Monday, May 14, 2012

One More Fifth Avenue Floral

Hey there.  Remember two posts ago when I shared a card that had the angled front on the card?  Seems like I had all these angled pieces of DSP left over when classes were finished last week.  I suppose I could have thrown them all away, but I just had to play with some to see what could be made from them.  Here's the result...            

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral (ret), and Loved Ones
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Watercolor Paper with Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (ret)
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral with Crumb Cake marker
Accessories: AquaPainter, Decorative Label Punch, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, and Dimensionals
On the other card I made with these materials, I measured 1 1/2" down on the side of the Designer Paper and then angle cut to the left corner.  That's where all these angled pieces of Designer Paper came from.  After fiddling with them, I found that 6 pieces could fit on the front of a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card very nicely.  And that got me thinking about making it look quilted.  Hence the stitch lines around each of the pieces with the Crumb Cake marker.  I really liked the look of the resulting 'quilting' on the card front.

After trying several other options for the focal point on the card, I settled back on the stamped and watercolored images that were used on the previous cards I'd made for classes.  Why mess with a good thing, right?  Besides, nothing else I tried looked right.  So this is the card I gave my daughter for Mother's Day.  If you notice, only part of the image for the sentiment was used. I omitted the crown above daughter because it really didn't fit.  Anyway, I was quite pleased with the overall look when I finished and wrote her a little note letting her know how proud I was of her and what a great mother she is to her two little boys.  What more could a mother ask of her daughter than to be a good mother herself?

Ok, that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping in to see what's new.  Maybe I need to get cracking on using some new products and seeing what can be created with them?  What a novel idea!  Guess that's next on my list to do...  Sharon

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Inspired By Nature Final Showing

Here's another stamp set I'll be missing a lot.  It has worked out well for so many different styles of cards and different seasons too.  So long, I'll miss you!!

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Petite Pairs
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Early Espresso and Old Olive pads, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive markers
Accessories:  Big Shot with Scallop Oval Frame Die(ret) and Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, new Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, and Dimensionals

The Scallop Oval Frame Die is another one of those items that will be leaving the SU! Catalog.  I love the look of the oval framing the flowers - soft looking, even though the colors are quite bold.  And the texture of the Square Lattice embossing adds so much to the overall look of the card.

Don't you love the new Daffodil Delight seam binding ribbon?  It's bright and shiny and has such a nice feel to it.  The different seam binding ribbons are so easy to tie that I seem to be putting one of them on all my cards lately!  If you haven't tried these yet, you don't know what you're missing.

I chose to use an oval punch for the sentiment to follow the oval theme going on here.  The flowers were colored with markers and stamped twice to fill the background in a little more.

That's it for today.  Need to get over to help my daughter get ready for the party tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping in.  Hope you enjoyed this idea.  Sharon

Friday, May 11, 2012

Goodbye Fifth Avenue Floral

There are so many stamps sets being retired that I'm going to miss soooo much.  And Fifth Avenue Floral is definitely one of them.  I had to use it one more time for a class project.  So this is one of the projects from May's classes.

Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Four Frames, and Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz,Very Vanilla, and Calypso Coral on some, with Everyday Enchantment DSP (ret), and Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Stazon Jet Black, So Saffron, and either Baja Breeze or Calypso Coral
Accessories:  AquaPainter, Big Shot with Stripes Embossing Folder, Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, either Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon or Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon, Dazzling Details Glitter, Sponge Dauber, and Dimensionals 

After making the card and deciding to use it for class purposes, I realized I didn't have enough of either color of the printed DSP to make all the student's packets up.  So Tuesday ladies got to make the coral version, and the Wednesday group used the Pear Pizzazz version.  From what I overheard, seems like everyone liked this card.  It was interesting having the front of the card trimmed at an angle with the solid color from the inside showing at the top. 

It looks very subtle, but the Stripes embossing on the Designer Paper adds a nice touch.  Just one more touch that adds up to make something really
The last picture shows another version of this card.  I had just one more piece of Designer Paper left, so figured I might as well make another card to use it up.  As you can see, this one doesn't have the angled top on the card, but I added a couple of Subtles Brads to the top corner to make it look finished.  I also changed the flower to the lily from the same set.  Just gorgeous!  I have to say that coloring on the Watercolor Paper is fabulous!  You can move the color, darken and lighten it so easily.  Don't know why I always forget to grab it when I want to add a watercolored image.
Thanks for stopping by today to see what's new.  I'll have something else to post tomorrow too, so come on back.  Have a great weekend!  Hope the weather cooperates.  We're having a christening party on Sunday for our new grandson.  It would be nice to spend some time out of doors.  See you... Sharon