Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The printed paper and ribbon is from American Crafts. I used Ruby Red and Certainly Celery textured CS on the base and Tempting Turquoise for the mats. The great sentiment is from my new Verve Visual set, Happy Thoughts. Such a simple card!! See how easy it is to create a quick, fun card when you have a great sketch to start with!?!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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I used the Fun & Fast Notes stamp set for the cards as well as my blender pen and reinkers to color in the images. Sorry the pictures aren't too great - I took them in poor lighting which required the flash and I don't think those metal rims like the flash. I made a scalloped edge using the Slit punch and used the Word Window punch to punch the sentiments out of Soft Sky. The images & metal rings are popped up on dimensionals. The 3 cards & envelopes fit nicely into the little box (Purely Pomegranate bottom, basic black lid) and the whole thing is tied with some Soft Sky ribbon.
My mind is full of great ideas using this same box & 3x3 cards!!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
For this one, I used Night of Navy CS for the base, Soft Sky CS for the central mat, and some Old Olive twill ribbon to hold it shut. I used my brand-new Thankful Blossoms stamp set from Verve Visual. The main flower image was stamped on Purely Pomegranate CS with Versamark ink, then embossed with white powder & popped up on dimensionals. The leaves were stamped & embossed the same way on Old Olive CS. The sentiment was stamped with Night of Navy ink.
I changed the color combo, going with blues (Night of Navy and Bashful Blue) instead of pinks and added a sentiment framed with some HodgePodge Hardware. Otherwise, it's almost the same card!! The main image is from SU's Wild About You set stamped in Night of Navy. The dark blue dots on white is actually the See You Around wheel. I also used some Bashful Blue DP and my cuttlebug for embossing the background. Hope you like it! Michelle has a lot of great card, so I just might have to CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit) a few more!!
I used Basic Black textured CS for the card base. The super cool DP is from Cloud 9. I stamped one of my Hero Arts cupcake images on Whisper White CS, colored in with a blender pen & reinkers, added a little stickles for some dazzle and punched them out. The cupcake circles are matted on Ruby Red CS, which matched the DP perfectly! The sentiment is from SU's Lots of Thoughts (SAB set) and I set it off with some Hodgepodge Hardware. I added some black American Crafts thickers to finish it up.
Journaling reads: We celebrated Dean's First Thanksgiving at our new house in Maui Lani with Grandma Sue & Grandpa Eddie and Mikey & Bess. Joel cooked the turkey and all the trimmin's. Dean ate a little bit of everything, but especially loved the Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream!!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I chose to do a notecard size card and used a few more layers than called for in the sketch. I wanted the central DP to pop and they needed the black mat. The card base is black. I used Bashful Blue and Whisper White SU CS. The DP is Cheeky from Making Memories. And I got to use my new Happy Thoughts stamp set from Verve Visual!!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I used Sahara Sand textured CS for the card base and added a small strip of striped Wild Wasabi DP and a little larger strip of polka dot So Saffron DP. I stamped the image from One of a Kind stamp set in versamark ink on Pumpkin Pie CS and again on So Saffron CS. I embossed both images with white embossing powder, then cut out the smaller portion of the So Saffron image and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals over the Pumpkin Pie image. I matted the Pumpkin Pie image square in Whisper White and attached with 3 regular staples. Some Sugar Coated Adhesive Chipboard from Doodlebug Design made a perfect, simple sentiment. Hope you like it!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I didn't change much - why mess with perfection!?! I loved the color combo and the layout, so I left that the same. The rules are to change at least 2 things - I changed the main image and sentiment as well as the ribbon. I also made my scallops a little deeper. Hopefully that's enough!! I used Real Red DSP, Wild Wasabi CS, Whisper White CS, and striped Wild Wasabi grosgrain ribbon. I used my One of a Kind stamp set (one of my faves!!) and stamped the image first in Wild Wasabi on the white CS. Then I stamped the image again with Versamark ink on Real Red CS and embossed with white powder. I cut out the central part of the image and popped it up with dimensionals over the larger image. I like how it turned out.
For the first card I used Whisper White textured CS for the card base. The DP is from the Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin' kit. I punched a scallop circle out of Basic Grey CS, popped it up on dimensionals and layered on the sentiment on top of a whisper white circle. The sentiment is from the Circle of Friendship stamp set and is stamped in versamark ink on Regal Rose CS, then embossed with white powder. A couple of staples finish it up.
I LOVE this DP mushroom paper from Heidi Grace! I used Creamy Caramel textured CS for the card base and added a strip of Close to Cocoa attached with brads. I punched out the circle mushroom, added a large acrylic page pebble and popped it up on dimensionals. The sentiment, from the Absolutely Fabulous stamp set, is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.
I finally used my Tart and Tangy stamp set and Summer Picnic DP again for this last card. The card base is Bashful Blue textured CS and I used Old Olive CS for the scallop circle punch and Old Olive poly-twill ribbon. The "sweet" sentiment is from the So Very stamp set.
You can see how easy it is to take a sketch that you like, change a few things and voila! you have a completely different card!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
All products shown here were purchased at Island Paperie. Everything but the scalloped background paper, So Saffron background paper and chipboard letters is from Imaginisce. I used Photoshop Elements to convert my original photo of Mia to black and white, then "erased" the B/W to reveal her cute swimsuit in color (which matched almost perfectly with the Imaginisce products). You can't tell in the pic, but the chipboard letters are very glittery. I think it turned out well.
And here's a cute little card I made with some of my scraps and my new Imaginisce hula penguin!! Isn't she adorable!?! It was love at first sight when I saw her in one of Theresa's projects over at Addicted to Stamps and Scraps and I just HAD to have her!!
Friday, April 18, 2008
I needed a kid's birthday card and just got this stamp set last week, so I needed to get it inky! I used Brilliant Blue CS, Bashful Blue textured CS, Whisper White CS, and some Jersey Shore DSP. I stamped the three worms/bug on top of each other (using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig of course) in Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi and Pumpkin Pie. I tied the whole thing with a little Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain. I combined the sentiment "Sending worm wishes on your bug day" (only inking up the "bug day") and "happy birthday" (only inking "happy") from Family Phrases - I wanted to keep the sentiment simple to go with the simple layout, so it needed to be shorter. Anyway, I think it turned out fun!
Here's the sketch:
I used my new favorite stamp set, Embrace Life. The DP paper is once again from that great piece of Scenic Route you saw me use a few days ago here and also here. The coordinating SU colors I chose to use were Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky. The Wild Wasabi background is textured CS. I stamped the main image once in Chocolate Chip on soft sky, then again on Wild Wasabi. Using my hobby knife, I cut out each Wild Wasabi bloom and glued on top of the soft sky stamped image. This really gave the image some depth! I used my horizontal slot punch to make the ribbon holes, but looking at it here I should have punched through both the Soft Sky and the Whisper White mat to show the Chocolate Chip underneath. In case you haven't figured it out yet, my new favorite ribbon is the poly-twill - it ties so nicely!! A few rhinestone brads finished it up. What do you think?
This may look somewhat familiar to you...I loved this color combo and DSP (see this card) so much that I couldn't wait to use it again! The printed paper is from Making Memories. All other supplies are SU!. I used Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Bashful Blue and Very Vanilla CS. The main image is from Fun & Fast notes, the sentiment is from Short & Sweet. I added some Hodgepodge hardware, Wild Wasabi double-stitched grosgrain ribbone doubled with Chocolate Chip poly-twill ribbon (I LOVE this stuff!!) and some paper piercing. Really very simple.
Here's a link to Kharmagirl's card I CASE'd.
If you're new to SCS (Splitcoast Stampers), you should definitely head on over and check it out. They have daily challenges (each day of the week is a different challenge). For the Featured Stamper Challenge, they choose one talented stamper each week. The challenge is to pick a card from the Featured Stamper's gallery and CASE it - you have to change at least 2 things. (I changed the stamped images, color combo & DSP). It's lots of fun!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
I used Real Red textured CS as the base with a great piece of DSP from American Crafts. The image is from the Bitty Birthday set - stamped with Stazon and colored in with Stampin' Write markers. The sentiment is from the A Little Birthday Cheer set - stamped with versamark ink and embossed with white powder (yes, I know...again). Finally, a simple strip of Old Olive wide grosgrain with a knot and it's done! This is such a simple layout, I'm sure I'm not the first person to use it...but I don't think I directly CASE'd it from anyone. If I did I certainly don't remember (sorry!).
I used the River Rock long notes as the card base and Garden Green textured CS with rounded corners to hold the off-set sentiment. The striped paper is from Scenic Route. I stamped the sentiment (from the Sincere Salutations stamp set) with versamark ink and then embossed with white powder. The flower is stamped (Enjoy Every Moment stamp set) and then cut out with my hobby knife. A few silver brads and some chocolate chip twill ribbon finish it up. So Simple!!
I used Close to Cocoa textured CS for the background with freestyle stitching (on machine) using white thread. I attached circles punched out of Bashful Blue CS to the edge of the So Saffron Textured CS piece to create a large scalloped look. The ribbon is Certainly Celery wide grosgrain. The "happy" die cut letter stickers are from the Just 4 You Simply Scrappin' Level 3 Hostess gift. I stamped "life" (from the Enjoy Every Moment stamp set) in Close to Cocoa ink and added a Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware frame. Finally, "congratulations" is from the A Perfect Day rub-ons in the Occasions Mini Catalog.
Here's Kristina's Inspiration picture:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
The 12x12 page base is Soft Sky textured CS. I used Photoshop Elements to convert my photos to black and white, then printed a 5x7 and a 3x5. The edges of the photos and journaling strips are inked with Chocolate Chip. I typed out the definition of "perfect" (taken from the Define Your Life stamp set) and printed it in brown ink on River Rock CS. The printed paper is from Scenic Route. A little Chocolate Chip twill ribbon and a River Rock photo corner finish the simple page. Here's a close-up of the journaling.
I wanted to print the journaling in light ink on Chocolate Chip CS, but couldn't figure out how to do that with my printer...does anyone know how to do that with inkjet? Is it possible? Thanks!
The first one is for Jen del Muro's SFYTT (Sketch For You To Try) from Friday. If you haven't checked out her AWESOME blog, be sure to do so!! I find tons of inspiration there. This was a really fun sketch - I made a few more cards using the sketch - I'll post them later this week. I used Basic Black textured CS as my card base, Bashful Blue textured CS, Cutie Pie DSP and Wild Wasabi double-stitched ribbon. The image is from SU's Fun & Fast Notes, colored in with re-inkers and a blender pen. You can't see it so well in the pic, but there's a little crystal sticker in the flower center.
I made the base of this simple card (all but the image) several weeks ago, but just couldn't come up with anything to complete it. I got tired of looking at it on my desk, so I grabbed my new Just Celebrate stamp set and finished it up. Image is colored with Stampin' Write Markers. I used Night of Navy textured CS, More Mustard CS, and the printed strip is from American Crafts. The sentiment is from Family Phrases and punched with my Word Window punch.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I have to say it again...I really love this hostess set!! For this card I used Close to Cocoa textured CS for the base, Fall Flowers DSP, Rose Red CD, Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon, Close to Cocoa and Rose Red ink and my stapler. The sentiment was stamped with versamark ink and embossed with white powder. The main image is popped up on dimensionals.
If you're interested in why I'm too sore to walk, you can check out a slide show of pics from our little mini backpacking trip this weekend on my family's blog here.
Check back tomorrow for "Scrap a Page Monday" and a few more card creations!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
I used Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red cardstock. I have no idea where the printed cardstock came from as it was a gift and there was no manufacturer listed on the paper. The ribbon is from SEI. I used my hobby knife to cut out a flower from some of the printed paper. The sentiment (Define Your Life stamp set) was stamped on Chocolate Chip textured CS with versamark ink and embossed with white powder. The central Chocolate Chip mat with sentiment is raised up on dimensional as is the flower. Overall I'm disappointed in this card - I LOVE the paper and color combo, but the card seems bottom heavy to me. If I had some nestabilities (my next wish-list purchase after my Verve Visual stamps) I would have set the central matted sentiment on a scalloped square mat. Oh well.
Be sure to check back on Sunday evening to see some pics from our backpacking trip this weekend. We're camping in one of the National Park cabins inside Haleakala Crater here on Maui. It's about a 7-mile hike downhill to get to the cabin, then 5 miles UP switchbacks to get out of the crater the following day. We've done lots of day-hiking in the crater, but never spent the night. Should be fun!!
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here's what I came up with... I used a piece of Old Olive from the Summer Picnic DSP with a strip of the new twill ribbon (LOVE IT) as the anchor. I stamped the large image from the One of a Kind stamp set with versamark ink on Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then embossed with clear embossing powder. I used my craft knife to cut out the image and my fingers to slightly curl up the tips of the petals. The "Best Wishes" sentiment is from the Short & Sweet stamp set. Lastly, the main piece of Very Vanilla cardstock is up on dimensionals and so is the turquoise flower, giving the 4x4 card lots of depth. Hope you like it!