Monday, March 23, 2015

Doodling on stamped images

Good morning stampers!
I have seen several samples on Pinterest of taking plain stamped images and enhancing them with simple doodles.  After watching a few videos on YouTube, this was my first attempt.
I thought doodling would be a perfect companion to the sentiments in the "Banner Blessings" photopolymer stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink on a banner cut out of white cardstock using the "Chalk Talk" framelits.
The flower outline (Petal Potpourri)   was stamped on white cardstock twice using Melon Mambo and Old Olive ink.  I punched out the flower using the coordinating punch, and drew a simple outline using a micron pen.  Then I added the cross hatches and dots in the center of the flower.  I trimmed out the Old Olive flower by hand, making sure I got one small and one large petal to use as leaves.  To form the leaves, I used an inside and outside outline and some markings in the center.  Very simple but I think it adds a lot to the card.  I popped the flower and banner with the sentiment using dimensionals.  The DSP measures 3 x 4, and the outline box in black cardstock measures 3-1/4 x 4-1/4.  The white cardstock layer underneath measures 4 x 5-1/4, adhered to a regular A2 card base.
Super simple!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Fabulous Four"

Hello stampers!
Today's card features the stamp set called "Fabulous Four" which is found in the main catalog.  I found this layout on Pinterest, and stepped it up a bit by stamping the dots with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  The stamp set for the dots is called "Dotty Angles" which is also in the main catalog.

I used scraps to cut out the little flags with the banner punch.  The white layer measures 2-1/2" x
3-1/4".  The sentiment was stamped using Memento black ink.  I added a strip of black baker's twine and secured the ends on the back of the white layer.  The banner flags were added over top using little pieces of dimensionals.  The small bow of baker's twine was secured with a glue dot.  The tiny heart was punched with the Owl Builder punch with a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I just love using scraps on my desk to make a card!  The white layer was added to the card front using dimensionals.

Inside I added another layer of gray cardstock (4 x 5-1/4") and the white cardstock liner measures
3-3/4" x 5.  I purposely left the inside blank in order to have room to write a personal message.  Before adhering the white liner, I added a piece of black baker's twine in the upper left hand corner, and added a few small banners over top with dimensionals.  Another bow was added with a glue dot.
If you needed to mass produce a lot of these, it would be faster to omit the heat embossing on the dotted border. If you don't have Versamark, then just stamp the dots with the ink that matches your cardstock.  I just think it makes a super sweet card that anyone would appreciate receiving. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Curvy Keepsake Boxes

Good morning stampers!
This week I've been focusing my efforts on Easter projects.  These little boxes are filled with chocolate eggs, and are formed with using the Curvy Keepsake Box die from Stampin'Up!  If you check Pinterest, it's absolutely amazing to see how creative people can get using this versatile die.

On the bunny I used the large oval punch for the ears and feet, and the small oval punch (retired) for the lining of the ears.  The eyes, cheeks, and nose are all from the Owl Builder punch.

On the peep, I used our heart punch for the feet, small heart punch for the beak, and the Owl Builder punch for the eyes.  The wings were punched from the Scalloped Oval punch. Super easy and quick to whip up.  I will be taking several of these to sell at a local gift shop in a retirement community/nursing home.  Hopefully they will be used to brighten someone's day!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Another Butterfly Basic card

Hey stampers!
Got snow???  I feel like we're living in that movie "Groundhog Day." Every day is the same!!

Anyway...on to today's card.  Very simple and super fast to make.  I found several versions of this on Pinterest, and loved the color combination.
The base is a normal A2 size card measuring 4-1/4" x 11" in Crumb Cake cardstock.  Then I cut a layer of Blackberry Bliss measuring 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  A great tip to conserve paper is to cut your butterfly out of the center of this layer before adhering it to the card base.  It's completely covered, so no one will know.  The top layer of Crumb Cake measures 4" x 5-1/4".  I stamped it with the "Hardwood" background stamp using Crumb Cake ink.  The ferns were stamped using Mossy Meadow ink.  I used second and third generation stamping without re-inking.    The postage stamp mark, stripe, and sentiment were all stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink.   I sponged the edges of this layer with Crumb Cake ink, and glued it to the Blackberry Bliss layer.  I glued the butterly to the front of the card, and added a silver button threaded with linen thread.  How easy is that?
I hope you find some time to be creative today!
Stay warm!