Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Card Swap

I started off making a card for my neighbor who is a new grandmother, then decided I like the verse from "God's Blessings" for a new baby, that I would add a note to our granddaughter based on that verse and give it to her for her book. But I'm still making one for my neighbor, too. In addition, I decided the card colors and design are unusual enough that I would use it for my card fronts to swap with other demonstrators at the regional convention in Syracuse. There will be some variations since I don't have enough white grommets (Designer Hardward, 114348, $6.95)--I'll use jumbo brads or jumbo Designer Brads (page 179 in the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog).

To reproduce this card you would use cardstock in Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Sahara Sand and classic inks in Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay ink. I embellished the card with Bermuda Bay polka-dot grosgrain ribbon and Pumpkin Pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon as well as the grommet. Stampin' Dimensionals and dry embossing (Perfect Polka Dots Stampin' Up! Textured Impressions Folder, 117335, $7.95) as well as the scalloped edge (Scallop Edge punch, 112091, $15.95) add more texture to the card.

Now I have 29 card fronts that were intended for the card swap, but the Regional convention was canceled due to the only snow storm we've had this winter! I arrived in Syracuse (actually, my daughter's home in Camillus) before the roads became treacherous. I understand the Stampin' Up people were unable to get into any airports near Syracuse. But my son-in-law and grandsons had fun building an igloo Thursday. The boys and their friends added snowmen and another snow fort on Friday. But it was so warm and sunny later in the day that the snowman started tilting and so the boys demolished him as they had done the other snowman.

When I came home last evening, I was pleasantly surprised to see that our neighbor had cleaned out our driveway for us. Bob had been out of town most of the week, so it was a relief to him, too, when he arrived about an hour after I did. Of course, there were two or three more inches this morning for Bob to blow out of our driveway... I think there were 10 or 12 inches that piled up in Canandaigua, which is why we were so thankful for our neighbor!


I needed a large sympathy card so all the ladies in my Bible study group could sign it for another of our members. I was able to make this one very quickly before leaving for the study.

I used one full sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock folded in half for the card itself. The designer paper, however, is retired, but you can choose any designer paper you like in its place. I used the Big Shot and the Top Note bigz die to cut Very Vanilla and Mellow Moss cardstock. Notice how I cut on the perforations of one Very Vanilla Top Note and attached it to the untrimmed Mellow Moss Top Note. I then cut the whole label in half, stamping the verse on the top half. Gold brads and Mellow Moss 1/4" grosgrain ribbon embellish the card.

The verse and greeting are on the outside so there is plenty of room inside for women to write their own personal messages. Some find it difficult to create full-sized cards, so I'm going to try to make and post a few more in the future.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set in Card Kit

This is another variation of a card in the February card kit. I used the Happy Moments stamp set from the Sale-a-bration mini catalog (119125 or 118664, free with $50 purchase) and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (114996, $14.95). After stamping the dots around the edges of the water color paper, I took my wet Aqua Painter and, picking up the ink from stamping, "painted" the "mat" around the focal image. Look closely and you can see the flowers and "happy birthday" stamped between the certainly celery strip and the layered image.

Card stock and classic ink pads used for this card are Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, and Certainly Celery as well as Watercolor Paper. The torn edges add texture. Stampin' Dimensionals (104430, $3.95) add depth to the focal point. The final embellishment is the addition of a button fastened with a glue dot after threading and tying with linen thread.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring Song

The above card is a variation of the cards you would make if you purchased the February card kit. Obviously, I used different stamp sets--Spring Song (115074, $15.95) and En Francais (109521, $17.95). Although the cards in the kit are designed with specific stamp sets in mind, with a little imagination, you can use stamp sets you already have and vary the kits any way you wish. The idea, however, is to let you stamp a dozen cards in very little time by following the directions provided.

Other supplies needed to reproduce this card are Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue card stock and inks,Watercolor Paper (105019, $6.95), Aqua Painters (103954, $16.95), Sherbet Designer Buttons (116312, $7.95), Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon (109066, $6.95 for 10 yards), and Linen Thread (104199, $4.50 for 15 yards). Ordering the kit would supply you with all the pre-cut cardstock plus the ribbon and thread. You provide (or order) the stamps, inks, Aqua Painters and buttons.

Crib Quilt

Several posts ago I showed individual blocks for this quilt because I had used the Big Shot to cut the flowers for the appliques. This is the finished product.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Very Vintage

I was playing around with my new Very Vintage jumbo wheel from the Occasions Mini Catalog (117693, $8.50) when I made this card. I then used the Vintage Label set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog (only available when you purchase $50 worth of product) for the Happy Birthday greeting. Chocolate Chip cardstock, ink and 1/4" grosgrain ribbon were used on the Bordering Blue card with Very Vanilla cardstock for the stamping and rolling. I dyed a flower from the Pretties Kit (109114, $29.95)) to match using the Bordering Blue ink pad. I actually laid the flower on the ink pad and rubbed it in with tweezers--not the proper way to dye them, but it worked. I added a flat pearl, also from the Pretties Kit, for the flower center. The Scallop Trim Border punch from the Sale-a-Bration catalog added a little fanciness to the Chocolate Chip cardstock behind the Very Vanilla.

I think the design of this wheel is my favorite yet. I hope to play with it some more. Ideas are popping into my head but it's too late tonight to work on any more of them!

I couldn't get this card to stay straight in the scanner, but I think you can get the idea.