Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ornament Card

jHere's an ornament card I made for a card event I attended. It flips open so you can write on the inside. I had to make over 30 of these to trade with other crafters, which is why I kept colors and embellishments to a minimum. It was also hard to come up with a card that only used Stampin' Up! products. I'm so used to mixing them with random supplies made by other companies. lol

Stamp set: SU! Deer Friends (Hostess Set), Snow Swirled
Paper: SU! Ruby Red, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Round Tab, Scallop Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, Coluzzle, Paper Piercer
Accessories: Hemp Twine

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Get Well Wishes

Here's a simple card I made for my craft group a couple of weeks ago. I've been trying to add more miscellaneous cards to my collection just in case. ;) I think what really makes the card work is the scalloped and embossed rectangle the stamped image is on. Like one of my friends said, Nestabilities scallops are definitely the way to go for that added uuumph! Haha.

Stamp set: SU! Fun & Fast Notes, Priceless
Paper: SU! Ruby red, Martha Stewart Heirloom
Ink: Versamark, SU! Basic Black, Koh-I-Noor colored pencils

Cup Runneth Over

I made this card a few months back for my boss' birthday. We had been talking about getting a high-speed blender and after she had gotten hers, I decided to give her a recipe book for juices and smoothies. What better card to go with it than a cup card? ;)

Stamp Sets: SU! Tart & Tangy, PapertreyInk Mixed Messages
Paper: SU! Whisper White, Always Artichoke; Papertrey Father Knows Best, vellum cardstock
Ink: SU! Basic Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Straw, Clear Microbeads, Sticky Strip, Sponge

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wishing on the Stars

This is definitely going on my list of top favorite cards!

A coworker commissioned me to make a card for his daughter's birthday and he mentioned her having a black lab, so this is what I came up with. I used the Dogs clear stamp set from Inkadinkado that I had gotten awhile back on sale at Joann.

My favorite thing about the card has got to be the strips of SU! Night of Navy cardstock punched with my new Martha Stewart Stars edge punch. It's just SO gorgeous! I love how clearly defined and colorful each star is and how there's also a zigzag edge. I also picked this particular dog from the stamp set because it looks like he's looking up at the stars and "making a wish." ;)

I stamped the dog in black StazOn on white Papertrey paper and then colored him in with Koh-I-Noor colored pencils in shades of blue, green, and yellow. I then went over the pencils with my Sakura gelly roll pen so that it would add a nice shimmer to the swirls. I just left it for a few hours to dry completely before cutting and adhering the dog to the card. I added some sheer blue and silver ribbon I found in the dollar bin at Michaels to finish off the bottom section.

The pretty pattered paper is from Target from awhile back. I'm glad I stocked up on the different patterns available, because I can't find mat packs like these anymore! Not only were the papers gorgeous, but they also featured an adhesive backing, which made it really easy to stick on cards. The only downfall is that if you mess up, there's no going back! They're like sticky strip and really stick to the surface you apply them to.

The sentiment is from Papertrey's Mixed Messages set and the circle is from Boxes, Tags, & More. The flower and leaves are from Creative Expressions and are adhered to the tag using mini glue dots. I finished off the card by using rhinestone stickers I got from Michaels as the center of the flower and on the upper corner of the card. I used to use loose rhinestones with glue, but these are SO much easier to use and a lot cheaper than I thought they would be! What I also like about them is how they're all adhered together in one long glue line. I just snip in between them and then use my tweezers to take them off the sheet and place them on my card. It makes it really easy to take groupings of them and have them perfectly lined up too! ;)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Craft Group - 11/5/08

Sorry it's taken me so long to update my blog! I didn't want to start adding any more entries until I had added watermarks to my images, but then I got lazy adding the watermarks to my images. Hehe.

I have a wonderful craft group at work that started up a few months ago. We each take a turn being the "project manager" to come up with the idea of the project and teach the rest of us how to create them. We've been meeting up once a week during our lunchtime to craft, so the projects we create take under an hour to finish. The project manager does cut up any necessary papers or materials beforehand though, so that goes a long way into helping with time management. ;)

It was my turn this week and I decided to decorate glass ornaments using some acetate. This is an old stamp set I bought off one of the crafting ladies in my group. It's a SU! stamp set called See with the Heart. Isn't the woman gorgeous?!?

I stamped her onto a piece of acetate using black StazOn ink and then used permanent markers from Bic (you can use Sharpies too) to color in the image on the opposite side so that the StazOn doesn't smear.

While waiting for the image to dry completely, I took the top off the glass ornament I got from Michaels and used a makeshift funnel out of paper to add some Martha Stewart mica flake glitter into the ornament.

I used my Coluzzle circle stencil to cut out the image. Then I used my embossing tool (you can use a pencil or whatever you have on hand) to roll the acetate around it and place inside the ornament. I played around with the placement of the acetate once it was placed inside until it was where I wanted it.

I added some Michaels ribbon to the top and just tied it into a bow and slid the bow towards the top of the ornament.

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and it's super easy once you get the hang of it!

As if the projects alone weren't enough, we decided to add card exchanges to each of our craft meetings! Good thing there are only a small handful of us ladies right now, so it wasn't too difficult to do.

Here is the card I came up with. I stamped the images from SU! Pocket Silhouettes using Martha Stewart inks onto SU! whisper white cardstock and punched them out using the SU! square scallop punch. Even though I have nestabilities to use with my Cuddlebug, I still love punches because they're so quick and easy to use!

I used the ink pads to sponge the edges and then I cut some square pieces of SU! chocolate chip cardstock to back the images on using some pretty high square dimensionals I got from Joann.
I drew a square around the images with my chocolate chip marker and then added a sentiment I stamped from SU! Fun and Fast Notes and punched out using the SU! window punch.

I used the Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch for the bottom of the card and cut my Papertrey craft cardbase down to make room for the doily. Then I added some paperpiercing to finish off the card.

Gee, I didn't realize I had used so many punches for this one card until I listed them out. lol Oh well, that's what they're there for!