Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cinderella Thank You

I have thought about a card I needed to make for over a week now – a thank you card for a sweet young woman in my office who ensures I eat, and most importantly, have caffeine when my day gets crazy (which is has been for the past few weeks).  It is not her job to “provide care and feeding” in addition to the analytical work that she must do, but she does it and I am most appreciative.  She, like me, loves all things Disney – and I wanted to make a card with her favorite character without making a “kiddy” card. 

So this card all started with a brass stencil of Cinderella and a brass charm of her shoe.  I purchased a bunch of Disney themed brass stencils, years ago – and they and the light box (purchased to work with them) have not been used in many years.  Which means that the light box did not come to mind at all last week – until I woke up this morning and thought “heh, I could use vellum / the light box and I could make the whole thing look like a cameo”!  I am so glad my mind works even while I am sleeping.

I used a sketch in the March issue of CardMaker magazine, a pad of paper I received as a gift for attending a crop at the last Scrapbook Expo and a pack of rub-ons for the sentiment.  The most exciting thing – no ink or stamps were used.  Wow, I cannot remember the last time that happened?  I also took an idea from my Aunt – I wrote my note on Eclipse masking tape – and stuck it inside the card – that way the card can be used again by the recipient – a wonderful way to have a handmade card continue on!

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink, (French Roast) A Muse Studios, (vellum) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Bella Bella Collection) My Mind’s Eye
Other:  (Classic Scalloped Ovals Large, Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities dies) Spellbinders, (Thank you rubons) Jo-Ann Craft Essentials, (Baja Breeze dot ribbon) Stampin Up!, (mini brass charms, brass stencil) Plaid, crocheted braid

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Butterfly Thank You

I have a really simple card today, one that you can make with just one sheet of white cardstock and a few “tools”!  First thing you do is cut a piece of the cardstock to 8.5” X 5.5” and fold to form the card base.  Emboss the front of the card base with the Swiss Dots Sizzix embossing folder.  

From the remaining cardstock, cut a piece 4” X 4.5”.  Using the Hero Arts Shadow Inks, stamp the butterfly frame four times onto the cardstock – and trim around the outside edge. 
Using the spellbinders die – cut a small piece of leftover cardstock, stamp your sentiment and emboss as well (using the Swiss Dots embossing folder). Then taking the craft nibs from Ranger – dip them into the various inks and color lines of dots on the embossed surfaces of both the card base and sentiment die cut.  Here is a big hint – only color the areas that will be seen on the card – just a little tidbit I learned at the online card classes I’ve mentioned here before.
Then on the last remaining scrap of paper, I stamped the single butterfly – inking up the stamp with all of the inks used on the card (starting with the lightest to the darkest to prevent ink transfer onto the stamp pad).  I cut out the butterfly and layered it to the sentiment die cut.
Adhere all components, layering with foam squares.  Just for fun – to finish off the card – I stamped the butterfly stamp inside the card using soft sand ink, added bling for the trail behind the butterfly and tied a piece of bakers twine to the front of the card.
I would only comment that next time I would not emboss the sentiment portion of the card – seems a little busy.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamp:  (Butterfly Frame, Little Butterfly) Hero Arts, (sentiment sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink:    (Stone Wash, Butter Bar, Green Hills, Soft Pool, Soft Sand) Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Other:  (Playful bakers twine) My Mind’s Eye, (Craft nibs) Ranger, (labels fourteen) Spellbinders, (Swiss Dots embossing folder) Sizzix

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mardi Gras

Wow - I just got back from a weekend crafting retreat hosted by Krazy Kreations - those ladies are a blast and I loved the two mini classes that they taught (was a wonderful birthday/Christmas present from a friend of mine).  Now I just need to catch up on some sleep!

I made this card several years ago – but never felt like it was finished.  This year I took another look at it, added a few rhinestones on the feathers and deemed it done.  I know that the sentiment is a retired stamp from Stampin Up! – but it fit the card just right.  I covered the sentiment in black ink, then wiped away the ink from the rubber on a few words and colored them in with markers.  Naturally you have to “huff” a bit prior to stamping in order to moisten the ink again.

The rest of the card involved keeping to the colors of Mardi Gras and adding a little bling here and there.  This year I’ll be mailing the card out – so for all - Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (purple, green and gold glitter) American Crafts
Patterned Paper: (Kewl collection)  Fancy Pants Designs
Stamp:  (Mardi Gras Martini) Impression Obsession, Inc., (Edgy Eloquence) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Other: (crystal Stickles) Ranger,  (blue rhinestones) Queen & Co., square glitter brads, Stampin Up! markers

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dance in the Rain

Hello!  This card all started when I fell for the Baja Breeze color at Stampin Up!  I just had to purchase the stitched ribbon that was on sale – but I had no idea yet what to do with it.  Then I saw the cloud paper (at Stampers Corner, Elk Grove) and I just had to buy it – and then I found the stamp which just made a perfect match (along with those tiny little buttons) and had to buy those also!  Then I had to snag up all the new colors of Copic markers and the Spellbinder’s die. Plus I picked up goodies for Easter cards, and Mother’s Day cards and Talk Like a Pirate Day cards (yes, you read that last part correctly).   In all, it was not pleasant when I checked out – although Deborah who rang me up was just as nice as always.  At least I think it was Deborah or it could have been Brenda – I may have blacked out when she gave me the total!  However, when I woke up in my car later, I had a bag full of lovely things that I am not returning!   

Once I got home, I decided that red would be a good match with my cloud paper – and pulled out the scraps from my valentine cards.  Perfect match!  Plus – I pulled out the blank cards that I have and discovered the long cards/envelopes that I had purchased some time ago – perfect match for what I had in mind.  Wow, two things I already had on hand – must be a record for me!

The rest of the work was cutting paper, drawing on stitch lines and coloring my little rain girl.  I cut a cloud out of the paper to pop up over the colored / glittered rain drops.  I also used a new technique for ribbon – wrapping it around the card and gluing both ends of the tail together.  Makes for such a nice neat inside of the card – and with ribbon this wide, you don’t have any added bulk that a knot would add.  I finished the card with a little Glossy Accents on the puddle – you cannot have a dull matte finish puddle of water!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Poppy Parade) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Delight from Happy Go Lucky collection) Pebbles, (Great Day from daydreams collection) American Crafts
Stamp:  (Dancing in the Rain) Darcie’s
Ink:    (Rich Cocoa) Memento, VersaMark (Tsukineko), Chalk Ink (Punch, Latte) Hero Arts
Copics: (E00, E11, E13, E93) skin; (Y23, YR23, E35) Hair; (Y17, Y18, BG72, BG75, BG78, R24, R27, R29) clothing; C00, C1, C2, B000
Other:  Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (glossy accents, crystal Stickles) Ranger,  (white uniball gel pen) Signo, (mini buttons) CR Trimmings, (buttons) Bazzil, (Labels 14) Spellbinders Nestabilities, (Kraft Long Notecards and Envelopes) Hero Arts, (white floss) DMC, (Baja Breeze grosgrain ribbon) Stampin Up!