Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Lovely Hello

Another CASE of a beautiful swap I got from Leadership.  The talented creator was Amy Frilliei.  Simple, elegant and great for both guys and girls.

Stamp Set(s) - Lacy & Lovely
Card Stock - Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit
Ink - Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Accessories - Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Dimensionals

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sentimental Celebration

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been going more vintage.  Here is another example of that!  This is a CASE of a card I got as a swap from Raedean Shibata at Leadership.  I am a big fan of First Edition DS and love to use it as an accent.  I added the splash of color with the ribbon. 

(Sorry the coloring is poor in this picture)

Stamp Set(s) - Feeling Sentimental (Sale-A-Bration)
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, First Edition DS
Ink - Early Espresso
Accessories - Sycamore St. Ribbon and Button Pack (Sale-A-Bration), Glue Dots

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oh Hello!

I saw a card like this done a Leadership Conference.  As I was making this card, it dawned on me that my favorite style of card has changed.  I used to be more bright and cartoony but I am leaning more toward Vintage styles now.  I blame Shelli for make such beautiful vintage cards!

The rose on the card is from 5/8" Flower Trim in the Spring Mini Catalog.  I just cut one flower off the "spool".  The whole package comes with something like 100 flowers.  They are very easy to make any color you want.  For this flower, I took an empty Stampin' Spritzer (pg 179 of the catalog) and filled it 3/4 the way full with rubbing alcohol.  I then added 4 drops of Rich Razzleberry re-inker.  I then sprayed the flower and let it dry.  You can also sponge the flower to color it.

Stamp Set(s) - Oh Hello
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DS
Ink - Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso
Accessories - Linen Thread, 5/8" Floral Trim, Big Shot, Adorning Accents, Sponge Dauber, Basic Rhinestones, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine from a friend

I wanted to share the Valentine I received from my good friend and fellow demonstrator Kari Downing.  What a smile it brought to me and my husband!  Thank you Kari!

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Valentine's Day Card

Every year, for every occasion my husband will make me a card. He knows that I make cards and would much rather get any type of homemade card over a store bought card from him (seems silly with a room FULL of supplies and even made cards). Usually it is a piece of printer paper folded into fourths and drawn on, and I Love them! This year, without me knowing, he got into the "Dude, Your Welcome" kit to make me a card. Though I did have a good laugh because he gave me the card without an envelope. I asked him why he didn't use one from the kit and he response was, how was he supposed to know that everything he needed was in the kit, it was too complicated LOL! He had actually found a piece of white card stock, cut it in half with my cutter, scored it with my cutter, then opened the kit for the stamp and ink. He used one of my markers, Ridinghood Red (or as he called it little red riding hood one), to draw on the front and write the Very Endearing message on the inside. Like always, the card was the highlight of the gift.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Brayered Embossing Technique

Today's card features the Brayered Embossing Technique.  This card I made is a little more busy than I usually like but I think it came out well.  If you attended the Orlando Regional Conference in 2011 you will remember this card.  I took this card and modified it for the technique because I LOVED it was so much.

The background of this card is the technique we are going to talk about today.  The original technique was to brayer the embossing folder and then place the paper and run through the Big Shot; however, I couldn't get the ink to adhere like I wanted so I modified it.

First emboss the paper with and embossing folder by running it though the Big Shot.

Ink up your Brayer.  In this case I used Chocolate Chip.  The new firm foam ink pads are Great for this!

Run the Brayer over the embossed cardstock.  Continue to do so until you get the desired coverage.  Be sure not to apply too much pressure.  If you flatten the embossing, you will get ink where you do not want it to be.

Once the cardstock is covered, all the parts that are raised will be covered in ink.

You can choose which side you want to brayer depending on the effect you want.

Stamp Set(s) - Nature Walk
Card Stock - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy
Accessories - Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Brayer, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Color Spritzer Tool, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oh Happy Butterflies

This card is a direct CASE from a swap card I got from Leadership.  Great card Glenda Travelstead! 

The best part of this card is the bottle cap. The bottle caps are definitely cute but I LOVE using them after they are "flattened".  How do you do this you ask?  Why let me tell you!

  1. With your Big Shot, set the platform to no tabs.
  2. Place the bottle cap between the two cutting boards
  3. Run through the Big Shot
Yes it is just that easy!

Stamp Set(s) - Bloomin' Marvelous (Sale-A-Bration Set)
Card Stock - Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DS (Sale-A-Bration paper)
Ink - Island Indigo
Accessories - Bottle Caps, Big Shot, Mini Butterfly Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue