AND repeating circles.........wow - there are a TON of circles on this card and I'm sorry I messed around with the the lighting so much that I washed away the pretty kraft color of the card....sigh... Love that circular border from EK Success - I've got some other ideas rattling around the ol' noggin - hope I can remember them when I have a few moments of stamping time!
Lifted this card idea from The Paper Garden - I changed out some of the smaller stamps to what I had available and changed out the CS colors but the idea came from PG's blog. I think some of my friends that are Disney Freaks (I mean FANS) will be digging on this card!!
Stamps - CTMH & A Muse Punches - EK Success CS - A Muse CB - Memory Box Ink - Memento Copics & Spicas
Originally, this was made as a Sympathy Card.....but a certain someone I know has been through some BIG transitions - kinda scary transitions and I thought a card that shares the seriousness but eases into hope was appropriate.
In July, I took the classes Julie Ebersole taught at The Paper Garden. We did the the base of this card (uhm, the coral, the blue rectangle and shells) for a cute stationery set. For the set, we made 4 identical cards and a few other items that all fit nicely in a stationery box - honestly I had no idea what the class was....I just signed up for ALL of Julie's classes (after stamping for nearly 18 years, only once in a while do I ever learn some NEW nifty cool trick in any class but mostly I think of Julie's classes as dinner & a floor show....entertainment well worth the price!!).
And as I so often do - I digress.......when I got home with all of my loverly cards from class - I promptly started cutting things up from the stationery set (darling as it was, I knew I wouldn't use it or would I give it away.....so basically I had some really expensive "scraps") and then started messing around with the cards as well....and this is the result.
I'm soooooooo disappointed that I can't enter the Sublime Stitching Combo Contest thingy. Because of pixels.....PIXELS.......friggin' pixels I tell you...........who gives a rats ass about the flippin' amount of PIXELS????? I don't care - I don't even know what PIXELS are all I know is that apparently I have tooooooo many of them..............so IIIIIII can't enter this stooooopid contest (gosh, do I sound a tad bit bitter????).
So, after SLAVING away on this "project", I had to put it somewhere (besides Creepella's room - it's going to be made into a pillow - and she wants it..........probably just for the skull-factor). So instead of blogging a card today - you've stumbled upon my "Rat Dream" nightmare!! Does anyone get the whole "Rat Dream" reference?? Any "Willow" fans out there???
Heavy sigh...................such is my lot in life..................
So the contest was to use 3 different pattern sets from Sublime Stitching's line of transfer patterns (I used the rat from "Gothic", the cat from "Cat-A-Rama" and the meat selections from "Meaty Treats"). Chef Bo-B0 Head and Creepella helped out with the design portion (yes, we are a sick leeetle family) and then I found The Purrfect ORANGE skull material to stitch on and and Ta-Dahhhhhhh!!!
This card is deceptively SIMPLE in design but it took me literally HOURS to create. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I'm not able to do any stamping Monday through Thursday (and through August my non-stamping extends to Friday evenings too). Thankfully my family picks up most of the slack on the weekend so that I can get in some concentrated stamping time. Which would be cool if I had any friggin' ideas..........yes folks I've been part of a weird scientific experiment. All these years I've spouted off to new stampers "The more you stamp, the more the ideas you'll get!" Over the last couple of months, I've proven my hypothesis.....yes indeedy, my Theory is a fact!!
The less I stamp the fewer ideas I have popping into my brain. Quite depressing really.........
Hence the hours it took to create this card........geez, hope it sells!!
This card idea came from a magazine......and I'm too far away from my stamp room (and too lazy) to go and try to track it down. Anyhow, when I browse through stamp magazines (sadly I have NO current subscriptions), I usually have some Post-It notes or tab markers to make notes regarding card designs that catch my fancy. I almost never COPY a card in its entirety but I love taking bits & bobs from here & there and creating something excitingly new.
Cardbase - Memory Box Stamps - PTI B&T Basic Grey Punch - Martha Stewart (Quilt??) QuicKutz large candle die cut A Muse Sheer Ribbon Stickles Gemstones - Hero Arts
The card inspiration? The ribbon....kind of looks like cherry blossoms. I whipped out my handy-dandy Asian-looking "Unforgettable" paper pack from CTMH and I was in business.
The card is pretty simple, I used a border & corner punch for texture, sponged the remaining straight lines of the B&T panel and added the ribbon. The double-layered flower punch is popped out with foam tape for some dimension.
Puny Pun-Puns..........I'm a sucker for them..............
This stamp set (from PTI) has been languishing on my shelf for too long - since I needed to make a "Get Well" card for our up-coming card release, I finally had a good excuse to use this baby!!
Coupled with Basic Grey's Lily Kate B&T paper, WOW - the card just fell together. Oh and the ribbon - I love, Love, LOVE the two-tone ribbon.....no matter how it's tied, it always looks great!!
In just a little while Creepella and I will be meeting Heidi, my cousins and my cousin's daughters at the theater and we will be partaking in a "Twilight" marathon - we'll be watching Twilight, then New Moon and then finally (at midnight) we'll see be seeing the first showing of Eclipse.....and how cool is this.....popcorn, pretzels & Icees for dinner. Yumm-O!!
I know we'll have a blast and I also know that it takes me longer to bounce back after a movie marathon (especially if it involves a midnight movie) - I'll be taking a bit of break from blogging, I' be back on Sunday...........happy stamping!!
Stamps - Papertrey Ink B&T paper - Basic Grey Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks Copics & Spicas Liquid Glass - CTMH Ribbon - May Art (??)
Saw the punched borders in different cardstock colors in a new card magazine and really liked the look. Since I had this new Martha seashell border punch just about screaming to be used, well - really, I had no choice!!
I did all of the punching of the cardstock and then layered it as I liked, glued it all together and then cut it into 2-inch "strips" (I made 5 cards). The cardstock and B&T paper is from CTMH (it's a retired paper pack but since all CTMH paper packs coordinate, the possibilities are only limited to your punch selection). Since A Muse's "Seas The Day" sentiment was the starting point to the card (well, right after wanting to do the whole punched rows of course), I knew I wanted to do an ocean theme. How good of Martha to make available the seashell border and the sand dollar punch!!
Stamps - A Muse
CS, Textured CS and B&T paper - CTMH Punches - Martha Stewart and Marvy
Weird Confession: When I was little and would read The Three Little Pigs, I was absolutely terrified for them because that stupid wolf wouldn't leave them alone. I kept telling my parents we should live a brick house (they had no idea why I developed such a love for brickwork) - as we drove around, I would point out brick houses and expound on the virtues of the brick-ness of the house. No, we never did live in a brick house...and thankfully we never had a wolf huffing & puffing at our door.
Here's a "Tent Topper" card - from Splitcoasters. Isn't it funny how you can do the very same thing and never give it a name and find it later with an "official" title. That's how it is with this card - I've made several cards constructed like this through-out the years and now it has a name (go figure). The only problem with this card is you can't really put it into the protective sleeve AND have it open and close. I have to stamp the inside sentiment on printer paper and attach it to the back of the protective sleeve so our customers know what the heck the card says inside. It's worth the extra work since customers always like a little twist on the card construction.
I let the colors in B&T paper dictate how I colored Cuppie and the cake. A glaze pen made the frosting glisten and Spicas added shimmer to the fire and puff of air from Cuppie. I did a bit of sponging on the edges of the scalloped circle to add some definition. Popping out the scalloped circle with foam tape (cracked open my new roll that I received for mom's day.....it feels so luxurious to have a giant roll of foam tape next to you....) added a nice bit of dimension and the sheer ribbon made the card complete.
There's a blog that I look at fairly regularly (I think it's called flowerbugs inkspot)- she does some really cool "punch art". She's a Stampin' Up demonstrator so naturally the punches she uses are from S.U. That's fine since I have quite a few of them too and I really enjoy it when you can use a punch in a multitude of ways.
She showcased the above idea in a different way.....she used a stamp for the cattail grass and she had a bird from one of the new S.U. diecuts instead of the butterfly. The two things that caught my eye: the use of the small slot punch for the fuzzy cattail and the softly sponged background. I added a bit of ribbon and changed out the sentiment (her card was a Sympathy card).
My card has the sponged background (wipe the sponge, don't do the daubing motion), since I didn't have a big grass stamp (the largest stamp was not big enough), I just used a Memento marker (brush tip) to make the grass. I punched the beige Stardream CS for the cattail fuzzies (had a deep bronze-brown too but that was too dark).
I made this card for a friend who's father has recently died (instead of a sympathy card - she's not wild about sympathy cards). I like the calmness of the card, the soft colors and it seems as if those cattails will start swaying at any time.
This card makes me think of my mom and even though she's gone, I think she would have liked this card (she would have told me how clever I was....) - today is her birthday....I miss her a lot.
Stamps - CTMH Ink & Marker - Memento Punches - Stampin' Up and Marvy Ribbon - ???
Another Dad's Day card that could be used for other celebrations as well. I was digging around in my "Nature" and "Furniture" stamps and this is what I came up with. I think the grass border really makes the card.
Today and tomorrow I'll be showing a couple of the Father's Day cards I came up....of course I didn't get them posted BEFORE Father's Day but as you'll see, these cards can be used for other occasions too.
I think something very similar to this card may have been on the A Muse website at one time, I really don't remember. But I was having such a hard time coming up with card ideas for Father's Day cards this year, I started to "browse" through my stamps. I have them in different categories for several reasons - one of them is for browsing ease. There are lots of different ways I come up with card ideas. Yep, one of them is just looking at stamps. Sometimes the finished card pops into my head and all I need to do is pull stamps, ink, cardstock, B&T paper, punches and off I go. That's pretty much what happened with this card. I was looking through some of my "people" stamps and this super hero just LEAPED out at me.......a couple minutes later, I was working on the card.
Very cool when the idea in my head works itself into a decent card.
Another spinner card.....they're so much fun to make and since it was Debbie's b-day, well there you go. The B&T paper is ancient - have had it for years but it works well with the cake sticker. I used a QuicKutz candle die and did a bit of stamping and there's the card.
Love it when everything falls into place!!
Stamps - CTMH CS - PTI Punch - Marvy corner rounder, Martha Stewart loopy border punch, EK Success 3/4 circle punch QuicKutz die cuts B&T paper - ???? Stickles
Creepella's Thank You for her graduation cards and gifts. I asked her what she wanted design-wise, here's her response: "A skull, red and black and 'Thank You'". When I prompted her with the idea of the Graduation Cap on the skull and a bit of ribbon to soften it, she said sure......as long as it was BLACK ribbon. Well, I guess she knows what she likes, right???
I was so pleased with how well the skull stamped & embossed up (and grunged up with some chalk ink sponging) for the Spinner Card, I decided to use it again.......34 cards later, I'm about done with this stamp for a good long while - whew!!
Stamps - Inkadinkadoo, CTMH Inks - Memento, Versamark, Colorbox Chalk inks CS - CTMH & Stardream Die Cuts - Grad Cap from QuicKutz Ribbon - A Muse Stickles Corner Rounder
Believe me when I say this photo does NOT do justice to the card. It's made from Stardream so there's a constant shimmer, the butterfly is actually a brown (not that blah grey) color and I've used Spicas to add MORE bits of shimmer. Sponged the clouds because I wanted the butterfly to be in flight (to go along with the sentiment) and I used Creepella's FAVORITE type of swirly ribbon to finish it off.
This was her graduation card and the mushy stuff I wrote inside did indeed make her cry. I'm usually not a mushy-gooey person IN person or in speech but give me a pen and a piece of paper (or a keyboard) and I can go to town. I guess it's easier (you have more time to think) and it's safer (at least until you actually turn over the written sentiment to the recipient). Unfortunately, no matter how I tried I couldn't find the words to describe the depth of love, pride and awe my daughter inspires...but I guess I got close enough.........
Stamps - CTMH, A Muse & Papertrey Ink Cloud Template - CTMH Inks - Memento Copics & Spicas Corner Rounder Ribbon - May Arts (?)
My first Spinner Card (from a Splitcoaster tutorial) - and I am IN LOVE (again). These cards are mesmerizing....and it's just not me, everyone who fiddled with this card nearly started drooling......spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin, spin.
Oh and the spinner subject? Well what can I say, my creepy girl does love her skulls..........
Do you remember turning 18?? I do....and a week after I graduated from high school I had moved out and had gotten a full-time job. NOT the future I want for my daughter by any stretch of the imagination. Her dad and I have gone to great (and expensive) pains hoping to keep her at home and in school. Currently she doesn't have the mindset to traipse off to college, she's pretty nestled down here at home and is happy (and more importantly EAGER) to attend a local college. That's more than ok with me - I shudder to think at how much I'd miss her.
When I found this stair-step card tutorial (yes, it's another one from Splitcoasters), I made one for a b-day celebration. As soon as Creepella saw this (in March), she said, "Mom, I'd BETTER get one of these cards for my birthday week!!" Ahhhh - I've raised a spoiled brat - I'm so proud!!
Here's a quiz - do you see any stamping??? Well there's a wee bit on the card but mostly, MOSTLY it's an entire package of 3-D stickers strategically placed through-out the steps. Bright pink for my baby girl and ta-dahhhh, we're done!!
Stamps - CTMH
Ink - Memento
CS - Papertrey Ink
Punches - Martha's loopy border & Marvy's scalloped circle
Weird sideways photo (making up for that pesky thing called gravity) of the pocket mostly slid out....
Back again this week for a few more cards. Love pocket cards, they're so fun and easy and....... I very rarely remember to make them. What's up with that?? I find a new card and blaze through several designs until I find the next NEW card and the cycle starts again.
This card was quick and easy to make since I use some flower "left-overs", the only thing I had to do was a bit of stamping, a few quick punches with Martha's grass border punch and toss in a bit of ribbon and some gemstones. It was nearly as quick to make as it was to describe.
Power to the Pocket Card!!!
Stamps - CTMH & A Muse
Pattern CS - A Muse
Punches - Martha Stewart grass border & butterfly; Marvy & EK Success florals; corner rounder
Here's my only 3 x 3 card......took about 5 minutes since I had the penguin stamped, colored and cut out!! Used a scrap piece of CS and added some ribbon, stamped the sentiment in black and Ta Dahhhhhh - it's done!
While this is actually a 4-bar sized card, it took quite a bit of time to create due to the experimentation (punched one edge of the green Stardream CS, flipped it over and keeping the punch going in the same leaf "direction" and staggering the starting area, punched the CS again to create a "vine") with the Martha Stewart's new branch border punch. When I finally got the the right spacing it came together really quickly. Just a bit of stamping on the card, but it makes a nice finish.
This is a "Wiper" card - found it on the Splitcoast Stampers site. There are TONS of excellent ideas and tutorials on that website. I am horrid at following written directions but if a few photos are added, then I'm good to go. I have a large binder completely devoted to various tutorials/ideas that I've found on Splitcoasters. If you ever have "stampers block" - go to that website and your head will be absolutely spinning with ideas!!
How's that for a card intro?? Ironic that I had planned on making cute, small and simple cards for Creepella's b-day week and ended up making several interactive cards (this wiper card being the first one). Don't you just love how the wiper part just pops up as a fun surprise?? I was so enamored with these cards I made one for Chef Bo-Bo Head (a baking-inspired b-day card) and then I made 20 party invitations for Creepella's b-day/grad party (the wiper pop-up was a skull with a graduation cap.....really turned out well). For this card, I thought the kitters would be a great theme and not surprisingly, I had just the right kitty B&T handy. The little orange butterfly hanging out with "Bob" started making an appearance in several of the b-day card week cards.......she likes butterflies, I like orange - it was perfect!!
Had these little penguins stamped, colored and cut out for ages.......and I've had this "bubbly birthday wishes" for quite a long time too. What finally prompted me to use these items? Needing 6 new cards in 6 days was a great nudger.....
Used a few circle punches and punched some additional bubbles out of Stardream CS and then of course globbed on so much Stickles that you can't tell about the Stardream.....oh well. Can you see the bubbles that I stamped oh-so subtly on the cardbase??? It's VERY subtle....probably too subtle....... But I liked how it turned out and I think I'll make a few to put into the "For Sale" basket and see how they do.
Stamps - Memory Box Blowing Bubbles Penguin; Sentiment - The Cottage Stamper, Inc; Background "bubbles" - Savvy Inks - Memento Stickles Various Circle punches - EK Success Stardream CS
Wow, been busy and sick and busy and POOF, like the above blow fish, there goes your month!!
Card 1 of the B-day Week for Creepella. It's such a cute stamp and one of those really CHEAP stamps at Michael's.......on a trip there in early May, I found 8 adorable designs (all mostly an "oceany" theme) that I had to add to my collection - at this point this one is the only one that I've used. Creepella liked it so much I ended up getting one for her for her b-day week (how convenient). The trickiest part of Mr. Blow fish? Cutting out all of his spinney-goodness....but it was definitely worth the effort. The wavy B&T paper was a perfect fit and luckily I had a piece just the perfect size after I trimmed the top off of the waves. I popped out the fins with foam tape to make the fish "hold" the balloon strings........pretty clever, eh??
Well, it's good to be back and whew, what a relief to have a few cards to share over the next couple of weeks. Hope some of them will inspire you (or at least make you giggle!!).
Stamps - Snag 'em Blow fish; CTMH Sentiments QuicKutz balloon die cuts B&T - Waves paper (?? can't remember the designer) Ink - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Copics & Stickles
Oh that was fun to type - the next time I get a pair of sibling kitters, I'm naming them Tisket and Tasket......man, I hope I remember that when the time comes!!
This was my attempt at being Springy.....I think it worked. Aren't those little gifties in the picnic basket cute?? And Clever??? Remember the Stampin' Up pick-up truck's accessories? Well, this gifties stamp is from that set. A little masking and wow, that's a whole lot of gifties just ready to pop from the basket!!
For this card, I used loads of stuff but it all ties in together pretty well. I stamped the basket itself onto some B&T paper and then used a couple of Copics to add some shadows, using the Martha Stewart grass border punch on some BasicGrey B&T paper makes the grass pretty lively. The B&T from Chloe's closet has a few sheets that can be cut as strips or borders - how convenient, don't you think?? Those handy dandy Marvy punches are a mainstay for me and so ding-dang handy, they're worth their bulkiness!!
Stamps - Papertrey Ink; Hero Arts; Stampin' Up B&T paper - Chloe's Closet; BasicGrey; CTMH Textured CS - CTMH CB - Classic Crest Neenah Classic Cream Punches - Martha Stewart border punch; Marvy circle & scalloped square; EK Success corner rounder
Ok, I admit it - this card looks as if a flower fairy had a bit of indigestion and womited up her lunch.
But I try and keep in mind that not everyone has my simpler-is-better design taste and that maybe, just MAYBE someone will love, Love, LOVE this card (and buy it).......the design definitely didn't transfer from my head to my hand what I intended but after using the border floral punch on the precious Kioshi paper, I was committed and I'm no quitter (unless I'm tired or it's too hard or I might sweat......).
Staying positive - I really do like the Kioshi paper from BasicGrey so I guess that makes up for most everything else. That and if you mostly squint, it doesn't look quite as busy (or like flower fairy womit...)!!
Stamp & ribbon - A Muse Flower Punches - Marvy, EK Success & Martha Stewart Border Butterfly Punch - Martha Steward Oval Punch - EK Success Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks B&T paper - BasicGrey's "Kioshi" Cardbase - Memory Box
Wow - unintentionally - this is pretty much a completely A Muse'd card!!!
Little to no stamping but what stamping there is really sets off the card. Up front is the beautiful Damask CS (it shimmmmmmmers so), Martha's border punch (I'm calling it "Iron Gate" because that's what it looks like to me.....but I'm certain that's not the official name) sets the regal tone so perfectly and the little orange Twinkle stickers on the tiara are the perfect touch!!
Stamps - A Muse
Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks
Damask CS & Twinkle Stickers - A Muse
Punches - Martha Stewart border punch; Stampin' Up Oval; EK Success Larger Oval
Hmmm, kind of dark, but I like to think of it as elegant........
One of the things I love about stamping - there are so many cool techniques that it's always like Christmas in that you can re-discover a favored technique and be completely delighted with it all over again. Do you think I'm nuts??? Ah well it's a lot of fun in my world.
A Muse stamps have been a mainstay in my stamping arsenal ever since I discovered them 7 years ago. Didn't know exactly WHAT I had discovered, all I knew was that I loved these cute little designs. Not long after that, in a stamping magazine I saw a card that Julie Ebersole made (using A Muse stamps) and that was the official beginning of my love of A Muse stamps!! The bummer part was the LSS didn't carry A Muse (I know, shocking but true....!!!), I couldn't find a catalog - I was in sheer desperation (remember, I wasn't nearly as computer savvy as I am now and since I'm mostly a nit-wit NOW, well you can only imagine how inept I was then...). Went to a local rubber stamp convention with Creepella (her first time, poor thing) - found a whole mess of A Muse stamps at the "Stamp On Over" booth (not sure if they're still around), spent nearly every cent there....... about two hours later I emerged triumphant in my cache of A Muse stamps. Truly......didn't have a dollar to spend at any other booth - Creepella was hot, tired and sick to death of hearing my insane mutterings, whimpering, squeals of delight and anguish cries of despair. Nearly 8 months later, I found the A Muse bonanza at The Paper Garden AND finally found A Muse's website.
My life was nearly complete.
Used the "spot-light" technique using A Muse's Mum stamp (after all it is for a Mum's Day card...). After deciding on the B&T paper, I selected the Copic markers and had at it. I also used a zig-zap fold for the card base (probably not the proper term but it makes sense to me), it serves as a bit of interest since there's no ribbon (WHAT??!!!???). In hindsight, I'd stamp a sentiment on the lower right corner of the cream front panel but since these cards are long gone, I'll have to keep it in mind for next time.
Stamps - A Muse B&T Paper - BasicGrey's "Indian Summer" Colored Cardbase Panel - CTMH (Vineyard Berry) Inks - Memento & Colorbox Chalk Inks Punches - Martha Stewart's scalloped border; Marvy corner rounder; Stampin' Up - Circle
Not a typical Mom's Day card perhaps but I like it......AND it's very similar to card Creepella made for me last year (aaaahhhhh, how sweet!!). The sentiment is in Japanese but inside the card (sorry, forgot to take a shot of it), the English translation is stamped ("forever in my heart") along with "Happy Mother's Day".
The oh-so cool origami papers & tape are from Japan, brought to me from my mom on one of her many trips to Japan. The tape is probably 10 years old because I had NO idea what it was or what the heck to do with it (remember all of the description/instructions are in Japanese). Of course now I'll only be using it sparingly since I most likely won't be getting any additional rolls.
With Mother's Day coming up I'm grateful for being a mom (especially when I have a wonderful kid), but it's another reminder that my mom is now gone (at least in the earthly sense).....miss her a lot.
Stamps - CTMH
Ink - Memento
Washi B&T paper
Origami Paper & Tape - brought from Japan by my Mama-san