Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cheryl Cards

My good friend Cheryl stopped by and showed me some cards she has been making. Here are a few of them. Aren't they cute? I'll show some more in a couple days. The retired list comes out tomorrow! I can't wait to see what's on it.

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, May 30, 2011

Many Thanks!

A couple weeks ago I helped Kathy make thank you cards that her husband (the head of the CYO track program) can give out. I liked what we came up with and decided to use the same design for the primary coaches (every year I make the primary Track Coaches thank you cards). Hers were a pop-up card that held a gift card. Mine were plain so the kids could sign them. I also made little gift bags to hold the gift cards. We used the three colors that match the track teams in the program (red- CTK, yellow- St. Stevens & navy- St. Catherines). We had our end of the year picnic on Sun and the coaches seemed to like their cards & boxes.

sets- So Many Thanks, I love soccer (retired)
cs- whisper white: 1-7/8" square, 4-1/4 x 11" & 4 x 10-3/4" (pop-up version) or 8-1/2 x 5-1/2" (reg card), Night of Navy 2-1/8" square, 5-1/2 x 12" (box, 2 square punch out real red, 2 square punch outs summer sun
ink- night of navy pad
access- dimensionals, 1-3/8" square punch, word window punch, Big Shot, Fancy Favors Box die, 9" real red grosgrain ribbon, crop-a-dile

This was the card all the parents signed for Carl since it's his last year as director of the program. It's kind of ironic that I had the parents sign the cards with kids on it! ha ha
sets- crayon kids, all year cheer 1, 2 or 3
cs-whisper white, real red
ink- brilliant blue, basic black, misc markers

Happy Stamping! Mary

Friday, May 27, 2011

Great Cards Class

Card #1 Isn't this gorgeous? I got the idea from Nelie Harper. I liked it so much that I changed very little.
sets- thanks for caring
cs- vanilla, crumb cake, vellum
ink- crumb cake pad
access- big shot, fun flowers die, framed tulips, elegant lines, perfect polka dots, & square lattice embossing folders, antique brads, paper piercer & mat pack, white organza ribbon

Card #2 My friend Cheryl designed this fantastic card. I think it looks great even if you don't emboss the front with polka dots.
sets- fabulous florets, fabulous phrases
cs- pacific point, white, beyond the garden dp
ink- pacific point & wild wasabi marker and pad
access- big shot, perfect polka dots embossing folder, small oval punch, rhinestones, dimensionals

Card # 3 I love this bright and cheerful card that I copied from Ruth Norton. I changed very little on this one, too.
sets- cottage garden, fabulous phrases
cs- daffodil delight, peach parfait, white, in color paper pack
ink- daffodil delight, peach parfait and poppy parade pads
access- daffodil delight taffeta ribbon, corner rounder, rhinestones

Card #4 I made this card for my shoebox card and used the same layout as Ruth's. They may be the same layout, but the looks are totally different!
sets- the open sea, sincere salutations
cs- basic gray, white, cherry cobbler, nautical expedition dp,
ink- basic gray and cherry cobbler pads
access- cherry cobbler baker's twine, corner rounder, 1/16" handheld punch, silver brads

Happy Stamping! Mary

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sooooo Darn Cute and He Isn't Even A Card! ha ha ~ Happy Graduation, Jessie!

I had to go to Livermore today to borrow a stamp set from Cheryl for tomorrow's class. So, I visited my nieces and great-nephew. Isn't he cute as a button?!

How do they discover the remote at such a young age?

Those cute little toes!

Leah says Jacob is always hungry ~ kind of like my two teenage boys!

Jacob, you sure look mischievous! My niece Grace is in the background.

My great-nephew, Jacob, with my hat.

My nieces Jessie & Leah (Jacob's mom)

My niece Jessie just graduated from the University of Hawaii. Congrats! That's one graduation ceremony I should have attended! Oh well.



I turned scraps that were on my table into this card. I think it came out pretty nice. It's hard to see in the photo, but the yellow flower layer bends upward and the small purple flower is curved down.

sets- thank you kindly, petal pizzazz
cs- white, daffodil delight
ink- concord crush, black ink cartridge (not well inked so it looks purple)
access- big shot, fun flowers die, triple layer blossoms bouquet punch, frost white shimmer paint, brayer, musical notes wheel, scallop trim corner punch, dimensionals

Happy Stamping! Mary

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rainbow Embossing

This is kind of a clean and simple (CAS) card. I wanted to try out my colored embossing powders from the new mini so I did a little "rainbow embossing". I stamped the solid flower image with Versamark ink on white card stock. First I held it over one tidy tray and added a little Tangerine Tango ep; then I held it over a second tidy tray and added a little Melon Mambo ep. After embossing those flowers I added the other flowers and sentiment in colored classic ink. I'm not sure I like those colors together, though. What do you think?

sets- fabulous florets
cs- whisper white, garden green
ink- versamark pad, daffodil delight pad, garden green pad, pacific point pad
access- mambo and tangerine embossing powders, heat tool, eyelet border punch

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summer Mini Cards from Class

Here are the cards we made at my Summer Mini Technique class today. I completely copied three of them from the April issue of Stampin' Success (a monthly periodical SU demonstrators get free!). I designed the last card, using the faux mother of pearl technique which I learned from the same magazine. It's such an easy technique! See my previous post for directions.

Card #1 uses the new triple layer punch and stay put knot.
sets-bold blossom
cs- cherry cobbler, very vanilla, early espresso, old olive, daffodil delight, peach parfait & crumb cake
ink- cherry cobbler, early espresso, old olive pads
access- early espresso grosgrain ribbon, crop-a-dile (for the stay-put knot), blossoms bouquet triple layer punch, itty bitty punch pack, 3/4" circle and wide oval punches, 2-way glue, rhinestones

Card #2 uses colored embossing powders and water coloring.
sets- fabulous florets, silhouette sentiments
cs- wild wasabi, whisper white, beyond the garden dp
ink- daffodil delight, wild wasabi, tangerine tango melon mambo & versamark pads
access- melon mambo and tangerine tango embossing powders, aquapainters, dimensionals, white organza ribbon, corner rounder, 1/2" circle punch

Card #3 - The Open Sea set is perfect for collage type stamping. I use the square punch to create the points on the sentiment banner.
sets- the open sea, thank you kindly
cs- not quite navy, whisper white, nautical expeditions dp
ink- not quite navy, crumb cake, more mustard, basic gray & versamark pads
access- silver ep (anchor), early espresso baker's twine, 1/16" handheld punch, 3/4" square punch, antique brads

Card#4 has a flower cut with the Fun Flowers die, a carryover from the Occasions Mini catalog (yes, you can still order it!)
sets- teeny tiny wishes, petal pizzaz, thank you kindly
cs- rose red, whisper white, beyond the garden dp
ink- rose red, pear pizzazz and so saffron pads
access- big shot & fun flowers die, frost white shimmer paint, rose red seam binding, brayer & sponges, dimensionals

Happy Stamping! Mary

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wild Florets Card

here's a little card I made yesterday. I used some Wild Wasabi textured card stock that was part of a promotion package when it was an In Color. I love how the "stay put" knot really stays put!

sets- fabulous florets
cs- textured wild wasabi, whisper white, beyond the garden dp
ink- wild wasabi & pacific point pads
access- 1-3/8" square punch, scallop border punch, crop-a-dile, white grosgrain ribbon

Happy Stamping! Mary

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mom & Me Class Cards

I copied Kristin Moore's card, but used the Fun Flowers die and a fun technique. The Faux Mother of Pearl Technique is really easy, and looks great! Just dab a little white shimmer paint onto card stock with some scrunched up plastic wrap, let it dry, then brayer over it with ink color of your choice. My black ink cartridge should be re-inked, but I like the way it looks purple so I let it be!
sets- thank you kindly
cs- whisper white
ink- concord crush pad, basic black ink cartridge
access- filigree brads, mat pack & paper piercer, music notes wheel, frost white shimmer paint, big shot & fun flowers die, scallop trim corner & 1-1/4" square punch, brayer, dimensionals

I just love this card. I copied it from Ruth Norton. However, I didn't want to cut out those antennae, so I stamped it on the white circle and on a scrap of white. When I cut out the butterfly I just cut off the antennas and they show up on the layer beneath.
sets- hope and strength, sentimental sentiments
cs- crumb cake, melon mambo, pretty in pink, whisper white
ink- melon mambo pad, pretty in pink pad
access- big shot & 3" circle die, crumb cake seam binding, paper piercer & mat pack, pearls, dimensionals

I thought of this card myself, lol. I wanted a CAS (Clean And Simple) card and I think this one fits the bill. It's easy to make with the two step stamping sets and the butterfly punch. I used the Swirls and Curls hostess level-1 set from the Summer Mini catalog on the inside. It's such a great set! Call me if you want to book a party and earn it for free.
sets: bold blossoms, flower fest, swirls & curls verses
cs- whisper white, scraps of tangerine tango, regal rose, real red
ink- versamark pad, basic black, daffodil delight, pear pizzazz and tangerine tango pads; various markers
access- butterfly punch, natural hemp dimensionals

I made this paper purse with my stamp club in March. There's a link on that post to a video showing how to make them.
sets- oval all
cs- poppy parade cs and dp, whisper white
ink- poppy parade pad
access- large oval and scallop oval punch, 116" handheld punch, itty bitty punch pack, bone folder, sticky strip, self adhesive velcro dots

Happy Stamping! Mary

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vacaville Shoebox Demonstrator Event, part two

Joanne's card was everyone's favorite. It had crystal effects. We watercolored by outlining the image in markers and then using an aquapainter to "bleed" the color.

I like the way the letters from the "Hello Blossoms" stamp are in the center of the punched flowers. You don't have to hand color the stamp!

I really liked MaryBeth's imbedded embossed card. The color combo and that rich satin ribbon are so pretty!

Sharon's card is so fun. I can't wait to try out this layout. I don't have these sets, so I have to think about what sets I have that will work.

Happy Stamping! Mary