Monday, November 19, 2007

11/19 Thank You Notes

I am working on a project to make some quick and easy thank you cards for my daughter's piano teacher. She needs 55 of them! I took this idea from the 2007 Fall/Winter Catalog. If you go to page 134 you can see how I changed it up a bit. The size of this card is 3.5x5" . . . fits perfectly into a note-card sized envelopes. It's very quick to make and quite elegant.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Elegant Notes, flower from Blossoms Abound Ink: StazOn Black, Wild Wasabi Paper: Wild Wasabi, Ivory Naturals, Basic Black Accessories: Marvy Circle Punch, Sheer Ivory Ribbon

Here is another option I came up with. I don't like it quite as well, maybe because the paper is Mellow Moss. I think the Wild Wasabi has so much more "pop." This card is also 3.5x5". Here are the card ingredients for this one:

Stamps: Elegant Notes Ink: Basic Black Paper: Mellow Moss, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla Accessories: Key Tag Punch, Corner Rounder

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Friday, November 16, 2007

11/16 Christmas Heart

It was one of those days where I woke up and said to myself, "If I have time to stamp today, I am going to stamp with current Stampin'Up sets only." For years I stamped willy-nilly with whatever I happened to grab - SU or NOT. But, now that I am a demonstrator, I have to churn out current set cards on a regular basis. I try to do a few cards a week that use only current sets. Then, I'll do a few more that use whatever - retired or not, SU or not. I want to keep having fun following my muse. Afterall, life isn't all about business, right?

So, as usual, I logged onto SCS to see what the daily challenge was. ROADBLOCK! The challenge was to use a heart image! I went through my current sets - yikes! NOT ONE heart image!! What to do, what to do? Well, hmmm, I have this Elegant Notes set that has yet to see an ink pad . . . could I, would I? YES! I can and I did! I took the bass clef, stamped it once with Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped it again with Real Red onto an imaging sheet that I use with stamp positioner. Flipped it over, lined it up and pressed it on. Yeah, I had my heart! That is called the Reflection Technique.

Now, I needed to design a card around this image. Since I didn't have time to do the Sketch Challenge on Wednesday, I decided to go that route with my card design. Many layers later, I felt like I had the perfect card for today's Limited Supply Challenge. I used 2-3 stamps, I used a heart image, I used a tool (my ticket corner punch), I limited my layers . . . oops . . . NOT. Sorry, Jen, guess I missed that. I know exactly how, too . . . it was when I picked up the sketch challenge. Never could walk and chew gum at the same time! lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Everyday Flexible Phrases, Elegant Notes Ink: Real Red, Basic Black Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Imaging Sheet Technique: Reflection Technique

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

11/15 Peaceful

I have quite a lot of patterned paper that I've purchased here, there and everywhere. You, too? Ah, yes, once we start down that paper buying street it can quickly turn into a frenzy! Knowing that I have four more packs of paper winging their way to me . . . I kinda started feeling guilty about not using all the paper that I already have! I recently talked to one of my clients who is interested in ordering around 30 Christmas cards. I am trying to design one that could use a variety of papers in the background. I think this one works well. I can switch out the patterned paper to whatever suits my fancy and possibly use up some of that stash!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Linen Ink: Always Artichoke, Vanilla Craft, River Rock Paper: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, and a scrap of Sublime Basic Grey Accessories: Fiber, Corner Rounder Punch, Red Marker

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11/15 Birthday Butterflies

Oh, my goodness, back to stamping whatever, whenever, and wherever and does it feel good!!! I needed a starting point so I jumped onto SCS to see what the daily challenge was. Thursday is Way to Use it Challenge Day. Today the challenge was to use unique brads in your card. Well, sad to say, I don't have much in the way of unique brads. I just ordered the jumbo brads from SU last night, I don't have the build-a-brad kit and the unique brads I do have were not seeing a lot of use . . . not because I was hoarding them, but because I just don't like them. They were purchased here and there and don't have quite the brightness of color that I like when I am working with my Stampin'Up supplies. This card was designed entirely around these sad, tired little flower brads that just hadn't made the trip to the thrift store, yet!

My flower brads were orange and pink so the colors were decided. I grabbed my brayer, some whisper white paper, my Pixie Pink ink pad and my Only Orange ink pad and brayered away. Flowers make me think of butterflies, so out came Wonderful Wings, a long-retired SU set that I just love. I stamped a couple of butterflies with StazOn Black with the intent of cutting them out. But, I liked the way they looked so much that I decided to use the panel just the way it was. (And, that saved me some cutting!) To perk up my brads, I grabbed my black sharpie and put some dots in the center. I layered the butterfly panel in black and added some ribbon accents. Foam tape, a birthday sentiment, another layer or two and the card was done. Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peek!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Wonderful Wings, Stem Sayings Ink: Only Orange, Pixie Pink, StazOn Black Paper: Basic Black, Only Orange, Whisper White Accessories: Brayer, Brads, Black Sharpie, Ribbon, Foam Tape, AquaPainter to paint in the wings just a bit with the coordinating colors.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

11/5 Christmas Blessings

I wanted to make a Christmas card today using my newest set called Star- Studded Season. It's a set with lots of wonderful Christmas sentiments and a great star shape that you can use for lots of things. . . like Fourth of July stars come to mind immediately! Since I used a sentiment front and center on this card, I was looking for a way to really draw the eye into it. I pulled out Carte Postale and used the fabulous florish stamped twice on each side of my sentiment panel. Perfect!! Love it when that happens! I finished the card off with some faux brads and layered ribbon.

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Star-Studded Season, Carte Postale
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Always Artichoke
Paper: River Rock, Holiday Harmony DP, Soft Sky DP, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Crop-a-Dial, Tag Corner Punch, Sponge, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain, River Rock double stitched ribbon, Foam Tape

Here is another Christmas card that I had time to do today. As you know, I like to make flat cards once in a while and at SCS this past Friday, that was the challenge - make a flat card. This card seems a bit boring to me . . . I think I should have jazzed it up with punches or something - but oh well, not every card can be a masterpiece, right? lol! I do really like the Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon running down the left side of the card and I think the Aida Background looks cool. Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Supplies I used to make this card:

Stamps: Sidekick Sayings, Aida Cloth Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Creamy Caramel Paper: Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Very Vanilla Accessories: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Aqua Painter, Markers

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