Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Elements of Style

Elements of Style is a stamp set that can very easily become my favorite. It is vintage and it is a versatile stamp set. Each stamp by itself can be incorporated with almost any other stamp set and could be considered to belong with the other set. I hope you can visualize the 'for you' with any occasions card. The bird could be used with the Always stamp set on page 69. The swirl would be great for a background. My kind of stamp set! Elements of Style can be found on page 133 of the current catalog. The wood mount set (118611) is $27.95. The clear mount set (120045) is $19.95 If you would like this set for yourself, click on my online store to place your order. The recipe is as follows:
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, watercolor paper
ink: Black Stazon, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Extras: Oval punch, Pretty in Pink satin ribbon, Aqua painter

I love floral stamp sets. This set can be found on page 122 And is known as Fifth Avenue Floral. I really enjoy using this set as it reminds me of the gorgeous rose gardens in my neighborhood including my own front yard. I will try to post the roses in my garden. The rose you see is actually a rose positioned on top of another. I stamped the rose once on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and again on the Top Note. I applied the color to the scrap image. I let it dry for about a minute and then cut it out with my awesome paper snips. Next, I adhered that rose with dimensionals to the card. The Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set is only wood mount (113734) and can be yours for $17.95

Yes, I know. Not a floral. Imagine this.... the scallops....could they pass as floral? Not, huh? Actually I did not intend to post these cards yet but because I am new to blogging I couldn't
figure out how not to post them. Any helpers out there? To make these cards, I used the Circle Circus stamp set. This fun set can be found on page 136 of the current catalog. I can see this stamp set being used for almost any occasion and for any age group. I made about six of these cards. I had lots of fun making them in different colors of card stock and inks. The card on the left has these ingredients:
Paper: Whisper White, Dusty Durango (retired)
Ink: Rich Razzelberry, Bermuda Bay, Dusty Durango,
Extras: Big Shot, Scallop Circle die cut, Word Window punch, Modern label punch
The card on the right is made with Bermuda Bay card stock and everything else is pretty much the same as the card on the left.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More Masculine cards

Today I want to share cards I made with King of the Grill. I used this set for Fathers's Day cards last month. I love this king. He is so happy to be grilling again. Reminds me of my sons. They are THE grill masters in my family. They display their joy almost as much as our king of the grill. This set is available in the Stampin' Up Summer mini for $18.95 (wood mount) or $14.95 (clear mount). Yesterday I featured the Motorcycle stamp set and forgot to mention that it is in the summer mini. Motorcycle is priced at only $8.95 and only comes in wood. I had fun with that one too. Well you know the recipe for my Motorcycle cards and now I'll list the ingredients for the King of the Grill. Most of the cardstock I used has retired. I will indicate with an R if it has. Each image was colored with the same classic inks. I'll list those colors with my next card.

Cardstock used from left to right: Taken with Teal (R), Basic Black; Black, Real Red; Close to Cocoa (R), Black; Black, Bermuda Bay(R); Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay (R); Handsome Hunter (R); Glossy White was used for each card.
Accessories: twine, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Dimensionals, and blender pen

This guy is just too cute. He's so happy. Look closely at my coloring. Tell me if you notice something interesting. I'd like to know. I'll reward person # 15 who responds with a lil' something in the mail. Before I tell you the ink colors I used, I have to mention a lil' something about the blender pen. Did you notice I used only one? In case you didn't know, the great thing about the b. pen is that you only need one pen. You swipe the pen on your grid work mat in between color changes until the color in the pen is clear and then take the next color. I really should learn to do videos. This would be such a simple technique to demonstrate. Someday. Here go the color inks:

Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, Close to Cocoa (R), Rose Red, Creamy Carmel (R), Summer Sun (R), Bordering Blue (R)

I have to tell you one more thing about making these cards. Using Glossy White cs made the color just glide onto the paper so easily. If I have peeked your interest in placing an order, so that you too can make masculine cards for the men in your life, please do so by going to my website. You'll find the site very easy to use. Thank you for visiting.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Masculine Cards

Today I am going to share cards I made last month. I made masculine cards. Man cards. I got carried away and made many! Most of which I chose not to post. Didn't want to overwhelm you (like I did to myself). We always need a man card when we don't have one already made. I won't be caught in that position anytime soon. Most of the cards were made with retiring cardstock. I will give you the recipes I used for the cards going left to right. Forgive me for not following a traditional recipe format. It's just easier to do it this other way. I think. I hope you will figure out my madness.
Stamp set: Motorcycle, Teeny Tiny Messages
Paper: Going Gray, Dusty Durango, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White; Going Gray, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, black; Close to Cocoa, Creamy Carmel, Dusty Durango; Kraft, Olive Green, Bravo Burgundy and Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink:Bravo Burgundy, Handsome Hunter, Choc. Chip, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Twine

I hope you figured out what I did above with the recipe. These next two cards are made with the same stamp sets. Both use the same paper: Going Gray, Black and Basic Gray. The first card was made with the Big Shot and a texturz plate - Harlequin. Plus black grograin ribbon. The second card has Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon. I used the tearing technique on this card. Next time I will share more manly cards.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July cards

Happy Fourth of July! I used a sketch for today's cards. I found it easier to create a card this way as I didn't have to put in any effort for my color choices. Red, white and Night of Navy it would be. I changed it up a little bit for the second card. I think you will notice where I did some tweaking. This is what I used to create both cards.
Stamp set is from the Summer mini 2010. Appropriately titled, Fourth of July. Also used was the jumbo wheel from the mini titled Red, White and Blue.
Ink: classic Night of Navy and Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy and Real Red cs
Accessories: Real Red and Night of Navy markers; jumbo wheel handle, paper snips, dimensionals, and 1 3/4 circle punch.; Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat tool