Saturday, August 30, 2008

Just For You Punchie Flower



Another square card! Can I get enough of these square cards? I think not! This one is 5" X 5".

This will be my "Wives and Daughters" card as that is what I watched while I was making it. ;)


Wives and Daughters

I found an amazingly-talented stamper named Jenn Biederman via FlickR recently who inspired me to make this card. She blogs here. She made this adorable owl card using some Cosmo Cricket paper which I happen to have. Well, I never thought much about that paper until I saw what she did with it! I liked the design she used as well, so I kind of incorporated that into my card also. Thanks for the inspiration, Jenn!

The base of the card is Chocolate Chip. I sponged Chocolate Chip and Basic Black inks along the edges before adding the black cs and the Cosmo Cricket paper (from the Jitterbug collection).

For the Cosmo Cricket paper I ran it through the Cuttlebug twice because of the size. I used the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder. Then I sponged Chocolate Chip and Basic Black inks around the edges to give it a more vintage look. I adhered it to the black and chocolate cs. Had I known I was going to use the ribbon I would've added it at this point. To the ribbon area I added a bit more ribbon and a silver eyelet. Let's just say that the Crop-a-Dile paid for itself at this point! I couldn't believe how easy it made this job (3 pieces of cardstock plus 3 layers of ribbon, and it went right through it as if it was butter). I was totally impressed.

I took 2 different solids from the Jitterbug collection and added them to black cs bases, making them approximately square. But first I sponged each with the Chocolate and black inks as I did elsewhere. I paper pierced holes in the corners of the red piece with a straight pin and the mat pack cushion (oh, the satisfaction that gives! lol). I used Dimensionals to pop both squares out and set them perpendicular to each other.

Now on to the flower. I got this idea after using the oval punches to add accents to this card. I thought it would make excellent flower petals. So I finally got around to making what I had envisioned. As often happens, what's in my head doesn't always come out exactly like I had envisioned it. But I usually like what I end up with. Such is the case here.

I punched the bigger ovals from the Cosmo Cricket paper and the smaller ovals from black cs. I glued them together and trimmed off one end of each to take away some of the bulk underneath (basically like I did to the accents on the above-linked card). I paper pierced the black area first, then the dp area. Then I sponged chocolate and black inks along the edges. I added the silver eyelets last using the Crop-a-Dile to set them. Thanks to the Crop-a-Dile, it took only about 2-5 seconds per petal to set them. You must get this product if you like using eyelets!!

I punched out the circle for the center using the red I used in the square and paper pierced it and stamped it in black with an old Stampin' Up! sentiment I got many years ago. I sponged the edges like I did on the rest of the card and used tall Dimensionals to place it up high enough to put the petals under. Then I cut some Dimensionals up and put them in different places on the petals to give them stability and adhered them next, tucking them under the center.

Close-up of paper piercing on petals:


For the stem I cut a strip from the green dp freehand, sponged it and then used cut-up Dimensionals to give it a popped out look.

For the leaves I used the small oval punch and punched out the leaves from the same green as the stem. Then I paper pierced them to resemble leaves by running a line of holes down the center and then running "veins" in 3 places out from the center. I then folded at the center to give it a leafy "look" and flattened it out a bit again and put a strip of mono adhesive along the back. Then I folded it again and adhered it. Not sure how long they will stay on, but they're holding for now.

Close-up of leaf:


You know, now that I think about it I should've done a LOT more paper piercing on this thing! I DO love it so!

I think I covered everything. If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks for looking!

Stamp: "JUST FOR YOU" by Stampin' Up!

CS: Chocolate Chip, Black, Cosmo Cricket Jitterbug Collection

Inks: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Lg. oval punch, Sm. oval punch, 1&1/4" circle punch, Crop-a-Dile, Straight pin, Mat pack cushion, Silver eyelets, Zigzag ribbon, Sponges, Dimensionals

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thinking of You Lace



Not much time for stamping this week. Last night while in town to celebrate or littlest's birthday I decided NOW was the time to get that Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch I've been drooling over for some time.

Here's the first card I've made with it, and of course, I had to incorporate black into it somehow. I love the double lace look; kind of like a petticoat.

The white background is not something I normally pick, but I was so excited about the way the plaid designer paper set it off, or the other way around that I quickly came up with this card idea. I ran the white cs through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I used black cs behind the plaid to pop it out even more. I also physically popped the plaid and black by putting Dimensionals behind the black. Before adhering that to the white I added the black polka dot ribbon.

The saying is from Savvy Stamps. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up on the plaid. The 3 gems are Icons by Me & My Big Ideas. They came in a multi-colored assortment at Michael's.

For the main image I first ran the white cs through the Cuttlebug using a small circle Nestabilities die. I then dry-embossed the edge and then stamped the image from the SU Sketches set. I added a few lines to the image. I gave her short sleeves and a table. ;) Her blouse and hat are a combination of SU Bashful Blue and CTMH Breeze markers. Her skin is Blush Blossom and her hair and shadow are Creamy Caramel. The table is Close to Cocoa.

As you can see, I went wild with paper piercing again. I went around both scalloped edges and the plain circle. I also pierced a small border around the rim of the hat and along the hat band area. I used Dimensionals behind all the circles.

A fun and satisfying card to make. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Sketches, Sentiment by Savvy Stamps

CS: White, Black, K & Company K*OLOGY Addison designer papers

Ink: Basic Black

Markers: Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, CTMH Breeze

Other: Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities scallop and circle dies, Straight pin and mat pack (paper piercing), Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Gems, Polka dot ribbon

Monday, August 18, 2008

Polka Dot Pickup



The size of this card is 5" x 5".

Do you stamp while watching movies? I watched the whole Cranford series while making this card. It was SO GOOD! Dame Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton just plain old ROCK! Such awesome actresses! All the acting was superb in this series! Okay, enough gushing. Watch it, I implore you! Okay, sorry, still gushing.

Cranford (2007) (DVD)

So now every time I look at this card it will remind me of Cranford. I was watching My Fair Lady when I was making this card and I still think of that movie when I see it.

I love this polka dot paper by Deja Views! It has such a homey, rustic feel. It looks sanded. The only thing I didn't like was how hard it was to match with my vast collection of cardstock!

I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder (I'm really getting my money's worth out of that one!). I had to carefully line it up a second time and run it through again to cover the whole paper because of the size of the piece I used. I adhered it to the Chocolate Chip cs base and then added the ribbon.

I did the large scallop circle in Chocolate Chip using a circle Nestie. Then I made a smaller plain circle in black and an even smaller one in white, also using Nesties.

I went wild once again with paper piercing. I went around the edges of the card and the scallop with a straight pin with the mat pack cushion underneath. I don't know if anyone else gets satisfaction in paper piercing, but I sure do! I love it. ;)

I lightly sponged More Mustard and Chocolate Chip inks around the sentiment on the white circle. I like activity in every area of my cards. I have a hard time leaving anything plain!

For the truck I stamped it twice in Basic Black ink of some Basic Grey dp. I sponged black on the bottom of the one you can see. I sponged the tires on the back one. I cut the tires out of the front one so the back ones would show, giving a feeling of depth. I punched 1/16" holes in silver metallic cs and then punched 1/4" holes over them to create a donut shape to put the silver mini brads in for the tires' hub caps. I stamped, colored and cut out the girl from SU Loads of Love Accessories set; and I also stamped, colored and cut out the flowers in the same way. I also sponged a little black on the flowers to dull them a bit because they were too bright. I adhered them with mono adhesive to the inside of the front truck. I used lots of Dimensionals to build the height of the truck so that it would rest properly over the circles. All circles have Dimensionals behind them.

I had fun making this card. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Loads of Love, SU Loads of Love Accessories

CS: Chocolate Chip, Deja Views Dog Days Collection "Big Polka Dots" designer paper, Black, White, Basic Grey Urban Culture designer paper (for truck), Silver metallic (for tire hub caps)

Inks: Basic Black, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip

Markers: Ruby Red, Ballet Blue, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Only Orange, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Summer Sun

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Nestabilities scalloped circle and plain circles, Dimensionals, Straight pin, Mat pack cushion, Silver mini-brads, 1/4" hole punch, 1/16" hole punch, Moss grosgrain ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponges

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy Harmony Floral



Boy, what a stressful morning it's been! While I've been sitting by the phone waiting for updates, I got some photographing and posting done on this card I made last night.

I used that lovely paper I had gotten at Michael's recently and thought that the flower stamp and sentiment from SU Happy Harmony were just right to go with it. This card is for the Saturday sketch challenge at the OCC blog.

I used Black as my base and Always Artichoke for the green area. For the scalloped edge I punched the red dp out with a 1/2" circle punch, making enough circles to go across the length of the green. I drew a line where I wanted to line up the top edges of the circles and put a strip of mono adhesive just below that for them to stick to. Then I remembered that the red dp will not stick to mono, so I added some mono multi liquid glue to the circles and glued them along my drawn line. They were on the Always Artichoke cs when I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

I also ran the Anna Griffin floral paper through the Cuttlebug using the Floral Screen embossing folder this time. I then cut a strip of the red designer paper to put behind it. I glued it on using mono multi. Then I adhered the whole piece to the Always Artichoke and put some red gingham ribbon over the edges to give it a finished look.

I used the Cuttlebug again to cut out the black scallop and the white circle using the circle Nesties. I dry-embossed the edges of the white circle. I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the flowers and the sentiment for stamping.

First I colored the flower stamp with the following markers: Rose Red, Baroque Burgundy, and Ruby Red for the flowers, and Mellow Moss and Old Olive for the stems. I huffed on the stamp and stamped. I used Basic Black ink to stamp the sentiment.

I used Dimensionals behind the black scallop, the white circle and the Always Artichoke cs to pop them out.

Before putting the AA cs on the black cs I used the corner punch on the corners and added silver mini brads.

I think I covered everything. If you have any questions, please ask.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Happy Harmony

CS: Black, Always Artichoke, Anna Griffin floral (AG 024), "Starburst Translucent" by The Paper Company, White

Ink: Basic Black

Markers: Rose Red, Ruby Red, Baroque Burgundy, Mellow Moss, Old Olive

Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Floral Screen embossing folders, Nestabilities circle and scallop circle, Dimensionals, Red gingham ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Silver mini brads, Corner punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1/16" hole punch (for brads), Mono multi glue

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sweet Cupcakes OCC Challenge - Limited Supplies



Ack! I just realized the ribbon was crooked in this pic! Oh well.

I'm not really happy with the way this card photographed. Too stark/dark for me. It looks much more cheerful and sunny in person.

This was for the OCC Challenge this week which is about using no designer paper and only up to 4 layers. I never realized how hard that would be! I do depend on layering quite a lot.

Since I had to limit my layers I thought I'd use some dimensional effects to make the card pop out more. I pierced holes all around the edge of the Old Olive cs and along the ribbon on either side on the Yoyo Yellow cs (haven't used that color in awhile!). I also pierced around the ovals.

Before piercing the Yoyo Yellow I stamped one side with the SU Print Pattern background stamp in VersaMark ink. Then I ran the other side through the Cuttlebug using the "Swiss Dots" folder. The vertical ribbon hides the line of demarcation between them.

I stamped the sentiment from the Inkadinkado set, "Birthday Cupcake" as well as the "sparkles" in Basic Black ink. The sparkles added a bit more "activity" to the overall look. I also stamped the "sparkle" on the oval in Bordering Blue ink, stamping off once on scrap paper to keep the images light. I used a water brush and the Bordering Blue ink pad to do a little shadow around the cupcakes. The cupcakes are colored with SU Markers: Only Orange, Blush Blossom and Old Olive. I used a clear glitter on the frosting and a star gem for the star on the top of the middle cupcake.

I'd seen someone add ribbons to one of those spiral paper clips, so I've been wanting to try it. Mine doesn't look as nice as the card I saw it used on, but it adds a bit of whimsy to this card, I think. I had a dickens of a time getting it to clip on to my satisfaction. I bent the oval I tried so much!

Dimensionals were used to pop out the ovals between and behind.

I think that about covers everything! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Print Pattern, Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake
CS: Old Olive, Yoyo Yellow, White
Inks: VersaMark, Basic Black, Bordering Blue
Markers: Only Orange, Blush Blossom, Old Olive
Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, Nestabilities Classic ovals (regular and scalloped), Glitter, 2-way glue, Dimensionals, Straight pin, Mat pack cushion, Ribbons, Spiral paper clip, Clear star gem

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

No stamping going on right now

Our son had sinus surgery yesterday, so I'm not getting any stamping done. As soon as he is not needing babying I'll get back to stamping. I want to do the latest OCC Challenge, and I hope to once things lighten up around here. Until then, check out the incredible brayer magic that Michelle Zindorf uses to create her cards. Wow!

Be blessed!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Flourishes Coffee OCC Challenge


Well I hadn't gotten enough out of that OCC Challenge sketch yet, nor from my new Flourishes stamps, so I set to work on a new card using the Coffee with Friends set. What a cute set! So many possibilities! This time I switched the sentiment to the center with the image to the right - the reverse of the original sketch challenge. And I went square again. Something about square cards just thrills me. It's 5" X 5".

The one thing I knew I wanted to do was to pair up the DCWV Posie Paisley Glitter paper I got at Michael's recently with the SU swirls vellum. I just knew they'd look good together. I also wanted to add some touches from the DCWV Denim Blue Posies Glitter paper to create some whimsy.

I went nuts on the paper piercing again. I pierced the vellum, the blue circle on the top, the black and Almost Amethyst circles, the Old Olive partial circle, the edges of the card...yeah, a little nutso. But it's such fun! And I love the texture it adds. I do it freehand with a straight pin and the mat pack cushion. I'm becoming a piercing fiend! Help me!!!

I knew I wanted to use a coffee cup or cups to the right of the center piece. I was going to use the stacked cups in the set, but ended up using the big latte mug instead. But it seemed kind of blah to me even though there was lots of color and movement. It needed something more. Looking for ways to wow it up, I came up with the idea of making the steam orange with Summer Sun sponged over it. I don't know why, but that satisfied me very much. I guess it kind of shook things up a bit. Steam isn't usually orange!

The ribbon went so perfectly with everything. I actually bought the ribbon specifically to use with these DCWV papers. I got it at Michael's. It's one of those bobbin ribbons by Morex. It has a lovely sheen about it and has goldish orange on one side and mossy green on the other, with coordinating stitching. So, so pretty! I think I need to get more of that stuff! They had other colors in the same line!

I chose a similar element in this card like I used in the last one. That green semi-circle with the vellum and the black eyelets (I LOVE my Crop-a-dile for doing eyelets, people!!!) just seemed perfect for that corner. I tried many different things for that corner that just didn't work before I ended up with that idea.

As usual, lots of Dimensionals were used to pop lots of elements out. I just can't bear having a flat card! I need it to come alive!

Well, there it is. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Flourishes "Coffee with Friends"

CS: Almost Amethyst, Black, DCWV "Posie Paisley Glitter" and "Denim Blue Posies Glitter" papers, SU Swirls vellum, White, Old Olive

Inks: Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug "Bloom Dots" embossing folder, Nestabilities regular circles and scalloped circle, Dimensionals, Straight pin, Mat pack cushion, Black eyelets, Crop-a-dile (for eyelets), 1/8" hole punch, 1&3/4", 1&1/4", and 1" circle punches, X-Acto knife for trimming coffee cup handle

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I've got to try this!

Debbie Olson shows how to create a whole hinged card using a Nestie. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Flourishes Poppy OCC Challenge



Movement. That's what this card represents. Swirls and colors going ever-wicha-way. ;)

I was so inspired by the OCC Challenge sketch this week. I chose to do mine in a 5" X 5" square format.

After seeing Julee's card I HAD to play. Mine isn't nearly as nice as hers, but I still feel perty good about it.

I had gotten some new papers last week and some of those 6 X 6 notepads of designer papers (they were 30% off, how could I not?). I had been dying to try them on something, and planned on using them with my new Flourishes stamps. Well, the OCC challenge was just the right sketch to use. I wanted to highlight either a coffee cup or a grouping of poppies. You can see what I chose first.

I did a lot of cuttlebugging and poking holes in this card. First I matted the main piece of Old Olive cs with black cs. Then I poked holes all around the edges using the mat pack. Despite lining the holes up as carefully as possible, they still came out a bit crooked. I found out later on in making the other areas with holes that doing it freehand with a straight pin over the spongy mat was a lot easier than using the hole guide. Just an FYI in case you're thinking you need the mat pack. You may not!

So, holes holes holes. I put them in the ovals and in every petal on the Nestabilities scalloped piece. It was fun. The ovals remind me of suede or leather. Amazing what some holes can do for the cs.

For the cuttlebugging, I ran the big piece of designer paper on the right (K&Company K-OLOGY "Addison") through using the "D'Vine Swirls" embossing folder. I sanded the surface to make the EF design pop out. I used a wavy-edged plastic page thingy (I've had since I started stamping, so I have no idea who made it) to cut the Swirl vellum and the other piece of dp from the same K&Company pad. I used vellum tape to hold down the vellum.

I popped out the 2 scallops with Dimensionals and ran the white circle through the CB using the "Mesh" folder. I also used the Mesh folder on the flowers after stamping them on the dp and cutting them out. They are also popped out with Dimensionals, except for the stems. I had to pile 3 half pieces of Dimensionals under the leaves to make them line up with the flowers.

There's probably more. I'll add it if I think of it. TFL!!

Stamps: Flourishes "Poppy", SU Amazing to Zany

CS: Old Olive, Black, K&Company K-OLOGY "Addison" dp, SU Swirl vellum, White

Ink: Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug embossing folders: "D'Vine Swirls" and "Mesh"; Nestabilities regular circle, 2 scalloped circles, Lg. oval punch, Sm. oval punch, 1/8" hole punch, Crop-a-dile (for eyelets), Black eyelets, Old Olive marker, Dimensionals, Vellum tape, Sandpaper, Mat pack, Straight pin

Monday, August 4, 2008