Monday, September 29, 2014

Tent Card!!!

Today is my oldest stepdaughter's birthday and this weekend I made this card for her!  I totally got my inspiration for this card from Sylvia F. at UK Scrappers as I used her design concept and put my own spin on it.  In fact, I used the flower from her cut file.  You can see her card and download the free cut file from here!  NOTE:  Some people are having difficulty seeing Sylvia's post at the UK Scrappers site, so here is a link to the card at her blog....hope that helps!   For my design, I used two of Miss Kate Cutables' files...."happy" and "birthday" in my design.  Everything was cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  The only other two items I used were some Recollections Pearls and a "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush tip marker!  Here are a few photos!




Thanks for stopping by to take a look............I would love to hear your comments on this one!!!


Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections "Butterfly Wings" 67 LB ( the palest pink in that collection), DCWV "Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack" Silver
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo"
Accessories: Recollections Pearls, "Clear" Wink of Stella

Friday, September 12, 2014

A very special "thank you"!!!

A couple of weeks ago, while looking through the Gallery of cards at Splitcoast Stampers, I came across the most beautiful water colored dragonfly card and just fell in love with it.  It was made by a very talented lady by the name of Vicky Gould.  I have a very good friend who loves dragonflies and I knew she would love this, so I proceeded to comment to Vicky how much I loved this card and how much I knew my friend would love it and asked her if she would consider selling it to me.  Well, to my utter amazement she "personal messaged" me that "no, I will not sell this to you.  Send me your address and I will mail it to you......we call that a RAK....random act of kindness."  Her kindness actually brought tears to my eyes!!!   Here is a photo of the card I'm talking about....isn't it stunning (you can visit Vicky's stunning Splitcoast Gallery here)!!
                                                                                                                      

I thanked Vicky for her kindness and told her that I would be creating and sending her a "thank you" card.  It just so happened that I had come across a card that I really admired and wanted to case....you can see it if you go here and scroll down to the black and white card with the pink rose in the center. While there, please check out the rest of Ann Marie's (aka/cre8nart) blog....she is super talented!!!

Here is a photo of my case of her card.  I did not have that Spellbinders labels die, so I made my own to cut with my Cameo and I made an extra panel to go on top that I embossed with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  I had just received my set of the Spellbinders Borderabilities Card Creator "A2 Bracket Borders One" and I decided to use four of the dies to make the "belly band".  I really, really wanted to use my Memory Box "Finn Butterfly" die for this card...but it was way too big......so I scanned a cut and made me a cut file much smaller to cut with my Cameo and I added some black flock to the body and for the vellum layer underneath I sprayed the vellum with some of my Heidi Swapp "White Color Shine"..........I really love that stuff!!!



For the inside (after opening up the two while panels), I used a "Long Stem Rose" Frantic Stamper Precision Die cut, which I cut twice, once in black and again in white and then I took the black inside pieces for the rose and leaves and inlaid them.  I designed the "Thank You" using the "Alex Brush" font, which I altered a bit, to cut with my Cameo.  The vase was cut with my Cameo too.



At this point, I would like to bring attention to a few things.  First of all, the base of this card is a "pocket" and there is a panel that slips down into the pocket where you can add your personal message and sign the card.  Ann Marie used a "belly band" on hers and I wanted to also, but I used an easel on the back of mine so that kind of created a problem.  My solution was to cut an "opening" in the "belly band" and use tiny magnets so that the card could stand up using the easel without removing the band.  The following pictures are probably like a thousand words so that you can see what I am talking about.




This was a fun card to make and I really hope I made sense of how I went about it.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")

Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections "White" and "Black" 110 LB Cardstock, Bazzill "Smooth White", Recollections "Black"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo". Sizzix "Big Shot"
Accessories:  "Long Stem Rose" Frantic Stamper Precision Cutting Die, "Finn Butterfly" die by Memory Box, Spellbinders Borderabilities Card Creator "A2 Bracket Borders One", Heidi Swapp "White Color Shine", Doddlebug "Black Flock", Anna Griffin "Rosa" Embossing Folder

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Darling Husband!!!!

Hey y'all!  My DH had a birthday this past Wednesday and I want to share the card I made for him with you....with his blessing of course!!!  This was his big "75" so I wanted it to be very special and very original!

Here is a photo of the card front.  I found the "golfer gentleman" doing a google seach.....but he was originally a she, so I did some alterations...........like getting rid of the eyelashes!!!  I colored "him" with Copics and then I found a Silhouette file of a golf cart that I colored in the Studio software and added an "88" for Cecil's favorite driver and "FSU" for his favorite football team (our youngest granddaughter graduated from there).  The "golfer gentleman" and the golf cart were both cut with my Cameo as "print and cut" images.  I did cut a separate cutting for his hair and covered it with white flocking and I added "googly eyes"...isn't he cute?  The sentiment is computer generated and I used the "AR BONNIE" font.  I also used some "Clear" Wink of Stella on some areas of the golf cart and added just a few sequins!


And here is a close-up of the card front.


For the inside of the card, which is totally computer generated, I used the "AR BONNIE" font as well as the "CAC Shishoni Brush" font and added some "stitches" and a golf symbol.


I don't normally like making "male" cards but I have to say that this one was actually fun!!!  At any rate, my DH loved it and that is all that counts!!!!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

Finished Card Size:  5 1/2"x5 1/2" Square
Supply List

Papers:  Recollections 110 LB  & 65 LB "Black" (card base), DCWV "Glitter" Paper, Recollections 65LB colored cardstock, Bazzill "Smooth White", Recollections 110 LB "White"  (for the "golfer gentleman"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo"
AccessoriesSilhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets" (for flocking the hair and glittering the golf club),  Doodlebug "White Flock", Martha Stewart "Silver Glitter",  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Copic Markers

Thursday, August 28, 2014

FREE Flower Stamen File!!!

A friend of mine needed a "flower stamen" SVG for a project she is working on, so I made one and I'm sharing for any of you that might have a need for it.  I designed it "with" and "without" a hole in the center, so you can take your choice and re-size to whatever size you need.  I've only included the SVG and Studio formats.  You can download it here!


Enjoy and come back soon as I will have a couple of new cards to share with you!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Marti!!!

Marti and I have been BFFs since 1981 and her birthday was on Tuesday, the 19th and I wanted to make a VERY special card for the occasion and here is what I came up with.  I am hand delivering it, so I will add a post script to this post to let you know how she liked it!  The card is so thick that I had to design a deep card box to hold it.  I've got to tell you one thing though.....this sucker was very hard to photograph..........it looks SO much prettier in person!!!

Here is a little information concerning the front of the card.  Some time back I was playing with my Anna Griffin "Rosa" embossing folder and some 24 lb. copy paper.  I used the technique where you cover one side of the embossing folder with dye ink and run it through your machine....don't remember what that is called and I also don't remember which ink pad I used but it turned out beautiful!!!  I came across it while looking through some of my stuff and decided to glue it to a piece of 110 lb. Recollections white cardstock and use it as the base panel for my card front...my original plan was to make this an "all white" card but I quickly changed my mind when I came across this!  The next two items are ovals that I designed to be cut with my digital cutters.  In between them I cut a piece of fun foam into an oval for dimension.  I designed the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment using the "Flair Roman" font...had to a make just a few alterations.....then cut several layers using my Cameo and glued them together.  The very top layer was cut using a piece of the Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets" that was adhered to a piece of white cardstock prior to cutting and the I used some pretty white glitter to top it off!  The bow is a "Florentine Bow" die by Tattered Lace  and the butterfly is a "Leanna Buterfly" die by Simon Says and I designed a little body that I used white flocking on, as well as one white pearl, on top of it.  The "gardenias" were made by me using a cut file that I made to use on my electronic cutters.  All of the leaves and greenery were done using Memory Box dies.  I just topped everything off with a while pearl in each corner!

 

Here are a couple of close-up photos of the card front.



Here is a photo of the inside which was done using my printer, with the exception of the "slice of cake" which I did using a stamp and some silver embossing powder. These are the fonts that I used:

"I want to let..." Bruce Old Style BT
"Our Friendship is" & "Special" Edwardian Script ITC
"Our busy life..." P Ming LiU
"YOU ARE SO...." Register Serif BTN SC


For the "signature label" on the back of the card, I used part of my Spellbinders "Fancy Label Tags Four" Die D-Lites set and made a cut file to go on top where I used my my Cameo with a pen tool and a black gel pen and the "Matilde" font.  Looks kinda "royal" doesn't it?



OK now....on to the card box.  This card is so thick due to the gardenias, that I had to design a deep card box to hold it.  I used one of my ovals to decorate as well as one of my gardenias.  Here are three photos.



This card took me quite a while to make and was a lot of work, but I really wanted it to be a "keepsake"!  And by the way, Marti loved it!  I'd love to hear what you think of it and I want to thank you for stopping by..................please hurry back!!!

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")
Supply List

Papers:  Recollections 110 LB  & 65 LB "White", Wausau 65 LB "Bright White"
Stamps:  i-clear Hampton Art "Studio G"
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It", Stamp-a-ma-jig
Accessories:  Old Town Crafts "Ultra Fine Silver" Embossing Powder,  Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets",  Recollections "Pearls",  Doodlebug "Velvet Flock", Recollections Extra Fine Glitter, Studio Basics "Pastel" (for chalking flower centers),Tattered Lace "Florentine Bow" Die, Simon Says "Leanna Butterfly" Die, Memory Box "Tender Leves", "Fabulous Phlox" & "Small Olive Branch" Dies, Anna Griffin "Rosa" Embossing Folder, Recollections "Pearl Brad" (on bow),  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker (butterfly wings), Spellbinders "Fancy Label Tags Four" Die D-Lites

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Little Bro!!!

For yesterday's Splitcoast Stampers "Free For All" challenge, I decided to make it a birthday card for my baby brother.  For the challenge (which you can find here), we are supposed to only use one or two layers and I chose to make mine a "shaker" card.  I still think male cards are the hardest to make!!!  For the label cut-out, I used one of Bird's files...........you can find her site here and she has many beautiful files that she shares with all of us.  I used the "2 Peas Mr. Giggles" font on my card front.  After cutting out the dragonfly and "Dan!", I used VersaMark and then clear embossing power and heat set twice and then would you believe that I added a clear coat of nail polish...made them so nice and shinny!!!  Here is a photo of the card front.


For the inside I made a "stitched border" using my Cameo software plus I used a Silhouette "doodled word border file" to make the "doodled happy birthday" border and then used my black Gelly Roll pen to draw them.  I used Photoshop and the "Technical" font to do the poem and once again the "2 Peas Mr. Giggles" font for the "Happy Birthday" and then printed all on my Canon printer!  Here is a photo.


Dan's birthday is not until the 25th........but I've got his card ready to mail!  Next on my list to make is my DH's birthday card........his will be on the 27th.  That will take care of the "male" cards and then I have to make a "female" birthday card for my friend Marti...guess I'd better get busy!!!  Thanks for stopping by...............and hurry back!
Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")

Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections "Black" & Canson "Silver"
Ink:  Tsukineko VersaMark
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat-It", Martha Stewart "Score Board", We R Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board"
Accessories:  "Sparkling Clear" Pretty Pink Posh sequins,  Hampton Arts "Clear" Embossing Powder, "Silver" sequins from Hobby Lobby


Friday, July 25, 2014

Get Well Tammy!!!

My friend had surgery last Monday and I wanted to make her a "get well" card and this is what I came up with.  This is the second card I've made recently with dandelions....what can I say, I  like them as they are whimsical!!!  I found a free SVG file of a dandelion which I really liked....you can find it here!  I wanted some leaves on  it, so I added them to the file and welded.  I wanted to have like a stone wall behind the dandelion so I made one and made it so that the dandelion inlays on front of it and to make the "stones" look more "stone like", I used some of my Viva Decor "Ice" Pearl Pen on them...love the look.  On the "tips" of the dandelions I used some of my homemade silver metallic paint (made from eyeshadow).  I cut three of the dandelions and glued them together...but did not glue the flower part as it gives it a more three dimensional look.  I used some "Clear" Wink of Stella on the leaves.  I added a butterfly and a dragonfly cut from some DCWV glitter paper, scored some lines on the top and bottom, added some tiny pearls to the butterfly and scattered some sequins to look like the pieces of the dandelion scattering in the breeze!


And here are a couple of close-ups.



I did the inside of the card as a "print and cut", using the LDT Wispy and Simply Glamorous fonts, some Wink of Stella on the rocks and added another butterfly to finish it off!


I hope you liked this design........please let me know and thanks for stopping by!!!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")
Supplies List
Papers:  Recollections "White 110 LB" Cardstock (card base), Bazzill "Smooth White", Recollections "Black", DCWV "Black Glitter Paper"
Stamps:  "Get Well Soon" Hero Arts
Ink:  Tsukineko VersaMark
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat-It", Martha Stewart "Score Board", Stamp-a-ma-jig, We R Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board"
Accessories:  "Sparkling Clear" Pretty Pink Posh sequins,  Viva Decor "Ice Pearl Pen", "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, Recollections "Pearls"