Friday, August 22, 2014

"Just a Little Something" Gift Card Holder

Happy Friday!!  This week I'm rushing around with lots to do, so this will be a quick post.  Today's card could be used for either a thank you or a birthday, depending on what you write inside.  I wanted a versatile gift card holder that I could bring to work and have on hand in my desk for those times when I want to give a little gift to a coworker or parent volunteer.  Here's the front:

And here's the inside, with a pocket to hold a gift card.  I just put a blank name tag inside for the photograph.  :)  I think next time I do this design, I will shrink the card down to a 4.25" square, because that's a lot of white space on the front.  Looks a little nakey to me, ha ha!

That's all I have time for today - I'm off to get a haircut and do some back to school shopping.  Last weekend of summer!!  Have a great one!

Stamps:  SU Chalk Talk, You're Amazing
Ink:  SU Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Paper:  SU Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Accessories:  Candy dots, Chalk Talk Framelits, Gumball Green satin stitched ribbon, Stylish Stripes embossing folder

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello card in 4 colors

Hi everyone!  Today I have a simple, clean design for you that uses two rectangular panels popped up on foam adhesive.  Very modern and striking.  I used SU's My Friend stamp set and did four different color schemes here, with the card base in Blackberry Bliss.

The one below is in Pear Pizzazz...

Then Sahara Sand...

Pool Party...

...and finally Hello Honey.

I really like the look of the split panels there, rather than one single rectangle for the focal image.  I also added three rhinestones to the end of the swirls in "hello," and I colored them in with alcohol markers to match the card (all except on the Sahara Sand one; I just left them clear).  I think this would be a lovely card to send to a friend for no special reason at all; just to brighten their day.  Thanks for stopping by - have a great week!

These cards, plus 8 other new designs, are up for sale today in my Etsy shop.  Click the "shop" tab at the top of this page to browse around!

Stamps:  SU My Friend
Ink:  SU Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand
Paper:   SU Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Accessories:  Adhesive rhinestones, foam adhesive, SU Blendabilities in Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gold Razzleberry Birthday Card

Back to school season is upon us already (or should I say, it's upon us teachers already, ha!), and I can already see that my stamping time is going to be somewhat limited for the next few weeks.  I've been making and freezing extra meals and desserts, in anticipation of the rushed mornings and evenings ahead.  Thank goodness people still continue to have birthdays in spite of my busy schedule, or I'd never get into my stamping room this time of year!  Ha ha! 

Today I used SU's Another Great Year stamp set to make this card for my mother in law:

I was inspired to use gold and Razzleberry by the pinks and golds in this photo from the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge today.  I decided on a darker berry color because I feel like fall already, and I'm starting to yearn for those deep, rich colors.  :)

The big birthday greeting is heat embossed with gold powder, and the banners are colored in with the darkest Rich Razzleberry Blendability marker.  I didn't do any shading or blending with the other two markers in the set, because I was concentrating on working around the words so that I could leave them white.  The panel is matted on some gold foil paper, and embellished with some little punched out gold hearts.  The whole thing has a rich, elegant shine to it in the light.  I made an extra one for my shop, and I'll be uploading it (along with a bunch of new cards) to Etsy in a couple of weeks.  That's it for now - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU Another Great Year
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  SU Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Taffy DSP, GKD 120lb white, gold foil paper
Accessories:  Gold embossing powder, Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Owl Builder Punch (for the hearts), foam adhesive

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vintage Snowy Postcard

Today's card is another Christmas card, although really it could be used anytime during the winter I think.  It would also make a nice thank-you card for after the holidays, depending on what you wrote on the inside!

I think it's such a lovely, soft, peaceful scene.  There are a lot of possibilities with this stamp (it's one large stamp).  For today's card I kept it simple and monochromatic, but later below I'll show you what I did with it last year.  To do the darker blue inside the oval, I created a mask by stamping the full image onto some scratch paper, then hand cutting out the oval part so that I had an oval frame.  I placed the frame over the image that I had stamped onto my cardstock, and sponged inside the oval.  Then I removed the mask and sponged the outside of the postcard area, getting lighter as I approached the center.  The holly leaves on the outside of the frame are watercolored with Midnight Muse ink, and then I filled in the oval ring itself with a thin line of Diamond Stickles, for some snowy sparkle.  Here's the sparkle in a close-up (click on it to see better):

Last year I did a warm colored card with browns and reds, for a real vintage feel.  Here's how that turned out:

I actually like this one best because it has a more realistic look and a warm glow to it.  But the monochromatic one was quick to make, and there is something calm and serene about it, I think.  The stamp is called "Snowy Postcard," and it's by Stampendous.  Hope you're having a great day - thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Starbucks Via Gift Pouch

Today I started working on this cute project, and it came together pretty quickly, once I figured out the measurements.  It's a fun little pouch that perfectly fits two Starbucks Via packets, with room to write a note of thanks on the back!

Isn't it cute?!  I think it would be a great thank-you gift for a parent volunteer or a co-worker.  Something to brighten their mailbox on a Monday morning, for example!  Here's how it looks empty:

 The pouch is 3/8" deep, which was just right to accommodate the Via packets without too much bulging.

For those of you who want measurements, I will do my best to show it below.  I am sorry, the lighting in my room isn't the best!  First, you need a piece of cardstock that is 6 5/8" x 7 1/8".

Now you need to score it as shown below.  All the straight lines are score lines.

Finally, cut the cardstock as shown below.

Use a bone folder to crease all the score lines and fold your box together.  You'll see where you need to place adhesive; one strip on one of the side flaps and one strip on one of the bottom flaps.  I use Scor Tape, or Sticky Strip or Red Liner Tape - whatever you have that is really strong.

To decorate it, I used two pieces of patterned paper, one to line the inside of the back and one to decorate the outside of the front.  The inside back piece I used was 2 3/4" x 4", and the outside front piece was 2 3/4" x 3 1/2".

I hope that wasn't too confusing!  I think it would have been better as a video, but I don't have the camera setup to do that right now.  Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for looking!

Stamps:  SU Perfect Blend, Petite Pairs
Ink:  SU Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
Paper:  SU So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh DSP
Accessories:  SU Starburst framelits, foam adhesive, circle dies (Nestabilities), turquoise ribbon from Michaels, SU horizontal slot punch (retired)

Sunset at the Pier

Hi everyone!  I am playing with a new stamp set today, called By the Sea 2 (by Gina K Designs).  I absolutely love it!  Here's a thank-you card I just made with it:

I love all the vibrant color in this card.  And I just learned how to do the water ripples with a lowlight as well as a highlight, wooooo!  I need to practice a little with them, but I think they look much more dimensional than just using a plain white gel pen, which is what I always did before.

To make this card, I first punched out a circle from the sticky side of a post-it note and put it onto my Whisper White panel, slightly to the left of center.  Then I masked off the sea with another post-it, overlapping the circle at the bottom.  Using sponge wedges, I added color to the sky, starting around the circle mask and working outwards in circular motions.  Nearest the sun I used SU's Apricot Appeal, then Pretty in Pink, and finally blending out to Crisp Cantaloupe towards the outside edge.

I removed the masks, flipped the straight post-it upside down so that it now covered the sky, and began sponging in the sea with Wisteria Wonder.  I made sure to leave it lighter near where the sun was setting, and a bit darker near the edges and bottom of the panel.  Finally I came in with some Concord Crush at the bottom corners and edge to deepen the color.

Next, I stamped the images from By the Sea 2, along with the "thank you" sentiment from Pretty Poppies (Lisa Johnson Designs, MFT) using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I just LOVE that ink for silhouettes and sentiments.  It is so juicy and rich and dark black.  It does take quite a bit of time to dry for me, though, so I set my panels aside for a couple of hours and did other things.

Then I came back and finished up by adding the reflection of the pier in the water.  To do this, I stamped the pier in Concord Crush ink onto the smooth side of my Stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet, and then flipped it upside down, lined it up under the original image, and pressed the ink onto the paper.  It creates a blotchy, imperfect image, which is perfect for a reflection.

Finally, I added the water ripples, concentrating them around the pier where the waves would really ruffle up and lap against the pillars IRL.  To do the waves, I first drew in some sketchy lines with the brush end of a Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write marker, and then lightly went over the top of the lines with a white gel pen.  The Wisteria Wonder creates the shadow of a rising wave or ripple, and the gel pen creates a highlight that looks like the sea foam, or the sunlight hitting the top of the wave.  I just learned about this a day or two ago (I'm sure everyone else has known about it for ages, ha ha!).  It's a new technique for me so I need to work on it a little.

Anyway, I hope you liked the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  GKD By the Sea 2, LJD Pretty Poppies
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx, SU Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Crisp Cantaloupe, Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush
Paper:  SU Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Whisper White
Accessories:  White gel pen, post it notes, 1 3/4" circle punch, Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write marker

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fall Thank You Cards

Back to school time is less than 3 weeks away; I can't believe it!  I always need thank-you cards for my parent volunteers and colleagues, so today I am making 8 of one design.  I went with a fall theme, which can be used anytime from September through November.  It would also make a nice Thanksgiving card, I think!

 I was inspired by the way Penny Thomas used the Day of Gratitude stamp set to stamp over the pumpkins on her card here.  I added white dots around the stamping on the pumpkins and the leaf.  There's a lot of fall texture going on in this card, with the Hardwood background stamp and the one that I think looks like a braided basket (the lighter green panel) from the Truly Grateful set.  For me, fall is all about texture and color.  It's my favorite season to stamp for.

Well, I'm off to go sit in the backyard and enjoy some of this summer sunshine while I can!  It's a gorgeous day here.  Hope you have a good one!

Stamps:  SU Jack of all Trades, Truly Grateful, Day of Gratitude, Hardwood Background
Ink:  SU Soft Suede, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery
Paper:  SU Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Accessories:  Mini brad, white gel pen, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, sponge wedges, Post-it note for masking, foam adhesive 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Christmas in August

A lot of stampers do the "Christmas in July" thing, and they began making all their Christmas cards last month, to get a jump on the holiday season.  Well it's August, but better late than never!  I hope to make one or two Christmas cards a week, and then by mid-December I should have all of them done without having to rush around and mass-produce.  I did that last year, and it kind of started to become a chore.  I've decided to make 4 of each kind; two for me to send out, and two for my Etsy store.  I'll upload all my holiday cards to my shop later this fall.  Here's my first one!  

It's a CASE of Darleen's card here.  Although her card is so elegant with the neutrals, I wanted some brighter color for this one.  The focal panel is done by first masking off a circle with a post it note, then sponging Crumb Cake ink over the whole piece.  Next, I stamped the pine tree from the LAAT set with Old Olive and Always Artichoke, making sure to stamp off sometimes so it would look like some of the trees are farther away.  A tip about that:  if you ink up the stamp and then stamp it down so that part of it goes off the edge of the paper, DO NOT immediately stamp it down again somewhere else, thinking that you will get a nice, lighter, second-generation image.  Instead, you will get a weird line of darker ink that just looks odd.  I did an example of this below for you to see. 

See what I mean?  It's OK to do immediate second-generation stamping if the entire stamp was pressed onto the paper to begin with.  But I digress!!
After the trees were stamped, I sponged some Old Olive at the bottom of the panel.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment over the moon using Midnight Muse ink, and added pearls to one of the trees.  The card base is Midnight Muse, and I ran it through my Cuttlebug with SU's tulip frame embossing folder (I think it's retired now).  I love Old Olive and Midnight Muse together for a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.  Thanks for looking!

Stamps: SU Lovely as a Tree, Contempo Christmas
Ink:  SU Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Midnight Muse
Paper:  SU Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Midnight Muse
Accessories:  Sponge wedges, post-it note, 1 3/8" circle punch, adhesive pearls, tulip frame TIEF 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blue moooon...

How's that for your daily earworm?  You're welcome.  ;)  I have had the idea for this card rumbling around in my head for a few days now, and yesterday afternoon I finally got it out on paper.  I love how it turned out; rather serene and peaceful, don't you think?

The leaves on the "right-side-up" tree each have a tiny dot of black Stickles on them, so IRL they have a lovely subtle sparkle.  To make this card, I first masked off the horizon and the top moon with Post-it notes (the moon was punched out of a Post-it with a 1 3/8" circle punch) and sponged in the sky using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks.  Then I cut a wavy line into the sticky end of two new Post-its to create the black strip of land at the water's edge.  To make the reflection mirror the land perfectly, I figured out that it helps if you pull two Post-its off the pad and adhere them together with the sticky sides facing each other, then cut your wavy line out of both of them at the same time.  The "hills" will line up perfectly and make a great mirror image.  I can't tell you how many Post-its I went through trying to figure this out, LOL!

I have uploaded 8 new card designs to my Etsy store today, woo hoo!  I am feeling the need to crank out cards in a hurry, because I know summer is over at the end of this month and then the busy school year starts again.  AAACKK! Smiley

So many things to do today; I've got to run.  I'm off to make a workout playlist, tidy up my stamp room, and figure out why my tomatoes are getting blossom end rot.  Does anyone know what causes that?  I've waited all year for home grown tomatoes, and now just as they're getting ripe, they're developing the dreaded black rot on the bottom.  If anybody has suggestions for how to fix it, I'd be much obliged!  Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU Thoughts and Prayers
Ink:  Distress inks in Tumbled Glass and Broken China, SU Midnight Muse, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  GKD 120lb white, SU Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories:  Post-its, 1 3/8" circle punch, sponge wedges, black Stickles, white gel pen, acetate (for stamping the reflection)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Abstract Art

Well, I'm back after traveling to Oregon with my husband for a WONDERFUL reunion with my side of the family!  Oregon is such a breathtakingly beautiful state.  We were at Sunriver Resort the whole time, and it was so good to spend time with everyone.  I love my family!!

I'm still unpacking and doing laundry, but I took a break to look at today's Mixability Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and for this one we are supposed to use paint or ink (or some other medium) to color liquid glue.  I ended up making a really abstract, artsy kind of card that I think I kind of like.  My inkpads were getting a bit dry, so if I did this again I'd definitely juice them up first.  

To make the focal image for this card, I used SU's retired Funky Forest wheel stamp and several colors to create rows of graduated color.  Then I mixed Night of Navy reinker with Glossy Accents to create the glue drips from the top.  I added a bit more glue on the left to make the drips longer on that side, and balanced out the bottom with buttons on the right side.  The buttons are just random ones from my stash.

And now back to unpacking and laundry!  Good to be home, but I already miss everyone.  :)

Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  SU Funky Forest wheel
Ink:  SU So Saffron, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy
Paper:  SU So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Buttons from stash, Glossy Accents, Night of Navy reinker, linen thread, hexagon TIEF  

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