Monday, May 31, 2010

Single Panel Gift Card Holder

This is my second card for Deena's Paper Dolls Challenge.

My cousin is getting married this summer and they had a "couples" party instead of a bridal shower this weekend. That way, it's a family event rather than just the girls. (The "women only" party will be in a couple of weeks. Woo hoo!) Sorry, I digress.

We decided to give the happy couple a monetary gift. My cousin appreciates the cards I make. Sometimes I feel that she expects any cards she gets from me to be handmade. That's just fine by me because I like making them for her.

Here's what I made. I used the same techniques for this card as I used for the card in the post below.

I couldn't find any more matching buttons, so I improvised. I stamped each letter and cut them out with a circle punch. I used round epoxy stickers to give it depth. I also chose a more subdued color scheme.

The sentiment is from Enjoy the Ride.  I positioned it so that it shows when the tag is in place.  I wrote our message below it.

I made a pocket on the back by cutting another scallop rectangle and cutting it in half.  Then, I used scor-tape to adhere it to the tag.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

(I'm going to try something different on my blog. I'm the kind of the crafter that needs precise measurements. So, I'm going to start listing the measurements for each card at the end of my posts. This way, I can easily re-create my card. Plus, it may be helpful for anyone who would like to make it themselves.  We'll see how long I can keep this up!)

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Enjoy the Ride, BB: Hearts, Alphabet Set (Martha Stewart)
Paper:  Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Summer Sun, SS White
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Enchanted Evening, Scarlet Jewel, Terracotta Tile, Fresh Snow
Embellishments:  Scarlet Jewel Swiss Dots Satin Ribbon, Button, epoxy stickers
Tools:  circle punches, scallop rectangle nestie, corner punch

White Base:  3-1/2 x 5
Pocket:  3-3/4 x 6, score 1/4 on long sides, cut out extra pieces, fold
             Finished Pocket should be 3-1/4 x 3
stamped strips:  3-1/4 x 3/4
plain strips:  1-1/4 x 3/4, 1-3/4 x 3/4, 2-1/4 x 3/4, 2-3/4 x 3/4
white cardstock:  2-1/2 x 2-1/2

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Paper Dolls Challenge #6

This week is Deena's turn to host the Paper Dolls Challenge. She's chosen a fun sketch for everyone to try. Hop on over to the Paper Dolls blog and check it out.

My nephew is really excited about graduating from Kindergarten. He's very smart and I'm so proud of him. I made this card for him (love you, Mero!).  I haven't decided what kind of gift card I'll be giving him, so I'm using a Toys R Us rewards card for my picture.

It's a one panel card. It's just the front. I made the pull-out so that one side will hold the gift card and the back is for your sentiment or message.

I really like the ovals from the new Background Basics: Geometrics stamp set. They're like polka dots, but with a twist. It wasn't easy finding four of the same buttons in the size that I needed. I rounded the ends of the top strips with a 1" circle punch. The buttons are threaded with DMC floss. I just started a list of the DMC floss that matches the PTI colors. These match pretty well, don't you think?

I'll be posting another card tomorrow using the same sketch. Go on over to the Paper Dolls blog and give Deena's challenge a try. It's a fun and practical sketch. You can never have enough gift card holders!

Thanks for stopping by!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  BB-Geometrics, Mega Mixed Messages
Paper:  Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sun, Orange Zest, SS White
Ink:  Fresh Snow, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  white buttons, Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon in Pure Poppy, DMC Floss
Tools:  circle punch (SU), Labels 8 Nesties,

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Casing Lisa

Quick post today. I just wanted to give a shout out to Lisa Johnson for all her fabulous projects. I had to case this card that she made. It took my breath away when I first saw it. I totally cased it. It's going to be the gift card for my niece's baptism.

The pearls really made this card look so elegant.

Thanks for visiting today!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Asian Fusion
Paper:  Sweet Blush, Kraft, Vellum
Ink:  Sweet Blush, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments:  ribbon, pearls
Tools:  scallop punch (SU), polka dots impression plate

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Check out the Papertrey Paper Dolls

Hi, everyone! It's my turn to host this week's challenge on the Papertrey Paper Dolls blog. Come on over here and play along with the Dolls!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PPD Challenge #4

This week, Jen challenged us to make a masculine and a feminine card using the same stamps. Hop on over to the Paper Dolls blog for the details and to see her samples.

Picking a stamp set that could be used for both masculine and feminine cards was no easy task for me. I eventually chose to work with the Wise Owl set. 

Here is my feminine card. I got the idea to paper-piece my owl from the ever talented Nichole Heady. You can see her original post here.

Here's a close-up of my owl. I used black skittles for the eyes.

I kept the inside sweet and simple. It was easy since this stamp set came with an adorable matching mini owl.

Here's the masculine card. For those of you within my age group, doesn't the rick rack design kind of remind you of Jughead's hat? You know, the guy from the Archie comics? If you don't know what I mean, be grateful! lol!

Here's a close-up...

...and the inside.

Thanks for visiting! Make sure to stop by the Paper Dolls blog tomorrow because it will be my turn to host a challenge.

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Wise Owl
Paper for Feminine card:  Kraft, Stampers Select White, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Summer Sunrise, Dotty Biscotti, Orange Zest (for the nose)
Paper for Masculine card:  Kraft, Vintage Cream, Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Chocolate Chip (SU), Dotty Biscotti
Ink for Feminine Card:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss
Ink for Masculine card:  Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest, Rich Cocoa (Memento),
Embellishments:  skittles for the girl owl
Tools:  rick rack die

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hey there, chickadee...

This is one of my favorite sentiments, but I haven't used it until now. Why is that? I also love this bird image from Everyday Button Bits.

I used a googlie eye for the large bird, but let one of the holes be the eye for the smaller one. I think their wings are adorable.

Gotta finish the inside, of course. Just repeating the rick rack pattern. Love the rick rack die. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out.
Thanks for visiting!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Everyday Button Bits, BB-Tin Types
Paper:  Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Kraft, Green Boutique
Ink:  Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments:  Hawaiian Shore buttons, New Leaf buttons, googly eye
Tools:  rick rack die, 1/2" circle punch (SU)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PPD Challenge #3

Boy, talk about last minute! I've been so busy the past few days I didn't have much time to do any card-making. Even though my family was so good about letting me do what I wanted on Mother's Day, I ended up wanting to just spend quality time with them.

This week's Papertrey Paper Doll's challenge was a sketch by Suzanne. It is such a versatile sketch. I really wanted to give it a try. This is what I came up with in the small amount of time I had. It's a 4x4 card.

I don't have enough masculine cards. Actually, I don't think I have any left. I use them as fast as I make them. So, I went "masculine" for this challenge. I love the Turning a New Leaf paper, but this is the first time I used it. I'm really glad I did. It's so pretty! (I guess that may not be such a good thing if this is supposed to be a masculine card, huh!)
I stamped the leaf image and cut it out by hand. The sentiment is on vellum so that the patterned paper won't be hidden. I'm not sure if buttons are okay for masculine cards, but I think this one worked. Thanks for visiting!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Turning a New Leaf, Birthday Basics
Paper:  Turning a New Leaf, Chocolate Chip (SU), Select White, vellum
Ink:  Ripe Avocado, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Embellishments:  Dark Chocolate buttons, twine

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Flowers to "Die" For

I know...corny title for this post, but I'm terrible at coming up with creative titles.

I'm a planner by nature. One of the problems I have when I sit to stamp is I over-think my projects too much. I'm slowly learning to let go and relax when I create. Well, this was one of those days where I allowed my creative juices to flow where they may. I actually enjoyed myself and was quite pleased with the result. This is what I made.
I used my Beautiful Blooms II dies to create the felt flowers. The felt cuts so well. The bottom patterned paper was made using elements from the BB: Tin Types and BB: Botanicals.

Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card too. I used the same dies for the inside and stamped the image.

Thanks for visiting!
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms II, BB-Tin Types, BB-Botanicals, Polka Dots Basic II
Paper:  Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, PTI White
Ink:  Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado
Embellishments:  white felt, Raspberry Fizz buttons, twine, white gel pen
Tools:  Beautiful Blooms II die, rick rack die, oval scallop punch (SU), oval punch (SU)

Monday, May 3, 2010

PPD Challenge #2

Time another Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge! It's Meg's turn and she has a sweet sketch for us to try. Come on over to our blog, check it out and give it a try!

Here's my take on Meg's sketch challenge. Raspberry Fizz is one of my favorite PTI colors. 

The felt flowers and bling brads are from a stash that I bought a long time ago. They've been patiently waiting for their turn.

Here's the inside of the card. I used the single flower stamp from Out on a Limb. Just something nice and simple.

 This was a fun sketch. Hope you decide to play along with us. Thanks for visiting!

All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps: Fillable Frames #1, Turning a New Leaf, Out on a Limb
Paper: Raspberry Fizz Mix, Raspberry Fizz, PTI White
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss
Embellishments: felt flowers, brads
Tools: Fillable Frames #1 die

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Purple Birthday

I thought I'd ink up some of my neglected stamps. This set is from There She Goes. It has so many birthday images you're bound to find the image you need in this set.

I made this card while I was at a scrapbooking retreat. I brought my SU markers since my copic markers do not leave my crafting room. I then cut out each piece by hand. I put some purple stickles on the polka dots.

For the cake, I stamped it twice on white cardstock. I colored and cut out one of the images and used pop-up tape to place it on top of the non-colored image. I put some dimensional glue on the pink pearl border and the candles. It's hard to see on the picture.

I stamped another one of the images on the inside and colored it to finish the card. I may try this again using "boy" colors.

 Thanks for visiting.
All supplies used are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise specified.
Stamps:  Make a Wish (There She Goes)
Paper:  2008 Bitty Box Basics, Tempting Turquoise (SU),
Ink:  SU Markers, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments:  stickles, dimensional glue