Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 minute card

Today's card is a very simple design I found on Pinterest, and I just stepped it up a bit.  This card can seriously be completed in 5 minutes, and would be a great design to mass produce if needed.

I began with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I laid it face down on my Simply Scored board and scored a line at 1/2" and 3/4" from the bottom of the card front.  By doing this from the wrong side of the card front, it makes the lines embossed on the front of the card.  It's hard to see in the picture, but it really adds a nice touch!

The center design was formed by taking a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and I punched out a circle measuring 2-1/2".  I laid a piece of computer paper over top of the majority of the circle, and softly sponged the water using Pacific Point ink.  Then I placed a 1/2" circle punched out of the sticky portion of a Post-it Note and placed that over top of the edge of the water.  I lightly sponged Calypso Coral ink, and then the sky with Pacific Point ink.  I then removed the 1/2" circle.  The grass/weed image was stamped in Basic Black ink and the image is from the stamp set "Wetlands." This circle was then attached to a Basic Black cardstock circle I cut from SU's circle framelits.  The focal image was then attached to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black ink, and it's from the stamp set called "Four You." 
Pretty simple and pretty darn quick!  It's an example of another great card to have on hand, and simply add the appropriate sentiment inside as needed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More "Kinda Eclectic" samples

Hello stampers.....
Here are a couple samples I made with "Kinda Eclectic" since it was still out on my desk.  It's a great collage stamp set, however I think in doing the first sample I thought I was the Energizer Bunny and kept going and going....... Do you ever find yourself doing that?  Occasionally I don't know when to stop!  ha ha!

The ink colors used were all the new "In-Colors" of Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss.  I stamped the dots in Basic Gray ink (after stamping off first.)
The sentiment inside is from a hostess set called "Hello There", and the little flower image is from the stamp set called "Something to Say."  The DSP is from the paper stack called "Moonlight."

The second sample is still kind of busy....but I was much happier with it.  I started with a Whisper White card base, and inked up the Honeycomb embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink.  It's really a cool way to get an extra use out of your embossing folders by using them as a stamp!  You simply ink up the smallest side of the folder with ink, then lay your card base on the opposite side and close the folder.  Lightly rub your fingers over top, and it transfers the image onto the card base.  The more you rub...the more of the design transfers.  The ink washes off the folder quite easily by putting it under running water at the sink.

I basically used most of the same colors in this sample, with the exception of switching out the Basic Gray for the Sahara Sand.  I also inked up the edges of this card with a sponge and the Sahara Sand ink.   The banner on the front of the card is cut from Sahara Sand cardstock and measured about 3" x 1-1/8" before cutting the notch.  It was attached to the card front with foam dimensionals.
Hope you have a creative week!  Stamp something fun! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Altered Composition Book


Today's post is an easy way to transform a simple composition book into a journal.  I purchased a plain notebook for 50 cents.  The cover was mostly gray and black, with just a center box outlined in white.  I decided to cover the box with a piece of black cardstock.  I rounded the corners of the cardstock before adhering it to the front of the book.  I cut a white piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the black cardstock, also rounding the corners.

On the piece of white cardstock, I stamped some of the images from the new stamp set called "Kinda Eclectic."  The ink colors used were Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Basic Gray.  The leaves were stamped once directly on the project, and again on a scrap of white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the leaves out and glued over top of the stamped image.  I stamped the big butterfly once (after stamping off) and the small butterfly was stamped full strength on a scrap and punched out. For bling, I added 3 mini rhinestones to the butterfly, a wadded up loop of linen thread, and a simple bow made with Blackberry Bliss ribbon.  For the last touch, I added a tiny piece of washi tape, and stamped the word "sparkle."  The sentiment is from a new stamp set that is coming in the holiday mini catalog called "Good Greeetings."  The white layer was then glued over top of the black cardstock.
Sorry for the glare from the camera!
Since the stores are getting ready for back-to-school sales, it would be a great time to pick up a few extra composition books while they are on special.  I like to have these types of journals ready to use for various things.  They are great to use for junk journals, keeping track of bills, or just a place to jot down things you don't want to forget.
Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

simple "Work of Art" card

Hello Stampers!
Today's post is a super quick and simple card featuring the "Work of Art" stamp set, and the new "File Tab" edgelits.

I began with a normal A2 sized card base in Whisper White and used the File Tab edgelit on the front edge, running it through the Big Shot machine/Magnetic platform.

I stamped the images from the "Work of Art" stamp set using Sahara Sand ink (stamped off first), Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss.  For a touch of bling, I added a small flower punched out of the newest trio punch set, and added rhinestones to the flower center and the heart.

A 1" strip of DSP from the "Moonlight" paper pack was added to the inside of the card, and provides the perfect backdrop for the file tab edge. 

I will add the card to my stash, and then stamp a sentiment inside when it's needed.

Have a creative day!