Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!!!

This is my dad's birthday card. His birthday was Sunday, April 27th. He liked it I think. :) When my sister and I were young, we all got him a chocolate lab puppy for his birthday and when she started whining in the guest bathroom my sister and I started singing christmas carols really loud! It's a very fond memory!

OK now on to the card. :) I used stazon to stamp the image from For Father, which is out of the occassions mini catalog. I used THIS tutorial off of Julie's blog for watercoloring with Stampin' Up! markers. It really does work like a charm!

I used THIS tutorial from Gina K's blog for the wood background. Granted.. hers looks much better than mine but that just means I need to practice more. ;)

Stamps: For Father, It's Your birthday
CS: More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, SU! watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon, white craft ink, chocolate chip, bordering blue marker, night of navy marker, creamy caramel marker, close to cocoa marker, going gray marker, sahara sand marker
Accessories: aqua painter, copper brads, punch, embossing powder
Techniques: faux wood, watercolor

Here is a close up of the coloring.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Celebrate today and Embrace Life

YAY I finally got a good picture! :) I used designer paper from Bali Breeze, I cut it to 8 1/2 x 11 and folded it in half. Then folded to opposite corners in to the center fold and refolded the center fold. Then I folded it again in half. Clear as mud? :)

I stamped Celebrate in basic black and then again in versermark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used my black SU! marker and dotted along the triangle there. I opened up that flap and put three black brads from SU!. The 2 ovals are cut out with my cricut but could easily be done with a coluzzle set. The black oval is 4" and the white is 3 1/2. I stamped the roses first then masked the flowerets behind it. I colored those in with certainly celery and old olive. The roses are colored in with pretty in pink, Regal Rose and rose red. Today is stamped on shimmery white and the word 'Today' is stamped with Rose Red. I used my white gel pen for the dots around the frame.

Here is the close up of the flowers. It's hard to see them but they are embossed.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Green roses???

Ok I'm really not sure I've ever seen green roses but I wanted to go with the monochrome look with all green shades. I've had the idea for diaginal prints for a while and haven't put it on paper until now. I like it. I think it could use some tweaking but in general I like how it turned out.
I used wild wasabi for the cardbase. I used the wild wasabi from the print pack that is in the hostess I benefits. I really like the prints and wish they would offer more in more colors! The stamped roses are from Embrace life and the sentiment is from For Father out of the mini catalog. Both GREAT sets! Sorry that the sentiment isn't straight. I didn't use a stamp-a-ma-jig.
I stamped the flowers on whisper white in black and used a blender pen and my wild wasabi ink pad to water color it in. I kept coloring the outside petals to get them darker. I think in real life it'd be the other way around... the inside petals dark and the outside petals light.
The ribbon is wild wasabi double stitched ribbon and the layer is Creamy caramel. I think next time I would use dimensionals to pop up the oval some but this card is nice and flat and would mail easily. Also I think textured card base would be really pretty and give it some dimension.
OH yes, the ovals are cut out using my cricut but would easily be duplicated with a coluzzle.
The diaginal panals are 1 1/2 inches each, even the corner is 1 1/2 inches from the corner to the edge. As you can see the bottom piece didn't quite go all the way across but I kinda like it cut off, it wasn't my original intent. :) The creamy caramel oval is 4 inches and the white is 3 1/2 inches.
Stamps: Embrace life, For Father
Ink: Basic Black, wild wasabi
Paper: Wild wasabi, Wild wasabi print pack, creamy caramel
accessories: Wild wasabi double stitched ribbon
Thanks for looking! :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fruity pocket card

I just REALLY love this Tart & Tangy set from the Occassions mini catalog.
This was for a technique challenge on Splitcoast. Here is the challenge.

Also, here are the instructions for the folded card. Joy In A Jar Blog.

I used Summer Picnic Designer series paper. On the back pocket I layered real red on Ruby red. Then whisper white on top of that. The scallop is real red and layered with Old Olive. I used my markers, Real Red, Old Olive and chocolate chip, to color in my frut. I punched out the fruit with 1 3/8" circle punch. The Old Olive with 1 1/4" circle punch. The front pocket has real red layered with ruby red then whisper white. Same goes for the scallop and punches. The front panel is old olive layered with real red. I wrapped it with bashful blue striped grosgrain ribbon. The apple is punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch, bashful blue with the 1 1/4" circle punch and the scallop in old olive.

I stamped "Happy Birthday" with basic black from Sassy Suzie set. The front pocket says "did someone turn up the heat in here..." and the back pocket says "Or is it just the candles on your cate?" then "Happy birthday!"

Here is a better view of the inside pockets. :)

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

How you like dem apples??

That is one of my FAVORITE lines out of a movie. I know it's not a new line but Matt Damon said it in Good Will Hunting when he got the girls number. It just makes me giggle everytime I see it. It doesn't hurt that Matt Damon is a hottie of all degrees!! Wowzer!

I thought I would post a summery card since today marks the first day I turned on my air conditioner. *sigh*

OK ... on to the card. :)

I used Ruby Red for the card base. I used Summer Picnic designer paper obviously with the apples. :) I like apples. On a silver ringed tab, a large one, I stamped the apple from Tart & Tangy with real red and chocolate chip and masked it a couple times behind it. I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile to tie the Real Red striped wide grosgrain ribbon. The sentiment is from It's Your Birthday in Basic Black.

Cardstock: Ruby Red, Summer Picnic DP
Stamps: Tart & Tangy, It's Your Birthday
Accessories: Silver ringed tags, Striped wide grosgrain
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another Betty, A hip Betty.

This challenge was for paper piecing. I stamped my image on whisper white then stamped her again on designer paper and cut out the pants and shirt to glue onto the white stamped image. I colored in her hair and skin and lips and table. I used certainly celery for the card base. I stamped the flower from Time Well Spent with Certainly Celery. I framed the image with Rose Red and stamped the sentiment in Basic Black.
stamps - Sassy Sally, Time Well Spent
Paper - Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Rose Red, Cutie Pie DP
Ink - Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Blue Jean Betty

OK So I know her name is Sally! hahaha. This was for the Blue Jean challenge. We had to use different shades of blues and neutrals and try to add a texture. I used Soft Sky for the card base, Blue bayou textured and smooth cardstock for the top and bottom layer respectfully. I laid soft sky stitched ribbon across the seam and tied a bow to attach. I colored in Sassy Sally with Blue Bayou, tempting turquous, brilliant blue and gray on whipser white. I bordered her in soft sky and used dimensionals to pop her up. I stamped the sentiment in basic black.

Stamps - Sassy Suzie
Cardstock - Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Inks - Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Creamy Caramel (boots and hair), Chocolate Chip (hair), Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquous and Going Gray and basic black
Accessories - Soft Sky stitched ribbon

Monday, April 7, 2008

Seashell masculine card

This was for the 'sharp dressed man' challenge. The challenge was to make a masculine card. I used chocolate chip for the card base, mellow moss for the strip and very vanilla. I stamped the seashell from Seaside in Chocolate chip craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I watercolored it in with creamy caramel, chocolate chip and mellow moss. I stamped the phrase "you're absolutetly fabulous" In mellow moss from the stamp set absolutetly fabulous. I used copper brads down the side. The ribbon is chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and mellow moss 1/4" grosgrain ribbon folded and stapled.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Seaside, absolutetly fabulous
Inks: chocolate chip craft ink, chocolate chip classic ink, mellow moss and creamy caramel
Accessories: 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" mellow moss grosgrain ribbon, copper brads, stapler

Sunday, April 6, 2008

VSN card (take two)

I had written all this out ready to go and hit 'post' and it gave me a huge error message. *sigh* So here goes take two!

Virtual Stamping night at Splitcoast was a huge success!! I was only able to participate in 10 out of 19 challenges but that' is ok. I still learned a lot and got to do a lot of new things.

I have a lot of cards to post and I will post them daily and eventually will get them all posted. :)

Sketch artist

This challenge was to use a sketch type stamp. I used Year after Year and used the elephant to make a baby card.

I used blush blossom for the card base to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card. I cut a piece of green galore a hair smaller to leave a small border of blush blossom. The two pink strips are pixie pink and are about 2" in width. I used See You Around jumbo wheel with versamark ink on them. I punched out two scallops in green galore and cut them in half. I used my white gel pen for the dots around. I stamped the elephant in basic black and watercolored her in with blush blossom, pixie pink and green galore as well as basic gray for the wheels. I framed her in blush blossom and attached the green galore scallops. I popped them up with dimensionals onto the card.
I stamped "I just heard" and "congrats on your big news" in basic black from the Absolutetly Fabulous stamp set.
Stamps: See you around jumbo wheel, Year after year, Absolutetly fabulous
Paper: Blush Blossom, Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Whisper white
Ink: Blush Blossom, Green galore, pixie pink, basic gray, basic black
Accessories: White gel pen, scallop punch, aqua painter