Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 6x6 paper baskets

 My kids get way too much candy for Easter so I like to make little baskets for them. I have been eye-ing several little basket dies but you know what? I love this little simple basket made of 6x6 piece of paper.  I took a 6x6 paper, scored it at 2 and 4 inches on both sides to make like a tic-tac-toe board then cut 1/2 strips in one direction on the 4 corner squares only  and then bring them together in the pattern shown using some tape.  I do find that I have to cut about 1/4 inch from the middle square that sticks out after I put the sides together.  I then use a matching brad to hold it and a 1/2 inch coordinating piece of card stock handle together. This one I lined with a strip of the scallop ribbon punch first.  It is really cute with a white flower punched with the brad through the center but it was too foo-foo and girly for my boys so I kept it simple.  The little chocolate bunny did not make it into the picture but it fits the small Lindt chocolate bunnies perfectly (comes in a pack of 5).  The creme eggs are miniatures  not regular size and comes in packs or 12.

I love that this is such a simple basket but still has that woven look and feeling about it and it is such a great way to use up all your 12x12 or 6x6 DSP's that you have been hogging.....
Happy Easter!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Secret Garden make and take

This is a make and take from  my last Stampin' Party.  I wanted to show the technique of white embossing the flowers on a colored cardstock, enhancing with a blender pen and same color inkpad, diecutting the image with matching dies and this is a more simplified version of the one I shared yesterday.  Take Pool party basecard- I am going to be so sad when this retires.  Take a small piece of whisper white- this is 4 x 2 1/2 . Stamp the sentiment from Friendly Phrases in Basic Grey then emboss the top with Chevron folder. Tie the pool party ribbon- one of the free items from Sale-a-bration. Mount the flowers and leaves- It's the same stamp stamped twice, once in regal rose CS and another onto celery then cut out the celery flower showing only 2 petals and mount with dimensionals.  Real easy but elegant card for a make and take.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Secret Garden play

I had to get secret garden set when it came out and this card is why.  I love embossing with white on color cardstock and then highlighting it with blender pen and inkpad to add some dimension.  This flower color and combo was case from Connie Collins from Constantly Stamping but as I did not have the Happy Hello Cardkit, had to changed it up a bit. base card is pool party with a layer of Real red, diecut oval and then embossed with chevron folder. I wanted the sentiment to be on white so I diecut another oval  from whisper white, but one size smaller than the one I used for the real red CS and then stamped Perfectly Penned in Early Expresso and mounted the real red CS and the white oval using dimensionals.  Diecut the flowers after embossing with white EP onto daffodil and celery CS and mounted it with dimensionals and a lovely little card is made.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Swallowtail embossed in Pool Party

I made these cards for some thank you's this month.  It is Swallowtail and Curly Cute  embossed in Pool Party EP onto Early expresso CS. One layer card really easy but quite dramatic- I am trying to play with different Embossing powder colors as well. What fun!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pastel Swallowtail

Another swallowtail embossed onto white using versamark and white EP then daubered with bashful blue, pretty in pink, so saffron and celery to create a really subtle color combo. Tied the whole thing with celery seam binding ribbon and the sentiment from Curly Cute set in Bashful blue and then mount the whole thing on another whisper white CS and a really easy but elegant card.  We made this at our last party and from the beginner to the expert all had a good time making it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Swallowtail in basic brown

This was a really easy one.  Stamped the sentiment and swallowtail in basic brown and used watercolor crayons to color it directly onto the vanilla CS. Layer the whole thing onto Expresso CS and you are done!
I think this was a take 5 card!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Swallowtail with markers

This was a fun little card. I embossed a whole bunch of swallowtails onto whisper white CS with white EP to try different techniques.  I did this initially with  daubers and pads but it was too pale so I tried blender pen and markers and it was so much more dramatic.  This was using eggplant, daffodil and melon mambo pens then used dauber with pool party to add a softer background.  Stamped the sentiment from Curly Cute in Eggplant then layered it onto eggplant then pool party base card and easy as pie card. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

A week of Swallowtail Play

I have been busy playing with this Swallowtail stamp. I thought to get it initially so I can stamp canvas and Tshirts because I thought it too big for cards but I 've been liking it.  This was done with watercolor crayons directly onto the stamp then spritzed it with water then stamped onto shimmering white CS. Sentiment from Trust God stamped with Rich Razzleberry and layered onto same and then layered onto Summer starfruit base card.

After it all dried, I went over some of the area with a 2 way glue pen and added some dazzling diamond glitter which did add something extra.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day

 I love this little card. I am trying a little different way of taking my pictures but still it's not working out well and still coming out too dark.  Anyhow, I saw a card similar to this a long time ago and thought I would case that but I searched high and low and could not find it again.  I liked the layout - so if it's your card I am casing, let me know so I can give you credit.

It is white on white with lacy brocade EF embossed with a layer of 2 way glue around the edge with dazzling diamond  sprinkled on top.  Stamp Lucky me 3 times on white with Lucky Limeade Inkpad- what else?- and then the work in same on a scrap of white.  Layer over the lucky limeade CS and mount the clovers and banner with dimensionals and add a little jewel crystal in the center and it is so sweet!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Stampin Up Spring Surprise Bundle

Is this not the cutest card?  It is from Stampin Up using the new Spring Surprise bundle available now through May 30th and It's now on my wish list.  Who does not love matching stamps for a great punch?  You can get it now through my website under shot now and special offers. Check it out!