Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Anniversary - With Love

Today my son and daughter-in-love celebrate their first wedding anniversary.  I had a real loss of creativity trying to come up with a card for them.  Then one day when I was blog surfing, I came across LeeAnn Greff's blog with this card that I knew would be perfect for them.  I used a different greeting and colors, otherwise it is a true CASE.

This is a little larger than normal size card.  The base is Shimmery White card stock.  I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to make the embossed lines.  I stamped the sentiment with a stamp I bought at a local craft store a number of years ago using Midnight Muse ink.  Another piece of Shimmery White card stock was punched with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  I am so sorry to see this punch retire; it is a favorite of mine.  Six 1" circles were punched out of Midnight Muse card stock and attached to the back of the border.  Concord Crush glimmer brads were added to the center of each little doily.  A strip of Concord Crush card stock was added to the back of the border which was then added to the card with dimensionals.  I made a little bow with Concord Crush ribbon and attached it with glue dots.  This was a really simple card to make.  Thanks LeeAnn for the inspiration.  Have a great day of fun and creativity.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Ink:  Midnight Muse Ink Pad (#126860)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Shimmery White Card Stock (#101910); Midnight Muse Card Stock (#126843); Concord Crush Card Stock (#119792) 
Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool (#122334); Lace Ribbon Border Punch (#122362); 1" Circle Punch (#119868)
The Finishing Touches:  2010-2012 In Color Glimmer Brads (#121005); Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (#119266); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683)

 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remember


I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Please take a moment today to remember those who gave their lives fighting to defend and preserve the wonderful freedoms we have in this country.  And don't forget those who, today, are continuing the heritage of those gone before.  Say thank you to a veteran and let them know we appreciate all they've done.  There are no words that can express our gratitude except 


THANK  YOU











Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Graduation

Last Saturday my lovely daughter-in-love graduated with her doctorate in Psychology.  Needless to say we are very proud of her achievement.  In the midst of it all, she became engaged to our son and planned what she calls "the best day in my life - so far" wedding.  This is the card I made to commemorate her success.  The school colors are red, black and white.  The bright blue was the color on her hood they place over her shoulders when she receives her diploma.  

The card is based on the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #135.

For the base I chose Whisper White card stock.  I added a piece of Real Red card stock to the top and a piece of Summer Smooches designer paper on the bottom.  On top of the designer paper is a piece of Real Red card stock matted with Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment is from the long retired Tassel Time stamp set that was heat embossed using VersaMark, retired Brilliant Blue ink and clear embossing powder.  It was matted with a piece of retired Brilliant Blue card stock and attached to the card with dimensionals.  The mortar board was made by first punching a 1-3/4" circle from Basic Black card stock.  I trimmed off part of the circle and punched the curved parts with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  The top piece was cut in a diamond shape out of Basic Black card stock using the Paper Cutter.  I attached it to the other piece.  The tassel was made from embroidery thread and attached using a gold brad.  It was popped up with dimensionals on the card.  The diploma was made from Whisper White card stock.  I broke down the fibers using a Bone Folder.  When it was flexible enough, I rolled it up and tied it with retired gold elastic cord.  Glue dots were used to attach it to the card.  She loved her card.  I hope you're having a great holiday weekend and finding some fun creative time.  See you soon.

Stampin' Up Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Tassel Time (retired)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283); Brilliant Blue (retired)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Real Red Card Stock (#102482); Basic Black Card Stock (#121045); Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (#125409); Brilliant Blue Card Stock (retired)
Tools:  1-3/4" Circle Punch (#119850); 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873); Heat Tool (#100005);, Paper Cutter (#104152); Bone Folder (#102300)
The Finishing Touches:  Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Gold Brads (#104337); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Blue Dots (#103683); Gold Elastic Cord (retired) 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Polka Dots and Glimmer

Well, here it is Thursday and here's my weekly Christmas card for the Merry Monday Challenge #21.  I also used the The Paper Players Challenge #96 - Polka Dots.

The card base is Wild Wasabi card stock.  I punched two strips of Red Glimmer paper with the Scallop Edge Border Punch and attached them to the back of a piece of the retired glimmer polka dots Holly Berry designer paper.  This was then attached to the card front.  Another piece of glimmer paper was cut out with the Big Shot and the larger scallop
circle from the Perfect Pennants Bigz die and added it to the card..  I heat embossed the polka dot ornament from the Delightful Decorations stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark and Wild Wasabi embossing powder.  It was punched out with the Ornament punch and popped up on the glimmer scallop with dimensionals.  The polka dot center from the same stamp set was heat
embossed on Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark, Real Red ink and clear embossing powder.  I punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch, added a Wild Wasabi glimmer brad and centered it on the ornament with a dimensional.  A piece of Real Red ribbon was tied in a knot and attached to the ornament.  The sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set was heat embossed on Very Vanilla card stock with VersaMark, Real Red ink and clear embossing powder.  I punched it out with the Word Window Punch and attached with dimensionals to glimmer paper that was punched out with the Modern Label Punch Dimensionals were used to attach the sentiment to the card.  There you have it - lots of polka dots and even more glimmer.  Have a great evening, hopefully enjoying some creative fun.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Delightful Decorations (#116517); Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370)
Ink:  Real Red Ink Pad (#103133); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Wild Wasabi Card Stock (#108641); Very Vanilla Card Stock (#101650); Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired); Red Glimmer Paper (#121790)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#100005); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die (#123126); Ornament Punch (#119847); 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873); Word Window Punch (#119857); Modern Label Punch (#119849); Scallop Edge Border Punch (#119882)
The Finishing Touches:  Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#119251); Wild Wasabi Stampin' Emboss Powder (#123224); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Subtles Glimmer Brads (#121004)
 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thanks in Daffodil & Black

Happy Monday all.  We're off to a very rainy start to the week, but we sure had a beautiful weekend.  I started out making this card using two challenges:  Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #66 and Dynamic Duos Challenge #3 with dry embossing.  After I had finished, I found two other challenges that this card would work for:  CAS-ual Fridays #53 - Punchy and Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #45 - 3-D Flowers.  I very rarely do more than two challenges on a card but this week there were a lot of different
challenges that worked for this card.  I hope you don't need your sunglasses while checking this card out.

The card base is Basic Black card stock - will definitely need to line the inside of this card.  The next layer is Daffodil Delight card stock that was run through the Big Shot with the Houndstooth
embossing folder.  I embossed another piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with the Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, hand tore the bottom edge, sponged the edges with Daffodil Delight ink, matted it with 
Basic Black card stock and attached it to the card.  Two flowers were punched out of 
Daffodil Delight card stock and Flirtatious designer paper.  The edges were sponged with Daffodil Delight ink.  I then punched out two Basic Black flowers using the same punch.  I cut off the petals and used them to mat the edges of the yellow flowers previously punched.  An Antique brad was added to the center.  The flower was attached with dimensionals to a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock that was matted with Basic Black card stock.  The sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set was stamped on Daffodil Delight card stock and punched out with the Small Oval Punch.  I then matted it with a piece of Basic Black card stock punched from the same punch.  It was attached to the back of the flower layer and the whole layer was added to the card using dimensionals.  There you have it - a sunny card for a gloomy Monday.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  Will you find some fun time to be creative today?

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Fabulous Phrases (w-#117002/c-#120501)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight Ink Pad (#119667); Basic Black Ink Pad (#101179)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Basic Black Card Stock (#121045); Daffodil Delight Card Stock (#119683); Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper (#122360)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Blossom Punch (#125603); Small Oval Punch (#120908); Sponge Daubers (#102892); Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (#117335); Houndstooth Embossing Folder (#123134)
The Finishing Touches:  Antique Brads (#117273); Stampin' Dimensioals (#104430)
 



 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Glittery Tree

Today I'm sharing my weekly Christmas card using the Merry Monday Challenge #20.  I don't think I ever used this image so when I saw this sketch, I thought it would be a perfect fit.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock.  A piece of retired Frostwood Lodge designer paper was added.  Garden Green card stock was matted with Cherry Cobbler card stock and added over the designer paper.  I used another piece of the designer paper for the horizontal strip.  
Two pieces of Whisper White card stock were punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and added to the back of the plaid paper.  This layer was then adhered to the card.  The image from the Christmas Lodge stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark, Garden Green ink and clear embossing powder.  I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch as well as the Cherry Cobbler card stock that I used to mat the image layer.  You can't see this in the photo but I added Dazzling Diamonds to the tree branches using a glue pen.  It is so pretty in real life.  A gold glimmer brad was added to the top of the tree and the image popped up with dimensionals on the card.  That's 19 weeks out of 20 that the challenge has been going on (I missed the first week).  This has sort of become a personal challenge for me so I've decided Thursday will be my Christmas card day.  Here's hoping I can keep up.  Thanks again for coming by.  Get ready because the weekend is on top of us.  Get out there and have some fun being creative.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Christmas Lodge (w-#123767/c-#123769)
Ink:  Garden Green Ink Pad (#102272); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Cherry Cobbler Card Stock (#119685); Garden Green Card Stock (#102584); Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#100005); Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (#119275); Ticket Corner Punch (#119867)
The Finishing Touches:  Glimmer Basic Brads (#121003); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (#102023); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For a Friend

Happy Wednesday all.  Today I have a card based on two challenges:  Dynamic Duos Challenge #2 and Freshly Made Sketches #35.  I really like these colors together but had a hard time figuring out how to use them on the card.  I'm happy with the result.

My card base is Whisper White card stock.  A piece of So Saffron card stock was matted with Whisper White card stock and attached to the Just Add Cake designer paperPool Party 
Baker's Twine was wrapped around this layer three times.  I added a Pool Party brad over the baker's twine; I used a piece of baker's twine to gather the center before I put the brad on.  This layer was then adhered to the card front.  Pieces of Pool Party and So Saffron card stock were run through the Big Shot with 
the Square Lattice embossing folder.  I layered them on a piece of Whisper White card stock and added it to the card front.  The sentiment from the Perfect Punches stamp set was heat embossed with VersaMark, Pool Party ink and clear embossing powder.  I cut this out with paper snips close to the dotted edge.  I then punched a piece of Pool Party card stock with the Curly Label Punch and use it to mat the sentiment.  This was popped up on the card with dimensionals.  The little flowers were punched out of Pool Party and So Saffron card stock with the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and attached to the sentiment with glue dots.  Pearls were added to the center of each flower.  This is a lovely color combo - gives the card a soft look.  I'm so glad you stopped by.  Please come again.  Hope you're having a fun and creative week.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Perfect Punches (w-#117022/c-#120516)
Ink:  Pool Party Ink Pad (#122938); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); So Saffron Card Stock (#105118); Pool Party Card Stock (#122924); Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper (#124339)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Heat Tool (#100005); Curly Label Punch (#119851); Paper Snips (#103579); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); Square Lattice Embossing Folder (#119976)
The Finishing Touches:  2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads (#122940); Pool Party Baker's Twine (#125574); Basic Pearls (#119247); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fly Away

Hi out there in blog land.  Boy have we had rain here two days straight.  It is definitely needed but I'll be happy to see the sunshine whenever it decides to make an appearance.  My card today is based on the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #255.  Following are the details.

The card base is Whisper White card stock.  I added Nursery Nest designer paper and Whisper White card stock to a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock.
Retired Rich Razzleberry ribbon was attached and the layer added to the card.  Two pieces of Pear Pizzazz designer paper were matted with Rich Razzleberry card stock and attached to the card.  I sponged clouds on Whisper White card stock with Bashful Blue ink (I used a template I made a while ago with the scallop circle punch).  The birds from the Up, Up & Away stamp set were stamped over the clouds with Basic Black ink.  The sentiment from the On Your Birthday stamp set and the balloon baskets were heat embossed using VersaMark and black embossing powder.  This layer was popped up with dimensionals on the card.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock I heat embossed two balloons from the Up, Up & Away stamp set using VersaMark, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz inks and clear embossing powder.  I cut both out and added them with dimensionals over the clouds.  A bow was made from the same ribbon and attached with glue dots.  This card has a clean and simple look and didn't take that long to put together.  Thanks for stopping by.  Did you get a chance to have some creative fun today?

Stampin' Up Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Up, Up & Away (w-#122755/c-#122757); On Your Birthday (#111664)
Ink:  Bashful Blue Ink Pad (#105209); Basic Black Ink Pad (#101179); Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad (#115658); Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad (#119784); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (#115316); Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper (#122347); 2010-2012 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper (#117158)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#100005); Paper Snips (#103579); Stamping Sponges (#101610)
The Finishing Touches:  Black Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109133); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)
 
  

 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!!


Here is a wish for all my friends out in blog land.  I'm hoping all you moms are truly a queen for the day (and, even more so, every day).  I created this card in My Digital Studio.  It's hard to see because of my blog's white background but the base is Very Vanilla textured card stock (you can see it a little in the Certainly Celery distressed paper especially in the upper corners).  The colors I chose for the embellishments, stamps, punches and text were Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke.  May you all have a very happy and blessed Mother's Day.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.




Saturday, May 12, 2012

Birthday Greetings

Happy weekend all.   Thanks for stopping by.  It's a beautiful day outside today.  I think the bright, cheerful weather inspired this card as well as two challenges:  Twisted Tuesday Challenge #6 - birthday card using ribbon and Freshly Made Sketches #34.

For the card base I chose Pink Pirouette card stock.  Two pieces of Cheerful Treat designer paper were matted with Melon Mambo card stock
and added to the card.  The sentiment from the On Your Birthday stamp set was heat embossed on Bashful Blue card stock with VersaMark, Concord Crush ink and clear embossing powder.  A piece of Concord Crush ribbon was added as well as a strip of Melon Mambo card stock at the bottom.  This layer was then attached to the card.  One of the flowers from the Flower Fest stamp set was heat embossed four times - three were done with VersaMark, Concord Crush, Bashful Blue and Pirouette Pink inks and clear embossing powder.  Another was done with VersaMark and Melon Mambo embossing powder.  I fussy cut them all, making each layer a little smaller.  I added a Concord Crush brad in the middle and attached the flower to a piece of Melon Mambo card stock punched out with a scallop circle punch.  Dimensionals were used to add it to the card.  The "legs" of three Concord Crush brads were taken off and the brads added using dimensionals.  That's the how-to for this card.  Thanks for coming by.  Have a fun, creative weekend.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Flower Fest (w-#122278/c-#122280); On Your Birthday (#111664)
Ink:  Concord Crush Ink Pad (#119785); Bashful Blue Ink Pad (#105209); Pink Pirouette Ink Pad (#111838); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Pink Pirouette Card Stock (#111351); Melon Mambo Card Stock (#115320); Bashful Blue Card Stock (#105120); Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (#122381) - Hostess
Tools:  Heat Tool (#100005); 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (#118874); Paper Snips (#103579)
The Finishing Touches:  Concord Crush 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon (#119266); 2010-2012 In Color Glimmer Brads (#121005); Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder (#123223); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Merry Dynamic Christmas

Today I have my weekly Christmas card for the Merry Monday Sketch Challenge #19.  I've also used the colors from a brand new challenge:  Dynamic Duos #1.

For the base, I chose Shimmery White card stock.  A piece of retired Sweet Shop designer
paper was added.  A piece of Lucky Limeade card stock was cut out using the Big Shot and the Lattice Biz die and then added to the designer paper layer.  I cut one edge of a piece of Shimmery White card stock with the Big Shot and the scallop edge from the 
Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies.  I then ran it through the Big Shot again with the scalloped Adorning Accents embossing folderLucky Limeade card stock was also cut with the scallop edgelit and used to mat the edge of the white card stock.  The sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set was heat embossed with VersaMark and Lucky Limeade ink.  The tree was punched out of a piece of Lucky LImeade card stock and the designer paper with the Petite Pennants Builder punch,  They were both attached to a circle cut out with the Circle Scissor Plus.  I matted it with a Pool Party card stock circle and attached it to the card with dimensionals.  Large Pearls were added to the lattice, small pearls added to the tree and a rhinestone added to the top of the tree.  That's it for another Christmas card for my growing stash.  I hope you get a chance for some creative fun - try one of the many challenges out there if you need a little inspiration.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Petite Pairs (w-#122495/c-#122497)
Ink:  Lucky LImeade Ink Pad (#122935); VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Shimmery White Card Stock (#101910); Lucky Limeade Card Stock (#122926); Pool Party Card Stock (#122924); Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools:  Lattice Bigz Die (#115958); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Circle Scissor Plus (#112530); Glass Mat (#112531); Petite Pennants Builder Punch (#122361); Adorning Accents Edgelits Dies (#125595); Adorning Accents Embossing Folders (#125601); 2-1/2" Circle Punch (#120906); Heat Tool (#100005)
The Finishing Touches:  Large Pearl Basic Jewels (#125577); Basic Pearls (#119247); Basic Rhinestone Jewels (#119246); Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109130); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
  

Monday, May 7, 2012

Edge & The Happy Couple

My niece got married 2-1/2 years ago.  I have so many photos from her wedding that I have wanted to make into a book.  I especially love this picture because their dog Edge has since passed away.  They loved him very much and this is such a great picture of them.  The clean look is based on the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #64.  When I saw the
sketch, it looked like a scrapbook layout to me.  I also submitted it to the Stampin' Royalty Challenge #122 - Scrapbooking.

The page was made using My Digital Studio digital scrapbooking software.  It is a 12" x 12" page.  The background layers and designer paper are from the Lap of Luxury download.  I lowered the opacity on the one layer of designer paper for a softer look behind the photo.  A photo box was used to add the picture which has a Very Vanilla frame around it.  The embellishments used were a Concord Crush glimmer brad and Chantilly Crochet Trim ribbon and bow.  This page was so simple to put together.  I had it done before the finale of The Amazing Race was over last night.  What fun digital scrapbooking is!  Thanks for stopping by.  I'll see you here again soon.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
My Digital Studio Software (#118108); Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper Digital Download (#123992); Glimmer Brads Digital Download (#123964); Crochet Trim Ribbon Pack Digital Download (#122158)
 
 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

thanks, thanks, thanks

Since it's almost the start of another week, I thought I'd share a card to help brighten it up a little.  Two challenges were used to inspire this card:  Freshly Made Sketches #33 and Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #54.  I just couldn't resist all those cheerful colors in the inspiration challenge.

My card base is Daffodil Delight card stock.  Two different pieces of Summer Smooches designer paper were matted with Lucky Limeade card stock.  On the
Tangerine Tango layer I heat embossed the sentiment from the Pretty Postage stamp set with VersaMark and white embossing powder.  Island Indigo Baker's Twine was used to tie a bow around this layer.  Both designer paper layers were added to the card front.  The flower was made from Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and White Vellum card stocks using the Big Shot and the Daisies #2 DieThey were layered together with the glue pen.  An Island Indigo 
brad was added to the center.  I curled the edges slightly with a bone folder.  The flower was attached to the card with glue dots.  Another clean looking card that went together fairly quickly.  The Stampin' Celebration challenge is now a monthly challenge after being "off the air" for about a year.  Join the fun - you have a whole month to create for the challenge.  I hope you had a great weekend and were able to get in some fun creative time.

Stampin' Up Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Pretty Postage (w-#123095/c-#123097)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Daffodil Delight Card Stock (#119683); Lucky Limeade Card Stock (#122926); Whisper White Card Stock (#100730); White Vellum Card Stock (#101856); Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (#125409 - available June 1)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Flower Daisies #2 Bigz Die (#114520); Heat Tool (#100005)
The Finishing Touches:  2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads (#122940); Island Indigo Baker's Twine (#125575); White Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109132); Mini Glue Dots (#103683); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425)
  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Lodge Embossed Resist

Time for another Christmas card using this week's Merry Monday Challenge #18 sketch.  I was going for a vintage look which is not a typical style for me.


The card base is Naturals Ivory card stock.  I matted a piece of retired Spice Cake designer paper with Soft Suede card stock.  Both those pieces were sponged around the edges with Soft Suede ink.  A piece of Pool Party ribbon was attached vertically and the layer was added to the card front.  The 
image from the retired Christmas Lodge stamp set was stamped with Very Vanilla Craft ink on Naturals Ivory card stock.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  After it cooled off, I sponged over the image and paper with Soft Suede ink.  Using a paper towel, I wiped across it to take off any excess ink from the embossed area.  This is called the embossed resist technique.  I then cut it out with one of the Labels Framelits dies and the Big Shot.  I did the same thing with the sentiment from the Bells and Boughs stamp set.  I then cut out Pool Party card stock with the same framelits, cut them in half horizontally and used the pieces to mat the image and the sentiment.  A little bit of Dazzling Diamonds was added to both with the 2-Way Glue Pen.  They were attached to the card with dimensionals.  For the final touch, I added some pearls.  Now that I see the finished card, I realize I could have sponged around the edges of the image and the sentiment.  Oh well, next time.  In the mood yet to make some Christmas cards?  If so, stop by the challenge and join in the fun and creativity.  Thanks for coming by.  I'll see you soon.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Sets:  Bells and Boughs (w-#120831/c-#121142); Christmas Lodge (retired)
Ink:  Very Vanilla Craft Ink Pad (#104308); Soft Suede Ink Pad (#115657)
Card Stock/Designer Paper:  Naturals Ivory Card Stock (#101849); Soft Suede Card Stock (#115318); Pool Party Card Stock (#122924); Spice Cake Designer Series Paper (retired)
Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Labels Collection Framelits Dies (#125598); Heat Tool (#100005); Stamping Sponges (#101610)
The Finishing Touches:  Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribon (#122975); Basic Pearls (#119247); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (#102023); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); 2-Way Glue Pen (#100425)
 
  
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Always

Hi everyone.  My card today can be used as a wedding card, an anniversary card or even an "I Love You" card.  It is based on the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #253.

For the base, I chose Glossy White card stock.  A piece of Brushed Silver card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.  Because the embossing folder has an area that has no design, I turned the card stock 
around and ran it part way through to emboss the area that didn't get embossed.  The corners were rounded with the Corner Punch.  This layer was matted with Basic Black card stock that also had the corners rounded.  I added a few ruffles of Whisper White Organza ribbon using Sticky Strip and glue dots.  I then attached the layer to the card.  The image from the Always Elegant stamp set was heat embossed on Glossy White card stock with VersaMark and Silver embossing powder.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was also heat embossed in the same way.  I rounded the corners and matted it to Basic Black card stock (rounded those corners too).  It was added to the card with dimensionals.  Rhinestones were added to make it a little more elegant.  I did turn the sketch 90 degrees because of the image I wanted to use.  I hope you like today's card.  Stop back again soon.  Find a little time for some creative fun.

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Stamp Set:  Always Elegant (w-#116976/c-#120477)
Ink:  VersaMark (#102283)
Card Stock:  Glossy White (#102599); Basic Black (#121045); Brushed Silver (#100712)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#100005); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439); Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (#119277); 3/16" Corner Punch (#119867)
The Finishing Touches:  Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon (#114319); Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109131); Basic Rhinestone Jewels (#119246); Sticky Strip (#104294); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430); Mini Glue Dots (#103683)