Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Afternoon thanks

I have so many gracious customers and when they order I always like to include a little card that they can use to include their receipts as a thank you. I like to write the message inside on a post-it from Stampin' Up (the 4x4 size is perfect!) or let the sentiment on the card send the message.  But it has to be simple which makes it easier to make a bunch and it also just happens to be the style I like....

This is one I did for this month.  Take whisper white and die cut it using labels collection framelet, (Or use the ones you saved from the cards you may have diecut as a frame in the past) stamp the image from Summer afternoon- hostess set with Staz-On Black or Memento Tuxedo Black.  Color in with crumbcake markers, more mustard and cajun craze for the pot, certainly celery and wild wasabi for the leaves and grass and real red and daffodil for the bird (on the belly but hard to tell here). Lay the crumbcake ribbon where you want it on the crumbcake base card, mount the diecut with dimensionals then tie the ribbon on the side as shown.  Real simple card and you can use this idea with any image that fits inside the diecut of your choice.    I thought about embossing the base card but it seemed too fuxxy and distracted from the central image. But you could round the bottom corners, use a stickpin on the ribbon, embellish away to your level of comfort!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Papaya Collage Case from Sandy Mathis

 I was looking for a card to make for my stampin party using the papaya collage using Summer Starfruit and the card from Sandy Mathis just took my breath away so I had to case it- no, let's face it why mess with perfection? I just copied it.     The central panel is very vanilla CS diecut with the Labels collection framelet stamped with sentiment from Just Believe in Soft suede and the leaves are stamped first in Starfruit then dauber'd around the edge directly on the stamp with rose red then stamped on the vanilla CS.
Add the layer of DP from Comfort Cafe, the starfruit CS embossed wtih Vintage Wallpaer , tie it with crumbcake ribbon and layer it onto the crumbcake CS.  Stamp 2 butterflies onto crumcake using suede ink, cut it out and add 2 pearls and a very shabby chic card that I can see Shelly loving.  Thanks, Sandy, you are amazing!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Make a Cake- make and take

 Take base of pool part and emboss it with polka dot.  Take a piece of Patio party DSP and cut the bottom out to make a tail and adhere to the card.  This is 1 1/2 inch strip.

Punch out  2 1/2 inch circle from Summer Starfruit and adhere that to the card. Take a scrap whisper white and stamp the cake in Raspberry Ripple and the butterflis in Gumball green, and the sentiment in Midnight Muse(taken straight from the DSP colors) and cut them out and diecut the sentiment flag.

Mount the cut outs with dimensionals and another easy peasy card you can make in no time at all. Make a stack and save them for those pesky birthdays that keep popping up that you need to grab a card quick.  The color are very NOW and it is cute for a kid yet sophisticated enough for a grown up....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

The card that my kids made for Father's day and a project for my class this past week, just before Father's day. The colors are straight out of the color coach.                    The base card is indigo with the bottom embossed with stripes - emboss one side then overlap the strips where you embossed to get the whole long section of bottom embossed- it is pretty easy. Stamp sentiment from teeny tiny wishes in Indigo and punch out with word window punch.  Take whisper white, and stamp the ties in indigo. Clean and stamp again in Razzleberry and cut the tie you like out.  Layer it on with dimensional and add a crystal  
bling as tie tack.   Layer the whole thing on Razzleberry and attach the sentiment on the bottom and layer it on the indigo basecard with dimensionals again.  Very masculine colors yet modern that any suave man would appreciate!
For the Best Dads Ever.

Friday, June 8, 2012

butterfly punch trick on Field Flowers gift tags

 There are a lot of people I needed to thank for helping my kids at school.  The teachers go without saying and all the other teachers and special people who are there to help.

My favorite gift for these and other occasions are R&J Toffees. They have this pound bags that are already packed so beautifully and they are SO delicious and last forever in the refrigerator. I found them at a local farmer's market and now I am seeking them out whenever I need a quick gift.

I did want to personalize it a little though so I took an extra large shipping tag and stamped Field Flowers in Calypso coral - masked the flower to stamp the stems in Wild wasabi and stamped the sentiment (retired SU) Sincere salutations in expresso. Sponged the whol thing and tied it with a matching cord with a message on the back.
I wanted to add a little butterfly but did not feel like cutting out a gazillion of these and I did not want a just diecut butterfly- I wanted it to LOOK like a butterfly with an image on it.

So I took the Kindness matters butterflies, stamped it in Baja Blue on white then used an old MS butterfly punch to punch out what it fit- see image on left and it looked darling. One of the little ones fits the little butterfly too if you want to try it out for yourself.  Isn't it cute?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

End of the School Year

The last week of the school year is the busiest time for me-  three kids with three different things going on daily, parties, class shows, gifts for the teachers and I alwas try to do something handmade.  When one of the class asked for someone to make something for the teacher besides the money collection they were doing I thought a scrapbook with each children drawing a page with a picture and a letter to the teacher would make a wonderful memorabilia. 

 I found this scrapbook from Ki Memories that had a metal case around it that I thought would make a nice gift for someone.  It was really a birthday album but I put gaffer tape from 7 Gypsies with the alphabet around it and thought it made it really modern and accented the front cover beautifully.
 I took a page from School Days DSP from DCWV and stamped sentiment from Teacher;s Apple from PTI on the inside cover- it madeit pop more with another layer of white around it. I then used the 12x12 version of the same DSP pack and put the entire class picture on it to start the album.
Then I put each of the kid's writings on one side.  (This is Kyle's page- I did not want to display other children's pages for privacy reasns)

Then the kid's picture and drawing on the other side.  Used Tmeless Type Junior set fron Stampin Up to create the letters of the child's name on each of the pages color coordinated to the page then accented with variety of school stickers I've amassed (this is the right word for this- 'collected' does not quite describe it)  over the years.   I did put some blank pages in the back in case the teacher had some pictures she wanted to put in the album for herself.  It took a long time to diecut all the letters in different colors and figure some things out.  Now I have to figure out some others gifts for the teachers.  Kyle's teacher had it especially tough this year so I owe her BIG!  I don't know how they do it- 20 some first graders in one room all day- It really takes the patience of a saint to be a teacher!    Hugs to you all!