Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Graduations are like buses...

you seem to wait forever then three come at once . Yes, I know it is graduation season however, I didn't know "I" needed to make any graduation cards until last week. How do I miss these things. So anyone this one for my mother to send my cousin from "the family".

My thinking behind the card is that college graduations tend toward black mortar boards and tassels and then I used the school's colors which are supposed to be deep purple and gold... well this is my take on that.

I just want to know one thing... when will I ever learn to leave well enough alone. I was going for the nice crisp look but then I somehow decided that the embossing needed to be "highlighted" I wish I had stopped before I did it but I didn't and definitely didn't have time for a re-do - so lesson hopefully learnt this time. I'm not upset at what the card looks like just that I didn't stop to get the look I wanted to achieve. On a positive note, I have two more graduation cards to practice "stopping" at the right time.

  • Card size - 5.5in x 8.5in
  • Cardstock - Bazzill, Neenah,
  • Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps
  • Ink - Memento, Brilliance
  • Cuttlebug and Scor-Pal embossing

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kitchen Sink Stamps Roses for Mother's Day

I love the multi-step stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps. These are just no exception, once I stamp with them I can almost smell them. I love how subtle and elegant these stamps can be and I hope my card does them justice. In the past I used to send my mother flowers from half way around the world. Mom's present this year is a bigger project we are doing for her but I didn't want her to be without her flowers and to know we really love her.

  • Card Size - 5.5 in by 8.5 in
  • Cardstock - DCWV, Neenah Solar White, Michaels
  • Stamps - 3 step Hearts & Roses and Whole Family
  • Ink - Memento
  • Border punch - Martha Stewart
  • Ribbon - Michael's

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

British Invasion in a card!

I made this card for the Inkafriends gallery. I just had this image of using this stamp set to express my love of British Music from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, Led Zepplin, Sparks, Duran Duran, Wham, Depeche Mode, Wet Wet Wet, Eurythmics, Pet Shop Boys, the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Blur, Oasis, Stereophonics, Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian, and you will probably even find me singing along with the Ting Tings.

Well you get the idea LOL.

The card itself is a single layer with masking. First, I stamped the guitars and the "You Rock!" and colored with Copics. The next step was to create two guitar masks, one "You Rock!" mask and two long strips of paper masks to help make the Union Flag reference. I stamped the light blue winged skull images first and I eye-balled the placement. Then I stamped the darker blue stars to layer the look even more. Next it was time to take off the strips of paper masks and stamp the border to create the red lines.

I really enjoyed making this card and hope you like it and it inspires you to do something musical with your stamps!

  • Card Size - 5.5 in x 8.5 in
  • Stamps - Inkadinkado
  • Inks - Palette, Memento
  • Color - Copic markers
  • Cardstock - Georgia Pacific, Archiver's

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cricut - Noah's Ark Name Frame

I'm a huge fan of Noah's Ark and pictures and trinkets. I love the animals. I love the boat. I love the story itself. So when I saw this post on the Cricut Message board I had to make something with the idea and then my mother told me about our friend's son "Noah" making his first communion. WooHoo! I had a project I wanted to make and reason to make it! The perfect storm!

The animals and waves are from the Animal Kingdom. The name is from Plantin Schoolbook. The house of the ark is from My Community and the boats are from Walk in My Garden (they are beehives turned upside down and stretched in DS).

Size is 20 in by 8 in.

Critical eye - the water in the goldfish bowl shouldn't be the same color as the wave it aligns with!

  • Frame from Michaels
  • Cardstock - Bazzill, DCWV
  • Cartridges - Animal Kingdom, Printing 101, Walk In My Garden, My Community
  • Penwork - Copic multiliner
  • Twine

I have also posted this on the Cricut Messageboard and the picture has come out larger there if you want a closer look.

Friday, May 8, 2009

You Quack me up Birthday Girl!

We got the invite to the party in the late morning for a party that evening so I had to think/create/panic/think quick. If you know me, then you know that isn't my usual style at all. I think it came together ok, though I wish I could have just found some solid cardstock in the blue. I didn't want to run the risk of the blue on the orange looking horrible as I didn't have time for a "re-do" and wanted it to look fresh rather than distressed.

All the stamps are Clear Dollar Stamps. I just had a play with some of the images that were speaking to me and I thought I could put together quickly.

Hope you like.


  • Size - 5.5 in x 8.5 in
  • Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Ink - Memento, Palette (black)
  • Color - Copics
  • Cardstock- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
  • Ribbon - Michael's