Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Father's Day Test Run

I've had this stamp set (King of the Grill) for a while and haven't had a chance to use it yet, so spent a little time in the "woman cave" today trying to come up with some ideas for Father's Day cards.  I LOVE the way this turned out, even though it took quite a while.  I used the East Coast Prep Designer Series Paper with coordinating cardstock.  The image was stamped in Jet Black StazOn and then I used watercolor crayons, watercolor pencils, and metallic pencils to color it.  I used a glue pen with Dazzling Diamonds on the smoke from the wheels (I COULDN'T leave the glitter out!!) and Crystal Effects on the apron and hat to give them some dimension.  A jumbo eyelet was set in the upper left-hand corner and I knotted (that sounds better than "tied a bow" for a manly card) a piece of Real Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon through it.  Super cute card, if you ask me!!  (To view larger images, click on the photos below.)


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Vintage Elegance

I have to admit that I got this card design from a fellow stamper.  As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and had to re-create it, so here it is.  It would be perfect for someone who's name begins with an "M", don't you think?  I'm still trying to come up with the perfect card for a friend who has requested a card.  This is part of the problem with being a perfectionist... any normal person would make one card and it would be just right.  Me??  NNNNOOOO... I have to make card after card after card after card in an effort to get it JUST RIGHT when the recipient would probably be happy with the first thing I made.  I know... I need to get some help for this... or maybe I just need to accept that that's who I am! :)  This card uses the "Vintage Vogue" stamp set and I used Mellow Moss, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, and Whisper White cardstock and ink.  The butterflies were cut from vellum using the "Beautiful Wings" Embosslit die and I added half pearls for their bodies.  The monogram is from the "Lovely Letters Alphabet" stamp set and was added to the card using Hodgepodge Hardware in Styled Silver.  The flowers were stamped and then cut out by hand. The center of each flower was made by knotting ribbon, punching a hole in the flower center, and running the tails of the ribbon through to the back.  The edges of all layers were sponged and distressed, with the exception of the base layer.  I LOVE, LOVE this card!!!  The dimension is just amazing and the pics really don't do it justice.  To view larger images, just click on the pics. 


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


It's been quite a while since I've used any glitter and I was LONG overdue!!  Some might say I overdid it a little on this card... I just call it "blingalicious"!!  I've had a request for a birthday/graduation card and it needs to have "girly flair".  This one definitely qualifies for "girly flair", but there's not one thing about it that even hints at graduation.  I'm sure this is just one of several that I'll complete in an effort to come up with the perfect card.  I REALLY like this one, though, so I may have a hard time creating something that I like better.  If any of my fellow stampers have any ideas for a birthday/graduation card, please feel free to leave your comments.  This card uses the "Razzle Dazzle" stamp set.  The card base is Whisper White and the ink and ribbon are Melon Mambo.  The sentiment is from the "Well Scripted" stamp set and the glitter is "Dazzling Diamonds".  To view larger images, just click on the photos.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Graduation Gift

My cousin, Emily, graduated from Central Methodist University yesterday.  I made the trip there with my Aunt Annabelle, Aunt Fran, and my cousin, Treena.  We had an AWESOME day together I'm SO glad we were able to be there to help celebrate with Miss Emily.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Magna Cum Laude.  I'm SO proud of her!!

This is the card and matching envelope that I made for her.  I LOVE the new "Go, Graduate" stamp set.  I used Handsome Hunter and Certainly Celery cardstock with coordinating Designer Series Paper in Certainly Celery.  That was about as close as I could get to the school colors based on what I saw on their website.

I also made this super cute gift set for her.  It was made using the Razzleberry Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstocks and inks.  I was really pleased at how it all came together.  The gift box was designed after I realized that I didn't have any gift bags, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  The ribbon at the top of the box/bag is actually attached to the clipboard.  I made the box the same length as the clipboard so the ribbon would stick out just above the top.  To view larger images, click on the photos.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mother's Day is Quickly Approaching!

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, peeps!  Have you got your card(s)?  I've been playing in my craft room this afternoon and came up with several different designs.  I'm crunched for time right now, so won't go into details on each card.  If you have questions, please post a comment and I'll get back with you as quickly as possible.

Oh... and a new birthday card, too. This went together VERY quickly, but still turned out to be a very elegant card!!

Hope you've enjoyed your weekend as much as I have.  Have a great week!!