Monday, September 22, 2008

This card was inspired by one of Stampin' Up's Artisan Award winners, Robin Desko. Here is a pic of her beautiful card:
I decided to change the dimensions because I was giving this card as part of a gift set and wanted to be able to include an envelope (standard size). I also have left my scalloped circle punch at a friend's house, so I had to tweak the idea to fit my own supplies. Here is what I came up with:

I used Chocolate Chip cardstock as my card base. I used the new Scalloped Edge punch to create the Whisper White border at the bottom. I paper peirced along where the Chocolate Chip and Whisper White meet. I used the "Flight of the Butterfly" set with a sentiment from "Best Yet" (this is a Level 1 hostess set--you could earn it for free!). I used the Kiwi Kiss paper from the Bella Rose DSP, along with Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss cardstock. Some Baja Breeze cardstock finished the whole thing off!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm a bad, bad poster

I've had tons of cute project to share sitting around for a week now--I've just been too lazy to post them! I think I'll start off by sharing this super cool "free standing pop-up card" that I learned how to make from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. You can find the instructions here. When I became a Stampin-Up demonstrator, I added a lot of birthdays to my calendar. I love having cards on hand all of the time to give to neighbors and friends when it's their special day. This one went to the mom of my kids' best buds.

I totally love this card. I'm not sure how well it would mail because of the bulky parts, but I plan on doing more of these for my local friends and neighbors.

I used Tangerine Tango cardstock as the base of the card and covered it with Kiwi Kiss DSP. I used Baja Breeze (still my favorite color) for the tag part of the card. I layered whisper white cardstock on top of that and stamped "Upsy Daisy" in Kiwi Kiss along with one of the butterflies from "Flight of the Butterfly" in Baja Breeze. I embossed the butterfly with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is also from the "Upsy Daisy" set. I stamped it in Riding Hood Red. I used my circle punches to create the pull at the top of the card and tied some Kiwi Kiss Ribbon onto the jumbo eyelet. For the front, I added two buttons from the Button Bouquet--first I ran some orange thread through the holes (the thread was just something I found in my craft stash).

Give it a try! It's worth the effort!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Season of Friendship

I just looooved this stamp set as soon as I saw it. It is in the new Holiday Mini catalog and will be available Oct. 1st. For those of you coming to my bags class on the 19th, I'll have a mini catalog for you! This stamp set includes the tree, flower, leaves, snowflakes, a bird, and the sentiment. Just wait until you see the project they did in the catalog using this set--it's incredible.
For this card, I started with a Kraft CS base. I used Baja Breeze for the background (my new favorite color). I stamped the tree in Versamark ink on Kraft cardstock. I added a strip of Kiwi Kiss DSP and stamped the sentiment in Baja Breeze on Pink Pirouette CS. I did the flowers about three different ways before I settled on one. I stamped them in Pink Pirouette ink on Whisper White cardstock an cut them out (punching them out with a circle punch looks really cute too). I added some rhinestone accents, silver brads, and Baja Breeze ribbon. I can't wait to play some more with this set--so versatile!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Summer Home Inspired Birthday Card

I really love the color combo of the Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit. That color combo was my inspiration for this birthday card. I used the same (almost) layout as I did in my Christmas card a few posts ago (sorry, I tried to create a link for you, but it's being stupid). I will be offering both cards as Stamp-a-Stack classes at church. Easy to make and easy to duplicate! As always, it's hard to see the dimensions of the card in the photo. the cupcake icing and the little present circle are popped up on dimensionals.

Papers: Kiwi Kiss DSP, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White CS. Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip Ribbon: Chocolate Chip

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Kwerner Blog Color Challenge

I had "one of those days" today. Nothing seemed to go quite right. To give an example, I backed out of the driveway today and broke the mirror off of my husband's car. That was bad enough, but when my DD came home from school she brought me a bunch of pieces of broken red plastic. Turns out I busted my tail light too! I was grumpy before that, and the day continued to not be the best I've ever had.
I decided that I needed some down time tonight. So, I sat down to stamp. It really helps to focus on something else for a while and relax and create. Kristina Werner listed another color challenge today and I was excited to give it a try. This is one of those cards that came out of the blue--I didn't really have any idea what I was going to do when I started. It was fun. I really like it, especially the cheerfulness of the colors (just what I needed today!)

I used "Birds Galore" by Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment and corner flourishes are from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the bird image on Kiwi Kiss with Whisper White craft ink. I sponged some Regal Rose chalk on the flowers and bird. I added some Rose Red chalk to the bird's belly. I did faux stitching around the Kiwi Kiss layer. I popped the bird up on dimensionals and added some sticky rhinestones.

Here's to tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bows in Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss

I've run out of cute things to put in my girls' hair lately--our hair do-dads have slowly dwindled down to a small collection. Wouldn't ya know it, SU ribbon makes fabulous bows! And the Button Bouquet buttons top them off perfectly. Now I need to get all of the colors. My DD wore a cute little autumn outfit today that would have looked great with a Tangerine Tango bow!
To make the bows fuller, I made two three loop bows and stacked them on top of each other. I learned how to make bows just by reading tutorials online. If you have girls and you haven't tried it, give it a whirl! SU ribbon is fabulous, and their rolls are so generous that you can make bows like these with plenty left over for you paper crafting : ).