Friday, August 29, 2014

A Different Way to Use a Doily

I love the look of doilies. It always reminds me of the Victorian age when ladies were always very proper. Not that ladies have to always be proper! I'm certainly not! But sometimes, I just like that look.
Materials needed:
Flower Shop stamp set (#130942)
Patterned paper (This is from Kalioscope from SU! It's been retired for a few years. I'm just trying       to use up some of my papers.)
Pumpkin Pie ink
Melon Mambo ibnk
Brights Brads (#119740)
Word Window punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

On this first card, I have the doily set in the center which is what you will see most often. I placed the flowers with colors to match my patterned paper in the center. This looks perfectly fine but sometimes, I want something different.

On this card, I didn't want to cover up the beautiful butterfly on the paper but I still wanted to use a doily. I folded the doily in half and place it on the patterned paper. After adhering it, I cut the excess half off even with the paper. It gives a different look using the same stamps and colors.

I hope you like seeing things a little different some times.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Love and Sympathy

Materials needed:
Love & Sympathy stamp set (#122797)
Very Vanilla card stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Slate gray card stock 2 x 3 3/4" plus
Textured Impressions Stripes (#123128)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
5/8" Whisper White Organza ribbon (#114319)
Wild Wasabi ink
Big Shot machine
This is a fairly simple card to make. I always am in a quandry as to what colors to use for sympathy. I really like using the Very Vanilla card stock but then the accent colors are what I wonder about. The Love & sympathy stamp set from Stampin' Up! is a great one to use for this type of card. Not only does it have a simple, nice flower, it also has great greetings for the outside and the inside of the card.
I think the embossed stripes give it a nice look also. I put the embossing folder on the front half of the card and just ran it through my machine. It worked very well. IMO, the ribbon just gave it that added touch.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Joyful Bird

I still need a lot of practice on using the Stampin' Blendabilities but even though I'm not real good with them, that won't stop me from using what I do.

Materials needed:
Bird stamp set  I believe this is by Autumn Leaves
Certainly Celery card stock 3 3/4 x 3 3/4"
Bloom with Hope (#133952)
Kaleidoscope patterned paper (#115680, retired) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
White card stock
Blendabilities pens
Memento ink pad (#132708) This is a great black ink. It gives you a good dark color that doesn't smear.
Wild Wasabi ink
Color Lifter (#129369)
Stampin' Dimenionals (#104430)
Corner Rounder

1. Stamp your image and color it with alcohol markers like SU! Blendabilities. Cut the image out around the outside edges.
2. Round the corners on the Certainly Celery square. Adhere the square diagonally on to the patterned paper. Trim off the edges that stick over the card base.
3. Place dimensionals on the back of the cut & colored image. Press it into the center of the Certainly Celery diagonal square.
4. Stamp the greeting from the Bloom with Hope stamp set with Wild Wasabi ink on white card stock. I like the wavy greeting that is with this stamp set. Cut it out and adhere it to the top of the diagonal.
5. Adhere the card front to the card base. Decorate the inside as you wish. On this card I stamped another bird on the left side with Memento ink.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flowers and Swirls

Materials needed:
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133952)
Losdt Lagoon card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Lavender Lace card stock 3 x 3 1/4"
White card stock
Shades of Spring patterned paper
Lavender Lace marker
Old Olive marker
Lavender Lace ink pad
Cuttlebug Swirl embossing folder
Big Shot machine
Corner Rounder
Patterned Brads (#122940)
Mini Brads
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flower Cart

I know that we are in the middle of the dog days of August and you may not see many flowers blooming right now, but I still love fresh flowers, even if I have to buy them at the grocery store!
Ignore the blue background on this. My scanner is not working right now & I laid it on blue paper when I took a picture with my camera.

Materials needed:
Summer Afternoon stamp set (#126427, hostess, retired)
Perfect Punches stamp set (#120516)
Greenhouse Gala patterned paper (#117167) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Strawberry Slush card stock 3 x 3 1/2"
Strawberry Slush ink pad
White card stock 2 3/4 x 3 1/4" plus for greeting and card base
Blendablities pens from SU!
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Crochet Flower from Hobby Lobby or craft store
Rosesetts from craft store
Floral punch & embossing punch ( I'm not sure where I got these. They don't have a company name marked on them)
Glue dots
Scalloped oval punch
Extra Large oval punch
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

1. Stamp your image on white card stock. Color with Blendablities or other alcohol markers. Adhere to the Strawberry Slush card stock. Adhere at an angle to the patterned paper.
2. Stamp your greeting on white card stock with Strawberry Slush ink. Punch it out with the scallop oval punch. Punch out an extra large oval from Strawberry Slush card stock. Adhere the greeting on to the strawberry slush oval. Place dimensionals on the back and adhere to the card as shown.
3. The butterfly is a 2 step process. Punch the butterfly from Strawberry Slush card stock. Place this is the embossing punch and press. This will emboss the butterfly. Adhere it with a glue dot on the top left corner of the image.
4. Place glue dots on the backs of the rosesetts and crocheted flower. Place on the card as shown.
5. Stamp or write a note to the inside of the card.
You are ready to send a bright, cheery greeting to your friend.
6. Adhere the card front to the white card base.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Red, White & Blue All Stars

In the USA, a red, white & blue card can be used for many occassions. This is a little late for the 4th of July but there are many more holidays that it would be approiate for. Or just use it for an everyday card.

Materials needed:
Be the Star stamp set (#135734)
Stars Framelits Dies (#133723)
Brilliant Blue card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Real Red card stock 3 3/4 x 4 3/4"
White card stock
Pacific Point ink pad
Modern Label punch
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Big Shot machine
Red mini brads
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

One thing that I have noticed with my embossing folders is that the Cuttlebug folders don't quite fill up the A2 size cards. This one is cut a bit smaller so you can't tell but they often leave a bit of room on the sides. The Stampin' Up embossing folders do a better job of filling up the space.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Umpteenth Birthday

Materials needed:
Oh My Goodies stamp set (#134090)
Bermuda Bay card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Zig Zag patterned paper 3 1/4 x 4"
Wood grain patterned paper 3 x 3"
Bakers Twine
Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daisy Friends

I started out just putting together a quick card from scraps laying around my work table and ended up with this.  I originally wasn't even going to put it on my blog because it was just going to be bits & pieces. It turned our better than I was really thinking it would so here it is.
Materials needed:
Red card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Green striped patterned paper 3 1/2 x 4 1/2"
Old Olive card stock, about 3 1/2 x 4"
Daisy from Daisy Trail digi
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Framelits Labels Collection dies (#125598)
Real Red striped ribbon
Light green brads
White card stock
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Sometimes, things that you just pull together out of scrapes in the middle of the night really turn out to be pretty good. Most of these items are already retired and not available but you can use the item with colors and patterns of your own.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Somebunny

Quick Cards Magazine sent another Somebunny to Love stamp set with the latest magazine. Here is one of the cards I did with it.
Materials needed:
Somebunny to Love stamp and embossing folder by Michael Abrams for Quick Cards Magazine
Shades of Spring patterned paper 2 1/8 x 4 1/4"
Water Color crayons
Bermuda Bay card stock
White card stock
Corner rounder punch
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Negative Die Cuts

Remember the piece of card stock that you used for Wednesday's card? I told you to save the left over piece. Well, today we will be using that left over piece.

Materials needed:
Bermuda Bay card stock 3 x 5"
Shades of Spring patterned paper (#117160) 1 pc 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" the other piece 4 x 5 1/4"
Orchid Opulence ink
Word Window die
Modern Label die
Scalloped dot border punch
Basic Pearls (#119247)
Blackberry Bliss ribbon
Sizzix medium leaf die
Sizzix Butterfly small die
Sizzix Daisy small die
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

1. Cut the piece of card stock that has the left over negative design of the leaf to be 3 x 5."
2. All the patterned papers are from Shades of Sping. This is a double sided paper so watch which side I've used. Cut a piece about 1 x 5". Cut the border with the Scalloped Dots border punch. Adhere it to the back of the Bermuda Bay negative stem card stock.
3. Adhere the smaller piece of patterned paper to the larger one.
4. Place Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430) on ther back of the negative leaf card stock. Adhere it on top of the green patterned paper that you layered.
5. Stamp your greeting on white card stock in Orchid Opulence ink. Punch it out with the Word Window punch. Punch out a piece of green card stock with the Modern Label punch. Adhere the greeting on top of the Modern Label punch. Adhere that on the bottom right side of the card.
6. Place a strip of pearls on teh top right side of the blue card stock.
7. Place the card front onto a card base.

This card is doing the same thing that we did on the above card. We're just using different dies. Cut out the small butterfly die and the small daisy die from the blue card stock. Put the daisy and butterfly cut out aside to use later.
You are doing this card the same way as the card above so just look at where the things are and you will have no trouble making another beautiful card.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leaves and Buttons

Materials needed:
SoHo Subway patterned paper (#130140) 1 pc 2 1/4 x 4 1/4" 1 pc the opposite side 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Blue cardstock
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Orange buttons
Beige or tan embroidery floss
Sizzix medium die leaf stem
Dark blue square brad
Glue dots

1. Cut the medium leaf die out of the blue card stock. Save the "empty" card stock for the next card.
2. Adhere the leaf on to the map side of the SoHo Subway patterned paper. Adhere this piece on to the left side of the wood grain patterned paper.
3. Use a hand held hole punch to punch a hole in the bottom left of the map image. Insert the brad and bend to the back.
4. Adhere the piece of ribbon  to the right side of the card front. I'm sorry I don't know the name or brand of this ribbon but I did buy it at HL.
5. Thread the floss through the botton holes and tie in front. Cut off excess floss. Place glue dots on the back of the buttons and press down on the ribbon.
6. Place the card front on a card back and you are ready to go.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Manly Squares

Materials needed:
Arrow stamp from April 2014 Pumpkin Patch kit
Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)
Baked Brown Sugar card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Delicate Dots patterned paper (from 2010, I think) 4 x 5 1/4"
White card stock
Scotch Expressions Washi Tape
Midnight Muse ink
Raspberry Ripple ink
Gumball Green ink
Summer Starfruit ink
Modern Label punch
Baker's Twine
Metal clip


Friday, August 1, 2014

In Colors Birthday Card

I really like the 2014 In Colors that Stampin' Up! has out now. They are deep, rich colors that really appeal to me. Here's a card that is made with 3 of the new In Colors.
Materials needed:
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133952, hostess)
Blackberry Bliss card stock 4 1/4 x 11" scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Lost Lagoon card stock 4 x 5 1/4"
Mossy Meadow card stock tag
6" of ribbon in each of these In Colors
Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities set (#131003)
Old Olive Blendabilities set (#130999)
Color Lifter (#129369)
Memento ink pad (#132708)
Sycamore Street buttons (#130923) These buttons are from a couple of years ago but they go great with the new Blackberry Bliss.
Glue dots
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)