Friday, June 25, 2010

Chair-ished bloggers challenge BC157 kiwi blue & white

Good morning.

Wow am I ever tired!  Good thing coffee exists.  My husband and I joke and call it sometimes 'the nectar of life.'  Why so tired you ask?  Well, #1 son lost track of time while swimming with friends and didn't come home until 11:30pm.  He had said he'd be home at 10:00.  Of course I had to wait up for him.  I had also called him every 15 minutes from 10-11:30, but since he was in the pool, I didn't hear from him till 11:25.  He was very apologetic AND he has to go to work at 7am today so he'll be awful tired also.  My husband and I will discuss a punishment.  Probably grounded - but not for too long.  He sounded quite sincere, but there should be a consequence. 

Anyway, on to my card creation!  I feel like this is a little copy - cat from the card I made last week because of the blue, but hey, the challenge was to use BLUE and this is a beautiful blue card stock from Amuse that goes really nicely with green!  I needed a card to send with some goodies to my daughter in DC and thought the chair-ished from PTI would be nice for the miss you sentiment.

So  a few details on this, that are probably not visible in the photo.  First, the bottom of the chair has flocking on it.  I thought a textured chair seat was a good idea.  To do this, I just added glue to the seat and dusted the flocking powder on.  Voila - a textured seat.  Second, the rest of the chair is done in smooch.  Smooch goes on just like nail polish - it has shimmer and color and is super cool.  Third, the tufted areas of the chair have clear glue dotted on them.  To do this, you take glue (crystal effects from stampin up works well) and apply a single drop to each spot.  So, up close and personal, this card has a lot of subtle details.  The ribbon is two-sided satin kiwi.  The stamp image was done in soft suede.  The rest should be self - explanatory.  Thanks so much for looking.   Can't wait to see what the other bloggers did with this challenge.  Click the 'bloggers challenge' logo on my side bar if you want to see their stuff too!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle Baby Girl Card

Happy Tuesday everyone.  I hope your week is off to a good start.  It's been hot here in New England but this morning and last night weren't unbearable.  I like the warm weather, but I'm not a big fan of hot and humid!

On Sunday (while my hubby and son were golfing) I got to spend the afternoon with my friend Karen.  She helped me make a cute and simple baby card for my husbands co-worker who is a new daddy.  I used her polka dot embossing folder and a sheet of the new stampin up espresso.  It's really nice - dark and rich.  The 1/8th inch ribbon is stunning.  I love it as an accent along top of my silk white ribbon and it makes nice bows!

The stamp is from an old retired star set.  It's got the cutest baby sentiment.  The pink is pretty in pink.  Thanks for looking.  Have a great day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bird Bath BC156 (Bloggers Challenge June Sketch)

Hello friends.

I had so much fun coming up with a card design for this weeks sketch challenge.  It was a great layout and that makes it so easy.  The card practically made itself once I decided on the colors and the image.  What do you think?

I only had enough materials to make one card, but after I finished it I asked my DH to stop on his way home from work at Ink about it, my nearest stamp store that sells amuse and had him pick up some more of the yummy blue card stock.  The color is divine and works so well with the blue green copics.  Unfortunately they were out of the green gingham, but I was glad to get more of this beautiful blue.

Card Stock:  Amuse blue, Amuse green gingham, paper try ink white.
Tools:  Dienamic grass die, nesties oval medium
Accessories:  Sparkling clear smooch (for the bird bath water), stampin up silver thingies (not sure what they are called.)
Stamps: Amuse Bird Bath, Amuse tiny bird, pti sentiment from year of flowers sweet pea
Other: Momento black ink, copic markers

Click on the link on my blog called bloggers challenge to see what other people did with the layout.  Go to Lisa Somerville's page if you want to play along!  Thanks for looking - Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

coach thank you cards

Well high school varsity baseball is now over and today is the coaches luncheon where they give the boys their varsity letter and eat pizza.   I made three cards for the coaches.  One for the head coach, one for the assistant coach and one more for the J.V. coach.  Eric was a 'swing' player this year since he was a sophomore.  He was one of the best players on varsity but because he was still in 10th grade, he was eligible to play for J.V. also.  When the J.V. team was short players, the coach would have him play down.  He pitched for varsity, but not J.V. but they liked having him in center field and his bat was a huge asset to the offense.  So yesterday I was challenged to make 3 different masculine cards to honor a coach.  I stuck with the blue colors and had fun with a few stamp sets.

The first one was made for the head coach.  I used a circle punch and not quite navy.  Then I made my own background papers with pti argyle using bordering blue and not quite navy.  Lastly I added some textured twine and a clear button to add a little interest to the lower right corner.  The sentiment comes from a clear and simple set for basketball.  I thought the saying applied to any sport.

This next card is for the assistant coach.  I got some denami stamps with a beach theme and some Amuse sand colored paper so I decided to do this one masculine beachy.  I used versamark and clear embossing for the shells and sand stamps.  I had some old retired DSP with baja breeze, very vanilla and sahara sand colors so I did a mat layer of that and then matted again on baja breeze.  I used a scallop punch for the bottom layer of the blue and a row of sahara sand on top.  I was loving the textured twine and clear button so I repeated that on this card as well.  The sentiment is from 'Teeny tiny wishes' and that was clear embossed as well.

This last card I made using pti chair set.  I love this set but don't always think of an occasion for it.  The sentiment actually reads 'one of a kind friend' but I realized I could leave the friend off and it worked for a coach.  This is for the JV coach because I think he is truly one of a kind.  Very patient.  Very encouraging.   A good role model and smart too.  Anyway, this also uses the very vanilla, baja breeze, sahara sand color combination.  I like this a lot.  It works for a man, but is soft also.  I paper pieced the DSP on the chair and lamp and cut out the cute doggie.  The ribbon is baja breeze and I added a giant vanilla grommet.  The sentiment is inked up with sahara sand.

Now, let's see if Eric remembers to bring the card with him to the luncheon and let's see if he remembers who each card is for.  Hope you all have a great monday.  thanks for stopping by and looking!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Graduation Cards - DONE!

I've been busy stamping some graduation cards for my son to use for all his graduating friends.  Even though Eric is a sophomore, he has been invited to many graduation parties.  I love this about his small christian school.  There are only about 200 kids in the high school and they all get along and hang out.  You don't get that class prejudice where seniors only hang with seniors.  Anyway, here is a smorgasboard of  blue graduation cards I made using my two graduation stamps (well actually only one of them is mine.  The SU one is borrowed from Karen!)  They are rather repetitive, but each is slightly different.  Which is your favorite?
Well it's off to church and then, since it's a rainy day, I might watch The Blind Side from netflix and then stamp up a baseball thank you card for Eric's coach and then make some fun summer flower cards.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by for a look!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Fathers Day for Bloggers Challenge

I'm so excited to be posting for Lisa Somerville's bloggers challenge today.   I asked if I could join the group as a regular member and she invited me in.   I have been playing all week with clear acetate to make clear cards and had a lot of fun making this one.

The base of the card is cut and scored clear acetate.  It's a medium thickness and it cut and scored easily.  It's substantial enough to stand up (important) and the clear acetate gives the card a real modern/simple flare.  The car is from Papertrey ink.  He's a beautie and he's inked up in stampin up real red and momento black.  The background is just a cut strip of neenah white stamped with papertray ink's argyle.  It's double stamped - first the solid argyle pattern in real red and then the line argyle in soft suede.  The headlights get a crystal brad and a mat of soft suede and soft suede ribbon finish this guy off. 

Inside is a layer of white.  I stamped my 'hand stamped by' on the reverse side of the white since the clear causes it to show through.  Then I added the sentiment from teeny tiny wishes which also shows through on the front of the card.  Clear cards are pretty straightforward, but lining things up is a little challenging because the clear acetate tends to grab quickly so you have to position everything carefully and there isn't much room for error.

This one will go out in the mail on Saturday for my Dad in Arizona.  Enjoy the upcoming weekend and thanks for stopping by to look!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Artist Trading Cards

Do you have any Artist Trading Cards?  This is my first ATC creation.  I made 9 of them and have given 2 away.  They are really fun to make and I'll probably do some other designs this summer so I have an inventory of them for any stamping events I attend.  The size is 2 1/2 X 3 1/2.  The front has original art and on the back I put my name and contact info.  They are basically business cards and you give them away freely to anyone who wants one.  Generally you swap.  The theme for this was 'strawberry fields forever' so I was inspired to use my strawberry image and my Amuse gingham paper.  If anyone has any ATC's and they want to swap - let me know by leaving a comment on my blog.  I'll mail one out to you.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My first Penny Black

My friend Kim G. convinced me to get this adorable Penny Black stamp and I'm so glad she did.  This is the cutest little image and I had so much fun inking her up and coloring her in.  Don't you love her sweet smile?  I made up two cards with her and sent them off in my packet of cards for soldiers today.  I can't help but think that some soldier serving overseas will be able to write some sweet words of love to a young girl in his life - maybe a daughter, girlfriend or mother!  I love thinking of how my cards may encourage someone - regardless of if I mail them or if they are sent from someone who uses my cards.

The blue one uses taken with teal and summer sun card stock from stampin up.   The yellow one uses tangerine tango, chocolate chip and crushed curry (also from stampin up.)   The image was colored with a variety of Copics.  My favorite part of coloring her is adding the cute little pink blush to her cheeks and blending it back in with the skin tone marker.  She comes alive when I shade her sweet little face.  Oh and I also loved using my Copic glitter marker on her crown & wings.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the white daisy petals have a coating of shimmer white smooch.  The sentiment on the blue card is from Amuse and fits the bill perfectly.  They yellow card uses a retired set from stampin up. That too works!

Which color is your favorite?  Our family liked the blue best, but the yellow/orange is super fun too!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Graduation Cards

Well, it's June and you know what that means don't you?  It's the grad's and dad's season!  And therefore it's time for me to move out of my comfort zone and start making (gasp!) masculine cards and cards with school colors.  I had a challenge last night when I realized that the Northbridge colors are Maroon and White.  Yikes - I have very little that is Maroon.  Luckily I found a few sheets of Bravy Burgundy and I had a set of stampin spots for the burgundy ink, but no DSP and very few accessories in this color scheme.  So, I made my own DSP using an old hostess set and I added in some river rock to complement the burgendy and white theme.    My friend Karen had loaned me her Happy Graduation stamp.  We haven't had a chance to meet up, so it was still in my stamping room, so I took advantage of the loan and inked it up.  It's a great stamp and I'll probably ink up a few more images in various school colors so I have some on hand.  So many of our friends are all graduating from local schools - I'll have to do my homework and find all the school colors so I'm prepared.

Well I hope you are all enjoying the start of summer!  It's been really nice in New England and I haven't been motivated at night to get down to the craft room.    This weekend I'll be busy making some cards for soldiers, so stop back by next week to see what we come up with!  Enjoy!