Monday, May 31, 2010

Soft Suede & Smooch Spritz!

This is one of the cards we did as a make & take at my downline meeting.  I wanted to play with some of the new Summer Mini stuff, so here's what I came up with.

I used the new Presto Patterns designer paper and sprayed it with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.  How much do you love this pre-embossed paper?  It dried surprisingly fast, and then I dabbed the excess off with a paper towel.

Then I stamped some flourished from the Elements of Style set in Soft Suede along the bottom.  To finish it off, I layered it on some Barely Banana cardstock, stamped some more flourishes and a sentiment from Great Friend, all in Soft Suede.  I tied some Suede polka dot ribbon around the whole thing and adhered it to the Suede card base.

Et voila!  I'll be making this card at my summer workshops to show off the Summer Mini products.

Thanks for reading!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Manhattan Blues

I made this card for a swap I'm doing with my downline.
I really wanted to use the Manhattan flower embossing folder with vellum cardstock, but it took awhile to figure out what to do with it after!  I decided to use Basic Gray and Bashful Blue.  I haven't used this colour combination before, but I love it!

I made the scallop square with the Scallop Border and Scallop Corner punches (see Gretchen Baron's blog for a fantastic tutorial on all the sizing of different squares for this technique).  I punched the corners with the Horizontal Slot punch and tucked the vellum piece in those (I didn't want the adhesive to show through, so I put it on the corners on the back side after they were tucked in).

Then I layered it on some Bashful Blue wrapped with Gray Taffeta ribbon and stamped the greeting in Basic Gray.

Hopefully they'll like it!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May Scrapbook Club Layout

I wanted to use the new Island Oasis designer paper from the Summer Mini Catalogue for my Scrapbook Club this month, and I really wanted to try a shimmer paint technique with the Sweet Scoops stamp set, so I combined the two for this layout (I CASEd the layout from someone, but I'm afraid I can't find the original now.)
So, for the ice cream stamps, we will be mixing some white shimmer paint with reinkers and painting that on the stamp before stamping (I didn't do that for the sample for the sake of time, but we will be doing it at the club!). 

Blessings to you,

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Giraffe Baby!

I made this baby card as a sample for one of my friend's baby shower invitations.  She likes the Earth Elements colours, so I chose Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery for this one.

I used the new Square Lattice embossing folder for the background.  I love the "quilted" look for  baby card.  And of course, I had to use Itty Bitty Buttons!  It IS a baby card, after all! 

The giraffe is from Wild About You, which I know is retired, but it's so cute!

Just a quick post for today!   Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings to you,

Friday, May 7, 2010

May Stamp Club Cards

Yay! I managed to get my Stamp Club cards planned!  I apologize for the quality of the photos.  I can't get decent light in my apartment! 

I wanted to showcase a lot of the new products from the Summer Mini Catalogue, so here's what we'll be making this month.
I CASEd this card by Nancy Littrell.  I've been wanting to do watercolouring with my clubs for quite some time, and when I saw this Elements of Style set in the mini catalogue, I knew it was perfect!  I first cut some watercolour paper with the Top Note Bigz die, then stamped the flower image in black Staz-On on it.  I used the Rich Regals watercolour crayons and my aquapainter to colour in the flowers.  I then spritzed the image with Vanilla Smooch Spritz.  LOVE this stuff!  To finish off the card, I added some Basic Black satin ribbon and matted the coloured piece on Ballet Blue cardstock.
 This second card uses the new Builder Wheels!  These are so cool!  I inked the triple cell cartridge with Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise and Certainly Celery ink and rolled the wheel across.  I thought the Sweet Scoops stamp set went really well with these wheels as well, so I added a scoop of Pretty in Pink and some Tempting Turquoise sprinkles.
 This final project is something I learned at our WeCanStamp group meeting last month.  I thought it was so cute!  I ran a 3 x 3 envelope through the Big Shot with the new Square Lattice embossing folder (make sure the envelope flap is open).  Then I punched a scallop circle out of the envelope (through both sides).  I cut a 2 3/4" square of Pixie Pink cardstock and I put it in a small cellophane bag that I cut the top off of so it was three inches long.  This whole thing fits in the envelope.  I stamped the "for you" sentiment from the Elements of Style set in white Staz-On on the cello bag.  And because it's a small envelope, the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set, Bitty Buttons and Punch Pack all work perfectly with it!  I layered those as an accent, then stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Lovely Lilac.

There are so many more Summer Mini products I wanted to use, but I guess they'll have to wait until next month!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Manhattan Birthday

Well, we're finally moved out of our house and are renting a condo until our new house is built.  It's a long story, so if you're interested, you can check out my post on my family blog here.

Anyway, I know I haven't posted for awhile.  It's been a crazy month!  I found a photo of this card I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday, so I thought I'd share that!

 I know I CASEd this from somebody, but I'm afraid it was so long ago, I can't remember where I found it or who I copied.  If you know, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!

I used the Manhattan Flower embossing folder with vellum cardstock for the main image, placing it behind a piece of Rose Red textured cardstock with a square cut out of it.

A felt flower with a Chocolate Chip corduroy button and 5/8" grosgrain ribbon complete the card. 

I will be planning my Stamp Club projects this week, so I'll post those as soon as they're ready.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Blessings to you,