Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Heather!

I am sorry this isn't the best picture of this card. I took it with my camera on macro and it doesn't use a flash. I wanted to use the camera though so that you could see the dimension of the card. If I had used the scanner it wouldn't show the little suspended piece. This is a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. My card was inspired by the one Beate Johns did for the tutorial.

Stamp Sets: Birthday Whimsy (Retired), So Many Scallops (Retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (Retired)
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive and Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' pads
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch. 1 and 3/8 inch circle punch, Real Red grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

The suspended piece is taped to white dental floss

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Need Retired Stampin' Up!® stamp sets?

I just added more sets to the retired list that I would like to sell. If you click on the picture of the stamp sets (on the right- hand side of my blog) it will take you to a google document that has the pictures of the sets and the prices. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment to this posting and I will get back to you!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Card for Shanna

About a month ago on Shelli Gardner's blog, she mentioned that her daughter, Shanna, hadn't received many cards for her birthday. Lots of people had sent emails but she was missing the "real" thing. I sent her a card and that sweet girl sent me a letter back! This is the card that I made to send back to her responding to her questions. I tell ya...there is a lot of pressure stamping for the daughter of the Cofounder and CEO of Stampin' Up!
I got this idea that other day and decided it would be the one that I would send to Shanna. It didn't turn out quite as pretty as it looked in my head, but I was still pleased enough to send it on. My stamping time is limited so I am not sure I could have done much better!
Stamp set: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Mellow Moss and Barely Banana Classic Stampin' pad
Paper: Whisper White, Barely Banana, Mellow Moss and Bliss Blue card stock
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, SAB ribbon (retired) and Dimensionals

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sis!

This is the birthday card that I made for my sister, Jessica, who turned 35 on May 13th.

Stamp set: Party Hearty
Ink: Close to Cocoa Classic Stamp pad
Paper: Bella Rose Designer Series paper, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Big Bold Cupcakes Die, Lots of Tags Die, Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dimensionals

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mom's Day Take 3

This is my card for my step-mom, Sharon.
Stamps: Fresh Cuts
Paper: Very Vanilla, Glossy White, and Brushed Gold
Ink: Gold Encore, Vanilla Craft ink, Creamy Caramel Reinker, Old Olive Reinker and Really Rust Reinker
Accessories: Heat tool, Scallop edge punch, Clear Detail Embossing powder, Crafters' tool kit
Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
Just in case you don't know how to do the Polished Stone technique...take your cotton balls and wet them with alcohol. Squeeze out the cotton ball so that it isn't dripping wet. Use reinkers to place dots of color on the cotton ball (I used 3 colors here). Pounce the cotton ball onto the glossy white cardstock. I turn the cotton ball in different directions as I pounce to spread the color. When you start to notice that the color isn't transferring, re-wet the cotton ball and put more ink on. Repeat this process until the glossy cardstock is covered. Usually one of the colors of reinkers is a metallic one. When the metallic ink mixes with the alcohol you get a nice veined effect. I used the Gold Metallic ink on top to stamp with, so I just used the regular reinkers for the background.

Monday, May 11, 2009

M is for Mom

This is my Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law, Linda. I am very lucky to have a very nice mother-in-law! No horror stories here!

Stamps: Lovely Letters
Ink: Baja Breeze
Paper: Shimmer White and Baja Breeze
Accessories: Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Die, Scallop Edge punch, stamping sponges

I used the stamping sponges to sweep the Baja Breeze ink over the raised edges of the flowers.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

This is my Mother's Day card for my mom. It is mother's day and I still have it here at my house to scan and post. Sigh! Some day I will get organized and get them out on time. I still owe Scott's mom and my stepmom cards as well! I told Scott that for mother's day I would like some time to get downstairs and stamp.
We spent this afternoon with my sister and brother-in-law at their lake house. Scott's mom and dad were visiting from Iowa, so it was a nice little family reunion. We ate way too much because it was all fabulous. Scott couldn't come because he was at a class to get his E certification for soccer coaching. Who would plan that on mother's day?!
Stamp sets: Great Friend and Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink: Perfect Plum and Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' pads
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Perfect Plum card stock
Accessories: Stamping sponges
The ribbon was made from a scrap piece of Certainly Celery card stock that was on my craft table. I just sponged the edges to make it a little more dimensional. I had CC ribbon but I liked the width that the paper was...a little more narrow than the ribbon I had.