Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Repeat Impressions Sketch #F812

I'm entering the Repeat Impressions Sketch #F812 challenge to win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! I created a "just because" card using a Repeat Impressions stamp, and scraps including the card base, double-sided cardstock, Cricut Imagine circular image - Lori's Garden.

I stamped the sentiments on scrap cardstock and punched it out with this top note from Stampin' Up! Luckily it fit the stamped sentiment perfectly! The stamp is a large square stamp with flip flops with this sentiment in the bottom right hand corner. I used the tiny inkers to ink just the sentiment.

  • blue bling - Me & My Big Ideas rhinestones "pastel"
  • peach cardstock
  • smooch spritz
  • Stampin' Up punch
  • Cricut Imagine circular image - Lori's Garden
  • Cuttlebug and Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Repeat Impressions Stamp -
  • Zots 3-D glue dots
  • We R memory Keepers sweetheart inker - brown
  • Memories Direct double sided ink daubers - black
Wish me luck!!


Fall Wedding Invitation



This was the largest wedding order I ever received. Although the challenge was fun, I underestimated the stamina it would take to create 75 identical wedding invitations. The results were stunning and the pictures don't seem to do it justice.

I got all the supplies at Hobby Lobby. A few tips for ya...the embossing folder was not long enough so I had to run it through twice. It is tricky to line up the design without smashing the previously embossed design. In order to make sure the printing was consistent and unblemished, I had the printing for the text and the monogram done at Staples print center.

The ribbons were made by hand by cutting ribbon lengths in 6" and 8" lengths. Create a loop (circle) with the larger length and adhere the overlap with your fav adhesive, loop the second length of ribbon just the same then attach both loops in the center. This can be done with a staple or glue dots. The monogram is raised on foam tape and covers the area where you have attached the ribbon. If you use staples, make sure to staple only to the printed layer of the invite and use colored staples.
  • brown - embossed with love is in the air Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • orange layer - 5 x 8"
  • cream layer - 4 x 7.5"
  • ribbon loops - 6" and 8"
  • Circle punch
  • MS word to layout the text and the monogram

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Good Teachers Are Never Forgotten

Here's another card from Nikki's order for teacher appreciation week. This one is another fav from Sophie cart. Nikki had one request...vibrant spring colors. For this card I chose these complimentary colors that screamed spring has sprung!

Dry embossing has become one of my favorite techniques. Using the Cuttlebug brings such a pop to all projects. My tip is, if you plan to stamp on the part of your project that you will emboss, stamp first and then emboss after. You don't want to squish your design or have parts of the stamped image not show up due to the newly created facets in the paper. Pre-planning is key.
  • Cricut Cart - Sophie card 2 pg 32
  • stamps by Clear and Simple stamps Teacher set
  • darice rubber stamp pad
  • Ranger Archival ink stamp pad - black
  • card base - bazzill basics dotted swiss
  • layer - bazzill embossed with Cuttlebug folder - art deco
  • Bling from Recollections

What's your dry embossing tip?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thanks Heat Embossed Card - Sophie

This is another card is the order fulfilled for teacher appreciation week (an order from my bestie Nikki...shout out girlfriend!) and I love how the heat embossing gives it that extra something special. I'm just starting to heat emboss sentiments. It can be tricky getting the right coverage with the ink and the embossing powder. I use a tooth brush to get rid of stray embossing powder that sticks to the design before adding heat. That way my sentiment is clean and clear (for the most part...)

  • Cricut Cart - Sophie card 2 pg 53
  • gold encore ultimate metallic stamp pad
  • gold embossing powder and heat gun
  • darice rubber stamp pad
  • stamps by Inkadinkado - Thankful for Everything set
  • card base - bazzill premium cardstock
  • layer - SEI poppy paper stack
  • top note - QuicKutz
  • Pearls from Recollections

What's your stamping or embossing tip?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Cards

Never were words more true... this stamp set is a must have from Clear and Simple Stamps!

I created a set of 12 teacher appreciation cards for my bestie Nikki recently using the Sophie cartridge. Nikki is the best customer because she let's me know what she needs and then leaves the creativity to me. The order included this card "rose1" card 2 is one of my favs on the cart. The dainty floral pattern makes me smile.
  • Cricut Cart - Sophie card 2 pg 37
  • stamps by Clear and Simple stamps Teacher set
  • darice rubber stamp pad
  • Ranger Archival ink stamp pad - black
  • bazzill card bases - pink: bazzill premium cardstock, yellow: bazzill basics dotted swiss
  • layer - "Cursive" Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions by Core'dinations
  • layer distressed with We R Memory Keepers heart tool
  • Pearls and bling from Recollections and ribbon from stash

What do you give for Teacher Appreciation week? Remember you can order unique show-stopping cards to thank your teachers from me!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Thinking of You

This card is cut from Sophie with an understated edge. I thought it was a perfect card to try out my Heartfelt Creations Dutch Iris stamp. I learned that this stamp needed my pressure. The words could be seen but I traced over just to be sure they could be read. On a lighter card I'll pull out my Copics and color in the Irises. The C'oordinations cardstock is green on the inside. The coordinating ribbon from my stash - cut on an angle - completes the look.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Engagement, Wedding or Anniversary card

Sophie's back..... with this versatile love card that can be used for engagement, wedding or anniversary. C'oordinations cardstock is quite complimentary. The outside is embossed with just a portion of an embossing folder in the Cuttlebug Love is in the Air set. Inside I used a My Pink Stamper stamp froim the Everyday Sentiments set. My Pink Stamper always offer the right sentiment to make cards pop!

I love that these stamps are larger. I was getting very frustrated with itty bitty sentiments in my large cards. I used to leave the insides blank, but now I'm all set.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Birthday card - Damask Decor

Aw, you thought I was going to show another Sophie card....but I have a wonderful birthday card from Damask Decor Cricut cart today. I love this shaped card which can be fashioned for males or females. This color scheme is for someone who doesn't like all the girlie colors or for a man in your life.

Damask Decor has many square cards on it. Cutting those too large may force you to have to make your own envelopes or use large vellum ones. So watch the size. I like the 5.5" envelopes from Die Cuts With  A View and American crafts. However, both are marked at 5.5 but fit different sized cards. Word to the wize... all square envelopes are not created equally.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Repeat Impressions Sketch #J2512 Challenge

Today is the last day to enter Repeat Impressions Sketch #J2512 Challenge to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate. I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring.... Using this sketch, I came up with this get well card. To make it fun for and exciting, I gave myself a time limit! I created this card from A to Z in under 30 mins.   

  • Blue card and white envelope - Recollections "Frost Mix"
  • Art Deco embossing folder and Cuttlebug
  • 1st layer - SEI Poppy paper stack - metallic foil
  • layer cut in Cuttlebug with Spellbinders Nestibilities Big Scalloped Rectangle
  • Top layer Bazzill preimum cardstock scrap
  • Ribbon from the Paper Studio
  • Stamps from umbrella4you set by The Stamps of Life
  • Tim Holtz Disteress Ink- Evergreen Bough

I love this embossing, wish more of it was showing. I combined a few of the stamps to create the message.


The sweetness of Friendship card

It seems like I am addicted to the Sophie Cricut cart....well I am!! There are so many cards to choose from! This one was cut at 4.5" using C'oordinations white wash cardstock. The layer is embossed using the Cuttlebug and Quikcuts swirls folder, pearls, and a dimensional sticker from my stash. Simply divine!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Repeat Impressions DCC21- heat embossing challenge

One of my 2012 goals is to submit my work for more challenges and for publication in print magazines. So, today I am entering the Repeat Impressions Designer's Choice Challenge (DCC21) that calls for a project using the technique of heat embossing shown on the Repeat Impressions blog entitled The House That Stamps Built. The deadline is 2.14.12 at 5pm EST and the prize is the choice of one sheet of Repeat Impressions unmounted stamps.

I love Repeat Impressions stamps and card kits. I have used them several times on this blog. However, today my project does not use their stamps. I created a card for teacher appreciation week (an order from my bestie Nikki...shout out girlfriend!) and I love how the heat embossing gives it that extra something special.

  • Cricut Cart - Sophie card 2 pg 28
  • gold encore ultimate metallic stamp pad
  • gold embossing powder and heat gun
  • darice rubber stamp pad
  • stamps by Clear and Simple stamps Teacher set
  • card base - bazzill premium cardstock
  • layer - "School paper" Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions by Core'dinations
  • layer distressed with We R Memory Keepers heart tool
  • Pearls and ribbon from stash

Wish me luck!


Fly card

The Cricut Sophie cart has so many unique cards. This 2 layered card was created with C'oordinations whitewash cardstock. I love the color combinations and the intricate cuts. This was another fan favorite!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Friends Forever card

It's another shaped card from Sophie Cricut cart today made with Bazzill premium cardstock and stamps from my stash. This card can be made to match any decor or event.  Perhaps next time I make this card, I will stamp in the petals as well.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Flower card

Shaped cards are most beloved among the people who stopped by my vendor table. This thank you card for a friend is made using the Sophie Cricut cart, C'oordinations white wash cardstock, Bazzill premium cardstock and stamps from my stash. The inside sentiment is shown in the lower right hand corner.