Thursday, January 27, 2011

Eagle Birthday Card

I took sometime yesterday to get a start on the sketch challenge.  My #2 son has a birthday next week and I need to get his card mailed off so it will get to him on time at college. I must of bounced back and forth for a few hours before I decided to stay with the sketch and how I was going to put it together.  I had it all stamped and laid out and then someone threw the mail on my desk and whoosh pieces were every where.  So when I got up this morning I decided to start gluing things together before I had to run the boys to instrument lessons. The eagle was stamped and then run through the Big Shot with the die.  I have had the clear rectangle die for a while and have never used it.  Boy, was it easy!  I could see the image so I knew the image would be centered. I stamped another eagle and then cut around him as close as I could get.  I layered it as perfect as I could on top on the on in the rectangle with Dimensionals cut to fit. I do not think there was an edge that I did not sponge, as usual.  I do need to play with the Letterpress plates more.  I read somewhere that different papers make a difference...just need to give them a try.  Off to get this in the mail before I run the boys to basketball practice.

Card Details:
Stamps: In Wilderness, En Francias Background
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Garden Green
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 2 Step Bird Punch (leaves), Big Shot, Scallop Rectangle Die, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, Northern Trim Letterpress Plate, Mini Library Clips, Brass Eyelets, Dimensionals


Monday, January 17, 2011

MDS Contest Card

Here is the MDS Card I submitted to the SU's MDS contest. Once again the winners can be seen here.  I spend a lot of time with my kids as the taxi driver so I have a lot of sit and wait time on my hands.  This does not allow me much time to design and stamp.  I do most of my work on my laptop so it is great to be able to use MDS to design a card before I make it in my "waiting" time.  This digital card was made into this one when I did have the time  to stamp.  If you have any questions about MDS either with this card or any other question, just post it in the comment section or send me an e-mail.  I love to help!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Yoda Punch Card

Well, today is the Birthday of my one of my son's best friends.  His mother is a very dear friend of mine and also a fellow paper crafter.  When I asked him if he had any ideas that he would like for a gift and a card he reminded me that Ryan loved Star Wars.  My son, Levi, loves punch art and asked me if I would be able to do a Star Wars punch art card.  After all of the time I had spent on my Noah's ark one I did not know if I was up to the challenge.  So days pass and he reminds me that the party is coming up really fast and asks if I had gotten around to the Yoda card.  So now it is not just Star Wars but a Yoda card.  So I did a google search and found this picture of Yoda to work from.

So I sat down and got to work.  All of my punches are either hanging on my wall (older version) or sitting on my desk (new version). So it was just a look around to see what would go together.  I tried to look at the image to see what would be the hardest to do and I found that to me it would be the that is where I started.  I figured if I could not get the eyes to look right I might as well scratch it and start something else.  I looked at my punches and thought the end leaf on the Two Step Bird Punch would be just the right size for the eyes. So I punched the Whisper White and the Pear Pizazz (the color I thought would make the best Yoda) with the end of the leaf.  The eyeball parts are punched with the small and large of the Crop-a-dile (that thing is more handy then I ever thought it to be :) )  I just used my marker to put a black circle in the center of the Chocolate Chip.  The ears are from the same punch.  I just used the wing.  I did have to trim the Chocolate Chip just a smidge to get it to layer the way I wanted it to.  I used the same area of the leaf again for Yoda's button nose.  His fine white hair is the stuffing out of an old pillow I was throwing away.  One of my biggest delimas was how to get the light saber to glow.  My 8 year old daughter said "Why don't you just spray it with your shiny spray?"   Duh!  So I used the Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to give it some glow.

For my sentiment I wanted something fancy that went about the whole width of the card.  I cut my cardstock 11/4" wide and put it into the back of the Decorative Label Punch as shown above.  I did each end this way.  I trimmed the Pear pizazz just a smidge thinner so I could layer it.  I think that I once again sponged every angle I could get at.  I did have to use my tweezers to sponge and assemble the eyes but other than that it went together pretty easy.

I tried to make the background "Spacey" without being too cluttered.  So I sponged in a moon and added "stars" with the blotches from the French Foliage set. My son is very happy with how it turned out.  He cannot wait until the party next weekend!

May the Force be with You!

Card Details:
Stamps: Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess Set), French Foliage, Sanded Background
Paper: Sahara Sand, Pear Pizazz, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Pear Pizazz, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Sentiment: Decorative Label Punch, Antique Brads, Spiral Border Punch, Mini Library Clips

Yoda's Head: Wide Oval Punch, Two Step Bird Punch, Pillow Stuffing, Markers for lines, Sponges for shadows
Yoda's BodyWide Oval Punch (3), Small Oval Punch (2), Hands: Boho Blossom Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch
Light Saber: Word Window Punch, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Modern Label Punch, Red Brad


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sympathy Card

My husband called one afternoon and asked if I could whip up a sympathy card for him.  A co-worker's mother had passed away and they needed a card 50-60 people could sign. So this is what I came up with.  I received the Have a Seat set for a Christmas gift and I thought the empty bench would be symbolic on this card.  This is a 5.5" x 8.5" card.  I mounted a slightly smaller card on a 5.5" x 8.5" card base to bring more of the Early Expresso together.  I love, love, love the Love Letter DSP.  I love that I can sponge it or brayer it to change the lighter areas to be any color that I wish.  It is great also to sponge the edges to give more of a vintage look, which is what I was going for on this card.  The Antique Brads are great.  My problem is I hate to use them because they will eventually be gone.....I will not hoard the antique brads,I will not hoard the antique brads,I will not hoard the antique brads! 

Card Details:
Stamps: Have  Seat, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler (Sponged)
Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlet Die, Antique Brads,  Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Piercing tool for paper piercing


Monday, January 10, 2011

Contest Page-MDS

A while back, while I was still recovering from my surgeries, SU ran a MDS contest.  We were to submit two MDS pages and a MDS card.  Here are the winners.   No, I am not on the list and after looking at the pages I can see why.  They are wonderful!  I did enjoy creating these pages and would not change a thing on either page.  I used MDS and only MDS and only SU products as specified in the rules.  I put the pages together here so that they would be easier to see.  If you want a close up look just click the image and it will open larger in a new tab.  I will post the card I submitted on my next MDS Monday post.


Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Punch Art Noah's Ark

My Brother-in-Law has a birthday next week.  Since I did a punch art card for his daughter last week I figured it would be fun to do one for him too,  So I did a gallery search at and found this Noah's Ark card that I worked off from.  It took me most of the day and got a bit carried away...but could not stop.  This is a full size card (5.5" x 8.5").  It is hard to see but I used tore paper and sponges to make the sky background.  I think every edge is sponged except for the Whisper White.  I will do my best to list all of the punches I used for each...forgive me if I miss any!

Card Details:
Stamps: Woodgrain Background, Inside-Well Scripted, Whimsical Words (2010 SAB set)
Paper: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Crumb Cake, So Saffron
Ink: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Blushing White, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, So Saffron
Ark-Freehand cut ark, Rail-Jewelry Tag punch, Door Knobs-Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch

Noah-Freehand cut body, Sash-Large Oval Punch, Hands- 1/2" Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Head-Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Swirly Die, Big Shot
Lion- 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile
Bear-1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Two Step Bird Punch wing for ears, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch
Dove- Two-Step Bird Punch
Giraffe- Large Oval, Small Oval, Two Step Bird Punch wing for ears, Itty Bitty Shapes Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, 1/2" Circle Punch,


Monday, January 03, 2011

Travel Mug MDS

I bought a travel mug that I can replace the liner in.  My Son, Daughter-in-Law and only grandchild live 8 hours away so I love to change it up with pictures of my grand-daughter.  I whipped this up in My Digital Studio one night and was all ready to take with me the next morning.  I took lots of new pictures over Christmas so I will have to make a new one soon.

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