December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas


I am so last-minute. It's 3 days before Christmas and I just mailed off the last of my Christmas cards. A few days earlier I was looking at cards on other stamper's websites and I came across the most elegant Christmas tree image on a card made by a lady named Lucy Abrams. I immediately fell in love with the flourished tree image so I had to have it. She mentioned it was a Hero Arts image, but then I read that it was one of their digital images. I didn't even know Hero Arts had digital images. I don't usually make cards using digital images, but this one I had to buy regardless. Within a few minutes of ordering it, it was downloaded onto my computer. Lucy used rhinestones and colored pearls to decorate her tree (you should take a look at it on her site). I used little white pearls to decorate mine. Click on the picture to see them better.


I started with a striped tan base card. I printed out my black tree on decorative tan card stock. I stamped 'Merry Christmas' (Stampin' Up) under the tree then cut it out. I then added a little darker color to the edges of the tree layer and the entire card with stamp ink and a paintbrush. After attaching the tree image to the card I added mini pearls for decoration.

December 20, 2011

Joy Christmas Card


I just bought this pretty red and white snowflake paper and had to make some Christmas cards. I used a digital Christmas Tree image, adding pearl embellishments. I used my newest Joy dollar stamp (that I found at Michaels) to stamp the sentiment at the bottom. It was quick and easy to make and the SU white ribbon I used at the bottom just finished it perfectly.

December 11, 2011

Let it Snow


I really wish it would snow. It's rare here in south Texas, but we do see a few snowflakes fall during the cold winter season. This week's challenge at The Friday Mashup, is to make a snowman card. I decided to do something a little different for this challenge and I just love the way my card turned out. When I imagined the card I imagined several snowman images in a circle with a sentiment in the center.


I decided to combine two challenges again, so chose the color challenge at The Paper Players. Their challenge is to use the colors Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Very Vanilla. I used Cheery Cobbler for the base card color and the ink color for the stamped sentiment, Very Vanilla for the stamped layer and gold brads for the gold color. The only other color I used is a little light blue. I started with a 6" square base card. On a 5-1/2" square white card I stamped snowmen in a circle (using a light box and a circle template) then colored them with markers and watercolor. I stamped a Verve sentiment in the center then attached the layer to the card. Lastly I added gold brads at each corner.

November 16, 2011

Rudolph Holiday Card


During the Christmas holidays I like to make origami reindeer out of $5 bills to give to that waiter or waitress that really deserves a good tip. The look on their face when they try to figure out what I've just given them is priceless.


I decided I wanted to make a holiday card with Rudolph, so came up with the card below. I started with a red base card (tent style) and added a scallop-punched layer to the front. I stamped Happy Holidays, a Stampin' Up! image, at the bottom. I then made a frame for my reindeer, and attached it to the center with a pop dot. I love making these little reindeer.

November 2, 2011

Changes



This morning I thought I'd make a card using some translucent vellum. I don't normally use vellum so I was wondering how it would take the ink. I used Stampin' Up! real red ink and it worked beautifully and dried fast.

The card was made by attaching a printed layer onto a 5" x 7" white base card, adding a punched border piece at the bottom then adding the vellum overlay. To make sure the vellum stayed on, I attached a brad at each corner. This little card is heading to Australia. Sure hope it makes it.

October 26, 2011

Letters Mingle Souls



I recently purchased some wonderful card stock from a paper company. It has a smooth surface and it takes rubber stamp ink really well. Today I thought I'd try out some of my solid image stamps and brush markers and I was thrilled with the results. I thought I could only use my solid images on glossy card stock, but this works just as well. This is the card I made with my Rubber Stampede Gerbera Daisy stamp, colored with Marvy Brush Markers. The sentiment is a PSX image.

Layered Snowman


Have you ever made a card to give away and then decide you like it so much you want to keep it? This is one of those cards. I was stamping images of my Penny Black snowman for a swap and decided to make a multi-layered square card with the snowman at the center.


I began with a 5.5" square base card. I stamped the snowman on a 2.5" square then stamped a second one and cut out just the snowman. I stamped additional snowman images on brown, red and decorative paper. I cut out just the scarf from the red, the stick arms from the brown and the earmuffs from the decorative paper. I glued the scarf, arms and earmuffs on the cut out snowman. This was layered (with pop dots) on top of the snowman I stamped on the 2.5" square white card stock. This layered piece was to be the center of the card.

I cut and layered five alternating red and white layers to back the snowman. I attached some decorative paper to the base card then attached the multi-layered snowman to the card. The last step was to stamp the snow part of the image on white card stock, cut it out, emboss and attach at the bottom.

October 24, 2011

Altered CD Case - Nurse Anya


When the seasons change, people get sick. Why is that? Oh well, no matter what the reason, people are sniffling and coughing and it's time to make some of my little 'Feel Better' kits.

I began by stamping Nurse Anya (The Greeting Farm) on white card stock. I then paper pieced her by stamping more images onto printed and solid colors (for dress, face, orange, orange juice and hair). I then made a back and front insert (out of solid and decorative blue card stock) for a regular size CD jewel case.


On the front insert I added a piece of ribbon, three gold brads and a die cut stamped oval that reads, 'Get Well Soon'. I attached Anya to the right side of the front insert. Inside the CD case I put 3 things...a single dose packet of Advil, a single dose packet of a cold medication and a gift card to a local pharmacy. FYI: I find those single dose packets of medications at my local convenience store.

October 6, 2011

Just Black and White


I received the prettiest card the other day from my secret sister. It was a lovely flower grouping stamped in black on white card stock. It had one piece of decorative black and white paper behind the flowers and one little black and white brad off to the side. It was so pretty that I had to make a few of my own.


I started with some decorative black and white paper (backed with a piece of solid black) and adhered a stamped image of two roses onto the paper. I glued this piece onto an A-2 white base card. Next I punched a black circle and added a large black brad at the center. I adhered it to the card at the right of the roses. Lastly I simply stamped 'For You' above the brad and the card was finished. Although I do like cards that have some color to them, a simple black and white card has a beauty all it's own. I think I'll make a few more.

September 23, 2011

Altered CD Case - Tea Time


I love the autumn season! We have a deck at the back of our home where I love to sit and drink a nice cup of tea. Today I wanted to make an altered CD case for a friend who also loves her tea and I wanted to do it in an autumn theme.

I stated with some of the designer paper from the Ella Blue pad (Hobby Lobby), and made the back and front inserts. At the bottom of the front insert I attached the Happy Autumn sentiment (computer-generated) on a white strip backed with brown. The front insert was then slipped into the front of the CD case.


I had an embossed fall tree image that I received in a swap (thanks Melisa), so I wanted that for the main image. I die cut the tree (using a square die turned at an angle), then also cut a larger square to back the tree. I attached the image to the outside front of the CD case using pop dots. Inside I placed 4 packets of yummy cinnamon tea.

August 29, 2011

Butterfly Card


My goodness, this month has flown by. I don't think it's ever been as hot as it has been this summer! The weatherman says it has, but I don't remember any temps near 107! Today I thought I'd get up super early (while it's cool) and make a card.


Today I wanted to make a card in reds and black. I started by stamping an SU butterfly in red on a 4-1/2" square white card, masking it and then stamping a couple of black flourishes at each side. I stamped 'Just for You' below the butterfly. I rounded two of the corners and then layered it onto red and black. I added a couple of gold brads and then added the layers to a white card. I stamped two additional butterflies, cut them out and layered them on top of the first one, gluing the top one just at the body so the wings could be lifted.

July 27, 2011

Fairy Dreams


This morning I was organizing my unmounted stamp images and came across a few I had forgotten about. One of the images was a pretty fairy in an oval frame. I decided this was the image I would use to make a card for the current Flutterby Wednesday Challenge. This week we are to use stripes on a card with an image of either a butterfly, fairy or angel.

I decided to go with some more of the designer card stock from my Ella Blue pad. I started with a 5-3/4" x 4-1/2" light blue tent card. I used some brown, white and striped designer card stock for the layers, scallop punching the edge of the white and striped piece. I stamped the fairy in brown on a patterned blue card stock and cut it out, cutting along the oval frame. I stamped two additional images and cut out just the fairy from one and just the wings from the other. These were added to the first stamped image with pop dots for a raised, dimensional effect.


I cut two 2-1/4" squares (one brown and the other blue) and attached them to the top of the card. I then glued the fairy to the blue square. Below the fairy image I added an oval die cut piece on which I stamped the word 'dream'.

July 26, 2011

A Sympathy Card


Today I wanted to make a sympathy card for a friend who lost his precious mom last week. It's so hard to lose a parent and I wanted to make a special card to let him and his wife know that we are thinking of them.

Sometimes images inspire me to make a card, sometimes it's beautiful cards made by others, and once it a while it's the designer paper that inspires the card. For this card I wanted something in soothing colors that was pretty but would not overwhelm the sentiment.

I have come to love the color combination of brown and light blue. On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby I found this beautiful designer paper pad from GCD Studios. It's called Ella Blue and the papers have a wonderful linen texture in twelve designs.


For this card I was inspired by one of the designs in the Ella Blue collection. I started with a very pale pink for the base card. I added a light blue card stock with the designer paper for the layers. The sympathy image used is from Stampabilities, which was die cut with a Spellbinders die.

July 8, 2011

Quickutz Butterfly Card




I have started a die collection. This Quickutz butterfly was one of the first I purchased, so today I used it to make a card. I started with a blue base card and added some decorative card stock. I stamped a border image at the top and bottom of a tan piece of card stock then added my red die cut butterfly to the center. Lastly I stamped create at the bottom.

April 8, 2011

Flutter By Pink Butterfly


Today I was thinking Easter, pastels, and butterflies, so made the card below for the current Flutterby Wednesday Challenge.


I started with a pastel striped pocket card with a pink and white insert card. I die cut a dimensional butterfly (QuicKutz) and attached it to the front of the pocket. On the insert card I stamped Happy Easter (My Sentiments Exactly) in pink and added a mini flower at each side. I computer-generated an Easter greeting which I placed at the bottom of the card insert. Lastly I added small pearls along the scalloped edge and tied a yellow ribbon at the top.

Here is a close-up of the 2-piece dimensional butterfly die cut. The back layer is solid, while the top layer is a more delicate cut, so that the wings can be lifted slightly.

March 21, 2011

Stamper of the Month


This month my name was drawn as Stamper of the Month (random drawing) at Midweststampers.com. Last week I received my prize box of goodies. It was filled with ribbon, paper, embellishments, mounted stamps, unmounted stamps and more. In the various unmounted images there was a black rubber image of what looked like a Japanese block print design. It was from a company called Onyx Xpressions, which I later found out is a mail order stamp company in Houston. I love their images.


The image inspired me to make a card (actually, I made four), and love how it stamps. I started with a red 5" x 5" base card. I added some decorative black and white floral paper to the top of the card and a thin black strip below the paper. I stamped the bird image in black on glossy white card stock then backed it with the same red I used for the card. I placed it to the left side then stamped 'for you' (SU) to the right. I love this card!

March 8, 2011

Stamping 411 Square Card Challenge


I love making square cards and I really like this layout for the current Stamping 411 Sketch Challange. I just purchased a new (solid image) Gerbera Daisy rubber stamp (Rubber Stampede) so wanted to use it to make a card for a baby shower in the colors pink and blue.


I started with a 6" x 6" blue base card. I added some pink decorative paper and a bottom layer of printed cardstock (baby-themed). I added a blue polka dot ribbon across the center then added a smaller blue and pink square to the center of the card.

The Gerbera Daisy is a solid image stamp, so I colored it with Marvy markers and stamped it onto glossy card stock. I then die cut it with a circle die and attached it to the center of the smaller square. I added three gold brads to the top left side of the card and a larger brad to the ribbon.

March 7, 2011

An Inspiration Card by Kay Kalthoff



I've received many cards over the years, and some I keep displayed to give me inspiration. This is one of those cards. It's a birthday card I received from Kay Kalthoff several years ago. I love the creative way she used pop dots to layer the leaves and flowers and then added the ladybugs along the swirled flourish. I think it was one of the first dimensional cards I ever received and I still love the design and layout of it. I came across her blog the other day so wanted to share it with you. Check out her blog by clicking here...Stamping to Share.

February 27, 2011

Remembering Philomena


Each day when I walk into my craft room I'm reminded of Philomena Demeter. She was one of my stamping friends that I loved exchanging cards with. She was so talented and each card I received was well made and thoughtful. I called her the Pergamano Queen because she did such intricate and detailed embossing on parchment paper.


This is one of the cards she made me and I keep it displayed on my stamp shelves. Sadly, Philomena passed away in September of 2006, but she is never out of my mind. Her card makes me smile each time I see it and everyone who comes into my craft room comments on it's beauty. She was a special lady and I am glad she shared her talent with me.

January 28, 2011

A 60th Wedding Anniversary



My neighbor recently asked me to make an anniversary card for a couple at her church. The card above is what I came up with. I started with a piece of glossy white card stock and a 5" x 7" white base card. On the glossy card stock I computer-generated the message. I place '60th' at the center so I could put a heart around it. The heart is a T.S.C. Designs brass stencil that I embossed and sponge colored with cranberry ink. After the heart was done, I Cuttlebug embossed each side and added gold brads. I backed this piece with a burgundy card layer and attached it to the base card.

January 2, 2011

Young at Heart


A new year...and lots of birthday cards to make. Today I thought I'd try a new layout and use my newest butterfly image from Hero Arts. The butterfly was stamped using burgundy ink then die cut with a Nestabilities circle. I backed the butterfly with a burgundy scalloped circle. I love the Charles Dickens quote at the bottom, To the young at heart, everything is fun.