Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fancy Fan

I am in a slump....I tried all day yesterday to make a card and nothing turned out the way I wanted to.  I looked at today's Sketch and just drew a blank.  So I grabbed some Designer paper to try to get some ideas and I just could not find a sheet that inspired me today.  So I guess I made a sympathy card....or maybe I can use it for a Happy 50th birthday for a friend. The one thing that I do love to do, and now have about 10 of them sitting on my shelf ready to be put on some project along the way, is to make the accordian flowers.  They are soooo easy to do with the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool (coming out tomorrow).  For this small one I just punched out 2 x 1-3/4" scallop circles, scored every indent all the way across, cut down one to the center and accordion folded each section all the way around.  The 2nd one you will fold the opposite of the first so that when you attach them they fit together perfectly.  I added a small Antique brad to the center with a mini pearl to that.  The background I ran through the Big Shot with the Fancy fan Letter Press Plate and the Silicone Rubber and no cutting pad ( just put in upside down on the platform).

Card Details:

Stamps: None
Paper: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Pocketful of Posies DSP, Poppy Parade
Ink: None
Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan Letter Press Plate, Basic Pearls, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Antique Brad, Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon


Monday, August 29, 2011

Well Worn Buffalo

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then  you know I love the worn, vintage look best of all.  So when I saw this Designer paper I knew that I just had to get it.  I plan on using every single inch of every page.   The piece used here is  a left over chunk after making myself some matching tins to hold my Impression Folders etc. I plan on making up a bunch of coordinating tins to line my shelf  and so I will have to use the extra's to stock up on my Masculine cards.  I will hopefully reveal my tins once I get them all done and filled up. This has to be my favorite designer paper yet.

Stamps: In Wilderness, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Impression Folder, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Decorative Label Punch, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon


Friday, August 26, 2011

Patterned Party

Have you ever made a card just to make a card....this is one of those.  It has no destination , I do not even know anyone turning 8.  My youngest is 9 and a girl so this will not go far in her circle of friends.  I am sure it will find a loving home to go to. I just wanted to play with this new set and it just designed itself...Lol.  I am trying to stock up on my "For Sale" cards so this one will fall in that category. I was just wondering if anyone else makes a card, just to make a card.  After I had got done cutting out all of the pennant letters I was not in the mood to cut out the ribbons for the gifts so I found the closest circle punch and went from there.  It kind of fell in the circle mode for the age and brads.  The gifts and the #8 are popped up with Dimensionals.


Stamps: Patterned Party
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder, Designer Printed Brads,  Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Circle Punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sweet Sweet Birthday

Since summer life is slowing down and time for starting school is drawing close I decided I can take some time a few days a week and make a card. So today I made the time to do the Sketch challenge.  I knew before I started that I wanted to use the designer brads in the center of the flower punch. When I was dusting my poor ignored stuff yesterday I saw the Tag Punch Die and so when I saw the sketch for today I knew I could incorporate that in to the card.  I think the top  looks like the wind is blowing around the To do the pin wheel I stamped and cut out the dotted and solid and then offset layered them.  For the border across I wanted it to be Espresso but it needed some design, so I ran it through the Big shot with am impression folder and then layered it on a flat piece and it was the exact effect that I wanted.  I figured since I was going for  a breezy calming effect that a banner for the sentiment would fit the layout great.  


Stamps: Sweet for the Sweets, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Pocketful of Posies DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Basic Rhinestones, Perfect Polka Dot Impression Folder, 1/2" Circle Punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Designer Printer Brad


Monday, August 22, 2011

Sweets for the Sweet

 Don't you just love this set! The second I saw it it had to go on my list and it takes quite a bit to go straight to the order list for me.  I am a ponderer and sets sometimes sit on my order list until they embellishments are another thing.  It is hard to design with the kids constantly asking me questions.  It seems I make quite a bit of mistakes.  This time it worked out for the better.  My daughter walked in and asked me a question just as I was putting my card front into the folder and through the Big Shot.  I wanted the dots to pop up and did not bother to look to make sure I had them facing the right way until I removed it and noticed I did not.  So I just flipped it over and ran it through again.  This worked out so much better than I had originally intended it to.

I made the one layer out of  a Window Sheet as I did not want to cover up the "mistake" but wanted to stay as close to the sketch as possible.  I LOVE the dotted brads and hopefully I will not hoard but will continue to use them.  The new In Colors are great and everything goes so well with Early Espresso (one of my favorites).  The Wide Oval Punch fits perfect in the Designer Frames from the Designer Frame Impression Folder.  The candy is popped up on about 3 Dimensions and fit on a Shish-Kabob Skewer, so thankful I had some left over....we don't really need them all for grilling do we?!?!


Stamps: Sweet for the Sweets, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Whisper White Stazon
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Folder,Window Sheets, Skewer, Designer Printed Brads, Wide Oval Punch, Designer Frame Folder, Decoration Label Punch-Sentiment, Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Need for Thank You-s

Our theme this year for Bible School was Rev it Up!  So I was very pleased when I saw the Need for Speed set in the new catalog.  I needed to make a bunch of Thank you cards for all of the volunteers so I put my kids to work punching and sponging. My 11 yr old son even cut out all of the cars for me after I stamped them.  What great helpers I have and I think the cards turned out great and were appreciated!

Card Details:
Stamps: Need for Speed, Tiny Tags
Paper: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Early Espresso, Sponge-Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories:  Big Shot, Impression Embossing Folders: Stripes, Square Lattice, Perfect Polka Dots, Tasteful Trim Die, Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch


Friday, August 12, 2011


I have a very dear friend who had a heart scare and is one of those people who just goes, and goes, and goes no matter what.  So I wanted to make him a special card.  Of course I had planned on using one of my new sets, but I could not think of a design I wanted so I hit the gallery at Splitcoaststampers. I found a card by the wonderful Michelle Zindorf and it took off from there.  I cannot for the life of me use my brayer to get anything to look like hers so I used my sponges (and it still looks no where near as beautiful as hers) but I am happy enough to send it out.

Card Details:
Stamps: Sweets for Sweets
Paper: Poppy Parade, Not Quiet Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulip Impressions Folder, Naturally Serif Alphabet Die, Island Indigo 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

In My Thoughts

When I saw this set I just had to have it.  I send my mother a card for her to use every month and this set just made me think of her.  I am not one who is very happy with coloring images so I usually try to stay away from this kind of sets but I know I will use it a lot and maybe improve enough in my coloring technique to venture on to other sets.

I was a very good girl and waited until the budget said it was alright before I ordered out of the new catalog so this is my first time playing with my new toys.  The things I just had to have was the Perfect Pennant Die, and of course the new Impression folders.  I love the Cherry Cobbler so it was an easy choice which color to get in one of the new ribbons.  I loved that the image fit in the 2-1/2" circle punch except when I was coloring the image I stuck my pinkie in the ink and it got on the paper. It was a blessing in disguise because I have had the idea of the heart pop out for a long time and it fit perfect over my smudge.  The pearls added the perfect touch to make the dots on the ribbon pop.

Card Details:
Stamps: Lean on Me
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Blush Blossom, Pool Party, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Hounds-tooth Impressions Folder, Perfect Pennants Die, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Basic Pearls, Small Heart Punch, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon


Friday, August 05, 2011

Vintage Birthday

I needed a quick simple card to throw together. When I think fast it is easier for me to go the monochromatic way. I went straight for my Designer Paper to find a design and from there it all fell together.  The hardest part  was cutting out and curling the flowers.  I usually pull the retired soon after they are announced but I just could not give up or stop using the Well Scripted.  I never thought I would find a set that I could not replace or do with out, bu this one fits the far.

Card Details:
Stamps:Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted (Retired)
Paper: Pocket Full of Posies Designer, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  2-1/2" Circle Punch, Lace Ribbon Border Punch


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Poppy Blossoms

I sooo wish I had more time for designing and creating.  I fell in love with these colors when I saw them setting out on my desk and it took me almost 2 weeks to get time to make something with them.  I have loved the flowers I have sen made with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch that I just had to make some myself.  The punch is so easy to use and has such a wide variety.  I cannot wait until life slows down a bunch, I have some great ideas I want to try.  Of course all of the edges are sponged to add more dimension and the flowers are popped up with Dimensionals.

Card Details:
Stamps: Perfect Punches
Paper: Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Chocolate Chip- Sponging:Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulip Impressions Folder, Finial Press Impression Folder, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Basic Pearls, Curly Label Punch, Leaves-Bird Builder

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