Friday, May 29, 2009

Flower Pot Card and Tutorial

Hello, Here is my first turorial on my blog....not without some glitches. I think I finally got it uploaded close to how I wanted it! I hope that you can use it and will make some of these cute Flower Pot Cards. I had a lot of fun making them and would like to try some variations with some flowers cut with the big shot or the Pretties Kit flowers.

For the pot you will need card stock cut 3 1/2" x 9" . You can use any color you like. Score at 2" and 51/2". Fold at the 5/1" score and fold at 2" score the opposite way. The 2" will be the "lip" of your pot. Measure 1/2" in from both sides of the bottom and make a diagonal line from this point up to the 2" score. Cut along the lines and your card should start looking even more like a pot. You may use an edge punch along the lip of you pot if you like. Sponge the edges of the pot and along the lip if you like. Staple along the top edge of the pot close to the edge and under the 2" score to hold the pot together. If you would like to add ribbon or other decorative items to the lip do that now. I like to use stampin' dimentionals on the back of the lip to attach it down to the front but you can just glue it down if you like. You are now done with the pot.

For the insert that will slide into the top of the pot you will need card stock 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 (same color as your pot) and white 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 to layer on the colored piece. You can use a corner rounder on both pieces if you like then glue together.

Slide the insert into your pot. You are now ready to add flowers. For my pot I used the 5 petal flower punch. You will need between 4-7 colored flowers of your choice (or more if you like) depending on if you layer them or use them single. I like to punch extras to back them after I add the leaves, it just gives the back a nicer look. You can sponge the edges of the flowers if you like also. Punch at least 3 green flowers to cut apart for your leaves. For the centers you can use card stock or designer paper with a pattern is cute, I used the 1/2" circle punch for the centers. Assemble flowers as desired. Attach leaves. I like to start by putting one flower at the top center of the insert. Then add the other flowers with stampin' dimentionals. This allows the flowers to hang over the edge of the pot and the insert will still slide nicely.

Monday, April 27, 2009

I've been wanting to get on and post here but it seems like something is always keeping me from getting here! Anyway, here I am. I've been playing with my stamps today when I really should be cleaning or something but what kind of fun would that be?! Hey, I did wash some clothes and that should count for something, right? On to the important stuff!

I used sets from the Occasions Mini Catalog for both of these cards.

The first card I used the Oval All and Soft Summer sets. Card stock is Basic Gray, Mellow Moss, So Saffron and Whisper White. The Designer paper is Walk In The Park also from the mini. I used Basic Gray pad and So Saffron & Mellow Moss markers and some dazzling diamond glitter on the center of the flowers and on the oval piece. Not sure if that will show too well here. The ribbon is Mellow Moss Taffeta. I also used the Scallop Oval punch, love this punch!

For the second card I used the Very Versatile Set and En Francais background stamp. Card stock is Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White. The Designer paper is Urban Garden. Punches: Word Window, Small Oval, Scallop edge. Ribbon is Satin Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla. White Brads are from the 5/16 Nuetrals assortment. I used the white gel pen to make the dots on the scallop edge. Ink colors are Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy and Baja Breeze. I have already cut paper to make more of this one for a swap I'm participating in. This is the first card I've made with this set and I struggled a little as I mostly bought this set for the verses but was detirmined to use the image stamp! So.....after a little experimenting I actually like how this turned out.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Back to Blogging!

Hello! Sorry I've been away so long. Seems like life kind of "took over" around here! For those of you who haven't heard......I'm a grandma now to an adorable Granddaughter named Irmina! Yeah....the name is a little out there but we have gotten used to it. I'm having fun shopping for girly clothes and putting together a scrapbook for her. She was born on January 2.
My DH and I went on a cruise vacation in February on the Amizon River and some of the Caribbean Islands. It was an educational and fun trip. As always it was good to come home......and start planning our next vacation!
I have finally found time to fit in some stamping though! So here are a couple of cards that I would like to share with you.
The Easter card is made with the An Egg-cellent Easter set from the new Occasions Mini. Isn't that bunny juggling the eggs just too cute?! I used Bashful Blue, So Saffron & White card stock. Designer paper an Saffron Ribbon are from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I used the flower assorment brad which I absolutely love. Stampin' Write markers to color in the bunny image, small oval punch and word window punch and sponging.
The other card is made with the Trendy Trees set. I used Whisper White, Close to Cocoa & Tangerine Tango Card stock, Kiwi Kiss Designer Series Paper, Tangerine Tango Ribbon, the new scallop oval punch (love this!), oval punch 5/16 brown brad from the Nuetrals assortment, Tangerine Tango, Basic Brown, Kiwi Kiss & So Saffron Pads and some sponging. I really like this set & it's retro feel!
Hope you enjoy and I'll try not to be away for so long again. Check back in a couple of days.....
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Countdown to Christmas Clipboards

Hello! I'll bet you all thought that I disappeared from the face of the earth. Well, that is not the case. I've just been distracted and busy. Something I'm sure a lot of you can relate to! I did want to share with you these two Countdown to Christmas clipboards that I made to sell at a home based business show. I was secretly hoping they wouldn't sell and they didn't! Now, I'm not sure why I would need two so I'll probably be giving one away as a gift! But I'm not sure which one! I used Designer Series papers from the Holiday mini catalog and I think the alphabet is the typeset alphabet which we no longer have but you could use any smaller alphabet you have. Once I got the first one done the second one went together much quicker. I used velcro dots to attach the numbers and attached a clear envelope on the back with the other numbers in it on the back of the clipboard. I had a lot of fun making these and would like to do some others with some different design/layouts. Thanks for lookin'!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to share this simply spooky card with you today. The sets I used are Halloween Frights, the tree from Season of Friendship and the Frightful Fence jumbo wheel all from the Holiday Mini. The card stock is Basic Gray and Black, same colors for the ink except for the moon. It is stamped in So Saffron Craft ink. Hope you have a Frightful Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Snowflake Season

Another card with Seasons of Friendship set! Here in Nebraska they are predicting that we will be seeing some of the white stuff but that didn't "inspire" this card. I had cards to make for a swap and this is what I came up with. Colors are Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red & Whisper White.
I stamped the tree on paper from the Ski Slope DSP in the Holiday mini. I also stamped snowflakes on the DSP with the White Craft pad and embossed it with Iredescent Ice Embossing powder. It's very subtle but gives it some sparkle. I used the Little Felt Flurries snowflakes and Rhinestone brads from the pretties kit for embellishment. The greeting and felt snowflake are popped up with stampin' dimensionals as is the red bird in the tree. Thanks for stopping by and stay warm!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pretty in Pink Rocks!

Hello! It's the start of a new week and I couldn't wait to get into my stamp room and do some "just for fun" stamping. This is the first card that I've made with the Just Jawing set. I couldn't wait to get this set. I guess you could say that I have eclectic taste. I really like lots of different styles and as you can see this reflects in my stamp set choices. For this card I chose Basic Gray & Pretty in Pink for the colors. I also used the Gratuitous Graffiti background stamp and stamped it with Basic Gray on Branbury DSP. I used the DSP for the heart eyes too. Of coarse it needed some bling so I used chunky pink glitter for the bow and the pink Rhinestone brads. I embossed "You Rock" in with black embossing powder. You probably can't tell in the picture but I used stampin' dimensionals to attach the skull to the card. Who knew skulls and pink went so well together?!

Thanks for stopping by. YOU ROCK!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Twigster Christmas

I love snowmen! Although I really don't like the cold the snow is often beautiful. As soon as I saw the Mr. Twigster set in the mini catalog I knew that he'd be coming to my house. He's a very unusual snowman but ya gotta love him! This is not your traditional Christmas card either. I would have never made a Christmas card with these colors before but I really like how it turned out. I took my color scheme from the Frosty Day Designer paper in the mini catalog. So the colors I used were Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip (what else?!) Hope you enjoy this snowman too.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

More World Card Making Day

Here are four more cards that I offered at my World Card Making Day(s). I tried to offer several different kinds of cards. I also wanted to keep it simple so that they could complete all ten cards in approxamately 2 1/2 hours.
The Thanksgiving card was made with the Autumn Vine DSP in the Holiday Mini. I really love this paper! The set is Autumn Harvest that is in the Idea Book and Catalog.The Glad We're Friends Card was made with the Eastern Blooms Set & Best Yet Hostess set. The colors are Tangerine Tango & Kiwi Kiss.

The two cards below are the last two cards I designed. Can you tell?! I went for monocromatic! The Navy card is made with the Beautiful Borders set and Urban Garden DSP. The Elegant Eggplant card is made with the Say It With Scallops set and Bella Toile background stamp. I absolutely love this background stamp! That's all for today. Happy Stampin'!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner is.........Kevin Theesen! Congrats Kevin. I will be sending the Star Brads your way. Thanks to everyone who left a comment, signed up to follow my blog or visited. I'm really enjoying blogging and getting to know some of you a little bit better. Most of all I love sharing my love of stamping with you. Stop by tomorrow. I'm going to have some pictures of some of the cards we made for World Card Making Day. See ya!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Features! (And Blog Candy!!!)

I've added a couple of things here. First you can sign up to follow my blog so you can keep up to date. Next I've added a hit counter. So I think this calls for a little blog candy. All you have to do is sign up to follow my blog and leave a comment to this post to be entered into the drawing for the blog candy. Deadline for the contest is Monday night at 9:00 pm. The winner will get a package of Star Designer brads. Good Luck & Happy Stampin'!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Martini Time

This has nothing to do with drinking Martini's or Stamping. This is all about my kitty! Yes, his name is Martini. A friend requested that I post a picture of him here. So here he is! He's a great companion, fun to play with and is a great lap cat. This is probably the best look you will get of him because he's also a "Scardy Cat"! If you come to the house he will run and hide. Which is really weird because he does like to be petted, just not by everyone though. He keeps me company in my stamp room and sometimes he sits on my lap when I'm stampin'. Luv my cat!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

World Card Making Day - Non Card Projects

Today I've been finishing cutting paper and making samples for my World Card Making Day events. These are two non card projects I'm offering. The box-bags and pizza boxes are very easy to make and with the Designer Series Papers you can put them together quickly! The pizza boxes can hold those little 3x3 cards or a little treat or gift. I think my customers will enjoy making these as much as I did!
Now I better go back to "work"!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Season of Friendship

Happy Tuesday! Sorry, once again I'm slow at getting here! If you are a farmer's wife you will understand when I say that sometimes your plans change unexpectedly. Yesterday was one of those days! I'm also getting ready for my two days of World Card Making Day events. Here is one of the cards that we will be making. It's made with the Season of Friendship set in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I really love this set! At first I was going to do a fall card but then got to thinking that I hadn't seen a lot of cards done with this set with the flowers so I came up with this. The colors are Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red and Basic Brown for the tree. I wanted to keep it simple as the attendees will be making 10 cards. I really like these colors and even though there are no brads, ribbon or other accessories I think it's kinda cute. More later. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Snow Swirled

I've been busy preparing for my Stamp Club and Class. Snow Swirled is on the Never Before Seen Promotion so I thought it only right that we make a card for the class with this set! I used Riding Hood Red which really "pops" when next to the Whisper White card stock. I wanted the card to shine and sparkle so embossed snowflakes with clear embossing powder along with the smaller red snowfakes. I'm not sure how well you will be able to see it in the photo but it gives it some nice texture too. I used Sterling Silver embossing powder for the tree and topped it off with the punched star and snowflake with silver brad in the center. I used my new oval punch on this card for the first time! I stamped the large snowflake in the set in red on the oval then embossed the greeting in silver and sponged around the edge to finish it off. It's a pretty simple card to make but it's kind of elegant too. Thanks for looking!