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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