Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cricut Flower Greeting Card

It was certainly a busy week at my paying job.  I worked a few extra hours so I could have an extra long holiday weekend, but that took me away from my craft room until today.  I was able to sped the afternoon at my wonderful friend Norma's and I ended up casing a card I found in her stash.  Later this weekend I'll make some cards with the items she and I worked on.

Here is today's card. 
 I used my Cricut today.  I used the cartridge George Basic Shapes for the flower.  It was cut at 3 3/4" on Chocolate Chip cardstock.
 I used 3/4", 1", and 1 1/2" circle punches in Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, and Melon Mambo
 The piece of Melon Mambo cardstock eas run through my dot embossing folder and measures 4 1/4 x 3"
 I used a clear circle button with a 1" circle below is in Certainly Celery.  The Bermuda Bay circle is 1 1/2"
 I stamped the sentiment from the Small Script set by Stampin Up!
Here is one final look at the card.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Van Gogh Butterfly Life Greeting Card

For today's card I used a technique that I rarely use anymore.  I punched a circle in the bottom front of the card to show the image that's adhered inside.  I used a color combination that I haven't tried before.  Bermuda Bay and Soft's okay.  I'm not in love with it, so I'll play more.

 I used the stamp set from Stampin Up! called Dreams duJour.  I love this set, but this is only my second time inking it up.  I'll have to pull it our more often.
 I love the quote, and I wanted to draw more attention to the all capitalized letters, so I used markers to ink the stamp in the coordinating color.
 I used the scallop border punch to accent the circle punched into the front of the card.
 Here is a close up peering into the card
 This is the inside of the card
Last look. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thrifty Scrapbook Tip Tutorial: Scallop Border from Large Flower Punch

I mentioned a few days ago that I was experimenting with my punches to come up with a larger scallop border for my cards, and today's tutorial is using the Large Flower punch from Stampin Up!

In a post earlier this year, I shared with you my tutorial on how to use this same punch for a scallop border around a circle shape.  This is the same technique, but applied in a straight line rather than circle.

 After punching flowers in your chosen colors, cut each petal to the center an separate.
 Apply adhesive to the back of your piece of paper and begin adhering your petals.  The back should look similar to this.
 This is the view from the front
 Continue with additional layers as desired.  I moved my second color over so that the scallops were not in the identical place.
 Here is a close up of the two scallop rows created.
 Here is a look at my final card.  I used Stampin Up's Punch Potpourri set for the bird, and Hero Arts for the sentiment.

 Here is a close up of the bird wing.  It's hard to tell that I bent it to look more 3-d

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Butterfly For You Greeting Card

As you've seen in some of my other posts, I try to participate in the challenges over at SplitCoastStampers (SCS).  I had time to make a card in honor of the Featured Stamper this week, Tami Mayberry. She had a great gallery of cards to look through.  They're beautiful, but I didn't have the same stamps, so I had a bit more challenge in finding similar stamps from my stock to use.  You can click on this link to look at the card from her gallery that inspired my card below.

 I used a stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's by Studio G, and the sentiment is from Elements of Style by Stampin Up. 
My cardstock is River Rock, and I stamped the butterfly onto the cardstock and onto a piece of pattern paper by K & Company.  Then I cut out the image from the pattern paper and popped it up.  I made a really thin border of black cardstock around the main image and the sentiment, and actually had to trim them by hand and sand them down to be so close to the same size, but I like the subtle pop of black rather than a thicker, bolder border. 
 This was my first time using this larger dot embossing folder.
 Here is a close up of the butterfly
I was trying to show you the layering
One more look at the final card.
Thanks for looking and happy stamping!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bright Butterfly Greeting Card

I've spoken of my lovely friend Norma before, and I'm going to mention her again.  She and I had a play date earlier this week to make cards.  She let me raid her stamps.  I was supposed to be focused on baby cards and images, and once I had a plan for those cards and Norma helped me stamp enough images to complete them she let me play with her brand new stamps set, Punch Potpourri.

 I used Pixie Pink Ink to stamp the butterfly and then punched out two companion butterflies in Ballet Blue and Old Olive.
 I decided I wanted to make a fairly simple card today since it's been a long week, so I dug into the stamped and punched images from my play date.
 I ran the white paper and the solid butterflies through my Cuttlebug folder, and then distressed the top and bottom edge of the black paper.
 I used black gingham ribbon and some gems for a finishing touch
I stamped the sentiment and then decided to add gems to the left side of the card as well.

That's all there is to this one.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Graduation Cap Greeting Card Gift Card Holder

 These photos aren't the greatest, but my friend Norma showed me this adorable gift card holder that they made at stamping club.  HOW STINKIN' CUTE?!?!?!?!?

I have now added the owl punch and the two stamp sets used on this gift card holder to my wish list--ever growing as usual :0)
 Norma didn't glue everything down yet as she's planning to duplicate this one. 
 The red paper was punched with the edge of an oval punch to make the gift card easier to slide in and out.
 I'm going to have to try this if I ever get the supplies!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thrifty Thursday Scrapbook Tip: Circle Punch for Scallop Border

I'm still working on baby cards and decided that I wanted a larger scallop border for the bottom of the card.  I don't have one, so I needed to get creative again.  This one is my first attempt with a circle punch.

I used a 1 1/2" circle punch and cut the circles in half and then adhered them to the bottom of my base. Then I attached the other layers.

 I used dimensionals under the window punch for the "hanging" pieces on the right.
The bear needed a bow if the window punches were going to have them.

Here is a closer look at the punches creating the border.  I overlapped them slightly.  I'll be trying other puncehs later this weekend.  I'm thinking a 3/4" or even the flower circle punch will work as well.  I'll show you what I come up with!

Here is another view of the card.

I started with a base of Close to Cocoa, then the border in More Mustard, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery.  The stamping is done on Very Vanilla with Basic Brown ink.  I don't remember where I got the pattern paper. 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Welcome Baby Girl Greeting Card--Take 2

Ok.. I told you that I wasn't happy with yesterday's card and I've taken your suggestion to color in the image.  I also added a ribbon to the neck of the giraffe.  Is take number two any better?

Thanks for your suggestions and comments!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Welcome Baby Girl Greeting Card

I've be toying around with my swap cards for baby girl, boy, and neutral.  Today's card is one of the potentials for the swap.

 I started with a card base of Pear Pizazz, two pattern papers from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl collection, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, and White.
 I used two stamp sets from Stampin Up! Little Hellos for the giraffe, and Short and Sweet for the "welcome baby" sentiment
 I added dimensionals behind the giraffe, and added Pretty in Pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.
 I added three button brads
and  lots of machine stitching
The panels that make up the background each measure 1.75 x 4".  I like the look of the glitter in the pattern papers, but I'm feeling like the card is missing something.  I'll continue playing and see what I decide to change.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed day!