Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Punching my Way Back

Well, I've been a little busy lately. Aren't we all?! But, finally, I'm posting again.
This card uses "punch art." Making something out of punches. What could be more fitting for a little boy card than a piece of machinery? This is the punch art version of an excavator. Also, this is a regular card - the card front is the green and brown, the card back is the blue with the title. This is mostly computer printed. I put my full sheets of blue in the printer to put the party info on the right hand side; cut the card stock sheet in half length-wise; folded those in half; traced the hills onto the front and hand cut them, allowing the view of the title on the inside piece. The green and brown hills were also hand-cut and then adhered to the front. The piece along the bottom: also computer-printed "Here's the" several times onto one sheet of card stock. Then cut the sheet into strips according to the placement of the phrase; I had the words closer to the bottom of 1 1/4" strips so that when I punched the scalloped edge, it would almost be in the middle!

Stamp Sets: Rough Type (clear mount)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Garden Green textured, Close to Cocoa smooth & textured, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Basic Black
Tools: Punches: Scallop Edge, Tag (cab), Word Window (tred), 1/4" square (windows), 5 Petal Flower, snipped (bucket) --the arm is simply small skinny strips of paper

Thursday, May 6, 2010

elm Custom Cards

So, as some of you know, I've decided to expand my "business" into selling custom cards. A couple years ago I did custom Christmas party invitations for a friend at church and enjoyed it very much. Recently, the desire to do more of that has grown. So, I came up with a logo and already put together a custom order! 45 birthday party invitations for a coworker, pictured and described below. Spread the word - I have business cards or simply refer people to this website where one could email me by clicking on "Email Me" at the top! :)
Amber looked through my Splitcoast gallery -where ALL of my cards are posted- and found a layout similar to this where the Top Note was simply cut in half and adhered to the card front. She asked if they were like flaps that opened and I thought that was a great idea... The smaller piece in the picture is the size of a regular card, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". The chocolate colored pieces are cut from the Top Note die in the Big Shot and are folded over the sides. They open and the info is printed (via computer printer) on the pink piece. The larger one she requested to post at work on our board, as many do for events like this, rather than send each coworker an invitation.
After she gave me color preferences, this came together pretty easily. Although I have to thank a few close fellow stampers who let me trade them for the pink paper - it's not a color I really use so I don't keep it on-hand but I didn't have enough time to order it!

Stamps: Hugs & Wishes ("You're Invited"), Look Who's Turning (party hat)
Paper: Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Top Note die, Texturz plates Backgrounds #4, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, dimensionals, ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day! Happy National Scrapbooking Day! May is National Scrapbooking month. Stampin' Up!, of course, has a special to help you celebrate appropriately. :)

If you've been eyeing any of these sets from the big catalog: Extreme Elements, Framed with Love, Certified or Circle Circus... If you've received the Summer Mini and any of these sets caught your eye: Elements of Style, Momentos, Rough Type (the alphabet set used with the M&M card below!), Sentimental Journey or First Day... NOW is the time to buy! When you purchase of any one of these sets, you receive a set of Designer brads FREE ($5.95 value).

I'll soon be posting pictures of projects with the Circle Circus and another with Rough Type so come back to see them if you're on the fence about one of those sets.

If you did not receive a Summer Mini and you want one - let me know, I'll do my best to get one to you OR click the link along the right hand side.