Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Baby Cards

A customer has ordered baby cards, so I'm on the move!

The cards above are simple and fun! I stamped the bear from Bountiful Bears onto brown Bazzill from the monos pack using Rich Cocoa Momento ink. Using my wonderful baby Kai scissors, I carefully cut out the image. The sentiment is from Savvy Sayings, and the buttons are from the Sophia and Elizabeth collections of Buttons and Blossoms. I tied tan Scrapper's floss through the button holes before adhering them with Mini Glue Dots. The Gray Tombow Marker created the shadow to "ground" the bears. Oh, and it's all on Birch cardstock.

This guy is also from Bountiful Bears, but he's much bigger. I colored him with my new Copic Markers. Those markers have a learning curve that I'm trying to get past, but I think I'm gonna like them a lot!!!
Supplies: Bountiful Bears, Thinking of You, Copic Markers, Hip Hop paper collection, white ultrasmooth cardstock, Rich Cocoa Momento and Seascape Palette inks, Nestabilities, and white Souffle pen.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Final March Class Card

This final card is another one that really shows off the double-sided More Mimi paper. We also made use of other swatches of patterned paper, the More Mimi Cardstock, and the matching ribbon too!

The photo above really lets you see how a z-fold card looks.
Supplies: Wonder and Joy stamp set, English Everyday Cuties (for sentiment), Burnt Umber Palette ink, More Mimi SWIC, More Mimi Cardstock, ivory ultrasmooth cardstock, More Mimi Ribbon, Scor-Pal (sooo easy to do this fold!), Skin Tone Pencils, Prismacolor Pencils and oderless mineral spirits.

At every class we make cards and one "non-card" project. In March we made dry-erase boards using the acrylic skirted album. I can't get good photos to post, but I believe the ladies did like them and think they turned out cute. ;-)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Another March Stamping Class Card

I'm just loving using the Impressabilities!!! I've used them lots of different ways, and this card shows one way.

I embossed the More Mimi paper with the Circles Impresies Die and then sanded the paper using a sanding block. That brought out the white core. Fun! I "messied" it up a bit by inking it DTP with Burnt Umber.

It's easy to emphasize one word by stamping it on colored More Mimi paper and then cutting freehand. I like that touch. The sentiment is from Blessings to You, a Level B Hostess Set.

The butterfly was done using the "kissing" technique. How does it sound to say we learned to kiss at stamping class?!?!?! :-)

We inked the solid butterfly from Butterfly Bits using Perfect Plumeria VersaMagic ink. With it lying on the table face up, we usesd another butterfly stamp with texture/lines and NO INK to stamp onto the inked up one. The second stamp *removed* the ink where it touched. Then we stamped, punched and added white Souffle pen.

Other supplies include Aspen Cardstock, Brown Cardstock Strips, circle and scallop punches.
There's still one more so check back! I'm saving the best for last (at least in my humble opinion).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March Stamping Class

After a nice vacation last week, I returned home (a day late due to snow!) and got everything ready for my March stamping class. Since More Mimi paper is BOGO this month, we focused on showing the great versatility of this paper.

The first card has an oval that is only cut half way (the right side). The left side is folded back to expose the beautiful paper on the other side. It's hard to tell, but the flap is popped up with Pop Dots. The horse is from Hieroglyph Horses and is stamped with Jumbo Java VersaMagic ink then outlined with a Stardust Clear Gelly Pen. All patterned paper and cardstock is from the More Mimi collection.

This next card has an acetate overlay. We stamped off, then stamped on the More Mimi patterned paper using Burnt Umber Palette ink and stamps from Vintage Backgrounds. Branches in Bloom is stamped on the piece of acetate using Cotton White StazOn ink. The acetate overlay is held in place using two pieces of ribbon. Very simple, yet pretty!
The verse inside is from Little Bird, and I thought it was appropriate because of the music staff background stamp. ;-)

Stay tuned for the next post with more cards that we did in class!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Final Stamp-a-Stack Card

This final card offered a fun technique as well as a different coloring medium. Again, I based my card off someone else's, and you can see Lori's card at the bottom of the post.

Both images and sentiment come from Hoppity Skippity. The paper is DCWV brights as well as Tutti Frutti and white ultrasmooth. On the pink panel I used stamps from Awesome Blossoms to stamp in Versamark. Then I sanded, causing them to "appear!" It's fun to watch people do this technique as they doubt it will work, then it suddenly looks good! ;-)

We colored with Aquacrayons and a Dove Blender and used the beloved Gray Tombow Marker too. Ink is Noir, and ribbon is misc.

Below is the card from Lori that I've had in my stash for a while.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SAS Sample #3

Again, I tried to vary the "feel" of this card from the rest. It was also a simple and FAST one to do 4 times!

It's impossible to tell in this photo, but the black cardstock is embossed using the Flowers Impressabilities. The white shape was cut using Nestabilities Labels 4, but it's not embossed. To keep things moving the day of the SAS and prevent a "log jam" at the Wizard, I did all the embossing and cutting ahead of time. I figured cutting the white was time-consuming enough with out embossing too! ;-)

The stamps are Hostess Level A Swirled Spring Life and Tag Tidbits. (Inside we used Bless Your Heart.) Papers are Yellows Bazzill Mono pack, and cardstocks are black and white ultrasmooth. We used the Scor-Bug on the Scor-Pal to achieve the texture on the yellow strip. The bee is colored with Tombow markers. Ink was Palette Noir. We used misc. ribbon.

I can't take full credit for the idea, as I CASEd it from a thank you card I got from Kim. Hers was a mini card, so I adapted it to make it A2. Below you can see Kim's version.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our new embellishment--Button!

Meet our new dog Button! We just added this new embellishment to the family a few hours ago (from the Humane Society). Is this a face to fall in love with or what?!?!?!? And he's soooo sweet!

We met him yesterday, and went in this morning to finalize everything. Isn't he adorable?!?!?
He turns 1 yr. old in about 2 weeks.

In case you're wondering...he and Oscar (or other dog) get along just fine. They pretty much ignore each other. That's Oscar's typical MO, and this dog grew up with 2 others in the same household. They each kept taking turns at each other's food and water bowls. I think they're going to argue less than my 2 girls!!! :-)

Here's the cute nose that helped us come up with his name. We debated for about 24 hours before we had something the whole family liked.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

SAS Sample #2

When I do an event with several cards, I usually try to vary the style (vintage, cutesy, classic, etc.) and the color palettes (neutrals, brights, primary, pastels, etc.). The card below has a very different look and feel from the one in the previous post!

Since it was an event where everyone did 4 of each card, I kept the coloring minimal. Instead of coloring the entire cat, I just used the gray Tombow to outline him (her?). Of course, I had to add Stickles too!

Because of the two eyelets so close to the edge, it would have been difficult to adhere the front panel flat. Solution? Pop dots for the entire card front!

The stamp sets are Cupcake Cuties, Running Stitches and Circle Sampler (sentiments inside varied). The paper was Miss Moxie SWIC and Cardstock, and white ultrasmooth. Inks are Palettes in Noir, and L'Amore Red. I also used a button from Elizabeth Blossoms and Blooms, Pop Dots, Clever Lever Circle Punch, Toodle Loo eyelets, Stickles, and WaterColor Pencils with a Dove Blender.
ETA: Today is 2/7/11 and I'm adding this card to a blog hop for The Angel Company. Be sure to check out the other samples of Cupcake Cuties!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Stamp-a-Stack Samples

Over the next few days, I'll be showing you the 4 cards we made at my Stamp-a-Stack on Sat., March 6.

This first one is CASEd from a card I saw here. I already had the old hymnal from 1913--something I'd bought at an antique store with a different project in mind (still haven't done that other one yet!). When I saw her card, I KNEW the hymnal I had would be perfect.

The stamp sets are Aged Ornaments and Savvy Sayings. The paper is Amberley Grace, kraft and ivory ultrasmooth. The inks are Burnt Umber and Versamark Champagne Dazzle (hard to see the sparkle in the photos). I sponged the edges with a hydrasponge, and used my Corner Chomper on the 1/2" setting for the corners. The Cloud Scissors gave a nice scalloped edge. It's tough to see, but the button is tied with brown Scrapper's Floss.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cupcake Cuties

Isn't this little girl from "Cupcake Cuties" just the cutest? I'm not always into "cutesy," but I'm really getting into coloring these little girls lately--not sure why! I think it's because the Prismacolor pencils and oderless mineral spirits make me feel lik I really know what I'm doing. ;-)

I colored this one Friday evening while I helped my 11-yr-old daughter and her friend create with my supplies. The friend was spending the night, so I let them splurge and use my stuff (under my watchful eye!). I sat and colored this with colors my daughter suggested. Don't know what I'll do with her yet...Hmmm...what should I make?!?!?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Interactive Cards #4

This swing away card is fun and easy! I followed the tutorial that Vicki posted on Paper Wings.

Here's a close-up so you can see the effect of the Gelly Glaze pens. Again, going with the idea that we wanted to focus on the technique in class instead of the finer details of the card, this allowed for a quick/easy way to color and not take too much time with the coloring.
Supplies: White Ultrasmooth Cardstock, DCWV Brights, Kaleidascope Boyz paper, English Everyday Cuties (image) and Nobunny Like You (sentiment) , Gelly Glaze Pens, Orange Scrapper's Floss, Gray Tombow, 1/2" and 1" circle punches, mini brads, pop dots, Lilly Anna ribbon.