Wednesday, January 28, 2009

All my forgotten toys

Sometimes I get an urge to take out tools and accessories that I haven't used in a while. Usually the result is something like this card -- a bit overdone.

It started out innocently enough. A summer sun base and a strip of confetti white card stock on which I stamped the balloon and sentiment from the crazy for cupcakes set. I punched the corners of the confetti white card stock with my ticket corner punch. I filled the balloon in with crystal effects, and then covered it with red microbeads. I then added a real red mat on which I also punched the corners. So far, so minimalist.

I took a strip of ballet blue card stock and punched it in the center on the top and bottom with the scalloped edge punch. This created two slots through which I could weave the stamped image. To make the strip more interesting I ran it though a paper crimper and wrapped a striped red grosgrain ribbon around the center of the strip. I attached the strip to the card front, making sure to not adhere the center so that the image woven through the slots could be removed.

The card still didn't look done to me, so I grabbed my color spritzer tool and stampin' write markers in real red, summer sun and ballet blue. I spritzed the card front with real red and ballet blue. I spritzed all three colors onto the confetti white strip. As a final touch I wove the strip through the slots in the ballet blue strip. The recipient of this card will be able to remove it later and use it as a book mark long after the rest of the card was gone.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Heartfelt Sympathy

I made this card for my cousin's wife, who recently lost her dad. I used the Close as a Memory stamp set and stampin' write markers in mellow moss, perfect plum and pale plum to stamp the flowers on confetti white card stock. I used basic gray ink to stamp the sentiment on a strip of mellow moss card stock. I layered the mellow moss card stock on a so saffron base, added a strip of perfect plum patterns designer series paper below the mellow moss strip and added some so saffron ribbon that I tied in a simple knot. I added the confetti white piece over the top and finished the card with a photo corner that I punched out of pale plum card stock and paper pierced using my crafter's tool kit.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A necessary CASE

Today I decided to follow the advice I so often dispense to beginner stampers who complain that they are just not that "creative" -- I copied a card from the new Idea Book and Catalog. I've done this in the past, to a point -- I often copy the colors and layout of a card I find in the catalog, changing out the stamp set. This time, though. I copied basically everything, except that I modified the card from a square card to a regular 4.25 x5.5" size.
I briefly toyed with substituting another stamp set, and I still may do so in the future, but sine I own the stamp set used in the book I decided to just go for an outright CASE. After all, that's the whole reason Stampin' Up! creates these samples for us in the first place. So that those of us who for whatever reason cannot come up with our own design can just follow their lead.
You can find the original card on page 41 of the spring/Summer idea Book and Catalog. Again, the only thing I changed was the size of the card and adding one little detail -- I used crystal effects to adhere red beads over the cherries on the cupcakes. You can see the detail of that in the second photo. For me, it just added the right bit of interest, though the card would have been perfectly fine without the beads as well.
Here's the recipe:
paper: ruby red, more mustard, chocolate chip, confetti white, old olive patterns designer series paper
ink: basic gray, chocolate chip, more mustard, ruby red
stamps: crazy for cupcakes
accessories: chocolate chip taffeta ribbon, red bead duo, crystal effects

Saturday, January 24, 2009

top note garden greetings

I'm not quite sure what to think of this card. I can't decide if I like it or not. It looks a little plain to me, but then adding anything might make it too "busy".

The base is pacific point. I added the Big Shot Top Note mat in whisper white and in baja breeze patterns designer series paper. I trimmed the designer paper top note along the perforations to make it slightly smaller.

The flower from Garden Greetings is stamped in pacific point ink on whisper white card stock and trimmed out by hand. I attached it to the card using white taffeta ribbon and a baja breeze decorative button.

I punched the sentiment from the Garden Greetings set with the word window punch and then used the punch again to shorten the card stock. I layered the sentiment on a 3/4" circle punched out of baja breeze card stock and a curly label shape punched out of pacific breeze card stock.

I probably should not have posted this here but my stamping mojo is still on vacation (perhaps visiting Forks, Washington?). It's a bit frustrating, and if I still can't get anything going over the next few days it will be time to reach for the coldwater creek catalog again. For now, though, this is a as good as it gets.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Good Friend

This card is basically a CASE of one of the Make and Takes we made at Leadership, except that I scaled it down to a regular 4.25x5.5" card, added a pacific point base, and changed the designer paper and color of the striped ribbon. What I love about this card is that it's really easy to stamp and quick to put together. And if you use a different sentiment you can use it for just about any occasion. Pretty cool!
The Good Friend set is part of the Retro Fresh style watch in the Spring Summer Catalog. You can see it and many other coordinating stamp sets and accessories on pages 10 and 11 of the idea book and catalog. This is a really fun collection -- perfect for spring!
PS. To all those who mentioned that the Twilight books were great -- you were right! :-)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

scalloped hugs & kisses

Here's a quick and simple card featuring products form the Love you Much bundle. Start with a close to cocoa card base. add a strip of riding hood red card stock, punched at both top and bottom with the scalloped edge punch. Add a strip of candy lane designer series paper, punched with the Heart to Heart punch. Stamp the hugs and kisses image in riding hood red ink on pink pirouette, very vanilla and riding hood red card stock. Punch the pink pirouette image with the scalloped circle punch. Punch the very vanilla image with the 1 1/4" circle punch. Cut out the heart from the riding hood red image by hand and add to the very vanilla circle. Layer the very vanilla circle over the pink pirouette circle. Attach the pink pirouette circle to the card base with a dimensional.

Waiting for Mojo

I'm getting better, but not feeling very creative right now, so I have nothing new to post. Sorry! Hopefully I'll be back to my normal self soon and my stamping mojo will return as well.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Garden Greetings

I know it's impolite to post and run, but I'm sick and don't have the energy to do a description of everything I used to make this card. I actually went to the doctor on Friday and the medicine seemed to be helping yesterday, but today I was even worse than before. I went ahead with my hostess and club member open house, but then I just laid around for the rest of the day. I haven't been able to really sleep, so I'm tired, and I haven't had an appetite, which also doesn't help the energy level. I just hope things get better tomorrow.

I will come back and update this post with details when I'm able. For now just enjoy the card.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

An Ode to Bella

Have you seen Twilight yet? I went to see it for the second time today and it was even better than the first time! Now I can't wait to read the books and for the movie to come out on DVD!

In case you didn't know, the female lead character in the story is Bella Swan, so I though it was only appropriate to stamp a card tonight with my Bella's Bloom stamp set. This was the first time I stamped with this set, which I picked up at 20% off with the Catalog Sampler special going on through tomorrow. It's such a lovely, delicate set. I can't wait to use it on other projects!

The sentiment on this card comes from a brand new Level 2 Hostess set called A little Somethin'. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I could pre-order one of the 4 Level 2 hostess sets featured in the Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog and, let me tell you, it was a tough choice! I decided to get this set, which has images that coordinate with many of Stampin' Up!'s punched, but I will be doing my darnest throughout the next few months to earn the rest!

I started the card with a rose red base and added a piece of designer paper from the new Raspberry Tart assortment. I then used my old olive, rose red and pretty in pink stampin' write markers to color the sentiment and stamped it on a piece of whisper white card stock. I punched out the image using the 1 3/4" circle punch and mounted it to the card front.

Using the same stampin' write markers I inked up the flower images. I added some of the stems by hand with the old olive marker and used the stamp-a-ma-jug to add leaves to the two side flowers. I punched the top two corners of the whisper white card stock with my ticket corner punch, adhered it to an old olive mat and added two rose red brads at the top. I mounted the image to the designer paper and used a glue dot to add a knot made with pretty in pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Don't forget to check out all the different promotions that end tomorrow, including the catalog sampler promotion where you can get any and all of the stamp sets in the sampler at 20% off with a $20 purchase. And be sure to pick up any stamp sets or accessories that are on the retired lists -- after tomorrow they'll be gone forever! Once you have a list of your must haves just click the shop now button on the right hand side at the top of the promotions page and place your order on-line! It doesn't get any easier than that!

Then tune in Monday for the unveiling of the new Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog. If you're anything like me, you're going to love it!

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's official -- team favorite make & take

So here are the three little love notes that were tucked into the folder, along with coordinating envelopes. Aren't they cute? The ladies on the team said this was their favorite Make and Take out of the four that we did, and I have to agree with them. These are just so cute and fun to make.

I used our textured card stock in pink pirouette, riding hood red and chocolate chip trimmed to 3x6" and folded in half for the love note bases. Remember, the In Color textured card stock assortment is still on sale until Sunday, so take advantage of this opportunity and stock up! You get 4 sheets of each in-color in the assortment -- plenty of card stock to make lots of cards, love notes and other accents. The textured in-color card stock assortment is regularly $12.95, but you can get it through Sunday for only $8.99 -- what a deal! Just go to my web site and click on the shop now link in the upper right hand corner to place an on-line order any time. (Be sure to check out the other inventory blow-out products as well, like the rhinestone brads and hodgepodge hardware, all on sale at unbelievable prices!)

Anyway, back to the projects. I used the scalloped edge punch on the bottom of each love not and lined the bottom with a piece of bella rose designer series paper. I hid the seam by wrapping a piece of coordinating taffeta ribbon around the front of the love note. Then I adorned each love note with an image from the Love You Much stamp set, either punched or cut out by hand. I stamped all images using riding hood red ink.

As a reminder, here's what the love notes looked like all tucked into this folder. The dimensions of the folder are 7.75" x6". the 7.75" length is scored at 3.75" and 4". The 6" side is scored at 3.5".

Again, this idea is base don a project we did as a make and take at the Leadership Seminar. I simply modified the size of the folder.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stampy Nation Make & Take Sneak Peak

Tomorrow night I'm hosting the belated Holiday Party. for Stampy Nation, my team of demosntrators. While I would have loved for everyone to get together in December, it just was not possible, so I thought meeting in January, after I came back from Leadership and had all the news, goodies and new catalogs, would be a great alternative time.

Of course, the one thing you absolutely have to do at a Stampin' Up! demo meeting is stamp, so I prepared a few make and takes. Due to Stampin' Up! rules I can't show you many of them, as they use new products and stamp sets I picked up at Leadership (don't worry -- I'll post them next week!). More to the point, I wouldn't want to show you all of them since my team members actually do read this blog! So this is just a little partial teaser.

You can see part of the project in the first photo. I know, it looks like a CD folder mini scrapbook, but it's not. It's actually a love note folder, inspired by a note folder we made as a make and take at the Orlando regional meeting.

In the second photo you can see that the folder looks like when it's open, and you can see the love notes tucked into the pockets. I suppose I could show you the love notes, but that might be revealing too much and spoiling the surprise for tomorrow night, so you will just have to tune in tomorrow to see them! I'll have more details on the whole project tomorrow as well! I know I just can't wait for the party attendees to make these. I hope they think these are as cute as I think they are!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Raspberry Tart Valentine

Oh how I love the new Raspberry Tart designer Series Paper from the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog! Once again, Stampin' Up! put together a color palette that I never would have come up with on my own, and it works beautifully!

On this card I placed a square of the designer paper on a mat of rose red card stock and adhered the matted designer paper to a kiwi kiss card base. I then added three 3/4" circles I punched out of kiwi kiss card stock and use glue dots to adhere three large vanilla half pearls from the pretties kit over the circles.

Next I took a piece of cameo coral card stock and attached it to a rose red mat. I slipped a piece of very vanilla taffeta ribbon through the round label holder from the styled vanilla hodgepodge hardware assortment (Sale Alert -- the hodgepodge hardware is on sale now through Sunday!) and tied the ribbon around the rose red card stock. I then used a dimensional to attach a 3/4" circle punched out of kiwi kiss card stock in the center of the label holder. I stamped the heart from the Sweet Celebrations set on very vanilla card stock in rose red ink and trimmed it out by hand before attaching it with a dimensional in the center of the kiwi kiss circle. I stamped the heart three more times in rose red ink on the cameo coral card stock beneath the label holder, and stamped the sentiment form the Best Yet hostess set next to the hearts. Finally I used dimensionals to attach the rose red square to the card base.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Easter Wishes

As stamped images go, this is one of my all time favorites. I have a feeling I'm going to break tradition with this stamp and continue to use it even after it retires on Sunday. the bunny is just too cute! He reminds me so much of my Stewie!

For this card the image is stamped in basic gray on whisper white card stock. I colored the image with blender pen and pastels. I used a sponge dauber and the faux frosting technique to create the clouds. In addition to the whisper white I used creamy caramel, bashful blue and barely banana cards stock. The sentiment from the All Holidays set was stamped in creamy caramel on whisper white card stock, then punched with the designer label punch and fitted into a styled silver designer label. The tab in the top left hand corner of the stamped image was made with the small oval punch.

Don't forget, both the styled silver and the styled vanilla hodgepodge hardware assortments are on sale right now as part of the inventory blowout promotion! These fun accessories really do wonders for cards and scrapbooks, and at the sale prices they're a great value!

Monday, January 12, 2009

February 14

As you can probably guess, the inspiration for this card was a red and white toile bulletin board. To create the look on the card I stamped the Bella Toile background on a piece of whisper white card stock. I then added the cris crossed 1/4" real red grosgrain ribbon. I mounted the "faux bulletin board" on a mat of basic black and mounted that to a real red card base. Next I stamped the curly label frame with a stamp form the quick and curly set in real red on whisper white card stock. I stamped the Feb. 14 image from A Happy Heart in the center, also in real red. I cut out the frame along the outline by hand, and added a basic black mat punched with the curly label punch before attaching the image at one of the ribbon intersections. For the other ribbon intersections I stamped the I "heart" you sentiment from A Happy Heart and cut out the heart in a circle by hand, then mounted each heart on a 1/2" circle punched out of basic black card stock.

It's a bit of a different look for me, but I've very pleased at how well this card matches its inspiration!

Friday, January 9, 2009

A bit of faux spotlighting?

This was the second card I made for the single layer swap and I really liked it until I realized, after all the cards were stamped, of course, that I could have easily, with a single step, made it even better. I hate when that happens, don't you?

In any case, for this card I used the Inspired by Nature set to stamp the flower silhouette in chocolate chip ink on a very vanilla card base. I then used the Dreams Du Jour set to stamp the sentiment and the butterflies, also in Chocolate chip ink. Using my 1 3/4 and 1 3/8" circle punches I created a double mask, covering the butterfly with the smaller circle and placing the larger open circle around the smaller one so I could create the faux pumpkin pie layer with a sponge dauber. To finish the card I colored the butterfly with my stamping write markers (I used more mustard, really rust, summer sun and creamy caramel) and added a bit of pumpkin pie ribbon at the spine of the card.

By now Leadership should be over and if all goes well I will be having dinner with my upline Jen, my up-up-upline Glenda, my Orlando downline, Jill and her downline, Nancy! How cool is it that we'll have so many "generations" of my Stampin' Up! family from 3 different states all in one place? Woo Hoo! And tomorrow Jill and I will go tot he Orlando regional meeting -- I'm really looking forward to the bonding time! It's been almost 9 months since I last saw Jill, so we'll have a lot to catch up on!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Heart Day

Finally, a design that actually made the cut. I did use this for one of my groups of single layer swaps. The swap should have taken place earlier today, so I no longer have to keep the designs secret.

It is a very simple design, but I like how it came out. I started with a whisper white card base, but I trimmed about 1/2" from from the front of the card. I then used the reverse masking technique with sponge daubers and pretty in pink ink to create the oval and tag shapes . I then stamped the tag and butterfly from the Happy Heart Day set in basic black ink. (Remember this set from last year? I loved it then and I still do!)

I used my rose red stampin' write marker to color the tag and my rose red ink pad and the little butterfly image from the Flight of the Butterfly set to stamp over the open butterfly image in the oval. The two butterflies are not a perfect fit, but they're pretty darned close!

As a final touch I crimped the open edge of the card front and added some rose red ribbon to the tag and the spine of the card. It's simple, yes, but pretty cute too, and very appropriate for this time of year!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Another day, another try

You guessed it -- this was another also-ran in the competition for my single layer swap design. To be honest, I'm not sure why I rejected this card except that it wasy maybe too simple (though, as you'll see tomorrow and Friday, my final designs were not exactly super complicated). the branch and greeting were stamped first in versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. I then applied versamark ink directly to the card stock over the branch through a mash I had cut out with my coluzzle oval cutting system. I embossed the masked area with clear embossing powder. That's it -- the card was done. However, it still felt like it needed something and adding anything would have destroyed the single layer character fo the card, destroying its original purpose. So I just left it as is.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Roommate gifts

If everything goes according to plan, right about now I should be arriving at my hotel in Orlando ready to meet up with my roomies, so it's safe to show you the gifts I made for them and a couple of my other "across the miles" demo friends. As you can see, the gifts are chipboard coaster desktop calendars.

Because I was making these at the last minute (what else is new?) and because I've been so short on time lately, they're not very elaborate. But I still think they are pretty cute and a great reminder of our favorite business and hobby through out the year.

In case you're wondering what the other months looked like, here they all are. Want to hear the funniest thing? I didn't even have time to make one for myself -- I'll have to do that when I get back home.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Not Quite there

I confess, sometimes I'm a bit of a masochist, and in stamping this usually manifests itself by me signing up for really difficult swaps. This Leadership is no exception. And I really did it to myself this time, signing up for not just one but two groups of single layer swaps.
Now, I love single layer cards and, in theory, these cards would be really quick and simple to make. No muss, no fuss, right? But no. Not for me. I need my single layer cards to look like they're multi-layer cards, which results in countless complications.
This card, for example, was a contended for one of the final designs. It's made from a single 5.5x8.5" piece of Lovely Lilac card stock. The rest of the "look" was achieved using heat embossing and bleaching. I like the look of this prototype, but as I was making it I quickly realized that this was just too much work. Plus my bleach was a bit hard to control, so I wasn't getting the uniform look I was going for.
For those who are interested, here's how the card was made. I first applied sticky strip about 1/3 of the way over from the spine of the card. Before I peeled the red tape, I used the versamark ink pad to ink up the area between the sticky strip and the card spine. I heat embossed this with clear embossing powder. I then peeled off the red tape, used my heat tool to heat it slightly, covered it with black embossing powder and heat embossed the sticky strip. I love the nice crisp look this gave the card, almost as though there was a layer of elegant eggplant and basic black on the card.
I stamped the image with basic black craft ink and heat embossed with with clear embossing powder. I then covered the inside of the image with bleach, taking care not to let bleach get outside the circle. At first I also tried to keep the flowers and leaves lilac, and just bleach the spaces in between, but that was way too hard! So instead I bleached the whole thing, giving me the white on lilac look.
Again, not a bad concept, just too hard to do for the swap. Fortunately inspiration struck later and I did come up with two designs that I think are cool. You'll see those later in the week.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happiness Always

I thought I'd take a bit of a break today from all the love projects and show you a card I stamped quite a while ago -- back when I was showcasing the faux frosting technique at my monthly club technique class. This card, where the clouds were made using the faux frosting technique, didn't make the class cut, but I do like it for its simplicity and because it uses this awesome level 3 hostess set that will be retiring soon. As a demonstrator, I only very rarely use my retired sets, so for me the end of a catalog or mini catalog period is always bittersweet. I love the thought of new and fun stamp sets, but I hate placing my retiring favorites into storage. This is especially the case when, as with this set, I feel I never had enough time to use it to its full potential.
But before I get all melancholy about retiring stamps, let me also put in a plug for retiring accessories. The list of retiring accessories (which includes out awesome stampin' around wheels) is coming out tomorrow at noon mountain time. As always, the retiring accessories sell out fast, so if there's anything you want to stock up on I recommend placing an on-line order as soon as possible after the list comes out. Ordinarily I would also tell you to call or e-mail me with an order but, alas, after tomorrow I am not going to be able to place orders easily until Sunday.
No worries, my inability to place orders is actually a good thing. Tuesday night I will leave Bill and Stew to hang out together while I go off to Orlando for the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference and a Regional meeting. This means that tomorrow through Sunday my e-mail and voice mail access will be more limited than usual, and my response time may be slower. So, again, if there are any retiring accessories you want to order before they sell out, please do so by placing an on-line order through my web site (see the post at the top of the right hand column for the link).
I have been busy stamping today to have new things for you to see every day while I'm gone. And, if possible and time permitting, I'll also post any interesting stuff I can from the Stampin' Up! conferences. What a fun and exhausting week this promises to be! I can't wait!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Love You Much Bundle Bonus!

As promised, here's another project using the Love You Much bundle. You might have guessed I would create another CD folder mini scrapbook. How could I not, when these are so easy to put together and look so cool when they're done?

To make this book I used card stock in close to cocoa, riding hood red, pink pirouette, regal rose and very vanilla. I also used the Candy Lane designer series paper, the love you much stamp set and the three hearts punch from the Love You Much bundle and riding hood red classic ink (yup, you read that right -- only one ink color throughout the book).

To accessorize I used a variety of ribbons, punches plus some felt fusion too flowers and rhinestone brad.
Of course, the book can be accessorized further, especially as photos and journaling are added to the pages, including the pull out tabs that can be decorated on both sides, if desired!
I like this little book so much I want to share it with my Love You Much Bundle customers. So if you'd like one for yourself, all you need to do is place an order for the Love You Much bundle with me.
To make the book you will be using the Candy Lane designer series paper from the bundle as well as your own adhesive (I recommend sticky strip and snail or the tombow mono multi glue) and riding hood red ink. It would be helpful for you to have the scalloped circle and 1 1/4" circle punches, but these are not necessary. Other than the above mentioned products, you ill receive all pre-cut, pre-scored and pre-punched card stock and all other materials you need to finish your mini scrapbook. And you will not have to pay for the materials or instructions -- the only cost will be $4.80 for priority USPS shipping (no charge for local customers who choose to pick up their materials from me directly).
The Love You Much bundle is $41.48, which reflects a 20% savings over the price of individual items in the bundle if purchased separately. If you choose to have the bundle mailed to me your cost would be $41.48 + $4.15 shipping + $3.54 tax + $4.80 shipping the bundle + materials for the CD folder mini scrapbook back to you for a grand total of $53.97.
If you prefer, you can have the bundle (and any other merchandise you might need) shipped to you directly, in which case your cost would be the total of your order + applicable shipping and tax + 4.80 to ship your CD Folder mini Scrapbook materials.
To order your Love You Much bundle and bonus CD folder mini scrapbook materials and instructions just e-mail me at and we can work out the order and payment arrangements (I accept paypal, master card, discover, visa and checks). Please note that right now the Candy Lane designer series paper is on back order, so it may take a little while for your bundle to ship to you. I will keep everyone who orders updated with shipping status!
Edited to add:
The Love You Much bundle and this bonus mini scrapbook kit will be available now through January 31. This specific kit is not and will not be available for sale as a stand-alone product -- it is an exclusive bonus available only to my Love You Much bundle customers.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter Love Card

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean that you have to put away your Christmas stamp sets, especially the Winter Post set that has the perfect image to use for Valentine's day.

For this card I stamped the skaters in basic brown on a piece of very vanilla card stock. I used my blender pen and pink pirouette, close to cocoa and riding hood red inks to color in the skaters. I also sponged the edges with riding hood red ink, before mounting the image on a close to cocoa mat.

I took a piece of the Candy Lane designer series paper and wrapped a piece of wide pink pirouette grosgrain ribbon around the length of the paper. I then pinched the ribbon using a styled vanilla hodgepodge hardware brad and mounted the designer paper onto a piece of close to cocoa card stock.

I attached the skater image over the ribbon with stampin' dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Many Happy Returns set in riding hood red ink on a piece of pink pirouette card stock. I punched the sentiment out with the designer label punch, trimming the label straight at the top and bottom. I punched another designer label shape and attached it to the back of the pink pirouette piece, before inserting the label into a styled vanilla hodgepodge hardware designer label holder. I attached the holder to the close to cocoa card stock using two styled vanilla brads. I then mounted the close to cocoa card stock onto the very vanilla card base.

I think this is a very sweet card and I love the fact that I got to use the Winter Post set just a little bit longer. Keep in mind that this set will only be available until January 18, so if it's not in your collection yet, be sure to add it to your next order.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dreams of Love

Here's another "love" card that could be used for Valentine's Day, but could just as easily be used for an Anniversary or even a Wedding. This image from the Dreams Du Jour set always reminded me of the love stamps the Post Office creates for wedding invitations. Punched out with the scalloped square punch and arranged into a tile of 2x2 they look even more so.

The card itself is fairly simple. I stamped the image four times with basic black ink on whisper white card stock and punched all four out with the scalloped square punch. I colored all four images using stampin' write markers. I used old olive for the leaves and so saffron for the flower centers. On two of the images I colored the flowers with pretty in pink marker and the border with regal rose marker. On the other two images I reversed the colors.

I mounted each punched image on a square of old olive card stock and arranged them on a square of georgia peach designer series paper. I added a square mat of regal rose and attached it to a 4x5.25" piece of so saffron card stock. I tied a piece of 5/8" regal rose grosgrain ribbon around the so saffron card stock (I used a cheater bow, of course). Then, as a final step, I attached the so saffron card stock to a pretty in pink card base.