Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ODBDSLC66 meets MOJO197

The current Shining the Light challenge at ODBD is anything goes using ODBD stamps.  How fun!  So I found a great Mojo Monday sketch from Julee and got started.

My card:

I used a verse from ODBD's "Scripture Collection 3" and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black.  I die cut it using Nestabilities Labels 12.  The green mat was hand cut and then I cut the next largest frame out of black as a second mat.  The dp is Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" specifically the paper is called "Mix and Match."  I really like that floral pattern!  I used a Sizzix "Flowers, 3D" die to make the pink felt rolled rose and Sizzix "Branch with Leaves" for the foliage.  Finishing touches were just rounding the corners of the dp and the card itself and adding a pink satin bow tied with a Bow Easy.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TSTR #68 Favorite Things

This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is to use our favorite things.  Oh what a fun challenge!  : )

I was organizing my crafting space and found this VLV sketch from Charmaine that I ran out of time to do back in May.  So I thought I'd use that as my layout basis since I had just a few pieces of one of my favorite papers left and I could use up most of them in this card.  (I really am trying to use up some up my stash!  Really!)

Here's the sketch.  I ended up omitting the banner at the bottom of the oval as it just wasn't working for me!

The dps I used are the two different sides of a single sheet from one of the papers in the Making Memories "Je t'adore" line.  I was thinking about my Mom a lot as I was making this card.  Two of her favorite things in life were her flower beds and music.  Unfortunately, I don't live close enough to maintain her flower beds, and they are now full of weeds.  Weeds or not, I still enjoyed the flowers that were there, and I took some pictures of them when I visited Dad last weekend.

The sentiment on the card is one of my favorites from Verve's "Beautiful You" and is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  After losing Mom so suddenly, it reminds me to enjoy life each and every day.  I made some pink felt rolled roses using a Sizzix die called "Flowers, 3D" and punched some leaves with two different MS punches.  If you've ever visited my blog before, you know that adding flower embellishments is a favorite of mine along with the colors pink and green!  I also used my SU! photo corners punch.

I took a picture from the side so you can see the dimension that the roses give. 

Thanks TSTR for a fun challenge and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thank You!

The current Shining the Light challenge at ODBD is to make a thank you card, and the current Stamping in Time challenge is DP by me.  So, I combined these two challenges and made a thank you card that featured dp by me.

I used two stamps from the new June release.  The sentiment is from "Serve the Lord," and I used "Crocheted Background" (stamped in Vintage Photo Distress Ink) to make my dp.  The die cut was made using Spellbinders "Fancy Tags 2."  I added a bunch of pearls to accent and highlight my sentiment.  The ribbon is pink May Arts 1 1/4" silk tied with a Bow Easy and topped with a Recollections rose.  I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the sentiment and sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day Cards

Today I have 2 cards to share with you, the one for my Dad and the one for my father-in-law.

For my Dad's card, I used a recent Mojo Monday sketch.

Here's his card.

I used Verve's "Dad's Day" for the sentiment in the circle and Verve's "One Person" for the corner sentiment.  Both of them are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The dp are from K & Co.  I didn't have a scallop punch that would give me 4 large scallops on an A2 sized card, so I improvised and cut 2 small Nestie circle die cuts in half and slightly overlapped them.  I added little dots using a black pen all around the various panels.  The gold trim is a scrap from my stash.  The tails on the medallion in the sketch just weren't working for me, so I omitted them! 

For my father-in-law's card, I used a great sketch from Andrea.

Here's Pete's card. (Sorry for the weird angle!  I was rushing to take a picture of the card before we left to meet them and didn't realize it was not the best of photos.)

The dp are from Graphic 45's "A Proper Gentleman" collection. Both the sentiment and oval frame are from Verve's "Dad's Day" and stamped in Versafine Onyx Black.  I changed the scalloped oval mat to just a plain oval to make it less girly and used a MS border punch in place of the scalloped border.  I added a thin twine bow as a finishing touch.

Whew!  I think they came out manly enough.  I have such a hard time making "guy" cards.  I think I might go make something pink and flowery later today!  : )
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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Blue Skies and Sunshine

I made a card for a friend from church.  Arline is in her 90s and has been having some health issues.  She has been an avid gardener and especially loves roses.  I thought that the Verve Get Your Diva On challenge theme would be perfect to make a summery card for her.  Laurie challenged us to incorporate blue skies, sunshine, and summer in our projects.  I found my inspiration on the cover of the June 2011 issue Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.  There was a card with a little white picket fence made out of popsicle sticks and crackle paint that I thought was so cute and summery, so I set out to make my own interpretation of a picket fence.

I made a 6" square gate fold card so I'd have enough room to make a little picket fence covered with roses. 

The center rose covers the card's opening.  I used Ranger Distress crackle paint in "Picket Fence" to paint my popsicle sticks.  I just directly painted the sticks as I thought that would look more realistic than putting down a brown base coat and then the crackle paint. 

In this closeup you can see the crackling a little more clearly.  The roses are made from bright pink felt using a Sizzix die.

Finally, here's the inside of the card.  This Irish Blessing is from Verve's set "Blessings."

Supply list:
DP:  K & Co.  "Watercolor Bouquet" (This is the 12" x 12" version of the paper.  I used the top of the sheet for the front of the card and the bottom of the sheet with all of its glittery floral beauty for the inside of the card.)
Stamps:  Verve "Blessings"
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  Popsicle sticks, Ranger Distress crackle paint "Picket Fence," pink felt, craft glue, thin twine, pearl flourishes, Sizzix dies "Flowers, 3D" and "Branch with Leaves"

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Graduation Cards

I needed some graduation cards for some of my graduating seniors, so I turned to the sketches from May for VLV.  I'm not sure where May went!  It was a pretty busy month with going back and forth as often as possible to see my Dad, getting the students ready for the AP Biology test, and just all of the business of the end of the school year.  Anyway.....
The first one uses a fun sketch from Amber.

Here's my card for McKenna.  I used dp from K & Co. called "Sweet Nectar."  The sentiment and big flower are both from Verve's "Dream Big" set.  I used SU! Real Red to stamp the big flower and Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the sentiment.  The chain was punched with a MS border punch called "Bangle Chain Trim," and then I just added some satin ribbon and a couple of roses to give it kind of a trellis look.  This card is 6" square.

I used Maureen's fab sketch to make Mercedes's card.

Here it is.  I have to apologize for the goofy angle on this one.  I was getting some glare from the glitter on the big rose.  It really is a regular A2 card!  In this picture, the top looks like it is an inch wider than the bottom.

I used more K & Co. "Sweet Nectar" dp along with a coordinating tag I made using a Nesties Label 4 die.  I added a worn brass eyelet to the tag along with some thin twine.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Dare to Be" set.    The doily is a MFT die.  I used my MS "Vintage Floral" punch to make a little border and accented it with pearls.  Then just a bit of satin ribbon and a big, glittery Prima rose, and this card was done.

Then for Tabby's card, I used Amy's beautiful sketch. 

Here's her card.  I kept going with the K & Co. "Sweet Nectar" dp and the MS "Vintage Floral" punch.  The sentiment on this one is perfect for Tabby and comes from Verve's "Blue Skies."  I have wanted that set for a looong time.  I stamped the adorable butterfly from "Chicks Rule" in white and used the coordinating "Flutterby" die with it.  I added a few pearls to the butterfly and the punched border, and then I curled the butterfly's wings around my finger to give it a little more dimension.

This card is also an A2 even though it looks a little wonky in the photo.  I was trying to reduce the glare on the glitter that's on the big flowers in the lower panel while still making the glitter visible in the photo.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Take Time to Pray

I'm finally back with a new project to share.  For ODBDSLC64, we were challenged to make a ribbon bookmark.  For SNTODBD36, we were challenged to make a project using our favorite ODBD stamp set.  I decided to combine the two challenges and made a ribbon bookmark using one of my current favorite ODBD stamps.

I used the sentiment from the ODBD set "Time" that just came out in the June release.  I just thought it would be very fitting for a Bible bookmark, just a gentle reminder to take time to pray.  I tied the bow using my Bow Easy and sponged the edges with SU! Old Olive ink.

I used some olive satin ribbon and attached some trim to the top using 1/4" scor-tape. 

The clock charm is from The Girls Paperie "Whimsy" collection, and then I just added some Recollection roses. 

Here's a last look at the whole bookmark.

I'm hoping to get back into more regular cardmaking.  I've been working on sorting through Mom's things, and that leaves me tired in a lot of different ways.  Sometimes it is physically tiring, and at other times, it's more of an emotional experience.  To those of you who left notes of thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers, thank you so much!  I truly appreciate your kindness.

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ETA:  I'm so blessed that my entry was chosen as one of the Shining the Light Award recipients for this challenge!  Thank you ODBD!