February 21, 2015

Oriental Gardens Stamp Set

My Oriental Gardens stamp set has finally arrived. I've been wanting this set for a while and I was finally able to purchase it. As soon as it arrived I started making a thank you card for the lady who sold me the set.

Stamps: SU Gingko Leaf & Paper Inspirations Bamboo
Ink: Stampin' Up! Old Olive, Versafine Onyx Black
Card Size: 8-1/2" x 3-1/2"

February 20, 2015

Less is More Challenge #211

Less is More...meaning that this should be a clean and simple card with lots of white space. I can do that. I came across the challenge site, Less is More, a few weeks ago, and loved the idea of it. Today, I'm participating in the challenge where the card has to be one clean and simple layer with a LOVE theme. I immediately thought of my Eurika Filigree Heart image that I've had for years. I just love the tiny hearts in the large flourished heart. I stamped it at the top and added the sentiment, heartfelt (a Stampin' Up! image), at the bottom...that's all it needed. I will give this card to my granddaughter who just turned 16.

February 11, 2015

Chinese Peony Birthday Card

I love the Stampin' Up! set, Oriental Gardens. This is the one set I'm hoping to purchase soon. I'm up late, so I decided to make a few cards using the Chinese Peony image that a friend stamped for me. I saw a pretty card on Sandi MacIver's website and just loved everything about it, so thought I'd try and make one. On a white A-2 card, I attached a blue card layer, then added a layer of white that I embossed with my new Anna Griffin cuttlebug folder. A piece of decorative card stock was added to the bottom with white ribbon across the center.

I used the Chinese Peony image and colored in the leaves. I then cut out another flower that had been stamped on pink card stock, and attached it to the image on the white card. I made a blue frame for the flower and attached it with pop dots. The framed flower was then attached to the card. I colored a separate leaf image and added it on top of the blue frame. I made a white bow and attached it to the corner of the blue frame and finished the card with three small pink pearls.

February 5, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge #383 - Pink Lady

This morning I had a card idea in my head. When I saw the sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge this week, I thought the sketch would work well for the card idea I had in mind. I started with an A-2 light pink card then built up the layers from there. I added a strip of pink and green floral paper, then added a stencil-embossed white layer (backed with green). Following the sketch, I then added two smaller pieces of the pink and green card stock.

I've had the Stampabilities That look rubber stamp for years, so used it as the main focus of my card, stamping her in pink on a white circle die cut. I added a pink tulle diamond studded veil and then added three pink pearls to balance the card.

January 22, 2015

Minion Card

I keep coming across these cute Minion cards made by paper crafters. I decided I'd make one for my grandson, who is recovering from strep throat. He loves getting mail, so off it goes to him today. Of course, when children get cards they immediately look for cash enclosed, so I slipped in a $5 bill. The card was fun (and easy) to make and I think it came out cute.

January 19, 2015

Dreams Are Wishes

I enjoy making cards and sometimes I just need a little inspiration to get started. So today I decided to participate in a challenge. Okay, let's make that three challenges. I liked the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches so decided to use that layout. The challenge sketch is a rectangle card with a center layer and a circle die cut where I will stamp my image. I had recently punched some heart circle frames, so wanted to use one on the card.

Next I saw that The Paper Players challenge #228 was to make a card where the sentiment is the main focus of the card. I chose a sentiment that would show through the heart frame and stamped it on a white circle die cut that I placed under the frame.

Lastly I wanted to participate in a challenge I just came across called Stampin' Celebration. Their challenge #96 was to make a card inspired by love and/or hearts.

Below is the card I made for all three challenges using the layout, sentiment image and the punched heart frame (raised using pop dots). I love the way it turned out. I added just a couple of butterflies to complete the card.

To see the tutorial for the heart punched circle frame click Here.

Finished Card Size - 7" x 5-1/2"
Sentiment Image - Spiral Bouquet by Papertreyink
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart
Heart Punch - EK Success