Monday, April 7, 2008

In Colors for 2008-2009 Catalogs!!!

There is no card post today, instead I thought I would share the new In Colors that will be available in the next catalog. I know that the next catalog does not come out until August, but I was excited to see these and knew I needed to pass them along to you.

I really like the Pink and the Baja Breeze, but the rest I will have to see up close and personal before I pass judgement.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Some Flowers for your Saturday

On this past Sunday I posted about a friend who has cancer, this card was made with her in mind. She is always bright and cheery. Just thinking about her brings a smile to my face. This card I feel is bright and cheery to me (minus the black).

I started the card with Soft Sky and then actually cut an orange piece for this card, but did not like the orange so I used that on my cat card below. I then pulled out the Olive stripes from Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper. This did not look good right on the Soft Sky base so I added a mat of Basic Black between the Soft Sky and Olive. Since I added the Basic Black mat to the Olive I decided I needed to add one to the Soft Sky also.

Not much stamping took place on this card. I used the Holidays and Wishes stamp set for the words (which were stamped in Basic Black Craft and embossed with clear embossing powder) and the Dotted Background stamp for the Pumpkin Pie Die Cut Flower and the Soft Sky Background.

I knew I wanted to use the Die Cuts from the Occasions Mini Catalog so I pulled those out. I added a flower slide from the hodgepodge hardware kit and a clear Rhinestone Brad in the center of the flower slide - those were both placed in the center of the flower.

To finish the card off I used my Crafters Tool Kit and paper pierced on the Olive piece of Designer Series Paper.

Thanks for Looking

Friday, April 4, 2008

Free Wheeling Promotion- Wonderful You

I figured I would post this card after a gorgeous day here in Minnesota. We reached the 60's today. What a way to end a week after starting it with seven inches of snow.

This card was created last weekend with the Free Wheeling Promotion set Wonderful You and Stems and Silhouettes Jumbo Wheel.

I knew I wanted a spring feel to the card so I grabbed So Saffron for the base. I then stamped the image from Wonderful You in Basic Brown on Very Vanilla. I colored the image with my Watercolor Crayons and the Aqua Painter. I then stamped the flower again on a scrap of vanilla cutting out just the flower head. I popped the flower head off of the other flower (will post a picture of that later) to give some dimension. I thought it needed a little more so I stamped the leaf image from the set on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut out two of the leaves. I popped those off the image also. To finish the flower off I added a little sparkle in the middle with my two way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter.

I already planned on using the green scrap from Afternoon Tea for the card, but I then decided to pull the wheel into the card also. I used my Garden Green Classic Pad and rolled this wheel across it, then rolled it on my green piece of designer series paper. I think it shows the wheel just enough, but does not over power it.

I backed both the designer series paper and the stamped image in Close to Cocoa ( it is not Chocolate Chip). To finish the card off I used my Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon just tied in a knot. I then stamped the words "with all my heart" that comes with the set in Basic Brown. I thought that the words were sort of floating so I added three paper piercings.

Did you know this month if you purchase a set that is part of the Free Wheeling Promotion you get the matching wheel for FREE? I had two of the sets on my wish list so this was the perfect time for me to take the plunge and purchase.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Just Celebrate Melting Snow

I know I am the first person to complain about the snow that falls this late into the season, but here is another card that I made because I felt like I was ignoring the snowman. The snowman comes from Just Celebrate. I love the set and have used all the images except for the snowman, so now I can say I have used them all.

The card was inspired from Beate's sketch challenge from last week.

I started with my favorite base, Choolate Chip and then added a layer of Whisper White topped with Soft Sky (I was on a Soft Sky kick this last weekend).

For the image I stamped Miss Snowwoman on a piece of Whisper White in Basic Brown. I added some highlights to the snowwoman with Soft Sky Classic Ink and the Aqua Painter. I also colored in the scarf and hat with Groovy Guava and Close to Cocoa Classic ink and my Aqua Painter.

To finish the card off I pulled out the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper, cut to size and backed it with Chocolate Chip. I backed the stamped image with Groovy Guava and Chocolate Chip. I also added some Chocolate Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, some dots to the scarf and hat with my white gel pen, some paper piercing with my crafters tool kit and some sparkle to the snowwoman with my dazzling diamonds and a glue pen. Oh yeah the words were stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

If I am asked to make Christmas Cards for Fieldstone (Andrew's school) again this card may be in the running. It was failry easy to do, little coloring and not too many accessories.

This card came just in time before ALL the snow is gone. It is 50 here today, I have all the windows open and am enjoying the beautiful day.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

More Pun Fun this Wednesday

So I am in love with the square cards. This card was made because I have not used the cat image out of the Pun Fun stamp set and decided it was time.

The base is 4.25 x 4.25 in Chocolate Chip. I followed this up Whisper White and then a piece of Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper.

I stamped the cat in Chocolate Chip Craft ink and then clear embossed it. To color it in I used Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink and my Aqua Painter. I also water colored the sky with Soft Sky and made some grass for the kitty to play on with Old Olive and the Aqua Painter.

To finish it off I grabbed a scrap of brown and matted the stamped image. I also grabbed a scrap of Old Olive and put a scalloped edge along it with my corner rounder.

I added Chocolate Taffeta ribbon and then stamped right below it with Chocolate Chip. A card would not be a card right now with out some paper piercing. I pierced in the scallops and along the edge of the Chocolate Chip that mats the cat.

Thanks for looking and have a good rest of the week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Wildlife Reserve x2

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday. This card was made for him and was quick and easy.

This card measures 4.25 x 4.25.

The base is Creamy Caramel with a strip of Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper (see I made a masculine card with a very girly pack of paper).

The image is from Wildlife Reserve. I stamped it in Chocolate Chip Craft ink and clear embossed it. Then I watercolored over the image with watercolor crayons and my Aquapainter (in all the browns) and Old Olive with some Garden Green and More Mustard. This was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla.

I backed my image with Garden Green and Chocolate Chip.

To finish the card off I stamped "for you" from All Holidays on a scrap of Verry Vanilla that I cut to fit inside a small Hodgepodge Hardware frame. Plus, I added some paper piercing (I think I am a piercing addict).

For those of you in Minnesota, enjoy your white April Fools Day!

Oh I almost forget to share Andrew's creation. Here is a card that Andrew made with the Wildlife Reserve set for his Grandpa (it is a 3 x 3 card). I had the image stamped and colored in. He stamped the background and sponged it all on his own. I helped cut the card stock for the base and to back the stamped image, he just told me what he wanted. I punched the holes for the large eyelets (his choice of three - he actually wanted five, but I could not fit in five). Andrew has loved to stamp since he was about two, now he is almost seven and his creations are getting pretty good.