Monday, June 23, 2014

for all you baseball fans out there.....

Happy Monday!
I found today's card on Pinterest, and it was originally posted from a website called "Paper Ecstasy."  This card design is so stinkin' cute I just had to try it out, and I don't even like baseball!  Actually I'd rather watch paint dry....but that's another story.  But I have several close friends that do love the game, so it will be a perfect birthday greeting for them.

I began by using SU's "Circle Card" framelit to get the basic card shape which was cut out of Night of Navy cardstock.    The stars were stamped on the left hand side using a retired stamp set called "Sprinkled Expressions."  If you don't happen to own this set, you could easily use any star image you may have.  I used Night of Navy ink to give it a tone on tone look.

I cut out a strip of Real Red cardstock by running it back through the Big Shot/Circle Card framelit and trimmed it to fit. Then I ran it through the striped embossing folder (retired) and glued it to the card base.  The stars were punched out of scraps of Daffodil Delight cardstock using the new small star punch.  The stars were glued down with Tombow liquid glue.

Now on to the sentiments.  The baseball was super easy to form by punching out a circle of white cardstock with the 2-1/2" circle punch.  Then I traced the arch using a pencil and the edge of the cardstock that I'd punched the circle from.  All I had to do then was to take the matching Night of Navy marker (thick tip end) and go over the pencil line.  The red "stitches" were from the little arrow die that comes with the "Circle Card" framelit, cut out of Real Red cardstock.  Those were glued in place, then I punched tiny holes in between the mini stitches.  Cute, eh?  Then the baseball was adhered to the card front.

The "Happy Birthday" and "Thinking of You" sentiments are from the stamp set "Sassy Salutations."
I stamped the HB on a scrap of white cardstock in Night of Navy ink, then cut it out in a banner shape.  I attached a little piece of Real Red ribbon on the end, added a star, and attached it to the card front with dimensionals.

The inside sentiment was also stamped in the same ink and white cardstock, and punched out with a 2-1/2" circle punch.  I glued this to the inside of the card, and added a couple stars.

I think any die-hard baseball fan would love getting this cute card!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Elegant "TBD"

Good morning! 

Today's card is very elegant, and would be suitable for a wedding or anniversary card.  I specifically left it blank so it could be used for either purpose later on.  TBD = to be determined!

I used the new "Striped Scallop" thinlit, cut out of black cardstock.  Hint:  use wax paper in between the thinlit and cardstock for ease of removal!  This was attached to the lower portion of the card front, which measures 4-1/4" x 11".  I then stamped the flourish from "Everything Eleanor" using black StazOn ink.  The little flowers were stamped on white with Blackberry Bliss ink, and the image is from the stamp set "Something to Say."   They were punched out with the coordinating punch from the trio "Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack."   I attached the flowers with glue dots, and added "Gold Glitz" Dazzling Details to the flower centers for some sparkle.  The final touch was the addition of the Blackberry Bliss 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, which I secured with glue dots.

Create something beautiful today!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Patriotic "Work of Art" card

Hello stampers!
Today's card features the "Work of Art" stamp set, which is one of my new favorites!  I had seen several versions of patriotic cards made with this set, so I took a few elements from each of the samples I'd found to come up with this version. 

The card base is your typical A2 size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4")  in Read Red cardstock.
The sentiment "celebrate!" is from a new stamp set called "And Many More."
I popped up the flag with dimensionals.  A small star punched from silver glimmer paper was also added using a dimensional.  A small piece of Cherry Cobbler chevron ribbon was added by threading it through a small hole, and secured with a tiny silver brad.  This card would be perfect for the 4th of July, a July birthday, or for your favorite service personnel.

Additional measurements:  Whisper White cardstock  4-7/8" x 3-5/8"  and 3-3/4" x 2-1/4"
                                             Night of Navy 5" x 3-3/4" and 3-7/8" x 2-3/8"

Ink:  Real Red and Night of Navy

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Age Awareness" card

Hello fellow stampers!
Today's card features several new products from the new SU catalog.  My favorite "Man in Brown" delivered my latest order yesterday, and I couldn't get that box open fast enough!  It's always like Christmas morning to me. :)

I used the technique commonly referred to as "second generation stamping" where you stamp your image a second time without re-inking.  In this sample, I actually did third and fourth generation as I was attempting to get an hombre effect.

The background stamps came from a set called "Chalk Lines" and were stamped using Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist ink.  The sentiments are from a stamp set called "Age Awareness."  Now let's say since the inside sentiment is a teensy weensy bit insulting but actually is kind of a compliment..... you would need to be careful who you send this card to!  They would need to have a good sense of humor!!

The arrows were stamped in Tangelo Twist, and came from a stamp set called "What's Up?"  We have a coordinating punch to match the arrows.  That's one thing I truly love about Stampin'Up!  Easy peasy!

Cardstock:  Whisper White  (5-1/2" x 8-1/2") card base  (4-1/2" x 3-1/4") x 2 sentiments
                    Lost Lagoon (4-3/4" x 3-1/2") x 2
DSP:  Moonlight paper stack  (1" strip)
Misc:  rhinestones, What's Up? punch, Stampin' dimensionals

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Bloom with Hope" card

Today's card features a new hostess set called "Bloom with Hope."  It's a good multi-purpose set for birthday, sympathy, or thinking of you.  My kind of set since you get more "bang for your buck!"

I used three of the new In-Colors called Mellow Moss (stem) Blackberry Bliss (flower petals) and Hello Honey (flower centers).  I used markers to color in the stamp images, then used my blender pen to spread the color lightly over the image.  The flower petals were stamped again on a scrap of white cardstock, cut out, and popped with dimensionals.    I added a little Dazzling Details for some sparkle.  The 3/4" strip of DSP is from the paper stack called "Moonlight."   I just love these stacks for cardmaking!  The finishing touch was to wrap several inches of white bakers twine around the layer to cover the seam of the DSP, tied in a simple bow.  A glue dot was used underneath the bow to hold it in place.
Measurements :  Whisper White card base 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"
Smokey Slate layer 4" x 5-1/4"
Whisper White layer 3-3/4" x 5"
Have a creative day! :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

a very simple sympathy card

Hello stampers....
Today's card is a very simple sympathy card.  I tend to like these types of cards to be very simple.

I started with a Whisper White card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11".  The sentiment layer also in white measures 2-3/4" x 4".  I started at the bottom with the largest swish from a new stamp set called "Work of Art" which was released this month.  After stamping off once, I stamped the green layer in Pear Pizzazz.  The next layer is So Saffron, which I stamped off once then stamped twice on the project without re-inking.  The blue layer is Soft Sky ink, which I stamped off once, then stamped about three times on the project without re-inking.  The sentiment and flower image is from a stamp set called "Love and Sympathy" and was stamped in black ink.  I glued a layer of Basic Black  cardstock measuring 3-3/4" x 5" directly to the card front, then added the stamped layer to the card front using dimensionals.