Archive for June, 2010

Yesterday’s Card Redux

Today’s card is the same sketch as yesterday’s card, but it looks totally different.  That’s one of the things I love about cardmaking. Infinite possibilities. Check it out:

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About this card: The cardbase is Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point cardstock.  The pink scalloped edge is 1.25 inch circles of a designer paper from my stash, layered behind a strip of generic yellow cardstock.  The purple felt applique is from the dollar bin at Michael’s.  The butterfly is stamped in black ink and colored with colored pencils, her antennae are drawn in with a silver gel pen.  The sentiment is from the All Night Media “Birthday” clear stamp set and is embossed with white detail embossing powder. The bottom two corners are rounded with a Marvy/Uchida corner rounder punch.

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Clean and Simple

Sorry about that unscheduled blogging hiatus I just took last week! Sometimes “real” life gets in the way of crafting and blogging.  I did make some time to stamp over the weekend, though, so I have some cute cards to show y’all this week.

I try to keep a stash of cards on hand for birthdays, thank yous, sympathy,  etc and today’s card is a clean and simple design that I made to go in that supply.

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About this card:  The cardbase is generic white cardstock from my stash. The sentiment is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in SU! Chocolate Chip. The scalloped strip is actually 1.25 inch circles punched from Paper Studio designer paper and layered behind a strip of generic light green cardstock.  The flower is SU! Elegant Eggplant die cut with the simple flower embosslits die with a rhinestone brad in the center. The bottom two corners were rounded with a Marvy Uchida corner rounder punch.

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Love Beyond Measure

Masculine cards for Father’s Day can sometimes be hard to come up with, but I don’t stress about it because I know my dad will love whatever I give him.   For this year’s card I took advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Totally Tools set that was loaned to me by my sweet friend and SU! demonstrator Donna.

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About this card: The cardbase is Stampin’ Up! Creamy Caramel cardstock. The tools from SU! set Totally Tools are stamped in SU! Chocolate Chip, as well as the little nuts and bolts stamp from SU! set Lots of Bots.   The measuring tape from Totally Tools is stamped in Chocolate Chip on SU! Very Vanilla cardstock, and then colored with American Crafts glitter gel pens in red and silver.  In the corners are 1/4″ hex nuts held on with glue dots (special thanks to my husband for donating those).

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A Very Bright Hello!

Today’s card is another that I made during my Memorial Day Cardmaking Marathon at my mom’s house.   When digging in her stash I found these really cool looped brads that I had never seen before, so of course I had to find a way to use some in a card.

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About this card: The card base is a generic lavender cardstock.  The pink designer paper is from Jo’s Stash, and is matted with generic white cardstock.  The loopy brads are also Jo’s Stash.  The ribbon is from Kate (thanks, Kate!) and the letters are rub-ons from Making Memories.

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Experimenting

Recently I tried a chalk treatment that didn’t turn out like I wanted.  It wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t the look that I was going for.  So I hung on to the piece, thinking I would find a way to doctor it up and use it.

Smooch Spritz to the rescue!  I recently purchased this little tube of gold “smooch spritz,” but I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it.  Here’s what I ended up with:

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About this card: The background image was made by stamping the Baroque background stamp from Stampin’ Up! with Versamark on SU! Very Vanilla, and then colored the design with SU! chalk in Perfect Plum.  After burnishing it in with a Swiffer cloth, I sprayed it fairly generously with Gold Glow Smooch Spritz.  The sentiment is from SU! Warmest Regards and is heat embossed in gold on more Very Vanilla cardstock, then matted with Elegant Eggplant. The  cardbase is also Very Vanilla.

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Embossed Foil

I had a great time this weekend stamping with my girlfriends Donna and Kate!

I have been wanting to try the foil embossing technique featured on Tutorial Tuesday over at OWH Stars & Stamps and since I had Kate on hand to help me, I dove into it on Saturday.

Kate loaned me a great embossing folder and some pigment/craft inks. I decided to go for a rusty, aged, vintage metal look.

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About this card: The cardbase is ivory cardstock that I ended up sponging with Stampin’ Up inks in More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. The aluminum foil was embossed with the Cuttlebug Fleur De Lis embossing folder.  Afterwards I sponged on More Mustard and Chocolate Chip inks, and a small amount of SU! Mellow Moss ink.  Then I covered the whole thing with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from SU! Baroque Motifs set and is stamped in Chocolate Chip, then punched with the Modern Label punch and sponged in Chocolate Chip.  The circle behind it is a 1 1/4 inch punched circle of Chocolate Chip cardstock. They are adhered with pop up dots over twine I got at my local dollar store.

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Animal Triptych

How cute is today’s card?

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Pretty darn cute, I think! This is another card for Operation Write Home.  I think it would be perfect to send to a kid.

About this card: The cardbase is Stampin’ Up! So Saffron cardstock. The designer paper is from an old Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) paper pack.  The white frames are slide mounts that I trimmed to fit. The animals are from the SU! set Animal Stories and are stamped on a yellow polka-dot designer paper from Jo’s Stash.  The giraffe is in SU! Pumpkin Pie, the whale is in SU! Brocade Blue, and the elephant is in SU! Real Red.  The sentiment is from Heidi Grace and is stamped in SU! Night of Navy.

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Groovy, Baby

Two cute cards today, both made by my sister, Jennifer, during last week’s marathon cardmaking session

She loves heat embossing so she had no trouble deciding to do some emboss-resist cards.  I love the groovy style of these:  

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About these cards: Both cards feature designer paper from a Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) paper pack I’ve had for several years.  On both, she stamped the Stampin’ Up! Big Blossom background stamp in Versamark, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then she sponged on colors: SU! Night of Navy on the top card, and SU! Old Olive on the bottom card.  She used those same inks for the sentiments which are both from Heidi Grace.

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Mom’s Card Kits

Today I have for you a couple of cards my mom made during our marathon session. Amongst her vast stores of scrapping/stamping stuff, she found some old cardkits that she’d never used, so she decided to sit down and churn out some quick cards.   She made quite a few that were a larger size for her own personal use, but she also made a couple in the standard A2 size, and she gave those to me to add to my Operation Write home box.

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Love the green and yellow color scheme on this one.  And she put those three brads there as part of an inside joke with me – I have a pet peeve about contextless brads on cards!

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I love the little stars floating around on this one. I use the star motif quite a bit on birthday cards, it goes nicely with a ”Birthday Wishes” sentiment.

I don’t think these are the configurations given in the card kit instructions. If I know my mother, she struck out on her own and did it her way.  I’m afraid I don’t know the brand names of the products she used.  (Mom, if you know, can you tell us in the comments? Thanks!)

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Faux Bulletin Board Card

I love today’s card because it has such an interesting look but it was super quick and easy to put together.   This is another card made during the Memorial Day cardmaking marathon I had with my mom and sister.  To me it looks like one of those fabric-covered cork boards with the criss-cross ribbons that you stash your pictures and mementos in.

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About this card: The cardbase is a speckled off-white base from Jo’s Stash.  The designer papers are, I think, from an old Anna Griffin collection.  The striped paper was cut into quarter-inch strips and glued down in the criss-cross pattern.  The pewter brads are from Jo’s Stash.  The butterfly is from the Stampin’ Up set Natural Beauty and was stamped in SU!  Basic Black and cut out and then watercolored in red, orange, and yellow watercolor pencils.  The tag is chipboard from Jo’s Stash and is stamped with the SU! Tiny Tags sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink.  The ribbon is from Jo’s Stash.

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