Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I used mostly STAMPIN'UP! product to create this card. The image is from a soon to be released set called Elements of Style. It reminds me alot of the designer paper I used to create THIS card. Also in this set is a stylized hummingbird, a floral flourish and the sentiment "Life is a Matter of Moments". Another soon to be released product from SU! is the Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon.
The main image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white cardstock, colored with COPICS, then edge-sponged in Ballet Blue. This was matted on a piece of Pretty in Pink Designer Paper and applied to the Bashful Blue cardbase.
The little greeting is also a stamp from the ELEMENTS OF STYLE stamp set. I punched it out with a 1" SU! Circle Punch, colored it with COPICS then edged it in metallic gold ink. It is popped up with a DIMENSIONAL. The finishing touch are the spots of gold STICKLES for the flower centers and on the sides of the greeting.
TIP: Create your own "metal" edge tags by using a KRYLON metallic pen around the outer edge of the cut-out tag.
Thanks for stopping by and for all the posted and emailed comments. I truly appreciate the feedback.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
These papers are from K&Company's "CLASSIC K BAILEY" paper pack. The cardstock is Stampin'Up! GROOVY GUAVA and the sentiment is from on of their retired sets: HEAVEN SCENT. I sponged the edge of the sentiment in SU!CREAMY CARAMEL to make it blend in with the patterned papers. It may be difficult to see in the photo, but the papers are slightly aged with brown distressing.
In regard to retired product, I keep my retired SU! stamps and papers. I know some demonstrators sell theirs out when the product retires - but if I like it I keep it and use it. Believe it or not there are many people who don't like to stamp (I know, I find that hard to believe too, but it's true). When they receive a card from me made with retired product, they aren't going to ask where they can get that paper, embellishment or stamp. Besides which, now that SU! is bringing back some of the retired In-colors - I'm ahead of the game and won't have to re-purchase them! See -being a hoarder CAN payoff regardless of what some new t.v. shows might have you believe. LOL!!!
The glittered floral cut-out is a piece I've had in my "miscellaneous" drawer for a while. The miscellaneous drawer is where I throw all the bits and pieces I prepared for another project and for whatever reason decided it didn't work with the project but was to good to throw away. This glitzy little flower was perfect with these papers and design.
The other embellishments on the card are the lace ribbon, guava pearls and silk flowers. Both the pearls and the red-orange silk flowers were colored with COPIC markers to match the papers and cardstock. Gotta LOVE those markers!!!!
TIP: Don't spend tons of money on different colors of brads, jemstones, flowers, pearls, etc. Buy them in white, use COPICS, and color them to match your papers.
Hope you like the card today. It's a little different design than I normally do - but I really like the result. In fact, there is not one thing about it I don't like and THAT makes me happy indeed.
Have a great day today doing whatever you are doing.
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Friday, April 23, 2010
The image is from STAMPIN'UP! and is from the set "GARDEN FROM THE HEART". I liked the set the first time I saw it but really didn't know if I would use it much. I think I have answered that question. I really like how it worked with the "rose garden" background. I colored the hat ribbon with SU! Apricot Appeal marker so that the highlights matched the matting, then added shading with COPIC markers. The rest of the image was colored with COPICS. Once I added the shading to the ribbon, the orange jemstones were the right color to add to the card.
The lace is some I've had laying around in a drawer for a looooooong time so I was happy to finally get to use it on something. I even managed to use it on the card for tomorrow's post. Guess once I pulled it out of the drawer, I didn't want to put it back.
A few punched dots around one edge and the card is finished.
TIP: Leave the inside of your cards blank so that you can pull the card from your stash and use it for whatever 'themed' event you need it for: thank you, thinking of you, birthday, get well soon, even a sympathy card for just the right person.
Thanks for visiting.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Normally I choose my image, color it, then choose the papers, cardstock and embellishments that coordinate with it. For this card though I started with a scrap of designer paper that a friend gave to me. I loved the color - it matches SU!WILD WASABI perfectly - and the pattern is elegant but not overstated.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I made this card for one of my nieces' birthday. She is very musically talented and plays both violin and piano. And of all my nieces she has always been the most "frilly" - loves ruffles and lace.
The image is a free digital design from DOVER PUBLICATIONS and was lightly colored using COPIC markers. The background pieces were cut using NESTABIILITIES. All of the papers and cardstock are STAMPIN'UP! I picked up both the ribbon and the brad from HOBBY LOBBY and tied the bow using the BOW EASY (a great little tool!)
That's all for today -
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Friday, April 16, 2010
This is one of the cards I made that day. It's a simple design, but I really like the contrast between the curves and right angles.
The cardbase was created using a stamp from SU! WITH GRATITUDE in CHOCOLATE CHIP INK on SU! KRAFT CARDSTOCK. Then I matted a rectangle of striped DP from SU! PARISIAN BREEZE onto a piece of BAYOU BLUE cardstock. I stamped the boot using MEMENTO TUXEDO BLACK ink onto SU! WHISPER WHITE cardstock then cut it out with a SPELLBINDER'S CIRCLE NESTABILITIES so that the boot was off-centered. The edge of the circle is sponged in SU! CHOCOLATE CHIP ink. I stamped a second boot image and colored both images using COPIC markers. I cut out the second boot image and attached it to the circle using SU!DIMENSIONALS, attached the circle to the matted DP, and then adhered the entire center piece to the cardbase. The last step was to add the brads around the edge of the circle.
TIP: To add the metal brads, I used wire cutters and snipped of the prongs off each brad, attached a SU! MINI GLUE DOT to the back of each one and set them in place around the circle. I find this much easier than punching holes evenly around the circle and it creates less bulk under the layers.
The OUTSIDE reads: Dearest Dad
The INSIDE reads: No one can fill your shoes. You're the Best. Happy Father's Day!
Thanks for visiting with me today. Sorry I've been away for so long but hopefully that situation is remedied now.
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