Sunday, July 31, 2011

Masculine Handmade Birthday Beach Stamped Greeting Card

Along the lines of yesterday, I need more masculine cards.  This card could actually be masculine or feminine, but for may purpose I'm calling it masculine. 
 I used a stamp set called Along the Shore and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from All Occasions.
 I cut out the individual shells, and I used colored pencils to add green to the grass, and blue to the sky of the stamped image.

 I used twine and embossing for added texture for the card.

 Brads to secure the sentiment to the stamped image.
Here is one more look at the card. 

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Masculine Deer Birthday Greeting Card

It's been a long time since I made a masculine card, so I figured I would change that this morning.

I used to Stampin Up! stamp sets for this card.  The deer image on the inside and outside of the card are from Noble Deer, and the sentiment is from Cheery Chat.
 The base is Chocolate Chip, and it is folded at the top.
 The pattern paper is from DCWV, and the Argyle embossed is Old Olive.
 I used a circle punch for the sentiment and embellished it with three silver brads.
The middle of the card is accented with a blue ribbon that coordinates with the pattern paper.
 Here is the inside of the card.
One more look at the outside of the card.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Paisley Doily Hand Stamped Greeting Card

I made today's card after being inspired by a fellow stamper over at Splictoaststampers (SCS).  Here is a link to the card that inspired me.

 The stamp set I used for the sentiment is from Because I Care.
The base of black measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  The layer of Pretty in Pink measures 8 x 5 1/4" and it folded at the top.
 I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder called Perfectly Paisley on the top layer of the pink.
 The pattern paper is from DCWV Nursery paper pack and measures 2 1/4 x 5 1/4", and the ink and scallop oval punch are in Pear Pizazz.
 The paper doily was cut in half and adhered to the left side.
A strip of pearls finish the edge between the cardstock and pattern paper.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Simple Hand Stamped Birthday Greeting Card

I've talked about Clean and Simple (CAS) cards before, and just because a card doesn't have a ton of paper and layers, doesn't mean it's lacking in style and design.  Today I'm showing you another CAS design that I really like.  I made this for a co-worker and friend for her birthday today.  I made this card based on a card from the featured stamper over at Splitcoaststampers (SCS).  Here is a link to her card.

 I punched 1" squares from pieces of cardstock embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (THANK YOU NORMA!)
 The colors from left to right are:  Whisper White, Pear Pizazz, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum and Daffodil Delight.
 The base is Kraft
 I used the stamp set called Well Scripted for the birthday sentiment, and wrote a personal message inside.
 Here is a close up of the squares.  I tried to punch the same section of each piece.
One more final look at the card.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Punched Flower Greeting Card and Personal Update

First of all, thank all of you for the prayers offered for my brother-in-law.  He's recovering and is very grateful for having gone to the hospital when he did.  The doctors told him that if he'd waited five more minutes he would have died since his major artery was 100% blocked.  If he continues recouping as he has been, they will discharge him today.

My wonderful friend Norma came over last night to have a stamping date since I was home by myself.  She brought a stamp set, punch and photo of a card using them for us to make.  the end result was this iris card.
 I stamped the petals and punched them out, and embossed the Daffodil Delight background with the Vintage Wallpaper folder (my new favorite!).  Norma did all the assembly.
 Here is a side view of the card.
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Personal Update: Prayers Requested

No card today.  Our serene Sunday morning was anything but.  My husband and I were waked by a phone call from my sister-in-law who is a traveling nurse and is located in Eau Claire, WI, about 2 hours from us.  She had just received a phone call that her husband in Tennessee (my husband's brother) had a heart attack this morning.  Stanley quickly packed a bag and drove to Eau Claire to drive with my sister-in-law to Tennessee to be with her husband.  I'm asking for prayers for quick healing and not linger effects of the damage done to the heart, and I'm asking for a safe drive for my my husband and sister-in-law.

They've put in a stint, and my brother-in-law has been able to talk to people throughout this incident.  He's be his usual, short-tempered self in hearing of the phone conversations he's been having, so I take that as a good sign that all will be good.

Thank you for your prayers.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

SCS Challenge Greeting Cards: Double Embossing & Thrifty Ribbon

Well, I've had a slow blogging week, so today I'm showing you two cards.  I've made them both for the Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers F4A74.  The challenge was to use two of things on the card.  I started by wanting to use some fabric for a ribbon.  I made a double bow (first for me) and I used the same image twice using the masking technique.

Here is the first card.
 I used pattern paper from DCWV, the base is Very Vanilla, and the stamps I used are from Fifth Avenue Floral by Stampin Up!.  I used regular colored pencils to color the flowers, and the "ribbon" is a torn strip from my hubbies favorite pajama bottoms that have seen better days.
I stamped the first flower to the left of the scallop oval (cut from the Storybook cartridge on my Cricut), and then I masked the image by stamping it onto a post-it and cutting it out.  I then placed the cut image on top of the first flower and stamped the second flower onto the scallop oval.
 I used Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp the flowers, and then Black for the sentiment.
 Here is my first double bow (I know, it leaves a lot to be desired!)

 Here is a close up of the stamped/colored images.
 Here is the strip of "ribbon" one I tore it from the pajama leg.
 Here are the pajama pants before I tore my ribbon.
One more final look at card one.

The second card today also qualifies for the F4A74 challenge, as well as the Ways to Use it challenge, WT332--Heavy Metal

 For the Two by Two challenge, I used two butterflies (cut from my Cricut and stamped with the set Delight in Life by Stampin Up!), two metal brad/buttons, and the double embossing technique.  The WT332 challenge is accomplished with the metal brads.
 Here is a look at my paper before and after the double embossing.  I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  I then inked the entire pieces with brown embossing ink, and then used Kaleidoscope Transparent embossing powder from Stampendous.
 Here is a close up of the background once it was embossed with the heat gun.
 The base of this card is River Rock.
 The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set Trendy Trees.
 I added pearl embellishments to the sentiment and butterflies after inking them with brown around the edges.
Thanks for looking!  Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simple Greeting Cards for Make and Take

I mentioned yesterday that at my paying job today I was going to have a make and take for about 14 people.  It was so neat to share this with my co-workers.  They have all complimented my cards and crafts, and I appreciate that very much, but to share with them how to make the cards and watch them enjoying themselves while many stamped for the first time was very neat.

Here are the two cards they made.  To their surprise, the wedding cake card was the simpler of the two.

I had all the parts cut to size, so they stamped and assembled.  I think I may have some new stampers eager to learn more!  I love being an enabler!

Here are some more detailed photos of the cards.
 The base of this card is River Rock, with Black embossed in a Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder.  The cake is stamped on Whisper White, in Stazon, and the pearls are a strip cut to length and adhered to the last "layer" of the cake.

 The stamp set is from Stampin Up! and is called:  Sweet Treats

 This was the more difficult of the cards because of having more layers and ribbon to tie.
 They used pop-dots for the sentiment.
The white folded piece is mounted onto the black base.

This stamp set is also by Stampin Up! and is called Cheery Chat.

One last look at each card.

Thanks for looking!