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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Glitter Queens Winter Blog Hop Day 3

Wow-where does the time go?  Today is the last day of our hop and we hope you've enjoyed everything.   Did you see what Jenny did today?   My project today is a sweet little something for all the extra people on your holiday list.  Something for the postman, bus driver, favorite clerk at a store or coworker.


A few weeks ago our commissary had Starbucks hot cocoa packets.  I used some whisper white to make a pocket for the hot cocoa and a top hat lifts it out.  I attached a mini candy cane and there you go!
The whisper white is 6 1/4" x 8 1/2.  On the long side score at 3/4, 1 1/8, 4 3/4, 5 1/8.  Along the bottom score at 1/4" and it will make a box with an open top.
The hat is black 3 1/2 x 4 3/4"  On the long way score at 2 1/8 and 2 3/8.  Attach it to the packet.  The brim is 2 pieces of black 1 x 4 3/4" with all corners rounded and attached to the top of the box.
The eyes are 1" circles with white pupils from a hand held punch.  The nose is pumpkin pie cut with the pennant punch.  Jolly Bingo Bits and the small scallop decorate the brim.  His scarf is from the DSP stack cut with the Hearts a Flutter framelit.
If you have any questions please leave me a comment.  Now on to Gina and don't forget Tamara.
One last project before I go....what do you do with the Christmas cards you receive?  Here's how I preserved mine last year.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed all the projects yesterday.  You may be here after visiting Jenny or on your own.  Please make sure to stop by everyone's blog to get really inspired.  Okay now on to today's project.




Can I say again how much I love the journaling tags.  The turned into these cute mini cards with minimal effort.  I packaged four together to give as a gift or you can use each as a quick card.  The base of each is a crumb cake card 3 x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4".  Four fit into this envelope made with the envelope punch board. A little glitter and some washi tape really jazzed them up.  I think the Santa one is my favorite. In fact I love it so much I'm going to enter it on SUO challenges.   A belly band really dresses up the envelope with the set Four Frames and the sentiment is from Sweet Essentials.
Now don't forget to stop by Gina's and Tamara's for more super cute ideas.
And come back tomorrow for our last day and idea for a little gift for all the extra people on your list.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Glitter Queens Winter Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome...grab a cup of cocoa and relax for a minute.  The Glitter Queens are here to help you get a head start on the holidays.  You are probably arriving here from Jenny's blog but if you miss anyone just check the end of this post for everyone sharing with us this month.
The holidays can be such a stressful time when it should really be about celebrating family and focusing on the reason for the season.  The first step in making things easier is getting organized.  I was really inspired by the Season of Style This and That Journal and a project I did a few years ago along the same lines.  So here is my holiday planner.
I started with a composition book that I had left over from school supplies.  The front is covered with Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The front is decorated with Season of Style Journaling Tags and a fabric bookmark.  I made some tabs with the Envelope Punch Board using the Season of Style DSP stack.  I have 4 sections (calendar, cards, gifts and journaling).




To make any picture bigger just click on it to get a closer look.  In the gift section I also used the envelope punch board to make a place to put receipts.
This was a lot of fun to put together and I also used some washi tape to secure the journaling tags.

I hope this inspires you to get organized and get ahead so you can enjoy the holidays.  Come back tomorrow to see some quick cards that can be packaged together as a gift or given out to special friends.

Now don't stop here keep going to Gina's blog to see what is going on in her holiday workshop.
After Gina you have to see Tamara as she always does something fantastic.

Have fun...see you tomorrow!

Monday, November 4, 2013

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Super Owl

Hello...it's November...eeek.  Time to get cracking on those holiday projects and to do lists.  Need some help...never fear  the Glitter Queens are here to help.  Make sure you check back with us tomorrow Tuesday the 5th through Thursday the 8th for our winter/Christmas blog hop.  As usual we will start with
Dawn and then
me
and then
I hope you will be inspired to get a head start on the holidays.  This is the best time of the year to show others how much you care and Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to do just that.  
And now for that other superhero....super owl.
 
You may have seen my Batman owl post and here is Superman.  I added hair because what is Superman without his super fabulous hair.
This accompanied a Superman book for a birthday boy turning 5.
Make sure you come back tomorrow to check out some fab projects.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

It is already dusk here in Germany and I expect my doorbell to ring while I'm posting this.  Here were the Halloween treats I made for my husband to give out at work.
I used some retired DSP and cut it out with the chalk talk framelits.  The images are from the retired set (that I will never get rid of) Spooky Bingo Bits.  They are punched out with the 1" circle and then mounted to a 1 1/4" circle.  The ribbon is something I've had for FOREVER and moved it like 4 times in the last few years knowing some day I'd use it.  The tags are stapled to individually wrapped and Halloween colored Peeps.

I hope to post a picture tomorrow of my son in his costume.  It was a crafting adventure for sure.

Now here's another treat...the Glitter Queens are hopping again.  We will be featuring projects for Christmas.
I'm working on some cards and projects right now not only for the hop but trying to stay ahead of my to do list as we will be SUPER busy with company between now and Christmas.  It will be so wonderful to have visitors from home.  Alright we'll be out the door soon....watch out for LEGO man.

Tick or Treat!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bapoy!

I just love the Minions and there have been a few made from punch art out there in the crafting world lately.  I actually worked on a card like this a few weeks ago but instead of going to its intended recipient I had to give it away early for to a new Kindergarten friend.
But making it the second time was easier and I added the mouth detail and the tongue :)

The base is Daffodil Delight cut with the oval framelit.  The overalls are Pacific Point given texture with the hexagon tamp from Six Sided Sampler in Versamark.  I used dimensionals to pop up the straps and added a real button to each strap.  The pocket is also up on dimesionals.  The Gru logo is made using 2 small oval punches one in Pacific Point and the other black.  I hand drew the G with the help of a ruler and then cut with an x-acto knife and my iris scissors.  It makes the drawing easier if you use temporary adhesive to glue the oval to your grid paper and mark your 4 compass points on the paper.
The eye is 1 3/4" circle punch in white and then a shaker part was made for the silver goggle.  The straps are black grosgrain ribbon.
Inside the shaker is a 1" white circle and 3/4" chocolate chip circle and it free floats in the shaker part.  The hair is also chocolate chip cut with the large oval.
I hope you like this card or it made you giggle.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The falling leaves

Saturday was World Card Making Day and I did get a chance to play a little.  I've seen this layout in a couple places and decided to give it a whirl.  I cut a Very Vanilla base 4 1/4 by 11 and scored at 5 1/2.  I lined it back up in the paper trimmer and cut 1 1/4" off the left side of the front panel.
I cut a 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of DSP and created the side panel with Sweater Weather DSP.  I trimmed the excess and mounted it to the back/inside panel.
The front is decorated with the oval from Oh Hello and the leaf is from Magnificent Maple.  I embossed the leaf with Tangerine Tango EP and the oval was stamped in Soft Sky and clear EP.
I made a few others using this layout and stamped a birthday greeting but this one I left plain to send to a friend and customer who placed an order this week.
I hope you enjoy this card and check back later I also worked on some Halloween treats this weekend.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog Hop day 3

Well we've come to the end of another hop.  I hope you have been inspired to do some great crafting and stamping.  Today you may be arriving from Tamara's or from any other direction as I have been Pinning my posts to Pinterest.  Pinterest is also where I was inspired to create today's project.

I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for this bag from Silvey.  I decided to make it less like a purse but you certainly could put handles on it.  I used the Natural Composition Specialty DSP to make this bag and the two 3 x 3 cards earlier this week. I love getting the most out of one sheet of DSP.  I used a vintage brad for the closure and a loop of our stretchy ruffled baked brown sugar ribbon for a loop to close the bag.  The front is decorated again like the pumpkin card.  I gave this bag to my neighbor with some friendship tea and the two little cards.  If you would like the tea recipe please leave me a comment.
I hope you have enjoyed our hop.  We'll be back next month with a Winter version so stay tuned for updates.
If you lost your way at any point here is a list of everyone participating.
You start with  Dawn
then onto the hoppers
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog hop Day 2

Welcome back!  I hope you are arriving here after checking out what Tamara created today.  I love her cards from yesterday and have to try the peek-a-boo one.
Thank you so much for your comments on the pumpkin. I will give a brief list of instructions to make it at the end of this post.
Today I have a simple but stunning card for you.
This card has a crushed curry base with accents of tangerine tango and chocolate chip.  The main image is Magnificent Maple.  I colored it all over first with my crushed curry marker then accented it with the tangerine tango marker.
If the layout looks familiar it was an accident but when I was done I thought "it looks like a flip card".  Take your inspiration from anywhere.  Even though this isn't cut with the thinlet die it is still a great layout.
I added a piece of crushed curry chevron ribbon and made a matching envelope from the Sweater Weather DSP.  To add a bit of interest I punched out a circle from the DSP and will use it as the envelope seal.
I hope this project gets your seal of approval.  Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the last day of our hop.  I have another 3-D project for you.  Please make sure you see all of our hopping Glitter Queens.  You start with Dawn
then onto the hoppers

Now the pumpkin.
You'll need a styrofoam ball, rubber bands, a sharp knife, a dull knife, fabric scissors, fabric and batting.
Using the rubber bands around the ball divide the ball into six sections. 3 rubber bands with ends crossing over at both poles.
Cut rectangles of fabric long enough to go from pole to pole with a little extra and a little wider than the section at its widest point.  Cut the batting slightly smaller and more true to the shape of section.
With the sharp knife make thin but 1/4" deep channels into the styrofoam (a messy job so do it where you don't mind vacuuming later)
You can remove the rubber bands or let them be in the channel.
Lay the batting down first then the fabric.  With the dull knife push the fabric into the channels making sure not to put in too much that you don't have fabric on the other side to stuff in.  start in the middle and work towards the poles.  You'll need to trim fabric and batting as you go so you don' t have too much to shove into the channel.
The stem can be a random stick or twig from the yard or if you have a crafty person around (my dad made this stem) they can carve it from a small piece of wood.
I hope these directions are clear but if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me.
have fun!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Glitter Queens Blog Hop Day 1

Hello and welcome to the first of three days of our hop.  You may have joined me from Tamara's or from another link but if you've missed anyone in between I'll have everyone's link at the bottom of this post.
I love to decorate for fall and the project I'm showing today I've had for a while and actually can't believe I hadn't posted it before now.  The best part is that the fabric used although retired is currently available on the clearance rack.   The Spice cake fabric is a deal at $3.99.  You can order by clicking on the shop 24/7 button on the right side of my blog.
The idea is not mine and it has been so long I forget who to give credit to.  Using a Styrofoam ball, rubber bands and some batting this cute pumpkin is fun to make.  I used tools from a class I took on doll making (kimekomi) when we lived in Japan but a butter knife would work just as well.  If you'd like more detailed instructions please leave a comment.
I have 2 cards to show you today also.  One of my favorite sizes is 3 x 3. I made my own punch art for the acorn and the pumpkin is pretty well known.

Can you tell what set I used to decorate the acorn...Hearts a Flutter.
The base of the card is from our DSP Natural Composition Specialty.  The die cut in the background is from the Window Frames collection and the acorn and the pumpkin were made using the small oval punch.  Are you loving the matching envelopes....then you have to get the new envelope punch board.  I am having WAY to much fun with it.
I hope you enjoyed our first day of hopping.  I'm the caboose on this trip but if you'd like to go back and visit any of the other Glitter Queens make sure you start with 
then onto the hoppers
Make sure you come visit us each day for the rest of the week to see what else we have for Fall/Thanksgiving.
Have a great day!

Getting ready to hop

Well the government may be shutdown but the Glitter Queens are working hard to get ready for our blog hop starting tomorrow.
Once again you should start off with
then onto the hoppers
then back to me.

Here's a card to get you in the fall feeling.  The temps here in Germany are starting to get fallish and leaves are turning.

This card was inspired by the triple time stamping technique.  I used the Hello Dahlia set on very vanilla.  The chalk talk framelits were trimmed and then temporarily adhered while stamping the image in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzelberry.  I heat embossed them and then matted on coordinating card stock.
So don't forget to come back by tomorrow to see what we have planned with fall and Thanksgiving in mind.



Monday, September 16, 2013

Twins card

First of all...this is a card for someone else :)  A work colleague of my husband is expecting twin girls in the near future and her shower was Saturday.  Would you like to know when I found out the shower was Saturday?  At 2pm on Thursday.  My husband sent me an email...do you already have a card?  Do we have a gift?  Oh and there's a pot luck tomorrow too.  Anyone else get things dropped on them like this?
When I do I have a "go to" card design.  This is it.  A base cut from the scallop square die (now retired but replaced by the nesting square dies).  Then a folded card (3 3/4 square) on top.  An accent piece at the bottom and there you go.  The stamp set I used for the main image is called slice of life and is retired.  The sentiment is from sweet essentials.  The color I used was Crisp Cantelope.  It is a little hard to see but at the bottom edge of the accent piece at the bottom is some of the ruffle trim.
I did paper piecing and added dimensionals and made some hand made "hangers" out of jewelry wire. Paper piecing is one of my favorite techniques and that is the challenge this week over at SUO challenges.
So Thursday I made this card, crocheted two hats and made some cookies.  All ready to take to work Friday morning for delivery.  I wish I had taken photos of the finished hats and packaging but it was already 10pm.
Have a great day.  Keep checking back as we will have our Thanksgiving hop coming soon.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Glitter Queen Blog Hop day 3

Thank you so much for visiting us this week.  I'm so excited to see that I have passed a milestone of 40,000 page views.  Just like yesterday you've probably arrived here from Dee's or you could be coming over from SUO challenge page.  I don't know about you but I gots to make me a sparkly owl.
Today's project is for the coffee lover.  When I first saw the set Perfect Blend in the new catalog I knew it would have to come live at my house.  While living here in Germany is wonderful I really miss running through a Starbucks to grab my favorite fall treat...Spiced Pumpkin Latte.  Sigh.  I have found a recipe on Pintrest to make it at home.  Last year my mom found me the Starbucks Via Pumpkin but it's not as good as the real thing.


The bag is from the Tag a Bag Gift bag.  Inside the bag is one dose of coffee and the fabric coffee sleeve.  The coffee sleeve is reversible and uses retired SU fabric and buttons.  The closure uses our new Ruffle Stretch Trim in Baked Brown Sugar.  The bag is closed with new ribbon also (Chevron in Pumpkin Pie).
I have made these coffee sleeves before after seeing some other SU Demos doing them.  I like my versions best and in the past I have used a hair tie for the elastic closure.  There are lots of free patterns on the internet for the coffee sleeve or you can just undo one of the cardboard ones and make your own pattern with a seam allowance.  I use 2 fabrics and quilt batting in the middle.
If you have any questions please leave me a comment.  I'm not a professional sewer but I can probably give you the steps if you want to make your own.

It's sad to say the hop is over but don't be too sad.  We'll be back later with a Thanksgiving and a Winter Hop.

If you've missed anyone today here again is the list of everyone.
or head back to the start...our wonderful upline Dawn.

See you soon! (Bis Spater)

For anyone who is curious Kindergarten is going well.  Thanks

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Glitter Queen Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back!  I hope you enjoyed seeing all the great ideas yesterday.  You are probably arriving here from Dee's but if you've missed anyone along the way don't worry I'll have everyone's blog address at the bottom of this post.
Dee did a fantastic job yesterday using the Owl Builder Punch and that is one of my favorites also.  Today I have used it to make some candy treats also.  I made one for the kids and one for the adults.
These treats use the great kit from the Holiday catalog the Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit.
For $ 4.95 you get everything to make 10 goodie bags including the Kraft tags, bags, baker's twine (pre-cut), banners and stickers.  Inside the bag is a treat I found at the gas station...white chocolate candy corn flavored M&M s.
Here is the grown up version.  I used the That's the Ticket set for the sentiment.  I used the Oh, Hello stamp set to get the chevron image on the pre cut banner and cut it in half.  The chevron ribbon is shredded a little at the top for some extra texture.
Batman owl is inspired by this card I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  The card does not have instructions so I "winged it"...sorry for that pun.  Behind Batman you can see the stickers that come with this kit.
Batman is very popular at our house right now.  A few weeks ago we asked our son to sign his name to Granny's birthday card.  He wrote the letter "I" then the letter "B".  We asked him what he was doing and his answer "I'm Batman".  If you'd like any extra details please leave a comment.

If you have missed anyone along the way here are the links to the rest of the Glitter Queens.



Dawn is our leader and starts the hop everyday so if you want to swing back to her site just press the word Next under the pumpkins.
Please remember to come back tomorrow to see our last projects.  Mine is for the coffee lover and involves my sewing machine :)
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Hop Day 1

Yeah...thanks so much for stopping by to see our creations.  You may have arrived here on your own or from Dee's or Ronnel's.  I'm so excited to show you this card made with our new Thinlit Card Die.  It does all the work for you and if you've made a "flip-flop" card before you know how nice that is.

The card base is made from Basic Grey.  Then I used some DSP from last year.  I used a circle thinlit to cut the middle out of the circle and added a piece of window sheet framed with a circle of Old Olive.  The images are from the retired set Spooky Bingo Bits.  I used some dimensionals to make everything pop.
I do hope you will come back again tomorrow to see a 3-D project.
Now I'll send you back to Dawn's.  Just click on the word "next" under the pumpkins.  Dawn will be the first stop each day.
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If you have missed anyone along the way here is the list of everyone who is hopping.

Okay one more photo.  Here is my young man this morning as we headed to the first day of kindergarten (sniff sniff)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Are you ready? We are!


Happy Labor Day!  We celebrated today by taking an Ikea trip.  Tomorrow is our son's first day of Kindergarten so there is a lot to celebrate.  I thought I would get you ready by showing you a Halloween card inspired by the TV show "Breaking Bad".  I have to admit I've not ever watched the show but I have seen some cute signs on Pintrest lately using periodic table symbols to spell out names.
This card uses a Tangerine Tango base and some of the new Sweater Weather DSP.  The Honeycomb EF and the hexagon punch.  The witch (in German a Hexe) is from the retired set Spooky Bingo Bits.  I used my Cricut to cut out the words from Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.
So please remember to join us tomorrow as we hop for 3 days of great Halloween and Fall projects.  
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Remember September

Wow....September...already.  The weather here in Germany has been pleasant and making me wistful for fall (Herbst is the German word for fall).  Our son starts Kindergarten on Tuesday so that is a milestone of fall for sure.  I will be posting obligatory photos of him on the first day but not of me in the car with a box of tissues (sniff).
Want something else to look forward to....how about a Glitter Queen blog hop focusing on fall and Halloween?

Our hoppers will be

I'm the caboose on this hop so why not take a quick trip to these blogs today...hey it's a free trip!  But don't forget to come back and see us after Labor Day and get some great ideas for fall and Halloween.  Dawn will be starting us off that day and I can't wait to see all of the great ideas from my fellow Glitter Queens.  See you soon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SUO challenge #77

I was so honored last week to be named top 3 on the SUO challenge for back to school cards so I thought I'd play again.  This card I made as a double challenge to myself - make a masculine birthday card.

The card base is Sahara Sand with a layer of Sweater Weather DSP (I love that name...mostly because I love sweater weather).  The tag is cut using the Chalk Talk die out of Crumb Cake CS.  I applied some of the Epic Day washi tape and then some  7/16" trim and a retired button tied with some linen thread.
The sentiment comes from the Sweet Essentials set.  The tag is popped up on dimensionals.
I did distress the card with a stamp from French Foliage and sponging.
I hope you've enjoyed today's card.  In a very short few weeks the Glitter Queens will be hopping again so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Simply sketched birthday

This was another quick card where I let the DSP do most of the work.  The DSP is from Soho Subway and the image is from the hostess set Simply Sketched.  I stamped it onto water color paper and colored with copic markers then cut it out with the chalk talk framelits.  Since the card base and DSP are in summer starfruit I used the summer starfruit ribbon as well.  I also added some of the delicate lace tape for some more interest.
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to be creating more cards soon.  On Wednesday I threw my back out and have been living with my heating pad and muscle relaxers but slowly getting better.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hello you.

This is a card that came together really quick and easy.  The main image is not SU but most everything else is.  The card base is primrose petals and the inner card is pretty in pink ( I do miss it).  The image was colored with copics and paper pieced with PIP DSP and Comfort cafe DSP.
The hexagon holds the smaller card shut and embellished with the button.  The greeting is from Regarding Dalhias.  Thanks for stopping by again.  This card is on its way to Missouri to my college BFF who is having her third girl.  I'm feverishly working on a crocheted blanket to go along with it.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

SUO challenge #76

I had this card on my desk as I am trying to get ready for the start of school.  My son will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks and we are so excited for him to start this adventure.  The card base is crumb cake and I used a piece of DSP (retired Storybook) for the main focus.  It needed to be popped off of the base and so I used some scrap Real Red and cut narrow strips and attached to the top and bottom of the DSP.  The greeting comes from regarding Dahlias.  I used the hexagon punch to cut it out and then mounted it on pool party and used my paper snips to mat it.  A little retired bakers twine and a couple dimensionals and it is finished.
I am not sure if I will make a couple more to have on hand to send to his teachers or to make a gift set to give to a teacher.
Now everyone gives teachers apples and I'm sure they are obliged to accept them with a smile but if I were a teacher I would be really excited if someone gave me a coffee treat.  I had this project on my desk also to give to a friend who is moving to Germany soon.  The jet lag getting here is pretty hard and they arrive on Sunday afternoon and have to start work the next morning before 7.  I think these little packages of instant espresso might come in handy for a traveler or a teacher.
This is a 3-D pouch using the retired petite pocket die, chevron EF, raspberry ripple DSP for the belly band.  Tiny teacup stamp (retired) and the greeting is from Storybook friends.  I say yippee when I have a good cup of coffee...don't you?

Thanks for stopping by today in between trips to get clothes, backpacks and crayons.
Check back in the next few days I have some more cards (kid and feminine) and a too cute baby card.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

back to blogging.

Hello.  Wow it has been a long time since last we met.  Thanks to my followers who checked on me during my absence.   I had visited the states in April and when I came home I was struggling with pain that I thought was one thing but after suffering for a long time I finally went to the ER over Memorial Day and found out it was kidney stones.  When they did not pass I had surgery about a month ago.  I'm feeling so much better now and drinking lots of water so I hopefully don't have to go through this again.
I've made a few cards but haven't been happy with anything until the other day.  This is a card and some play food tea bags for my friend's little girl who is turning 5.

Are you familiar with the super cute website Shop Sweet Lulu?  I love all their wares but especially the straws and spoons.  For Miss Caroline's birthday I bought from Lulu their book/game "Tea Party".  A while ago I saw some of these precious fabric tea bags perfect for any tea party.  
My card base is Tangerine Tango and the paper is not SU.  Everything else is but it is retired.  Tiny teacup is one stamp I'll never part with.
I hope Caroline will enjoy some fruity make believe tea and that you've enjoyed a small visit with me.
I do have some new stuff from the new catty I'll be playing with soon and I'll be ordering some new stuff from the holiday catalog this week.
Have a great day.

Monday, May 6, 2013

For the Birds and new catalog bookmark

Here is a simple and quick card I made to share with my friend who is doing a fundraiser.  She is receiving a lot of support and some great donations to help out so I thought she might want some thank yous to send out after the event.  I was so happy to see that this set For the Birds didn't retire.  The base is just some extra kraft card bases from the store.  I used the In Colors DSP (pool party and calypso coral stay but lucky limeade had to go).  I stamped the birds in the new in color Baked Brown Sugar.  I then colored them with my pool party marker and added highlights with the signo uni ball writer.
The next photo I want to share with you is what I include with the new catalog to my special customers.  I always like to share a sample of the new In Colors both the ink and the CS.  This bookmark is a great way to show those off as well as keep your place in the new catalog (there's space on the back for your wish list too).
Thanks for all your sweet comments on the mothers day cards.  I'm working on some nurse's day cards next so stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mother's Day

You know what they say....April showers bring May flowers.  With Mother's Day quickly approaching I have been working on 2 cards.  One is all flowers for my mom who is a master gardener and one for my husband's step mother who loves camping.
The flower card is using a technique I recently saw on Splitcoast stampers.  All you need is an open flower stamp set.  Heat emboss the image in white on kraft/crumb cake. Then use your aqua painter and SU white craft ink (either from the ink pad or a few drops from the refill bottle) to whitewash the petals.  Okay a moment of confession : I have had my white craft pad for nearly 10 years and until the other day I hated it.  It was always too juicy and took too long to dry and didn't emboss well.  Today I LOVE it.  I still use versamark and white EP to emboss but now I finally have a use for that pad which has come dangerously close to the trash many a time.
After that white wash layer has dried use your aqua painter and regular ink to color over the petals.  These flowers are from the retired a year or two ago set 5th Ave. Floral.
The cage is a Tim Holtz die cut out in Wisteria Wonder.  The bird is from kaiser craft.  I used SU pearls to doll up the cage and the labels framelits is used to cover up where I messed up and so I under mounted a piece of DSP with the sentiment embossed on it in early espresso EP.  A piece of ribbon and a retired everyday enchantment brads.

My next card was inspired by a Pin.  It was so cute I had to create a punch art version of a camper trailer.  I had a piece of Sycamore Street DSP on my desk and I thought it would be cute as the curtains so that set the color pallet.  I started with a square of calypso coral and with my ovals framelits and a pencil drew some lines to round off the shape.  The door and window are pool party.  I also used some vellum to help with the illusion of a window.  
A strip of silver paper with one end put into the modern label punch is the trailer/hitch.  The 1 1/4 inch circle punch makes the wheel well and the 1" and 3/4 " make the wheel.  the banner is made with the pennant punch (just the very tip)
The bottom is finished with a trip of lucky limeade CS, DSP and bakers twine.  I also used the cloudy day EF on the background piece.
I hope you enjoyed these cards and feel inspired to make your own garden of flowers or punch art.