Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Petite Petals Sympathy Cards

I've been getting quite a few requests for sympathy cards lately.  This weekend, I went to work on some quick and easy sympathy cards.  When I was going through my dies, I came across these branches and swirls that I haven't used in ages.  They're not labeled so I can't tell you what they're called or who even made them.  Die cuts and punched flowers make for quick cards!

I used the Petite Petal punch to punched out the flowers and colored the center with raspberry ripple ink using a blender pen.  The sentiment was heat embossed with black embossing powder.  The flowers on the branches reminds me of cherry blossoms.

 On this card, the flowers and sentiment were heat embossed.  I added some blings and silver baker's twine.

The sentiment was also heat embossed on this card.  The background was embossed using the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder.  I added punched butterflies and pearls.

I was able to do twelve cards in about an hour.  Not bad at all.  By the way, all the sentiments are from a retired Stampin'Up set called Hope for Comfort.

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



Monday, February 17, 2014

Simple Stems and Kaleidoscope DSP

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Luv2Stamp Group's Stamp A Rama on Saturday.  Whenever it's a requirement to make a card that takes under 10 minutes or less to complete, I always stuggle.  For weeks I kept looking at my supplies trying to decide what to make.  Only one thing was certain, I will use the black and white stripe paper from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.

I have a lot of smoky slate card stock and it goes well with the black and white paper, so that's a no-brainer. For the focal point, I wanted a striking contrast so I used rich razzleberry.  Tempting turquoise was my other choice but the purple flowers looked better.  I used gumball green for the stems.  Love how it turned out!

The flowers were from Stampin'Up's Simple Stems stamp set  and the sentiment was from Peaceful Petals stamp set.  You can get more details HERE.

Simple Stems          Peaceful Petals

Below is one of the many "rejects".  I didn't have enough pool party baker's twine for twelve cards.

I have  a handful of crafty projects on my desk right now that I need extra downtime from my day job to get them completed!  That reminds me, I need to buy a lottery ticket!  If I win the lottery, I don't need a day job and I can just craft all day long!  Well maybe not all day long, I have to make time for volunteer work and vacation.  Dream BIG!!!  What would you do with 400Mil?



Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Watercolor - Distressed and Pure Gold

I love orchids!!! Grew up around them, taking care of them and just simply appreciating their beauty.  Until I started playing with the Happy Watercolor stamp set, I didn't realize that one of the flower image is an orchid - could be an oncidium or even a dendrubium.  I love it!!

I used crumb cake, basic black, summer starfruit and very vanilla card stock.    I used blender pens to color the flowers with raspberry ripple ink and the stems with gumball green ink.  The background was stamped with baked brown sugar ink while the flowers were masked.  I added white dots to the center of the flowers using white permanent marker.

When I finished the first card, I wanted to make a "clean" version using the same focal point and pretty much the same layout.  I heat embossed the flowers using gold embossing powder.  Added the gold washi tapes and gold baker's twine.  I punched the bitty butterfly from champagne glimmer paper.  So nice how all the gold tied together without being gaudy!!!

and a close up .......

I actually embossed two pieces of card stock in case I mess up.  Since I didn't mess up, I had another embossed image to play with.   I "colored" the flowers with a gold Sharpie!  I found the gold and silver sharpie a couple years ago at Target.  I cut the piece to make a banner/flag.  I brayered real red  over the entire banner.  More gold washi tapes and gold baker's twine on this card as well.  The whole thing reminds of the red chinese envelopes!

Thank you for stopping by today.  All the supplies I used are from Stampin'Up except for the sharpie.  You can find all the Stampin;Up supplies HERE.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Birthday Mish Mash

Just a quick post of all the birthday cards I made for my sister's birthday.  Last night, I was asked to bring extra cards to the party so I had to scramble and make five more cards.  What can be easier than using the stuff I already have on my work table.  No need to re-invent the wheel.

First up is the card I made for her from me.

The card base was made with raspberry ripple card stock.  I dry embossed the background using Stampin'Up's Pretty Print embossing folder and sponged it with baked brown sugar ink.  The flowers were die cut using Asters and Poppies dies from SpellBinders.  I sponged raspberry ripple and gumball green  directly on the die cuts.  The sentiment is from the Label Love stamp set.  I love it!!

To get additional cards done quickly, I used materials leftover from other cards that were still on my work table.  These will look familiar, I just changed the sentiments and embellishments.  The original cards were posted HERE and HERE.

The next card was made using the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper as the focal point.  Love this print! The base card is crisp cantaloupe card stock.  I  just added a few blings and some washi tapes. Sentiment is also from Label Love stamp set.

The next card is a leftover from the Paper Pumpkin introductory kit.  I used a different sentiment and added the flower instead of the button that came with the kit.  I used the Petite Petal stamp set and Petite Petal punch to make the flower.

Whew!  All done......... but as I'm writing this post, I realized I didn't take a picture of the fifth card.  Too late now.

All supplies, except as noted, are available HERE.  The Paper Pumkin is by subscription only and you can find all the details HERE.