Monday, February 20, 2012

Card Gift Set

I was playing with my Cricut today and looking through some cut files sent by other friends and crafters and found this lovely card box and decided it was time to give it a try.  I've been using the papers from My Minds Eye and made this cute card holder.  I used a heavy white card stock and then used a goldenrod for the first layer and one of the patterned papers with fleur d'lise on it.  I think it turned out really nice.

I then put together four different cards to gift in the box along with envelopes.  I'm sure the box could hold five or six cards with envelopes if they were flat cards; mine however, were dimensional with lots of pop dots, ribbons and dimensional paper flowers.  I used my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die for the flowers and utilized my Cuttlebug tags and labels embossed dies.  I inked them up with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo inks and used my new sentiment stamps from my friend Shawn.  I added some bling, pearls, and ribbon as appropriate. 

That's it for today.  Continue to Imagine, Create, and Enjoy!

Scrap Cards

Still using up some of my scraps, from My Minds Eye stash.  These are just general cards for various occasions, thanks, illness, missing you.  I used the idea referenced in yesterday's post but turned the scrap pieces on their sides and added more to go the length of the card from top to bottom.  I also staggered them to add some visual interest.  I added some pretty green ribbon edged with gold from my stash.  For the sentiment I used my Sizzix Decorative Labels dies and stamped my sentiment in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink then ran it through my Swiss Dots embossing folder.  I added a green pearl on each side of the label then popped it up on pop dots.

Next I took my Stampin Up lacy border punch and punched the same scraps used above and layered them from the bottom of the card about half way up the card.  I used some olive green satin ribbon and laid that over the edge of the top scrap to give it a finished look.  On the sentiment label I stamped in green and added green pearls to complete the look.  I also popped this label up as well.

Last, I grabbed my Martha Stewart punches and started playing.  This particular punch looks like a starburst...I'm not sure of the name of it and apologize for went really well with the paper scraps I chose as it has somewhat of a starburst pattern. I used the punch around the page punch and punched along one side of each strip.  I punched four strips and laid one along the left edge and one along the right edge of the card.  The remaining two strips I put down the center of the card and backed up the straight edges to each other.  I used the large starburst punch and punched a 2 inch starburst out of the same paper.  I pulled a golden rod paper and punched a small 1 1/4 inch circle and a cut a large 2 1/2 inch circle.  I stamped my sentiment on the smaller circle and mounted on top of the starburst and then mounted the whole thing on the 2 1/2 in. circle and added a gold jewel at the bottom.  I put pop dots behind the circle to lift it off the page.  I really like the way it turned out.

And finally, my friend Shawn has designed her own set of sentiment stamps.  She is selling a small number of sets and if you are interested you can check them out here.  She is offering a great deal on them...there are 22 stamps in the set.  A great addition to your stamp collection for a really reasonable price. 

I really love to get comments, so please feel free to leave one.  See you around...until then, Imagine, Create and Enjoy!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Birthday Card

My future daughter-in-law's birthday is coming up so I wanted to make a special birthday card.  I utilized the idea found here. I utilized some of my papers from My Minds Eye paper pad I picked up a couple of years ago.  I added some brown satin ribbon along the left side and then utilized my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to add the flower.  Rather than use different colored papers on alternating flower pieces I used all golden card stock.  In the middle I added a green brad and a green jewel on the top of the brad.  Since the color theme seemed to be gold, green, brown tones, I added the sentiment Celebrate on the bottom in Vintage Photo distress ink also by Tim Holtz.  Inside I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment.

Simple, but cute and I like the flower...I think it gives it a nice focal point. Hope Dana likes it too!

Until next time, Imagine, Create, Enjoy!

Retirement Cards

There are a number of my co-workers who are retiring in the next month or so...I needed to make some retirement cards.  I had a number of scraps of different travel papers I had used for a couple of different projects awhile ago so decided to use them up for the retirement cards.  These were inspired by cards shown here and here.  The first one I used a stamp that says Bon Voyage, but it is a little difficult to read.  After that I found a clearer stamp with the same words.  This first one I layered three different pieces of travel paper and added a shimmery ribbon at the top.  I then stamped the the Bon Voyage on an embossed tag from a Cuttlebug die.  I inked it up with some Tim Holtz distress ink and added three little bling on the top schwoopie!
On these next two shots I ended up using one of edge punches and gave them either a scalloped edge or a diamond edge on each of the three different patterned papers.  I still added some glittery ribbon below the sentiment and then inked and added the other Bon Voyage sentiment which was a little more readable.  I also added a little bling on the edges and on the bottom one I added pearl accents to the outsides of the sentiment tag.  The single picture shows the detail of the punched edges.  Ribbon is all from sales at Michael's and Jo Ann's Fabrics.

On these final shots I found a Good Luck stamp and utilized the smaller scraps and the idea referenced above from Pinterest.  I had seen this idea previously with bigger squares as a background or base for a larger sentiment but hadn't thought about using it for smaller scraps of paper.  I also added paper flowers I cut using my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die cut.  I love this is so versatile!  I added some pearl bling and decorative brads.  I only added ribbon to one because the other ones I felt had enough embellishment with the flowers or the sentiment tag in the middle.  These sentiment tags are actually Sizzliet dies their Decorative Label Set #4.

Imagine, Create, Enjoy!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Cards -- Part Two

I was showing the Valentine cards recently posted here to a co-worker.  She liked one of the sentiments on one of the cards and asked me to make her a card for her sweetie for Valentine's Day.  The sentiment is simple enough...You Complete Me...simple, straightforward, a little funny (think Austin Powers), but powerful in those three words.  My mind started whirling around how I could create this card using that sentiment and create something different and unique that would communicate the thought.  The co-worker's other request was that the card have their two favorite colors, blue and deep purple.  On this first one I used the dark blue as the background, mounted on white card stock.  I added a graphic of purple puzzle pieces, put together.  I printed the exact same puzzle pieces on the blue card stock but cut out one of the pieces to create a 3D effect on one of the purple base pieces.  I misted the larger blue piece with Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer and pop dots under the 3D puzzle piece to make it pop.  I stamped the sentiment on one of the tag dies out of white and threaded with a purple ribbon threaded with silver and then offset it across the upper left corner of the card. 

The second card was simple, two hearts one in each color mounted on white card stock embossed with Swiss dots and brushed with purple ink.  That was mounted on a light lavender card stock.  Then I added another tag with sentiment in the middle of the hearts on the bottom with three little purple bling to give a little pop.

And third was an idea inspired by a stamped image I saw somewhere on the Internet in my surfing...a heart that had smaller hearts punched out of it cascading from the bottom.  I took that idea and did it in reverse...with a graphic image of a pitcher with small hearts cascading into the big heart.  I also punched a few small hearts out of the larger heart to give the idea of filling up those spaces.  The heart is done in purple the smaller hearts in blue.  All of it was mounted on a white Gemstones piece of card stock.  The sentiment tag mounted to the bottom right on the cardstock.  With this one I cut an opening in the fold of the card and threaded the ribbon through that.  It is affixed behind the sentiment so no knots or bows anywhere.

There is another idea or two circling around in the brain...we'll see what comes of the meantime, Imagine, Create, Enjoy!