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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Picnic Time!!

Here is a quick card I did with the girls at my tech class this month!
My card base is cherry cobbler.  I layered baha breeze on top,with some sponged white clouds for my sky.  Do you know how to do that? Well, let me tell ya!  First, I take a post-it note and punch our 1-3/4"scallop circle through a piece,making sure to get the sticky part ;)  Using the post-it note(or another thin paper) sponge around the top of the scallop with our white ink, moving the post-it note from place to place to give the effect of clouds.  How fun is that?!
I layered a piece of DSP from the love letters dsp with the edge punched with our eyelet border punch.  I thought this piece reminded me of a checkered tablecloth?
My whole watermelon is made with our 1-3/4"circle punch in garden green cs. Want to know how to make the 'ripple look' too? Ok then, I used my watercolor crayons!  Drawing squiggly rick-rack lines across the circle in both always artichoke and white.  Using the aqua painters, I blend the colors until I get my desired look.  I try to use more white on the center and towards the top to give it the dimension it needs. If you don't have one of these-get one! lol I <3 mine!,but you can also use a pint brush;)and water.
For my cut piece of watermelon, I layered my circles,punching out a rind(punch smaller one first then center over and punch again with your larger one) I used real red cs for my center and adhered the rind to that.  I then hand trimmed my watermelon into a pie shaped piece.
Well, ever since I got my triple layer blossom bouquet punch, I knew that my little scraps would be great little seeds!  Karen(one of my girls) is not completely thrilled that I need to find something to do with EVERY little scrap ;) so she says she will use a black marker to accomplish the seeds LOL,but mine will be dimensional!
These seeds are scraps of early espresso cs-leftover from a previous project!
My little plate is made using both my large and small(soon to be retired-:'( WAH!!!)oval punches.  I cut 2 ovals from our so saffron cs.  I placed the small one under the large with our dotto repostionable adhesive.  I dry embossed with my embossing stylus but you can use our awesome bone folder too!!  Then took off my smaller oval and wallah- a cute little plate!!

The stamped sentiment is done with our Full of Life set and markers in choc chip,real red and garden green.
Well, life is a picnic...so eat hearty!! Using our tiny scalloped circle from the itty bitty punch pack, take a 'bite' out of that watermelon!  Hope you enjoyed my little picnic card!

Until Next Thought, 

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Fathers Day Card-A Day Late!!

This is a card I made with the new stamp set 'the Open Sea"
It is a "spring card"
I cut a piece of early espresso card stock 4-1/4"x9"
I make a score at the 5-1/2" mark.From that score line, I measure up 2"on both sides of card, and also measure 2" down.  I score from one sides top marks to the opposite sides bottom marks, doing this on both sides to create a 'criss-cross' over the center score mark.As shown below;
From the top 2 marks, I cut to center of top(2-1/8') to create a diamond shape.
Sorry my pics on this are not the greatest!
Here is another version of this technique: Split Coast stampers Spring Card
My measurements are a little different, but their explanation is probably much better;)
I stamped the 'woodgrain stamp set' in white ink on my espresso cs, on both the front and the back and also on a piece of scrap,which needs to be big enough to make the porthole.
The porthole is done by punching a smaller circle first in espresso cs and then lining up a larger circle punch(I believe I used the 1 3/4 then a 2" circle punch). The cutter is done with black ink and just a slight bit of water color. I also punch this in the larger circle size.  You of course,can use what sizes you have ;)
I adhered these layers together and added 5 antique eyelets.  Attach to the top of my card.
I layered marina mist and very vanilla papers on the card base. These I distressed,sponged and stamped randomly with more images from the Open Sea Stamp set. I used cherry cobbler,soft suede and early espresso inks:
I had meant to actually post this ON Father's Day, but as always...a day late;)...
Hope you enjoy and give a go at a 'spring card fold' !!
Happy Belated Father's Day to all the Fathers!

Until Next Thought,

Monday, June 13, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame....

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks!!!

This is a little gift basket I created for my sons baseball coaches.  It all started when I found this cool chip bowl at Party City.  I know you can't see it very well, but it is shaped like a baseball mitt-sooo cute! Thus, my theme ;)
In the basket there is of course peanuts and cracker jacks! 
I also added some things that reminded me of being at a ball game.  Some big league chew, sunflower seeds(because they are the rage in the dugouts),baby ruth candy bars,popcorn,hot dog containers(found at local dollar store)and finally a bottle of (root root root for the home team)root beer!!

For my thank you card, 
 I used a little inspiration from a fellow demonstrator,Debbie, I changed mine up a bit, I think my cap is smaller?  So, on to the directions:  To create the cap, I cut a strip of card stock(this one I did in garden green,but you can match to your colors) 1-1/2"high. I cut 3 partial wide ovals,using our extra large oval punch.  I layered these together to form the cap.  For the button at the top of my cap, I used the medium circles from our owl punch(I thought my itty bitty circle was a tad too big;))  The brim is also a wide oval, just trimmed on an angle.  I sponged around the cap ovals to give it some depth.  With our white gel pen, I added out teams letters.  The card base is also in the garden green.  I added a layer of bashful blue with white stars inlaid embossed with our square lattice impressions folder.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Word Play
  I stamped the sentiment 'thanks a million' with garden green ink on whisper white card stock. I also stamped some stars from the stamp set Extreme Elements in bashful blue in the background.  I puched this image using our decorative label xl punch.  To create the bat, I stamped a piece of kraft card stock with my Woodgrain Stamp in soft suede ink.  I then punch it on a slight angle with our word window punch and also the shape from our Itty Bitty Punches to create the handle-I trimmed one edge off the itty bitty punch.  The ball is also from the itty bitty punch pack with some hand drawn seams in real red ink and some black ink around the edge for a little depth.  I layered this tag on a larger one made with this technique I've shown on this previous post.
 Added to the gift basket with some baseball themed ribbon(sorry :( non-SU!). And a million thanks to all our volunteer coaches!

Until Next Thought,


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Thanks for SEA-ing me through...

Hello Stampin' Friends.... I have been slacking on my blog again, but I hope you enjoy this project.
I made this for my son's pre-school teachers.
As we live close to the Jersey shore, I thought it fitting to make them something SEA-worthy;)
I started with one of those cute little picnic baskets and found everything I could think of that had to do with the "SEA".  Some of the things that are in here are SEA salt chips,SANDies cookies,goldfish,gummy fish kabobs(with lobsters and sharks too;)) SUN chips,crabbers crackers,lifesavers,some sea themed coolies, and some SALT Water taffys made right here at the Jersey shore!!

Now I know none of that rambling had to do with paper-crafting!  For my very minimal paper crafting, I added some tags to my fish kabobs(which you can't see! very well).  AND my tag for the front of my basket.
This was done with some pacific point card stock for the back layer,stamped randomly in Pacific Point ink with the anchor from our stamp set "the Open Sea". I also stamped the anchor on a piece of whisper white cs and punched out with our circle punch.(I stink I forget the sizes I used!!)and layered on daffodil delight circle .  I used an antique brad through my anchor top and added a piece of our cherry cobbler bakers twine.
 As for the front layer, I used My Digital Studio for the sentiment, in pacific point also,and stamped the schooner in baja blue ink behind my sentiment.
Now interestingly enough, I have a family full of Sea captains!! Both my brothers and father are captains!
Now funnily enough, I had a hard time thinking of things to say like is it a sailboat or a schooner?, what the 'h-e-double hockey sticks' do you call the top of an anchor where I placed my brad???
Oh they will be so disappointed in my Sea-fairing skills ;)
Well I hope you enjoyed and that you will be SEA-ing more projects from me schooner than you think.  I know bad form! Just couldn't help myself;)

Until Next Thought,