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9 posts from January 2010

Sun 31

Early Spring

I know it’s a little early for spring cards, but I couldn’t resist. We have been spoiled with some spring like weather lately, so I think I’m having a bit of early spring fever. All of the flowering trees in my area have buds on them already. In January?? I’m pretty sure this is earlier than normal. That was the inspiration for my card today.

 

BlossomingTree

 

To make this card, I cut a piece of Taffy cardstock to apx. 5 7/8” wide by 4 ¼” tall. I stamped the tree image from the Forest Fun (CL145) 3 times onto white cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

 

Forest Fun CL145
 

 

I used colored pencils to color the tree images. I stamped the top of the tree image onto a piece of Snow & Cedar paper, colored with pencils, cut out & adhered to the center tree image. I added petal pink jewel stickers to represent the flower buds.

 

BlossomingTree.detail

 

I added a piece of brown & pink polka dot ribbon & prima flower for embellishment. The sentiment is by Memory Box.

 

I hope you have the pleasure of experiencing an early spring where you live as well!!

Thu 28

A Love Song

LoveSong

 

I have some more Valentine inspiration to share with you today. This time, Bobby Bird (216C) is sending a little love song to that special someone. I used the little tiny hearts stamp again, from this stamp, to add the tiny hearts above Bobby’s perched bird. If you look closely (click on photo to enlarge if you like), you can see I added little music notes to the hearts using a colored pencil.

 

I used paper from the Memory Box Gossamer paper pack on this card. I have included a photo of the colors & measurements I used to make this card below. The base notecard, in Key Lime, is cut to 4 1/4" square. All of the colored cardstock is by Memory Box.

 

LoveSong.2

 

Bobby Bird was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto white cardstock. He is colored using Copic markers. I almost always use Memento ink when coloring with Copics because it dries instantly and doesn’t bleed when Copics come in contact with it. I have so many different black inks in my supplies, but this is the one I find that I use the most.  All pieces were adhered using double sided tape, except for the Taffy piece was adhered to the “script” paper using foam adhesive to pop it up a bit.

 

Tue 26

Gone Fishing

GoneFishing 
Today I am going to show you an easy card you can make featuring Felix Fisher (212C). Felix is stamped onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink & colored with Copic markers. This piece is framed with a piece of Vanilla Bean cardstock cut slightly larger.  

The base card is made using supplies pictured below.

GoneFishingSupplies 

Sparkle was added to the fish using a clear Spica glitter pen. It was hard to capture in the photograph, but hopefully you can see a tiny bit of shimmer in the photo below. The grey circular spot underneath the fish is not actually on the card, it is a shadow from when I took the photo.

GoneFishing.detail

The tiny fish "swimming" in the water were created by stamping the fish on Felix's pole onto scraps, coloring with Copics & cutting them out. I added sparkle on these fish as well using the clear Spica pen. I added a shadow underneath the "swimming" fish using a shadow Copic marker. A supply list is provided for you at the bottom of this post.

GoneFishing.detail.2 
 
Supplies Used:

Poppy Stamps

Felix Fisher (212C)

Snow & Cedar Paper

Memory Box

Ocean Cardstock

Vanilla Bean Cardstock

Endive Notecard

Other supplies

EK Wavy Border Punch

White Cardstock

Copics & Clear Spica pen

Fri 22

A Bella Birthday

BellaBirthday 

I have a friend who is celebrating a birthday next week, so I thought I would create a card using Bella Balloon (211C). I played around with some of the papers from the Memory Box Gossamer paper pack from the Valentine collection. I thought this super adorable floral paper would work well with the Bella Balloon Poppy image.

Bella Balloon 211C

 

To make this card, start with a Cherry BlossomMemory Box notecard. Frame a piece of Memory Box Gossamer paper with Mocha cardstock & adhere off center a bit. I used an EK Success scallop edge punch on one side of the Mocha frame. Stamp Bella Balloon on a piece of white cardstock & color as desired. I paper pieced her dress using a coordinating piece of Gossamer paper. After coloring the balloons, they were trimmed & adhered with foam adhesive to add some dimension. They were also covered with a clear Spica glitter pen to add a subtle sparkle. Bella is framed in a piece brown with pink polka dot paper from the Snow & Cedar paper pack, punched out with the Marvy Giga Scalloped Square punch. Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped using Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

 

Tue 19

A Simple Note

Dot.Mushroom.2.Note 
 
I wanted to play around with the mushroom image from the Forest Fun clear set to make a bright colored note.

 

Forest Fun CL145
 

The card pictured above is what I came up with on my first go around, but I have some more ideas swirling around for these cute little mushrooms. The Forest Fun clear set contains 3 different mushroom images & they work well paired with other images or simply by themselves.

 

This card is fairly simple to put together. I used layers of Mocha (base card), Ocean, & Cranberry. You could easily play around with different color combinations. The cranberry layer has a woodgrain “texture” added with a background stamp from my collection. When I use this stamp, I like to play with different colors, instead of always using traditional wood colors. The mushroom was colored & the dots were covered with Stickles to add a bit of sparkle.

 

Dot.Mushroom.closeup

The ocean layer was punched out with a Martha Stewart border punch & its finish off by embellishing with some polka dot brown ribbon. 

 

 

Sun 17

Best of the Bunch

BestofBunch

 

This was a fun project, but what a mess I made. I should have known better than to pull out the loose glitter. I had a lot of clean up to do after I was finished J. I'm happy I used loose glitter, despite the mess. I really like how the clouds sparkle. If you are not a fan of loose glitter, Stickles would work well too.  

 

I tried a different size for this card & it may become a new favorite. I trimmed a Russian Sage(Memory Box) notecard so it was about 2 ¾ to 3” in width. The height is still the same & it opens at the side.

 

The grassy hill was created with a piece of Snow & Cedar paper trimmed with decorative edge scissors. After this piece was attached to the base, Petunia Petals (217C) was stamped onto the base piece & grass. She was stamped again on a separate piece of cardstock, colored & trimmed out. She was then adhered over the stamped image on the base card. The clouds were stamped using the cloud image from the Forest Fun (CL145) clear set. They were stamped again on another sheet of cardstock, covered in glitter, trimmed, and adhered to the base with dimensional adhesive. Originally, I wasn’t going to add a sentiment, but ended up adding the Memory Box “Best of the Bunch” sentiment. I think this would make a nice friendship card.

 

Fri 15

Cup of Love

Cup.of.Love

 

Today I’m sharing another Valentine idea, this time using Teresa Tea Time (215C). By simply adding a few shimmering hearts above her cup (using this stamp), she is ready to send a cup of love to that special someone.

 

Heart.detail

 

The scalloped card base is part of the MB Soiree line in Blossom. Taffy cardstock was used for trim. Teresa’s polka dot top is paper-pieced out of Snow & Cedar paper. The Cuttlebug embossing folder used is Floral Fantasy. Pink ric rac ribbon was added & the striped paper is retired MB cardstock.

 

Poppy Stamps Supplies:

 

Teresa Tea Time (215C)

Snow & Cedar Paper

 

Memory Box Supplies:

 

Scalloped Blossom Soiree Card

Taffy Cardstock

Hearts from Tree of Love stamp

Stripe cardstock (long retired)

 

Other Supplies:

 

White cardstock

Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy Embossing Folder

Martha Stewart Ric Rac ribbon

Memento Ink (black & light pink)

Copic Marker

Clear Spica Glitter pen

 

Tue 12

Valentine Hugs

Valentine-Hugs

Have you started to make any Valentine's cards yet? Valentine’s Day is a great day to give a hand made “hug” to all of those special people in our lives. Why not make some cards for parents, friends, & co-workers, as well as your sweetie. Many of the Poppy Stamps images work great for creating Valentine cards. For this card, I used Dani Dot (214C) & Peggy Polka Dot (218C). Don’t they make a cute pair? I created a mask (see link for tutorial below) for Dani Dot, so when I stamped Peggy Polka Dot, any overlapping would not show. If you are not familiar with masking, you can find a great tutorial here. I keep any masks I have made attached to the corresponding image (as seen in photo below) so I can use it in the future if needed.  I also used a stamp positioner to help with placement of the images.

 

DaniDot.PeggyPolkaDot

 

The base is a Memory Box Licorice notecard, layered with Cranberry, Taffy & Biscotti paper in Cranberry. The sentiment was created by masking off “bear” in the Memory Box “bear hugs” sentiment. Berry Pearls were added around the sentiment as well. The tiny heart scallop border was created using a Martha Stewart border punch. The tiny hearts were made using this MB stamp. The card is finished off with some polka dot ribbon.

Mon 04

Sweet Catie

Sweetest.Catie

 

For this card, Catie Cupcake delivers a sweet message to the recipient.

 

Catie Cupcake 220C

 

This card would work great as a thank you card, or maybe to give to a friend for Valentines Day.

 

The base note card is Memory Box Sweet Corn. Catie Cupcake (220C) was stamped onto white cardstock using black Memento ink & colored with Copics. Her apron was paper pieced with Cranberry Biscotti cardstock. The sentiment, “you’re the sweetest”, is also by Memory Box. The base of the cupcake was paper pieced with a scrap of Snow & Cedar paper. The frosting was created by applying Liquid Applique, letting it dry completely, then puffing it up with a heat gun. The cherry on top is a Memory Box Cherry Jewel Sticker. Cranberry cardstock was used to frame this piece, & a yellow button was added, threaded with some white Scrappers Floss (embroidery floss would also work well). A strip of Cranberry Biscotti cardstock was also used on the base notecard, trimmed with white cardstock punched using the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.