Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Birthday Card

You guessed it - I have yet another card to share with you!  I love how this card came out, and more importantly, the recipient - my son-in-law's mother - appreciated that it was handmade. 

To create the purple background paper, I tried a new technique - Letterpress with Impressabilities - using the Spellbinders Flourish Impressabilities, which I inked with Wisteria by Impress and then ran through my Cuttlebug.  It took me two tries to get an even impression, I think because of the poorer quality of the cardstock I chose.  Using the same ink, I stamped Happy Birthday by Stampin' Up!, then cut it out using Nestabilities Labels 5.  I created the bow with my Bow Easy and affixed it to my diagonally-placed yellow ribbon with a glue dot.

Here is the video from Stamp TV which shows how to do the letterpress technique.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Summer Dream Thank You

Hello!  I have another thank you card to share.  This one is based on the Viva la Verve February Week 4 sketch over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Here's what I used to make this card:

Paper:  Summer Dream Stack by DCWV (no longer available) and a coordinating piece of cardstock from my stash.

Ribbon:  Dollar Store.  Gotta love it!

Cuttlebug folder:  Swiss Dots

Nestabilities:  Labels 1 and Labels 4.

Stamp:  unknown

It was a challenge to make a red and green card that did not look Christmassy!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Elegant Thank You

It's been a month since I last shared any projects with you!  Between my husband starting on a new chemo drug after the last one stopped working after just over two years, and then being diagnosed with sinus tarsitis (that's NOT tartar sauce in the sinuses!), for which the doctor has immobilized his foot and ordered him to stay off it at least until April 26, things have been difficult around our home.  I don't think any of us realized how many chores Phil did until we had to split them up among us.  There have been pictures on my hard drive since March 24, waiting to be tweaked and uploaded, but I just haven't had the energy to do anything with them until tonight, although I dealt with only a few of them.

First up is a thank you card in my favorite shade of blue.  

First, I ran a piece of blue cardstock through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  You'll notice that I left a blank space; to achieve this, I put the paper in the embossing folder sideways and embossed the top part, then I repeated that process for the bottom section.  I then used my Martha Stewart Scoring Board to score three lines above and below the embossed area.  You can see that more clearly in the second photo.  I stamped Stampin' Up's Elegant Thank You with Versacolor Mountain Lake and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder.  I cut it out using Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Large and layered it on another oval cut with Nestabilities Classic Ovals SmallFinally, I added some pearls along the bottom of the scalloped oval.

To learn how to do this technique, you can watch Stamp TV's video.