Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Plain, Simple, but cute

It's that time again for Ann's challenge - this week she put a picutre of a brown, blue, and white bedding set out of the Ginnys catalog to be the inspiration. I debated on doing a simple, yet cute card or one that had more stuff to it. I chose to do simple, yet cute since that is kind of what the bedding set is. I chose to go with the colors and the color split on the bottom portion of the bedding. My basic card is ballet blue, white bottom, and brown grosgrain ribbon across the center to blend the two papers. I used the embrace flower stamped in ballet blue on the ballet blue top portion of the card and the saying in ballet blue is from the humor in high heals set. Be sure to check out Ann's website and join in on her challenges each week.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thank you to my girls!!!

Thank you to my girls!!! My girls are my friends and family who meet with me every month to make cards and hang out. They have been with me for quite awhile now so this month I did a special thank you to them. We made three cards, and this 3D project. It is a 3x3 notecard box and cards to go with it. I also got each of them a stamp set. The project to the right is not one I created myself, it was actually found on split coast stampers - thank you to Elaine from Elaine's Creations for the idea that I borrowed for my girls. They loved this cute 3d project as much as I did. We made it completely together instead of me having everything ready for them like I normally would. So just one more last thank you to my girls - I love ya!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pun Fun

Ok, so here is my card for Ann's challenge this week. It is minimum materials. Three layers including the base layer, two embellishments, and dimensional, any theme. I used the Pun Fun stamp set - only orange, rose red, old olive, and barely banana paper for my three layers. Flower fusion orange flower, and green rhinestone brad for my embellishments, and my dimension is the barely banana square the hippo is on. Very quick, easy and cute. Thanks Ann for keeping me challenging myself and on my toes - also for making me get on my blog more by doing your challenges.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dreams du Jour Box

Ok, so I really didn't care for the box that I made earlier too much so I decided for Ann's challenge to make something else. This is a different shape box that is a 1/2 inch thick and could hold pictures. I used the new pink pirouette cardstock for the box and added the new DSP Bella Rose for the roses. I used the stamp set Dreams du Jour and heat embossed the saying in the bottom left corner in black and the red center saying with clear embossing powder. The box velcros shut, but another look for it would be to use a belly band instead of velcro. Be sure to check out Ann's challenges and join in the fun.

Chipboard Flower Box

This box is for Ann's creative challenge this week. Her challenge this week was heat embossing. I used chipboard flowers and heat embossed white for the outside, and tapped it with mellow moss ink to add a little more color to it. The inside flower is heat embossed with yellow then stamped with real red ink. The saying is heat embossed with black and to make it not so plain I added a mellow moss taffeta ribbon. Not exactly my favorite turn out but it looks ok. Be sure to check out Ann's site and join in on her challenges.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Garden Silhouettes

I created this card as part of my friend Ann's getting creative with Ann challenge for this week. Her challenge involved the colors of Brocade Blue, Groovy Guava, and Wild Wasabi. I used the setting sun technique from Andrea Walford's tutorial. My stamps are Garden Silhouettes, Just Like You, and A Little Birthday Cheer. I embossed them and added some rhinestone brads from the pretties kit.
Be sure to check out Ann's website for her challenges and join in on the fun each week.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Stampin' Up!! Big-shot Die Cut Machine

Hey Everyone -
This week is convention week for Stampin' Up!! I unfortunately was unable to attend this year but they do some amazing and wonderful things at convention including showing off new products that will be coming out. Here is one of the products that will be coming out in the upcoming mini catalog, it is called Big-shot Die Cut Machine. You will be able to order the machine and die cuts starting September 2, 2008.

Cd box - tutorial

1 - 8 1/2 x 11 sheet white glossy cardstock
1 - 8 1/2 x 11 sheet scrap paper
some sort of cd
pencil, black marker, color marker to match
stamps and ink
embossing tool and ruler
apx. 30 inches of ribbon
sponges or cotton balls
First you want to start by tracing your cd onto your scrap piece of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Next cut that circle out, and fold in half one way and then the other way - I drew pencil lines to show where you needed to fold at.
Next lay the scrap circle onto your cd and move just slightly to mark a small mark with the black marker at all 4 points on the cd and then use your ruler to draw your lines all the way across your cd with the black marker. You can throw away the scrap paper circle as your cd is now the template to use. Set this aside for a moment.
Now get your sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 white glossy cardstock, use sponges to put on ink and stamp to your desired look across the whole glossy side of the paper.
Flip this over and on the back side trace your cd, then line up 2 of your black lines with the lines on the circle and trace again.
Next move the cd to line up 2 lines with the lines on the circle and trace, do this all the way around both circles - the next picture shows what it should look like when you are done.
Now put your paper on something soft, with your embossing tool - emboss ALL of the inside lines only.
After you have done that, cut out the outside. Then picture below shows what it should look like after you have embossed and cut it out properly.
Now, start with the inside of both circles and crease along your score lines. Check the picture below to see how it should look at this point.
Then finish creasing all of your score lines. Now your box is done and looks like the picture below when opened.
Set this aside for a minute and get your ribbon. Use your matching color marker and color your ribbon, this dries fairly quick so you can use it right away.
Now put whatever you like inside your box, tie your ribbon around it and it is finished. Below is my finished picture from this tutorial.
If you are not able to understand somthing in my tutorial, please feel free to email me with any questions. I tryed to make sure I didn't miss anything by writing it out as I went as this is my first tutorial. Also, if you use the cd - you can get 2 boxes to a sheet but if you want a bigger box - you can use a cool whip lid and get 1 box to a sheet.