Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pansy Welcome

These paper pansies are so pretty...how can you not love them?  I've seen many variations of these (made with the butterfly paper punch) and this one is my favorite.  This tutorial is awesome to help you create your own (she even has a YouTube video walking you through it!).  Once I got the basic technique down I played with colors and shaping the damp paper.     I've heard using the scalloped punches can be tricky to get a nice edge around the paper and I found this blog with tips on how to do it nicely.  She has provided specific paper sizes you can mix-and-match to get a nice product every time (and save some paper!).  :)  Of course, you can always contact me with specific questions you may have!

Supply List
Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases

Paper: Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Concord Crush (stamped image), Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo (pansies)
Accessories: scalloped edge and corner punches, oval punches (1 3/4" x 7/8" and 1 3/8" x 5/8"), square lattice embossing folder, aquapainter, gold brads  (non SU)


Fall colors happy birthday

Fall birthdays can be difficult for me to make cards for.   Do I use the pretty flower stamps and paper that I'm drawn to or use fall colors?   While shopping for ribbon at a local fabric store I came across the trim on this card.  It was too pretty to pass up...so I went more along the lines of fall colors for this fall birthday card!    I wanted to use the brad to secure the bow.   It is securing the bow, but not like on other cards where people have used this technique.   It's a bit difficult to describe without pictures of the process.  I'll recreate the bow and take some pictures. 

Supply List
Stamps: Happy everything
Paper: Real red, black, so saffron, more mustard
Ink: black Stazon
Accessories:  2" patterned fabric trim, sticky strip

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rudulph & Friends Merry Christmas

I started a cardswap with a few friends this year.  This rudolph card is one of my creations for that swap.  I love the "holiday lineup" stamp set but don't use it nearly enough.   The rhinestone brads make things so much fun!  I used my watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color the little guys.  It turned out so cute these may be my christmas cards for next year!   I used early espresso cardstock for the base and layered real red, soft suede and the dsp on top.  The ribbon is wrapped around the real red/soft suede cardstock before attaching it to the early espresso base.  After coloring Rudolph and his friends I pierced a hole through his nose and attached the brad, then adhered to garden green paper.  Rudolph and his friends are attached to the card using dimensionals.  

Supply List
Stamps:  Holiday Lineup, Many Merry Messages
Paper: early espresso, real red, soft suede, garden green, woodland walk dsp (ret)
Ink: early espresso
Accessories: narrow real red grosgrain ribbon, fire circle rhinestone brads, watercolor wonder crayons, blender pens, dimensionals, paper piercer

Merci Friendship Easel Card

I was in awe of the easel card format when I first saw it.  I thought it would have to be incredibly difficult to create.   Following the tutorial on the splitcoaststampers site, it's a snap.   You can play with the dimensions until you get the look you want.   I am eager to try this format with some of my punches and larger die cuts!  Feel free to contact me with any questions! 

Supply List
Stamps:  Merci, En Francais, The nicest things
Paper: rich razzleberry, pale plum (ret)
Ink: rich razzleberry, black staz on, white craft
Accessories: white embossing powder, small rhinestones, watercolor wonder crayons, blender pens,  ribbon  (non SUwhite satin, dyed to match)


Penguin Happy Birthday

I love the owl punch and the versatility of it!  When I first saw these little penguins made from it I knew I needed to make a card for them to be showcased.   Here are my penguins on a birthday card I gave to a friend.     If you have any questions about this card feel free to contact me.

Supply List
Stamps: birthday bakery, happy moments
Paper: rich razzleberry, so saffron, certainly celery, Fall flowers DSP (ret), pumpkin pie, white, black
Ink:  rich razzleberry, melon mambo, so saffron
Accessories: scallop circle punch, owl punch, small oval punch (1 3/8" x 5/8" - ret), paper piercer, blender pens 



I am so excited you found my blog.  As you can see, it's a work in progress.  I have many completed projects to share (and many more in the works) so please check back.   I hope to have something posted very soon!