Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Retirement!

I have a dear friend who retires in a couple days and here is the tri-shutter card I made for her luncheon!  My love affair with the Tri-shutter design continues...

The card is pretty similar to my other tri-shutter cards.  Stamps this time are from Stampin' Up.  Have a wonderful Sunday!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Back from the sun!

Had a wonderful week of sunshine, sand and campfires!   It was very relaxing and I made some great cards.  I will be posting some of them soon.

Here is a photo of the gorgeous sunset from our campsite on the bluff.  If you like to camp and you love the  ocean, you have to try Kalaloch National Campground.  Gregg and I have been taking our family to this spectacular stretch of beach since we've been married, 25 years ago.  Gregg actually started camping there as a boy.

Hope you have had a great weekend.  Look for some new cards to come!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DeNami Mini Cards Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome!  It's DeNami Blog Hop time and I am so excited to be able to share with you.  I have just as much fun creating as I do hopping from blog to blog with so many creative, talented stampers!  
If you are following along the "hop", you just arrived from the blog of the delightful Andrea Fisher.  If you have gotten turned around, lost, or want to go back to the beginning, visit DeNami's Blog

I hope you have lots of fun visiting today and enjoy the cards I have created for you!  All the stamps used for these mini cards are from DeNami.  If you wish to purchase them, check out their wonderful online shop !

Your next stop along the hop is with
the wonderful

Please leave your comments below to be eligible for the DeNami drawing!  DeNami will be giving away TWO $20 gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop.  Comments need to be left by Monday, August 15, 11:59 p.m. PST.  Thank you very much for allowing me to share!

And now for my mini cards... 

Each card in the collection measures 3 1/2" square.  
They can be given individually or together as a gift set.

DeNami Stamps:

Bazzill Criss Cross – Katydid (light green), Lily White, Hyacinth  (blue), Sunshine (yellow)

Versafine Black Stamp pad
SU Scallop square Punch (1 1/2”)
SU Square Punch (1 3/8”)
Corner Rounder
Paper Piercing tool
Dimensionals or Foam Tape
Ribbon – Green, Pink
Stickles: Diamond, Firefly, Cotton candy, Yellow
3D Crystal Lacquer or similar product
Tombow Markers

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Male Birthday Tri-shutter card

Hi!   Back from my quick trip to Spokane with my girlfriends for the Michael Buble concert and some bead shopping.  Now to post another card!

My Dad turns 83 in a few days and he really enjoys my handmade cards.   Since I am currently loving the Tri-Shutter design, and of course, DeNami stamps, I combined the two to make this fun card! Some of the other stamps are from Stampin' Up and Hero Arts.

The stars are punched and copper Stickles applied. The lattice that I used under the sailboats is from my newest EK Success punch  The front medallion was done with lots of layers of scallops and circles. Lots of fun to make and experiment with. You should give it a try!

DeNami Stamps Used:  PF39 Under the Sea stamp set, PF40 Nautical Stamp set

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I love Turquoise!

As many of my friends already know,  I love turquoise...both the gemstone and the color!  I also like aqua, teal, and the whole blue green family.  So it is no surprise to see cards made from these colors.  This card, both inspired by DeNami's recent Sketch Challenge and a watch I made on Saturday, is only one example of my obsession...

Here is the watch:

And here is the card:

Although it is not an exact match of DeNami's Sketch, I was inspired in the layout from her sketch.  Here is a list of supplies used to create this card:

DeNami Stamps:

Paper Piercing tool

Other Supplies:
White cardstock base - 5.5 x 8.5", folded
Turquoise cardstock - 5.25 x 4"
Black cardstock 
White cardstock - behind black 
Grey cardstock - scallop punched
Turquoise cardstock - medium oval punched
Stickles: Diamond, Yellow
Divine Twine:  Aqua and White twist

Hope you like my latest card!  It was a lot of fun to create and share with you.

Blossoming Birthday

Hi everyone,
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!   Had a lot of fun on Thursday and Friday, following the DeNami and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!  Makes me wish I had a lot more time and money for stamping!  The two companies' stamps are so versatile and coordinate so well together, it was very inspiring.

In the spirit of combining stamps, I made the card posted below.  Found this stamp at a recent Stamp Expo and knew it would be perfect to team up with DeNami's images.

I have been wanting to make a card with the grey and pink color scheme and this one spoke to me.  The latice was punched with my new EK Success punch in white cardstock.  I used DeNami's rose from the Rosevine Flowers Stamp set.  The leaf is from the Leaf Accents Stamp set.  After stamping in black, each were colored with Tombow markers (can't wait to try out my Copic markers, that should arrive any day now!)  Although cutting out small flowers and leaves may not be your cup of tea, I think the card turned out sweet.

The stamped sentiment is from Make An Impression.  I bought it at the same recent Stamp Expo.

Oh, and one last note, the Pink Paisley background paper behind the sentiment, is also sold on DeNami's website and was created for them by Bella Press.

How you have a lot of fun stamping this week!  Until next post,

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DeNami Sketch Challenge!

Now that I have a blog and can post photos of my card creations, I can start participating in DeNami's challenges!   I am so excited!  I just hope I have thought of everything.

Here is the sketch challenge template...

Using DeNami stamps, I came up with a fun idea using the Fuzzy Ball and Friendly Faces.  A list of supplies follow:

1 – 5.5 x 8.5” white cardstock (card base)
1 – 4 x 5.25” DeNami Navy cardstock
1.- 2.75 x 5” light blue cardstock
1 – 2.5 x 4.75” white cardstock
1 - .75 x 2.75” white cardstock
1 – 1 x 3” Golden Tangerine DeNami cardstock
DeNami white organza .5” ribbon

Versafine Majestic Blue inkpad
Tombow Markers:  025 light orange, 055 process yellow, 133 chartreuse, 173 willow green, 451 sky blue, 452 process blue, 925 scarlet orange, 933 orange

Stickles: Lime Green, Orange Peel, Yellow, Turquoise

DeNami Stamps:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happy Everything!

Here is a little pocket card I made this spring to celebrate the retirement of my dear friend and co-worker Kathy!  A special friend needed a very special card!

On a piece of 3-3/4 x 5" white cardstock I stamped DeNami D128 Elegant Floral Blossom on the left edge and right bottom corner in Versafine Black.  I also stamped the little ladybug in PF19 Bitty Bugs stamp set and colored them in with Tombow markers.  The "Happy Everything" is from Stampin' Up.    This card is decorated with a red button and black ribbon.

This white cardstock was backed in 4 x 5-1/4" black cardstock.  The pocket was made of red cardstock and trim with white cardstock punched with Stampin' Up eyelet punch.  Tucked under the white eyelet is a strip of black to make the eyelet pop.  I glued the edges of the pocket with the thinnest line of  Tombow's Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  It is one of the strongest, easy to apply, glue.  The dual tip is fabulous allowing you to apply a wide or teeny stripe of glue.

Whenever I think of it, I like to decorate the envelope to match the card. It really doesn't take much more time, since the stamps and markers are already handy.  Just keep your envelope close by and stamp it when you stamp the card.

Here is a photo of the same card using a yellow and black color scheme...

Notice I stamped the little butterfly from the same Bitty Bugs set.  Using the Word Window Stampin' Up punch, I made a tag with "Everything."  Since the tag was narrow I attached a black brad instead of trying to thread it on to the 1/4" ribbon.

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, August 1, 2011

And now a little Cricut...

Hi Everyone!  For those who know me, you know I LOVE my Cricut!  It is so fun to play with and I make lots of cute things for school.

Today I am posting a couple photos of a Thank You "card" I made with my Cricut to thank my co-workers for a wonderful birthday celebration.  I used the "Walk in My Garden" cartridge and cut a bunch of different flowers, hearts, leaves, stem, etc.  For the colors, I chose paper that were realistic and also coordinate well with the heart paper.  I created a four-panel card, attached the ribbon ties and then decorated it with the red paper (with sanded edges), the heart paper and the "Thanks A Bunch" sentiments.

The flowers were all arranged and glued in place inside the card. Be sure to arrange flowers from edge to edge so that when the card is tied, the flowers go all the way around, without a gap.

Then I covered the raw ends of all the stems with another four-panel piece of cardstock.  When the ribbons are tied, you can stand the card up, like a vase.  When they are untied, your message can be read on the inside.  This is what the card looks like untied and flat.

Here is a photo of the card, all tied up and standing.  When upright, the card is approximately 12" tall.  

Cute, huh?  I was so proud and I can honestly say that I haven't anything quite like it.
Hope you can try this out.  It really is fun!
Till next time,