Tuesday, February 24, 2009

4 flowers

This weekend I went looking for inspiration, and pulled up a card from each of my favorite artists that I would like to re-create. This card was lifted from http://stampinat6213.blogspot.com/2009/02/delicate-polka-dot-punches.html. Most of the paper is Americn Craft with some SU cardstock thrown in there. I used a little acrylic stamp by Studio G for the flowers. The inks I used were Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, and Ridinghood Red. The scalloped circles were punched with a SU punch and then I used a paper piercer to put the individual holes in the scallops, the circles were created with EK Success punches. I used the SU mat pack to punch the dots on the bottom strip. I used a ribbon punch to attach the ribbon at the top.


I did this for the Viva La Verve Challenge.

I wanted to make a card to send to Grandma (whose name is Rose). I had this pp with roses, and found a rose stamp in my collection. I stamped it on water color paper with black Staz-on, and then water colored it using SU Aqua Painters. The inks I used were Pale Plum and Perfectly Pomegranate, Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke. The ovals I cut out using my Coluzzle. I rounded the corners with a punch. I inked the edges of the pink layers with Perfectly Pomegranate and the edges of the other layers with Mellow Moss. The twist for the challenge was embossing, so I hand embossed the rose paper using a Fiskars template and stylus. I decided that the embossing didn't show up very well, so I took my dauber with Pale Plum and inked the embossed panel. I used pearls by Martha Stewart to lend a touch of elegance. The last one I put on the satin ribbon, and I really like that touch. The finished size of this card is 5.5 X 4.25

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This card took a lot of measuring 2X2, 2X1, 2 1/4 X 1, 1 X 4 1/4, 2 X 3. I used the Colluzle for the circles. On the larger circle, I used the corner punch to scallop the edges. I used the matpak to pierce all of the pp. The stamp on the outside says, "Your childhood dream has come true!" The inside says, "you're finally older!" The sentiment was stamped in Certainly celery.


The bird is a stamp bought at HL. I think the sentiment was also bought there, but not sure. I used the mat pack to make the holes in the corner on the focal panel, but got out the sewing machine to pierce the other two layers and the main cs. The flowers were made using a daisy punch by McGill. I actually punched these from the bottom layer, so no extra paper was needed. I inked the edges of the pp with SU Groovy Guava and that is the ink I used for the bird and sentiment stamp.

I feel like I'm on a roll today. Not only am I making these cards, I am cutting out extra so that next weekend I can take a few to the Big Girls Play date at the church and crank out a lot of cards without having to think about it. Aunt Helen is getting an awesome Christmas present this year!


The bird is a stamp bought at HL It took me 6 different colors of blue to find the right one. The color I used on this one is SU Pacific Point. I inked the edges of the pp and the cs with Bayou Blue. I used dimensionals with the panel with the bird and the layer below that. I stamped "Thinking of you" on the green and matted with blue pp. I pierced the edges of the pp using the matpack from SU. The sketch I used was MoJo Monday 74. I also made an envelope with a pp that compliments this blue/green pp.

The white cs is 2 3/4 X 2 3/4, the green mat is 3 X 3, the blue pp is 3 1/2 X 4 1/2, the green mat 3 3/4 X 4 3/4, the strips should be 1" wide with 1 1/4" green mat. The half circles were punched with the 1 1/2 and the 1 3/4 circle punches. Completed Card: 5 X 7

Sleeping Beauty

When I look at this precious picture of my daughter, it takes me back to that summer 13 years ago, being a new mom and wanting to play with the new born baby, and all she wanted to do was sleep.
I was putting pages in her album when I noticed this page which I had started over a year ago...I had picked out the background pp, cut the title using quickutz squeeze, and even glued it to the cardstock, and I had doodled a simple line around the light pink cs with a glittery pink pen, and I had rounded the corners of the picture and the mats, and I had made a tag to go with it too. I wound up not using the tag because I couldn't find a spot on the page I was happy with.
I decided that I didn't want to just put them onto the pp I had chosen, I wanted more interest to the page. I had bought a Jenni Bowlin decorative edge pp with the intention of using it as a template on Monday, so I actually used it. I inked the edges of it with SU pale plum. I tried all the pinks, but none of them were the right shade, and then I tried the plum expecting it to not work, and it turned out to be perfect. I was excited to be able to finally use some of the Bazzil In Stitchz templates. I actually combined a couple of them for this page. I used some of Mama's DMC floss. I could use it on every single page and never run out of any color...on the other hand, I always have just the right color! I only used two strands of the floss on this page, but I think in the future I'll use 3 strands of floss. I bought this stamp a couple of years ago, and I think this is the first time I've used it. I really need to use my stamps more. Finding these flowers in my stash took a little time, but while going through, I actually filled up some of the Starbucks Frapacino bottles I've been saving and washing for this use. So far, I have 4 bottles, one each with blue, yellow, pink, and peach flowers. I haven't yet decided where they will belong on my wall, but I'll figure it out.

Happy Birthday Balloons

I completed a few more cards for the birthday swap I'm in using some balloons I had stamped a long time ago and using the Fiskar's Threading Water border punch. I used a scrap of pp and inked the edges using a sponge dauber and SU ink. The brads on each side of the sentiment came in handy on one of the cards when I accidentally stamped it upside down. Then I stamped on a scrap piece of paper, trimmed it and attached using the brads. I also inked the edges of the card with Not Quite Navy

Oh, and this was totally a copy of http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1150616?cat=12324