Monday, July 2, 2012

Freshly Made.. Vintage

Here's a quick one for Freshly Made Sketches: sketch #41....
Card base is Poppy Parade, label under flower image is Coral Calypso. Edges are sponged with Soft Suede. Ribbon is Pool Party Seam Binding.
Sorry for the poor picture quality. I had to take it right quick with my phone.
Hope you like.

image of sketch:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fathers, Men, Tough Guys...

 Father's Day is coming up...
-My husband is not only a wonderful father, but a beyond-awesome husband!

And Graduations...
-I sent this to my brother! He just graduated from a Motorcycle Mechanics school this week!

And people moving...
-well, my brothers, to be exact. Both of them! 

I loved making this card! I've been wanting this stamp set for a while, since I already had the coordinating paper, so I made this card the day it came! LOVE it!
Hope you're inspired to celebrate the men in your life!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bright and Cheery Hello

This card is so sweet and cheery!
Card base is Concord Crush, layered with Naturals White, followed by the little squares of DSP and middle panel of Daffodil Delight Textured CS. This is the first time I've cut apart a sentiment, and I love the effect.

Top Left we have a couple swirls of Pear Pizzaz DSP behind a flower of Daffodil and Concord.
Bottom Left is two pieces of In Color Ribbon, folded in half and stapled to the DSP.

Top Right is a Concord DSP Daisy with a knot of Pear Seam Binding for the center.
Bottom Right is a Concord DSP butterfly with White Baker's Twine as the body.

Since there isn't much stamping on the card, I inked the solid Butterfly stamp with Concord, kissed it to the Dot Dot Dot stamp, and stamped the Butterfly on the envelope and the Dot Dot Dot on the inside of the card!
Hope you like it!

Spring Any Occasion

This card is great for any occasion. 
Perfect Plum card base, White layer embossed with the stripes EF, a couple flowers, white satin ribbon and the little leaves. 
Very simple!

Spring Birthday

I used the faux-suede technique for the center flowers. (I just looked on SplitCoastStampers and can't find it to link it for you...) So basically it's distressing the paper until the card stock starts to separate. --I use my bone folder and distress it on one side, then turn it over and do the other side. You're sure to have it falling apart by then!-- Carefully pull them apart and layer for a soft, suede look!
Still figuring out my new camera... can you tell?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Inspiration explosion!

A couple weeks ago, I scheduled a stamp night for some friends. One of them needed a birthday card for a 1 year old, so this is what I came up with.
This is the inspiration for the following:  

One of my attendees wanted to use the turtle, which doesn't fit inside my smaller square punch, so we added circles behind them instead! Of course then they didn't fit across the card in a line, so she staggered them!

And I hadn't used this Hostess set in a while, so I also made this card. 
Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Teacher's Appreciation Week

A quick post to show you what I did for Teacher's Appreciation Week, earlier this month.

Day 1: Crocheted Scrubbie
(This isn't the picture of the ones I made, but same pattern.)

Day 2: Crocheted Washcloth
(Again, not exact ones, but close enough.)

Day 3: Oven Mitts
Tutorial by skiptomylou HERE 
I'm going to make some for us next. We are sadly in need of new ones. 
 Check out the lining! So cute, easy and fun to make!

Day 4: Stamps
I gave two to each teacher.

Day 5: Plants! 
The little signs say "Thank you for helping me grow!" (I looked but can't find the website I printed them off of.. but Pinterest is full of them!)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day cards

Well, I guess you can tell I took these pictures with my phone. Our camera got dropped down some stairs and then dumped into the washing machine, so I didn't have anything else to take them with. We just got a new camera that is WAY nicer than anything we've ever had before, and I'm sure you'll be able to see the difference in future posts! ;)

My card base is Blushing Bride, and the layers are Crumb Cake and Regal Rose. The floral images were stamped on Vanilla. Pink Pirouette ribbon. I fussy cut Wonderful Mother sentiment.

My friend asked me to make her mother a card. She said her favorite color was purple and she likes flowers, so this is what I made. Wisteria, Crumb and Limeade were used. 
  The flowers are the Boho Blossoms with Wisteria, Lilac (long retired) and Plum.
 I added some random attributes from the Fabulous Phrases set. 
Here you can see I scalloped and layered the bottom of the card. 
I sponged everything with Crumb Cake.

Hope you're inspired to make your mother (or a mother you think is wonderful) a card this year. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Step-It-Up with Nature's Walk

Hello again! This is the last (planned) post of my little Step-It-Up series. 
~I've been having so much fun with these, I will definitely be making more soon! 
This time I used Nature's Walk.
Version 1:
Card base is Naturals White. The bird is in Not Quite Navy, butterfly is Regal Rose, eggs are Always Artichoke, bees are Soft Suede and cage is Sahara Sand. The edges are sponged with Suede.

Version 2:
I stepped it up by stamping the bird and cutting him out (sponged him liberally), and stamping the eggs on a banner trimmed with a little Ribbon Border punch using Suede cs.

 Version 3: (My all-time favorite card!)
Oh bother! I don't know where to start! :) How about from the top down?! 

I stamped the butterfly on Very Vanilla, for a more crisp image and then sponged it. (The Naturals cs are more porous, like a watercolor look and I wanted to be sure the wings were more detailed and crisp.)
I stamped another birdcage and cut it out using the Framelits die. ~Don't forget to sponge! :)

 The Victorian Trim is taped to the card base, formed to mimic the egg banner, onto which I added a Ribbon Border trim to the top. And then the Itty Bitty punching began. 3 of each color: Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose & Not Quite Navy. Then I sponged them all (which was a little work, even for me) and poked a hole in the center of 2 sets and strung them on a safety pin from Vintage Trinkets. The last 4 flowers I added to each edge of the banner. Did I mention I sponged everything?! Haha!
I hope you like this card as much as I do! 
I'll probably try to keep it, but I'm leaning toward sending to my Grandparents for Grandparent's Day in Sept. That should be long enough to drool over it. (I'll probably end up copying it anyway.)
Have a great weekend!

In case you missed the other posts, they are HERE and HERE and go check out Betsy's video HERE.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Stepped Up with Elements #2

Version 1:
I used the Creative Elements set again, mostly because it lends itself well for this kind of 'layering'.
The colors are Soft Suede, Perfect Plum, Not Quite Navy and Always Artichoke. (The sentiment label is Espresso, but as you'll see further on, I left that part off the rest.)

On Version 2, I kept the stacked Artichoke edges by layering them on banners. I wrapped them twice in Linen Thread (LOVE that stuff!) and popped the flower on Dimentionals. 
(I realized a trick this weekend: when you make a banner and want it to 'ripple' a little, place a Dimensional or 2 in the middle and tape/glue the ends down. Ripple! -maybe I'm the only one that didn't think of this..)

Version 3:
Oh my, I love this card! To this one, I stamped and popped the butterfly (I'm thinking of added pearls for her body..) and decided to put some Vintage Trinket brads in the left corner for balance.

I added a Bitty Button to the Linen bow (can you tell there's a Bitty flower behind the button? probably not, and that took some figuring out! Any tips would be great!), and an Artichoke Little Leaves behind the flower.
I sponged all the edges in Crumb Cake, for a softer look than my usual Suede.
Stay tuned! My all-time favorite is coming up! ;)
Thanks for looking!
As in the previous post, recognition and inspiration go to Betsy and her post HERE.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Stepped Up with Elements

I will say right out: 'This was not my idea!' Here is where I got my inspiration! 
Over the next few posts, I will show you some Step-It-Up cards.
This uses the Creative Elements set and is stamped on Very Vanilla in these ink: 
Rose Red, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Crumb Cake. The variation of colors you see are the same inks, just stamped over and over.

Here is the stepped-up version:
You can see I stamped the edge, flower and butterfly in full strength and cut them out.

 The flower and butterfly are mounted with Dimensionals, and the pearls add just the right touch!
I liked the clean and simple look of this card, so I didn't sponge or distress any edges. (I know, out of my comfort-zone! haha!)
Hope you like,

Friday, April 27, 2012

Other Crafting..

So lest you think I did nothing in April, here's a little look at some projects and life...

Handmade washcloths. This is only 6 of the 11 I ended up making, plus 7 scrubbies.
 Sewing some dresses for my daughters. (They are still not done.)
 Teaching the kids to ride bikes without training wheels! 
My son (age 7):
 My daughter (age 6):
 My Youngest Daughter (age 5):
I foresee a very active summer! 
A friend and I have even decided to take up running! We figure with the kids on bikes, it will be motivation to keep up!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Retired for Donation

This week I had the opportunity to donate some things for door prizes at the mom's group I've been attending for the last 6 years. (This was my last year.)
So of course, I chose some old stamp sets and made a couple sample cards.
Sorry I didn't take a picture of the set. I was pressed for time.
Very simple design. So Saffron cs and DSP. Limeade Baker's Twine.

The image was stamped in Black Stazon on Vanilla cs, then colored with markers and a Blender Pen. I used the marker end of Daffodil for the petals and the pen end of Limeade to outline the leaves, then blended the Limeade inward.

This one I had a lot of fun making, and after I was done, re-thought giving this set away. lol!

Card base is Espresso, with Espresso DSP, run through the Big Shot with the Manhattan EF, then sanded the embossed design and sponged the edges.

The sentiment is stamped in Suede, cut into a banner and sponged with Suede. I just got the Vintage Trinkets, and I'm wondering what took me so long! ;) Love them! This little button is a brad! 

I was going for a Sepia look, so the rose image is stamped in Espresso ink on Vanilla cs and colored with a blender pen using Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Artichoke inks. Don't forget to sponge! ;)
Linen Thread is wrapped twice and tied in a bow. 
Sorry it's been so long between posts. April was crazy busy!