Thursday, July 31, 2008

Technique Tuesday's Kabloom Card

Another "twist" on the Joy cards (see my posts on July 27th below). I made this one open from the left first and instead of using DP, I stamped my lavendar cardstock with my new favorite Technique Tuesday acrylic stamp set, Kabloom! On the smaller center section I created a striped design by scoring every 1/2" with my Scor-It first & then stamping the flowers/dots within the stripes. I decided to just keep this one simple, but it could be "blinged" up with Stickles, Dew Drops, etc. The inside is also left unfinished until I know to whom I'll send it, so I'll add that later & some bling if I feel it needs it then.
Another fun thing I discovered while making this card is that the Stampin'Up Spring Flower Bouquet Punch works to punch the flower I used on the left side of the card; love it when a punch works with a stamp I have!!!
Paper: DCWV Lavendar cardstock; Purple cardstock from stash
Stamps: Kabloom by Technique Tuesday
Inks: VersaColor's Grape, Violet & Heliotrope
Punch: StampinUp's Spring Flower Bouquet

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Birds of a Feather Bookmark

Grabbed a scrap piece of cardstock and made a quick bookmark for a friend who reads a lot. I so LOVE the Palette Berry Sorbet ink by Papertry Ink that I find myself wanting to use it all the time. It's just such a luscious, unique color!!! I'm also very fond of the hummingbirds we have year-round here, so I'm really enjoying their Birds of a Feather stamp set also.
Paper: Scrap from stash
Stamps: Papertrey Ink's Birds of a Feather set
Ink: PTI's Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss & Summer Sunrise Palette Inks
Ribbon: Martha Stewart from Michaels

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Joy Fold Card - Part 2

I so liked the idea of this new fold and can think of so many ways to change it both with different papers and how you might play with the directions you turn/fold it. I decided to try the other way shown in the tutorial HERE with the leftover pieces still on my scrap table from my previous post using this tutorial! I just think with different papers and a variety of embellishments this card can be made to look so fun & so different each time! You could totally turn either one of these cards upside down for another unique look. Or how about trying it with rounded or scalloped edges, as shown in the tutorial's second sample? It just might become my current new favorite (at least for a little while anyway)! ;-)
Paper: Kelly Pannacci for Sandylion from Joann's; cardstock from stash
Embellishments: Fibers: Making Memories; Bubble Sticker & Photo Turn: Joann's

Joy Fold Card - Part 1

The tutorial for this fun new (to me anyway!) fold and how it can be created in
two different directions can be found HERE. I'm always excited when a new way to fold/open cards comes along to spice things up a bit!!! ;-) This card would also make an awesome giftcard holder by simply adding a pocket inside the left flap! I've left the inside blank until I decide to whom I'll send it. I think this card would work well for a male or female recipient.
Paper: Kelly Pannacci for Sandylion from Joann's; cardstock from stash
Embellishments: Bubble Sticker: Joann's

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cool Popsicle Treat Card

Found this darling card idea @ where Angie explains that it wasn't her original idea, as she'd seen it on several previous posts, but she created a great tutorial to follow while making yours! Mine is a bit different as I don't have the Stampin' Up set she used but I think it looks almost good enough to eat!!! ;-) I chose not to put a sentiment on the front of my card at this time. Have fun making your own version!!!
Paper: Martha Stewart's Coffee Bean cardstock; white & red cardstock from stash
Stamp: Anita's (from many years ago!)
Ink: Tsukineko's VersaColor Cardinal, Green Tea & Brown
Tools: Stampin'Up's Scallop Punch; Darice's 1/16" hole Punch
Embellishments: Ranger's Glossy Accents; popsicle stick & ribbon from stash

Friday, July 11, 2008

Distressed Scalloped Daisy Card

Sadly, I'm not one of those lucky people who sees a card design in their head and proceeds from there. Instead I start with an idea, a sketch or an embellishment I want to use and then things usually change many times before I'm finished. This card evolved from a sketch my friends Ilene & Deva had done. I'm not very talented at distressing, but I'm trying. . . .
Paper: Papertrey Ink's Text-style Pink Patterns
Ink: Papertrey's Spring Moss & Ranger's Antique Linen
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard & Classic Scallop Circle Large Nesties & Daisy Delight Dies; sponge; sandpaper
Embellishments: The Robin's Nest Dew Drops; Fruit Punch Stickles; Joann's Craft Essentials Rub-On

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Happy 20th Birthday Waterfall Card

Another fun, interactive waterfall card, as in my baby boy card 10 posts back on June 6th, but this one has 5 pieces that eventually spell out "happy" & slides out to reveal birthday with the 20th enclosed in the circle around the "y", shown in photo below. Another card for this Stampendous Stamp set is in my 5-26-08 post. This one (using the same background paper Designing Diva Judy used when she introduced us to this technique) is for a relative's upcoming birthday. I'm getting better about not waiting until the last minute to do my cards--finally! Just hope she doesn't check out my blog before then! ;-) I even know what I'm making for our Designing Diva's get-together later this month & actually have most of the pieces assembled already! Woo-hoo! Better be careful or I'll lose my procrastinator's crown, huh?!!!
Another darling way to do this waterfall card is vertically, if you have a vertical stamp to put on the pull-out piece. That tutorial is here: Very cute variation, I think! You'd then want your fold to be at the top for the card to open at the bottom, whereas with this horizontal style, you have a choice to have it open @ either the left side or bottom. Otherwise, you can just use that tutorial & orient your pieces horizontally instead! Either way, it's a very fun card to create, so enjoy!!!
Paper: DCWV DP & solid cardstock
Stamps: Technique Tuesday's Wild Vines (still a special favorite!) & Stampendous Circle Talk Birthday
Ink: Tsukineko's VersaColors: Lavendar, Lime, Canary, Baby Blue & Marigold & VersaFine Black
Embellishments: Darice Eyelets/Washers; Yellow Stickles; ribbon from stash
Tools: Crop-a-dile; SU's Horizontal Slot Punch

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy Day Bullseye Card

This fabulously-folded pop-up card came from a tutorial by Sandy Hulsart @ the always awesome SplitcoastStampers' website:
It is so quick, easy to follow and to fold! It immediately reminded me of my "Simple Diamond Fold Card" posted on June 12th! I actually think it is even simpler. Its finished size is 5 1/4 inches. It folds flat to mail & then pops up when the recipient removes it from the envelope -- how cool is that?!!! ;-) How DO these amazing people think up these cards/folds? It truly blows my mind, but I'm SO happy they're willing to share with all of us, aren't you?!!! Enjoy making your very own as much as I did!!! If you do, leave Sandy a comment; I know she'd be thrilled!!!
Paper: American Craft's Bookshelf Line: Dahl & Seuss from Michael's Arts & Crafts
Ink: Ranger's Distress: Tea Dye
Embellishments: Bubble Word: JoAnn Craft Essentials; Ribbon & Brad: Prizes from Cute Card Thursday Challenge courtesy of

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Celebrate July 4th Card

Hello fellow crafters; just had to post a quick Independence Day card since the holiday is almost upon us! I had these awesome acrylic star snaps from many years ago (seriously) in my stash which I thought would look smashing with Starry Night Stickles on them!!! Hope everyone here in the USA has a wonderful, safe 4th of July Holiday weekend with family/friends and that all my friends from other countries are safe/happy this weekend as well!!!
Paper: White, Red Speckle cardstocks from stash
Stamps: Studio G's Celebrate & July; Stampendous' 4th
Embellishments: Starry Night Stickles; Blue paint chip & star acrylic snaps from stash


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