Monday, November 24, 2008

Dad's Pickup - CC193 and TECC43

I am in a mad dash to get this done and up before I go in for surgery tomorrow. I tore my rotator cuff several years ago and am finally getting it fixed. I can't wait for this pain to be gone. I've lived with it for far too long. Stamping has even become difficult.

Anywho, I had a couple of cards I needed to do before the surgery since I won't be doing any stamping during my recovery (at least that's what I'm assuming). I got one done yesterday and the other I'm not sure will be done by tonight. Ugh! Nothing like waiting until the last minute. I might end up having to buy a pre-made for that one.

My dad turns 70 on December 11th. He's retired, and he and my mom run a little ranch in Texas with longhorns and donkeys and chickens. Well, when he retired and went into the longhorn business he needed a good pickup truck to haul hay in and take trash to the dump and haul the cattle trailer get the picture. He ended up getting a really nice one that looks kind of like the modern version of the one on this card. So I had fun making up this card just for him.

He was telling me yesterday that he had had to milk one of the longhorns recently when her newborn calf got sick. He penned her up in the shoot they use for vetting purposes and milked her! What a guy! At first, she didn't know what in the world he was doing to her, but the next time she really liked it. lol We women who've breastfed can relate, yes? That relief we felt after the baby nursed was sheer bliss.

Back to the card: I went with Color Challenge 193 on SCS using Real Red, Basic Black and Kraft. Perfect for my dad's card. I used Taylor's TECC43 design sketch, as well.
For the black base I used the corner punch on the corners and then used my paper piercer to add holes along the edges. For the red piece I cut the cs, did direct to paper with Real Red ink, ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Distressed Stripes embossing folder sideways (notice the stripes don't go up and down? I liked it that way) and DTP'd it again with Real Red ink and attached it to the black.

For the Kraft piece I stamped it with the truck from SU Classic Pickups in Basic Black ink, then DTP'd it with Creamy Caramel, punched the corners, did a more spaced-out hole pattern (I put a hole at each end, then one in the middle of those, then one in the middle of those, etc.), and attached it to a piece of black cs.

I stamped the truck again on white cs and colored it first with a Real Red marker, but found that my Prismacolor pencils were superior to the markers for this particular image. I used a Silver pencil and then a Light Umber to do the metal on the truck (the Light Umber softened the Silver a bit). I used Crimson Red to go back over the truck body and used Black for the tires and to highlight some parts of the body. I also used the Light Umber for the windows to recede them a bit. I cut the truck out and then I put Diamond Glaze on the windows to imitate glass. I used Sticky Doos to pop it out on the Kraft piece.

For the word stamping I used the "Happy Birthday" stamp from Taylored Expressions' Sweet Celebration set. But I stamped it crooked! Oops! Do you think he'll notice? The "DAD" part was stamped using CTMH Storytime upper case alphas. Then it was punched out, paper pierced and mounted onto a black punchie. I popped it all up as you can see below and did lots more paper piercing because I can't get enough of it! What is the allure, I wonder? Oh, who cares! I like it!

No pics of the inside, but all I did was DTP some Real Red cs with Real Red ink and punch the corners to keep the theme going. I also paper pierced around the edges of the black back of the card to match the front.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Classic Pickups, Taylored Expressions Sweet Celebration, CTMH Storytime upper case alphas

CS: Black, Real Red, Kraft, White

Inks: Real Red, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel

Other: Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Corner punch, 1" and 1.25" circle punches, Paper piercer, Spongy mat from Mat Pack, Sticky Doos, Diamond Glaze, Various Prismacolor pencils, Real Red marker

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Great use for the gate fold

Charmaine at Oodabug Alley has a nifty idea for utilizing the gate fold card. Very creative!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Nifty ideas for storing ribbon

Boy, the nifty tips are coming at me today! Here are several for storing your rolls of ribbon. Very creative. That site, in general, is quite the find!

(h/t Today's Creative Blog)

Sharpening your punches with a soda can?

My friend, Hilva pointed me to Linda Heller's great tip blog Stampbusters where you can learn some nifty stamping tips like how to sharpen your punches with, of all things, a soda can. Thanks Hilva! I'll be adding this one to my sidebar!

Liquid Applique

Kittie Caracciolo has some sage advice about how to best utilize Liquid Applique to avoid a case of the blobs.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

OCC Challenge Christmas Cupcake Scene

Hey, I stamped today!

I made one of my rare stamp purchases recently after seeing Taylored Expressions' newest releases just out in time to get those Christmas cards going. I must say that it is not very often that I gasp when I run across stamp sets. But I did when I saw Taylor's adorable Christmas stamps. Those cute cupcakes just did me in. And I LOVE the quality of her stamps. They are easy to use, deeply-etched pink rubber with EZ Mount cling foam that lasts forever. They're die-cut, so no trimming of any kind. They have the coolest pages they sit on when not in use. Very high quality. You would LOVE her stamps. Trust me.

The OCC blog has a challenge going on that fit perfectly with what I wanted to accomplish on this card. It's from this Martha Stewart cupcake design. You can use any of the elements for inspiration. I chose to use the colors, a cupcake theme, and the polka dots in my scene. Btw, I got the main design inspiration from Teresa over at Flickr. Her accordion card scene thrilled me so much that I just had to somehow duplicate it.

I went with a Real Red background. The card is scored every 2" on a 10" X 5.5" piece of cs. Don't ask me how this is supposed to fit in an envelope. I don't know! lol

I cut 3 strips of 2" cs in white and drew wavy lines with a pencil to create the "hills". Then I used an X-Acto knife to cut the lines (scissors would work, as well). I erased the pencil marks and then ran the white pieces through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Then I adhered them with Sticky Doos (like Dimensionals). I stamped the snowflakes from Taylored Expressions "Home Sweet Home" using white craft ink. I'd recommend doing this before putting the white pieces of cs on. This was an afterthought so mine is a bit different because of it.

I used the paper piercing tool to add a nice pierced line along each hill. Me and my paper piercing, I tell ya! Can't get enough! I did try to use a bit of self-control this time, though. ;)

I colored all the images with SU markers (colors listed below). After they dried I cut them out and used 2-way glue on the cupcakes' faces and sprinkled a nice soft white glitter over them. Then I carefully scraped away the glitter from the eyes, mouths and noses with the point of my X-Acto knife so they would stand out better. I was also able to remove most of the stray glitter with it.

For the trees (from Taylored Expressions "Season's Sweetings") I colored them with markers and then inked them completely in VersaMark. Then I sprinkled Heat & Stick powder over them and heat set. Then I poured the same glitter I used on the cupcakes all over the trees' surfaces and tamped off.

I adhered all the images with Sticky Doos (what a name!). The word stamps were from the Home Sweet Home and Season's Sweetings sets. I stamped them in black ink on white cs, punched them out, mounted them on punched-out colored cs, and paper pierced around the edges.

Edited to add: I took a pic of the card folded up per a friend's request. If you make this card and want to mail it in a standard A2 envelope, I'd recommend making the card only 5" wide rather than 5.5" so it won't buckle in the envelope (that is, if you 3-D yours as much as I did mine! ;).

I really love the colors in this card. Very happy and Christmas-y. Hohoho! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Taylored Expressions "Season's Sweetings" & "Home Sweet Home"

CS: Real Red, White, Green Galore, Bashful Blue

Inks: Basic Black. Colorbox Frost White (craft), VersaMark

Markers: Gable Green, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Basic Black

Other: Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots" embossing folder, Paper piercer, Sticky Doos, Large and small oval punches, Snow White Mist glitter, Heat & Stick powder, 2-Way glue, Pencil, X-Acto knife

Friday, November 7, 2008


I'm sorry for not offering any inspiration of my own lately. In a bit of a slump right now. But I am finding ways to get out of that slump. Check out Jenn's snow globe card! Oh my! Is it not the most awesome thing? She is so talented! And then look at these two cards by Teresa on Flickr! OhmyOhmy! Their creativity could jump start anyone in a slump, don't you think?