Sunday, July 12, 2009

Enjoy the Moment

I find masculine cards to be quite the challenge. I didn't know what to do for my nephew-in-law's birthday, but I knew I didn't want to do trees or stars as it seems that is all I have done lately for the males in my life. I was blogsurfing this morning and came across this card by Vicki, which I used as my starting point.

My original plan was to use three hats using Real Red and Brilliant Blue. The only problem was that for the life of me, I can't see to get a crisp image with my clear stamps and SU ink. If anybody has any helpful suggestions, please pass them on. I've tried everything - conditioning the stamps, stamping with VersaMark first, but they always turn out like this:
I decided to go back to my FAVOURITE ink for clear stamps - VersaFine. Since I only have it in Black Onyx, there was no choice to be made. When I got out my stamps, I liked the three candles so I decided to change from three hats to two hats and the candles. Of course, the candles didn't fit on the same size circle as the hats, so that changed the card even more.
I also decided to change my colour scheme just because I had Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point cardstock nearby and I might as well use it up as it is now retired. When I glued the candle circle on, I really liked the look of the card so I took a picture in case I need a quick card one day. Which one do you like better?

Thanks for looking,

P.S. - I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software to make the circles. I LOVE that program!

Party Hats - 1", 1.25" and 1.5"
Candles - 1.25", 1.5" and 1.75"

Card Stock - PTI - Stamper's Select White, SU Kiwi Kiss Textured, SU Pacific Point Textured
Ink - VersaFine Black Onyx
Stamps - PTI -
Mixed Messages, Studio G $1.50 stamps from Michael's (I'm from Canada so no $1 stamps for me!)
Accessories - Stampin Dimensionals

Thursday, July 09, 2009

17th Birthday

My daughter's seventeenth birthday is next week... I can't believe she's that old! I asked her what colour she wanted for her birthday card and she said bright green. Immediately my brain went to this card that was created by redbuggydriver for the Sketch Challenge 235 on Splitcoaststampers. I kept the colours of redbuggydriver's card and the layout. I just used the flower punch I had and used turquoise flowers on green squares and green flowers on turquoise squares, which is opposite from what she did. I made my card 5 1/2" square, which must be a bit bigger than redbuggydriver's as my diamond doesn't overlap the other squares. I think my daughter is going to like it!

Thanks for looking,

Card Stock - PTI - Stamper's Select White, SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Green Galore, SU Basic Black
Ink - VersaFine Black Onyx
Stamps - PTI - Mixed Messages
Accessories - Brads from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts, Stampin Dimensionals, SU Spring Bouquet Punch (Retired)
Black Square - 1.37"
Coloured Square - 1
Circle - 1"

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Birds and Swirls Anniversary

Dannie's card was my inspiration for this card that I created this card for my niece and her husband's third wedding anniversary. I liked it so much that I made it again for my younger brother and his wife's anniversary. My mom's wedding invitations were made using the Birds and Swirls embossing folder, so I'm thinking I'll make this card for her too, but I'll use Pretty in Pink as the accent colour. My older brother and his wife are celebrating their 25th anniversary next month so maybe I'll use it for that too! Can you tell I like this card?

The base of the card is a 5" square because the largest square panel I can make with the Cuttlebug embossing folder is 4". I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software to create the scallop,which is the same size as SU scallop punch. I also used the Cricut to make the scalloped circle (1.25"), turquoise circle (1") and white circle (0.85"). I love using my Cricut because I can easily make circles or any shape any size that I wish.


Card Stock - PTI Stamper's Select White; SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Blasic Black
Ink - VersaFine Black Onyx
Stamp -
PTI Mixed Messages
Accessories - Satin Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Stampin' Dimensionals; Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Base - 5"
Black Panel - 4.25"
Embossed Panel - 4"
Scalloped Circle - 1.25"
Turquoise Circle - 1"
White Circle - 0.85"

Friday, July 03, 2009

Farm Birthday

AAAAAGH! When will I learn to check my pictures before I mail the card. This is such a cute card, but such a lousy picture. You can't see the panel of "wood" on each door, let alone the texture of the paper. I created this card using nhoetker's card as inspiration for the outside, so check hers out to get a better idea of how it looks.

I used Michelle's punch pig for the inside. Using my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software, I made my pig with a 2" body and 1.75" head so it would fit better in my 6" square card. I used a heart punch for the ears and a swirl punch from a craft kit of my daughter's for the tail. I used the window punch and star punch for his legs.
This card is for my youngest nephew who is turned six yesterday. He had a farm themed birthday party on the weekend. His mom is an AWESOME scrapbooker and cardmaker so there was a little pressure to create something special. I hope he liked it!

Thanks for looking,

SU Card Stock - Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Accessories - Hodgepodge Hardware, Googly Eyes