Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Easy ButterflyCards

Our pastor and wife were celebrating their 50th anniversary and asked for no gifts, but I know she loves handmade cards and decided to make her some thank yous as I'm sure she would need a few. I started out using colors that will be retired soon due to the color renovation. I had the subtles dsp paper pack that would also retire so chose certainly celery, pretty in pink, bashful blue, and baja breeze. Then I realized that I had a real red butterfly already stamped and had dsp in the same pattern so made red as well. I made 2 of each for a total of 10 cards.
Here's a close-up. 2 scallop circle punches, elegant butterfly punch and a strip of dsp, with a stamped sentiment. I even left the inside blank. How easy is that!?!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Graduation "Spring Card"

I saw this card and decided we needed to make it for club. I have been trying to include a different fold card each month, so this fit the bill nicely. I know every school has different colors, but I had red embroidery floss to make the tassels, so that was the color theme for this card. I figure people could go home and make more in the color of their choice. I used one for a graduation party last week and the girl's mom and sister raved about it. The next two pictures are the whole card then more of a close up of the stamping. Directions follow these pics.

Directions for graduation "spring card". 
I have seen this type of card made a bit bigger, but then it doesn't fit into a regular size envelope, so I made my own dimensions using 1/2 sheet of cardstock.

Cut cardstock 4 1/4 x 9 3/4. Score at 3 3/8 and 5 1/2 with straight scoring board or cutter with scoring blade. Using diagonal scoring board, score at 3 3/8 and 7 1/8 then turn over and score again at 3 3/8 and 7 1/8. Cut excess triangles off at end of card and fold on all score lines. 
Layers on the front were: color-4 1/8 x 3 1/4 and white-3 7/8 x 3. I used a 3 x 3 square to layer for the cap. I used regular copy paper about 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" and rolled to make the diploma. I used the 5/16" retired brads and colored with a sharpie to make them black.

I made the tassels and got directions from someone's blog, but can't remember who or where. If you really want to make some, let me know and I will try to find it or write some of my own.

The next 2 pics are of the front and back of the cardstock scored and folded before finishing the card. I added a 2 7/8" square of white paper behind the cap to write a note.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Chandelier for wedding

A young lady from our church got married yesterday. She saw a chandelier on pinterest and wanted that for her wedding. It used circles of waxed paper sewn together. I loaned her my 2 1/2" circle punch. She punched all the circles for the inner tier of the chandelier, but it became dull and wasn't working well. So I  used my bigshot to cut circles for the outer tier. I spent about 6 hrs, but the finished project was well worth it! See pics below. I added one of the bride walking down the aisle and one of the bride and groom.

Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP

I absolutely love the Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP that was in the Spring Catalog, so much so that I used it on our club cards for 3 months in a row.  But it is so versatile and all the cards have a different look and feel to them, except for a similar color scheme. Almost everything used on these 2 cards that we made this month will be retired May 31st.
 The whale card was really fun to make. I stamped the waves several times without reinking the stamp. Then I cut one of the waves with a knife so the whale could rest down into the water. Next I stamped the spout then embossed above the waves with the cloud folder. The 2 little fish were extras from the whale sizzlet and were stamped with the whale to give them the same polka dot appearance. The sentiment is part of the Oh Whale! set.
Looking at this card, you would never know it was from the same paper pack, but it is! I used the pinwheel sizzlet and made a spinner card. The base is Lucky Limeade which will no longer be available. But Pear Pizazz is coming back, so I won't complain too much. I used the cloud embossing folder on this card also. I can't believe it didn't make it into the new catalog, maybe there will be a carryover list (fingers crossed). 
This is a card that I made for a bridal shower that also uses the same dsp. I used the same layout, but changed the colors for our April club card (don't have a picture). I decide marina mist with the cloud folder would look more like sky. Then we stamped another umbrella and cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals. Everyone chose their own sentiment for the front since it sould be used for bridal or baby shower, but also birthday or thinking of you. Rain or Shine is such a versatile set that will  also be gone the end of May.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Birthday Cards

 My 60th birthday was this week and I received some handmade cards that I thought I'd share. Thank you ladies for making my birthday fun!

 This first one is from Cindy Jones. It uses SU label framelits and the elegant butterfly punch.

Diane Doro made this monochromatic Swallowtail card using the triple time technique. It also uses Papillon Potpourri and the bitty butterfly punch.
 Lynn Wittmeier created this card with paper flags from Patio Party DSP.
 This next card is by Marlene Youde and uses lots of SU items, oval punches, little leaves sizzlet, tall grass stamp from a retired set (name escapes me), and wonderful wings embosslit. The card folds flat, but is a shadowbox that stands up.
This last card is one I made to send to my father. His birthday is today and I actually got it in the mail on Wed. It's not super fancy, but I had fun making it. I used retired Well Worn DSP (makes for a great masculine card) for the flags. Then I die cut ovals in cajun craze and very vanilla. I have had the Bring on the Cake birthday set, but hadn't used it much, so used 3 different stamps on this card. He turns 84, so I colored in the 8 and 4 and circled th for the inside.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May Best of-Brides and Babies


  • All Best of stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While we are releasing just one Best of stamp set per month (with a new theme each month), all of the Best of sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All Best of stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
  • Friday, May 3, 2013

    Word Play Retiring, another favorite

    Word Play is a set with 12 "word" sentiments. I don't have pictures of cards with all of them, but here are several.
     Happy I do day
     You're in my thoughts, you're in my heart
    This is the inside of a card.
    Same as above
    Imagine the possibilities
     Wish big
    The flames are stamped with build a blossom stamp set and punched with the coordinating punch, both of which are retiring.
    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
    Tidings of comfort and joy
    You mean the world 2 me
    This is the inside of a card.

    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    Graduation Card

    This is the card we made at club in April. It is called a spring card because it folds flat, but "springs" up when you take it out of the envelope.
     This picture is looking down to see the stamping better.
     These next two pictures show the folds from both front and back.

    Cut cardstock 4 1/4 x 9 3/4. Score at 3 3/8 and 5 1/2 with straight scoring board or cutter with scoring blade. Using diagonal scoring board, score at 3 3/8 and 7 1/8 then turn over and score again at 3 3/8 and 7 1/8. Cut excess triangles off at end of card and fold on all score lines.

    Layers on the front were: color-4 1/8 x 3 1/4 and white-3 7/8 x 3. I used a 3 x 3 square to layer for the cap. 

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Special Offer Extra $30 free with $99 starter kit

    Now through May 30th, get $155 worth of product (instead of $125) of your choice for only $99. Plus you get business supplies as well! Just click on the link below to begin. Call me with any questions. You can choose to be a hobby demo and get a discount on your products, or you can make some extra money to pay bills or to take a vacation!

    French Foliage-Another favorite set retiring

    Here's several cards made using this set. Some were swaps at convention, some I made. This first one was a card we made in club.