October 26, 2007

Happy Birthday

I was browsing through Jo Anne's store last night and came across the the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine (I think it was CardMaker). So while waiting to check out, I came across a card using this layout. I quickly sketched the layout and rushed home to make it before I lost the sketch. Hope you like it.

Stamps: Wanted, It's Your Birthday, Weathered
CS: Really Rust, River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Apple Cider DSP
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Hemp Twine, 1" circle punch, 1/16" circle punch, Crystal Clear EP
Technique: Embossing

October 22, 2007

Thankful Garland

Yesterday I attended my monthly SU unit meeting and our project was to make this Thankful garland. I must admit that when we first started the project, it seemed way too overwhelming. I managed to punch out and trace the letters onto the DSP that my 2nd upline, MaiLi, so graciously provided to all her downlines. After that, I stopped!!! Seemed like I hit a brick wall. So I simply packed up my stuff and talked to the other demos til it was time to go. When I got home, my inner me said "put your big girl panties on and do this". So I did and I am really pleased with the end product. The garland is so much prettier and the colors are much vibrant IRL. Hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Recipe (all products SU):
CS: R. Rust, C. Chip, W. Wasabi, R. Rock, Apple Cider DSP
Ink: R. Rust (craft), C. Chip (craft), W. Wasabi
Accessories: Onboard Garland Greetings, colored buttons (Fresh Favorites II), Linen Thread, Earth Elements Brads, Jumbo Eyelets, W. Wasabi & R. Rock Double Stitched Ribbon, Twill Tape (dyed W. Wasabi), Crop-A-Dial

October 17, 2007

Can you believe how many times I tried to upload this post? It took 3 whole nights. Everytime I uploaded, I received an error!!!

Anyway, this card was made for a challenge card swap I participated in. The challenge was to make a criss cross card, and this is the final result. This was my first ever criss cross card, I am very pleased with how it turned out. I started with the directions from Michelle Wooderson's blog.

I used the Cutie Pie DSP Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. I made the scallop edges using the corner rounder on 1/2 in strips of C. Celery and Bash. blue cardstock and attached to the card pieces and then pierced the strips. The belly band was made using a 1/4" strip of B. Blue stamped with Dotted BG and then layered on a 1/2" strip of C. Celery. (Note, the B. Blue strip was not wrapped all the way around the C. Celery strip. It was cut at both ends). The sentiment was stamped on W. White cs with the birthday stamp from Circle of Friendship in C. Celery craft ink, embossed with Clear EP and punched with the 1" circle punch. The sentiment was then layered onto DSP punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch. That piece was layered onto Bash. Blue punched with the 1 3/8" circle punch. The entire piece was layered onto a piece of W. Wasabi cs punched with the Scallop punch and pierced within each scallop.

To give this card some texture, I stamped the W. White cs with Dotted BG stamp and embossed with White EP(you can see it in the picture on the left). A 1/4" strip of DSP was attached to the bottom of the cs and pierced (. This was layered onto a piece of C. Celery cs. The bottom of the cs was stamped with the Wish Big sentiment from the Short & Sweet stamp set in W. Wasabi and embossed with clear EP. Yes I did use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for this project. I topped this card off using non-SU hardware and attached a piece of W. Wasabi double stitched ribbon and light blue gingham ribbon to the hardware. Hope you like it!

October 7, 2007

What a Surprise!

Aren't I lucky!!! Look what I received yesterday from my BFF Rose! This was a birthday card in the making from before my special day. This is the file folder card and insert inspired by Beate (http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/). I am so in love with that little cake, it looks edible. Rose added dazzling diamonds as the frosting and filling on the cake (yummy). Hope you can see it. This card was well worth the wait. Thanks Rose. I love it!

October 5, 2007

True Friend

When I made this card last night, I had no particular design in mind. I did know I wanted to make a single layer card. The colors was inspired by a folder on my desk. I am quite pleased with how the card turned out. It is much prettier in person. The only thing I would do over is emboss the scrollies on the opposite corners using white EP or clear EP to make it stand out more. I used the mega and giga scalloped punches to make the card pop.

Here's the recipe for this card:
Stamps: True Friend, Print Pattern
CS: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Ink: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Clear EP, uni-ball Signo Gel Pen

October 3, 2007

In The Spotlight

Yesterday, my friend TaiLan and I were blogsurfing during work. We came across a really simple but beautiful card on Beate's website (http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/). So, Tai challenged us to make our own version of Beate's weekend sketch challenge #18 card. I came home yesterday and started making this card. It took me an hour to decide on cardstock, DSP, and what stampset to use. Once I decided on the CS, DSP, and stampset, I went to work. I was pleased with the way the card turned out, but one little thing didn't sit right with me. I did not like the color CS I used for the scallop piece. Well it was already 11pm and I had to get to bed so I decided not to post last night and to wait and redo the card and then post today.
Once I finished making six of these cards and taking pictures, I turned on my computer and lo and behold, my new keyboard of 1.5 months wouldn't work. Panick quickly set in. So, I yelled for the resident computer guy (DH) to come make it work. Don't know what spell he put on the computer but, "voila", he made it work. We're back in business and cooking with gas!
This card was fairly easy to make and is easy to mass produce. I made six of them in two hours. Once I had all the CS cut, I stamped the artpiece with Groovy Guava and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the same image in VersaMark. Then I used clear EP and embossed. I did this for the sentiment as well using the Groovy Guave ink. I also cheated a bit -- I had to break out the Mega scalloped punch for this project and I used the Creative Memories cutting system to cut the artpiece and still have a small edge. Hope you like it and thanks for looking! I'll have another one for you soon. I promise!
Here's the recipe of the SU products used:
Stamps: In the Spotlight, Sweet Shapes
CS: Groovy Guava, Brocade Blue, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Darling Doodles DSP
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Accessories: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Ice circle rhinestone, Rich Regal brads, Clear EP, Photo Corners punch, Corner Rounder

October 1, 2007

Punch Pals Christmas

I created this card for a Christmas Swap with my online group. I just love this Dashing DSP. It is so festive! I just hope the ladies who receive this card like it. I removed the guide from the new 3/16 corner rounder punch to create the scallops and then I used the 1/16 hand held circle punch to create the holes within each scallop. All items used are SU.

Stamps: Punch Pals, Short & Sweet
CS: Old Olive, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Inks: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Square (Fire) Rhinestone, Watercolor Wonder Crayon, Stampin' Dimensionals, 3/16 Corner Rounder, 1/16 Circle Punch