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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Until I get a new camera....

Hi Crafty Friends,

I'm sad to report that my wonderful camera of which i used to take pictures of my crafts and cards was stolen on Wednesday.  I know, what a bummer, right?!  I'm still being crafty, however, there will be a lull in my postings of original creations until I can replace my camera.  Hopefully, my insurance will cover it and I can purchase another next week!

Here's hoping for awesome insurance coverage!

Kind crafty thoughts,


Monday, September 20, 2010

All in a pretty Box!

The brayered cards I've been posting are to be given away in a silent auction to raise money for a non-profit organization called Bikes for Kids Utah.  I got the boxes from Zurchers and had a ball dressin' 'em up!
These cards go with this box:
Sincere Salutations and Fast and Fabulous were used, and each set uses 3 colors from each color family  I saw this card made by Jennifer Weide on SC and thought it was perfect for a set of cards.

The 'season' brayered set based on the Season of Friendship set go inside this box:
This box was first sprayed with light blue glitter spray while it was still flat and unfolded.  I covered the blue section, and then sprayed green glitter spray to make the ground or grass.  I heat embossed the tree trunk with Creamy Caramel, then proceeded to heat emboss the leaves in Garden Green, Barely Banana, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Really Rust.  This was simple and fun but a bit time consuming!  The cards that go inside of it are from my last post!  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Seasons of .... brayering!

Here's some more brayering, once again inspired by Michelle Zindorf.  Michelle posted the "Fall" card, and I ran with it, creating a similar card for each season.  I made 5 of each, 1 for me to keep, and two sets of two cards each to be given away as gifts.  These are blank cards, but they are layered and finished on the inside as well.  Season of Friendship and Style Beautiful are the stamp sets used.
Michelle's tutorial for the Fall card is here:  You'll see that I don't stray from "The Master."  lol
The important technique here is emboss resist, which is what is done first, with the except of the Winter card.  Michelle describes how to use Versamark and ink stamped together, then heated as your first step, then brayer the sky, then sponge your grass, then stamp the tree, sponge the 'ground' and add white gel pen highlights.

The winter card is done differently.  First, tear through the sticky part of a post it note to make your hilly horizon.  Then brayer your sky, then sponge low grey clouds, then sponge your horizon.  remove the post it note.  Lightly sponge Going Grey at the bottom tip, then a little Basic Grey.  Stamp your tree.  Using Whisper White Craft Ink, stamp your snowflakes, then heat emboss with Iridescent Ice.  Add your white gel highlights, making snow in the branch crevices.  Dust a bit more Going Grey around the tree for your shadow and mount to your mats.

Colors are as follows:
Fall:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Not Quite Navy.
Winter:  Not Quite Navy, Taken with Teal, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Whisper White (craft)
Spring:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue and Marina Mist
Summer:  Wild Wasabi, Poppy Parade, Garden Green, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point and Certainly Celery

These are 5 x 5 cards finished.  The mat stamped with Style Beautiful is 4 1/2 square.  The Square image on Whisper White is 3 1/4 square, with mats measuring 3 3/8 square and 3 1/2 square.

These were really fun to make!  I'm off to make a brayered gift box for them............have fun!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Brayered Thank You Set

Many Thanks to Michelle Zindorf for her beautiful layout for the cattail card that is part of this set.  Kudos to jadoherty on Splitcoast too!  I made this set for my friend, Annie.  I love brayering because the results are so pretty and it really doesn't take all that long!
This last one was run through the lattice embossing folder after it was brayered and stamped.  I saw this same card on SC and SCS and had to try it!  Lots of different stamp sets used for these three cards:  Just Believe, Inspired By Nature and Watercolor Trio.  Several punches were used too:  Photo Corner, oval, scallop, and the slot punch (cattails).  The cattail card was brayered on to Daffodil Delight, and the photo corners were run through an embossing folder.  Next I'm going to make a brayered gift box to put them in!  If you want to learn more about brayering, I highly recommend Michelle Zindorf's website, tutorials and classes.  Google her and find over 300 tutorials for her beautiful work!  Thanks for looking and I wish you a fun and stampy weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happiness is... Paisley Prints

The holiday mini has lots of fun surprises, and this set is great because it covers several holidays.  I hadn't played with the hearts in the set, but as soon as I saw it I thought of the Raspberry Tart dp with it's paisley background. 
I used the 'rock and roll' technique by first loading the heart stamps with Cameo Coral, then lightly tapping and rocking the edges of the stamp in Rose Red.  It creates a pretty variegated fad and I like the result!  I don't have the large heart punch so I cut those by hand, and I used the bitty punch set for the small hearts and inked the edges with Rose Red  The extra large punch (pg. 25 of the holiday mini) is my new favorite tag punch!  To make the mat behind it, simply punch your tag, then cut an X corner to corned and adhere them to your solid tag.  Cool, eh?  Two fun tips today - matting a punch and rock and roll!
The small corner detail stamp is from Style Beautiful and the sentiment is from Whimsical Words.  This is a quick card that looks great with some dimensionals to make the cut outs pop, and some doodling with a white gel pen for a bit more framing and focus.  There's more to come - I've been busy!  :)  Thanks so much for looking and feel free to add a comment, suggestion or follow me and let me know your blog address so I can follow YOUR creations.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nouveau Curly Cute!

I love this dsp, although I didn't at first. Now, I'm sad it's no longer available.

Anywho, I'm loving this Curly Cute with the larger, playful sentiment. It's very cheery and I'm looking forward to using all the sentiments in the set! 

These cards came together very quickly and are very simple.  It's the dsp that dresses them up!
For Thinking of You, I mixed two printed dp's and accented the edges with the ribbon border punch in Apricot Appeal.  The sentiment was stamped in Basic Grey, and I used a corner rounder for the long, oval shape.  I used a small scallop punch to add some color to the center of the flower along with a brad.  Had I wanted to take more time, I would have used some Apricot Appeal reinker on the Pretties Flower.  I hope someone will case this and do that - I'd love to see it!

The Thank You card uses four punches and a quick ribbon treatment.  I used the large flower, and large, medium and small scallop punches.  The medium scallop punch was then cut at each scallop towards the center to create petals.  Easy!  Thanks for checking out these quick cards.

I've been working on a set of brayered cards for a friend.  Can't wait to finish them and show them to you!

Make it a great week, and thanks for stopping by and following me.  I love your comments and visiting your blogs, too!



Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Simple Vintage Christmas

Here's a simple card that's very fun to color!  The dp is from Deck the Halls and the layers are Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (Scallop Trim Border Punch) and Always Artichoke.  I prefer blender pens to the aqua painter.  The image is also from the Holiday Mini and it's called Bells and Boughs.  I stamped the image with Black Stazon first, then used my classic ink pads and blender pen to color the images.  Cherry Cobbler was used for the flowers, Always Artichoke for the boughs, and Daffodil Delight for the flower centers.  Black Stazon was used for the sentiment image.  To brighten up the flowers I used some white glitter chalk which also softens the edges.  I sponged some Creamy Caramel around the image mat to give it an aged vintage look.  Coloring can sometimes be time consuming so this quick layout is a great way to balance out your time and still have a pretty card that looks like it took hours.  Enjoy!

Penguin Birthday, compliments of Merry Socha

My card for today is a direct case from Merry Socha on I thought the owl punch would work for a cute little penguin, and Merry had the same 'vision.'  :)  She made it easy for me! 

I think they are so darn cute!  lol  I used all Stampin' Up! products except for the scrap of blue background, the rubon sentiment, and the party hat which was made with my cricut.  The ribbon has been available on the clearance rack at Stampin' Up - just click the Shop 24/7 button to the right to check out the sales!  Tomorrow I'll post a card made from products in the new Holiday Mini catalog that was mailed to many of you!  Make it a great day!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Owl-y Flowers - love it!

Well, I'm excited to say that I have a card to post every day this week!  I was busy this weekend, as card making never feels like 'laboring' for me.  It was a perfect time to enjoy myself by making cards for my sweet daughter and to get started on Christmas Cards.  I know... Christmas, in September?  I make ALOT of Christmas cards, as you will see in the coming months!

First, I had so much fun making these large flowers out of the owl punch a few weeks ago.  The flowers have been sitting on my desk, just waiting to be glued to a card:
Each 'petal' is created by cutting a 'v' between the owl ears.  Then cut off the feet (sorry, that sounds so cruel - lol).  Fold the owl lengthwise and pinch the bottom.  This gives you a point from which to fold, and also brings the petals tips up a bit.  From your bottom crease, fold each edge in until they touch.  I then glued these to the large scallop punch of pear pizzaz cardstock.  The center is a 1/2" punch of Garden Gala dp adhered to a build-a-brad.  I had fun mixing the Garden Gala and Razzleberry Lemonade (retired) design papers, too!  My daughter described this card as "cheerful."  I'd have to agree!

I have another example of owl flowers tomorrow using the Noveau Chic paper and one of the new stamp sets.  Hope you'll stop by!  Until then, make it a Stampin' Day!