Sunday, December 26, 2010


Today is my Great-Nephews Christening and these are two cards that I made for the event. The silver card is to be from his Aunt Cati, his Godmother and the gold is to be from three of his Great-Aunts (myself and two of my sisters)
I was running out of time so I had to make an executive decision and do a somewhat assembly line set up. I used the Nestabilities Cross set and then used my finger for color them with metallic rub on paste (ooh my fingers hurt when I was done). I then mounted them onto metallic card stock from Cut Card Stock. Then I ran some white card stock through the Cuttlebug with embossing folders and put all the elements together to make two cards. I did however use my JustRite letters to make the sentiment for Cati's card.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baby's First Christmas

The baby in this case is Kellen Paul, my great-nephew. My sister (his Grandmother) asked me if I could make her a special card for the occasion and I said sure of course. (Didn't think to make one for myself)
I searched around and found this wonderful image by Mo Manning. The only problem is Kellen was born with a full head of hair and he still has all of it and more. Anyway, I printed the image onto Cryogen white and added the text on the ornament. Colored with Copics and smudged Memento Sky Blue around the edge after I cut it out with an Octagon Nestabilities. The DP is some leftover paper from last year.
Merry Christmas to you all.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas for Rod

My step-daughter asked me to pick up a book for here as a gift for her boyfriend while I was at the book store. Well unfortunately it was out of stock at the store but I could order it on line. The only problem was there was no guarantee that it would be here in time for Christmas. Hah. It's ahead of schedule and was delivered Weds.
The idea for this card was I was to print a copy pf the book cover and she would let him know about it and that it would be delivered to his house.
Best laid plans and all that.
For this card I used the Nestabilities Christmas Ornament set and then used the Gina K co-ordinating stamps. I just used gold embossing powders, no coloring at all.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sympathy foir Dave

A friend of my husband's lost is Step-Mom this past week. She had lived a long full life so it's not really a sad parting, but it is still hard to lose another connection to your past.
I had give Dave a set of cards a few years ago as a gift and he told me much later that he appreciated them but they were a tad to feminine for him.
For this sympathy card I tried to keep it as masculine as I could, the DP is DCVW Linen Closet (I thought the tweed look worked here) and the image is from Papertrey's Through the trees.
I so want to get away from sympathy cards for awhile, I intend to get back after Christmas and work on anything but. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Emerging Leaves

This is another of the cards you can find demonstrated on Stamp TV by Gina K. You can watch it here.
I am just fascinated with heat embossing and this card is really easy and fun to make.
Like the card I showed you the other day I did and assembly line set up and made four cards very quickly.
My usual habit is to grab a stamp and color away and them try to figure out what to do with it. I'm terrible at designing cards myself, but I can see another card and then fly with an idea from there. It works for me, but this is easier to see a great card and copy it and since I had the Autumn Splendor set it works great.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.
P.S. I changed only one thing from the original card and that is the sentiment (also from this set).
I'll be back after the holidays, Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vintage Picnic Birthdays

While I was thinking about the cards I still have to make for my Christmas packets I remembered these images that I had started several months ago. I was on a kick to have some elements ready to put together if I had to make a card quickly. Well I stamped off several of the picnic basket images from the Papertrey Vintage Picnic set and started to color them. I had about eight or nine of the baskets stamped and colored and I had started coloring the images to go on the baskets. The topper images are separate so you can mix and match them, a really fun way to play with them. So I chose several of the baskets and cut them out with Nestabilities (mats also), then I trimmed out the flower tops that I wanted to use and pieced them onto the baskets. Then I had to find some DP that would work for them and I was done. Made four cards in only 20 minutes.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bleached Leaves

If you aren't familiar with Stamp TV you need to check it out and you can do that here. Gina K demonstrates different techniques for making cards and this is one I tried to copy. It uses the leaf images from the Autumn Splendor set.
The technique uses household bleach to change the color of the card stock except it didn't work for me. Can bleach lose its ability to work after it has sat on the shelf too long???? You can see the video for how it is suppose to work here.
The card is still a great looking card even with out the bleached look. I'm going to have to get some fresh bleach and try it again.
I used the sentiment from Papertrey's Birthday Basics.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunflower Sympathy

Since I had the sunflower stamp from the Gina K Autumn Splendor set still out I used it to finish up my sympathy cards. This time I stamped onto some pale yellow card stock and just enhanced the color a little. Matting with a soft brown, a little dark brown ribbon and mounting it to kraft card stock made a totally different look from yesterdays cards and works well for a sympathy card.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sunflower Birthday

Had to take a break from sympathy cards but still had the Gina K Autumn Splendor set out so I used it to make these birthday cards. I colored with Copics using Beckett Expressions white card stock and yellow from my stash for the mat. The DP is Nana's Kitchen from DCWV and I thought the colors were bright and cheerful. In my bits and pieces drawer of brads I found some matching blue for that bit of extra.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Daisy Sympathy

These are two more of the sympathy cards I made the other day. I again used a Gina K stamp from the Autumn Splendor set. I colored with Copics and then cut it out with my oval Nestabilities and also the scalloped oval matting. The ribbon is from a piece I received as a freebie with an order from Ellen Hutson.
Trying to keep the cards simple doesn't have to mean sad or somber. A sympathy card can be pretty. When times are sad we often need a lift and a pretty card can do that.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gina K Sympathy

I needed to make nine more cards for my gift packets and they all needed to be sympathy cards. I don't know about you but I can only do sympathy so much then I have to get on to happy cards. This group of cards is for someone who like a simple card with nothing inside. She like to write her own notes of condolences so I keep the card front muted and leave the inside blank.
I used the Gina K sets Botanicals and Autumn Splendor for these cards. Talk about some wonderful images. I'm really loving the fact that the stamps are pre-cut and mounted on cushion, so easy to use.
Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Positive and the Negative

These two cards are and illustration of using the positive and the negative of an image. For the card on the right I used the cut out of the tree (done with the Papertrey die) as the focal image and added some white snowflake brads that have been in my stash for longer than I'd like to admit to. The DP is from the Memory Box Mistletoe paper pack.
Then I used the leftover felt for the focal point on the card on the left. The DP is also from the Memory Box Mistletoe paper pack and for this one I used buttons for the ornaments. I just kept adding buttons til it looked done. The strip along the bottom of the tree was a scrap that says tidings Merry Christmas.
Two cards that came together so easily that I surprised myself. Hope you like them and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas for Grandsons

I got a little tricky with the Grandsons cards. I used the leftover felt piece from the Granddaughter cards and decorated with DP from the Memory Box Mistletoe set and used buttons for the ornaments.
Worked pretty well don't you think. I used Kraft paper for the card base to give it a more masculine feel.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas for Erin

I've finally started wrapping gifts and making the cards to go with them. This is for Erin and it was fun coming up with an idea for her. Her gift includes a gift card so for this card I used DP from the Memory Box Mistletoe set. Then I cut the Christmas tree with the Papertrey die and added the sentiment form Papertrey's Believe set in Fresh Snow (also Papertrey).
After adding rhinestones for ornaments the outside was done.
Inside I used the Library Card pocket die for a holder using a co-ordinating paper from the same DP pack.
The gifts are wrapped and ready to take to UPS (I think I might let them box my shipments this year since I'm feeling lazy).
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Anniversary Flowers

It's a tradition to send flowers on an anniversary right? So this card qualifies as a traditional card with a twist. Traditional flowers non-traditional DP.
The DP is from the Basic Grey Marjolaine paper pad. As you can see it is sort of the reverse of the card from a couple of days ago only more flowers. I was only going to use one flower but I got carried away and in the end I liked it better.
You got to love those Michael's wedding flowers, they come in so handy.
Add the green rhinestones and there you have it, all done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anniversary Bling and a Goof

This card is an example of the good the bad and the ugly. First of all I don't think the card is ugly, but I do think it's possible to salvage and ugly mistake with a good idea. The card front DP is from the Basic Grey Curio paper pad and in my stash I had this paper lace that has been hanging around for a while (I won't say how long, but it really should be yellowed by now lol). I added the light green rhinestones for some shine.
When it came time to stamp the sentiment inside is when the ugly came in to play. My hand shook as I was placing the stamp and of course that made it blurry. Ugly!!! The good idea was how to correct it . I stamped the sentiment onto the same paper as on the front and I was going to use a tag Nestabilities to cut it out when I came across my heart Nesties, wow that turned out really well don't you think.

Nothing like a little love heart to say Happy Anniversary right?
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bruce's Favorite

When I showed Bruce the cards I made this was the only one of the dozen that he commented on. Hmmm what does that mean?.
This DP is from the Basic Grey Curio paper pad.
Isn't it lovely, so old fashioned that it works really well as an anniversary card for a couple celebrating a 45 years or more of wedded bliss.
I had some lace in my stash so I ran a narrow strip of Scor-Tape on it and attached it to the base. The left edge of the lace was a little ragged so I found a brad to put on it. The brad is from a set I bought several years ago that came with several sizes of brads and punches to match that you can make your own matching brads with. (Does that make sense to you???)
When I trimmed down this DP there were some butterflies on the left over scrap to use here, perfect.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Anniversary Flower

I had some time yesterday to work on cards so I made a dozen of them. I needed Anniversary cards for my Card Ministry group so I decided to try something new and not do any stamping and it worked out well.
I picked out two paper pads from Basic Grey Marjolaine and Curio to work with. I first cut out my bases and then went back to the scraps and used them for embellishments. This was a lot of fun.
For this card I used the Marjolaine pad and the only extra paper was one of the solids in the pack. After I had the strip across the center I pulled out my flower drawer and rummaged through it and found this flower I had made a long time ago and never used and it matched the yellow in the DP's. Is this what they call serendipity or is it just blind luck? Well anyway, I had a card that combined my two favorite things, easy peasy and using existing supplies....nothing new here. I'll be showing some of the other cards I made over the next few days.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.