June 8, 2016

A Little Something Different


I love using die cuts on cards. Each time I go to a craft store I look for something a little different in the die section. One day I saw this die from Spellbinders that interested me, but was it too different? On several trips to the craft store I would look at this same die still unsure how it could be used on a card.

Then it happened. On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby I saw the die (Contemporary Diamonds) and it was now on clearance. I could not pass it up any longer. I bought it. This die turned out to be the 'something different' I was looking for. I found several cute cards made with the die on Pinterest and one of them was a fun card made with die cut cats (Impression Obsession). I had to case it right away. The Contemporary Diamonds die cut is the perfect size for an A-2 card.

May 28, 2016

Vintage Elegance


I love cards with a vintage look. I recently purchased a 2003 Hero Arts stamp called Gracious Lady and decided I wanted to make a card that had a vintage and elegant appeal. I started with a black base card (5" x 7") and covered the front with a decorative paper and a coordinating decorative paper.


I stamped the lady in black and backed the image with some ivory colored and black card stock. I tied a black ribbon and bow around the card then attached the main image at the left using pop dots to raise the image. I stamped a second image and cut out only the lady. I attached her using a pop dot under the head and glued the bottom of the image flat on the card to give her dimension.

Stamped Image - Hero Arts Gracious Lady
Decorative Paper - Deja Views Wedding Paper
Black Ink - Versafine Onyx Black

May 26, 2016

Card Inspiration


It's funny how sometimes certain things you see inspire you to make a card. I recently purchased a large lot of scrapbook magazines for a friend of mine at a yard sale. Even though I don't scrapbook, I decided to take a look at a couple of the magazines. As soon as I opened the first magazine, a layout grabbed my attention and I immediately thought...Oh, that would make a cute card!

I followed the design of the scrapbook page layout and the card below is what I came up with. I really like it...and decided that now I have to go through all the scrapbook magazines (before I give them to my friend) to see what other inspiration I can find.

Peacock Image - Stampabilities
my friend Sentiment - Stampin' Up!
Stamp Ink - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point

March 17, 2016

Birds of a Feather


I have been so busy lately getting my new business underway, but this week I did take a day to make some cards. I love the colors Calypso Coral with Bermuda Bay, so made the card below using those colors with just a touch of black. I am so glad I purchased two packs of Stampin' Up! card stock that contained these colors.

The colors came from The Paper Players challenge and the card design is from the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I started with a Bermuda Bay (I love that color) base tent card then added a layer of embossed white backed with black. The panels that I made were also backed in black, with thin borders. I used a clear stamp image for the circle part, which I stamped with Bermuda Bay ink. Lastly I added a little bird button embellishment that I thought would go along with the saying on the card.


February 17, 2016

The Paper Players Challenge 282


Another day...another challenge. This time it's a color challenge fromThe Paper Players, and I just happen to have colors that will work. I looked through my stamps and chose an image that would look good stamped on a diamond shape. I had the layout for the card in my mind, so I chose a vintage heart broach.

I started with a black base card and added a Pool Party layer. I stamped the broach in black then cut it out and backed it with black. On the Daffodil Delight layer I added a Tangerine Tango die cut and a square of decorative paper (special folded) to frame the heart broach. Before adding the yellow layer, I added a black ribbon and a butterfly embellishment.


Heart Broach - Stampin' Up! Antique Collectibles
Decorative Blue Paper - Creative Keepsakes
Butterfly Embellishment - K&Company
Card Stock - Stampin' Up!

February 5, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 222


Another fun sketch challenge to participate in. I always like the sketch challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches, so decided to make a card featuring my newest Holly Pond Hill stamp. I love the vintage dresses the rabbits are wearing and it was fun coloring them. I had this great decorative paper that has been sitting in my closet forever, so thought I'd use it for the background. The sentiment "Best Friends" was computer generated on vellum.