Monday, March 24, 2008

Last Day Off :(

Today, I finally used my Birthday Whimsy set. I embossed the balloons and put silver cording behind them and layered them onto some Berry Bliss DP. I added some adhesive gemstones from Hero Arts to the spots on the balloons and to the bottom right corner for some bling. Cute and simple. I used some Rub-ons for the second card. For the center of the flower, I put a large rhinestone brad in the center of a ribbon slider and layered the flower on a scallop circle.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Hoppy Easter

I decided to use 2 sets that hadn't seen ink yet today. The first card is Just B and I like the simpleness of the card. It doesn't show up in the picture, but I stamped off Tempting Turquoise using the smaller flourish from Doodle This and made a background with it on the Cool Carribbean. For the flowers on the 2nd card, I inked the Doodle This flower in Regal Rose craft ink, then clear embossed it, but since it is an outline image, the ink color didn't show through with embossing. I still like how the flowers look though. Next time, I'll probably use white craft ink to get closer to the look I wanted.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Lazy Saturday

I made these two thank you cards today since I need to make a card for my mentor telling her what I've learned from her this year. The first one I added a metal brad that I found on clearance at Michael's last weekend. The image is from Baroque Motifs, and the DP is Certainly Celery. The second card is a case of Beate's card for WSC40 on her blog. I wanted to try a circle Dahlia card, and her's was so cute. I think this is the one I'll be giving to my mentor. I added a metal brad to this one too, and put a pink adhesive jewel in the middle. The DP is from Linen Prints which retired.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday!! :)

I'm so excited to have 4 days without students! Then only 8 school days until SPRING BREAK!!! (Can you tell I'm excited?) Anyway, I made the first card for this week's sketch challenge on SCS, but then ended up deviating from the sketch because my main image was bigger than I originally intended and I didn't like the way it looked if I put it where it was supposed to go. I embossed the One of a Kind flower in black, then colored it with pastels. The second card was cased from a Stampin' Success, only I didn't have Blue Bayou ribbon, so I used Purely Pomegranate. The Soft Sky is textured paper, and I stamped off the butterflies twice before stamping them.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dahlia Fold Cards

We also created these at my upline's camp last night. For this fold, you will need a tag punch. The larger flower was created with the large tag, and the smaller one with the small tag. To make the petals, you fold the left corner up towards the right corner, lining up the side of the paper. Then fold the same left corner down to the fold you just made. Once you have all of your tags folded, place them in a circle where you want them. Once you tape one down, it is very easy to tape the rest into place, and I usually struggle with placement of things like that. I put a pearl in the middle of the large flower, and a build a brad in the middle of the smaller flower.

Pinwheel Cards

We made these at my upline's stamp camp last night. To make the pinwheels, you use the star punch, and cut off the two side points, so that it looks like an arrowhead. Then punch out a circle (1 1/4" if using the small star punch, and 1 3/8" if using the large star punch) and adhere the arrow pieces around the circle. We used two colors/patterns and alternated them, then place another layer of the darker color on top of the first layer to add some dimension. For the larger pinwheel, we used Bali Breeze DP and punched out 15 stars since we could just flip them over for the design on the back. For the small pinwheel, we punched out 10 Ruby Red small stars, and 5 blush blossom small stars.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

CC157 (sort of)

I made this for this week's color challenge on SCS, but then realized that I hadn't used any basic grey because I thought the combo was pomegranate, black and white. I still like it. And I'd been wanting to emboss this heart and sponge it up for a while now. I only sponged a little bit though because I couldn't use other colors. If I had it to do over again, I'd have embossed some kind of flourish on the black layer too, but I didn't think of that until I'd put the card together.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chalkboard Technique

I finally had a chance to try out the Chalkboard Technique that was featured on SCS a week or two ago. It was very easy to do, and I'm sure I'll do it again. I think I waited so long because usually when I use the white craft ink, I end up smearing it or messing up somehow, so I'm always hesitant about using it. But once the chalk was on it, there was no smearing. Anyway, I decided to use the Essence of Life set from the mini because I thought this image would look good gradually changing color throughout. I also used other things from the mini: Afternoon Tea DP, Polytwill ribbon, and the flower ribbon slider. I should have bought more of these when they were available for bulk buy because now they are gone and I really like them. (I especially like putting rhinestone brads in the middle! Whoever thought of that is a genius!) Hopefully the Styled Silver Hodgepodge hardware makes it into the big catty, maybe even with some different finishes (although I really like silver).

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Catty Case

I cased this from the catty, just changed a few things because I wanted to use my wheel. I got the handle and a cartridge with my starter kit, and I hadn't used them yet.


I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #38 (WSC38). I looked at her example, then looked at some more posts on her blog, and then began my card. I realized when I went to post my card here that I used the same sheets of Afternoon Tea DP that she did and put them in the same place, haha. Anyway, I love how this card turned out. Like I said, I got inspiration/cased part of Beate's card. I also got the idea for putting the crystal brad through the flower ribbon slider from the talented ladies on SCS. I've also seen lots of people punching out the Bloomin' Beautiful bee and putting it above the flower. So, this card was inspired by many talented people. I stamped off the definition stamp in Blue Bayou to put behind the "bloom" since I don't have soft sky ink. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Wild Wasabi Textured Cardstock Promotion

I cased this card from the SU! demo website. I used different ribbon, different stamps along the bottom, Rub-ons for the sentiment, and different DP for the flower, but the card is basically the same. The flower is a chipboard flower with DP adhered to it. I cut 1/4" off of the width of the card and 3/4" off the bottom of the card (non-scored side) so that it would fit into an envelope.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SC166 and CC156

I made this tonight for the color (156) and sketch (166) challenges on SCS. I changed it a little bit because I wanted to use "A Beautiful Thing" since I hadn't used it yet. I used Shimmery White to stamp the images on, but I don't think you can tell in the picture. Also, I put a very small adhesive pearl in the middle of each flower.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Flower Accessories

I made 2 cards tonight using new flower accessories. The first card I cased from the catty using Stitched Exotics and Flower Fusion, the felt flowers. The second card was very simple. I just used some Die Cut Blooms from the Occassions mini and added a Thank you to it. Very, very quick.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Last 2 Workshop Projects

These are the last two (of 5) projects that we will do at the stamp camp I will be doing at my mom's house during Spring Break. The first is a Hershey Bar Holder, and I may end up adding a belly band to it, but wanted to have a few things that were quick and simple and this was one of them. I have to redo this one anyway as I didn't score it right and it's too small, so maybe I'll do another with the belly band as an example of how to jazz it up a bit. The second card I cased from SCS (just changed a few things). I really like it though. Hopefully everyone else does too.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Friday Night CASEs

I made these last night. The Priceless card is CASED from the March issue of Stampin' Success, I just changed a few things. The other card was CASED from Stephstamps1982 on SCS. I just changed some of the colors and the DSP. This set, Essence of Love, is in the Occassions mini, along with the flower ribbon slide that is on the ribbon. I wanted to use some new sets, and casing is the quickest way to do it sometimes.

SC165 card

I made this for SC165 sketch challenge on Splitcoast. I used the new Die-Cut blooms that are in the mini that came out today for the flower images.