Sunday, August 24, 2008

Look Who's Turning 6!

This card is for my niece’s upcoming 6th birthday. I fell in love with this owl when I first saw it but waited awhile to get it. Even though I try not to buy too many non-SU! sets, I just couldn’t resist this one!

The layout for the card was inspired by this one on SCS. I stamped the owl, branch and party hat separately and cut them out before adhering them to the card. The eyes were stamped separately as well, cut out, and covered with Crystal Effects.

The rest of the card is fairly straightforward – the Pink Pirouette cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder, and the Riding Hood Red strip was wheeled in Versamark with the Take A Number wheel. The chipboard 6 was painted and then covered with Crystal Effects as well.

I love the way it turned out! Thanks for looking!

Stamps: u r a hoot (Cornish Heritage Farms), Take A Number Wheel
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Creamy Caramel, Brown (Archiver’s)
DP: Basic Grey Blush
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark, Basic Black Marker
Other: Chipboard Number 6 (unknown maker)
Tools: Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Crystal Effects

This second card was for my MIL whose birthday was Friday. In addition to the owl set, I also used the Lined Paper background from Cornish Heritage Farms. This card was a 5" square. The owl's eyes, circles and top of the party hat, and chipboard ? are all covered in Crystal Effects.

Stamps: u r a hoot & Lined Paper Background (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, Brown (Archiver's)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black Markers
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Felt Fusion Flower, Brown Brad (Spare Parts)
Other: Chipboard ? (unknown maker)
Tools: Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder, Spiral Punch, Crystal Effects

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Happy Anniversary CASE

This week's featured stamper on Splitcoast was Jessica Rone, aka knightrone. If you haven't seen her gallery, be sure to take a look when you get a chance, or check out her blog, Can You Say Addicted to Stamps?.

I chose to CASE this card of Jessica's. I changed the colors slightly, her black to Chocolate Chip, and Certainly Celery to Old Olive, and added a little bit of Pink Pirouette. I also changed the stamp set, sentiment and ribbon. I left off the paper piercing, mainly because I forgot until after I put everything together!

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Hugs & Wishes, Out on a Limb (Papertrey)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Old Olive Poly-Twill Ribbon
Tools: Textile Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch

Monday, August 18, 2008

Purse Gift Card Holder

This was a second CASE I did for last week's featured stamper but hadn't had a chance to post yet. My parents came to visit this past weekend, so I didn't have any time to stamp during the week last week or over the weekend. Anyway, I thought this little "purse" card was a cute way to present a gift card, so I tried my hand at one.

I don't have specific measurements, but I started with a 5" square piece of scrap paper as my template (so the end result would fit in a square envelope if desired), folded it in half, and then just eyeballed the angle for the sides. The Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze cardstock are both stamped with Stitched in Whisper White. I then added some Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon as well as paper piercing and faux stitching along the sides.

The inside piece is Chocolate Chip cardstock also stamped with Stitched. I added a little pocket for the gift card and a word window punch stamped with "a little something" from So Many Sayings. The insert is attached to another strip of cardstock that is folded over and serves as the "clasp" of the purse. It is adhered to the pocket with a velcro dot.

Finally, I punched both sides of the pocket with the slit punch and threaded Chocolate Chip taffeta through to form the handles of the purse.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Stitched, So Many Sayings
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Grey Button, Velcro Dot
Tools: 1" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Slit Punch, Signo White Gel Pen

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wild About You Baby Card

Several of our friends have had babies recently (all girls for some reason!), so this card is for one of the couples. The basic idea of the card was CASED from this one on SCS, and then I made just a few minor changes.

I stamped each of the animals and then punched out at least part of them with the 1 3/8" square punch. The lion was stamped first with Apricot Appeal and then stamped a second time with Pumpkin Pie and a third time with Apricot Appeal. His mane and face were then cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The elephant was also stamped a second time, and his ear was cut out and adhered with a dimensional. The three squares were also adhered to the vertical strip with dimensionals.

The rest of the card is pretty straightforward, so I'll just leave you with the supplies I used. Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Wild About You, Riveting, Green Thumb (Papertrey)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Rose Red & Old Olive Markers, Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/8" Square Punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monogram Gift Sets

I'm working on some monogram sets for Christmas gifts, so I thought I'd share a few with you. I think I have 5 of 12 sets done so far. I won't bore you with all of them, but here are a just a couple. I'm trying to make them all different, but that may get challenging as I get more done. I'm also trying to keep them fairly flat, i.e. no brads, bows, dimensionals, etc. (another challenge for me), but I don't want the recipient to have to worry about extra postage. Each set will have 4 matching cards and will be enclosed in a clear box.

Both of the cards use the Stitched background. On the first, I stamped it with Chocolate Chip on Baja Breeze. The monogram was done with the JustRite wooden stamp kit.

The second card uses my favorite combo for the Stitched background, Whisper White on Basic Black. The monogram was also done with the JustRite stamp, and then I added one of the circles from Papertrey's Monogram set around it before punching it out. The green accent is Stampin' Up!'s new Kiwi Kiss. I really like how it looks with the black and white.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Stitched, JustRite Monogram Set, Papertrey Monogram Set
Cardstock: (1) Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze; (2) Whisper White, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: (1) Chocolate Chip; (2) Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Accessories: (1) Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon
Tools: (1) 1 1/4", 1 3/8" & Scallop Circle Punches, Corner Rounder; (2) 1 3/8", 1 1/2" & Scallop Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Featured Stamper Silhouettes

I had some free time this afternoon, so I decided to take a look at this week's featured stamper challenge. Kim has a great gallery, and I decided to CASE this card. My Stem Silhouettes set doesn't see near enough ink, so I thought Kim's card would be a perfect opportunity to break it out.

I kept the same basic colors as Kim, but I changed my background cardstock to Very Vanilla, my layer to Chocolate Chip, and my card base to Old Olive. I liked the paper piercing on Kim's card, but I decided to change the placement a little bit and added it around my square instead. I just left off the piercing where my stem extended past the square. I also changed the sentiment and ribbon and added some brads and distressing.

I think this is a great fall card, and I may just end up using this design for my Thanksgiving cards this year.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes
Cardstock: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Brown Gingham Ribbon, Brown Brads
Techniques: Paper Piercing, Distressing, Sponging

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Enjoy Every Moment Mini-Scrapbook

I’ve wanted to make one of these mini-scrapbooks/brag books for quite awhile and finally got around to it! If you aren’t familiar with these, you can find step-by-step instructions on SCS. This will be one of my upcoming stamp club projects.

For mine, I used the new Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red cardstock. I'm really loving these 2 colors together. For stamp club though, I am planning to let each girl choose her own color combo from the 6 new SU! in colors. I’ll have all of the other pieces ready to go and just cut those as we’re getting started. I am also planning to let everyone choose to a certain extent how to design the front of her book, i.e. wheel just the same piece that I did or wheel the entire front background, select different stamps/embellishments for the “O” in enjoy, etc.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Enjoy Every Moment, Daisy Dash Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Fire Rhinestone, Black Gingham, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets
Tools: Crop-a-Dile, 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" & Scallop Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bind-It-All Journals

I’ve had fun playing with my bind-it-all and some of Stampin’ Up!’s new in-colors this past week. I wanted to make some journals to have ready as gifts, so these are the ones I’ve done so far. I used the 5 x 7 ½” bind-it-all covers and ½” silver coils, as well as Verve’s Psalm 37:4 stamp for each.

I learned a few things about the bind-it-all during this project, so I thought I'd share. First, I put one cover together completely and then wasn't able to get it into the opening of the machine to punch it because it was too thick. It seems that the chipboard cover and one layer of cardstock or DSP on each side is really the most it can handle. I did manage to fit an additional layer of cardstock on one of them, but it wasn't the best fit. Secondly, one of the sites I visited for information on the bind-it-all recommended inside pages 3/16" less in width than the cover. I found that 1/4" worked best for me. Anyway, on to the projects!

I like all of the journals, but I think this first one is my favorite. It uses 2 of SU!'s new in-colors, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red. I love those colors together! Since I don't have DSP or accessories yet that match the new in-colors, I used Basic Grey DP and buttons. They match the SU! colors nicely, but I can't wait to see what SU! has in store for us in the new catty.

Stamps: Psalm 37:4 (Verve)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DP: Basic Grey Blush
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Basic Grey Infuse Buttons
Tools: Nestibilities Circle and Scallop Circle Dies

The second one uses 2 other new in-colors, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango. It also uses some Basic Grey DP. For this one, I embossed the cardstock for the front cover with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Since the cardstock was larger than the folder, I embossed the top half first and then lined up the last row of dots back in the folder and embossed the bottom half. Hopefully that makes sense. I did have one row of dots that was slightly squished, but my middle strip covered that up (and I think you could gently push them out from the back if they did show).

Stamps: Psalm 37:4
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
DP: Basic Grey Mellow
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Orange Rhinestone Brads,
Tools: Nestibilities Circle and Scallop Circle Dies

The next two are similar but use different DP and layouts. I used this week’s sketch challenge for the first one. The second is the same as this card I made a few week’s ago.

Recipe: (for both)
Stamps: Psalm 37:4
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DP: Basic Grey Infuse & Mellow
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Primas, Vintage Brads
Tools: Nestibilities Rectangle & Scalloped Rectangle Dies, Corner Rounder

Thanks for looking!