Something Out of the Ordinary

Well today’s card is a little out of my ordinary style. I had wanted to do the Cuttlebug challenge on their blog. I checked it out and it was to use watercoloring to emboss or deboss. So I chose my embossing folder and pulled out one of my Kaleidacolor pads and inked up the inside of the folder. I ran my paper in the folder through my Cuttlebug and liked the effect.

Then I had to begin to put my card together. I matched the ink with Green Galore and mounted the embossed piece on the card. I had just a little of this black and white polka dot ribbon left so I put it across the bottom. After I put on my ribbon I thought it would be interesting to stamp an image in black. I then used my ink pad to ink the edges of the stamped image and mounted it on black. It still needed something so I chose 3 colors that matched to make layers for underneath. I used pop dots to attach the 3 layers of color and then used pop dots to attach the stamped image on the top.

I then used the ink pad to ink the sentiment and cut it down to fit into the word window punch and punched the ends. I then punched a black one to mount the sentiment to and used pop dots to attach to the card. When I was finished I went back and reread the requirements and realized I had not watercolored so I couldn’t use it for that challenge. But guess what, as I was checking out my blogs I realized that All That Scraps has a dry embossing challenge so I can use it for their challenge. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the final creation.

inside of card

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes Paper: Basic Black, Green Galore, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Basic Black, Green Galore, Kaleidacolor Bouquet pad, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Tiny Mosiac Cuttlebug embossing folder, word window punch, ribbon (Michael’s), sticky tape, dimensionals

So, what do you think? It is definitely different from my normal style. Hope you have a great Friday! Do you have some plans for the weekend? Thanks for looking!


Playing Catch Up

Did you think I had fallen off the face of the earth? Did you miss me? I got stuck at a friend’s house in the snowstorm for a few days and I am trying to play catch up.

I have missed making cards the past few days. I wanted to catch up in some of the challenges that I missed so I ended up combining 3 challenges in this card. The Flourishes blog has a challenge this week to use any Spellbinders die cuts. I have several of the shape dies and knew I could do this one.

The Colour Create blog has a blue and brown challenge. I didn’t want to use the typical Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip. I was going to use Close to Cocoa and I like Ballet Blue but I didn’t like that color combination. So I tried it with Creamy Caramel and I like that combination. When I check the Our Creative Corner blog they had a sketch challenge that had an oval as the main focal point. So I had my sketch, shape, and color combo all decided.

I just got the Fifth Avenue Floral set and I have seen some beautiful cards using it. On Faith’s blog she does a lot of layering which makes her image appear 3 dimensional. I wanted to try this technique so I chose one of the flowers from the set to try this with.

I began by stamping the flower in Night of Navy on Ballet Blue. I did this again and cut out one of the flowers. With the other flower I cut out the bottom 3 petals I then used a sponge dauber to sponge the edges of both flowers. I used a white get pen to color in the stamen then attached the 3 petals I cut out with pop dots. Then using the oval Nestabilities I cut out a white oval and stamped the flower in Night of Navy in the center. Next I used pop dots to place the cut out flower over top of the stamped image on the white. The rest is self explanatory from the picture.

Hope you like this card. Here is the sketch and my creation.

inside of card

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, Embrace Life Paper: Ballet Blue, Creamy Caramel, white, Bella Rose DS Ink: Ballet Blue, Creamy Caramel, Night of Navy Accessories: ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Oval plain and scallop Nestabilities, lattice border punch (Martha Stewart), gems (Michael’s), white Gelly Roll pen, sponge daubers, Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals

Hope you have a great day and get to play! Thanks for looking!


A Picture Frame

I found a great blog. Samantha has some great ideas using punches. What that girl does with punches is amazing. She had a post that I saw and knew I had the perfect idea for it.

Last week she posted a girl in a cap and gown that I thought was so cute. My sister gave me a picture of my youngest and myself at her college graduation in December. It was a good picture of both of us and the wheels started turning. I had some University of Maryland paper I had gotten at a scrapbook store. I thought it would be fun to cover a frame with the paper and attach the girl and put our picture in it.

I purchased an inexpensive wooden frame from Michael’s. Using Mod Podge I attached the paper to the frame. This was my first frame so there was a learning curve involved. Once I get the paper attached and had added 2 layers of Mod Podge I used Mod Podge to attach the black velvet ribbon around the outside. Then the fun began.

I used Samantha’s description on her blog to make the girl in the cap and gown. I did make some adjustments as Michaela does not have curly hair so I modified the scallop circle punch from her post to be straight hair. I also slit the punch to put the head in so the hair fell down the side of the face. I then put my picture in the frame so I could check and see where I wanted my girl placed (couldn’t hide Michaela’s lovely face!). I really like how this turned out and now I have to do another one for my oldest daughter’s picture so I will have one for each girl. Here is the finished project.

Paper: University of Maryland PP, Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, Real Red, white Ink: Pretty in Pink (sponged on cheeks) Accessories: Mod Podge, black velvet ribbon (LSS), wooden frame (Michael’s)

Samantha has some awesome creations using punches. Check out her blog for lots of great ideas. Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Lovely Embossed Vellum

The Flourishes blog has a Timeless Tuesday challenge each week. This week the challenge was to use vellum on your card. I had a card in my mind and went looking for my pink, blue, and yellow vellum. When I checked my drawer with the vellum in it I couldn’t believe all that I had. I had forgotten all the colors and patterns I had bought in the past. I will definitely need to visit that drawer more often.

I pulled out my Sizzix embossing folder and used a piece of white cardstock to see how it would work. Once I saw how the folder worked, I used it to emboss a pink and blue flower as well green leaves and gold (didn’t have yellow vellum but did have gold) flower center. It was then that I had the idea to make the white embossed cardstock the center image and the pink and blue flowers as an added element. When I put the white cardstock and pink and blue flower on an invitation size card they didn’t all fit. I didn’t want to eliminate either of the vellum flowers so I decided to use a 5 x 7 card instead. When I looking in the drawer for my vellum I found some mulberry paper (anybody remember that, I haven’t seen it used in a long time). I decided to add a layer under the white embossed layer. When I put the layers on the white card it still needed something so I decided to try embossing a background gold vellum using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I was even able to match the dots up perfectly! Whoo Hoo for me!

I then put the pieces on the card and it was still missing something, so I pulled out a border punch and added a layer at the bottom. As usual I felt it needed ribbon (love my ribbon) so I added a sparkly ribbon so it would have some bling (like bling on a card also). Again this is a very pretty feminine card. Looks like my daughter will have another card to add to her collection. Here is my creation.

inside of card

Stamps: Emotions Pre-Inked Stampers (JustRite) Paper: Whisper White Accessories: Daisy flower Sizzix embossing folder, blue – gold – green – pink vellum, yellow mulberry paper, Floral Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Pink Hedgehog) vellum tape, sticky tape, dimensionals
Wait till you see what I have been working on! It is so awesome. Check back tomorrow to see it.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation

I am really going to date myself here, but the entire time I was making this card I kept singing this song. When I chose my flower die, the patterned paper, and the scrumptous ribbon all I could think of was Prom night.

The challenge at Clear Dollar Stamps is to create any card or project and use pearls (pearls, pearlized paper, pearlized embossing powder, etc.). I had this vision of using die cuts to create a soft flower with curled edges similar to the one create by Julie and using pearls in some way. I got my dies and chose Bella Rose PP. I then went looking for a ribbon as my vision was to wrap the ribbon and pearls around the card and make a bow. While looking for a pink ribbon I ran across this gorgeous satin ribbon I had gotten from Stampin’ Up last year and had never used. It immediately made me think of Prom and I took off from there.

I made my flowers with the patterned paper and when I went to put them together it didn’t look right so I decided to add some cardstock in a matching color. Once I did this I layered the flowers bent up the edges on each layer and added the pearl in the center. I layed the ribbon and flowers on the card and it still needed something so I pulled out a background sent and stamped the background with it. I then attached the ribbon and glued the layer to the card. I then decided on the placement of my flowers and started attaching the pearls using Crystal Effects. When I was finished it still needed something so I made a bow out of the ribbon and attached it with a glue dot to the ribbon.

I think this card is very pretty. It is so feminine looking I know I have a few visitors who will love it (Hi Sandy! This one is for you). What are your thoughts about this card? Let me know.

inside of card

Stamps: Petite Patterns (retired) Paper: Pink Pirouette, white, Bella Rose PP Ink: Pink Pirouette Accessories: Cuttlebug Flower dies, 15/16″ Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon, half-back pearls, string of pearls, Zots, crystal effects, sticky tape, dimensionals
I think I will send this card to my girly-girl daughter. She will love it as it right up her alley. Thanks for looking and have a great day!