Nov 272015

Merry Christmas in Pacific PointMerry Christmas in Pacific Point is designed using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas colors.  I have a friend that will only put blue and silver packages under her tree.  That is taking it a bit too far, but her tree is always lovely.

Today’s card starts with a tag and a simple Christmas sentiment.  The tag is embellished with snowflakes from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits and a bit of Pacific Point ribbon.

The background is done with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  This embossing folder is a bit smaller than my normal sized greeting card so it takes a special technique to add it to the card front.  I placed the Pacific Point in the embossing folder so it was all the way to the top, but placed the top cutting pad only 3/4 the way down the card stock.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Remove and turn the card stock around in the embossing folder matching the pattern as closely as possible.  Place the cutting pad only over the section that is not yet embossed.  Run it through the Big Shot again.  This will give you a complete embossed border.

Add the completed tag to the center of the embossed card stock and add that to the card base.

See the supply list below for the Merry Christmas in Pacific Point card.

Oct 282015

birthday cardinside birthday cardButterfly Birthday card is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

The front butterflies are embossed with black embossing powder and then colored with markers and punched out.  When attached with dimensionals it gives them more of a feeling of flight.  The inside butterfly is stamped with Basic Black but not embossed.  Notice the difference between the two.

A bit more texture is added with the dotted embossed background on the Mint Macaron card stock.

ILCS52This is the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

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Sep 142015

Thinking of YouToday’s Special Work of Art card is created for a card sketch challenge.  When you start with a card sketch it really gives you a head start on creating your cards.  The next challenge in the creating process is to choose colors.

I have been collecting color palettes for awhile from Pinterest.   You can see my collection HERE.  Finally I decided to take a look and choose a set of colors, match them as closely as possible to Stampin’ Up! colors, and use that to create my card today.  The colors are quite a bit brighter and not the subtle tones.  I think the colors on my card still look good together, but it did not achieve the effect I wanted.

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What do you think?  What changes would you make to the composition of this card?  Please leave a comment below.

Sep 112015

Christmas cardA swing card for Christmas – Wishing You Christmas Joy is the message on the inside.

Christmas cardMaking a swing card like this is made so much easier when using the Circle Card Thinlits.  All the measuring and cutting is done in one run through the Big Shot.  Then you just need to complete the embellishments.

Fancy Foil Vellum is added to the left front panel and I cut a few of the snowflakes out with circle punches and added them to the swing and to the right panel.

To create a few of the elements I had to mix and match.  For instance, I only used the sleigh and horse and not the whole edgelit.  Inside the swing, I used the Night of Navy marker to ink just the “wishing you” from one stamp image and just the “Christmas” from another stamp image in the Versatile Christmas set.  The “joy” is cut from the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag set.

Be creative with your stamps when you don’t have quite the right message or image you want.

Visit here every Friday for more Holiday ideas, tips and tricks.

Sep 022015

Birthday CardToday’s Birthday Blossoms Card is designed for this weeks’ card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

I had so much fun making this card.  I did some water coloring for the flowers and leaves and I tried sponging with a new-to-me Decorative Mask.  The jute ribbon only comes in white so I got to give it a good wash of Mint Macaron ink.

And….I got to try the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add a little gloss to the flower centers.  The glue pen is on page 43 in the new Holiday Catalog that went live September 1st.  It works great for thin lines or tiny dots or to add glitter or other small embellishments.  It looks quite a bit like Crystal Effects but doesn’t have as much dimension when it dries clear.

The Holiday Catalog also introduces new Archival Stampin’ Pads in Basic Black and Basic Gray (page 19).  These are permanent inks  so they were perfect to use with my water coloring.  They also give a nice crisp image and don’t smear.

With the Decorative Mask angled, it breaks up the horizontal lines a bit. It makes the background look kind of like a basket.iLCS44

So just because the sketch is simple, you don’t have to make it plain.  Think outside the box.

Come up with your own version using the sketch and share it at i Love Card Sketches.


Aug 312015

get wellHow Are You?  Today’s tall & skinny get well card can also be used for just keeping in touch.  I had it in mind for a get well card, but the inside is blank and would make a perfect note card for male or female.

The tall & skinny style card fits into a common #6 3/4 envelope.  This card measures 3 1/2″ X 6″ giving you a little extra height.

The only stamping on the card is for the three small hexagons down the center.  The tiny hexagons are cut from Very Vanilla using the Hexagon Hive Thinlits.  I just cut a few of the hexagons and stamped them.  The Hello Honey layers are punched out.  And, the background layer of Crumb Cake is run through the Honeycomb embossing folder.

Once the elements for the card are created they are easy to assemble with glue and dimensionals.

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Jun 172015

Hexagon design ILCS33-001Today’s Thanks Much card sketch is designed for i Love Card Sketches.

I love the way the Six-Sided Sampler stamp set, the Honeycomb embossing folder and the Hexagon punch all coordinate.  Combined with the card sketch, they make it easy to create an eye-catching card.   The long, skinny card base will also make a nice gift card and just the right size to include cash or a check.

First the Soft Sky card base is embossed with the Honeycomb folder.  The flower image from Six-Sided Sampler is stamped onto Sahara Sand with Elegant Eggplant ink.  This layer is punched out and then trimmed close to the image with Paper Snips.  The mat is punched from Wisteria Wonder with the Hexagon punch and the flowers are also punched from Wisteria Wonder using the Petite Petals punch.

The central image is another stamp from Six-Sided Sampler and again stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink.  The sentiment is stamped onto Sahara Sand card stock, punched out with the Hexagon punch and the trimmed horizontally close to the words.

A few rhinestones are added for the mandatory bling.  Before adding the hexagons, a strip of Wisteria Wonder seam binding is glued across the middle of the card front.  The end of the ribbon is tucked under itself rather than wrapped to the inside.

To see more samples with this week’s card sketch, go to i Love Card Sketches.

May 112015

Birthday CardToday’s card is created for a card sketch challenge.  I love the Sea Street stamp set because it is so cute and easily adaptable for all age groups.  I started out wanting to use the Maritime Designer Series Paper and it coordinates very well with the Sea Street stamp set.  However, after finishing I thought it looked too cluttered.  The sentiment gets lost in the background.

When faced with this dilemma what do you do?  Do you rip this one apart and use the elements again or do you start over?

I decided to do both. I peeled off the elements I had created for this card and tried again with a different background.  Birthday CardMuch less cluttered and I didn’t waste all that effort of inking, cutting, etc.  I added a couple of Figure 8 knots to the ends of the Baker’s Twine because it didn’t have any layer to tuck the ends under.

Now I didn’t want to waste the card base and the Maritime Designer Series Paper from the original card, so I re-designed that one part also.  Again, I used the same basic card sketch.

Card three:  Birthday Card

The Coastal Cabana card stock on this last card looks too blue.  I’m sure that is due to the photographer and lighting issues.

So what do you think?  Which card would you vote for?  Please leave a comment and vote for your choice.

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Apr 292015

iLCS26 cardcard sketchHello Sweet Friend card is designed for this week’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

To color the embossed image on the Whisper White card stock, I used a couple of methods.  First I applied Sahara Sand ink to the inside top of the embossing folder (the side with the indented image and slightly bigger than the bottom).  The Whisper White card stock was placed inside the embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.  This  produced a fade shadow effect.  Next I used a Pear Pizzazz marker to color the leaves and add a few accents with an Early Espresso marker.  Then I used sponge daubers to add Soft Sky and So Saffron ink on parts of the flowers.

The Modern Label Punch will retire from the Stampin’ Up! Catalog after June 2nd.  To create the mat, punch two labels from Early Espresso card stock.  One of the labels is cut in half lengthwise and the other is cut in half crosswise.  Attach the pieces to the back of the sentiment label.

Check out I Love Card Sketches to see other samples for this sketch.  Then play along and post your creation using this sketch.

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