Friday, April 15, 2011

Artistic Etchings #2

This is the card that made the final cut for my stamp club in March.  One of my stamp club members and her family were going to Paris over spring break, so I definitely wanted a card used Artistic Etchings!  This card uses a trendy color combo that I like right now of black, gray and yellow (daffodil delight in SU terms!).  Items used:  basic gray, basic black, daffodil delight, love letter designer paper, chantilly lace. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Artistic Etchings

Have you seen the Artistic Etchings set in the catalog?  It is a beautiful set with so many possibilities.  I saw a card like this and decided to case it.  After I was finished with it, I decided to use a different Artistic Etchings card for my stamp club (check back later this week to see that one!)  This one is very clean and simple and uses one of my favorite color combos for more elegant cards of cherry cobbler, black and white.  I stamped the black using my staz on black stamp pad.  I have been using this pad a lot lately instead of the classic black.  The staz on black is a more true black than the classic black.  After stamping the Eiffel tower, I sprayed the white card stock with shimmer white ink mixed in rubbing alcohol.  (If you want more info on this, let me know and I can get more specific.)  By spraying the card stock with this, it shimmers!  It is hard to get a good photo of the shimmer, but I tried with the close-up.  Other items used in the card: cherry cobbler seam binding, ribbon punch and love letter designer paper.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Monday

This card is just a "happy" card!  How can you not love the owl with goggly eyes?!?!  And the bright colors should brighten your day.  This card is made with supplies from SAB.  The cloud, however, is from the cupcake punch.  It is the top of the cupcake.  Enjoy ~

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Butterfly Easel Card

I saw a butterfly easel card on Becky Robert's blog.  So, I decided to try and figure out how to make it and do a tutorial for you as well!  This is made with the Bigz Butterfly Die and will fit into a 3x3 envelope.  It not only makes a cute card, but would work great for place cards.
This is the finished card.
The first step is to cut a card 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 (this is the size with it folded).  Place the folded edge not quite to the top of the butterfly on the die, so it will NOT get cut.  This will enable your card to open.
After you have the card cut in the shape of a butterfly, take your bone folder and and a ruler to draw a line across the butterfly to fold it.  See above picture to see where to fold.

This picture shows how you will fold the bottom half of the butterfly.

Cut another big butterfly from the die and attach the bottom of the butterfly to the folded edge.  This is a picture of the back of the card.                                                                      

This is how the front should look with the butterfly adhered.  Then, cut a smaller size butterfly and adhere to the large one.  Your card is now done!  It folds flat, but once open, it can "stand" up!  Isn't this cool?  I did not come up with this idea, but was so happy to figure out how to do it, that I wanted to share it with you.  I'd love to know if you make any!

These two pictures are a couple more that I made.  So fun and quick!  

Just to let you know, the Twins did win yesterday!  And, the Twins card I made is going to be used for a birthday party my son is going to.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Opening Day!

I was planning on posting another butterfly card, but with the excitement here in MN with opening day, I decided to whip up a Twins card to post:)  The weather is perfect for a baseball game, now all we need is a WIN!  The card base is Night of Navy dry embossed with the Square Lattice Die.  The word "twins" is die cut with my Big Shot with the SU alphabet die and the baseball and bat are stamped with a retired SU baseball set.  There is a current baseball set that would work, but I don't have it.  This layout is great and one that I think I will be using again soon.  GO TWINS!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Butterflies #2

Here are some butterfly cards!  Can you tell I love my butterfly Big Shot die?  and that I'm ready for summer?!  This card is a CASE, but I do not remember the original designer, so if it is you, let me know and I would love to give you credit.  This card is made by running whisper white card stock through the big shot using the elegant lines embossing folder.  Then cut butterflies using the Butterfly Bigz Die.  I cut the larger butterfly with vellum and a smaller one with designer paper.  Don't you love the look with the vellum?  I adhered the butterflies with glue dots, and added rhinestones and pearls to the middle of the butterfly.  This card is very simple & clean....Love it!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Welcome Spring!

I really have been stamping, but I just haven't posted to the blog!

We have had a looong winter here in Minnesota, but signs of spring are finally here.  Almost all of our snow has melted (I'm just hoping it doesn't snow again!) and the kids even got a little burnt from the sun on Saturday.  Yes, I survived another winter:)  I am not a winter person at all and probably would not live here if my family didn't!

Anyway, on to today's card.  These cards are the same, just different color.  The card base was dry embossed using the tulip embossing folder. I then cut a strip of designer paper and punched the bottom edge with the eyelet border punch.  I then applied sticky tape on top of the designer paper and "folded" the ribbon binding.  The butterfly die was used for the butterflies with pearls adhered to the middle.  The blue one I left blank, so I can add a sentiment later.

These two cards will be made at my upcoming stamp-a-stack.