Sunday, February 27, 2011

Double Embossed Dotted Birthday

So if you are one of the 13 followers I have (big thanks to you, BTW), you might notice that I made a set of cards that had lots o' dots. I decided to give that card set to a friend for her birthday, so I wanted to make a birthday card that tied into that theme. I used Old Olive, So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler circles in 3/4", 1", and 1 1/4". I used a glue stick to glue the circles down completely to a piece of Chocolate Chip. I put that on a piece of Crumb Cake for the card base. Then I stamped the sentiment from Bring On the Cake on Very Vanilla in Chocolate Chip. I added the 3 circles on the bottom and used dimensionals to pop up the whole message.

Circles and Butterflies and Neutrals, Oh My....

I love, love, love how this turned out. Again, I am happy that my mojo returned. I was reaching up into my friend's cabinet for a glass. She had this cool tall clear glass that was covered in white, gray, and black circles. I immediately knew I was inspired. This is one of the ideas I had. I used a thick piece of vellum for the base of the card. Then I used three 1 3/8" circles in Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Basic Black. Then I stamped 3 butterflies using the butterfly from the Bliss SAB set. It's very simple. I was thinking about putting a modern label punch with some message (thank you, thinking of you, something like that), but I like it as it is. I did put a layer of shimmery white inside to be able to write a message on. Yeah, you will be able to see the writing through the vellum once you use the card, but the card is gorgeous!

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Welcome back, Mojo!

It has been so long since I designed a card. Everything I've been making lately has been a case. I am not opposed to casing someone; in fact, I am grateful that so many people post their ideas. But there is a line sometimes for me. I get so many good ideas, see so many beautiful cards to case, that I think my mojo sometimes leaves me and hangs out somewhere else. I just created 8 boy birthday cards for a class and just about every one of them was cased...

I am happy to say, I have recently been inspired, oddly enough, by a trip to Home Depot! I saw these cute little flowers in a pot that had uneven layers of green (on one pot) and pink (on the other pot). I decided to combine the two and mimic the uneven layers on the front of this card that I made for this week's challenge over on Stamping 411. The details follow...

I started with a base of Wild Wasabi. Then I put the layer of uneven layers of Pretty-in-Pink and Certainly Celery. On top of that, I my main image I have used the Sweet Summer SAB set on a piece of Whisper White and the colors Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Pretty-in-Pink, and Rose Red. That is on top of a piece of Wild Wasabi. I also colored and cut out that sweet little butterfly from the Sweet Summer set and popped him up (really to hide a shadow the stamp made on the last flower I stamped). Next I used "thank you" from Bold Blossom in Rose Red. I punched it out with my word window. Then I punched a Rose Red piece with my modern label punch. Finally, I put a loop of Regal Rose ribbon.

Thank you for coming back, Mojo. You are always welcome at my house!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sweet Flower Trio

Another cased card.... Sarah Wills, will you be my best friend? I really love her work. I cased this from her, changing some details. I started with a base of Baha Breeze. I then put on a layer of Crumb Cake that I embossed, using a texture plate (my first experience with my new plates! LOVE THEM!) Then I added a piece of Baha Breeze ribbon, our new seam binding. Next I added a square of Whisper White. Then, on a slightly smaller piece of white, I stamped the stem from Sweet Summer in Early Espresso. I colored the leaves in Certainly Celery. Then on scrap paper, I stamped three flowers from the set. I colored them in using Baha Breeze. I cut them out and popped them up using stampin' dimensionals. Then I used dimensionals to pop the smaller white piece on top of the larger white piece.
I really like the white on white look in this card. Thanks to Sarah for the great idea! And thank you for looking!

Embossed and Engraved Birthday

I made this card using the Engraved Greeting set. I am trying to put together a class of all boy birthday cards. I don't know about you, but I think boy cards are hard. Adding ribbon makes them too girly, lots of my stamp sets are also too girly with flowers, butterflies, etc. This set makes a great boy birthday.

I started with a Real Red base. Next I used a basic black layer that I texturized with the background Texturz Plates. I stamped the image by coloring on the stamp with my stampin' markers. I used two teeny tiny black brads. Then I used my spritzer tool to spray red and black speckles all over the image. Finally, I finished it up by using my photo corners punch and red paper (I also embossed those using a rough strips embossing folder... not SU...)

I think it works for a guy. Not too much fluff or bling. Not too much stuff or too much bling... perfect for a dude!

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Blissfully Beautiful

First of all... yes, this is a case. Sarah Wills is awesome. But this is a beautiful card, and I had to case it using Bliss set.
The quick low down: white base, black layer, white layer, embossed with framed tulips. I added a Cherry Cobbler ribbon with the new seam binding. Next there's a layer of black, with the edge punched, a layer of white with the big flourish stamped in black. Next, I stamped the butterfly in Cherry Cobbler and cut it out. Then I put a big kick of bling right in the middle of her. I used stampin' dimensionals to pop the butterfly up, and a card is born.
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A Heart-ful of Love

This is a late Valentine's post, but I wanted to share this card. I used my new Sweetheart Set. This is also my first shot at using the little sweet treat cups (there is quite a learning curve on this one...)
I filled the heart with punched little hearts (in Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, and Pretty In Pink). I wanted to make others full of candy, but I wanted to give this to my niece Lily who is way too young to eat candy (shout out to you Lil!) These little hearts made a sweet rattle almost. Notice this late post? Guess where Lily's Valentine is? Yep... still in my studio. This can be her virtual card...
I started with a base of Melon Mambo. I used the Framed Tulips to emboss it. Then I put a layer of Certainly Celery that had I roughed up the edges on. On top of that is a layer of Whisper White with the stem in celery and the heart around the treat cup in melon. I really do love the way it turned out. I think Lily would love it, too!
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