Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 26, 2011

I'm so behind on Greeting Card orders! I am taking shortcuts and chose to CASE this card by Mary Browne. I wanted a card that was a bit brighter. So, this is my version:

Stamp Set: So Happy For You
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Tools: Boho Blossoms punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice EF
Embellishments: Silver Brads, 3/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon


This card is loosely based on a card that I saw... somewhere! I cannot find it now. :( It was more clean and simple and in different colors. It used this silhouette image in ?Wasabi on a white rectangle, with ?Bashful Blue butterflies, on a ?Saffron card base embossed with the square lattice EF. This card is different enough, I don't feel too terrible that I can't link to that card - but the card was quite lovely!
**Addendum: Aha! No wonder I couldn't find the site to link it -- I saw it in the new Idea Book & Catalog! p 109 :)

Stamp Sets: Just Believe, Close as a Memory
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, StazOn Black
Paper: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Tools: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Ovals die, Tearing Edge
Embellishments: Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Antique Brad, Basic Pearls

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June 24, 2011

This is for the sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink this week. Kept it clean and simple, as per my usual! :) I used the 1" Circle punch for the concave curve at the end of my "happy birthday" strip.
Stamp Set: Curly Cute
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Baja Breeze, Vellum, Baja Breeze DSP (retired), Whisper White
Tools: 1" Circle punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet
Embellishments: 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, Antique Brad

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 18, 2011

These colors come from the challenge over on The Color Dare this week. I've paired this with a challenge on SplitCoastStampers to get inspiration from a cyber-card-friend. :) I chose to head over to bon2stamp gallery. A while ago, I asked her a question about the sizes of oval in the Ovals die from Stampin' Up! She not only answered my question, she sent me ovals in the mail! That definitely put her in the friend category even though we've never met and live half a country away. :) (I visit her blog Stamping with Klass frequently - check it out.) I CASEd her Hollyhock Garden card.

Stamp Set: Watercolor Trio
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Tools: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet EF, Corner Rounder punch, Scalloped Oval and Oval punches
Embellishments: Blushing Bride Polytwill ribbon, Antique Brads

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June 17, 2011

For the Inkspirations Challenge, I decided to finally try what so many others are doing: ink up my embossing folder! :)
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Paper: Basic Gray, Confetti White, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray textured, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Flower Garden EF, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch
Embellishments: 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon Old Olive, 1/8" Taffeta ribbon Whisper White, Basic Pearls, Stickles

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

June 15, 2011

A little late, but I made this for last week's ColorQ challenge. Once I got it all done, I felt I should've added either my Log Cabin or Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz... Oh, well!

Stamp Sets: Watercolor Trio, Bliss
Ink: VersaMark, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Paper: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso textured, Crumb Cake
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note die, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Oval and Scalloped Oval punches, Clear EP, heat tool
Embellishments: Victoria Crochet Trim

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011

This week the challenge on ColorQ has a masculine feel. I always keep it CAS (clean and simple) for masculine cards. :) I had just a 5.25" x 3.5" rectangle of Bordering Blue left in my stash!
Although I didn't do this on purpose... Tonight I was looking back over [my usual sites'] challenges for the week and realized this card works for the sketch over on Stamping 411! I think I'll do another card with this sketch, because it's right up my alley - obviously! LOL

Stamp Sets: Birthday Bliss
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze
Paper: Basic Gray, Cajun Crase, Bordering Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White
Tools: 1 1/4" Square punch, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Tearing Edge
Embellishments: Designer Buttons - Basic Gray, Whisper White and Cajun Craze; crochet thread

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011

This card is for last weeks challenge from ColorQ. I just didn't have time to make it until this week!

Stamp Sets: Really Retro, Big Blooms (both retired)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede
Paper: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Tools: Scallop Edge punch
Embellishments: Brights and Neutrals Designer Buttons Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla, a pink button from my miscellaneous button collection, Twill Tape (adhered with Sticky Strip)

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011

The Color Dare this week is to use Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise and Very Vanilla. May of the samples also used a brown (which is the perfect choice for an additional neutral!) but I wanted to stick just with the 3 colors! My flowers are clear embossed for a bit of shine. :)

Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Curly Cute
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMarker
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Tools: Clear EP, heat tool
Embellishments: Chantilly, Designer Buttons Brights Tempting Turquoise, crochet thread

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June 5, 2011

Pals Paper Arts put out a color challenge and a challenge to make a masculine card. This was more masculine in my head then as an end result, but it will have to do. I need to find more images that are masculine - I have so many flowers and butterflies!

Stamps: Canvas Background, Garden Silhouettes (both retired)
Ink: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy textured, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard textured
Tools: Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Stylus for scoring
Embellishments: Designer Buttons Regals Cherry Cobbler

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Wedding Invitations Are DONE

Finally, my first attempt at wedding invitations is [successfully] complete! Here are pics of my work.
The black card piece is 11.5 x 5.25" and is scored at 2 1/8" and 7" (from right to left; it was easier that way, for me!)
Punches and embossing folder are SU! Elegant Lines EF, Full Heart punch, Heart to Heart punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch.
The pink square is 4.75" x 5" The black square is 4.5" x 4.75" and the white is 4.25" (for ease of cutting!) by 4.5"
The pink "pocket" is a 3" x 6" I scored it at 1" on each side, but should have made that a bit smaller - maybe 5/8" so the pocket was a smidge wider. Then it's scored at 1/2" along the bottom.
The RSVP card (a post card to save the bride postage $) is 4" x 5" which is acceptable to the USPS. :)
I used VersaMark and Iridescent Ice EP on the black hearts - inked them, sprinkled them, laid them out on a cookie sheet and "baked" them at 250* in the oven! That way I was able to 40-50 at a time instead of heating them individually.

They're not perfect, of course, but I'm satisfied with them. If I'm asked to do them again, I will be able to do an even better job! :)

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