Saturday, March 6, 2010

Orange Birthday Windows

This is a card that we made at my last stamp camp. It could be modified for a variety of occasions, but this is for a birthday. I figured it is time I start showing you that I DO use other colors besides green and purple on my cards. ☺

To make this card, you'll need a template that you can make yourself--that is what we learned at the stamp camp. But, I'll share with you how to make your very own. Now, there are other ways to do this, but I thought this would be a fairly simple way to make more than one of these cards--not having to measure each time I want to make a card like this. This is the template:

To make the template, cut your template paper (I just used some old card stock that I had on hand) to the size of a card front--4 1/4"x 5 1/2". I used a ScorePal, but you could just use a ruler and pen to mark 1/4" from the long side and the short side. I put the edge on the 4" line and score on the 4 1/4" line. Using your 1 3/8" punch, punch out the corner, using the lines you just drew to guide you with your punch. After you get the corner punched, you'll need to draw lines 1/4" from the punched hole, in each direction. Again, I lined up the opening on the 4" line and marked on the 4 1/4" line or put the opening on the 4 1/4" line and marked on the 4" mark. After making the new lines, use them for your guide for the other two holes to punch and there you have your template. Put the template on your paper and punch through the template.
Hope this makes sense. I did take pictures of each step, but when I try to load them, they all go at the top of this post and I can't seem to get them down. If you have ideas of how to do this, please let me know.
Here's what I used to make the card:
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Whimsical Words (Inside)
Ink: Only Orange, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Only Orange, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 3/8" square punch, Dimensionals, White Taffeta ribbon
Until next time,

Faux Suede

Today's card is a jumping off point for a card that we will be making at my next stamp camp on March 20, 2010. The technique that we'll be learning is "faux suede" which is what I used to make the flower on this sympathy card. Sign up for my class and learn how to make this yourself.
Things I used to make this card:
Stamps: Hope for Comfort (retired), Delight in Life (retired)
Ink: Perfect Plum
Paper: Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Accessories: 5 petal flower punch, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain ribbon, SU! Perfect Polka Dots textured Impressions Folder, Scallop Trim Border Punch (THIS IS FREE, with a $50 purchase, before s/h), linen thread, Soft Subtles button, Crystal Effects, glue dots
Until next time,

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Techniques Stamp Camp

Saturday, March 20, 2010
9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Cost: $10
At my house-e-mail for directions
We will be making cards using different stamping techniques. Some new, some we haven't used for a while.
RSVP by 3/18/10

Punch Flowers

Okay, I know I wasn't going to show any more pictures of cards with Pastel Prints DP, but this isn't really showing the paper, just the technique. Besides, the paper was still lying on my dining room table, so I thought I'd use it instead of putting it away. It all started by looking at this card on So, I decided to use my scraps on the table and see what I could come up with. I have to say, I am impressed with SU!'s new bird punch. We will be making a card like this at my April Stamp Camp--Just Punchy. More details about the stamp camp later. Here's what I used to make the card:
Stamps: Whimsical Words, Time Well Spent
Ink: Lovely Lilac
Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace, Whisper White, Pastel Prints DP
Accessories: Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Large Oval Punch, Keyhole punch (retired), White Taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
Until next time,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Friends

Today's card is one that I had made earlier and then modified for my friend that turns 55 today. Where does time fly? I've finally been utilizing my Cricut machine. I love it. I also have the Cricut Design Studio which allows me to "weld" the letters together.
Stuff I used:
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Garden Green
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Garden Green, DP (Hostess Pack)
Accessories: Cricut
As far as the weatherman from the other day--we received 4-5 inches. Yesterday, however, we had a white out with lake effect snow. In Milwaukee they had 3 inches in 40 minutes. We received about that amount, too. But, this morning our driveway had a 4 foot high drift across it. I forgot to take a picture of the drift. If I can find my daughter's camera, I'll show you the beautiful snowfall from the other day. The joys of living in Wisconsin.
Until next time,

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Still Rolling

Yep, I still have more cards made from the same paper. I'll put them all in this post and hopefully move on to a different color scheme tomorrow. We'll see, as we're supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow overnight and tomorrow so I'll be out snowblowing regularly if the weather people are correct. What a job to have. Where else can you be so vague and WRONG so often and still have people believe what you say? More than that, they still have a job! Oh well. Just goes to show that only GOD knows all. We can try all we want but the final outcome is still in HIS hands and not ours. For that, I am truly grateful. Now they say only up to 6 inches of snow. It started out 7-10 inches. Stay tuned and we'll find out tomorrow what REALLY happens.

On to the cards. I ussed Sketch Challenge 38 as the inspiration for each of these cards. This paper lent it self to making 2 cards right away because the Designer Paper is only one sided--that is how old this is paper is! Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" paper of each color and then cut it into pieces. I cut at 1 1/2" from each end for my sizing. I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the flower from retired stamp set "Tags and More" that I colored with markers before I stamped it.

I used the retired stamp set "Flutter By" for the next one. I stamped it in versamark and and used Heat and Stick Powder before applying some purple glitter from an old Glitter Stack. Used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add some texture. Also brought out my Barely Banana Ink pad. Can't say I use that color very often.

My last card uses the flower from "Simple Friendship" that I colored with my old metalic pencils. I'm kind of bummed that SU! doesn't sell them anymore, as they add just a little shimmer. I also embossed the Lovely Lilac using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. The middle flower is popped up on dimensionals. My inspiration for this card came from sketch challenge 40.
General stuff I used for all the cards:
Stamps: Tags and More (retired), Flutter By (retired), Simple Friendship
Ink: Basic Black, VersaMark, Barely Banana, Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac Marker, Mellow Moss Marker
Paper: Pastel Prints DP, Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Lavender Lace, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Brads, Dimensionals, Metalic pencils, Heat & Stick Powder, Glitter Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Scallop circle punch.
Until next time,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On a roll . . .

The papers are still on my dining room table, BUT I have been using them, slowly but surely. This is a card I made , using Sketch Challenge 172 from Again, I used a retired stamp set, as well as some brads that I bought at Hobby Lobby a while back. I'm generally too cheap to add embellishments, so I have drawers overflowing with them. I guess I really am a hoarder. Hopefully, I will get out of that mind set. God has blessed me with so much, the least I can do is share. In case you can't tell from the photo, I put Crystal Effects on the top of the mushroom. I also used the masking technique to make it look like the mushroom is in from of all the flowers. You do this by stamping your front image on your paper and stamping it again on a sticky note--making sure you get as much of your image where the sticky part is. Then, cut out your image on the sticky note and stick it to the image you stamped on you project. This covers your "good" image. Then, stamp your other images over the sticky note image. KEEP YOUR STICKY NOTE with your stamps so you don't have to keep making a mask every time. My mask looks kind of yucky but it works!
Here's what I used:
Stamps: Unfrogettable, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Old Olive, Lovely Lilac
Paper: Pastel Prints DP, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace
Accessories: Brads, Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Scallop Trim Border Punch, SU! Dimensionals, Crystal Effects
That's it for this card. Hope you get inspired to dig into your stash and make something with it instead of hoarding it.