Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Butterfly Dreams....

Hello and welcome to my blog.  Today I am sharing a card I made for a lady at the office who is retiring on Friday.  She's so excited to start a new adventure in her life, so I offered to make the card for all of us to sign, as well as a poster board, so all her friends and customers can stop by for cake and sign it.  I must admit, this was a FUN project and here it is:

First, the card is made with Gina K Designs stamps and card stock.  The floral paper and envelope are from the Watercolor Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! and the envelope was made using SU's Envelope punch board.  I wanted a larger card, this one is 5 x 7, so there's plenty of room for everyone at the office to sign it.
Coloring was done with Copics and the inside of the card reads" Let your dreams take flight:" (Gina K) and "Happy Retirement" from Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)  I put sparkle on the wings using Dazzling Details (SU) and it really gives a little shimmer to it, although it's hard to see in the photo.
So, on to the card:

What do you think?  I'd love to read your comments, so please feel free to critique me!  :-)  Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome week! 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May Stamp Camp

Hi friends and welcome to my blog. Yesterday a group of us got together and made Graduation and Father's Day cards.  I don't know about you, but I never seem to have many of those ready in time for celebrating these two occasions.  Here's our projects:

I'm sure you've seen cards like this on the internet and Pinterest.  It's made using the new Scallop Tag Topper punch and although there are several variations of how to ensure your tabs are lined up evenly, I went with my own version.  After cutting the card base to size and before I scored it, I gently rolled the card stock up to meet each edge, and inserted both ends into the punch at the same time.  It's a bit tricky to get the double card stock under the punch, but it can be done and it's quick and easier for me, rather than measuring or using a pencil to make tic marks.  :-)  The stamp set is the soon to be retired Pure Gumption and I used Sweet Sorbet designer paper as well.  Gorgeous Grunge was used to make all those colorful spots; ink pads used are: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Summer Starfruit.  I usually try to let my designer paper tell me what colors to use. Hint: On the back of the cardboard wrapper is the list of what colors go with the designer paper. 

 This Father's Day card uses Summer Starfruit card base and Pacific Point card layer, with High Tide designer paper.  The stamp sets used are The Open Sea (one of my MOST favorite sets) and the always "must have" Teeny Tiny Wishes. Pacific Point striped Grosgrain ribbon, tied together with Gold Baker's Twine give this card a real nautical feel, don't you think?

A new stamp set called "Walk in the Wild" is just perfect for a guy card.  Crumb Cake card base with the Neutrals Designer Series Paper pack (also in Crumb Cake) just go so well together.  I wanted to add a little more "wildness" to the card, so a quick trip down the side with 2 pieces of Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Washi Tape is just the right touch. I haven't used washi tape before, but it could be my new best friend. It doesn't stick to itself and it's so forgiving. If you lay it down on your card and you decide you don't want it there, it pulls up quite easily and doesn't tear your card stock.  I love it!  And the good news is... it's NOT retiring, so it's available in the new catalog that starts June 2nd.

We did make 2 more cards, and I'll post them next week.  In the meantime, if you do not currently have a Stampin Up! Demonstrator, please email me or check out my website.  I'll be happy to get you a new catalog pronto!  Have a great week!  

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