Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Make It Monday and CPS 220

I love being on vacation ... I get to papercraft as much and as often as I want.  This week's MIM technique was cracked glass which I LOVE.  It takes a little time so I don't use it often, but hey, I'm on vacation.  Time isn't a factor this week :)

I used this week's CPS sketch as well.  I love when I can get a two-for-one out of a card !  I used a color scheme of aqua mist and ocean tides, along with accents of dark chocolate, lemon tart and new leaf

I rubbed a little dark chocolate ink into the cracks in the embossing to highlight them a little more.  I had thought to also emboss the seed packet frame.  I'm wishing I had now, although I think it still looks good the way it is.

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A special thank you

Still making Thank Yous for my daughter's graduation.  Here is one of the special-er ones.  A little more intricate than a single layer card.

I thought the Damask background and the french sentiment from Think Big Favorites paired really well together.  I also didn't have any black rhinestones left,  so I took a Sharpie to some clear ones.

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Supplies (PTI unless noted):
Stamps: Damask Designs, Think Big Favorites
Ink: Dark Chocolate; Crumb Cake[SU!]
Paper: True Black, Dark Chocolate, White
Other: rhinestones[KaiserCraft]; chocolate brown satin ribbon [SU!]

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Graduation Thank yous

Now that all the graduation cards are made, I needed to make Thank You cards for my daughter to send out.  I'll make a few special ones, but most are going to be rather simple, single layer cards.

All the stamps are from Botanical Silhouettes. I LOVE the fonts in this set ... the backward loop on the Y-tail is so awesome.  The colors are True Black, Always Artichoke and Real Red

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

Its PTI blog hop time!!!

This month the theme is flowers, and I've been dying to try the emboss resist tricks that Heather Nichols showed this week on her blog. 

I used a retired SU! set called Worn Flannel for the background, Friends Til The End for the sentiment and Botanical Silhouettes for the flowers

To create the look I stamped the flannel background first in crumb cake (stamped off first to lighten it up).  Then I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.  Finally I used Versamark and clear EP to emboss the flowers over the rest of the stamping.  I sponged Pear Pizazz and Poppy Parade over the embossed areas to make them pop

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Monday, May 23, 2011

CPS 219

A friend at work asked me if I had time to make her a graduation card this week.  Since already had the CPS sketch for this week printed, it's Make It Monday and I wanted to stamp tonight anyway, I said SURE :)  MIM was making Sympathy cards to day so I didn't get to use a technique from there, but the CPS sketch I thought was perfect

I liked the plaid paper I made so much on this card  that I decided to make some more using the high school colors.  The actual colors are purple teal and silver, but I used Basic Gray instead of the Silver.  The other colors are Bermuda Bay and Concorde Crush.  I created the plaid using stamps from Ribbon Tails and Background Basics: Retro.  I stamped off the solid ribbon tail once to lighten up the gray.

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{Supplies - SU! unless noted}
Stamps: For the Grad, Ribbon Tails, Background Basics:Retro [PTI]
Ink: Basic Gray, Concorde Crush
Paper: Concorde Crush, Bermuda Bay, White
Other: Basic Gray Satin ribbon, Designer Label punch; Oval nestabilities [Spellbinders]

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Inspired By ...

a Powerpoint template of all things ...

I found the coolest template online last week when I was making sermon slides for my pastor.  I wanted to try and recreate it in card format.  I searched through my stash of floral stamps until I found the dandelions. 

For the "sun" image I sponged Fresh Snow ink onto Marina Mist card stock.  I used a large circle nestability as a guide to get the harder edge of the circle then sponged a little more to soften it up

I stamped the stem and dandelions from the new PTI Anniversary set Botanical Silhouettes, and the little blowing dandelion fluzz from a TCP set called Blow.  Finally I sponged some Fresh Snow ink on the edges to soften the whole look.

It all works together I think

Inside I stamped Marina Mist on white card stock.  I carried the fluzz through from the front and added a sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Last Graduation card (I think)

Here is my last graduation card ...

I LOVE this technique Nichole Heady does ... stamp in white on kraft card stock then outline with a T1 copic.  Its just stunning I think, so I had to copy

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

CPS 218 - Graduation

I used today's CPS sketch for another graduation card.  I'm almost done with the stack I need to make ... phew ...

 I used Winter Post for the vertical layer and the cancellation mark on the stamp.  I die cut the envelope using Tea Leaves patterned paper (PTI) and the scalloped envelope die (SU!).  Tied it all around with some chocolate twill.  The stamp was punched out using SU! postage stamp punch (available in the summer mini)

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Friday, May 13, 2011

MIM: Selective Inking

This week's Make It Monday was about Selective Inking ... just inking part of a stamp.  The tutorial focus was taking a 2 line sentiment and making it into a one liner.  You can also do the reverse and and take a long 1 line sentiment and make it 2 lines.  Lots of applications for this technique for sure!

Here's my card:

My oldest niece is having her first baby in July and she and her husband are quite ecstatic!  There wedding was in a celery green with chocolate brown accents.  As a Christmas gift I scrapbooked their wedding weekend in celery green and brown. And now that's the baby shower colors too!

I used the Argyle Impression Plate for the background layer.  I created the plaid layer using Ribbon Tails and Background Basics: Retro  in Certainly Celery, Delightful Daffodil and Chocolate Chip.

I used Fillable Frames #8 for the sentiment layer.  The sentiment itself is from Mega Mixed Messages and started out life as a 2 line stamp.

I added added some Spring Moss buttons tied with dark chocolate bakers twine to the sentiment layer to finish it off.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011


I learned I needed yet another graduation card - where do these kids keep coming from?!?

Its another of my daughter's friends.  These girls are all into anime' and Asian culture so I made another non-traditional card using this week's CPS sketch

This time I used the other girl from Kimono Kids as well as the string of lanterns.  I drew in the floor line so it didn't look like everything was floating in air.

I paper-pieced the dress using Bitty Box patterned paper in Pure Poppy.  The lanterns were colored with Copics.  The sentiment is from Go Graduate, a SU! set from a few years ago.  I stamped that onto a die cut double ended banner.  I cut the layer for the banner by hand

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

May Sketch For You To Try

This is the First Saturday of May so the new SFYTT was posted this morning.  I decided to also try the free digi stamp from Paper Smooches by Kim Hughes ... I think I'll be buying me some of these stamps.  They are absolutely adorable.

Both the bee and the sentiment were free downloads (Kim does a free digi download every month)

I went with a bit of a floral theme since the bee goes for the flowers.  I cut the sentiment up so it fit in the flower center then tried to stitch around it.  Its a lot harder to sew in a circle than I imagined it would be :)

I sponged some sky and grass in the bee's circle and also painted his little wings with some shimmer mist.  In real life, they sparkle

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

MIM - Impression Plate and Die Cut Tricks

I love this week's Make It Monday - how to use dies to mask out a part of an impression plate.  It makes a great product that much more awesome!

The card Erin Lincoln made was stunning!  I so wanted to copy but I need a more masculine card for my brother's birthday

I used the Argyle Impression Plate and Fillable Frames #9 die to make the card front from Basic Gray card stock.  I sponged some Fresh Snow ink on the edges to set them off a little bit, then die cut and stamped the cupcakes and candles too.

The sentiment is also from the Cupcake Collection set.

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