September 8, 2014

Halloween Display Card

I think this has to be my favorite dimensional card. It is really simple to construct and the main image pops out to the front for display. The main image is Stampin' Up! Frightening Feline, which I backed with a Fleur De Lis black die cut square. I wish I could say this is my original idea, but alas...I cased it from a card I received a few years ago.

September 5, 2014

Is it Autumn Yet?

I'm excited...soon the cooler weather will be here, the humidity will be lower and the Autumn season will arrive. Since it isn't here just yet, I decided I'd start working on my Autumn and Halloween cards. I've also got a craft show planned for October and I want to offer some finished cards for sale. Today I worked on a simple Autumn card. Lately I've been wanting to make some cards using a center-punched frame that I made a few years ago. I first saw the technique on Amazing Paper Grace (click on her blog name to see instructions), and love making these frames.

I started with a 5-1/2" square white card. I added a pretty background paper backed with black card stock. I die cut a 3-3/4" round shape out of a patterned orange card stock and backed it with a 4-1/4" scalloped die cut circle. I die cut a 3-3/4" black round shape, then using a Fleur De Lis corner punch I punched around the circle shape until the center fell out, making the frame. I then added small white adhesive pearls to the frame. I adhered the circle frame on top of the orange piece with small pop dots to give a raised effect. Once glued to card, I added a 'Happy Autumn' greeting across the top of the circles.

Note: for this particular punched circle frame I divided the circle template into 12 pie piece shapes (marking lines with a pencil) and punched on the lines, which gave me a perfect frame using the Fleur De Lis punch. In Grace's video, she made the heart frame dividing the circle into 8 pie piece shapes.

July 10, 2014

Stampin' Up! Thoughts & Prayers

Thoughts & Prayers from Stampin' Up! is one of favorite stamp sets. I love the tree image in the set, but my favorite is the floral vine. This week I was looking at some cards on Pinterest and saw one I wanted to try to make. It uses the floral vine around the edges of the card, leaving an open space for the sentiment. I loved the look, so gave it a try.

I began by stamping a sentiment (PSX) on a 6-1/2" x 4-1/4" white card. I stamped it a little to the right, off center. I then stamped the floral vine on a piece of plastic that came with my Stamp-a-ma-jig, so I could use it for placement. Then I stamped the floral vine six times around the card, surrounding the sentiment. I punched some bright pink mini-flowers and glued them onto the vines, where the stamped flowers were. I added a little pearl embellishment to the center of each flower to give it dimension. I then backed the white stamped card with a piece of the same pink card stock that I used for the flowers. I then glued the layers to an A-7 navy blue card.

February 6, 2014

Over the Mountain

Isn't this one of the cutest cards you've ever seen? It really put a smile on my face as I was celebrating my 60th birthday. The saying over the hill came to mind...then I decided turning 60 was more like going over a mountain. I survived thanks to the great cards I received. Terry H. in Ohio sent me this one.

January 9, 2014

Deer Trio Card

I've been making several cards this week using my newest Deer Trio die from Memory Box. Below is a Thinking of You card I made this morning.

I started with a white A-2 panel card. I computer-generated the message at the top and bottom. I then stamped a snowy woods scene (Hero Arts) on white in black ink. I backed the image with a black layer that has been spattered with white watercolor. After attaching the image to the center of the card I added my three die cut deer using pop dots to give the image dimension.

December 25, 2013

The New Telephone Books Are Here!

If you remember the movie with Steve Martin called 'The Jerk', then you will remember the excitement of the telephone book arriving. That's how I felt yesterday when my newest Memory Box die was actually a Christmas present to myself, so its arrival on Christmas eve was perfect.

I love deer and when I saw some of the cards made with this Memory Box Deer Trio die I just had to order it. I am making New Years cards with a Penny Black snowy background image and wanted deer on the front, so this die was perfect. I've already got my cards stamped and ready and will add the finishing touch of the deer, which I will attach with thin pop dots.

Speaking of cards...It will be a while before I have to buy any A-2 pre-folded cards. While at Goodwill this past weekend I found 6 boxes of pre-folded white panel cards (250 per box) for 99-cents a box. Yes, of course I bought them all. Merry Christmas to me.