Saturday, August 28, 2010

Elegant Black

I was looking for an elegant card to turn into an elegant wedding card.  I found this one.  The card turned out great so I made some thank yous too.

Cut the Basic Black as a 5"x5" card.  Then place it on the Scallop Square Die making sure the fold is inside the square so not to be cut.  Once run through the Big Shot you have a scallop square card.  The white is 3-1/2"x3-1/2" run through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

Stamp Set(s) - Occasional Quotes
Card Stock - Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - 1/8" Taffeta Basic Black, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Square Die, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Watercolor Flowers

Sorry I haven't posted!  I am working at Florida Gulf Coast University and fall semester started up this week, things have been busy and I have been exhausted afterwards!

I created these cards off of some cards that Andrea Walford made.  I had a lot of fun with the Watercolor Trio set.  Hurry to get your set from the Summer Mini!

The first card I actually messed up and made backwards!  I cut my card stock (bashful blue) in half long ways.  The Early Espresso is a 1/4 sheet.  I stamped the card left to right with the space on the right, Mistake!  Be sure to stamp right to left and leave your gap on the left.  When you fold the card, slide the Early Espresso in and tear so to expose your stamping.  Tie the ribbon around the torn edge and then tape down so to hide your ribbon.  Easy and beautiful!

This card is very easy to put together.  I layered with Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, and Early Espresso.  Stamped my images in Craft White.  Stamped on Whisper White and punched it out with the Wide Oval Punch and attached with Demensionals.  I added a Rhinestone to take it up a notch.  Fun!

Using the same colors to layer as the previous card, I designed this card.  I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the Bashful Blue.  I wrapped some Linen Thread around and added a couple Rhinestones for embellishment.

Stamp Set(s) - Watercolor Trio
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink - Craft Whisper White, Early Espresso
Accessories - 5/8" Satin Early Espresso, Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Square Lattice Embossing

Friday, August 20, 2010

Card Box

This is a great box to put cards in as a gift.  My last post with Christmas for a while I promise, but I had to finish it with a way to give cards as gifts.  You may have seen boxes on many posts lately.  This box is just for cards.  I got this from one of my Downline. 

Here is a tutorial on how to assemble it.

Chose your papers.  I suggest two designs from a Design Series Pattern Pack and one solid colored sheet to match.  I used Jolly Holiday and Cherry Cobbler.

Pattern 1 – 12x12 Designer Series Paper – Makes the box
  • Score
    • One direction at 3” and 9”
    • Other direction at 5” and 7”
      • Cut along the score until you reach the other score line

Pattern 2 – 8-1/2x11” Solid Color Cardstock – Makes the lid

  • Cut to 6-3/8” x 10-3/8”
  • Score
    • Short Side at 2-1/8”x4-1/4”
    • Long Side at 2-1/8”x8-1/4”
      • Cut along the score until you reach the other score line

      • Along the outside of the previous cut, cut on an angle until you reach the point of the score line

Pattern 3 – 12x12 Designer Series Paper – Makes décor on the lid

  • Cut 3 pieces at 6”x2”

  • Cut 2 pieces at 2”x2”

Assemble the Box - Pattern 1

  • Fold up the two middle pieces and put Sticky Strip on it.
  • Cut one side of the box in 1-3/4” on each side.
  • Score the other side of the box at 1” on each side.
  • Tape the short side first.
  • Then tape the long side.

  • Tape down the scored flap

Assemble the Lid

  • Fold all the scores
  • Tape the flaps to the side
  • Tape the decorative pieces on the sides

Card Stock - Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Sticky Strip

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Eastern Blooms

I wanted to create a very simple card.  When I was scanning through my Google Reader I found this one and it totally was what I wanted!  Fast and Easy, always great to have that type of card on hand.

My helper is back helping with my photography!

Stamp Set(s) - Eastern Blooms, Much Appreciated
Card Stock - Whisper White
Ink - Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - NA

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Because I Care

I was having a rough creativity day so I went to my Google Reader for inspiration.  That is where I found this card.  Just beautiful.  Thank you Linda for sharing!  I loved it so much I didn't change a thing.  Don't miss the Paper Piercing embellishment in the top left corner!

It uses one of my favorite techniques, painting with a blender pen. Just squish the ink pad before opening it to get ink on the lid. Then flip the lid open and use it as your pallet and paint way!

Have I mentioned before how much I am a fan of the new Bling!

Stamp Set(s) - Because I Care
Card Stock - Night of Navy; Crumb Cake; Marina Mist; Whisper White
Ink - Black StazOn; Marina Mist
Accessories - Mat Pack; Paper Piercer; Blender Pen; 2" x 1-3/8" Oval Punch; 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch; Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Friend

I got this wonderful card idea from here.  I fell in love with it as soon as I laid eyes on it!  I had to make it mine!  Thank you Dawn for the idea!  This card was quick and easy and looks just amazing.

I used the Floral Fusion Sizzlit for the flower (a new toy for me).  I popped up the tag and the flower with Dimensionals because I love things to POP!  This close up makes me realize that my square punches are getting dull, I will have to replace them.  I will try sharpening them first.  How do you sharpen a punch?  Use it on aluminum foil!  Easy as pie.

Stamp Set(s) - Perfect Punches
Card Stock - Whisper White; Greenhouse Gala DS Paper; Pear Pizzazz; Real Red
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - 1/4" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Big Shot; Floral Fusion Sizzlit; Curly Label Punch; 1-1/4" Square Punch; Metallic Brads; Crop-A-Dile; Dimensionals

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Simple Butterfly

Another great find that I had to make my own!  A little more time but very easy to mass produce!  The butterfly is done with the Big Shot.  I then used the Crop-A-Dile to punch through the butterfly and folder ribbon.  I attached the butterfly with dimensionals.

Stamp Set(s) - Perfect Punches
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Greenhouse Gala DS
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Metallic Brads, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Wide Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Monday, August 2, 2010

Last Christmas Card and My Helpers

Before I get to my last Christmas in July card I wanted to show you a couple of my helpers.  I have a total of four helpers but on this day only two of them were "all paws on deck".

This is Bagheera.  She loves to help with the paper.

This is Meeko, she is good at taking care of the scraps and picking out the stamp sets.  Very good my girls are :)

Now for the last Christmas in July card.  I actually did some more work on this card that I posted earlier.  I just didn't like it, but could not put my finger on why.  I decided that it was the white background.  So I changed the background to Marina Mist and used an Embossing Folder for texture.  I then did the snowflake on Whisper White.  I also added more pearls, Love the Bling!  What do you think, better or worse?

Stamp Set(s) - Serene Snowflakes
Card Stock - Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink - Marina Mist
Accessories - Big Shot, Top Note Die, Polka-Dot Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls