Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Punchy Owl Birthday Card

Today's tax day - uuuugh!!!!  And to make matters even worse, we woke up with snow!!  Oh my!  We really need to do something fun to offset the snowy, tax grumpies I have.  So let's have a little fun focusing on a kid's card.  We haven't done one of those in awhile.   Since we're running into a bunch of birthdays around here for kids in the 2-5 age range, I've been doing a bit of brainstorming to come up with different ideas.  One of my class ladies asked me to come up with something using the Owl Builder Punch, so this was made with her in mind.

Stamps:  Woodgrain, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi pads, and Basic Black marker
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pacific Point, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Owl Builder Punch, 1  3/4"Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Word Window and Modern Label Punches, White Baker's Twine, sponges, and Dimensionals

 The tree was slightly shaped by cutting along one of the growth lines.  The outfit and heart were punched from a left-over piece of Brights DSP that was sitting around getting in the way.  It could be switched to use the back side to look more girlie.  

I cut and knotted the Baker's Twine and attached it to the wing with a glue dot.  The balloons were just attached over the ends of the twine with either glue dots or a Dimensional.

The eyes of the owl had the pupils colored in with Basic Black marker.  The added wing was punched with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch and trimmed to be a good size for this little owl.  I thought he looked cute peeking out from behind the tree. 

That's it for today's card.  Just a cute little card for a kid for you.  Some of the ladies were already talking about changing the colors to be more girlie for their other grandkids - you know, the little girls!  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope you're having a great day and getting in a little stamping too.     Sharon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Blessings Card

Have you ever had a week (or longer) that was crammed to the max with deadlines and you swore you couldn't fit another thing into your schedule?  But then there was something else that needed doing, and then another thing, and still another!!  That's the way it's been going for the last 14 days and I don't think I can hold out too much longer!  There are so many cards I wanted to share with you that I hardly know where to start.  Considering Easter is less than a week away, I guess we'll start with one of those cards today.  Here's a simple card that I think is truly beautiful.  Everyone in class just raved about it.  So if you've got the 'ingredients' to make it, you might want to sit right down and make one for someone you care about.

Stamps:  Blessed Easter, Summer Silhouettes
Ink:  Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, and Sahara Sand  pads, Sahara Sand and Wisteria Wonder markers
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches,  Extra Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval (non-SU!) punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and Dimensionals

The pictures really don't do justice to the card.  The colors are so soft and gentle-looking that it just makes you want to go ahhhhh.  Changing the background layer to the Wisteria Wonder gives it a much more substantial look, but I really liked the airy look obtained with the Soft Sky layer. 

Adding the two layers of butterfly in the same colors really makes it stand out. And of course, the rhinestones go with just about anything to give it a more elegant look.

Like I mentioned earlier, the ladies that made this in class last week were raving about the card, so it's really a winner in my book.  I even went ahead and made a few more to get these in the mail to family members.  I hope they like it as well.  Enjoy your week ahead.  Hope you find time to get everything done that you need done (without pulling out your hair in the process!!). Oops, I think I hear the little one.   Break time must be over, so it's back to taking care of the grandkids.  See you soon!       Sharon

Friday, March 28, 2014

Retro Fresh Word Bubbles Card

Today's card is moving away from the florals that I've been stuck on lately.  It's not that I've had enough of them, but figured you might be getting tired of them and wanting to look at something else for a change.  While meandering around on Pinterest, I found a card that was clean and fresh looking and I knew I wanted to CAS it.  Of course, I took the liberty to make changes as I usually do, but the finished look is quite similar to the original.   I wish I could give credit for this card, but I went back to find it and have no idea where I saw it!  If I don't save it somewhere, I find it impossible to track it down again.  So I'm sorry to whoever the originator was!!  It is a darling idea and I'm so happy I could give it a try.  Thank you!!!

Stamps:  Express Yourself
Ink:  Coastal Cabana
Paper:  Whisper White,  Cajun Craze cardstock, and Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Big Shot with Word Bubbles Framelits, Retro Fresh Washi Tape, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Owl Builder Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sponge Dauber, and Dimensionals
 The first change I made on the card was using the Retro Fresh DSP for the top and bottom strips on the card.  The original card used the same washi tape as in the die-cut center of the card, but I wanted something a little different.

  I love the look of the glitter on the back of the washi tape peeking out of the die-cut image.  I had always used packing tape for that glitter technique, but this was a really fun change for me.

The original card also used the Just Sayin' stamp set for the sentiment, but I've been using a lot of get well cards lately, so I changed it up to something that would fit nicely into the word bubble die-cut.   I then chose to use Cajun Craze cardstock for the little heart because it was darker and a little more masculine looking in case this card was sent to a man.  I was looking for something sort of gender-neutral for this card, and I think it worked out ok.

This is just a fun way to use the Word Bubble Framelits and you aught to give it a try.  Can't wait to try these framelits on other things.  Remember the puffy word bubble that I used on the Easter card 5 posts back?  These little framelits are definitely fun to use and more versatile than you would think.  How about putting on your thinking cap and see what other ways you can think of to use them.   Then don't forget to let me know what you made!  I'd love to see what you came up with!!  Have a happy stampin' day!      Sharon

Thursday, March 27, 2014

More from the Flower Shop

Yep, we're back at the flower shop again.  I really can't seem to leave this stamp set alone.  Again I've paired it with the Petite Petals stamp set and a few other goodies to round it out.  I keep hoping that spring really is right around the corner here.  No matter what the calendar says, when it's freezing or below outside and there's snowflakes fluttering around, it's not spring yet.  So here's my happy spring-colored version of these stamp sets in action.  Maybe it'll prod the weather outside to play nice and get warmer!

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Petite Flowers, and Delightful Dozen
Ink:  Primrose Petals, So Saffron, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, Primrose Petals, and Raspberry Ripple
Accessories:   Big Shot with Hexagon TIEF, Circles Collection Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit,  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Tea Lace Doilies, Glue Dots, and Dimensionals
 I really love adding the Tea Lace Doilies (or parts of them) to my cards lately.  They give such a delicate, old-fashioned look to a card with very little effort.  For this card, I just cut one of them in half and attached it to the Pistachio Pudding layer.  I thought about adding a ribbon at the cut edge, but really didn't like any that I had on hand, so I went without.  This look reminds me of a lace tablecloth hanging over the edge of the table and all you can see is the side of it.  So we'll just go with that idea!

After adding the stamped flowers and the die-cut leaf sprays, it still needed a little more contrast in the colors used.  After trying out several different ones, I tried the Raspberry Ripple Itty Bitty flowers and they were perfect.  Just enough contrast without overpowering all the more pastel flowers.  Don't you just love having so many colors to choose from that it's easy to come up with just the right one for any need?!

Ok, that's it for today.  Still hoping for spring around here.  I think I'd even be happy if the temperatures got up into the 40's!  So longing for some sunshine!!  Have a fabulous day.  If it's cold where you are, try bringing a little spring into your life by stamping!  It's sure to cure those winter blahs!  Sharon

Sunday, March 23, 2014

More from the Flower Shop

Do you ever get hooked on a stamp and keep grabbing it every time you sit down to stamp?  My passion seems to run to florals and certain ones in particular.  The Flower Shop and Petite Petals stamp sets are my go to sets right at the moment.  I've used these two sets, either together or singly, for so  many different cards that I'm losing count.  They are just so easy to whip up a cute card with that I can't help using them over and over.  Today's card is similar to ones I had seen on Pinterest that I really liked, so I had to make one too.  Here's my version of a popular style of card...

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Petite Petals, and Peaceful Petals
Paper:  Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Accessories: Petite Petals Punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Paper Snips, and Dimensionals
I love the idea of cutting around the top of the stamped image to make the front of the card shorter than the back.  It's just gives an interesting visual appeal for me.  The hardest part was remembering to stamp low enough so it would work out right.  I ended up cutting another 1/4" or so from the bottom edge of the white layer to bring it down far enough to make me happy.   I'm sharing a couple extra shots of the card just to show how the different layers really stand out on the finished card.
 To give more interest to the flowers, I stamped the larger flower 3 times before reinking for the 4th flower.  I liked the differing shades much better than all the same color across the line.  The Petite Petals stamp was fully inked each time it was stamped though.  And as you can see inside the card, I stamped it first onto the Crumb Cake, then added a punched flower on top.  There's just something wonderful about a flower stamp that has a punch to go with it!!  Seems like flowers really love to be layered and the punches make that so easy.

Yes, I really love all of my flower stamps, but some I seem to love just a little bit better than the rest.  lol   The ladies that are part of my Hostess Club saw this card and wanted to make one too.  So this is one of the projects we'll be making this Tuesday.  I'm sure they'll want to make other versions of this card once they've made the first one.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you're enjoying your Sunday (or whatever day it is when you're reading this). I just have to tell you how wonderful it was to get away to the ladies' retreat yesterday!  Very insightful, enjoyable, and uplifting.  There's just something special about taking time away from the usual and digging into God's Word and will for your life with friends (some old, and some new that I just met).  It's energized me to get on with my life with joy and appreciation for all He's given me!  Have a blessed week.....   Sharon

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another Easter Card

I promised yesterday that I would share another card using the Blessed Easter stamp, so here I am again.  This one again is pretty quick to make when you have the pieces of DSP sitting on your worktable already cut and just sitting there waiting for me to come up with an idea.   So here goes.....

Stamps:  Blessed Easter
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, and Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Pink Pirouette, and Strawberry Slush with Wild Wasabi paper from Subtles Designer Series Paper (ret)
Accessories:   AquaPainter
Today's card uses a mix of pinks and greens that look really fresh and sweet.   I had all these pieces of dotted Wild Wasabi DSP that has been retired sitting on my desk from another project.  Since I still had all this leftover, I figured I needed to start using it up because I'm running out of space for it all and can't keep buying new without using the old!  I just cut some up into rectangles to give a tiled effect to the background.  Just a little different than a full layer of DSP.

I again used a watercolor technique to color the tulips.  I started with a layer of Pink Pirouette ink on the flowers then added light touches of Strawberry Slush ink to add contrast and depth to them.  The leaves are painted the same way with Pistachio Pudding first, then adding touches of Wild Wasabi ink.  Love how delicate it all looks.

Well, that's it for today.  While you're  reading this I'm soaking up some teachings at our church retreat today.  I'm expecting to come back tired but refreshed too!  Hope you're enjoying your weekend so far.  Remember to relax and find some time to stamp.  I find that's always a good way to refresh myself and it puts me in a good frame of mind.  Have a good day!           Sharon

Friday, March 21, 2014

Blessed Easter cards

When the Occasions catalog first came out, I fell in love with a single, simple Easter stamp.   The tulip line-art is so pretty and the sentiment has a really nice font that fits it perfectly.  I liked it so much that this stamp was on my first order!  And yes, I have used it several times already, but haven't gotten around to sharing any with you yet.  Today, that problem is being rectified.  In fact, I will share a couple versions with you today and another one tomorrow.  Does that work for you?  Hope so, and hope you like these cards too!

 Stamps:  Blessed Easter, with Abundant Hope(ret) and Crosses of Hope(ret) inside
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Garden Green
Paper:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Notecards and Envelopes
Accessories:  Pearls Basic Jewels, and AquaPainter
Don't you just love the look of the watercolor background on these notecards?  There are 5 different watercolor designs in the packet and they're all soft and lovely.  Of course, the oval inset on this first card is my very favorite and they've all been used up already.  I sure wish I could do the backgrounds myself as nicely as these are done.  But since I can't, I'm happy I can purchase them!!  Woo hoo to Stampin'Up!  for coming up with this product for us!!   Yay!

For the sentiment inside my cards, I dug out some of my retired SU! sets to use.  The sentiments come from the Abundant Hope set.  I lined them up on a large block with enough room in between for stamping the lovely cross image from the Crosses of Hope stamp set.  Together they work out perfectly for me.  No wonder I hang on to so many of my retired stamps!  (I just can't bear to part with so many of them!!)

This version of the card was made with the same stamps inside and out, but a different design from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Notecards set.  I still went with the yellows and corals on this card because there are a few background dots in those colors.  The Daffodil Delight Stitched Ribbon really brightens up this card!  Either version of the card works for me and I'll be sending them out to family in a short while.

Hope you liked these cards.  They're so quick and easy when you start out with the Watercolor Wonder Notecards.  They literally just take minutes to make.  Hope you find time to do a little stamping over the upcoming weekend.  I'll be attending a church retreat tomorrow that I'm really looking forward to.  It should be interesting and insightful.  Have a great weekend!     Sharon