Thursday, March 31, 2011

Funky Four

Just love this little set- Funky Four- got it for saleabration with the So Happy for you set sentiment- - it is just so sweet - wanted to use it for a simple thank you cards with a single layer using white CS but I decided to layer it using olive and red mimicking the colors I used in the marker to color the shrooms.

Then I used a textured olive CS then layered red under the white and a little different card- I just can't leave a clean and simple card alone- but I do like this better maybe.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A bouquet of flowers

I just love this card- I was tempted to send it in to SU but thought it was too simple. I've done variations on this before but I just love the First edition DSP for this. It just looks like newspare. Took a little square of it left over from another project, maybe 2x2 or so and glued it in the front overlap and tied it with linen thread as they would in a french open air market. Embossed the crumb cake CS as shown here and stamped just for you from the teeny tiny wishes set in white. I punched a bunch of flowers from the itty bitty shapes punch set, rolled it using he stylus as shown yesterday and stuck a tiny pearl in the center- I think I've gone through 3 packs of these pearl jewels from Stampin Up in the last few month- I just love them so. I punched a bunch of leaves using the two step bird punch using old olive and set them up to look more 3 D using dimensionals behind some leaves and flowers- yes I did cut them into quarters so they would not show. Try your hand at this. It is reasonably easy with the beautiful punches we have and the DSP makes it just look perfect. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A bouquet of flowers

I had left over 1 1/4 circles and a small oval that was punched out in red CS and you all know how I hate to waste anything so I spiral cut them and dropped a little pearl in the center, set them on top of the leaves from the xtra large bird punch, (Trina Kuriger did a versions of this that I loved on Stampin Connection- website for demos only) tied them up with a 1/8 inch ribbon and voila simple cards made from left overs.

I did want to make a frame around the flowers so I used the square lattice EF to selectively emboss the oval area around the center- previously shown here.

I just used a balsa wood oval frame - less than $1 at M*chaels- Then I wanted to make it simpler for my workshop and I had seen punched flower on the success magazine (monthly publication for SU demos only) where they used the itty bitty shapes punch to make flowers with a pearl in the center and I just loved it so I changed it up a bit and this is what my "girls" made.

The punched flowers are rubbed with the stylus to make a bowl shape over the spongy piece of mat pack (a mousepad or any slightly soft surface will work too)
I used the saleabation set So Happy for you for the sentiment- which you can substitute for any other saying in the set as it all fits perfectly.
Change up the color of the flower and the ribbon and you can make it for lots of different occasions. Almost a single layer, eh?
A variation on this will be posted tomorrow - so check it out.

Monday, March 21, 2011

3D Daffodil

I am a freak for flowers- I have been amassing - and that really is a good word for this- shapes for punching flowers for so long my collection out rivals most stores- and when Stampin Up came up with their Blossoms Petals Punch I HAD to have it. Although there has been some glitches with the SU punches I am pleased as punch (heh heh) about the shapes they deliver. My daffodils were blooming outside and I thought it would be perfect for that. I brought in one of my blossoms and studied it to see if I can make one. The base card is Poppy embossed with the tulip folder for the pretty edge. The sentiment was stamped in versamark and embossed in white EP. The wild wasabi CS was cut into 1/4 inch strip to make the stem and folded to free shape the leaf. I glued only part of it so that I could shape it. The flower is cut with 2 shapes. The skinny big leaf for the petals. I used the 6 sided flower from the Boho Blossoms punch to glue the petals down onto it so make spacing a little easier- I did overlap the leaves a bit on it though. I then punched daffodil CS using the circle 1 1/4 inch punch to make the bottom part of the daffodil center then used the scalloped leaf from the same blossoms petals punch to punch out the top part. The center part is about 1/2 as tall as the petals are long I figure. Sponged the edges of all the pieces. The center part is a bit tricky. I tried to figure out how I was going to make it stand up and stay. The dimensional did the trick but it was not so sticky on the side so I put a little line of glue around the edge of the dimensional and wrapped the petal around it - I used a tiny clothespin to hold it in place while it was drying which took about 1/2 hour. I then sprinkled some microbeads into the center which stuck to the dimensional. Although not exactly true to life, not a bad replica. If it would only smell like the morning dew........
Happy first day of spring!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happiness shared

I don't know why but I just really like this set- this and every moment has been on my want list for a long time and I finally gave it. I like the simplicity of the image, a chance to color- it's the kindergartener in me I guess. Sometimes I go overboard with punches and all the embellishments but I find the simple cards really appealing to my senses-
Base is real red, with a old olive on top of that stamped with the leaves from the same set all around to just add a little interest. top note in white die cut. Stamp the flower and sentiment in StazOn and color in with the water color crayons directly to paper then use the aqua painter to blend it in. Stamped the flower in old olive over the sentiment.

As it stood, it kind of looked blah so I added a little pearl in the center but I wanted the stamen of the flower to stand out a little so I used the Black Chunky Essential Glitter to make the anther part pop out a bit and I thought it looked a lot better. I jsut used a little bit of two way glue pen to apply just a little bit of glue where I wanted it and it just stuck. I did use the piercing tool to take some of the glitter that stuck on the pearl though - I guess I did not do well with the glue.... oh well.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Cupcake gumball machine

My friend Mercedes is so creative- when she came up with the gumball machine using the cupcake punch, we all knew we would have to case it and here it is- Take a 12x12 Melon Mambo textured CS and cut it into 6 inch squares to make 3x6 cards. I took a 1x6 strip of Ice Cream parlor DSP from sale-a-bration and used the scallop border on daffodil paper on both sides to make the strip to accent.
The white CS is diecut with scallop rectangle clearlet and the rectangle is cut in crumbcake. The gumball machine is melon mambo as well. The top of the machine is punched using the top of the cupcake cut in one piece using a 1/2 inch strip of melon I slipped into the punch to just punch the top part. The 1 1/4 inch circle punch in white- I think I ruined it trying to punch the clear plastic to put over the top, heh heh- I told my friends at the workshop to use the white circle to scissor cut the clear plastic and it worked better- oh well. The gumballs were punched using turquise, pacific blue, old olive, pumpkin pie and daffodil- mostly from little scraps of paper that I had been saving for just this occasion. The silver paper is punched using the small oval with a silver brad on top. The whole thing is mounted with dimensionals and it is so sweet- literally!

I tried to put a sentiment on the top onto the daffodil strip and bunch of other ways but I liked it without the sentiment on top - so I took a 1/2 strip of white I had left over, cut the corners like a banner and stamped the sentiment and stuck it inside and I like it a lot better. Wishing you a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Variations on the easter basket

I am having so much fun with this stamp- again the same easter basket carrying girl from Pure Innocence (MFT)- this time carrying spring flowers. Used the lattice square embossing folder with an old oval frame to selectively emboss the whisper white CS. I then stamped the girl image and the sentiment on the center of the oval, stamped the girl again on Sunny Gardens DSP and cut out the dress part to paper piece- then colored it in using Cop*cs and then punched out little teensy weency flowers- $1 punch from M*chaels- my favorite for small centers of flowers because they are So tiny- although I would like them to come out with a hand punch- with long handles like the circle punches that they used to have- it would be so much easier on my hand than these dinkie punches that are sometimes really hard to punch a lot-

This is the detail on the flowers - this is a great way to use up those little tiny left over pieces you have left over from all your projects- I have a plastic container filled with small flowers that I punched out from left over cardstock that I was going to throw away anyway- where do you think I got these flowers from? I did add some green ones to add interest as leaves and put gold lame Smooch to add a little sparkle in the center. Added the wreath on her head and a flower that dropped on the floor and another way to use all your easter basket stamps- fill them with flowers!

Monday, March 7, 2011

My day off

The office is undergoing demolition so it was closed for a day and it gave me a chance to catch up on my laundry, grocery shopping and of course on my way home from the grocery I HAD to stop by my favorite LSS to see what new stuff they got from CHA. I have bought Pure Innocence by Heather Ellis on line as a digistamp years ago before MFT started to carry it- and lo and behold this LSS carried some of it- cost a little more but I like local stores to survive and I love to touch and feel stuff I buy so I don't mind paying a little extra to support the local stores. This was an Easter stamp but I thought it could be a St Paddy's day- You know my rules- I have to be able to use the stamp for at least 3 different things to buy it-
Used an old wood frame to selectively emboss the polka dot EF from Stampin Up. The Sentiment is from Teeny tiny wishes- stamped the image in black and colored with copics as shown- I thought about paper piecing but I drew extra heart shapes on the dress to make a clover so I just colored it in with little polka dots. the basket I colored in T9 to make it look like a pot of gold and the eggs were colored with gold pen to make it look like coins. I think it is so sweet.....
Hope you have a lucky day!