Saturday, March 5, 2011

3D Hydrangea card.

I really like how this card turned out.  What do you think?  It's the birthday card I sent my dear Mother-in-law.  It was quite time involved but pretty simple to put together in the end.  My general stamping style isn't "pretty" but I think this actually fits in the pretty mode.  I had to post this so I hope it survived its 4,000+ mile journey somewhat in tact.  I think if it hadn't my Mother-in-law would have said. 
I can't really say how this card came about...if you are into reading, it was a very stream of consciousness event.  I was playing and inspired from a variety of sources. 

Last year I made my MIL a really involved card with multiple layers of stamping, embossing etc.  So I knew I had to come up with something at least equally as good.  I was playing with my hydrangea punch in January just punching card excess from the previous pink card and playing with my embossing stylus to see just what it took to make those magnificent flowers I have been seeing everywhere.  Well, by the end of television viewing time with the family that night I had quite a few formed blossoms in hand!  I had to decide if/how to incorporate them on a card for my MIL.  I went through my stamp collection and found out the Kitchen Sink Stamps Hydrangea set... hmmm... lets take this dimensional like a photo and have the stamped hydrangeas set the scene and the 3D one as the focus.  I was also inspired by the clean look from the Simplicity blog and the CAS threads on Splitcoaststampers.  I decided to use my memento ink and just go tone on tone on tone for the step process to keep the focus on the main bloom.  I finished off the 3D blooms by gluing a small pearl in the center of each and then mounting most of the petals on pink circle to have the ability to play with the placement.  After I placed the circle of petals on the card base, I then added more to make the blossom look more organic.

Card Size - 8.5in x 5.5in
Cardstock - Neenah, Recollections (pink), DCWV (green)
Ink- Memento (Angel Pink, Bamboo Leaves)
Accessories - pearls

Friday, March 4, 2011

Perfectly Pink Girlie birthday

I do so many masculine, boyish cards that sometimes it's really good to let myself go and really go for it with the girlie ones!  There is lots on this card but supplies-wise its fairly straight-forward 3 cardstock choices, two inks, 4 stamp sets, markers, nestabilities, circle cutter and a bit of bling... hmm maybe there is more to it than I thought!  I guess it just goes to prove when you are in the zone with a card it flows.
To be honest I colored this image last year.  I always have trouble at the beginning of the year switching from Christmas and winter blahs to getting cards done and as my Brother in Law and dear, youngest cousin have birthdays 4 weeks after Christmas I just can't afford to lose my mojo like that.  It's the first time I have tried to do that and I have to say I really enjoyed the process.  I picked this image for my cousin because she has this little black cat that honestly follows her around like a dog and pines for her when she is at school by sitting by her bedroom door and crying for her loudly. 

 I chose the pinks from what I had left over from a Recollections paper pack that I bought a couple of years ago and decided I wanted to stamp tone on tone and just see how that turned out.  The base is Neenah and I stamped "9 Today" repeatedly to create a background.  I then used the same ink to continue with the greetings on the pale pink cardstock.  The large circle was cut before stamping and the small circles after.  I wanted the greetings to stand out a bit more so one I highlighted with white dots and the other with white faux stitching.  After cutting and matting the image with nestabilities I felt the whole card needed a bit of bling so I adhered three rhinestones in each corner of the mat.
Card size -  8.5in x 5.5in
Card Stock - Neenah, Recollections
Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps, High Hopes stamps
Ink - Memento Tuxedo black, Rose bud
Color-  Copics, American Craft white gel pen
Accessories - Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, Rhinestones

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Class Act!

Classy right?  Well, I know this is kinda generic but it was inspired by a coming together of ideas and comments.  I was reading a thread on Splitcoaststampers about the images from Cricut being too childish.  Now you may disagree but I think this one is pretty simple and ageless, rather than childish.  I made this for my 17 year old as in the last few years he has been exploring his theatrical side and gaining more confidence with each performance.
There is a card cut on the cartridge and I used that to make the base with the black masks over the opening  I then covered those masks with an identical white cut out and another one that I had highlighted and shadowed with copics and popped up from the other white masks with some coasters I had collected.

I didn't like the "gap" around the masks as such.  I decided I would go in behind and add some texture.  I then lined the card with another layer of gold/yellow cardstock. 

Do you get the song reference with this card as well?  "Ah huh, You know what it is?" (another nod to a song that my son seems to be singing all the time at the moment though he's a Colts fan! :S ! LOL!)

Card Size  8.5in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - The Paper Source (textured black), Recollection (white/gold)
Cricut Cartridge - Locker Talk
Cuttlebug - dots embossing folder
Color -  Copics (C1,C3)
Accessories - Cricut Expression, Cricut Design Studio

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ye Old Buzzard -that's my BIL

So my brother-in-law turned 50 and what was I to do but rub it in his face.  It wasn't until I was nearly finished with this card that my husband decided to suggest a Hawaii Five-O theme.  Really? You wait until I am nearly finished with a unique card that isn't useful for anyone else we know this year?!  Anyway I stuck with my original plan and will have to try to remember to use the Hawaiian theme in the future!  So here's my attempt at elder humor -

It's a combined stamps project.  What can I say if I like a stamp I use it.  And I really like how these combined.  The image is from High Hopes Stamps and the Large numbers are from Kitchen Sink Stamps.  I love both stamp companies - High Hopes for their whimsy and Kitchen Sink Stamps for their beauty.  I wanted the graphic punch of a cartoon with this card, do you remember the days when we used to get excited about the color in the newspaper and how they used to print the comics in color on Sunday?  I guess I'm showing my age because its a fond memory of mine and that was the sort of feel I was going for with this.  Did I get it right?  The multi-colored line of "50" is the envelope.

Card size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Neenah, The Paper Source
Stamps - High Hopes Stamps, Kitchen Sink Stamps, Stampendous (the small 50 on the balloon)
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, Big Juicy Pad (kaleidoscope effect), Versamark
Color - Copics
Accessories - White embossing powder