Thursday, June 24, 2010

Colored motorcycle

Yippee, my stuff is not packed up... yet! Maybe today... or tomorrow!

I got a chance to do today's Pals Paper Arts Challenge.

I needed some more manly cards for my stash and what better image to use that the Motorcycle stamp! On this card it's popped up with dimensionals.

For the background I used a wheel.
I got the idea to color the motorcycle from other cards I've seen.

The colors are: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist! (black ink) I just LOVE how Not Quite Navy and Marina Mist look together.

Monday, June 21, 2010

CAS72 - Color Renovation & Hostess Set

Here's a sneak peek at some of the new goodies Stampin' Up! is coming up with available July 1st!

I used a new hostess set - Because I Care. It has a beautiful flower image that I used to stamp as a background for my sentiment.

To find the colors I wanted to use I went to this fun site...
My Create Ink - Color Lab
It has all the new Stampin' Up! colors and all current colors. It's really easy to play around with and get ideas for color combinations. I put the link on my sidebar as well.

The colors I used are: Pink Pirouette (textured) for the card base. The 3 strips are Marina Mist (love this color!), Crumb Cake (formerly known as Kraft) and Baja Breeze. I stamped on white and popped up on a punched out and pierced piece of Early Espresso. The ink is Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Early Espresso.

Enjoy this clean and simple card and go to Splitcoast Stampers to make your own for this challenge.

{I am moving in a week, so I probably won't be updating my blog for a while. Don't worry, I'll be back! Sadly my scrapbooking stuff needs to be packed up tomorrow}

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cutie penguin

Here's a really cute layout today from Stampin 411 I kept off a few of the layers so I could really emphasize the black, red and white of the image.

This card was for an inspiration challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. I was inspired by this cute dish.

I used a few retired items. The penguin is from Wild About You and the stars in the background are from Starring You (retiring at the end of the month). I made my own balloon simply with a circle punch and I shaded it a bit with a darker red and white gel pen and drew a line with black Stampin' Write marker.

I used distressing on the edges and the square lattice embossing folder. The sentiment is from Short & Sweet and I layered it with word window punch and modern label punch. I made this as a birthday card, but I supposed it could work for other occasions as well.

Colors: Soft Suede, Kraft (Crumb Cake), White, Black, Real Red

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nature Silhouettes on vellum

This was the second masculine card we made with my group yesterday. They requested to learn how to make manly cards.

The card fold for this is really fun. The base is a quarter sheet of always artichoke. The main opening part is a 1/4" smaller so it layers inside. I also fastened the left side of the card with jumbo eyelets so that only a portion of the card opens.

I used markers to color the Nature Silhouettes images, then misted with a bit of water and stamped on vellum. I used brads to attach the vellum to the card so I wouldn't have to glue it. I hate using glue on vellum because I can always see it, so I always find another way to attach it.

Ripping, jumbo eyelets, linen thread and brads are great manly accents.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

2 backgrounds 2 punches

Here's a fun Sunday afternoon card.

I got the idea of combining these two beautiful background stamps (medallion and french filigree) from someone here on the internet. I thought they made a beautiful combination. Here's my take on it.

I embossed the medallion with black, then versamarked the french filigree. I added ribbon, a sentiment punched out with modern label and I punched out some flowers from the boho blossoms punch, layered them and added a rhinestone.

Really simple card with a great WOW look! I LOVE it.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Window filled with Love!

I made another card today that I had to share with you on my blog.

It's for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers - Free For All - "Jelly-Filled Doughnut"
The challenge was to create a card with a hole that has fun stuff inside!

Here's the inside!

I used a lot of texture to really make this card have interest with my Big Shot and square lattice texture embossing folder. I also used the Movers & Shapers die and Top Note die. I used 2 different sized heart punches and a scallop edge punch.

The colors I got from Stampin 411 Color Inspiration - Night of Navy, Real Red, More Mustard and Taken with Teal.

The sketch is from Clean & Simple Stamping - Fall to Layout #94. I just love this site for getting a starting point to make a card.

The sentiment on the inside is a retired Stampin' Up! set. I stamped it twice in different colors then cut out and layered the blue on top of the red to make it stand out more.

The sentiment on the front is Short & Sweet and is also in red and blue.

Occassional Quotes ~ birthday

Here's a simple design using my new Stampin' Up hostess set (in the new July catalogue).

I stamped the "happy birthday" on vanilla and punched out to give a tone on tone effect which keeps it looking simple. I added one brad and did a row of fun piercing.

I used a few different patterned paper designs and kept the colors good for a guy card. I used die cut stars and part of the Top Note with my Big Shot. I also crimped a strip of brown for some added interest and texture.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Z-fold guy card

Here's a great masculine card (my husband even thinks so!)

The card is a Z-fold. Very simple. It's just a card folded in half - like normal - then fold the front in half again. The main piece (any shape) is added so it hangs over.

The image is Motorcycle from Stampin' Up! and is a great manly image. I knew right away when I saw it in the mini that I wanted it!

For the fun metal look I used a piece of aluminum foil and wrapped it tightly around a piece of carstock then put it through my Big Shot with texturz embossing!

I used the medallion stamp set as a background, stamped in black ink. I wiped silver ink directly onto the edges to give it a bit of a distressed look.

I'm really happy with how it turned out! I think the foil really MAKES the card!

On the inside of the card I used stars and "celebrate today" sentiment from Starring You, which could be appropriate for many occasions and works well for a guy card.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


This card was for Susan's one layer challenge to use repetition.

Yippee! I made a nice-looking one layer card (no other paper than just the card base!)
I thought I'd share it with you today.

I used my punch to cut out of a piece of paper and used that cut out shape to sponge a circle or a heart onto the card. So that they would look good overlapping I masked some of them.

I stamped over all that with these cute images and sentiment from Short & Sweet.

To finish the card I used a bit of ribbon and scored some lines on the bottom.

Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Before & After - puppy!

Ok, while I was on the topic of Before & After cards, it made me think of doing a before and after dog picture.

Our dog (Cocker X Cavalier) just went to the groomer a week or so ago. Here's the before and after pics.

Now I KNOW you'll agree that she looks terribly cute in BOTH pictures! (Which she is!)

Kia is almost a year and a half. We're really looking forward to getting involved in Agility and Flyball again after we move!

Before & After - Awash

I've finally been able to get time to do a challenge today, so I combined a few!
This card is for 3 challenges.
The sketch is from Splitcoast Stampers from yesterday - SC283.
I used an inspiration from Pals Paper Arts - you can check out the photo I was inspired by on their post.
The other challenge was from the Splitcoast Fan Club to make a minimal card and make another one and step-it-up a bit.

This is the first "minimal" card. I used Awash with Flowers and stamped the image twice to get a larger flower. I used a bit of striped kraft patterned paper, kraft ribbon and some distressing.

For the second card I added a few things...

I watercolored all the flowers (WOW what a difference that makes!!!) I added a filigree brad in the flower. I added piercing and one layer of color as a mat.
I also added some soft suede paper and texturz embossed the green.

I like the second "stepped up" card 100% better!