Saturday, June 30, 2012

A new little someone

I went to a baby shower this morning for a new friend who is due to have a baby boy next month.  Since I didn't have any baby cards in my stash, I whipped up this card to accompany my gift.  Normally I struggle with creating last minute, but this card came together pretty quickly.  (and turned out cute, if I do say so myself!)

I used my Baby Button Bits set for the first time.  I took advantage of the fact that the card didn't have to be mailed.  No qualms about that sweet blue button!  Obviously, I kept the card simple due to time.  The blue mat was cut with my Top Note die and embossed with dots.  I edged the sentiment strip with scallops, and then hand-cut the stamped bear to place on top.

Sweet, simple, and fast!   :)

Stamps:  Baby Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Spring Rain, White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Scallop Edge punch, Top Note die (Stampin' Up); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Spring Rain button (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

I finally got a card done for the SFYTT sketch challenge.  Once I saw the stars on the sketch, I immediately thought of using my In the Stars set by Stampin' Up.  I refuse to admit just how long it took me to find that set.  lol  I know it's a few days early for July 4th, but making this card sure put me in the mood for fireworks and grilled hamburgers.    :)

link to challenge
For some reason, my Pure Poppy stripes are looking a little pinkish, but I assure you they are red!  I embossed the "wish for you" star and punched it out with my SU star punch.  The larger blue star was stamped with VersaMark and simply cut out.  I also cut out the embossed outline star.  Both of the smaller stars are attached with pop-dots for dimension, as well as the white circle

I pulled out an old Hanna Stamps set (now retired) since it fit perfectly in the open space left on the white circle and used my Copic markers to color the image.  Turned out cute!  It's difficult to see, but I also used my colorless blender marker to add tiny dots to the blue part of the flag.  It gives just a hint of stars.  The red-striped mat and the red sentiment strip are both distressed along the edges to add a little bit of texture.

I had a lot of fun with this sketch!  It's an easy layout with lots of possibilities.   :)

Stamps:  In the Stars (Stampin' Up); Patriotic Hanna (Hanna Stamps); Distressed Stripes, Vintage Picnic (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Copic:  0 Colorless, C1, T1. E000, E00, E30, E42, E55, E57, E59, R20, R24, R29, R59, B95, B97, B99
Misc:  Standard Circles die (Spellbinders); Star punch (Stampin' Up); white embossing powder (Filigree); pop-dots

Monday, June 25, 2012

You are the best

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  Yet again, it's an inspiration challenge and you will see that my card looks very little like the picture.  I pretty much just went with the pretty yellow color and the flower-shaped pillow to make this card.

photo credit

I stamped the flower from All About You in Harvest Gold ink on white cardstock, cut it out, bent the edges of the petals slightly, and then added a punched Dark Chocolate center.  I stamped the leaves in New Leaf and also cut them out, placing them behind the flower.  I outlined the white mat with Early Espresso stitches and then stamped the sentiment on the mat.  I embossed the Harvest Gold mat with my Swiss Dots folder to echo the polka dot leaves and add some texture.  Then it was simply matted with Dark Chocolate and attached to the white card base.  I really like how it turned out!  Bright, cheerful, and sunny.   :)

Stamps:  All About You (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate, White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Misc:  Mat Stack 5 die (Papertrey Ink); Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); 3/4" circle punch (EK Success)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Cruising By with a Birthday Hi

Well, it only took me a month to make this card.  Seriously.  I was playing with patterned paper and realized that this particular pattern looked like waves.  Since I had recently purchased a used By the Sea stamp set, I immediately thought of this adorable whale.  I cut a slit in the paper so it looked like it was in the water.  Then I added the cruise ship in the background and there I stopped.  I didn't know what else to do with it!

Yesterday, determined to finish it, I finally just picked the "cruising by" sentiment and stamped it on a banner diecut.  Like a previous card, I bent the banner to give the illusion of wind and then added it to the card in the empty space.  Not perfect, but I'm calling it done!

Stamps:  By the Sea (The Cat's Pajamas); Cruising Cosmo Girl (My Favorite Things)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Pocket Full of Posies Stack (DCWV)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copic:  0, T1, T4, T6, B45
Misc:  Double-Ended Banner die (Papertrey Ink)