The sentiments are from the AmyR All Women set. I stamped the 'Grandma' and the 'Thinking of You' with a bit of space between them then added a pierced line of dots for a bit of definition.
I also pulled out my CuttleBug Leafy Branch folder and embossed the olive cardstock with it. I sponged olive ink along the edges of the cardstock as well as on the leaves themselves to make them stand out a bit more.
On the inside of the card I stamped the olive cardstock with the leaf outline image from the SU! Central Park set (that one's retired I'm pretty sure).
I cut another piece of white cardstock with the largest of the Label 4 dies then stamped the same flower several times in coordinating ink colors and that was it!
Yet another thing that has been on my 'to-do list" for a loonnnggg time now has been to play along in the Wednesday challenges over on the ATS Wednesday Challenge blog. I always make a note of them with a plan to make a card or something and then by the time I remember it was well past the original time frame.
The patterned paper is from My Little Shoebox - I bought it months and months ago and never got around to using it 'till now!
The little heart brad is from Making Memories. I bought packs of them at Michaels years ago and always forget that I have them. I came across them while making this card and found one that was the perfect color so I used it to attach the prima flower to the card.
And the little pink baubles are from Stamping Bella - the one's I've got are plastic but all I could find on the site were these glass ones. I just used my Tombow Mono Multi to attach them to the cardfront.
On the inside of the card I used more of the MLS patterned paper along with another sentiment from the Birthday Sentiments set.
I stamped Clover Greenfield on the lined paper with pink ink then added the strip of patterned paper and that was it!
There's a Paper Piecing challenge over on the Moxie Fab Work blog right now in celebration of Stamp It! Techniques week. So of course I had to do a bit of paper-piecing on my card!
I paper pieced (video tutorial on that HERE) her cap with one of the Nook&Pantry papers and colored in the band with Copics before adhering it to the image.
And of course I had to add some Stardust Stickles to her wings (sadly the lighting wasn't as good this time as it was last time to pick up on the sparkle - but it's there!), letting it dry before I cut out the image.
I played around with my patterned papers and came up with the layout and used my Spellbinders Labels 4 dies to create a mat for Violet as well as to create a neat focal point for the sentiment:
I stamped the 'Heartfelt Thanks' from my Thank You Sentiments set onto aqua cardstock then cut it out with one of the Labels 4 dies before adhering it to the cardfront and trimming off the bottom edge.
And of course I had to use a few Nook&Pantry brads and one of their stitched brads to finish off the front.
Then on the inside of the card I used more patterned papers, and cut a piece of white cardstock with the Labels 4 die.
The sentiment is again from my Thank You Sentiments set (one of my favorites and I thought it went rather well with this particular image), I stamped it onto a scrap piece of patterned paper then adhered it to the inside of the card.
OK that's it! I need to finish getting ready for work now - so glad it's FRIDAY!! And it's also my oldest daughter's birthday today (I cannot believe I'm the mom of an 8-year-old! It feels surreal) so we have a ton of housecleaning to do for her little party this weekend. And I'm *hoping* I can get a project made that I've had in the back of my mind for months now so we'll see what happens.
It's gonna be a busy weekend - but I'll be posting during it - like I said I got several cards done lately and a couple of videos too so I plan on getting everything edited and uploaded over the near future.
**post #2 for today!! So make sure to scroll down and check out the card I posted earlier!**
Oh and side note - I am in desperate need of a backup hard drive or SOMETHING to store all my video and picture footage that I've got on my MacBook! If anyone reading this has a Mac and knows what I'm talking about or has a recommendation let me know! I had to delete a bunch of stuff off my Mac just to upload the video as I had run out of disc space (not that surprising as I've now got over 90 videos on my YouTube channel). I can't just keep deleting things as there is a lot of footage/files/pictures that I want to keep so I need a separate hard drive thingy (yeah I'm SO technical and know what I'm talking about) to store it all. I went on the Apple site and there are a ton of options so I'm totally lost. I appreciate any suggestions!!
It's been a LONG time since I've participated in any challenges (including my own! That's another story for another time tho...) and since I already had the Just Chillin' set sitting on my desk to be used (it's been my goal for the last little while to ink up all these images I have sitting here that I've never used before) I thought why not?
Obviously it was a color challenge - which takes me out of my box a little. I'm so used to using patterned papers on my cards and letting the colors on them dictate the color scheme that it makes it a little more difficult to start with JUST colors!
So I ended up shopping my 'stash and found three patterned papers from three different collections that would work together:
The pink heart paper is from My Little Shoebox called My Neighborhood - Prince Lane. The Brown dotted paper is also MLS called Turtles and Trees - No Rush! (both of which were the backs of the actual patterns), and the blue cloud paper is from Imaginisce - the Twitterpated - Hey Foxy paper (again the backside of the pattern).
The ribbon is May Arts brown Faux Suede which I'm trying NOT to hoard - but it's SO nice and there have been multiple times I reach for it to put on a card and keep putting it back!! So I MADE myself use it on this card.
The buttons are all from my stash - I attached them with brown embroidery floss.
I used a whole bunch of Copics to color in the image, then added Stardust Stickles to the "fur" on his coat. The lighting this morning REALLY picked up the sparkle!
This stamp is actually from my Underwater Sentiments set - it seemed rather fitting for this image so I had to use it. And I never (or at least can't remember the last time I did) make little sentiment "flags" but felt like it today so I did then added a little button to "attach" it to the card.
Kept the inside pretty simple (now you can see all the patterned paper) and added a sentiment that's in the Just Chillin' set.
I am SO happy it's the weekend! I have a lot of things to get done - some of which I hope to be a lot of stamping! Stay tuned over the next few days as I have videos and whatnot that I will be uploading as I get them edited and whatnot.
In the meantime I was just checking my e-mail and Gold Canyon is having a Free Shipping special this weekend on any website orders so I wanted to pass that on to all of you!
Any orders of $40 or more (for US AND Canada!) placed through my GC Website get free shipping when you use the code PRESDAY11SHIP. This is valid now 'till Monday Feb 21, 2011.
I don't know about you but I LOVE candles and I am so happy I signed up with Gold Canyon - they are the best candles I've ever used (and I've tried a LOT of brands over the years) and it only takes one to scent my entire house. Right now my current favorites are the Plumeria, Orange Blossom and Lilac scents - which is funny b/c I've never liked floral scents before. I tend to go for the fruity or baking (like the Fudge Brownie - that one literally smells like brownie batter) scents but I am really liking the floral ones lately for some reason!
Anywho enough about that - I'll be back soon with stampy posts/videos!!
So I decided to make a "Get Well" card - I already had the sentiments sitting out from my Get Well sentiments set - so it was just a matter of finding an image.
That didn't take long - I hadn't put away my sleeves of TGF images and I've had this Nurse Anya image for some time and of course she's perfect for a Get Well card!
So I inked her up (Memento Tuxedo Black), stamped her out (CCD CQ80lb cardstock) then colored her in with Copics.
And of course added some Sticklesto the cross on her hat - gotta have some bling ya know *wink*
For the sentimentI stamped it onto cardstock with pigment ink then embossed it with detail white embossing powder - something I seem to be doing a ton of lately. I really like the look it gives! Then I punched it out with my SU Key Tag punch.
The butterflies were all made with a Martha Stewart punch and some vellum. After adhering the butterflies to the card I covered them with Stickles then set the card aside to dry (it takes a LONG time for Stickles to dry on vellum). As it dried the vellum curled a bit (which I expected) so they look really neat IRL!
On the inside of the card I followed a simplified version of the layout I used on the front, and added this sentiment from the Get Well Sentiments set - again stamped in pigment ink and embossed with white detail embossing powder.
I added a couple more glittered butterflies and that was it!
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Whisper White and YoYo Yellow, Copic Markers
ACCESSORIES: Stickles, Spellbinders Classic Circle and Scalloped Circle dies, SU! Detail White Embossing Powder, Small Corner Rounder Punch, MFT Open Scallop Border Die, Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio punch, SU! Key Tag Punch, DoodleBug Brads, May Arts ribbon
I stamped the Wrapped In Love image onto Bella's bestest cardstock - I originally meant to color her in with my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol but then changed my mind and colored her with Copics.
The patterned paper is some Heidi Swapp papers I've had for years - I could see them sitting in the container on my table and decided to pull them out and use them!
The 'love' is from my All About Love sentiment set - I stamped it onto the patterned paper with pigment ink and embossed it with white detail embossing powder to make it stand out before punching it out with my SU! Key Tag punch.
The heart brads were from my stash - the smaller ones I know are Making Memories but I can't for the life of me remember the brand of the larger ones.
On the inside of the card I die-cut another heart from white cardstock, then stamped the Wrapped in Love image onto it with pink ink.
I die cut another scalloped heart (same as the front) from the Heidi Swapp patterned paper and matted the white cardstock with it before adhering it to the inside of the card.
I stamped and embossed another sentiment from my All About Love set, punched it out and adhered it and that was it!
I wanted to make a Valentine's card for my hubby - so I pulled out my Bo Bunny Crush patterned paper pad. There were several papers that had little-to-no pink on them as I wanted the card to be all red, black and white.
I chose to use this verse from my Love-ly Sentiments set - it is one of my favotires so I had to have it made into a stamp! And it can be used on so much more than Valentine's Day cards - Anniversary, Wedding etc etc.
The little hearts were punched out with a Martha Stewart punch. And the buttons were from my stash.
It's actually kind of funny - I haven't even given Tim this card yet - but he already gave me one of the things he got me for Valentine's Day:
He found this canvas at a local store last week and got it for me. Needless to say he made a perfect choice ;o)
Anywho back to the card:
It actually took me a few tries to find a red cardstock that matched with the patterned paper. I started with my SU! red (the middle one) but it didn't work at all - the red in the Bo Bunny papers is not a "true" red. So then I tried another SU red I had - that didn't work either. Finally after digging through all my cardstock I found a Bazzil cardstock that was the closest match.
The I Love You sentiment is also from my Love-ly Sentiments set. I stamped it with pigment ink and embossed it with detail white embossing powder before punching it out with one of my Marvy heart punches (the blue one).
On the inside of the card I used more Bo Bunny papers. I used my Labels 9 die for the inside (which I used on the card front too) and stamped another sentiment - this time from the All About Love set - onto the Bazzil cardstock, embossed it then punched it out with a larger (pink) Marvy heart punch.
I tried to keep it from being too "girly" - but I couldn't resist adding all the hearts LOL
My hubby's boss's wife had a baby boy the other day - and when Tim told me I knew I had to make them a baby card. I had a few baby cards on hand but when I have the time I really enjoy making a card specifically for someone - it's so much fun to give it a more personal touch YKWIM?
My first thoughts for the card was the standard blues etc - but then I REALLY started thinking and decided to step right out of that box and do something different.
Tim works at the local Chev/GM etc dealership (so if you're in Saskatchewan or even Alberta and need a new/used vehicle you can just look up Rosetown Mainline Motors and ask for Tim - he's a fab salesman - there's my good wife deed of the day LOL. **Side story - Tim was actually "spotted" at the local Dairy Queen this past summer by someone who reads my blog and recognized him from one of the fishing videos I linked to or something - he got a kick out of being identified as "AmyR's husband" ROFLOL! So yeah if you really are in the market for a vehicle and you DO contact Mainline and talk to him tell him you heard AmyR's hubby was a great salesman to deal with *wink*).
Anywho I knew I had the perfect collection to use for this cardso I pulled out my Basic Grey Wander collection that I haven't had the chance to use yet - and this was the end result:
I used my The Best stamp set and stamped the word baby onto one of the patterned papers and cut it out. I just used a craft knife to cut out the insides of the 3 letters. I then stamped the boy (also from The Best stamp set) on an agle below it.
I used my Labels 2 dies with kraft cardstock which is what I adhered the letters to, and then used the same die to cut pieces from another patterned paper that I adhered to the top and bottom of the kraft piece.
I decided to use a BUNCH of brads from the collection - I chose one of the stitched brads, some of the glazed and several of the regular and added them.
I couldn't resist adding the satin ribbon - the color matched PERFECTLY to this BG collection.
AND since it's a question I've been asked a lot I did a quick video showing how I conceal the backs of embellishments so that you can't see them from the inside of the card:
Finally on the inside of the card I basically just used the same layout I used on the front and just mixed up the patterned papers I used (and that scalloped piece with all the signs on it is one of the Wander ribbon doilies) and die cut another Label 2 from kraft cardstock and that was it!
I hope Tim's boss liked it - I thought the papers were rather fitting for a dealership owner ;o). Regardless though it was so FUN to make a baby card that was in completely UNtraditional colors. If you've never done it I challenge you to try it - and if you DO and post it on your blog/online gallery link to it in the comment section of this post so I can see it too!
I mention it in the video but I filmed this MONTHS ago - always meant to re-do it b/c it goes out of focus which is SO annoying - but #1 I haven't had the time and #2 I HATE having to repeat myself (in high school I HATED doing essays - rough copy, first draft etc etc! It drove me nuts - I started coming up with excuses about losing the drafts and whatnot b/c I detested repeating myself over and over again LOL) - SO here it is with all it's out-of-focus glory (at least the die-cutting part is in focus - otherwise I would have just sucked it up and re-did it all):
And here's the link to the website that I ordered it from - I had a really good experience with her so if you do end up ordering some felt from her be sure and tell her AmyR from Prairie Paper & Ink sent you (I don't get a penny from this - I won't post for profit - in fact they don't know I'm even posting this. When I'm happy with something though I like to share!):
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