Monday, September 30, 2013

A Special Day for a Wedding

I am very excited to share the card that I made this weekend for Lili of the Valley's September Challenge: Ribbon and Lace.  It's another "flip" card -- this time using their Wedding Couple stamp set.

The sentiment is from the Everyday Grungy Messages set.  I used the Lady Kate Edger by Cheery Lynn Designs to create the lace detail on the card front and the Fanciful Flourish die for the leafy swirls on the inside right panel.

Here's the front:

When you open the card, the image flips around to reveal the inside of the card.  I love how the white gel pen stitch marks against the black card stock pull everything together -- both on the front and inside.  

Here's a close up of the bride and groom.  I also added at the last minute some Stickles to the flowers and glossy accents to the embellishments on the ivory gown.  Hopefully you can see this in the photo.

And, these are the Copics I used to color the image:

I have to tell you, the card looks so much better in person!  It's an interactive card so it's hard for the photos to do justice.  I just love the end result!!

LOTV Stamps: Wedding Couple, Everyday Grungy Messages
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cheery Lynn Designs Dies: Lady Kate Edger, Fanciful Flourish
Copic Markers

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Swirls of Color

This week, I tried something new with heat embossing.  Sure, I've heat embossed before... but never using several colors at the same time.  I saw a video online showing this multicolor embossing technique and thought I would give it a try.  Here's how it came out:

I just love the look of embossed ink.  It has that wet, shiny look.  I didn't really have a card in mind when I tried this technique so I kind of worked in reverse on this project.  I started with my SP&Co background image (which I think may be retired now -- because I couldn't find it in the store), added a few layers, a bow, and finished it off with white gel pen stitch marks.

Voila! Here's the finished card:

Believe it or not, the dry embossed white tiled layer was actually a scrap of card stock that I had used when I was practicing the faux tile technique.  The technique itself is awesome (you should try it!) but I didn't like how my practice project turned out... so I flipped the card stock over and found another use for it!  It became the perfect de-bossed mat for my swirly background focal point.

Working in reverse order, I started with the stamped image, added the black and white layers, and secured it to the red card base.  I liked how the colors played together but still felt like it needed something else. Fortunately, I was able to run some black satin ribbon between the second and third layers (thank you, dimensionals!) and had room for the bow. I also added the white gel pen stitch marks which pulled everything together so nicely!

I was going to add a sentiment, but in the end felt like it wasn't necessary.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out!


Thanks for stopping by!

SP&Co Stamp: Swirly Background
Ink: Versamark
Ranger Embossing Powders: Rich Red, Blue Glass, Black Sparkle
Tools: ScorePal, White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Black Satin Ribbon

Friday, September 27, 2013

Festive Flurries

I hosted my first Stampin' Up workshop this week where I created this Festive Flurries greeting card.  It was so much fun crafting with friends.  Often times, I create my projects in the wee hours of the night after the kids go to bed.  It was nice for a change to do some projects with others who also have an interest in crafting.

I first stamped the sentiment in Island Indigo ink on Whisper White card stock.  After the ink dried, I stamped the snowflakes in Versamark ink and then heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder. When I sponged on the various colors, using the lightest ink first, the ink resisted the embossed snowflakes to give you this beautiful look.


Clear rhinestones added to the center of each snowflake give the card added dimension and some bling.    

Thanks for stopping by!

SU Supplies: 
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Ink: Versamark, Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Night of Navy (lightest to darkest)
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo
Embossing Powder: Clear
Embellishments: Basic Jewels Rhinestones

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Day Full of Happiness

Today I have a girlie birthday card to share with everyone.  I made it for a good friend and former co-worker.  It's clean and simple.  I love the embossed background and the glitter accents.

The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley's Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments stamp set.  They fit perfect with Spellbinders Small Standard Circles and Lacey Circles dies.  Here's a close-up:

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Frosting to My Cupcake

Tonight, my hubby and I celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe how quickly the years have gone by.  One apartment, two houses, a dog, and two kids later... and I have to say, it's been a good nine years!  Here's the card I made for my hubby:

Kraft is my go-to paper for masculine cards.  I heat embossed the Versamark ink of the woodgrain layer and sentiment with snow white embossing powder.

The sentiment and cupcake are both from SP&Co's Simply Sweet Emma stamp set.  The cupcake is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I fussy cut the heart on top and secured it to the cupcake with mini glue dots.

I punched each end of the sentiment layer with my Martha Stewart Corner Punch and added white gel pen stitch marks.  The multiple layers behind the cardstock were cut and embossed with my Spellbinders dies.  In person you can also see that the dark blue layer is secured with foam dots to give the card added dimension.

Challenges I've Entered:

Dies & Punches: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 22; Martha Stewart
Other: Ribbon from Wal-Mart, White Gel Pen, Snow Embossing Powder


Friday, September 13, 2013

Good Witch or Bad Witch?

Hi everyone!  Fall is underway -- even though here in Virginia, it's still 80-90 degrees some days -- and the holidays will be here before we know it.  We just finished the second week of Kindergarten, the stores are already pushing Halloween candy, and the school sent home a Yankee Candle fundraiser for Christmas!

So to get into the mood, I created my first Halloween card using the SP&Co Halloween Girl stamp set and my Cheery Lynn Designs step card die.

I substituted this stamp set for my August monthly kit because I didn't have any Halloween stamps.  I thought she was cute and the set has lots of potential with the included bat, moon, and sentiments.

Here's a close-up of the image, colored with my Copics:


The step card die made this so simple to create!  The die not only cuts the card base with score lines, but it also includes dies for the various layers. 

The purple side layers are dry embossed with a circle pattern.  The sentiment layer and purple mat behind the image are inked with Dusty Concord distress ink.  The bats are secured with pop dots to give added dimension.  A few strands of twine finish off the front.

The inside is also inked with distress ink and I thought adding a bat to the inside would tie everything together.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges and also posting it to SP&Co's theme week for Anything Goes.

MarkerPop Challenge #30: Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunflowers for a Friend

This card features the adorable Anya Blooms stamp from The Greeting Farm.  I had colored her a few weeks ago -- holding sunflowers -- when my Dad gave us a Mammoth sunflower for the kids from his garden.  I finally decided tonight to make a card with this image.  What do you think?

I die cut the edge of the yellow layer and punched holes through the smaller circles, stitched with mandarin twine.  The larger circles were the perfect size to embellish with clear rhinestones.

The sentiment is from LOTV's Mixed Circular Sentiments set and is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.  It is secured to the card with dimensional glue dots.  Here is a closer look:

Oh, and if you want to see the Mammoth sunflower that started it all, here is my son taking a closer peek at it in our living room.  And yes, that is him playing in his car seat -- which was freshly laundered after a massive banana mishap in the car.  That's a story for another time...

Challenges Entered:

Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
Stamps: LOTV Mixed Circular Sentiments; TGF Anya Blooms
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Postage Stamp, Standard Circles Small, Classic Scalloped Circles Small
Embellishments: Mandarin Twine; Clear Rhinestones

E-000/00/11 (Skin); 15/18 (Flowers); 25/31/50 (Hair)
YR-20/21/23 (Flowers)
YG-63 (Flower Stems)
R-02/05/08 (Dress)
BG-72/75/78 (Belt/Boots)

Color Combo & Sketch Challenge

Today I am showcasing a card that I made for the A.R.T. #13 color combo challenge.  I thought these colors were perfect for Fall and for some reason I immediately thought of pumpkins and cranberry sauce.

I was also inspired by Deconstructed Sketch #117 for my card layout.


 So, onto my card... drum roll, please... here it is:

At first I wasn't sure about adding gray to the burgundy and orange... as I had very little gray cardstock in my stash.  Going through my papers last night, I've decided I'm definitely more into bright, vibrant colors.

But I'm very happy with the way this card turned out.  The Memento London Fog and Tuxedo Black inks also add two more shades of gray to play off the color combo.

For the focal image, I used the Stamps of Life Pumpkins2Cut stamp set and stamped the middle pumpkin in Memento Tangelo ink.

The sentiment is from SP&Co's Tina Wenke Collection Mouse with Cornucopia stamp set. I thought it added the perfect touch along with the white gel pen stitch marks, clown fish button, and burgundy ribbon embellishments.

Here is a view of the inside:

I normally leave the inside blank, but I accidentally got black ink on the inside right panel.  I covered it up with a layer of orange and white.  I also added a simple outline of a pumpkin to tie it all together.  I love how clean and simple it looks.

Here's one more close-up.  

May your season be full of blessings.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cheer for Birthdays & Challenges

A neighbor and friend asked me to make her a couple of birthday cards for girls who are involved with her daughters' cheerleading team.  Last year, I made her some cards using my Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  This year -- thanks to super speedy processing/shipping at SP&Co -- I received my Cheerleader stamp set just in time to crank out two more...

These cards are also perfect for Fall and Back to School so I'm entering them in the following challenges:

I made the red pom pom card first.  If I did this again, I would definitely heat emboss the Happy Birthday background to make the sentiment stand out better.

To vary the second card, I reversed the color combo and made the pom poms black.  I heat embossed the sentiment background with clear embossing powder.  The light reflects off the sentiment better in the second photo below.  I created a vertical card and added a bow with black/white coordinating ribbon from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

R-24, 27, 29
C-1, 3, 5, 7, 9
E-33, 35, 37 / 42, 43, 47, 49

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
SP&Co Stamps: Cheerleader; Happy Banners
Embellishments: Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Adhesive Gray Pearls (card #1), Black Enamel Accents (card #2)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten

I so wanted to get this post up yesterday... but we had a power outage on Monday evening that has since wiped out the internet at our house.  Oh well... life goes on... literally! Besides, this post is better late than never, anyway!

So... my daughter started her first day of Kindergarten yesterday!  I just can't believe it! She did really great getting on the bus and aside from a few tears in the morning, she came off the bus smiling in the afternoon!  Whew!!  Thank goodness because we didn't have a back-up plan if she came home hating school the first day.

I've probably mentioned this before... but my daughter loves to craft as much as I do.  I decided to surprise her with this special card in her lunch box on her first day of school. It's a square flip-it card.

Most of the stamps come from My Pink Stamper's Lunchbox Thoughts stamp set.  I bought this set at least two years ago, just waiting for the day to use them.  It's a great set for parents of school-age children.

The grade school paper pad is one I had in my stack.  I added the A+ chalkboard flair from SP&Co. for good measure.  I'm super excited about how this card turned out.  And it was also a big hit with my daughter!  *smiles*

Here are a few more pics...

This one is a view from the back, with my new personalized stamp for Haystack Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!!