Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Color Challenge 133

I wanted to get this posted as I will be gone for almost a week visiting my new niece!
This card was done for Color Challenge 133 on SCS. The challenge was to use old olive, more mustard, and bashful blue. The main flower was stamped in versamark on mustard paper and embossed with clear EP. Same thing for the small olive flower in the center, with a decorative brad to round things out.
stamps - Office Accoutrement, It's Your Birthday
paper - old olive, more mustard, bashful blue, whisper white
ink - old olive, more mustard, bashful blue, versamark
acc - olive 5/8" grosgrain, tab punch, vintage brads, decorative brad (Making Memories), dimensionals, clear EP

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sara's Sketch Challenge #16

My friend Sara is doing 27 Sketches in 27 Days on her blog, and this is the first one I've done (#16).
stamps - In the Spotlight, Polka Dots & Paisley
paper - soft sky, taken with teal, old olive, lavender lace, lovely lilac
ink - taken with teal, lavender lace
acc - scallop punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, hodgepodge hardware, 5/8" olive grosgrain, crop-a-dile, dimensionals

Denise's Sketch Challenge

My friend Denise posted a sketch challenge in honor of her 4000th blog view. Congrats, Denise! Here's my submission: to get the matching ribbon, I colored white grosgrain with a rose red marker, ran it under water for 2 seconds, and heat set it with my embossing gun.
stamps - Seeing Spots, It's Your Birthday
paper - apricot appeal, certainly celery, tempting turquoise, whisper white
ink - tempting turquoise, rose red, apricot appeal
acc - white grosgrain ribbon, rose red marker, soft subtles brads, dimensionals

New Color Combo

This color combo is from SU!'s In Color chart, and I love it! Chocolate chip, river rock, soft sky, and rose red. It's kind of different, but it works! I can't stop making flowers with my scallop and circle punches, being inspired by rohla's card.

stamps - In the Spotlight, It's Your Birthday, Polka Dots & Paisley
paper - rose red, river rock, chocolate chip, whisper white, soft sky, Apple Cider dsp
ink - river rock, chocolate chip, white craft
acc - sky double-stitched grosgrain, rich regals buttons, white crochet thread, white halfback pearl, scallop punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, mini glue dots

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Criss Cross Card

I saw a tutorial for these cute criss cross cards on SCS, and I finally got around to trying one! We will be doing one of these using Christmas paper in an upcoming class, oh loyal customers!

Instructions are taken from SCS, courtesy of Beate Johns.

Two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock for your card base (sage shadow)
One 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper
One 3 3/4" x 5" piece of cardstock for insert (pale plum)
One 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of neutral cardstock for insert (very vanilla)
One 1 1/2" x 12" piece of colored cardstock for card band (perfect plum)

Stamps - Carte Postale, French Flair, It's Your Birthday
Ink - pale plum, perfect plum, sage shadow
Acc - copper brads, tab punch, scallop punch, sponge, dimensionals, cream organdy, cream halfback pearl, corner rounder

Step By Step
Step 1. Score both 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock at 5 ½" (sage shadow).
Step 2. Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left.
Step 3. Take the other piece of scored cardstock and cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.
Step 4. Add tape to the rectangle back of one of the cardstock pieces.
Step 5. Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.
Step 6. Cut the patterned paper (Enchante) in half diagonally.
Step 7. Adhere it to your card front.
Step 8. Add sticky strip on the bottom of the middle panel, as well as on the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card. Tape the card base together and set aside.
Step 9. Take both pieces of cardstock for the insert and use the corner rounder on the top corners.
Step 10. Tape together.
Step 11. Stamp and add tab and other embellishments as needed.
Step 12. Take the 1 1/2" x 12" piece of colored cardstock and score at 5 5/8" and 11 1/4".
Step 13. Add sticky strip to the end of the strip with the small 3/4" scored section. Tape band together.
Step 14. Decorate the card band.
Step 15. Your card is finished!

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Pink/Brown/Green combos

I love pink/green/brown combos, they are fun and a little modern! For this card I stamped the flower in pink passion and then punched it out using the 5-petal flower punch. I used the stem from this set as the row of white dots on the olive strip. I used the mat pack and piercer to pierce all the way around, then took my white gel pen to connect the dots to create faux stitching. This card measures 3x3.
stamps - In the Spotlight (hostess), Everyday Flexible Phrases
paper - pink passion, old olive, chocolate chip
ink - pink passion, white craft
acc - silver brad, 5-petal flower punch, dimensionals, mat pack and piercer, white gel pen

This was a little card I stuck in with a batch of swaps that went out. It measures 3x3.
stamps - In the Spotlight (hostess)
paper - chocolate chip, close to cocoa, old olive, cameo coral
ink - old olive
acc - olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" punch, 1-1/4" punch, scallop punch

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ever Grateful

I love this color combo! I punched the olive piece, then stamped the flower on a white scrap and added the silver brad. I finagled it to line up behind the punched "window". I used dimensionals to pop-up the olive piece. After the card was assembled, I used the paper piercer, mat pack, and white gel pen to add faux stitching at the corners.
stamps - In the Spotlight (hostess), So Many Sayings (hostess)
paper - pink passion, chocolate chip, old olive, whisper white
ink - pink passion, chocolate chip
acc - 5-petal flower punch, silver brad, chocolate 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, mat pack, piercer, white gel pen, dimensionals

Friday, September 14, 2007

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Be Happy Inspiration

Pfaltzgraff Patio Garden was the inspiration for this card. I saw the pattern in a catalog and thought 'that would make a great card'! I've never made a circle card, but I kind of like it and will definitely do it again.

I cut out my circles first. I used a wheel on the turquoise layer, inking it up with white craft and then just wheeling in a circle. It smears slightly and is a little distorted, but I think it turned out pretty good! I also took my white gel pen and highlighted and filled in the wheeled part. I sponged celery ink on the edge of the celery circle. The main image was stamped in versamark on the respective colors, embossed in white, cut out, and layered. I used a mini glue dot to adhere the halfback pearl to the center.

stamps - True Friend, Boho Friend wheel, So Many Sayings
paper - chocolate chip, tempting turquoise, certainly celery
ink - chocolate chip, white craft, certainly celery, versamark
acc - white embossing powder, circle cutter, 1-1/4" circle punch, white halfback pearl (Pretties kit)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

CC131 Taken With Pome-choke

I made this card for Color Challenge 131 on SCS. The challenge was to use purely pomegranante, taken with teal, and always artichoke. Not a combo I would have come up with, but it works! I had a hard time getting a good picture as it is a gray day here. This card measures 4-1/2 x 4-1/2. The main piece is 3 x 3 that I scored at 1" increments.
stamps - Snow Flurries, So Many Sayings, Little Pieces
paper - purely pomegranate, always artichoke, taken with teal, very vanilla
ink - purely pomegranate, always artichoke, taken with teal
acc - artichoke grosgrain ribbon, rich regals brads, ice round rhinestone brads, ticket corner punch, dimensionals

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Little Something

This is a simple little 3x3 thank you note I made for the participants of my swap group. I punched the scallop out of real red cs and stamped Canvas in ruby red, as real red ink disappears on real red cs.
stamps - In the Spotlight, Canvascs - bashful blue, wild wasabi, real red, whisper white, pumpkin designer printsink - ruby red, wild wasabiacc - pumpkin grosgrain, scallop punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1/16" punch, silver brad, dimensionals

One More for Today

I love Fall Flowers designer series paper! And I love making flowers with my scallop punch, so I combined my two new favorite things. This card measures 3x6.
stamps - In the Spotlight
paper - soft sky, sahara sand, old olive, really rust, Fall Flowers dsp
ink - soft sky, old olive, really rust
acc - scallop punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, dimensionals, olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Bright Blessings

This is one of those cards I've had in my head for awhile, and it actually turned out how I pictured it! Love it when that happens! This layout is from my super-talented friend Kristina.
I inked up Doodle jumbo wheel with wild wasabi ink and rolled it on certainly celery cardstock. I took my white gel pen and filled in and highlighted the stamped image. The sentiment is stamped in white craft ink on blue bayou cardstock.
stamps - Stem Silhouettes, Doodle jumbo wheel
cs - soft sky, whisper white, wild wasabi, certainly celery, blue bayou
ink - wild wasabi, white craft
acc - photo corners punch, white gel pen, soft sky double-stitched ribbon