Vintage Birthday

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I've made this card for the Ways to Use It challenge over at Splitcoast today. The challenge today...alter ribbon in some fashion.

My thought...ribbon roses. I placed some plain white seam binding on a craft sheet and inked it with a Distress Ink. Next, it was spritzed with water and scrunched up in my hand. Then, I took my heat gun and dried it....instant vintage look ribbon! Next, I rolled the ribbon roses and placed little tiny drops of Crystal Effects on them to look like rain drops. Sorry, after taking 15 pictures and still failing to show them clearly...I've given up!

My card base is a standard A2. The next layer is a piece of designer paper that's been distressed and inked, followed by a layer of Stampin' Up Blushing Bride that's been dry embossed and distressed. I placed a Zva Creative crystal embellie over top of both of these layers. Next I punched three circles, with the top one inked with the sentiment. The sentiment has been popped up on dimensionals. The layer in the designer paper has also been distressed and inked.

I felted some of the Stampin' Up Basic Gray card stock. If you're not familiar with the was spritzed with water and crumpled till it has a felt sort of finish. Then I punched it twice to make the leaves.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Circle of Friendship (retired)
Paper: Old World Stack from DCWV, Stampin' Up Basic Gray and Blushing Bride
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray
Accessories: Big Shot, SU Lattice Embossing Folder, 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches, Sizzlets Little Leaves, Zva Creative Crystal leaves, dimensionals, distressing tool. The ribbon flowers are made with white seam binding, Tattered Rose Distress Ink, water spritzer, needle, thread, craft sheet, heat gun and SU Crystal Effects.

Have a terrific Thursday everyone!

From the Heart

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The sketch for the challenge at Splitcoast today lends itself to so many different looks. I've made my card base 5" x 5" square in Stampin' Up Early Espresso.

Next comes some strips of Soft Suede where I rounded the bottom corners. On top of those strips I've layered some designer paper with the same rounded corners. A strip of Early Espresso placed horizontally across the card, with a smaller strip, again in the Soft Suede over top. I've stamped the sentiment to the right of this strip in Early Espresso.

The two layers of the butterfly were cut with a die. The bottom layer, in Early Espresso, was dry embossed and the top layer is the reverse side of this beautiful paper.

A simple card that could be used for many occasions.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Holidays & Wishes (retired)
Paper: Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Mocha Morning Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, corner rounder punch, mini glue dots

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Emboss Resist Floral

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Good morning everyone!

This card starts with a 8" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock scored vertically. The next layer is 3" x 5 1/2" and has been stamped with the sentiment in black.

The embossed resist technique is very simple. If you haven't tried it before, here's how it's done. Take a piece of glossy white card stock and stamp it with Versamark, then heat emboss with white embossing powder. Once it cools, sponge on your colors. In this case, I used the colors from Color Challenge 333 at Splitcoast today - Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight. I also layered my emboss resist piece over some black card stock before placing it on the card.

A very simple and quick card for you to try!

Stamps: Pressed Profile from Stampington and Company and a very old Hampton Art Stamps sentiment stamp (1991 to be exact!)
Paper: Stampin' Up Island Indigo, Basic Black, Whisper White and Xerox photo paper
Ink: Stampin' Up Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight, and Versamark
Accessories: sponges, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun

Have a fabulous Tuesday!

Butterfly Tag

Monday, July 25, 2011

I've used the MOJO201 sketch today for this card. You could choose to do a round or a square sketch and round sounded good to this girl!

To create the round base, I used my largest Lacy Circle Spellbinder's die. To make the round base I used a piece of black card stock that was 10" x 5". Next I scored it so that I had a 5" x 5" square. Leave your scored line just inside the top of your die, that way you've got an edge that holds the circles together.

On top of that I layered a circle of designer paper that had been cut with a round nestie. On top of that is another circle in a different designer paper cut in the same size. Then I took and cut half of it away.

Two rectangles of cardstock were cut 2 3/4" x 1 1/4". The two rectangles have been dry embossed with the same embossing folder. A piece of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon goes over top of the black rectangle and behind the green one.

I tied a simple bow in the two tone ribbon and layered it over a tag that I made with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a punch. To color the butterfly on the tag, I simply inked up the side of the embossing folder that protrudes, and thereby getting the reverse embossed look. Two little buttons are the final touches for this card.

Stamps: none
Paper: Stampin' Up Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and some retired Designer Series Papers
Ink: Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Wizard, Spellbinders Lacy Circles die, Small Circles die, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Collage embossing folder, Stampin' Up Houndstooth embossing folder, 1 3/4" circle punch, Stampin' Up 5/8" Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, retired SU buttons and ribbon.

Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

Double challenge

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another combination challenge card for this stamper today. I combined the Color Challenge at Splitcoast - to use Wild Wasabi, Pool Party and Chocolate Chip with your choice of neutrals and your choice of dessert. And the layout is from the MOJO200 challenge.

The card base is a standard A2 in Crumb Cake. Next comes a layer of Chocolate Chip, followed by a layer of designer paper. I used a punched design in Chocolate Chip down the right side. For the focal image, I joined the circle and square with adhesive before I stamped the images. I added a little highlight with a Signo gel pen on the flowers and on the vase.

The bow is made from two different ribbons, one to make the actual bow and the other to tie it to the card.

Stamps: Vogue Vases from Gina K. Designs
Paper: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Chocolate Chip; and the designer paper is Madeline from Prima
Ink: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Wizard, circle and square Nestabilities, EK Success Punch, Michael's ribbon, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip satin ribbon and Signo gel pen

Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Color Blocking

Monday, July 18, 2011

A quick card for two challenges at Splitcoast today - the CAS challenge taking inspiration from this drink and the Technique Lovers Challenge using color blocking.

I used an A2 card base to start with. The color blocking was done with some fabric look images. Then I stamped the umbrella and sentiment in black over top. Another simple rectangle has been dry embossed and placed behind the focal point for some added texture. A single rhinestone brad was added for a little bling.

An easy, peasy card today!

Stamps: Hero Arts, Michael's $1.50 bin and the sentiment is unknown
Paper: Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White
Ink: Stampin' Up Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Lucky Limeade and Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stampin' Up Houndstooth embossing folder and a clear rhinestone brad

Have a wonderful day!

Non Traditional Christmas Colors

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This is for the color challenge from last Tuesday at Splitcoast and for today's Featured Stamper, Teri, at Splitcoast.

The color challenge was to incorporate Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Cherry Cobbler into a card, and for dessert, a Christmas or winter theme.

The card base is a 4 1/4" square. It's been stamped with the sentiment several times in the challenge colors. There's a strip of Baja Breeze down the left side with a piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding tied on top. The die cut has been stamped and embossed in Whisper White and I added a Glimmer Brad for a little bling. It was popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Four the Holidays (current) and Best Wishes and More (retired)
Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight Card Stock, Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze
Ink: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, and Baja Breeze in Classic Ink as well as Whisper White in Craft Ink
Accessories: Wizard, Lacy Circles Nestabilities, Stamp-a-ma-jig, white embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Glimmer Brad, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, dimensionals

Hope you're having a fabulous start to your week!

CAS Poppies

Saturday, July 16, 2011

This is entitled CAS poppies...for those of you who aren't familiar with the term CAS - it means using a Clean And Simple design.

Using a standard A2 card base, I inked up my floral images with several markers in shades of pink and green and lightly spritzed them with water before stamping. Hence the term, spritzed watercoloring. Then a added a few dots of Stickles for a little bling. And finally, I used an embossing folder, just along of the edge of the card, for a little texture.

A very simple design and very simple to make card...about 10 minutes in total. Sometimes I like to leave a card without a sentiment so that it can be used for many different occasions. This card will work for birthdays, weddings, as a thank name it!


Stamps: Flourishes - Poppy Patch

Paper: Gina K. Heavyweight Card Stock in White

Ink: none

Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers in Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; JudiKins Extra Fine Mist Spritzer; Big Shot; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and Fruit Punch Stickles

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Lookin' for my Mojo

Friday, July 15, 2011

Do you ever go through a spell where you're looking for your mojo? I'm at that point. Hopefully it will return soon!

This card is for several challenges over at Splitcoast - the Queen for the Day69 challenge honoring Karen, the F4A73 challenge to use twine and the Ways to Use It challenge WT331 - collage crazy.

I've used a standard A2 card base in Marina Mist, followed by a layer of Early Espresso that's been dry embossed and distressed. Next comes a layer of Naturals card stock in Ivory that has also been distressed and stamped with a lot of different images - En Francais background stamp, the Texture jumbo wheel and images from the new Established Elegance set. In order to get an irregular shape stamped area with the En Francais bg stamp, I cut a small hole in a piece of card stock and then ripped the hole larger. By stamping over top of this you get an irregular image which looks really cool.

Next comes a piece of the new Well Worn Designer Series paper that's been punched with the 2 3/8" Scallop circle punch. It's been spritzed with water and crumpled to age it. On top of that is a piece of Early Espresso that's also been dry embossed, crumpled and torn. Then, I've used the new Textured Impressions Designer Frames Embossing Folders set in Crumb Cake. It's also been stamped and pulled apart a bit to look aged. I stamped more images from the same set on a Mini Vintage tag and also used my Color Spritzer to add some aging on it. Then I pulled a piece of Early Espresso/White Baker's Twine through it. I've used an antique brad and some crochet trim for embellishments.

All items used are from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: En Francais, Established Elegance and Texture Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Distressing Tool from Cutter Kit, Color Spritzer Tool, Jumbo Wheel handle, Antique Brad, Mini Vintage Tag, Baker's Twine in Early Espresso/White, Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker, and Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim.

Have a fantastic Friday everyone!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

For the inspiration challenge today at Splitcoast...Posh Vintage. I chose this beautiful dress as my inspiration.

The cardbase is a 5 1/2" square in Brilliant Blue. Next, I stamped and embossed the leaves in Brilliant Blue onto some Bazzill textured cardstock. Another piece of Brilliant Blue was dry embossed and added horizontally. I stamped a leaf in Brilliant Blue onto some of the green cardstock, then it was placed on a sponge pad and I traced the large veins of the leaf with a stylus to add dimension. The sentiment was stamped on a die cut tag and a flower brad was used to adhere it to the textured background. Next, I tied a simple bow and layered another larger flower brad with a rhinestone center to it. Another strip of sheer ribbon has been placed vertically behind the bow and over the textured blue cardstock.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Warm Words sentiment, the smaller leaves are from a bin at Michael's and the large leaf is from Rubber Stampede
Paper: Stampin' Up Brilliant Blue (retired) and Bazzill
Ink: Stampin' Up Brilliant Blue Craft and Classic pads (retired)
Accessories: Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes ef, Michael's ribbon, clear embossing powder, heat gun, Stampin' Up Flower Designer Brads, Stampin' Up Clear Rhinestone brad, Stampin' Up Lots of Tags Sizzlet die, Big Shot

Hope your weekend is absolutely wonderful!

Doily Flower

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Over at Splitcoast today, the Ways to Use it Challenge - doilies. I die cut my doily in the usual manner but then cut it in half. Next, using my Scor-Pal I scored it from the center to the edge where it seemed appropriate. I taped the edges together with Scor-Tape and then flattened it like a medallion. I added a glue dot to the back and the shaped the flower it so it popped up somewhat. I punched out a piece of Sage Shadow that has been stamped with the same image from the layered sentiment, then punched out the small flower and finally added the pearl to the center. There's also a die cut flourish in behind in Soft Suede.

The sentiment is simple layering of a couple of different sizes of the label in the three different papers all stamped in Soft Suede and popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: JustRite Cling - Kindness
Paper: Stampin' Up Sage Shadow, Soft Suede and Naturals Ivory
Ink: Stampin' Up Sage Shadow and Soft Suede
Accessories: Sizzix Sizzlit Flourish die, Cheery Lynn Designs Pastry Doily, SU 3/4" circle punch, SU Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, SU Basic Pearls, Big Shot, Wizard, Spellbinders Labels 20, dimensionals, glue dots, 1/8" Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal

Have a fabulous day!

Style is Everything?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Having a little fun here today! Isn't she just stylin'? From her knobby little knees to her oh so colorful tutu, Ballerina Eunice is quite the picture of style! Don't you think?

This is for the Color Challenge at Splitcoast using Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mango and Tangerine Tango. And, for Sketch Challenge 340, also at Splitcoast.

The cardbase is Rich Razzleberry in the standard A2 size. It's been dry embossed and I used the corner rounder punch on all four corners. Next is a piece of Tangerine Tango that's also been dry embossed and sponged with a bit of Melon Mambo. The image has been stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I added some Stickles for a little bling on her tutu and her earrings. And I used a white gel pen to enhance her eyes and cheeks.

The sentiment has been stamped in the same black ink and again, I used the corner rounder punch. It was also overstamped with a damask image in Melon Mambo. Next, I used an embossing folder for the piece under the button and then used a round punch to punch it out. And finally, I colored the hemp twine with a marker and topped the embossed circle with an orange button.

Stamps: Art Impressions and Hero Arts
Paper: X-Press It Copic Blending Paper, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Melon Mambo
Accessories: Orange Peel Stickles, corner rounder punch, 1" round punch, Cuttlebug Collage ef, Cuttlebug Textile ef, Cuttlebug Forest Branches ef, Stampin' Up Designer Buttons in Sherbet (retired), Stampin' Up Hemp Twine, Bic marker, Signo Gel Pen, Copics: BG10 Cool Shadow, C1 Cool Gray 1, C3 Cool Gray 3, C5 Cool Gray 5, E00 Skin White, E02 Fruit Pink, E21 Baby Skin Pink, RV14 Begonia Pink, RV17 Deep Magenta, RV19 Red Violet, YR000 Silk, YR04 Chrome Orange, YR07 Cadmium Orange, and YR09 Chinese Orange

Have a fantastic day, everyone!

Masculine Card

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A masculine card today. Something that I find not always easy to do. IMHO masculine cards can't be too fussy and need to be in "guy" colors.

This card is for the Teapot Challenge at Splitcoast and for the Mojo Monday 198 sketch. This card will be going to a young father who has a wife and infant son. He is currently battling cancer and needs a lift.

My card starts out with a cardbase in Soft Suede. The next layer is made up of two pieces, one being a striped designer paper in River Rock and the other a piece of River Rock that's been dry embossed and sponged with Soft Suede. It has also been stamped with a faux stitching pattern.

Next comes a banner in River Rock that's been dry embossed and a slightly smaller banner in some Soft Suede designer paper. Next comes a layer of Soft Suede that's been cut with a square nestie die with a slightly smaller square River Rock die cut that's been stamped in Soft Suede. I punched out another piece of the dotted Soft Suede designer paper and again dry embossed it but actually used the reverse side to create some divots in the "golf ball". The "golf ball" has been popped up on a large dimensional. And finally, I stamped the golf club image in Soft Suede on the same color and cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Stampin' Up On the Green (retired), the golf club comes from a large background stamp made by SonLight Impressions and the faux stitching is from Sassafras Lass Stitched Borders 2
Paper: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, River Rock and Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Stampin' Up Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Wizard, Distressed Stripes ef, Swiss Dots ef, Diamonds in the Rough ef, Classic Square large and small Nestabilities, dimensionals, sponges

Have a fantastic Tuesday everyone!

Faux Silk

Monday, July 4, 2011

For the Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoast today...faux silk with a twist. By adding sponging, glitter, chalk, alcohol inks, etc. just to add something different to the faux silk technique.

Haven't done faux silk? Here's how it's done. Take a piece of tissue paper and stamp it with your image or images. Now crinkle it up...wad it up in your hand...whatever works to get a bit of texture. Next, glue it to a piece of cardstock, leaving some of the wrinkles in.

Rather than gluing it to a square, circle, or whatever...I chose to rip the edges and just add it to my cardbase. You can make a more finished or structured looking piece by adding it to a square of cardstock, a diecut, or perhaps a circle.

I used a piece of pale pink tissue paper and stamped my image on it in Basic Gray. And then for my twist...I painted the flowers, leaves and butterflies with LuminArte H2O's before I glued it to my cardbase.

The sentiment has been stamped in Basic Gray and die cut. I then punched out several branches in Basic Gray and layered them behind the paper roses. A simple bow with one more paper rose finishes off my card.

Stamps: Rubber Stampede and Waltzingmouse
Paper: pink tissue paper, Stampin' Up Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Gray
Accessories: LuminArte H20s in Chiffon Pink and Pear Blossom, Big Shot, Nestabilities Labels 18, Martha Stewart branch punch, paper roses, Michaels ribbon.

Happy 4th of July to my readers in the United States!

Style Challenge

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I've entitled this Style Challenge simply because this is so very different from what I normally do. I feel it's very important to try different techniques and looks. The whole idea of art, and cardmaking is an art, is to stretch beyond what you feel is comfortable and safe.

My inspiration comes from this beautiful piece of art from Oopsy Daisy. There are many fabulous forms of art on this site and no doubt that's why Anne chose it for the the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoast.

I'm also using this for the Free For All Challenge from Friday at Splitcoast. Our fearless leader, Wendy, gave us a list of Funky and Fun July Holidays...I chose Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. This represents Chocolate, Strawberry, Banana. Perhaps not so creative but yummy!

And, this is also for the Ways to Use it Challenge from Thursday at Splitcoast...Something Old, Something New. My something old is my watercolor paper and my inks, and my something new is a stamp set from Tim Holtz.

The cardbase is a standard A2 in Basic Black from Stampin' Up. I took a piece of cold press watercolor paper and sponged on several different inks to mimic my inspiration piece. Then, I spritzed the paper with water and added more color. Next, I stamped all the images in black including the sentiment. And finally, I dried the paper with my heat gun.

Stamps: Tim Holtz Flights of Fancy
Paper: Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, Stampin' Up! Basic Black
Inks: Stampin' Up Barely Banana, Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: sponges, adhesive and heat gun

Have a fantastic holiday weekend!