Monday, April 24, 2017

APRIL SWAPS FEATURING BRAYER TECHNIQUES

It was decided at my March class that my customers (aka friends) and I would feature brayer techniques on our April swaps, and I'm excited to share the gorgeous creations today!  Even though the rubber brayer was retired by Stampin' Up! a while back, our April swaps could feature that brayer or the current sponge brayer.  Following are the fantastic cards:







Aren't the swaps great????  I think some gorgeous scenery and colorful backgrounds were created!  For my swap, I used the sponge brayers to create a faux plaid background and then stamped the images with black ink.  At the last minute, I decided to color the flowers and leaves, and the gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was used on the center of the flowers:


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FROM MY BOWL OF PARTS

It's been a while since I shared a new creation but, when I looked through the pictures on my camera card, I realized that it was also past time for me to create something.  Of course, there are plenty of completed projects in my stamp room, but I wanted to make something.  I turned to the old wooden bowl (a treasure from mamaw's house) that sits on the corner of my table and holds a mixed assortment of components that I started at one time or another but didn't finish or use. 


It's my "bowl of parts" you might say, and that's where I found the white-embossed and watercolored butterfly that finally found a home on this card:
 
 
I added some washi tape, sequins, and ribbon to the butterfly layer, adhered it to a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock, and stapled the sentiment (from Special Reason stamp set) that I stamped onto a strip of gold foil paper.  A pretty doily was adhered to the bottom front of the Pink Pirouette card, and then the butterfly layers were put in place.  And that, my friends, is how I take something from the bowl of parts, mix in some pieces that are laying on my table, and turn them into something ready to mail.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

SKETCH CHALLENGE #70

There's a new sketch for Creating Pretty Cards - Card Challenge this month at Craft Project Central, and it looks like this:


The sketch was designed by Julie, and you can find her easy-to-follow tutorial HERE.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Always an Adventure stamp set and coordinating dies (and Glamper Greetings for the sentiment) to create this card for the challenge:


This was actually the first time that I have used these fun products, and I couldn't resist placing that healthy-looking bear in the scene.  I meant to wrap linen thread above the sentiment, but I forgot to do that before the trees were adhered.  Oops!

If you create a card and upload it at THIS LINK, then your name will be entered in the drawing for a FREE one-month subscription to the awesome tutorials at Craft Project Central!!!!  That's a fantastic give-away, and getting entered in the drawing is really easy.  For every 10 cards that are submitted for the card challenge, a winning name will be drawn!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"BASKET BUNCH" EASTER CARDS

I can't believe that I really made Easter cards this many days before Easter.  It would be more like me to be in a rush a few days before the holiday, scrambling to make a few cards.  These designs were kept really simple, and I really liked them! 
The first card features Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  Doesn't the bunny look happy with how nicely his carrot crop is growing?

And this is the second design, which has a fence going across the front of the card.


  I liked how well the colors worked on these cards, lending a softness to the designs.  


Thursday, March 30, 2017

COLOR COMBO CARD SWAPS

I'm late posting photos of the cards created for this month's class swap.  Being under the weather for the better part of six days put me way behind, but it feels great to be back in my stamp room!  In case you don't know about the class swaps, those who attend my monthly class decide on a swap theme for the next month's class.  The March theme was to feature a color combination using 3 to 4 colors from one of Stampin' Up!'s color collections.  The fun thing about a color combo theme is that it can seem that none of the cards have anything in common, except the theme which is definitely not apparent when looking at these creations:
 
This is Jane's lovely creation featuring Inside the Lines DSP and a fun envelope pocket/flap layer.  The ribbon adds so much to this design.  If you don't believe me, just try to imagine the card without it.
 
Debbie designed and created this colorful and cheery Z-fold card.  I like the clever design using the decorative die-cut to hide the sentiment inside.  This also allows for more sentiment/signature space--which is also colorful and decorative.


Lisa's waterfall of petals and leaves, featuring "Special Reason" stamp set.  I love how the DSP behind the stamped layer is playing color peekaboo and giving a hint of more flowers, tying the overall design all together.


This is Terry's beautiful creation.  I had trouble capturing all of her gorgeous shading for the sky in my photo, but it is so striking in person.  Her lighthouse ground is heat embossed, which adds an extra element of texture to such a pretty scene.

And lastly, this is the card that I created for the swap.  It features colors from the Brights Collection that I sponged onto a piece of Irresistibly Floral DSP.
 
 
 


Sunday, March 26, 2017

BOTANICAL GARDEN CARD SET - BONUS PROJECT!

You might still have snow on the ground, but you will be bringing Spring into someone’s life. Make this bright and cheerful floral card set for a cherished friend. You will learn to make three different shaped cards (a flower pot, a cupcake and a triangle). These shaped cards will WOW! the recipients and will make you the star. Also, learn how to add movements to small embellishments with an easy step.


Shaped cards are a favorite of mine, and the ones in this ensemble are fantastic!  The tutorial for this pretty project, which was designed by Monika Davis, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Monika really did a great job, and I love those bees!

This is the March Bonus Project at Craft Project Central.  Qualifying for the tutorial is easy . . . just subscribe to two or more months in a row, put the Craft Project Central badge on your blog, or refer a friend to the site.  When your friend subscribes, just let us know.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

"GUY GREETINGS" TO THE RESCUE

Over the weekend, I remembered that I needed to put a masculine birthday card in the mail.  Anyone who enjoys making cards would probably agree that the most challenging cards to make are masculine.  It is so hard to avoid bows and other frills (embellishments) that typically cater to the female persuasion.  I had some uninterrupted time alone at home on Saturday, so I busied myself with the task of creating a fantastic masculine card--one fit for a special 89-year-old man.  I knew what kind of card I was going to make, so I only needed to choose "the right" designer paper and a couple of stamps.  I didn't expect the process to take as long as it did, and I had a real "what the heck!" moment as I pleasantly held the finished card in my hand and wondered WHY I had put not one--but TWO--bows on it.  People say they "lose themselves" when they get a creative vibe, and I'd say that I really lost myself/my focus.  While I thought that the die-cut dragonfly on the front of the card was gender neutral, I'm not sure what possessed me to add the pretty Wink of Stella glimmer to the wings.  The card that I had spent all afternoon working on turned out to not be what I needed and, if you must know, I decided that the designer paper wasn't all that masculine, either.  The next day, I guess I found myself and was able to create this card, which I considered masculine enough--even with those pretty sequins.  At least they're a nice gun metal gray, right?
 
 
I think my favorite thing about this card is that it's so full of texture.  There's layered washi tape, watercolor paper (which has been embossed and distressed), linen thread, a vellum layer, and the fibers in the cardstock for the sentiment were weakened to give it some texture and make it pleasantly pliable.  And those sequins, of course.  Sequins are my current obsession.  I simply can't get enough of them, and I want to put them on every card that I make. 
 
I wasn't even going to share a picture of the masculine card that turned out to be not so masculine, but this is part of the front of it:
 
 
The inside was much more detailed.  And . . . prettier.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPECIAL REASON GIFT PACKAGING TRIO

Spring is in the air, and you need some little gift packaging ideas to go along with it! This tutorial will teach you how to make a little purse bag, gift card/nugget candy bar holder, and a little square window treat box. They all feature the beautiful Special Reason Bundle and Falling in Love Designer Series Paper. This would also make a wonderful product-based packaging class.


Don't you love the colors of this ensemble?  The tutorial for this gorgeous gift packaging trio, which was designed by Christy Fulk, can be found at Craft Project Central.  Have you subscribed yet? 
 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

POP-OUT BOX CARD FOR MALENA

My great-niece had a birthday this month, and I knew exactly what kind of fun card to make for her . . . a pop-out box card!  This is what the festive front looked like:


And with the band removed, the card springs open to reveal a pop-up box:


The tutorial for this fun card can be found HERE.
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CELEBRATE EACH YEAR MEMORY BOOK

The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book contains 20 pages with photographs from birth to age 18. It is simple to create because it uses the Project Life by Stampin’ Up!® 6” x 8” photo pocket pages. Just slip your photographs into the pocket pages and add printed cards and accessories. The Celebrate Each Year Memory Book is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured for years.


The tutorial for this fantastic project, which was designed by Sue Lehrer, can be found at Craft Project Central.