Saturday, February 28, 2009

I don't know if I have mentioned this in a prior post, but as some of you know, I have recently reorganized my craft room and I have to tell you, I have never been more productive in using all of the cool "stuff" I have. So I found these rub-on butterflies that I bought many years ago - very inexpensive and I think I got them in the paint department at Menards. Anyway, when I reorganized my stash I came across them and thought I maybe should get rid of them and then I came up with this card idea when I got a hold of the Basic Grey Ambrosia 6x6 cardstock. So I took one of the rub-on butterflies and rubbed it onto a piece of vellum. The heavier the vellum the more stable the butterfly is but I have to tell you, I rubbed one onto some flimsier vellum last night with some friends and it literally looked like the butterfly had just landed on the top of my card because of it's "whispiness" (is there such a word?). Anyway I'm sure you all have something like this in your stash because this is where rub-ons were first introduced - in the paint department for home decor. Supplies to create the card are: whisper white (card base), Going Grey, Pumpkin Pie designer paper, Basic Grey-Ambrosia black dot and strip of butterflies. The circle is a cuttlebug die and the saying (You're on my mind) is Inspired By Nature by Stampin' Up. Enjoy and I'd love to hear your comments. Sign up to "follow me" on the right hand side of my blog here, and I'll put your name in a drawing to win some blog candy this week. Check back later to find out what the blog candy is for the week. I will pick a name a week from today (Saturday, March 7th, and send an email to the winner. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Here's the 2nd set I made. Actually I made 2 of each right away but then I divided them into 2 separate sets. As I mentioned below, they are the same template - just slightly different than the 1st set.

I needed to make 2 women a set of 6 all occasion cards this weekend so I just took a sheet from the In Color Stampin' Up cardstock - all textured - and created the same card using all 6 colors. The card template I used is actually on page 195 of the new Spring/Summer Stampin' Up Catalog. What a clean and simple card to make and I love the little circles I put along the scalloped edge - doesn't it sorta look like fringe? The 2 sets are just slightly different but the same template and concept. See the 2nd set above.

I you saw my earlier post with the valentine heart that opens and there is a magnet closing the card - this is another version I just used a flower. I cut it using the Cricut, Basic George and I kept the size at 5". This is a 6x6" card. I also textured the flower with a Sizzix texture plate to give it some depth. The magnet is between two layers of cardstock on the flower and underneath the green on the right hand side.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Here's a cute card I made using Stampin' Up On Board So Tweet. I covered the owl with Basic Grey's Off Beat cardstock and the eyes and beak at just inked with pumpkin pie ink and the feet are inked with chocolate chip. The orange circles for the eyes are attached with dimensionals and then added 2 rain dots for the eyeballs. The baja breeze cardstock on the bottom is textured using a Sizzix texture plate (a blue one) and the design sorta looks like little chicken feet so it fit in perfectly with the card. As far as the wording, "got a birthday," I just typed that on the computer and printed it out and then adhered it to chipboard with dimensionals on the back. Hope you like it.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I wanted to use these cute little corduroy buttons that Stampin' Up has in their new catalog and these are the summer sun. I had to make a birthday card for my Godson and stumbled across this arrow paper in my stash and came up with this card. This is a great way to use up a piece of 2-sided cardstock. The flipside of the green and arrow are each other. The "dude" are just rub ons and I didn't really notice until it was uploaded how crooked the letters are, but I think because the whole theme is whimsical, I can get away with it. So enjoy and let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I don't know about you guys, but I just love chipboard and I had to have Stampin' Up's new On Board So Tweet. It's the cutest. I actually fell in love with it because of the owls, but I started working with the bird and came up with this card. I do like to cover chipboard with background paper but it was a little much with all the little pieces for this birdie so I inked the tail and the little side wing with chocolate chip and the feet and beak are inked with pumpkin pie. The card base is Whisper White - it's a larger card: folded in half it is cut at 6-1/4x4-1/2". The other cardstock layers used are apricot appeal, kiwi kiss and designer paper "Good Morning Sunshine." The eye is a clear dew drop. The saying: "it's time to celebrate" is from Stampin' Up - A Little Birdie Told Me. I hope you enjoy it and it will inspire you to make a card using up some of your chipboard. Be sure to leave a comment. I love to hear what others think about my ideas.

Monday, February 9, 2009

So I've had this pink polka dot ribbon my sister gave me 2 years ago and I finally decided to break down and use it. It was the way she gave it to me, in a beautifully crafted heart shaped box with lots of little mini muffin papers inside with all kinds of embellishments in each muffin paper. Anyway, how to make this card:
I cut 3 hearts (I believe I used a size 2 or 3-you'll have to play with this) using my Cricut and the Basic George cartridge (yes it's the same heart I used in the magnet card below). Anyway, I cut 3 of them out of white cs and layered them to make my own chipboard heart. I then covered it with heat & stick powder and then poured on the glitter. I have to honestly say I don't know what company the glitter is from, it's been in my stash for awhile. Anyway, I then assembled my card using a chocolate chip base, pink pirouette on the top half and baja breeze on the lower half using Stampin' Up's scallop border punch on the bottom. I wrapped the pink ribbon around the top half and punched a hole in the heart using my crop-a-dile. I brought the ribbon up through the hole and stuck a pink checkered brad in the center to hold the ribbon in place. The heart is mounted with dimensionals. It's certainly not a difficult card to make, just a little putsy. I then rubbed an "x" stitch rub-on between the two colors. I love these rub-ons, you have to touch it or you would think I actually stitched on the card. [Thanks Chris for the cute ribbon.]

Here's another version of the heart magnet card. Once I started making these and figured out all of the glitches, they became easier and easier. This one is using Teresa Collins cardstock and the "a crazy little thing called love" is also Teresa Collins. I love her line - she has such cute things. Look at the post below on how to create this card.

So here is the card I posted on Splitcoast today. This was such a fun card to make and it's a little putsy, but I think it was worth it. I first cut a card from chocolate chip CS 4-1/4x5-1/2. I then turned it upside down so it opened from the left instead of the right and cut 1-5/8" off the left hand side - only the top part of the card. I then cut two hearts (5") with my Cricut (Basic George). One was in white cardstock and the pink one was cut from Stampin'Up's Raspberry Tart cs. I then scored the white one in half and attached it to the left side of the chocolate chip card - see photo above. I cut the Raspberry Tart CS in half and attached half of it on the front and half of it on the inside. Before attaching the one inside, I placed + portion of a magnet between the layers. On the 2-1/2" strip of chocolate chip CS on the right hand side, I placed a 2-1/4x5-1/4 piece of Basic Grey cardstock placing the - (negative) portion of the magnet between the layers. When the card closes, the magnets hold the flap down. A little tip is after having the + portion of the magnet already inside the layers on the heart, I put the negative half of the magnet on the heart and of course they joined instantly. I then peeled off the piece of paper and closed the heart onto the flap and that's how I knew where to put the magnet between the brown layers. (Hope that makes sense). I then just embellished the card with a row of Heidi Swap pink rhinestones and some LOVE stickers on the outside. I stamped Happy Valentine's Day with an old Stampin' Up stamp and that's it. I did ink all edges. I hope you enjoy it and will try it for yourself.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Here is my version of the valentine card from the Basic Grey Card Kit (they run about $15 and you get 8 cards and all the materials to make all of them.) Anyway, I loved how they used the chipboard in their card and I have so much chipboard, it inspired me. The paper I used is from Basic Grey's Off Beat Collection and I covered the chipboard with the green CS from BGrey Urban Prairie. I ten used stickers to spell out birthday. The little circle on the top is a page pebble that I stamped "happy" on a piece of CS first and then placed the page pebble over it to create my own epoxy sticker. I then stuck it to a felt flower from Stampin' Up and attached it with a glue dot above the chipboard bracket. I love the colors in this card. The base of the card is Baja Breeze. Thanks for looking. I've got several more to download, and will try to get them all on before the end of the week so keep checking back and be sure to leave me a comment so I know someone is out there looking.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

This is my version of the Basic Grey long card. The scallop border and flower are all from the Sugared Stickers. Everything was sponged and the flower is on dimensionals with a rhinestone in the middle. The leaves are made using the oval punch and then snipping off the tip to make the leaves pointed. I then creased in the middle and attached with glue dots.

Card from the Basic Grey Love card kit. I love these card kits because I then take them and create my own version for an occasion other than what it was meant for. See next post to see what I mean.

This is a card I made as a thank you card for my customers that ordered something from me. It actually started out as a mistake. I had put the Spellbinders die to emboss a square in the center and I ended up debossing it but I liked it so much that made them all like this.

Supplies: Whisper White card base; top layer Pink Pirouette CS (S.Up); I stamped the Say It With Scallops in 2 different colors - Tempting turquoise and kiwi kiss and then cut them in half and mounted them to a white scalloped square. I then mounted it on the card using dimensionals. Ribbon was from JoAnn fabrics.

Clean and simple is what this one should be called.