Monday, November 29, 2010

Easy Card & Envelope Case

Card & Envelope Case side A

Years ago I came across a pattern for a card holder. It was on the SU demonstrator website. However, it didn't hold envelopes. Since I love to design boxes that are practical I re-designed the case so it could hold 4 cards AND envelopes. Also, it uses one sheet of card stock. I've made many of these in the past, but didn't take photos before giving them away. So, before Thanksgiving I made a few samples to show you. We'll be doing a snowflake version of this for Club. Also, I am happy to share my pattern with you, if you give me credit. Just leave me a comment with your e-mail.

Card & Envelope Case Side B

I don't know if you can tell, but the blue flower is inked with Baja Breeze and then the edges are rolled on a Marina Mist pad (Rock and Roll Technique; huff to moisten and stamp.

Card & Envelope Case Open, with Card #1

Card #2

Card #3 & #4

Supplies for All:
sets- Petal Pizzaz, Hope Happens
cs- Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala dsp, Pear Pizzaz
ink- daffodil delight, baja breeze, marina mist, pear pizzaz, real red
access- horizontal slot punch, pear pizzaz ribbon, jumbo brads (5/16" neutrals, corner rounder

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We usually host Thanksgiving for both sides of our family, and this year is no exception. We'll have 20 people, which is a lot for Dave, but not for me. I'm so excited to see everyone! I always send out hand stamped invitations. I started with a River Rock card and added a layer of Apple Cider dsp (retired). I added a piece of Wild Wasabi, punched with the dotted ribbon punch and a layered focal point using circle punches and the scalloped circle punch.

Usually everyone sits wherever they want, but this year I made place cards. I cut fall colored card stock (2-7/8 x 5-1/2") and ran it through the Big Shot with the scallop envelop die. Then I added a 2-1/2" square of vanilla card stock, stamped with an old rainbow pad and wrapped natural hemp around it.

I made this darling insert for my simply adorned charm. I am anxious to make other inserts, especially for other holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving! Mary

Monday, November 22, 2010

Soccer Thank You Card

The boys had their team party for soccer and of course I made the coaches' thank you cards. This is a card layout I've used for many team coaches and it is easy to produce! I'm so glad Concord Crush is an In Color this year because it was an exact match to the boys' uniform color.

sets- I love Soccer (retired), Wonderful Words (retired)
cs- whisper white, basic black, concord crush
ink- concord crush, basic black
access- 1-3/4" & 1-1/4" circle punches, blender pens

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Cheryl!

My good friend, Cheryl, had her birthday on Sunday, too. I celebrated with her last week, when the boys had off school. Our son's had Subway sandwiches and played baseball while we went to lunch and then stamped. I wanted to use my new Aviary set that she'd given me for my birthday last month. I also wanted to make a clean & simple card. I lined up the clear mount birds on a larger block and colored them with markers. What do you think?

sets- aviary, teeny tiny wishes, occasional quotes
cs- whisper white
ink- melon mambo, tempting turquoise & daffodil delight markers
access- daffodil delight taffeta ribbon, turquoise ribbon (retired), melon mambo ribbon (retired), basic rhinestone jewels

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Surprise Papa!

My Father-in-law turned 75 Sunday and my mother-in-law threw him a surprise party. She pulled it off and he was totally surprised. The first photo is the picture board I put together for his party. He is pictured with my boys and my cousin's daughter in the photo above.

This is the card I made him. It's a pop-up gift card holder. I had never tried it before, but remembered seeing one on Ruth's blog at least a year ago. So after searching I found where I had seen it. She has a link to Michelle's blog with a video tutorial, so I won't repeat how it's made. I actually like other gift card holders better, so I probably won't make this type again. The front of the card was inspired by one I saw here. I layered 12 square punch outs on a 5-15/16" x 4" piece of chocolate chip card stock, wrapped ribbon around the front, and layered it on a river rock card.

sets- it's your birthday, brushstroke numbers (both retired)
cs- river rock, textured wild wasabi, apple cider dsp (retired)
ink- Chocolate chip
access- ribbon (contraband), sticky strip, 1-1/4" square punch

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Bithday Chris!

My son is 14 today! Wow, where did those years go? He's not having a party for his b-day. Instead he's getting SCUBA certified. I think Dave's anxious to have a new partner (since I can no longer dive due to my MS).

Anyway, I wanted to make him a special card, and this is what I created. It's a treat cup card (he loves candy) and it has a scuba theme. It's based on the treat cup card I made with my club last fall (click here to view previous post).

I bought the Suzy Zoo scuba duck years ago through SU, before they started only selling exclusive SU stamps by their own designers. The other supplies are all SU, but some of it's retired.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nov Club Projects

Here are the Club projects we made Sunday. The first card we made was originally designed by my friend Cheryl and I changed a couple little things to make it more "Christmassy". Isn't it just darling?

sets- heard from the heart, simply said
cs- cherry cobbler, crumb cake, garden green, riding hood red, ruby red pattern dsp scraps (for wing)
ink- riding hood red pad, garden green pad
access- petals-a-plenty embossing folder, big shot, scallop trim corner punch, full heart punch, sponge dauber, dimensionals, 2-way glue

The second project was a card with an interior box. I got the idea from a friend, who'd sent me something similar for Valentine's Day years ago. She got the idea from some lip balm. So I designed this to use half a sheet of cs for the exterior card and half a sheet for the interior box, plus a small piece for an optional lid. For our project I decided to make the box shorter, so it's more square. Then my ladies would only have to wheel once across. I also thought of trying to have the bear wear a "santa" suit, so we punched it out with the small tag punch and then punched the tag with the new 3/4 x 15/16" oval punch so the suit fits under the bear's chin. My club ladies dubbed the oval punch "chin" punch.

sets- under the stars, tags til christmas, button bear (retired)
cs- white, real red, black, crumb cake
ink- real red pad, jumbo ink cartridge and marker, black pad, garden green pad and marker, night of navy marker
access- silver tinsel trim, red grosgrain ribbon, Christmas chatter jumbo wheel, sticky strip, mini glue dots, dimensionals, scotch tape, punches- scallop trim border, small tag, 2-3/8" scallop circle, ornament punch, 3/4 x 15/16" oval & ticket corner

These are the same types of boxes, but with a more regular size card (it uses 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cs for the outer card).

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Big Shot Techniques

People could do either ribbon treatment on this card, but I think everyone chose the first one with the jumbo eyelet.

Here are the cards we made in today's class. Plus we learned 4 background techniques: Polished stone, marble rolling, rubber band, brayer with waxed paper resist. I need to go to bed now so I'll edit this with supplies later. Good night! Mary