13 October 2008

Boy's Birthday Card

Here's a boy's birthday card. Yah, I know it's sideways.
Usually I make cards that are for women/ girls, so here's a little breaking out of my mold.

If you like idea, and want to make something similar, but easier, check out the Rock Star Card Elements kit that matches this stamp set. It's on p. 176 of the current catalog, and contains card stock, designer paper, grosgrain ribbon, buttons, and die-cut adhesive (stars, stripes, and ovals). It costs $15.95 and you can make AT LEAST 9 cards from the kit.

Stamp sets: Starring You (p. 138 111696 $13.95) and Family Phrases (p. 79 111016 $17.95)
Card Stock: Brocade Blue, Old Olive, So Saffron
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, small and large Star Punches, and dimensionals.

Oval Punch Flowers

Inspired by Nature [see link on side-bar] is a new stamp set that I've seen people use well.
The elegance of the flowers and grass is lovely.
However, I don't have that stamp set, and was trying to make a coneflower similar to the one in that set.

I've recently gotten two oval punches and was playing around with them.
I have seen people create entire cards from punched shapes, without even stamping anything,
so that got the wheels in my head turning...
...and this is what I came up with:

Here's a "Just Thinking of You" card using Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Really Rust, and So Saffron, card stock, Really Rust Classic Ink, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon :), oval and circle punches, and Sincere Salutations. I repeated the same salutation over and over again a-la-French Script Background Stamp.

For this one, I changed up the color scheme by replacing Really Rust with Pacific Point card stock and ink. I also heat embossed the center of the flower with Chocolate Chip craft ink and clear embossing powder. I scored an oval of Kiwi Kiss card stock for the leaf (though it's hard to see from this photo).

Ribbon: (see p. 187)
The Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon is a high quality, very silky, double sided, 3/8'' wide ribbon. It is Very Vanilla on one side and the Kiwi Kiss on the other (111879 $7.95 for 10 yards).

Punches: (see page 188)
1" Circle punch 109046 $10.95
Large Oval punch 107305 $15.95

Stamp Set: (see p. 140)
Sincere Salutations 105156 $20.95

08 October 2008

On a Sunflower Kick

Here's a card I made a little while ago, when I was on a sunflower kick. I made a whole batch for my sister who absolutely loves sunflowers. Her enthusiasm for them is contagious. I scored and cut the card in the other direction so I could tie the ribbon around it vertically. Most of the cards I make are scored and cut the other way, so it's nice just to change up the basic layout, and see how it opens up new ideas.

I made enough to give as gifts with a few extra for myself. Funny how a card-maker finds herself without cards so often. (Probably because she's trying to make the "perfect" card specifically to suit a certain person. Sometimes I just try to do a batch so I can have a few on hand for those note writing occasions that pop up all the time. But then I end up using all of them, and have to start over again. Sometimes each card is its own work of art, but it's nice when you come up with a design that is easily and quickly reproduced, yet still has enough wow!

Recipe: Very Vanilla cs, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink + Clear Embossing Powder.
Summer Sun Classic Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink, Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, and Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon. Stamp sets: sorry they're retired: Serene Sunflower and something-or-other-thanks