Hertzlichen gluch wunsche zum Geburtstag

Posted by Susan on Thursday, August 20, 2009 in ,
Okay spelled incorrectly I'm sure but it means "heartfelt wishes on your birthday" in German. So why German? Because it's my Mother-in-Law's birthday today and she is originally from Cologne, Germany.
Here is the birthday card I made her:

My favourite part of this whole card is the Frames with a Flourish border stamp from SU. I really liked this frame, but wasn't sure what shape to put it on, since SU doesn't have a corresponding punch in this shape. Then, as I was flipping through my MM Slice Noteworthy design card booklet I saw the perfect shape. So I cut it out, pulled out my stamp-a-ma-jig to see if it would fit and presto, it was perfect. I cut another of the same shape in a dark pink about 1/2 an inch larger to get the border. I think it turned out quite well!
Paper: SU Cardstock Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery
Stamps: SU Inspired by Nature, SU Frames with a Flourish, SU Flight of the Butterfly, Inkadinkadoo Birthday Wishes Sentiment
Inks: SU Old Olive, SU Bashful Blue, SU Pretty In Pink, SU Summer Sun
Other Supplies: Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch, American Crafts Ribbon, Memory Makes Slice Noteworth Design Card


Witchy Poo

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in ,

Inkadinkado has a great Halloween stamp set called All Hallow's eve. The images are really stunning. I went full out with the sponging on this one.

First I took a lighter blue card stock and sponged it all over with Night of Navy Ink from Stampin' Up. Then I sponged up the edges of my moon with a little Summer Sun Ink. A little masking magic to create the white tail of the stamp and the night of navy on the moon and bibbity bobbity boo - a flying witch.

When I was done I thought it needed a little something extra, so I used the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Stampin' Up House of Haunts set...are you starting to see a trend here? I stamped it on a little label and attached it with some yellow ribbon from Basic Grey and it's ready for an envelope!

Paper: SU Cardstock in Night of Navy and Summer Sun
Stamps: Inkadinkado All Hallow's Eve, SU House of Haunts
Inks: SU Night of Navy, SU Summer Sun
Technique: Sponging
Other Supplies: Basic Grey ribbon


Trick or Treat!

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in ,
I just love these little spooky trick or treaters!

I used the Haunting Jumbo roller from Stampin Up for this card, along with some black and old olive card stock. Since I can NEVER seem to tear my edges correctly, I use the handy dandy Creative Memories Tear Tool to get an even looking tear on my card stock.

I then added some Halloween ribbon from Michaels...and their off to get their candy!

Paper: SU Cardstock in black and old olive
Stamps: SU Haunting Jumbo Roller
Other Supplies: Michaels Halloween Ribbon, Creative Memories Tear Tool.


Halloween colors abound

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in ,

Sponging is my new "thing". I think it adds great dimension, and I owe thanks to my Stampin' Up consultant Anita over at the HoveyHut for tips on how to get this great effect!
Again, this set uses the House of Haunts Stampin' Up stamp set, some bazzil cardstock, and a great striped DP from the K&Company Halloween Whimsy paper pack.
I added some dimension to this card by popping up the stamped blocks with dimensionals! Can't wait to send these off at the beginning of October!
Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsy DP, Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: SU House of Haunts
Inks: Black Stazon, Colorbox Pumpkin Orange, SU Real Red
Techniques: Sponging


Haunted House

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in ,
I think it's clear I like making Halloween cards. And this year Stampin' Up came out with some great Halloween sets. This card uses the House of Haunts stamp set which I love.

I used the Big Shot Top Note die cut, sponged the edge with some Garden Green ink, and then used my black stazon for the image. Then I used my Stampin Up colored pencils and blender pens to color in the moon.

The background green paper is from the awesome Halloween Whimsy paper pack from K&Company. It's just too much fun!

Look for more Halloween cards coming out of this set very soon!

Paper: K&Company Halloween Whimsy paper, Black cardstock
Stamps: SU House of Haunts
Ink: SU Garden Green, Black Stazon
Other Supplies: Big Shot from Stampin Up, SU Colored Pencils and Blender Pens

Inspiration: I got the idea for this card from here.


Happy Birthday Jill

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 09, 2009 in ,
Razzletini's and Marguerita's are on the menu!

This card turned out so summery I just love it. I used the Tart and Tangy stamps from Stampin' Up for the lemon and orange edge, and the Cheers to You Stampin' Up set for the images on the front of the card. The drink images I stamped with black stazon and then used my Stampin' Up colored pencils and blender pens to colorize. I then mounted them on orange cardstock cut with my Marvy Uchida scallop square punch.

I added a few strips of bright stripe designer paper in matching colors and voila! Let the celebrations begin!

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Designer Paper
Stamps: SU Tart and Tangy, SU Cheers to You
Inks: Black Stazon
Other Supplies: Marvy Uchida scallop square punch, SU colored pencils and blender pens.


Pumpkin stencils ...

Posted by Susan on Saturday, August 08, 2009 in ,
...aren't just for pumpkins anymore.

I got inspired last year with an idea for Halloween cards, which was to make them kind of like all those great pumpkin carvings from Pumpkin Masters you can buy around Halloween. So I went online and found a few free..simple...pumpkin carving templates and decided to give it a try with some cardstock and my trusty Coluzzle swivel blade. I think the results worked out pretty well.

This guy is one of my favorites, he turned out so well. Really spooky but fun too! I added a little Halloween ribbon I found at Michaels, and it was great because it included the sentiment too!

For the witch and the ghost below, I backed the cut out with a shimmery vellum paper rather than the orange cardstock. I think it adds a neat effect, almost like a shiny moon. And again I added a little Halloween ribbon from Michaels to the bottom.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, shimmer vellum
Other Supplies: Michaels Halloween ribbon


Happy Birthday Dad!

Posted by Susan on Friday, August 07, 2009 in ,
Make a wish Dad! No I can't afford to get you that for your birthday....try again :D

This was a fun card to make. I used my Not Quite Navy cardstock and a piece of Maine Blueberry designer paper from Stampin' Up for the card background. I ran some white cardstock over my fiskars texture template to get the dots effect and then joined the two in the middle with a great cupcake ribbon from Sugar and Spice for Michaels.

I used my Stampin' Up Scallop punch and the cupcake and candle from the Party Hearty stamp set in bashful blue and close to cocoa. I added some Doodlebug Design sugar coating glitter in swimming pool blue to add sparkle, cause you know I love the sparkle.

Finally, I used my super duper Slice machine and the Words & Expressions design card to create a diecut sentiment "Make a Wish".

Paper: SU Cardstock in Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy, SU Maine Blueberry designer paper
Stamps: SU Party Hearty
Inks: SU Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa
Other Supplies: SU Scallop Round Punch, Doddlebug Design Sugar Coating Glitter - Swimming Pool, Memory Makers Slice - Words & Expressions Design Card


A rose by any other name

Posted by Susan on Thursday, August 06, 2009 in ,

This is a birthday card I made for my mother in law. I actually copied the idea from the Creative Memories website sample projects. It was actually this project that made me order the Paisley Punch that I used on the card. It's a neat punch, although probably somewhat limited in it's usefulness. I also had a lot of trouble with the punch sticking, although my DH figured out a great way to get it unstuck when it sticks and not lose your punched image and waste a bunch of paper.
If you have one of these punches and have experienced this problem without resolution, all you need to do is push half way down on the lever a few times in quick succession and the springs seem to pop out without damaging your die cut.
I added a few glitter ladybug stickers to this one to make it sparkle, cause you can never have too much sparkle! Enjoy
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Other Supplies: Creative Memories Paisley Punch


Blue Butterfly

Posted by Susan on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 in , ,

Up until now I hadn't used any of the designer paper sets from Stampin' Up. This is my first card using almost all Stampin' Up products, and I think it turned out pretty well. It's also the first card I got to use my new Slice from Memory Makers on! I'm very excited because the Slice ROCKS!

So, the Stampin' Up cardstock is old olive and bashful blue, to match the designer paper Maine Blueberry from last years catalog. I used the Flight of the Butterfly stamp (bashful blue and not quite navy) and my brand new Butterfly punch which I loooove! I popped the butterfly up a bit with a dimensional sticker.

For the ribbon divider I used a scrap piece of certainly celery ribbon, and a thin strip of pale blue stock ribbon from Michaels. I thought it was a neat effect.

I did cheat a little and used a Studio G "Thank You" stamp, but the dots went so well with the paper and the butterfly I couldn't resist.

I think the recipient liked it because they called to thank me for the thank you card and how great they thought it was - so that was kind of nice! Hope you like it too!

Paper: SU Cardstock (Bashful Blue), SU Maine Blueberry Designer Paper
Stamps: SU Flight of the Butterfly, Studio G Thank you
Inks: SU Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive
Other Supplies: Memory Makers Slice, SU certainly celery ribbon, Michaels stock ribbon in baby blue, SU Butterfly punch


Autumn Leaves Thank You

Posted by Susan on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 in , ,
Another autumn pallette inspired thank you card. This one was really fairly simple, as I just layered different sizes of burgandy and beige cardstock for the background and then embellished with a few die cut autumn leaves from Me and My Big Ideas.

I thought the bottom was a little bland, but didn't want to stamp anything there, so I decided to tie a raffia bow instead.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Me and My Big Ideas Die Cuts
Other Supplies: Raffia


Flower Thank You

Posted by Susan on Monday, August 03, 2009 in , ,
So I reeealllyyy liked the Fresh-Cut Notes cards from the Stampin' Up catalog, but I was too impatient to wait for an order to actually try them out. So I drew myself up a little petal template and used it to trace five petals on a piece of white card stock. I can tell you, getting them all even was NOT easy! Then I used my Coluzzle swivel blade to cut them out, creating the peek-a-boo flower. Then I used a Close to My Heart acrylic background stamp with all kinds of text on it, stamped in white on a tan cardstock, and placed it behind the flower cut out.

I embellished the center of the flower with layered burgandy and beige stars, and a burgandy button right on top. I think it turned out really well and I sent it off as a thank you card.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH acrylic background stamp
Ink: Colorbox white ink


Autumn Gold

Posted by Susan on Sunday, August 02, 2009 in , ,

I sent out a lot of thank you cards last fall and I think I used autumn as my inspiration because all the colors and images I used seem to represent fall! The "thank you" I used on the bottom of the card was done with some Close to My Heart acrylic letter stamps that I got on a super sale and wanted to try them out.

Paper: Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps: SU Fall Whimsy, CTMH Acrylic Letters
Other Supplies: Gold embossing powder


Just Bee-cause

Posted by Susan on Saturday, August 01, 2009 in , ,

This is a simple thank you card I made for a friend who really likes bees. I used a yellow DP with white dots and I embossed the black card stock using my fiskars texture templates. Then I used acrylic stamps from studio g for the flower and the sentiment. Finally, I found a stock ribbon at Michaels that matched perfectly and added that as well.
Paper: Bazzil Cardstock, Memory Makers Designer Paper
Stamps: Studio G Stamps
Other Supplies: Fiskars Texture Templates, Michaels stock ribbon

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