & Itty Bitty Banners with coordinating dies
     Kitten: E41, YR23, YR24, YR27 and E13 for nose & ears
     Bow: RV29 and R39
     Marvy heart punch, ribbon, Sakura Sparkly Gelly Roll pen, seam bias ribbon, linen thread, 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Card for a new Doctor

Our son completed the last day of his medical residency today and we are about as proud as two parents could be.  Congratulations Dr. Nagle!!!  I found this great stamp from Impression Obsession to make his card.  It really is perfect for this occasion.  

I couldn't find an embellishment that I liked and thought a watch would be good to symbolize all the time he's spent at the hospital over the past 3 years.  I used the pocket watch from Stampin' Up's Clockworks set.  I stamped and embossed it with gold twice, cut out the middle of one and glued in a circle of acetate for the crystal.  Then I stamped the roman numeral clock face and hands onto the other one and sponged some Distress ink on to make it look old.  I used silicone glue to attach the two pieces so it has a 3-D look to it like a real watch!  Thanks for stopping by :) 

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Night of Navy & Apricot Appeal, Basic Grey-Hang 10, Karen Foster Design-Heart Beep
Stamps:  Impression Obsession - Doctor's Bag, Stampin' Up - Clockworks
Inks, Momento - Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
Miscellaneous: navy grosgrain ribbon, acetate, silicone glue, large brads.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Baby Card

I saw a baby card on Pinterest and wanted to make it but the link didn't lead me to a pattern so I tried a hand at making my own.  I'm pretty pleased with the results.  I'm giving it to a dear friend who is expecting her first grandchild.  

I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of white card stock and drew out the basic shape, then I picked the side I liked best.  I folded it in half, so both sides would be even, and cut it out.  Remember making paper hearts in school?  It's sort of the same principal.  I did the same with the little pocket for the front.  For the leg bands and the straps, I drew one that worked and then flipped it over and traced it to make a mirror image for the other side. Here's a pic of the inside.  

Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Stamps by Judith & Heather - Sm. Giraffe Pull Toy 
Card Stock:  October Afternoon 8x8 Paper Pad - Sidewalks
Inks: Stampin' Up: Real Red, Not Quite Navy
Miscellaneous: Marvy small star punch, white brads, Stampin' Up buttons

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Balloon Birthday

Here's another cute birthday card with movement.  It's cute closed but really pops when it's opened!  This is an old Elzybelles stamp and I don't think it's available anymore.  Penny Black bought a lot of the Elzybelles images when they went out of business but I looked and couldn't find this one.  If you don't have this stamp, other stamps with balloons would work.  I was inspired by a card on Pinterest done by Heather Summers.  She used a girl holding a bunch of balloons.    

Here is what it looks like open:

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Elzybelles- Party Pup Clear Stamp Set
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Stack
Copics: B00, B02, B04
              R21, R22, R24
              YG01, YG03, YG05
              BG11,BG34, BG13
              Y02, Y08, Y18
              V12, V15, V17
              E41, E43, E57
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Color Box Cat's Eye - Cape Cod
Miscellaneous: Stampin' Up large grommet, ribbon, Tab punch, make-up sponge, cloud    

Friday, May 10, 2013

Up, Up and Away

A different version of a shadow box card.  This one is fun because it has moving parts!  I used Aim for the Clouds from There She Goes Rubber Stamps.  It's great because it can be used for masculine cards.  I've found that guys really like cards that have paper engineering or movement in them!!

I've never done a video before, but I wanted you to see how this card moves.  Seeing is so much better than reading about it so I gave it a try.  
Pretty cute, isn't it?  There's a little pocket on the back to put a gift card and a note to the Birthday Boy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  There She Goes - Aim for the Sky
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Stack, Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Markers: Stampin' Up Markers
Dies:  My Favorite Things Cloud Trio
Miscellaneous: Twine

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

By the Lake

Art Impressions watercolor stamps are amazing.  You don't have to be a watercolor artist to get wonderful results.  It takes a little practice with masking and a stamp positioner, but the end product is fabulous and well worth the effort!  I found some excellent video tutorials on YouTube that inspired me.  Art Impressions also has a Pinterest board for their watercolor stamps.  Here's a card that I made... 

All stamps for this card are from Art Impression.  Color was done with Marvy markers
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Penny Black Hedgehogs

I tried my hand at a card sketch this week.  I used one of the adorable hedgehog stamps from Penny Black.  It's called "Ladybug Love".  I really like using Penny Black's animal scenes to make inches.  I've tried quite a few and they make cute humorous cards.  I thought I would do that with this stamp, but when I went to cut the one inch squares, I either cut off a head or cut out the lady bugs so it didn't work this time.  I decided to make them inch-tangular instead.  They are 1 inch at the top but rectangular in shape, which better suited the card sketch I was using!!  

I started with this card sketch by  Lydell Quin

Thanks for stopping by and hope that you are stamping a little bit every day!

Supplies used:
     SU Taken with Teal, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Cougar Opaque, October Afternoon      Sidewalks 8x8 Pad, My Mind's Eye-Stella Rose Gertie Papers 6x6 Pad 
     Penny Black - Ladybug Love
     Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 9, MFT Flower & Leaf Trio
     E50,E00, E01, E02, E31, E57, E59
     BG 09, YG95, R27 &R37
     Martha Stewart - Leaf punch, Crystal Lacquer, Chalks, Ranger Distress ink - Broken