Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Welcome, Little One and CCC05

It's time for another Creative Challenge Club sketch!
These have been so much fun.
I think what I love the most about using a pre-designed sketch is that the overall layout design has been done for me and I get to sit down and have fun flipping through my paper, stamps and embellishments. I'm normally stamping during nap time or at the end of the day and a bit tired so using a sketch is very relaxing mindless work allowing me to spend more time on the rest of the card design.
Here's sketch CCC05:
And here's what I came up with!
Before I got started I flipped through my box of cards to see if there was any occasion that I was getting low on. Baby boy cards were needed so that is what I did! 
My next step was to flip through my DSP and pick out what I wanted to use. I came across this paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack and it screamed baby boy at me. 
After I pick my DSP, then I decide on a card base and other card stock needed for layering pulling colors from the DSP. 
Die cuts, punches, stamps and embellishments are decided on last and then gluing it all together. :)
(I say glue and sometimes that means glue, the multipurpose liquid glue that Stampin' Up! sells, and sometimes I use snail. It all depends on what kind of hold I think I need.)
Tip: Before gluing or taping anything together layer it all up how you think you want it on your card and make sure it all works. It will save you a lot of time having to pull things apart if something doesn't look quite like you thought it would.
 My center is cropped with the scalloped tag punch by Stampin' Up! Trim your paper to 2" wide by whatever length you want and punch BOTH ends to get this fun little shape.

 I am absolutely loving my Star Framelits. The are the best and I use them all the time.
Now I just need someone to have a sweet baby boy!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Clean and Simple Banner Stamp

What a great card this is! 
I first saw the idea on Pinterest and just loved it so I came up with my own version.
 There is nothing more to this card than three banners stamped on a Whisper White card base accented with rhinestones between each banner. The Happy Birthday is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (love that stamp set!)
My little tip is to use a stamp-a-majig to line up your banner perfectly. Stamp the middle flag first to fine the center of your card and then position the right and left banners as an easy way to keep the image centered. With handmade, though, always remember it really is OK if things aren't perfect. :)

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Doily Birthday Card

Hello Friends!
I love the colors that I used in the card. 
The designer series paper (DSP) is Stampin' Up! but from a past catalog. Isn't it great? 
I love how all of the colors look paired together on the Pool Party card base.
 The doily softens up the hard lines and makes it very feminine. 
I love how with Stampin' Up!  you can match your ink to your paper. My greeting was stamped in crumb cake to match the polka dot DSP.
And the perfectionist in me wants to point out that my rhinstones are crooked. :) 
Ever happen to you?
Embrace the imperfect especially when it comes to handmade.
All of the imperfect details when it comes to handmade makes it even more special.

Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

happy o' birthday

Isn't this card so cute and simple?
I used the banner flag punch and created little banners across the card base, added a rhinstone between each frag for a little added bling. 
She's (I guess it's a girl!) shinny and sweet and such a fun card.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

on your BIRTHDAY...

 I have another birthday card for you today!
Like I said on Monday, you can never have too many birthday cards ready to go!
I love the black, very vanilla and crumb cake color scheme on this simple card. 
I followed the the DSP's lead on choosing my color scheme and love how it turned out. 
It's the perfect gender neutral birthday card. 

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hello and CCC04 Sketch

I have fantastic cards for you today featuring layers of beautiful flowers.
The stamps are from the Flower Patch bundle and I must stay it is an all time favorite set! 
I love photopolymer stamps and I love stamps with with dies or punches that make it oh so easy to perfectly cut them out.
Here's this weeks sketch:

And here are the TWO cards I made!!

 I love the bold colors and graphics on these cards. 
This one features the Sweet Taffy DSP and Back To Black DSP on Old Olive card stock.
 I love the red, purple, yellow green and black together. 
 And after giving it much thought and playing around with different ideas for greetings I decided the "hello" was all it needed. I played around with tucking it under the flowers but it just didn't work so in the end I wrapped the banner with wisteria wonder bakers twine. 
Just what it needed!
And did you notice the fringe? 
I mentioned a several post back how happy I was that I added the fringe scissors to a previous order and I'm still just as happy! I love the texture and FUN that it adds to the card.
As I was flipping though my DSP I saw these big bold polka dots and just couldn't decided between the purple or yellow...So I didn't decide! I made TWO!

There's not much to add about this card since it is basically the same as the first card. 
The large polk dot background is from the Flower Pot DSP, I used the same Back to Black DSP as on the first card and on this one I had used a scrap of the large purple polka dot as on the first card for the fringe until I had a major glue mishap!
As in glue oozing out from under the fringe and when I tried to clean it up I ended up tearing the fringe. After carefully taking the layers apart I added this smaller polk dot instead. It's all layered on garden green card stock.
It was touch and go for a while but it all worked out!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 14, 2014

YAH Happy Birthday!

There's no doubt that I make more birthday cards than any type. 
I think most people need more birthday cards than any type....maybe with the exception of a good Thank You card because after all, sending a Thank You note to someone is the polite thing to do. 
I'll get off my soap box now (because I could go on and on about the importance of saying Thank You) and talk more about this sweet card.
I love this vintage little truck. And since it is an outline, you can color it any color you want.
I always love seeing the really old aqua blue pick-up trucks and since there was a shade of blue in the designer series paper that I used I water colored my truck blue.
I cropped some banners using the banner framelits die, used some of the accent pieces from the circle card thinlits set and came up with this sweet little birthday card.

Happy Stamping!