Friday, April 23, 2010

An Improvement on a Good Idea

Sometimes you get a second chance. Today's cards are an example of card grace. I made this first card for my mom, whose birthday was yesterday. I wanted to use the ornament punch to create "pots" for flowers. I used the Garden Silhouettes set. The flowers were colored direct to rubber with Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, and Garden Green Stampin' Write markers. Dusty Durango was used to create the terracotta "pots".

Part of the trouble with this first card was that I didn't have the right base color for it (ended up using Soft Suede), and I wasn't entirely pleased with the scalloped edged strips. But time was of the essence, so in the mail it went.

Here's where the second chance comes in. That card was an original, and I wanted to use the layout and premise of a punch being repurposed for my upcoming Stamp-A-Stack featuring paper punches. So, I had to return to the drawing board and remake the card so my students would have a sample to refer to. Turns out, I like the second chance card better than the original.

Here's a closeup so you can get a better look. I cut the tip off the ornament punch so that the "pot" would have a sturdy base. I used a large tag punch and rounded the edges to make the tall vase. I stamped the flowers, starting with the middle bouquet, and then added the "pots". This focal image is smaller than the other as well, and no greeting is incorporated into it.

I also procured some Cameo Coral to use for my base and folded it as a gate fold for added interest. I placed a mat of Garden Green behind the focal image and still wanted a little more eye candy. I had popped up the middle "pot" on dimensionals, so I threaded some non-SU! ribbon underneath and tied a square knot. Proportionately correct--love it!

For the interior, I stamped the flower image with Versamark on the center panel and mounted some Very Vanilla for the greeting. Since I haven't decided if this is going to be a Mother's Day card or a birthday card, it's blank. My students will have their choice of sentiments. (Double click on the photo to more clearly see the details.)

You haven't heard from me much lately because I've had my nose to the grindstone working on a HUGE project that's due next Friday. I'm making invitations for a fundraising dinner, and one element of the design necessitated adhering 5 layers together 600 times. Yes, I know that I created this situation by designing the invite this way, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment! I'll post more about these next week. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring Look for Winter CASE

Amy of Gone INKognito posted this card on her site awhile ago. I LOVED it, and filed it away for inspiration. When I was getting ready for this month's Stamp-A-Stack, I thought, "What would that card look like in spring colors?"

Since there are many colors in the Bold Brights family that are being retired at the end of June, I thought I'd start there to give this card a makeover. There is card stock to be used up before the deadline, and I want to make the most of what I have.

I started with a Gable Green base and cut 1.75" squares of YoYo Yellow and Only Orange and Whisper White. I used White Craft Ink on two images from Pocket Silhouettes and embossed them with White Embossing Powder.

I don't have the curvy label punch that Amy used for her central image, so I pulled out my "kisses" diecuts from the recent Occasions Mini Catalog and cut a portion of the diecut away to make it less dominant and more interesting visually. Then I pulled out a strip of Green Galore, also from Bold Brights and also retiring, and used my new Scallop Border punch, which will be carrying over from the Occasions Mini into the upcoming 2010-2011 catalog that releases July 1, to create an interesting border. Sort of makes you think of an ornamental border you place in a garden to keep the grass out, doesn't it? If it doesn't, humor me!

I like this fresher redux, and I hope the stampers at this month's Stamp-A-Stack do also! This month's event is scheduled for Friday evening, April 23, and Sat. morning, April 24. If you're GA local and want to attend, just leave a comment and I'll get you details!

Now, for a bit more information about the colors affected by SU!'s Color Renovation. There are a total of 40 colors that SU! has deemed are no longer current, so we'll be saying farewell to them at the end of this big idea book & catalog season. If you see any here that you want for your stash, be sure to order online through my online store as soon as possible. They're available while supplies last, as they say.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Happy Bee

When I saw this bee on Diana Gibbs' blog, I flipped! She called it "stinkin' cute" and I agree completely! How can you not love this guy? This afternoon I made him using Diana's great tutorial, but I changed up the color scheme slightly to coordinate with some great honeycomb-looking DSP.

The punches used include:

1 3/8" circle punch
heart to heart punch
1/2" circle punch
1/4" circle punch (non-SU!)

The only deviation I took from Diana's bee creation was to make the wings using the narrow heart in the heart to heart punch, since I don't own the small oval punch. The only other essential supplies you need are So Saffron (for the card base and the bee's body), some scraps of Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Ruby Red card stock, a little bit of vellum, and glue dots.

The DSP is part of a retired package called Urban Garden, and it was the perfect complement to this little buzzer. I created some hexagons using 1 1/4" squares to replicate the pattern in the paper. To do this, I marked the middle of the square on two opposite sides, and 1/4" in from each side on the other two sides. Then I cut the triangles off using a scissors. If that doesn't make sense, just let me know in the comments and I'll photograph what I mean and edit the post to include a visual.

I had to get really creative when coming up with a sentiment for this card, as I don't have any sayings that fit the bee theme. I pulled out my outline alphabet and the "happy" stamp from the long-retired Polka Dots & Paisley.

This card is one of 5 featuring paper punches that I'm offering at my April Stamp-A-Stack. RSVP deadline is April 18 to attend.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

SU! Starts a REvoLuTioN with Color Renovation!

This was just announced on the demonstrator website today: Stampin' Up! is reorganizing its color families and bringing an entirely new, fresh approach to its palette of offerings! This means that some of the InColor collection favorites will be returning, and other core colors will be retiring.

Click HERE to see the new chart! This is FANTASTIC! More to come, for sure!

Happy Birthday, Dad

This card was inspired by one made by Lynn Pratt using Baroque Motifs. Unlike Lynn, I didn't create gridlines. I stamped the image on my grid paper and then lined my card up underneath and lined up the stamp accordingly. Worked like a charm!

I like this color scheme of Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, and Very Vanilla. It's one I haven't used in awhile. I used some hardware store twine to create the grid, and the sentiment from It's Your Birthday for the tag. It's masculine, isn't it?

My dad is a Butler alum, so we were cheering hard for the Bulldogs last night. Well, I was with them in spirit because I was sleeping while they played, but you know what I mean. I'm glad the game was close. Duke is like a Goliath in the NCAA, and Butler isn't even a Division I school. Hoosier perfected basketball, and the 'dogs made us proud last night.