Saturday, October 26, 2013

Doily Drama

Hi All,

Two posts in one weekend?  Yep, that's me.  I wanted to get these cards up before I move on to Halloween and Fall themed cards.  I named this card Doily Drama because at my workshop a few weeks ago, it stole the show. It was inspired by a card created by Cristena Bagne.

What's not to love?  The design is simple, but it packs a big punch.  I think the true stars of this card are the Island Indigo and Crumb Cake.  They are Fab-u-lous together and create a great base for the Doily and Baker's Twine.  Pair these up with some antique embellies and you have a winner.

I had a tough time getting the Baker's Twine tight enough to tie a bow.  Here's my tip: wrap your Baker's Twine around the card and before you create your loops, add a small glue dot behind the knot.  This will hold it in place to finish the bow.

I love this card and had fun designing it.  Island Indigo is one of my favorite colors and I enjoyed using it with a feminine spin. Hope you like it too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Oh Hello
Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock; Sycamore Street DSP
Ink: Island Indigo Classic Pad
Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doily, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Petal Cone Die, Vintage Trinkets, Antique Brads, Mini Glue Dots, 1/16" Hole Punch and a Ruler/Pencil to create banner

Soda Pop Top Fun

Hi All,

Happy Weekend!  Time for a little rest and relaxation.  I have a Fall Workshop next weekend, so in addition, I will be doing some paper crafting.  I got some new goodies, so I'm very looking forward to it!

My card for you today uses Soda Pop Tops that I bought back in the spring and hadn't played with.  I came across this tutorial and card from Julie Davison and was inspired to play. (I just love her work.)

Soda Pop Tops...what a fun embellishment!  They come with sharp edges, but you can run them through the Big Shot to curl and soften them.  Julie has a great tutorial on how to do it.  So easy. Stop by her blog and take a look.

For my colors, I knew I wanted to use the Wisteria Wonder.  It pairs up beautifully with the Afternoon Picnic DSP.  I love this paper pack!  The papers are full of beautiful colors and fun designs.  It's so very versatile.

The focal circle was cut out with my Nestabilities and I used the Negative Image.  I originally hadn't paper pierced the inner circle, but as we worked through the card at my workshop, the girls were surprised I hadn't paper pierced it as that is my "Thing".  So, I did a revamp and pierced it using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.  It has 10 different circle sizes to use for piercing.  So, it works with virtually any size circle you're working with.  It's a Must-Have if you're a piercer like me.

The only struggle I had with this card was whether to add a sentiment or not.  I have this issue with not stamping a sentiment on the front of the card, so I added one.  But, some of the girls at my workshop, left it blank saying it was a piece of art on it's own, that it didn't need one.  What do you think?  To sentiment or not to sentiment?

I love this card!  It uses so many elements, but they all work so perfectly together.  Unfortunately, SU! doesn't sell the Soda Pop Tops anymore, but I'm sure you can pick them up an any craft store.  I'll be looking for more, as I'm almost out.  If you would like to add any of these papers to your collection, email me or click on the Shop Online icon in the top right-hand corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Collage Curios & Petite Pairs
Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede and Coastal Cabana Classic Ink
Accessories: Soda Pop Tops, 1" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Nestabilities, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Petal Cone Die, Pearl Basic Jewels, Glue Dots and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Happy Birthday Mary Beth!

Hi All,

Today is my good friend Mary Beth's birthday.  She is an AVID card maker, so the pressure was on to create something really special for her.  Luckily, I had just gotten a new stamp that hadn't even been inked up or used at a workshop yet, so it was something all new to share with her.  How fun!

I stumbled upon the Post Card stamp as I was flipping through the catalog one day.  I was checking out the hostess sets and noticed that they had paired it up with the Postage Collection Hostess Set.  They are adorable together!  For Mary Beth's card, I just CASED the card from the cattie.

The Post Card stamp is a large stamp and acts as the background stamp for this card.  As usual, I went to my trusty Color Coach to get a combo to play with.  I went with River Rock, Rose Red and Not Quite Navy.  They are fabulous together!

What I love about the Post Card stamp is that you can use it so many ways.  You can make a Halloween postcard, a fall postcard, a winter postcard...the options are truly endless. Another plus, you can embellish it in sooo many ways.  I trimmed down a doily and added a punched stamp in  the corner.  I finished the card by spritzing on some Always Artichoke ink and adding some Rose Red Seam Binding.

Every once in a while, you make a card that you just fall in LOVE with.  This is one of those for me.  I adore everything about it.  If you'd like to add any of these must have items to your collection, send me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right hand corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Post Card, Bring on the Cake, Postage Collection (Hostess Set), and Collage Curio
Paper: Rose Red, River Rock and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Rose Red and Regal Rose Classic Pads
Accessories: Doily, Postage Stamp Punch, Spritzer Tool, Always Artichoke Marker, Rose Red Seam Binding and Pop Dots/Dimensionals