Since this is the last project to share in my Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch series, I saved my favorite techniques for this post. There's nothing exactly special or unique about these two uses for the punched blossoms, but I think they pack a visual punch for any card or project. As you can see, this is a very simple card that can be made from designer paper scraps that you have lying around. I used Stampin' Up!'s Patterns Pack (level 1 hostess choice) for my card, and I just cut the "gift box" to a size appropriate for the card. For the sentiment, I made "v" cuts to a strip of card stock to weave under the left side of the blossom outline and added white dots with a gel pen. Such a very simple addition, but I liked how the white dots accentuated the embossed dots on the white card stock layer. The punched blossom outline seems to be the piece that I use the least from this punch, so I got kind of excited when I came up with this way to use those pieces! The sentiment is from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, which I use all the time, and other Stampin' Up! products used include Pear Pizzazz card stock, small oval punch, and rhinestone jewels. I haven't decided yet if I will feature another series during MISM, but I'm certainly open to suggestions!
Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Of course, when I am ready to post this picture to my blog, I cannot recall the name of these flowers. Just look at how huge those leaves are! You certainly can't tell from the picture, but this flower/plant/whatever you call it is more than 4' tall--and it is shading the daylight at the bay window in my dining room. I've lived in my house for nearly 16 years and, for the first time, this bulb flower sprang into growth. Since I'm not used to having this flower at the window, I sometimes think someone is outside looking in when I catch a glimpse of it. Ha! Watching it grow has been like watching a time-lapse recording, and it finally bloomed today. Sadly, before long, the weight of the flowers will pull it to the ground and break the stalk if I don't get out there and tie it to something. I love these flowers!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The card that I'm sharing today has several of my favorite things . . . a neutral color palette, texture, button, and just enough lace. I love Stampin' Up!'s "Morning Cup" stamp set, although I never drink coffee or hot tea. To create the lace, I used the brand new Lace Ribbon Border punch (soon to be available) with a strip of 3/4" card stock. For the decorative photo corners, I used the Curly Label punch, cut in half, and then used a craft knife to cut a slit to slip the card stock through. All products used are from Stampin' Up! and include Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake card stock, Square Lattice embossing folder, linen thread, Neutrals button, and striped grosgrain ribbon (from the Clearance Rack).
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
With her Freestyle Fridays project last week, Julie issued a mission for me to use three different colors of designer paper to create a project for this week. If you're having trouble finding the three different colors of designer paper, it's because I didn't follow the mission completely. I did, however, take the inspiration for this oversized tag from the floral project that Julie shared with us last week. It's been a crazy week for me (and it's not over yet) and, as I was cleaning in the stamp room, I was trying to think of how I could combine Julie's mission with one of the tasks on my "to do" list. It just so happens that I have a birthday gift for my mother that I can't wrap, but it needed some kind of festive decoration. That's when I came up with the idea of an oversized tag! This tag is slightly smaller than 8" x 12". To begin my project, I adhered the designer paper to a thin piece of cardboard. I used the Sizzix "Flower Folds" die for all of the flower layers, and the "Swirly" decorative strip die was use for the decorative accents on the tag. The birthday greeting was cut with the Cricut and accented with rhinestone jewels. I finished off the tag with a piece of striped grosgrain ribbon, and a big button (and hemp twine) in the center of the flower layers. I can't remember the name of the designer paper collection, but all products are from Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the Cricut cuts. Have a great weekend, and don't forget to visit me on Monday for the third project in my "Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch" series.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
On Sunday, we'll celebrate my son's 20th birthday, and this is the card that I made for him yesterday afternoon. It's hard to believe that he's already 20--officially out of the teen years. Since he has a renewed interest in golf these days, this seemed like a perfect card. I think it's interesting that whatever he and his friends decide to get into, they all seem to have "the goods" . . . whether it's paintball, guitar, bowling, shooting, etc. I used the Cricut "Wrap It Up" cartridge for all of the cuts. To make this shaped card, I cut two of the "bag with clubs" images, cut the clubs off of the back image, adhered the two pieces at the top of the bag, and created a scored line so the card would open and close. While pulling retired/retiring stamp sets off of my shelves recently, I discovered the "Picture This" stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I had never used. As a matter of fact, the stamps had not been mounted onto the wood blocks! Other Stampin' Up! products used were the Word Window and Modern Label punches and linen thread. FYI: If there is a retired or retiring stamp set that you're interested in, let me know and I will check to see if I have it! Once the retiring sets are officially retired, I'll be having a HUGE stamp sale!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Today is my sweet mother's birthday, and this is the card that I made for her . . . all quilted and buttoned! The inspiration for this card came from a barn quilt that my parents recently had made for the detached garage/storage building on their property. The barn quilt was inspired by an actual quilt that my grandmother made for my dad, so I guess you could say that my grandmother started all of the inspiration and has shared her love of quilting and the "how-to" with my mother and sister, who both enjoy quilting. Personally, I have never had the patience for a needle and thread or the amount of time it takes to start and (much, much later) finish a gorgeous quilt. However, I have recently made a barn quilt of my own (from wood, to hang on our not-so-pretty storage building), and I will post it to my blog soon after I get the sealant on it and have it hanging in place. But, back to the quilt card . . . Stampin' Up! products used to create this card include: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, and Poppy Parade card stock, "So Many Sayings" (retired) stamp set, "Sunny Garden" designer paper, Wild Wasabi marker for the stitching, Eyelet Border, Butterfly, and Corner Rounder punches, Baker's twine, BUTTONS!!!!!!!, and fabric brad from the "Sweet Stitches" designer collection. My original plan was to use the Square Lattice embossing folder for the Inlaid Embossing technique, but my card came together too large for that folder. Instead, I used Cuttlebug's 5x7 "Clockworks" embossing folder. Mother, I wish you a HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today has felt so much like Saturday to me. It's been a "home" day--a day for doing laundry, putting things where they go, breaking down boxes, etc., and I had to take a few minutes this evening to do a little digital designing with Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio software. This card features the following digital images:
Designer Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Stamp Brush Sets: Music Notes, Green Tea, Thoughts & Prayers
Embellishments: Staples & Stitching, Baker's twine, antique brad, Vintage Trinkets, satin ribbon
Punches: Square, Scallop Edge
And now when I need a pretty "thinking of you" card, I can just print this one onto card stock!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Last week, I shared a set of coasters that I made with Stampin' Up!'s "Sunny Garden" designer paper, but I was thinking that coasters don't have to be one-dimensional. I used My Digital Studio software to design these four coasters with punches, ribbon, stamps, brads, and buttons--all digital, of course, and then printed them onto card stock so that I could make coasters with them! While each of them appears to have layers and embellishments, they're perfectly flat. Each coaster features Stampin' Up!'s "Beyond the Garden" (digital) designer paper. After printing the designs, I cut them into 4" squares, adhered the paper to a blank coaster, and then adhered a window sheet on top. I used the Sizzix 3" Circle die to cut the coasters and . . . voila!!!! . . . they're ready to use! I absolutely LOVE how dimensional they appear and, with My Digital Studio, design abilities are only limited by your imagination! While I was making coasters, I decided to try a PHOTO coaster and used a photo of my sister and her oldest granddaughter. I forgot to put card stock in the printer, so the picture is on copy paper but, as you can see, it turned out okay. Now, if you have been talking yourself out of purchasing My Digital Studio, you can go ahead and talk yourself back into it! Each time I use the software, I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't own it, and I don't want to keep feeling sorry for you! You can get it HERE. What are you waiting for?
Friday, June 10, 2011
It's time for Freestyle Fridays, and it's Julie's turn to inspire us this week. She has used some fun dies and a punch to create a gorgeous layered flower, and look at the center of the flower . . . it's a die-cut and embossed card stock button! Of course, you'll find the complete project photo on Julie's blog, so hop on over there now. I'm sure she'd love it if you leave a comment for her.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I have been wanting to make a cute set of coasters, but the only window sheets that I had were the black polka dot which, I think, came from Stampin' Up!'s Night & Day designer paper collection. They worked perfectly, but I would have preferred plain sheets. I made my four coasters several days ago, but I just completed the box for this set today. I used Stampin' Up!'s 3" Circle die to cut my coasters, but my Inkerbelles are going to make a larger one at class this month. We won't make this entire ensemble, but I think they're going to love this gift idea, which makes a quick and cute "little something" for a hostess, bride, housewarming, etc. Stampin' Up! products used to create this project include:
Card Stock: So Saffron textured (for the box), Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Sunny Garden, Night & Day (retired)
Stamp Set: Tiny Tags
Ink: Poppy Parade
Punches: Small and Large Tag, Jewelry Tag, Eyelet Border, Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Edge Border, Corner Rounder
Sizzix Dies: 3" Circle, Floral Fusion, Box #2
Accessories: Glitter brad, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, Cork Sheets
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I can't remember posting this card before and, during a quick scan of my blog, I didn't see where I had. I hope it's new to your eyes! This card was relatively quick and simple to make, and it uses what I think are two of Stampin' Up!'s best vintage-y stamp sets . . . "Notably Ornate" and "Artistic Etchings." The color palette is quite simple, too--Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla card stock. I began this card by using the Sizzix Scallop Square die to cut the Very Vanilla card stock, stamped the images, and then cut the card stock and adhered the smaller squares to a piece of Early Espresso card stock. The scallop square makes it super easy to create a grid card, but the card will be larger than standard A2 size. Although I don't actually make a lot of "grid" cards, I love the look of a grid design! It ranks almost as high on my love-it-meter as square cards and buttons, and a design with a grid layout is always eye-catching. My scrapbook club would probably say that there is such a thing as too many grid layouts, but . . . really? Other Stampin' Up! products used include "Happy Greetings" stamp set, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, and Wide Oval punch.