Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Take Time to Smell the Flowers

I designed this card for a challenge that I came across. The idea is to make a Clean and Simple card, CAS for short. Sometimes that can be a little difficult for me because I just keep looking at a card wanting to add more to it. Sometimes less is more and I'm learning that. The inspiration for this challenge is here. I enjoyed creating this card which I think came together very nicely.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps:Beautiful Day (CTMH)
Ink: Tulip, Baby Pink (CTMH)
Paper: That's Amore, Desert Sand (CTMH)
Accessories: Liquid Pearls, K & Co. pearls, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, Ribbon Rounds Blush collection

Size:4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Daffodils, Hyacinths and Pansies...

Oh My! I couldn't resist taking pictures of some of the flowers sprouting in my yard. Every year my husband plants more bulbs but doesn't tell me where and it's my pleasant surprise to find them each spring. Last year, the week after Easter when all the tops of the bulbs wilted, we were able to get our hands on some at our local greenhouse. The nice lady that worked there asked if we wanted to take them home, she wasn't able to sell them anymore. So we took home a flat of "dead" plants and stuck them in the ground...and this is the result! Thank you, nice lady!

Mojo Monday 132

I was browsing Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday blog and came across this sketch. I have never made a round card before so I figured I'd jump in with two feet and try it. What did I have to lose? If I didn't like it, the card would end up in the card cemetery I have otherwise known as the trashcan. Luckily, I had seen a card made by Amy Sheffer that addressed the flattened closure edge. If you make a circular card it should be a circle, right?

I used Close to My Heart's Veranda collection of papers for this whole card. I cut out all the shapes with my Nestabilities. I folded a piece of Vanilla Cream cardstock in half, placed my large circle Nestability on the paper with one side slightly hanging off the edge. This side will become my closure. I placed a Scalloped circle Nestability cut-out on top of that circle so that the flattened top of the card was concealed. Then I just layered, upon layered...etc.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: So Sweet, Something Splendid (CTMH)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Paper: Veranda, Vanilla Cream (CTMH)
Accessories: Sparkles, Circle, Scalloped & Blossom Nestabilities, Designer Cocoa ribbon rounds (CTMH)

Size: 4 1/4" diameter

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Vintage Cherish

Good Wednesday Morning! Hope your day is off to a good start. The kids are off for spring break so it's time to put my entertainment coordinator hat on. I'm out of practice since the summer. It's amazing how long a day is when you have someone telling you constantly that they're bored. I can't imagine, I have a ton of stuff to do and I can't see any end in sight. Oh well, I did make time to put this beauty together last night (it was either that or fold brainer). I was surfing around and came across a challenge to make a vintage card. I absolutely love anything vintage or antique-y. I think that cards like this carry so much charm.
I started by cutting a Nestabilities Fleur De Lis frame out of CTMH Bamboo paper. I sponged the inside of the frame while the paper was still stuck in it (and if you've used this frame before, it's STUCK in it). I lightly inked the edges to give it some definition against the paper underneath. I also cut out 2 different sizes of the Labels One Nestabilities for the background of the frame. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with Ranger clear embossing powder. I attached a piece of lace that I purchased from Jo-Ann craft store. I sewed the edges and adhered these cute little photo corners that I got from CTMH's Mini-Medley Accents Collection in Antiqued Copper. And...of course my cards wouldn't be complete without some type of flower and so far these Primas are pretty close to the top of my list of favorites.

Stamps: Cherished Flourishes (CTMH)
Ink: Ranger Walnut stain distress ink
Paper: Bamboo, Cocoa, Veranda, Vanilla Cream (all CTMH)
Accessories: Kaisercraft pearls, Fleur De Lis and Labels One Nestabilities, Prima Trellis flower, lace, photo corners (CTMH), clear embossing powder
Size:5 1/2" Square

Sketch for You to Try

I enjoy participating in challenges, especially if it takes some of the guess work out of design. Sometimes I feel like I sit down in my craft room and a thousand ideas are streaming through my head. Occasionally I can pick one out and stick with it until completion. Other times they all jumble up and cloud my vision. This one seemed to come together pretty easily. Jen Del Muro's blog every week contains a "Sketch for you to try". This is my take on the challenge for this week. The sentiment comes from Close to My Heart's So Sweet stamp set. I've been experimenting with this set and watercolor paper, but that's for later. I stamped the sentiment on Vanilla Cream paper and cut out the circle using the Nestabilities dies. I left the paper in the circle to sponge around the perimeter with Antique Linen ink. I added some gems, ribbon and glitter chipboard...just enough I think. I kept looking at the card wanting to fill up the extra spaces but decided to just put it down and walk away:D. I do have the tendency to overdo things. This was the first time that I used the zigzag pattern style on my sewing machine so that was some good practice. That setting scares me, especially on the finished product because if you aren't watching closely, that needle is going to go right off that paper. I'm pretty happy with the results. Have a great day...and I'll be praying for sunshine!

Stamps:So Sweet (CTMH)
Ink:Cocoa (CTMH), Antique Linen (Ranger)
Paper:DCWV Rustic Stack, Vanilla Cream, Barely Banana
Accessories:Flower & circle Nestabilities, Making Memories glitter chipboard, Offray ribbon & flower, K & Co. gems, sewing machine

Size:5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's a Beautiful Day...

Well, not really. It's cold and rainy here in Jersey. Monday is my only day off to get everything I need to do and rain does not fit into the picture. Oh well, at least I don't have to feel guilty about sitting in my craft room all day. This card I made last night came together quite nicely when I wasn't expecting it. I purchased these great patterned papers from Paper Wings Scrapbook Boutique. I had stamped the butterfly in Juniper Ink and coated the image with Glossy Accents to give it a nice sheen. After I did that I realized how well the stamped image matched the scalloped square patterned paper. That doesn't happen too often. I used Close to My Heart's Cocoa paper which has a white core. I dry embossed the underside of the paper and then turned it over and lightly ran a piece of sandpaper over the lines. This produces a great distressed look. I left the inner square inside of the Nestabilities Die and sponged from the outside in with Antique Linen Distressing Ink. I also lightly sponged the outer cream edge and the frame tag on the bottom of the card as well.

Stamps: Embrace Life (Close to My Heart)
Ink: Juniper, Cocoa (CTMH), Antique Linen Distressing Ink (Tim Holtz)
Paper: Nana's Trunk (Scribble Scrabble), Vanilla Cream (Papertrey), Juniper, Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Martha Stewart Lattice border punch, square, scalloped and tag frame Nestabilities, Aquamist ribbon (Papertrey), K & Co gems, Glossy Accents, EK Success corner punch, embossing stylus, sandpaper, sewing machine

Size:5 1/2" Square

Sunday, March 28, 2010

First Cardmaking Class

Yesterday I taught my first card class at an all day Relay for Life crop. The class went very well, I had some seasoned "scrappers" in attendance. I wanted to teach them how to get the most use out of their paper when cutting. This card was the final product. I had them make 2 identical cards so that they could keep one as a template and be able to give the other one out in good conscience ;). I always keep a copy of every card I make so that I don't have to think up the idea all over again. Why reinvent the wheel, right Irene? We used Nestabilities oval, scalloped, and tag frame. We also used Cuttlebug folders for the dry embossed look in the background. Some dew drops and Stickles finished off the look. We also made a 2 more cards using blue paper and accents.

Stamps: Smiles (Close to My Heart)
Paper: Baby Pink, Daisy White (CTMH)
Ink: Hollyhock (CTMH)
Accessories: Nestabilities Oval, Scalloped and Frame tag, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Papermart light pink satin ribbon, Cuttlebug Birds & Swirls Embossing Folder, Cotton Candy Stickles
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, March 26, 2010

First Post

I am getting quite and education in computer skills. I think I should have let my 12 year old set this blog up for me, he would have had it done in half the time;). I will be teaching a card class tomorrow at an all day crop and hopefully have some pictures to post for tomorrow. And so begins my adventure...