New Year's 2010

New Year's 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Flowery Card Sketch

My Card Crafts group is having a sketch swap for July.
I decided to go with blue and white and try out my new Martha Stewart punch.
I began by creating the "hello" using Microsoft Word and then trimmed it down and punched the edges with Martha Stewart's "Doily" edger.  I attached it to the blue cardstock with glue stick.


Next I tackled the flower by cutting a long strip of photo paper and edge punching it with my new Martha Stewart deep edge punch " Garden Trellis".  I recently had found a video for making flowers using border punches and wanted to see if I could make this one work.  I'm pleased with the result!  Of course I had to make my own changes, lol.  I attached the flower with a brad.


The butterflies were punched with Tonic's "Butterfly Multi-detail".  I detached the butterfly from the paper by snipping the top and bottom of the body.  I glued these on only by the body and folded the wings upwards.


I decided the ribbon would have been too much so I chose to leave it off.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Freedom

Well, tomorrow is Independence Day in the States.  In honor of our freedom I made another 4th of July card.
Again I used a graphic from one of my e-mails and the same paper as I used in the Summer Fun card.  Easy...but effective!

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July

Decided to make my sister a 4th of July celebration card.  I had seen some napkins and a few doodads I liked in Hobby Lobby and gathered them up for a cardmaking session.
I've always been fascinated by shaker cards but had never made one.  I decided that this was the perfect time to try one out!  Most of the online directions showed you how to make your own box but I've been saving plastic packaging covers for quite some time hoping to use them for just this purpose.  Out of 40+ sites with tutorials I found one that addressed this idea but oddly enough it wasn't for a shaker so I had to make my own adjustments.

I was going to attach the napkin piece as I did in a previous post but changed my mind.  I tried to separate the three layers but only was able to remove one layer so I decided to glue stick it to the front of the card.  This worked great until I handled the card for a while and I noticed that the top layer was coming loose at the corners.  Wouldn't you know it...it wouldn't come off when I wanted it to, LOL!!!  So...I slipped some glue under the edges and things were fine.  The glue stick worked fine so if you use it make sure you really have removed two layers!!!

I finished up the front with the doodads I got at Hobby Lobby and I used confetti red, white and blue stars for the shaker. The three stars are part of a garland and I attached it with brads.  I used double stick tape to attach "July 4th" to the shaker.
I carried to theme to the inside, added a verse and used some of the napkin scraps to make faux photo corners.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

We Have a Winner, No Wait...We Have Two Winners!!!

Well, wouldn't you know it...my friend couldn't decide between two of the wonderful entries!  I decided to declare a tie!

And the winners are...



Carole












Paula









Congratulations!!!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fun, Fun, Fun

Until your daddy takes the T-bird away!  Now that song brings back memories!!!

Here's an easy card I made with a cute summer theme.  I got the picture off a piece of e-mail stationery.  I took the main picture and the border picture and grouped them together using Microsoft Word!  Printed out on glossy photo paper and backed and attached to a card base...how could it be any easier!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How About a Birthday RAK

After receiving so many lovely birthday cards from people in my card groups I decided to return the gesture.  I got a new punch from Martha Stewart and used it to create the first of my RAK's (random acts of kindness).  It's for someone in one of my card groups but I'm not telling who...lol!
This punch is one of the deep cutting punches.  This time I did the punching on the front opening and then trimmed the card to size.  I added some punched stars and then lined the inside with a white insert.  Pretty cool...I love this punch!

Monday, June 28, 2010

She Sells Sea Shells

Here's my version of "By the Sea" pg 46 of CardMaker July 2010 issue.
I embossed the left side of a turquoise rectangle with Cuttlebug's embossing folder called "traffic jam".  I took an emery nail file and lightly sanded the ridges and then glued that piece to the card base.  Next I made three different cuts with "Labels Two" Nestabilities from Spellbinders.  Two were on the green and turquoise cardstock pieces and the last was the smallest size which I used on the seashell picture.  Before adhering the label pieces I cut two pieces of matching ribbons and tied them around the card's front piece, tied a knot and trimmed the ends.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Up Up in the Air

This lovely swap (or mingle as we call it in the Iris Folder's Group) comes from Marilyn who lives in Canada!  I love the cloud paper for the background.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Birthday Wishes 7

This great birthday card came from Misty in West Virginia!!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Challenge Card 7

Here's an entry that uses a totally different technique!  This clever card was made by Paula from Iowa.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Contest Entry 6

Here's a beauty from Dianne in Australia!  I love the colors!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Contest Entry 5

Oh happy day...another entry!!!  This beauty comes from Carol in Arizona!
Thank you for your entry Carol!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

8 Days Remain

My first contest ends on June 30th...8 more days to get you cards finished!  Here are the wonderful cards I have already...

I sure hope you won't miss your chance to win this adorable stamp!
 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thank You Friend

My good friend Linda took me to lunch on my birthday!  We went to the new Olive Garden in town and had delicious food!  We spent three hours shooting the breeze and catching up.  I made her a Thank You card with one of her favorite characters on it.
That's right...it's Tigger!  The pattern was made by one of the girls in my Iris Folding group.  Isn't it cute!!!  I added a sticker sentiment and sticker flowers to the front of the card base after attaching stripes in the Tigger colors.  On the inside I wrote a personal note.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Birthday Wishes 8

Benita from England sent me this lovely flowered birthday card.  The center image was stamped and colored and the card was dressed up with a ribbon, gems and a 3D birthday sentiment!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Birthday Wishes 7

A beautiful and tranquil card has arrived from Canada and was sent by Betty.  The backgrounds of the designs are marbled and subtle and two bird die cuts have been added to the scene.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Birthday Wishes 6

This lovely card is from Jackie who lives in England!  The butterfly is a sticker that has been stitched upon and the border has been punched and lined with the dark pink.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Birthday Wishes 5

Yipee, another birthday card has arrived!  This one is from Thelma who lives in California.  It has a 3D image in the center and a stitched border on either edge along with sticker dots.  Very delicate work!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Birthday Wishes 4

Another beautiful card from Winnie in Holland!  This time it is for my birthday!  It is so gorgeous!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

And Then Some More

As I sat reading my e-mail today I found myself looking at a scrap of white cardstock that I stamped on and punched out of yesterday.  An idea occurred to me that I could make it into another card and this is what I came up with.
The white rectangle with the bush had a square punched out of it.  I backed it with a black rectangle which was attached to a slightly larger white rectangle with some foam squares.  I stamped another bird on scrap and punched it out with a circle punch and glued it into the black square.  All of this was attached to a black card base.  The blackbird reminded me of the Paul McCartney song and that is what I chose for the words on the front.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Black and White and Then Some

I got my CardMaker magazine for July 2010 the other day and was inspired to get my silhouette stamps out and make a card using my interpretation of a different technique (pg 14).
I used a Penny Black stamp called "nature's dance" and black ink and stamped several times on scrap cardstock.  I took my 1 1/4" square stamp by Paper Studio and punched out six squares.  I made sure that one of them included the blackbird image.  Next I cut six  1 1/2" squares from black cardstock and attached the stamped square to the black square with a foam square for dimension.  Lastly, I attached all the squares to the front of a white carstock base card.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Birthday Wishes 3

Another birthday card arrived today from Australia!  Shirley made a gorgeous "tri" card with lots of stickers!
I'm loving it Shirley!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

To the Beach Again

I liked yesterday's card so much that I decided to make another one.  This time I used red as the base and strips of black cardstock as the door marks and handle.
On the inside I added a "beachy" poem and a couple of palm trees!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Let's Hit the Beach

With all the heat across the country (in the 100's at my house) this beach card popped easily into my mind. This month's swap theme in my Iris Folding group was "Road Trip"
I decided to find a car photo with a "beachy" background.  This one fit the bill perfectly!  I used a sharp blade and cut all of the car out except for the front and back lights, the windshield and the tires.  Then I used this pattern for the Iris Folding.  I thought is worked well because it reminded me of a racing strip.


After the folding was finished I mounted it to the black card base.  I cut out the door handle from the original picture and adhered it to the car.  I also used two pieces of black thread to recreate the line of the door.  Lastly, I used Microsoft Word to create the caption.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Contest Entry 4

Nancy from Ohio sent in this gorgeous beaded harlequin!
Wow, I think this contest is heating up!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Birthday Wishes 2

Wow, another surprise birthday card!  This one came from England.
The butterflies and flowers are 3D.  Isn't this card beautiful!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hey Barbara!

My girlfriend's birthday is on Sunday.  I took one of my harlequin cards and made it into a birthday card.
On the inside I added...
Happy
Birthday
Damn
It

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mouse Mischief

Today I had a lot of fun making this combination bookmark and card.
I started by stamping my House Mouse image (Feeder Friends) in black ink on two pieces of white cardstock.  I trimmed one to a smaller version of the image and then I used various pens and pencils to color both images exactly alike.  I matted both on black paper and then onto the purple cardstock.
This is the card and below is the bookmark.
I attached a flat sheet magnet to the inside flap at the bottom of the bookmark.  To the other side I attached a flat sheet of metal.  The metal came from the top of an orange juice lid.  I used a tin snip to cut a rectangular shape.  Lastly I lined up the pictures and let the magnet hold the bookmark to the card.
The inside message was made with Microsoft Word, printed out, trimmed and then I used purple chalk to soften the edges.  All of this was glued to the inside of the card.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Birthday Wishes 1

My birthday is coming up soon and I was so surprised to receive this gorgeous card from Trish in Australia!  What a wonderful surprise!!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Contest Entry 3

Entry 3 comes from Michigan.  This cute card is from Karla!
I'm loving all the new ideas!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Contest Entry 2

Here is the second entry from Brooke who lives in New York!
Another clever entry!  Thanks Brooke!

Monday, May 31, 2010