Wednesday, August 26, 2009

celebrate U

Still working on the Mojo Monday turns 100 sketches. I skipped ahead to day 7, because I knew right away what I wanted to do.
The smaller squares of DSP were easy to punch out with a 1" square punch, but my 1 1/4" square punch was too big for the Old Olive mats for each of them, so I just used my trimmer to get the right size.

Lots of distressing, including crumpling the main image and smoothing it back out (a bit). I also put my trusty dollar-store crimper to work on the image layers...when's the last time you used YOURS? ;)

Three large eyelets and some twine finish it off.

Stamps: All About U (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Blue Bayou cardstock, Spring BreakDSP (SU)
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Accessories: Hemp twine (SU), 1" punch (EK Success), eyelets (Making Memories), crimper (dollar store)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Flowered Congratulations

Still on the Mojo Monday turns 100 train. This is day 3. I'm also still on the rub-ons kick, so I used a lot on this card.

I layered a bunch of brown and white rub-ons, but obviously the white ones didn't show up on the white paper. I stamped some small flowers in the two shades of blue, then sponged over the entire thing with the lighter blue (Soft Sky). I'm really happy with how it looks! I like the white border around each rub-on. It really defines them well.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, French Script (SU)
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky cardstock, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky textured cardstock, Soft Sky DSP (SU), brown textured cardstock (Bazzil)
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou (SU)
Accessories: Hidden Garden rub-ons, Scalloped Edge punch, sponge (SU), pearls (Kaiser)

I've also been decorating the inside of my cards lately, here's what I did for this one:
Ask me why I have a mirror image of the script-stamped/scalloped edge white piece cardstock that I used on the front of the card. Go ahead, ask me.

That's right, because I stamped it the wrong way the first time. It was supposed to go on the front of the card, so I needed the scallops to point to the right. But the text was upside-down. Oops!

Ask me what's on the back of the same piece. Yup, you guessed it. More script stamp, STILL upside down! Luckily I was able to use it on the inside.

I'm happy to say that this card is for an upcoming wedding. So I've managed to make a card for an occasion, an entire MONTH before I need it, rather than an hour before!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Happy Trails to You...

...until we meet again.

Ugh. I've been singing that song (and all I really know is that part) for the last 1/2 hour, since I decided on the sentiment for this card:

The card is based off of Mojo Monday 100 (day 2). The sentiment I was originally going to use (from the Cosmo Cricket stamp set) was too long. Then I came up with an even better idea, and pulled out my JustRite 50pt font set. It barely fit, but I'm so glad it did!

I tried something different with the ribbon. I think I've seen something like this elsewhere, but I don't know if it's exactly the same (and of course I can't remember where). I'm sure I'm not the first to do it. Anyway, I used my Crop-o-Dile to punch three holes in a line, close together. Don't mind my scrap paper and ribbon.
Then, from the back of the cardstock, I pulled one end of the ribbon up through the first hole and then down through the last one (by-passing the middle one), leaving some slack.
Then I pulled the two ends (which were both sticking out of the back of the cardstock) up through the middle hole, and to the side.
Finally, adjust as needed and then tighten the whole thing.
And there you have it - a cool ribbon "knot", without a lot of bulk. And I got the ends to sit just how I wanted them! This works well with ribbon that is quite a bit bigger than the hole -- not like I did in my example, but like I did in my card. Then you don't see the holes when you pull it tight - or you can "fluff" it up a bit, to hide them.

The rest of the card is fairly obvious. I was happy to pull out (and use!) some of my Cosmo Cricket papers, the ones that match the stamp set, obviously. Finally, the ribbon just happened to work. It's actually SU Riding Hood Red, but matches very well with SU Ruby Red, and the reddish colour in the paper. Yay!

Stamps: Happy Camper (Cosmo Cricket), Times New Roman 50pt Font (JustRite)
Paper: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Ruby Red cardstock (SU), Happy Camper DSP (Cosmo Cricket), kraft (unknown)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard (SU)
Accessories: Riding Hood Red ribbon, Scalloped Edge punch (SU), corner rounder punch (EK Success), Crop-o-Dile (W R Memory Keepers)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thanks for all that you do

This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Week 100 (day 1) and Color Throwdown #55.

I don't have the new in colours, so I substituted Summer Sun and Pixie Pink for Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo.
The main image and sentiment are rub-ons (see Carrie, I'm trying to use them!). I made the card slightly larger than normal (it's 6.5 x 4.5) to fit an envelope I already had. I also stamped on the envelope (you can see it under the card) and on the inside of the card (I lined it with white cardstock and a strip of the yellow).

Stamps: Eastern Blooms (SU)
Paper: Whipser White, Kraft, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun cardstock (SU), black cardstock (Bazzil)
Ink: Pixie Pink, Summer Sun (SU)
Accessories: Hidden Garden and Chit Chad rub-ons, Scalloped circle & 1 3/4" circle punch (SU), Scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Floral Screen embossing folder, CB (Provocraft), 1 1/2" circle punch (Marvy), paper piercer (Making Memories), Design Ruler (Tim Holtz), ribbon (unknown)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tropical Birthday

Two cards I made for my husband's birthday (the big 4-0!). Both made using Penguin Pants stamps - unfortunately they've recently gone out of business :(

Stamps: So Many Sayings (SU), Aloha Paradise (Penguin Pants Stamps)
Paper: Whipser White, Old Olive cardstock (SU)
Ink: Basic Brown, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, More Mustard, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Blue Bayou (SU)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Word Window Punch, sponges, brad (SU), White Glaze pen (Sakura),VersaMark pen (Tsukineko), heat tool (Marvy Uchida), clear embossing powder (Ranger), 1 1/2" circle punch (Marvy)

Stamps: Aloha Paradise (Penguin Pants Stamps)
Paper: Whipser White, Wild Wasabi, River Rock cardstock, Groovy Guava textured cardstock (SU)
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, More Mustard (SU)
Accessories: Mega Curved Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), CB (Provocraft), lime ribbon (Michael's)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And even more blog candy!

This time it's from Denise. She's giving away a big pile of goodies - check it out!

Holy blog candy, Batman!

Check out Bev's blog candy giveaway. It's H-U-G-E!!!

Congrats on 400K hits, Bev!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shimmer flowers

Here's another of those images from Jill. This time I used metallic chalks to give it a soft, shimmery look. The card is based off of Kazan's Sketch #32.
I distressed the edges of the white and green layers, and added a big knot to the ribbon.

Stamps: French Script (SU), not sure (from Jill)
Paper: Lavender Lace, Whipser White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery cardstock (SU)
Ink: Pretty in Pink (SU), not sure (from Jill)
Accessories: Glimmer Chalks (Craf-T), Mega Curved Rectangle nesties (Spellbinders), Birds and Swirls embossing folder, Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), ribbon (unknown)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Remember me?

Uh yeah. I'm still around. Haven't done much crafting, have you heard about the heatwave we had? Oh, and I'm at the tail-end of a two week vacation. And my garden is seriously neglected. So not much time in the crafts room!

Anyway, I was organizing the other day, and found some images that Jill had sent me waaaaay back when. And I coloured a couple of them, and even made a really simple card with one.

I couldn't decide on a sentiment, so I left it blank. But it will go just above the knot in the ribbon (and the two scored lines), to the left of the image panel.

Stamps: not sure (from Jill)
Paper: Old Olive, Whipser White, Basic Black cardstock, Old Olive DSP (SU)
Ink: not sure (from Jill)
Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Metallic pencil crayons (SU), scoring blade (Fiskars), Mega Curved Rectangle nesties (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)