Saturday, April 5, 2014

More Swaps!

This is a card for a different swap that I sent off last week. I'm fairly certain everyone has received theirs, so it's okay for me to post it now!

It was fun spotlighting the "HOW" to give it extra emphasis. It was popped up on a dimensional, too, for even more emphasis. "You're HOW old?!" Heehee!!!

From Millan.Net

I can get away with it, because I'm older than everyone except God, so there won't be any bruised egos, haha.

I have trouble using the chevron patterned paper, because it makes my eyeballs fall out, but I found if I toned it down with other patterned papers, it really wasn't so bad! This really was an easy card to make, since most of the components could be punched or cut with the Big Shot. No fussy-cutting, just stamp, punch, adhere. Easy-peasy!
Me, looking at chevron-patterned paper:    From Millan.Net turns me into a zombie. ;-)

STAMPS: Just Sayin', Petite Petals
CARDSTOCK: Gumball Green, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding DSP, Gumball Green DSP
INK: Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Swappin' with the Freaks!

The theme this time was "Flat and FABULOUS"! Since we've all run into problems mailing our multiple-layer, highly embellished cards, Lisa challenged us to make cards without bulky knots or bows, buttons, or brads. We could use the smallest Basic Jewels (pearls or rhinestones) or Candy Dots (without the brad bases).

I love me a good challenge, so I set out to create something without too many layers, but with plenty of texture and visual interest. Nothing too CAS (clean and simple). I immediately thought of the loose sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim.  Can't get much flatter than that, right? And I wanted to use fresh, Spring-y colors, since everyone has had more than their fill of Winter.

I really liked the design I came up with and then set to work making 24 of them. And that's when it struck me.......what was I thinking?! What looked so good as a single card became somewhat more of a challenge than I had planned. I mean really......punching and sponging 72 of those tiny flowers wasn't my most brilliant idea, lol. But I think the result was worth the pink fingers I had for two days. Plus, it was a good reminder to myself that when Convention rolls around in July, plan something a wee bit less time-consuming for swaps! (Yeah, right. Like that'll really happen. *snort*)

STAMPS: Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge, Regarding Dahlias (greeting)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette
INK: VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Fancy Fan folder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Dazzling Details, Gold Stampin' Glitter, Pearls Basic Jewels, Gold Sequin Trim, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sweet Baby Girl

Here's a sweet baby girl card that doesn't have any pink on it! The closest thing to pink is the Crisp Cantaloupe, and I think that's more like a pale orange than a pink. I've seen lots of cute baby cards using the Owl Punch, so I had to try one, too! Isn't this just adorable? Those tiny baby dresses just slay me!

It was so easy to make. Since the 2013-2015 In Colors Ruffled Trim was already ruffled, I looked for DSP that would match. After punching out the dresses, I used 1/8" Scor-tape to adhere the ruffled trim.

I hope the recipient likes the card. She was in labor for over 2 1/2 days...yikes! (And I thought 26 hours was bad!)
From Millan.Net

STAMP: Sweet Essentials
CARDSTOCK: Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Sweet Sorbet DSP (retired), Eastern Elegance DSP, 2013-2015 In Colors DSP Stack
INK: Wild Wasabi
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots folder, Owl Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Hexagon Punch (banner ends), Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Trim, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Trim, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Trim, White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter is Eggstra Spectacular!

Note: I had blog posts scheduled, and they obviously didn't post when they were supposed to - sorry! Back to doing it manually until I figure out what happened.

I love Easter. I love the hope of renewal/rebirth, the food (ham and deviled eggs, anyone?), the brightly colored eggs (which I miss since my kids are grown), Easter baskets full of candy (also missed since kids are gone), and that the days are getting longer and flowers are busting out all over! What's not to love?!

So, in the spirit of Spring and Easter baskets full of goodies, I came up with this card. Making the basket was super easy with the Ovals Collection Framelits and Venetian Romance DSP. The largest and second-largest (non-scalloped) ovals were used here. After cutting the DSP with the largest oval, it was cut a bit under halfway to create a smaller half for the basket and larger half for the handle. The handle was cut using the next-smaller oval. Using the Magnetic Platform made it so easy to keep the Framelit in place!

The Fringe Scissors made short work of the grass, and the Extra Wide Oval Punch worked perfectly to cut the colored eggs.  See the gold foil-wrapped 'chocolate' eggs? That was done in a jiffy with a Gold Foil Sheet and the Small Oval Punch!

Mmmm, chocolate eggs. Which is your favorite Easter candy? Do you go for the jelly beans first, or malted milk eggs? Do you dive into the chocolate bunny, or grab the Peeps before anything else?

STAMPS: Eggstra Spectacular, Delightful Dozen
CARDSTOCK: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Gold Foil Sheets, Venetian Romance DSP, Watercolor Wonder DSP
INK: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Ovals Collection Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Small Oval Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Wild Wasabi Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals