Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Welcome Little One

I know, another Nursery Necessities card. I can't help but have babies on my mind lately, and I think I mentioned that I knew of 4 other ladies who were also expecting. Well - it was actually 5, and 2 of them have had their babies within the last week or so. They were both girls, so I needed another girl card.

This one is pretty straightforward. It's a 5x5" square card, and I think this is probably my favorite layout for square cards. It seems like the one I always go back to anyway. The Pretty in Pink squares were embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and the Whisper White squares were wheeled with the Nursery Letters jumbo wheel. The squares were then layered on Rose Red and Basic Black.

I wasn't sure if you could see the sparkle in the first picture or not, so here is a close up of the focal image. After I stamped the boat, I embossed the whole circle with Irridescent Ice embossing powder. I like how that gives the card a different look than just embossing the stamped image.

Finally, the "Welcome Little One" tag is popped up on dimensionals and has a mini library clip at the end.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters
CS: Whisper White, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Accessories: Mini Library Clip
Other: Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Tools: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestibilities

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Baby Announcement

I know I still have a few months to go, but I've been playing around with baby announcements, and I really like this one so far.

It is a tri-fold card with an opening for the baby's picture. My sample was done with So Saffron and Certainly Celery; however, the Celery will be changed to either Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue after the baby is born. My card base is 5 1/2 by 12, scored at 3 7/8 and 7 3/4. I used one of my rectangle nestibilities to cut out the opening for the picture.

The moon and small star were cut out. The moon was outlined with Dazzling Diamonds, and the small star was embossed with Irridescent Ice EP. The larger star was also embossed with II EP and punched out with the large star punch.

The first opening of the card will show the details for the baby - name, weight, length, etc. I plan to do that on the computer and then adhere it to the right side (currently blank). This side also has a slit punched in the upper right to hold the card closed.

The left side was covered with So Saffron DSP to hide the back of the slit punches (seen in the final picture below). It also has another large star and Welcome Little One punched out with the Word Window punch and adhered with dimensionals.

The final opening of the card will reveal the full baby picture (far left). The photo will be held in place with a slit punch at the top and bottom so it can be removed.

Once I decide if this is "the one", my plan is to get the card bases and moons ready before the baby is born (one of the reasons I chose So Saffron for them). Then I'll just need to fill in the rest with either pink or blue.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP: So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Certainly Celery Grosgrain, White Brad
Other: Irridescent Ice EP, Dazzling Diamonds
Tools: Large Star Punch, Word Window Punch, Slit Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Rectangle Nestibilities

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Baby Thank You Cards #2

Here's the second installment of my baby thank you cards. I hope you're not getting tired of Nursery Necessities yet. It's the only thing I've had out on my stamping table lately! Both cards are pretty self-explanatory so I won't go into a lot of detail on either.

This first card uses the Cuttlebug Thank You embossing folder. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I sponged the raised portions of the embossed image with Whisper White craft ink. The white squares down the left side of the card were punched out with the 1 3/8" square punch and matted with 1 1/2" So Saffron squares. The star and bottom of the sailboat are raised up on dimensionals.

For the second card, I ran the square embossing folder through my Big Shot 3 times and then stamped the chick inside each square. I started with the middle square and then just eyeballed the placement of the other 2. The thank you stamp is from the Enjoy Every Moment set.

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Enjoy Every Moment
Cardstock: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Accessories: Whisper White Taffeta
Tools: Large Star Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Cuttlebug Thank You & Playful Squares Embossing Folders

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Baby Thank You Cards #1

We've received a few baby gifts already, so I thought I should probably start making a stash of thank you cards. Here are a couple, and as the title of the post suggests, there will be another installment.

This first one is my favorite. It is cased from this card by Sharon Johnson which I've had in my favorites at SCS for a long time. I kept all of the same elements and just changed the colors for my card. Since we don't know what we've having (and don't plan to find out until the birth day), I decided to go with the standard gender-neutral color combo of green (Certainly Celery) and yellow (So Saffron). I used markers to ink the sailboat and stamped it directly onto the Whisper White CS. The moon was stamped, cut out, and then outlined with Dazzling Diamonds. The small star was embossed with Irridescent Ice EP and then cut out.

For the second card, I stamped the sailboat multiple times across the strip of Whisper White and then just stamped the small sail onto the focal piece. The larger sail and boat bottom were stamped onto Patterns DSP with Versamark, embossed with Clear EP, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals.

Supplies (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters, Much Appreciated
CS: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
DSP: So Saffron & Certainly Celery Patterns DSP
Ink: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories: Certainly Celery Grosgrain, Rhinestone Brads
Other: Dazzling Diamonds, Clear & Irridescent Ice EP
Tools: Large Star Punch

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Nursery Necessities Baby Cards

I just got the Nursery Necessities set, and I've had a lot of fun playing with it so far - such a cute set and really easy to work with! I have a few friends who are also expecting, so I made a couple of cards to have ready. I don't know what any of them are having yet, so hopefully there will be at least one boy and one girl out of the 4!

I made the boy card first and then just changed the colors for the girl card. For each, I inked the smaller sail of the boat with a marker and stamped it directly onto the Whisper White CS and then stamped the boat again in Versamark on the colored CS. The colored CS was embossed with clear EP, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals. The moon and small star were embossed with Irridescent Ice EP and then cut out as well (I had the small star punch on my last order and took it off at the last minute - silly me!). Other than that, I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

I also have a potential baby announcement and a few thank you cards with this set that I'll post over the next few days.

Thanks for looking! I hope you're enjoying a Happy New Year so far!

Supplies (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Letters Jumbo Wheel
CS: Whisper White & Kraft (both), Bashful Blue & Night of Navy (boy), Pretty in Pink & Rose Red (girl)
Ink: Whisper White & Versamark (both), Bashful Blue & Night of Navy (boy), Pretty in Pink & Rose Red (girl)
Accessories: Bashful Blue Taffeta (boy), Whisper White Taffeta (girl), Linen Thread
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Small Oval Punch
Other: Clear, Irridescent Ice & White EP