Monday, April 30, 2012

The Last of the 2012 Occasions Mini - an Anniversary Card

There are so many fabulous items for sale in this Occasions Mini. (Hurry! Today is the last day to purchase from that catalog!!!)   Often while doing dishes, folding laundry, vacuuming the living room, even food shopping - I dream up ideas on how to put items together - certain color combinations or stamp sets with die cuts, etc.  In real-life, I do not have the time to "put my thoughts to paper" of nearly half the creations that I want to make.  But this one is one that I did finish and have to share.

Inspiration for the design of this card came from fellow demo, Chris Smith.  I also tried a technique that I saw on France Martin's blog called crayon resist.  We made this card at my downline meeting a few weeks ago.  Here it is:

For the first time in years, I got out the humongous box of crayons that my kids have rejected, you know, all the broken crayons with missing wrappers that you save knowing that they'll be needed some day for a special purpose.  Well, my purpose was to dig through the box and find a white crayon suitable for use in this project. It didn't take me long to find one.

After I stamped the image I added dots and lines with my white crayon, then I colored in the image with various markers.  Then I used a tissue to wipe off the excess color from the crayon-ed areas.  My skills at coloring still need to be honed.  But I think I did an okay job for the first time.

The Large Paper Doily Sizzlits is so pretty in real life! Getting all the bits and pieces out of the card stock does take a bit of time.  But it's all worth it!  And I love how the 2 1/2" circle punch layers so well with the doily.  This card is going to Judy, one of my stamp club ladies who just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. 

Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Petite Pairs
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Glossy White
Ink: StazOn Basic Gray (non-SU!), Riding Hood Red, markers - Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Garden Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Large Paper Doily Sizzlits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Riding Hood Red Pleated Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, white crayon

As for that grande box of crayons, I have melted some down into muffin tins to re-use them.  But we have WAY more than we can ever use!  If anyone has an idea on how to re-purpose crayons, please share it with me.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Where Have All My Merry Mondays Gone???

In January I started playing along with the Merry Monday challenge.  Being a busy mom, my reality is that I can't/don't get a challenge completed every week.  There are times that I've started a card and never even finished, or actually completed the card, but didn't take photos.  Or I've taken photos of my card, but didn't have time to post.  This week as soon as I saw the sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  And I challenged myself to get it done.  I don't even think we ordered take-out this week either, LOL!

Here's the sketch:   

And here's my card:

Inspiration for this card comes from Jackie Topa.  I created the three "bulbs" using the Blossom Petals punch.  After punching out the three colors I added a highlight with my Signo white gel pen then added a layer of Crystal Effects to make them shine.  Those sat overnight to dry.  In the meantime, I stamped the pine tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set several times on Whisper White card stock to simulate tree branches.  I ran some Garden Green through my Stripes embossing folder, then punched out segments to make the top of the bulb, then used my Paper Piercing tool to twist the Garden Green "cord" and adhered it using Tombow multipurpose glue. The bulbs were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

There the card sat for a day while I contemplated how to add my greeting.  Since I wanted to use a greeting that wouldn't detract from the bulbs, I chose the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment.  Looking around my stamping "corner" I could find no scraps of Poppy Parade to make my Modern Label shape.  So I resorted to this:
It's the back of my card!!!  Have any of you ever done something like this??? 

I am not afraid to say that I WON'T miss Poppy Parade.  However, I am proud that I used it all right before it retired : ) This card is going to be in my samples album, so no one will see the back.  I wouldn't dare send a card in this condition!

For a complete list of retiring stamps and accessories, go here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green Daffodil Delight
Ink: Garden Green, StazOn Jet black
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing folder, Adorning Accents edgelits die, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Blossom Petals punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Crystal Effects, Signo White gel pen, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!