December 30, 2010

Happy New Year

I came across the cutest card the other day. It was on Dawn Griffith's blog, Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She had made a card using a piece of acrylic for a window where the sentiment shows through. She even has a video, so click HERE if you'd like to see how it's made.

This is the card I made for my New Year's greeting. I began by printing the sentiment and message inside the card. I cut and assembled the acrylic piece to the front of the card. I then added a strip of red decorative card stock to the top and stamped my little Snowman with the word 'create' at the bottom. I finished it off with a white ribbon at the bottom of the window. Isn't it cute?

December 11, 2010

Reindeer Christmas Card

This year I'm decorating my Christmas tree with reindeer, so I thought I'd make my Christmas cards with the same theme. I love this little reindeer image from A Muse Artstamps.

I recently came across a great deal on glossy white card stock, so used it to make A-2 tent cards. I stamped 'Merry Christmas' (Stampin' Up!) in red at the bottom of the card and Cuttlebug-embossed the top with my snowflakes folder. I stamped my reindeer in brown then sponge stamped his body with a light beige color (using a cut-out stencil). I added a little red nose (for my granddaughter who adores Rudolph), and die cut the reindeer with my Nestablilites circle die. I backed it with a die cut red scallop circle and attached it to the top of the card. To finish the card I added a gold elastic string between the embossing and the greeting.

November 16, 2010

Blue Tulip Card

Here is another card I made using my Posh Impressions Tulip stamp. Most of the flower stamps from Posh Impressions are solid, which I really like. I use Dee Gruenig's Marvy Brush Markers to color the images and they stamp real well on glossy card stock. Today I decided to make a card in blues.

November 15, 2010

Thinking of You

I really like the card sketches at Stamping 411. Here is this week's card that I made.

I started with a 6-1/4" x 5" white base card. I stamped the bottom of a white layer with one of my SU stamping wheels. I Cuttlebug-embossed the top of the layer with my Swiss Dots folder. I backed this layer with light purple card stock. For the image I used my All Night Media (Posh Impressions) tulip and stamped it in green and purple. The sentiment (SU) was stamped in purple and die cut using my oval Nestabilities. Before adding the image and sentiment, I glued on a strip of purple card stock separating the border image and the embossing.

November 10, 2010

A Masculine Card

When I purchased a McGill moose punch many years ago I wondered what I would use it for. It's sat on a shelf for a long time and today I was glad I had bought it. I needed to make a birthday card for a man, and I didn't know what I was going to do. I don't have many images that would work on a masculine card. I did have this great wooded scene stamp from Embossing Arts, so thought I'd use that. Then I thought of the moose punch, so punched a few in brown and it was a perfect size to add to the wooded scene.

I started with a 6" x 5-1/2" base card. I sponge stamped the edge of a white top note die cut with a beige color ink. I stamped the trees in brown then using pop dots added the moose as if he was walking through the trees. I backed the die cut with a brown decorative card stock that I border punched (at the bottom) with a Martha Stewart punch. I then backed that piece with beige and brown card stock. I added some gold elastic cord to the bottom and made a little tag that I attached to the cord. I then attached it to the base card.

November 9, 2010

A Chocolate Penguin

Yesterday was my craft hour with the seniors at Oakmont Nursing and Rehab Center. Since the holidays are near, I decided on a gift project that they could give away to a visitor or friend. I came across the cutest Penguin bag topper on Kim Bolzanthal's blog and it was perfect. To see more of her adorable bag toppers, click on her name above.

Isn't this just the cutest thing? I started by making bags containing a packet of hot cocoa and a candy cane (stiring stick). I die cut the heads using the SU Top Note die. I sponge stamped the edge with black ink then folded the die cut in half. The ladies added a little beak and two punched eyes to the front then on the back side (at the bottom) attached two arms (black card stock die cut with oval Nestabilities). We then attached the Penguin topper to the top of the bags. I went around the room asking each lady if they wanted their penguin to be a boy or a girl. If they chose a girl, they added a little pink ribbon bow to the head. Everyone wanted a girl penguin...I knew when they saw how cute it was with a bow, they would want a girl. :)

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I love cold weather. Saturday morning we woke up to frost on the grass and ice on the windows. That put me in a winter mood and I started thinking about making winter cards. I recently purchased a cute little snowman from Michaels (in their dollar bin) so made the card below. I also love this card has 7 alternating layers.

Today I came across a new (to me) challenge blog called The Paper Players. The challenge this week is to make a snowman card, so this will be my first entry.

October 21, 2010

A Purple Flutterby

Purple and teal...what an interesting color combination. Today I wanted to make a card with purple in it. I also wanted to make another butterfly card for the current Flutterby Wednesday challenge.

I started with a sheet of textured purple card stock. As I was thumbing through my paper, I came across a sheet of scrapbook paper with purple and teal flowers on it. I just happen to have a peony purple stamp pad and it matched the papers perfectly, so it all came together. I stamped a stipple butterfly (Stampin' Up!) on white and backed it with a teal card stock. I placed the solid color card stock at the top and the floral paper at the bottom with a white ribbon at the center. Gold brads at each corner finished off the look I wanted. It's bright, that's for sure. Finished size of card is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

October 18, 2010

Just Because...An RAK

This week for the Just Add Ink challenge we are to make a card and just add blue . We were also encouraged to send the card to someone as an RAK. I'm a big supporter of Random Acts of Kindness and of course love the color blue, so wanted to participate.

I came across a card recently with daisies and a butterfly and loved the look and the layout, so decided I wanted to do one in blue.

I started with a 5" x 7" navy blue base card. I stamped two blue daisies (Rubber Stampede) on white and added a computer-generated sentiment. I punched a butterfly (Paper Studio) and stamped it with a blue flourish. I added pearls to the butterfly's body then backed the white layer with blue and navy card stock. I added a blue ribbon to the left and three white brads at the bottom for balance.

September 28, 2010

Flourished Hummingbird

I love hummingbirds, so when I saw this flourished image from Inkadinkado I had to buy it. My friend Elaine and I share a love of hummingbirds, so this card will go to her. We both put out feeders during the summer and this year she had around 50 birds a day visit her feeders during their migration. I only had about 20 a day, but it was enjoyable sitting outside and watching them.

I liked this card so much that I made one in blue (to keep). I'll display it on my stamp shelves with some of my other favorite cards.

September 27, 2010

Altered CD Case - Frog and Dragonflies

I recently purchased a set of cute Frog stamps from Close to My Heart. Today I thought I'd make a CD case using one of the images.

I stamped the frog on white and die cut the image (Nestabilities circles). I backed it with a solid green circle and a decorative paper circle. I glued the layered image to a piece of square ivory card stock and added a punched dragonfly to each corner. I placed the square into the front of a CD case. For the inside-back of the CD case I used the same ivory and added five green brads to the left edge that would show through. Now to decide what goodies I want to put inside the case.

September 23, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge #36

When I saw this sketch for the current Just Add Ink challenge I decided I wanted to make my card with the colors red, white and black.

I began by stamping Delight in Life (an SU image) on white. I embossed the right part of the card with a Cuttlebug folder then added decorative paper to the left. After adding a red ribbon I attached it to a red card. I punched 2 small butterflies (Martha Stewart punch), attached them above the sentiment and added small pearls for the body. A simple card, but I love it!

September 15, 2010

Altered CD Case - Feel Better Kit

It's that time of the year again...when the seasons change and colds start going around. I'm getting prepared by making little Feel Better Kits for some of my friends and family. Of course I had to use my Nurse Anya image from The Greeting Farm.

As with the other altered CD cases I cut a front and back insert piece from decorative card stock. On the front piece (which will slide inside the front of the CD case) I added a piece of ribbon, three red brads and a little 'Feel Better Soon' message. Then on the outside of the front I placed Nurse Anya (using pop dots to give her more dimension).

What did I put into the Feel Better Kit? I put a single cold tablet packet, a teabag, and a gift card to a local pharmacy.

June 8, 2010

Tulip Heart & Butterfly

I really liked this card layout when I saw it. I used my PSX tulip heart stamp for the main image then let the decorative paper do the rest. My favorite color is green, so I love the way this card turned out.

April 10, 2010

Flutter By Card

I came across the layout sketch for this card the other day and had to make one. I had some pretty Martha Stewart decorative paper and the punches I needed, so decided on a blue and brown color scheme. The large scalloped oval is a large Stampin' Up! die that I purchased. I die cut the oval in white and blue and stamped the sentiment on the white.

March 19, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms are such pretty spring flowers. The Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in Washington D.C. on March 27th - April 11th. I wish I could be there for all the festivities and to see all the pretty flowers.

Today I thought I'd make a card using my favorite cherry blossom image from Rubber Stampede. I started with an 6" square white tent card. I backed the image with a hot pink layer then a lighter pink. I added a white layer at the bottom with the words Cherry Blossoms at the right bottom corner. I then added three silver brads above the wording. The final layer is a pink and burgundy striped card stock.

March 15, 2010

How I Photograph My Cards

I finally found a way to photograph my cards that I am happy with. The only real expense is an Ott Lite...but it is well worth the price. With an Ott Lite you don't need to use your flash and the card details come out so nice. My Ott Lite is a clip-on desk light, but a free standing one works just as well. My digital camera is a Kodak 10.3 Mega pixel and it cost less than $90, so you don't have to have an expensive digital camera to get a good photograph.

You probably have the supplies for making the backdrop in your card stock supply. Here's how to make it.

Take 3 sheets of heavyweight white card stock (8-1/2" x 11") and lay them out as shown. Arrange the sheets with one 8-1/2" x 11" sheet on each side then turn your third piece (with the 11" side at the bottom) for the center...lining up at the top. Tape the three pieces together using clear tape. Score and fold the bottom of the two outer sheets (lining up your folds with the bottom of the 11" x 8-1/2" center piece). Fold in the side pieces and arrange in a box shape as shown below. For the bottom (floor) of your light studio, place a few pieces of card stock on the folded pieces to hold the box shape and your backdrop is done.

Next, add your light source (I highly recommend an Ott Lite) above and to the front to illuminate your card. Move it as necessary to lessen the shadows. If you don't have a light source, use your flash. Put the card in the light studio and take your photo (with or without flash).

A tripod isn't really necessary, but my husband thought I needed one, so I use it occasionally. All of my recent card photos (on my blog) were taken this way...without flash.

Thinking of You

Okay, one last card using the digital image from Fred, She Said Designs. Along with the pansies in a teacup image in this set, there is an image of four pansies that I wanted to use on a 5" x 7" card. On this image, I added a two extra pansies with pop dots to give a raised effect. I then punched the front edge of the card with a Martha Stewart border punch and stamped Thinking of You (Stampin' Up!) in blue below the pansies.

March 14, 2010

Punch Around the Page

I am a definate fan of the new Punch Around the Page Martha Stewart punch sets. With my Michael's coupon in hand I decided I'd try one, so bought the Double Loops set. I absolutely love it!

For the card above, I started with a 5" piece of white card stock and punched the design all the way around. I placed the (Fred, She Said Designs) digital Teacup Pansies image at the center and attached it to a blue card. I then added an extra dimensional flower to the bottom right edge and my card was done. I am going to purchase more of the Punch Around the Page Martha Stewart punches.

March 13, 2010

Teacup Pansies

I just love this digital design from Fred, She Said Designs. She does such wonderful drawings and this one I had to have. The current challenge on her challenge blog is to make a card using a digital design with hearts. Immediately I thought of making a heart frame for the teacup of pansies using a punch method I've used before. I love the way it came out and it is a perfect card for Spring.

The digital design was printed on white card stock. The blue frame was punched from a 4" circle using a heart shaped corner slot punch from EK Success. To see a video tutorial for the punched frame, click HERE. I added the frame to the image using pop dots to give it a raised effect. I backed the framed image with a light blue and dark blue card stock and added brads to the corners. Finished size of card is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2".

February 25, 2010

Baby Onesie Gift Card Holder

It has been a long time since I've made a baby card. This month, two of my good friends were blessed with grandbabies. I wanted to send gift cards so made the onesie above to hold the card. I started with pink card stock, added scalloped trim out of swiss dot-embossed white card stock, personalized the bib, added a bow and made a pocket on the inside for the gift card. I found this adorable Winnie the Pooh quote that I also put on the inside.

Sometimes, it's the smallish things
that take up the most room in our heart.

-Winnie the Pooh

February 22, 2010

Present Card

I just love making these little present cards. The card consists of a simple hexagon shape with three fold-down pieces. Just add the 'ribbon' (small strips of paper) and a small bow and you have a present card. When it is opened, it reveals the message inside. The finished size of the folded card is 3.5 inches.

Here are three I made for birthdays. The bows are stickers from Jolee...and they were the perfect size for the box! These cards are also great for gift tags (baby showers, graduations, Mother's Day, etc).

February 16, 2010

Foxy Valentine

I came across the cutest treat box for Valentine's Day and just had to make one. Isn't he just the cutest thing? It's a pattern from The Paper Source for a little simple to make. If you would like the instructions, click HERE.

There is another adaption of the Fox treat box (from Kimberley Morris) using a Top Note die cut for the head. She even includes box instructions. You can find Kimberley's instructions HERE. Have Fun.

January 28, 2010

You've got 'Male'

My neighbor and friend, Fran, is turning 65 tomorrow. She is an avid collector...lighthouses, Elvis items, Coca Cola items and Nascar. She has a room for each collectible and her house is so neat and organized that it's a joy to visit her. For her birthday I wanted to make her something featuring her favorite Nascar driver, Jeff Gordon. I know he is a favorite because she even has a race car tire autographed by him in one of the rooms!

I had these little metal mailboxes from Target so decided to make her a Jeff Gordon mailbox. I downloaded several photos and made a cover for the mailbox, added two of his best photos to the front and back, then filled it with Jeff Gordon candy bars (mini Kit Kats covered with a wrapper I made). On the bottom I added a tag that reads...'Happy Birthday Fran! You've got 'Male'. I think it came out wonderful! I can't wait to give it to her.

January 25, 2010

Mardi Gras Card

I've always liked Fred She Said Designs, so wanted to participate in their first blog challenge. The challenge was to use the header and background on the challenge blog as inspiration. My mind is in a Mardi Gras mode, so the first thing I thought was that the colors looked like the Mardi Gras colors.

I decided on Fred's digital image (freebie) called Doodle Tiles from 2007. On a MS Word document I uploaded the tile six times. I made the first one 2-1/2" and decreased each of the others by 1/8th of an inch. I cut them out and layered them (making one square and the next diagonal) using pop dots to make a 3-D medallion. I added little holographic brads (stickers) to the top image give it a little sparkle.

For the background I stamped a piece of white card stock with the SU Baroque flourish in green. I computer generated the words Mardi Gras below the medallion. I backed this piece with some gold paper and added it to a purple card. Below is a close up of the layered medallion.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"

January 14, 2010

Chocolate Inspiration

This week's challenge inspiration from Pals Paper Arts is a delicious looking piece of chocolate in a white crimped paper holder.

Of course Valentine's Day was my first thought...then getting in my car and going out to find some chocolate quickly came second. I decided I'd make the card first, then go get the chocolate.

I began by crimping a white strip to look like the paper the candy was in. I backed the white strip with a piece of brown card stock and a red strip that I border punched with hearts (Martha Stewart) at the top and bottom. I used a favorite Valentine rubber stamp from Stubby Stampers and stamped it in dark red on white. I die cut the image using my oval Nestabilities and backed it with brown. The last step was to round the card edges and add some tiny hearts around the Valentine image.

January 12, 2010

Birthday Card Challenge

I decided to make a card for the Mojo Monday Challenge. It's a cute and unique layout, so I thought I'd make a birthday card (which is this weeks challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges).

I decided I wanted to use the colors red, white and black. I had this pretty floral-embossed card stock so used that for the background. The Tulip Heart image is from PSX (an oldie, but a goodie). The birthday greeting is computer-generated and cut out using my oval Nestabilities.