Saturday, April 30, 2011

A remade workshop card

Good Morning!

I want to share another card that we will make in our workshop this month.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Mary Brown's blog.  I loved how she used the new Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch and thought it would be a good one to use for a twisted easel card.  I made my first card but just was not happy with it.


I decided to sleep on it and the next morning I went blurfing and saw a card made by Connie Babbert and thought if I could not get my original card to work out, I could use a version of her card.

When I started playing the next morning, I decided that the baker's twine was some of the problem.  So I pulled the flowers apart and the stems off the background.  I pulled a new piece of white out and this time stamped the stems closer together.  I then reattached the flowers to the stems.  It was looking better but I wanted to add some ribbon to the flower stems.  I decided to use the Real Red 1/8" taffeta.  I used a hole punch and punched a hole on each side of the stem just above the bottom set of leaves.  I tied the the ribbon on and it was slowly getting more to my liking.  When I laid it on the card, it still was not doing anything for me.  I decided it was the yellow layer.  I pulled it off and added a red layer and finished it with my sentiment.  Now it was almost done but it still needed something so I pulled out my rhinestones and added one to the center of each flower.  Now it was done and I was happy with it.  Here is my creation.

the card opened as an easel

We are supposed to have some great weather this weekend.  Hope you have good weather also.  Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!


Friday, April 29, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday - Greenhouse Gala

It's Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Stampers!  Do you have some plans for the weekend?  I hope it includes some time to spend stamping. 

We have a great sketch today.  This one was created by Ros Davidson. 

When I saw this I immediately thought of a stamped panel, a panel of patterned paper, and some embossed panels.  When I started creating I went in an entirely different direction.  I pulled out my Greenhouse Gala paper and I wanted to use the Baja Breeze poppy paper.  I then pulled 2 other papers in the collection and thought of using those with an embossed Baja Breeze panel.  When my paper was cut and embossed I layered it on a Chocolate Chip layer.  I needed to add some ribbon so I pulled out my white grosgrain.

It still felt like it needed something so I decided to add a sentiment.  I stamped it and punched it out with the heart punch and then added a Baja Breeze heart layer behind it.  I punched a hole and tied it on with some 1/8" taffeta.  Here is my final creation.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Now it is time for you to hop over to Ros Davidson's blog to see what she did with her own sketch.

Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another May Workshop card

Good Morning Ladies!

Here is the second card I will use in my workshop next week.  I used the sketch challenge from The Paper Players

I wanted to use the new Flower Garden embossing folder.  I tried several different ways to use it.  I embossed it on Poppy but did not like that.  I tried using markers to color the raised areas but did not like that.  I thought maybe it would be better if I embossed in on white and used markers to color it but still did not like that.  So I decided to cut it out.  I mounted it on the Poppy and liked that.

Now I had to address the vertical element.  I again tried on several things but did not like any of them.  I finally settled on a white edge punched strip with some Baja Breeze ribbon.  I moved my sentiment to the bottom.  Here is my final creation.  

I did not decorate the inside since I struggled so much.  I think it was the Poppy paper that just threw me for a loop.

Tomorrow is Sketch Frenzy Friday make sure you come back to see what I did for our challenge this week.

Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May Workshop card 1

My post yesterday did not post as scheduled.  It is actually below this post so make sure you check it out. 

Happy Wednesday Stampers!

The weather has been great here - a little warm but sunny.  Hope the humidity stays away for quite some time.

My card today will be one I will use in my workshop in May.  I used the sketch challenge at Mary Jo's Techno Stamper

I loved the clean simple lines of this card.  I kept my card clean and simple but with some layers.  The big brown truck brought me a package yesterday.  It was my goodies from the upcoming Summer Mini.  I decided to use one of the new sets - Flower Fest - for the card.  I also used some colors I hadn't used in a while.  Here is my creation.

inside of the card

Hope you enjoyed my creations today.  I will share another workshop card tomorrow.  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Mother's Day card and gift

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I have 2 new ideas for you today.  I have to tell you they are not my ideas but they were new to me.

At Hand Stamped Sentiments this week we have a Mother's Day theme.  We are to create a project with this theme.

I saw a card on Libby's blog that I wanted to give a try.  She said the pattern for the card came from Mirkwood Designs  so I checked out the site and saw that the templates listed are free so I downloaded the pattern.

I got my colors from the color challenge at Create, Ink!


I wanted to use patterned paper on the front heart but I was thinking it would be fun to stamp on it.  Rather than stamp, I decided to use the swirl from Baroque Motifs and a glue pad to add some Dazzling Diamonds.  I like how it turned out and know I will be doing it again.  After that I just had to create my card.    I used patterned paper for the other colors also.  Here is my card.

the card with the heart opened

the card fully opened

Now this week we not only had to make a card we also had to make a 3D gift item.  Quite some time ago I saw on Becca's Blog a picture frame she had made where she wrapped the mat with ribbon.  I could not find a ribbon that would work, so I decided to cover the mat with designer series paper and add a ribbon.  I did use some retired paper as it was Pink Pirouette and would go with the card.  I got a frame from a big box store on sale.  Here is what I did with the frame.

close up of the ribbon - I did use a Regal Rose ribbon as the Pink Pirouette did not do the frame justice - so you can see the patterned paper more

I hope you enjoyed my card and gift item today.  The card is actually for my daughter and the frame will have a picture of Zoie in it for her moother-in-law (don't worry I bought 2 frames so I could do one for myself).

Make sure you check out the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other design team members created.  Then why don't you join us and make a Mother's Day card or gift item and upload it to the blog.

Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Late Night Stampers Patriotic Challenge

Good Morning Ladies!

We have a great challenge over at Late Night Stampers this week.  Our challenge is to make a patriotic project.  When I saw this I thought of the embedded embossing technique.  I punched some stars and attached them to the blue cardstock.  I then ran the cardstock through the big shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.  The rest is self explanatory.  Here is my creation.

inside of card

Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday - inspired by Robin Merriman

Happy Easter!

I am so glad you stopped by today.  I have another mini scrapbook for you.  I saw the original version on Robin Merriman's blog and as I was playing with the pattern I wondered if I could modify it.  I wanted more mileage from my mini so I wondered if I could add  another sheet to get more places for pictures.  

I created 2 pages using Robin's suggestions and then by playing with them I was able to layer the 2 pages on top of each other so that it folds out and then you unfold another page.  It worked so I was now ready to make my mini out of good paper.  

I have a ton of retired paper.  When this paper was current I loved it.  I decided to use it for my mini.  Here is the cover of the mini.  I used the set that goes with this paper - we have the set now but did not have it for the paper.

 The first page when you open it up.


The next page when you flip the page on the right hand side up.

The next flip takes to top page and flips it to the side.

The next flip goes back to the bottom right and flips down.

The next flip goes back to middle panel and flips to the side.

The final flip uses the page you just flipped and it flips down.

There is space in this mini for 11 photos.  Lots of mileage from this mini.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I had lots of fun making it and can't wait to either give it to a special friend or fill it with photos.  Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Easter Sunday!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ever Have One of Those Days?

Good Morning Stampers!

Warning, long post for explanation.  You can scroll down to see my project.

Did you ever have one of those days where things just didn't go how you thought they would?  That was my day yesterday.  I got an e-mail from one of the lists I am on that mentioned a pentagon box and if you participated you would be entered in a s drawing for a punch art tutorial from Kim Score.  I decided I would participate but rather than create the pentagon treat holder, I got this bright idea to make a butterfly house using screen.

I started out by cutting my screen at 5 x 8 (I wanted my sides to be 1 1/2' rather than the skinny one they gave.  I scored it at 1/2" then every 1 1/2".  I then folded my screen on the score lines (I bought metal screen rather than the fiberglass).  I had to figure out how to join the sides.  I had cut the 1/2 to form a flap but wasn't sure how I was going to glue it together.  I tried some sticky tape at the top and bottom and it did not work.  Next I tried crystal effects and that did not hold.  Then I got the bright idea to form sides using a method in a pattern I bought from Laura Dennison.  I had the sides all put together and was joining the last sides to form my pentagon and the screen panels kept falling out.  So I decided to try adding some sticky tape at the top and bottom and another pillar inside so the screen was trapped between the 2 pieces of cardstock.

That didn't work, so I decided to try add some crystal effects.  That didn't work either.  By this time is it late afternoon as you have to allow the crystal effects to dry.  I had one more idea I wanted to try and then I was going to give up.  But that worried me as I would not have post for today.  My next idea to was to take the bottom and using crystal effects and running a thick bead of it along the fold line then putting the screen in the bead and applying pressure.  Now I did not want to sit and hold the screen in the crystal effects for 30 minutes so I used wax paper and a punch to hold the screen in place.  This meant I had to glue one side and then wait for 30 minutes then glue the next side.  Realize I had 5 sides on the top and 5 sides on the bottom so the time to make this took 5 hours off and on.  But this method finally worked.

Now that I have my screen house put together it was time to decorate and hope that my bottom border and top roof attaches without any issues.  I had the bottom on but it wouldn't stay when I realized I had put it on upside down.  So I turned it around the right way and other than being a little smaller than the pentagon base it worked.  I used some crystal effect on the 1/2" flap to help keep it closed.

Next I had to attach my roof.  That went really quickly.  The last thing I needed to do was decorate it.  I cut some leaf stems using the little leaves sizzlet and attached them to the top.  I also cut some butterflies using the Beautiful Butterflies embosslet.  I saw on Julie Davison's blog where she had used the Build a Blossom punch to create a butterfly.  I wanted to try something a little different.  So I punched a butterfly using the butterfly punch and Daffodil Delight.  I then took some yellow netting I had bought and wrapping it around scrap cardstock I punched a bunch of butterflies from the netting.  I then took my crystal effects and applied to the center of the butterfly and laid the netting on top.  I kept adding my layers and added more crystal effects as needed.  I then took the smallest leaf on the punch and using black punched it out.  This became the body of the butterfly.  I set this aside to dry.  When it was dry I added my butterflies and then used some silk flowers and added them to the top.  My project is finally finished and ready to be added to my sunroom when it is finished.  Here is my final creation.


I hope you enjoyed my project today.  While it took a long time to create, I took advantage and of the drying time and made a mini scrapbook for tomorrow as well as a project for my Hand Stamped Sentiments requirement on Tuesday.  Thanks for looking and have a Super Saturday!


Friday, April 22, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday - punch style

Good Morning Ladies!

Well it is Friday and I need a day to recuperate.  I think I am going to stay in pj's and stamp all day.  Anyone want to join me?

Since it is Friday it is Sketch Frenzy Friday.  Our sketch this week was made by me. 

 As I looked at the sketch earlier the center element said flower using the scallop circle.  As I was thinking about the card and how to make it the upper element said sun and the strip across the bottom said grass.  Here is what I created.

So did you like my card?  Are you ready to hop over to Ros Davidson's blog to see what she created with my sketch?  Make sure you come back tomorrow as I am working on an idea and I am hoping it turns out.  Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Butterflies in field

Good Morning Stampers!

Can you believe Easter is a few days away?  Time is flying by.  Before you know it the new catalog will be out and then Christmas.  I don't know about you but I am getting excited about what could be in the new catalog.

My card today uses the color challenge from Cards & Things

I used the sketch challenge from The Stamp-a-holics


I did modify it a little and did not use a sentiment as it didn't seem to fit.  Here is what I created.

inside of card

I seem to have been on a butterfly kick lately.  Must be Zoie's influence.  Her mom has decorated her room with butterflies and I have picked up on it.  Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Tomorrow is Sketch Frenzy Friday and I do not have butterflies on my card.  hahaha  Hope you will come back tomorrow to check me out.

Thanks for looking and have a Great Day!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Faux Mother of Pearl Technique

Oops, my scheduled post didn't work.  Sorry it is late!

Good Morning Ladies!

I have my technique class tonight and we are going to be doing the faux mother of pearl.  I have loved the cards made with this and thought my ladies would like to do it also.  I tried several different ways to do this and got one that I was happy with.  I may play some more before class tonight to see if I can perfect it even more.  If you want a tutorial Splitcoast has one and if you want to see a video Frenchie has it here.  I used the shimmer paint like Frenchie.  I also did not like the black stamped image with it colored in so I modified it and colored my image with a marker and stamped it on the paper. 

I used the sketch challenge from The Paper Players and flipped it.

I used the color challenge from Create, Ink!


Here is my creation.

the shimmer you can't see in the above picture

So, are you going to try this technique?  Grab your supplies and give it a try, it is lots of fun!  Hope you enjoyed my card.  Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Graduation

I am so excited about my project today.  When I started on this each time I completed one part it sparked an idea for another part. 

Over at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a graduation challenge this week.


I thought it would be fun to use the box I used last week for my Easter project and make a mortar board.  I tried to think of how I could do a tassle and my first thought was to use paper and create one similar to the one I did for my daughter's graduation picture.  As I was working on the box, I had a brainstorm to use embroidery floss for the tassel.  I got some of my yellow and black floss and began wrapping it around my ruler.  When I had enough of the floss for the tassel, I took another length of each color and twisted them together.  I then threaded this through the wrapped floss on the ruler.  I could then pull the floss off the ruler to tie (in hindsight I should have tied it in a knot at the top).  I used another piece of floss the tie the floss near the top then cut the loops to form the tassel.  I threaded the ends through a hole in the mortor board and taped them to the back.  I added a brad for the knob at the top and it was done.

When it was finished I thought it would be a good idea to make a tag that said "Celebrate" from the box.  I made the tag and then hung it from under the mortar board and attached this to the box.  Then it hit me, wouldn't it be cool if I had a face on the box to actually show a person.  So I started working on it.  I cut a rectangle and figured out I could cut it apart where the top meets the bottom.  So I did that and then I thought the white was too harsh so I sponged on some Pink Pirouette to give the person some pink skin.  Next I sponged on some Pretty in Pink for cheeks.  Now I needed to cut the top to indicate the cap of the mortar board on the forehead.  I pulled out my embossing jar and used it to make the curve on each side that joined in a point.  It was perfect so I used my pattern to trace and cut out the shape on my forehead.  It was perfect so now the only thing left was my eyes.  I pulled out my 1/2" circle punch and punched black circles.  Then I had to do the whites.  I could not find my 1/4" circle punch so I went looking and realized the center of the smallest daisy die would work.  So I cut out 2 and finished my eyes.  I attached them to the top using small glue dots.  It was now complete.  Here is what the final project looks like.  Let me know what you think.

inside of box

Hope you enjoyed my graduation project.  Make sure you go over to the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other design team members created.  Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Late Night Stampers - baby card

Good Monday Morning to you!

When I saw our challenge at Late Night Stampers I knew I wanted to use an elephant.  Luckily I still had the Pun Fun set I had borrowed from Candice so I could use the elephant from that set.

I went looking for a sketch challenge and saw the one at Stamping 411 that I thought would be good.

 Since elephant's are gray I had to find colors that would look good with it but still be neutral for my card.  I decided on using Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz.  Here is my final creation, a clean and simple card.

 So what do you think?  It is definitely different.  I would look good done in pinks if you knew the receiver was having a little girl.

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see my project.  I love how it turned out!  Thanks for looking and have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday - sunburst continued

Good Morning Stampers!

I hope everyone survived the storms yesterday.  I was wondering if my house was going to blow away at times as the wind was so strong.  I survived and no issues with the wind.

I don't know if you remember my sunburst scrapbook I shared last weekend.  At the time I told you I was waiting for my chipboard to come in so I could finish the covers.  I got my chipboard today and immediately set about finishing the album.

The pattern came from Laura Dennison.  I have had it for a while and have been thinking about what paper I wanted to use.  I knew I wanted to use it to put pictures of my butterflies in so I went with colors you would find on the butterflies you might see on my Butterfly Bushes.  After that I just needed to make it.  Here is what my final album looks like.


album opened on its side

 album opened up flat

Hope you enjoyed my completed album.  Now I need to take pics to go into it.  Thanks for looking and have a Sensational Sunday!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday - Friends

Happy Friday!

Boy this week took forever!  I don't know about you but I could not wait for today.

I really struggled with my card today.  Not sure why.  Not sure I like it.  I will leave it up to you.

We had a really great sketch from Tammy Baldwin this week.

When I saw it I knew I wanted to use the stamp "My dear, kind, and wonderful friend" for the diamond pattern in the center.  That meant I had to add a stamped element at the bottom in place of the sentiment.  I wanted to have a faint stamped image behind the sentiment and for some reason Friends Never Fade popped into my head.  Now I just need some colors.  I found one at Create, Ink! that I liked.

With all this here is what I created.

inside of card

So what do you think of my card?  Not sure about it yet.  It may need to grow on me.  Are you ready to see a great project?  Hop on over to Ros Davidson's blog to see what she did with the sketch.

Thanks for looking and have a Fabulous Friday!