Friday, April 15, 2011

Mom's Birthday!

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing the card I made for my mother's 84th birthday!  She is surely one in a million,  so I got to use the little phrase that I got from My Favorite Things.  This card was such fun to make.  Everytime I thought I was finished....I looked at it and decided that it needed something more and that happened about four times....ending in the final card with the 100 year old buttons and the little bit of glitter pen accents, which are hard to see.  I used the Nature Walk stamp set from SU and the designer paper that coordinates with it.  I am a big fan of collages and this set just lends itself beautifully to that technique.  I colored the bird and the butterfly with chalks first and then added a little Copic highlights. I cut the butterfly out and snipped between the wings so that I could extend the front wing to give the look of it just perched there on the corner of the card.  The Happy Birthday is stamped on a Nestibilities tag die that I cut out of cream and soft suede and placed them together to highlight it against the background papers.  I also added some little champagne colored pearls.......lots of them.  I just couldn't stop myself, but I like the way they catch the light.   Well, I think that's about it for this card that made my Mom really happy.
Thanks for stoppin by today and Happy Stampin!!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  SU Nature Walk;  Happy Birthday, SU Messages for Mom;  Mother, Anna Griffith;  One in a       Million, MFT
Ink:  SU soft suede, buckaroo blue;  Copics
Paper:  SU Botanical Gazette, buckaroo blue cs, cream cs, soft suede cs
Accessories:  latte pearls, Kaiserkrafts;  MS lattice border punch;  SU seam binding ribbon, soft suede and baja breeze;  chalks; Prima flowers;  great grandma's buttons, brown DMC thread, glue dots; Gelly Roll glitter pen, sponge for distressing

Monday, April 4, 2011

Visions of Easters gone by!

Hello All,  This is the second card that I created for my convention weekend getaway.  If you scroll down to my last post you will get the drift of what we are doing.  Since we challenged ourselves to share cards made with some of the many older stamps we have bought over the years at the conventions and many other places, I dug deep in my stash and found this beauty.  It looks like an old photo of a brother and sister posing for an Easter snapshot back in the day doesn't it?  I stamped it on glossy paper to really give it that photograph look.  It looks great in almost any color ink.  I have also used Sepia inks which really make it look old.  I didn't use a lot of embellishments because I wanted the picture to be the focal point.   I used a purple monochromatic color scheme, some background paper, a punched border, a ribbon with bow and it's done.  I think my friends will enjoy making this cute Easter card.  Hope I've inspired you to pull out some of those neglected stamps that I know you all have.  Thanks for stoppin by!
Happy Stampin!

Supplies Used
Stamps:  The Stamping Ground image, sentiment from $1 bin at Michael's
Paper:  retired SU cs  Eggplant Envy and Mauve Mist, SU designer series paper, glossy cs
Ink:  Eggplant Envy die ink
Accessories:  SU white taffeta ribbon, Martha Stewart Lattice border punch

Back to Basics!

Oh my goodness!!  It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood today!!  I am so windows are open, the sun is shining and I feel like gardening!!!  Hope you are starting to see Spring around you too.
The next two cards that I'm posting are called getting back to basics for these reasons:  I am going to a stamping convention this weekend...YAAAAY!!! with 10 friends. Here is info. on convention in Allentown PA.  We have been doing this for about 6 years and it is so much fun.  We stay for the weekend so we can have a girl's getaway.  We stamp and eat and shop!!  What more could a girl want.  Every year my cousin Nancy has prepared projects for us to make in the evenings....which is a lot of prep for her and no stamping for her.....bummer!  This year we decided to give her a break and dig out some of OUR older or retired stamps and each bring 2 card with the makings for everyone...including Nancy to make their own. I'm the only one in my group who uses Copics, so that was out.  I had to challenge myself to go back to basics and stamp without my Copics.  At the end of the weekend, we will have made 20 cards and we will have had a blast!!

Over the years I have collected quite a few unmounted stamps from the convention and I used one of them for this card.  I stamped the dresses directly onto designer paper from my stash and cut them out.  I made the stencils for the clouds and grass background from cardstock and lightly sponged blue and green ink over the stencils.  I think it created a pretty cute little background for my clothesline, which is just a piece of string and two brads.  The dresses are raised up on dimensional so they look like they are blowing in the wind.  I just love the way it turned out!!  Reminds me of my Mom who always hangs her clothes out to dry.  Well, that's about it for this one.  I haven't made many cards without using my Copics lately and this was a nice change.  What a cute little card it turned out to be.  If you like it, please leave a comment.  Thanks for stoppin by and Happy Stampin!!

Supplies used:
Stamp:  unknown image, sentiment from Papertrey Ink Little Lady set
Paper:   Stampin Up retired kraft cs,  old Lasting Impressions dp
Ink:   SU Bliss Blue, Mellow Moss, Mememto black,
Accessories:  dimensionals, brads, string