Friday, February 20, 2015

Love is Kindness

My latest project is a set of cards and a mini frame using the Love is Kindness stamp from the Occasion catalog.  I stamped all the images with tuxedo black ink and colored with blendabilities.

The first one was colored with melon mambo (light, medium and dark), light old olive and light smoky slate blendabilities.  The patterned paper is from the Stacked with Love designer paper stack.

Next card was colored with medium coastal cabana, light old olive and light smoky slate blendabilities.  The background was stamped with Hardwood background stamp using crumb cake ink.  I added the bermuda bay sequins trim and Retro Fresh washi tape.

The last card was colored with light and medium melon mambo, light old olive and ivory blendabilities.  The background was stamped with Dictionary background stamp using crumb cake ink.  The ribbon and doily are from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.

And finally, the framed art was colored with light and medium rich razzleberry, light old olive and ivory blendabilities.  The frame is from Michaels.  Don't you just love it?  It's $2.00!!  I also got a round, square and oval for two dollars each.

Thanks for stopping by.  Except for the frame, you can get all the supplies I used from my website HERE or click the items below.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Lotus Blossom

My favorite stamp set from the 2015 Sale-A-Bration catalog is the Lotus Blossom set.   This set is actually a three-step stamp set.  Each of the blossom stamp is numbered and marked to make it easier to line up the three images.

I couldn't wait to try different colors and color combinations.  The first card I made was stamped with only one ink - cherry cobbler.  To achieve the three color variation, I stamped off twice to get the lightest color and stamped off once for the medium shade and the full on color for the darkest shade. Obviously, this technique works better with dark color than light color inks.  The washi tape is from the Stacked with Love Designer Washi Tape collection.

On the next card I used hello honey, daffodil delight and crushed curry inks for the flowers and old olive for the stems.  My preference in using the three colors is to start with the lightest color (#3 stamp), then the medium (#2 stamp) and finally the darkest color (#1 stamp) which, I think is the reverse order.  Based on the numbering on the stamps, I think they were meant to be stamped in numeric order or dark, medium then light. Either way works.  The card base is hello honey and the paper is from Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper.

On the next card I used pink pirouette, strawberry slush and rich razzlebery.  For the stems, I used pistachio pudding and old olive inks.  Pink pirouette is so light you almost don't notice it.

On the last card I used crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral and  tangelo twist inks.  The stems were stamped with pistachio pudding and old olive inks.  Love how this layout turned out.  After I stamped the flowers, I drew a straight line at an angle across the card stock with a pencil which I erased after I finished cutting around the flowers.  You'll see what I mean with the picture below.


I mounted the cut panel on a white card stock.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap white card stock and punched it with the scallop oval punch.  Before adding the sentiment label to the card, I stamped the stems on the punched label making sure they lined up with the main image.

I stopped after fours cards but I want to make more, a blue one perhaps, I just love blue flowers!!! Hope you enjoy my take on the Lotus Blossoms, everyone's favorite set in the 2015 SAB catalog.




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Visions of Santa - Fancy Moose

I thought the Visions of Santa stamp set was fun and playful when I first saw it in the Holiday catalog.  I was surprised to hear later on that some people thought it was weird and creepy.  So when I decided to use the set for a card swap I participated in, I opted to go with the moose and skip Santa to be sure no one's creep ed out with my card.

For something so simple, this actually took sometime because of a design flaw in my original layout. I wanted to do a no layer card with rounded corners like these two (you get to see one of the Santa after all!).

On both my sample cards, I distressed the edges with white craft ink that's why the cards appear lighter on the pictures.

Satisfied with the layout, I proceeded to cut the card stocks I need to make twenty three cards.  Then I applied the washi tapes and stamp the moose with tuxedo black memento ink.  I colored the moose with blendabilities - cherry cobbler, mocha, natural and smoky slate for the "shadow/puddle".  I was on my third card when I noticed that the ink was bleeding through the card stock and was showing on the inside of the card.  Big problem...... why didn't I notice this on my samples?

My solution was to cut all the cards I already prepped and turned them into panels and cut more card stocks for the base card.  My no layer card will now be layered to hide the "bleeding" and keep the inside of the card clean.  The irony was I wanted a no layer card to save time cutting card stocks and I ended up spending twice as much time fixing my boo boo..

On my swap cards, I sponged crumb cake ink on the edges of the panel to add dimension between the base and the panel without adding unnecessary bulk to the card.

Christmas is days away and I'm not even close to getting all my projects completed.  I'll try and share as much as I can in the coming weeks.

Until next time...........



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Many Merry Stars with Endless Wishes

A quick post to share with you one of the Christmas card design I'm sending out this year.  I cased one of my cards from 2012.

My card today is even quicker than my inspiration because there's no heat embossing involve.

I used crumb cake card stock for the card base.  I stamped the big stars from the Many Merry Stars stamp set with cherry cobbler, marina mist and old olive inks.  Then I stamped the snowflakes with white craft ink.  I tied the cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon to the side and added the rhinestones to the center of each star.

For the sentiment, I used Endless Wishes stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.  Photopolymer (clear) stamps make it so easy to have multi-color stamp images or sentiments..

I'm hang up on crumb cake lately so my next couple of posts are also made with crumb cake.

Thanks for stopping by.....



Monday, November 17, 2014

World of Dreams - Congratulations

My boss recently got married.  Days before the wedding, I realized I didn't have a card for him.  I casually started asking for details about the wedding to get an idea for my card design.  I found out it's close family and friends only, black tie affair, ceremony at the Grace Cathedral, reception at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel.  I'm thinking, I better come up with a nice, elegant card.  No distressing allowed, LOL!

He wasn't sure about the flowers but thought maybe  white orchids.  I'm thinking, I have an orchid stamp.  They have been together 25 years that's why their wedding date was on the 25th.  I'm thinking, a silver card.  This is what I came up with.  What do you think?  I hope it's not too girly.

I was quite pleased with how this card came together - simple and elegant.  I love washi tapes, see how it works even with a formal card?  These silver ones remind me of a tuxedo cummerbund.  If you compare the picture above with the picture below, you'll see that the small red heart is the perfect embellishment for this card.

Don't you just love it!?!  Card size is 7" x 5.5", enough room to accommodate well wishes from everyone in the office.

The card base is silver card stock, the flowers and sentiment were heat embossed with white and black embossing powders.  See supply list for stamp set information.

Thanks for checking out my creation today.  Now back to holiday cards and crafts.



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