Saturday, June 30, 2007

Tab Punch Fish

This sample doesn't use a new catalog set, so I hope you're not too shocked. I saw a card on the SU demo site with these tab punch fish, and I just had to make one. They are too cute! The card I originally saw was by Richard Garay. Then I found the directions on making the fish on this blog:

The body of the fish is one full tab punch, and the tail is half of the tab (see photo). I used the scoring tool from the cutter kit and freehanded the lines for the folds. For my card, I used the paper snips to make cuts for the fins and added some Pumpkin Pie ink to make them stand out.
I used my sponge daubers to add River Rock and Sahara Sand on the bottom of the card, and I also sponged Soft Sky around the other 3 sides as well as around the bubble letters.
Give this one a try. It's easy and fun!
Supplies (All SU): Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet, Alphabits; Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Sahara Sand; Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Soft Sky, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: rounded tab punch, 1/4" & 1/2" circle punches, sponge daubers

Friday, June 29, 2007

This is too exciting!

Wow! Three people have already commented on my first post. Thanks so much!

This is a card similar to one I just made for a swap on SCS. I just changed the colors. My mom helped me with the layout and design when she was here visiting. (Thanks, Mama!) This card looks like a tag. The fold is on the left side of the card. To make the tag shape, I cut and folded the base then on the back, I made pencil marks on the top at 1 1/4" and 3" and on each side at 1 1/2". I used the Tonic guillotine cutter from SU to make the cuts (connecting the pencil marks on each side) through both layers at once. But you could draw the lines and cut with some good scissors also. I stamped and cut an extra flower and attached it with a So Saffron brad to give some extra dimension to it.

Supplies (all from Stampin' Up): Stamps: Double Line Doodles, Weathered BG; Paper: Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, So Saffron Prints designer paper; Inks: Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery; Accessories: crafters tool kit, white gel pen, cutter kit, rounded tab punch, 1/8" hole punch, Certainly Celery narrow grosgrain, Rich Regals brads

Here's how I cut out the flower: First: punch out the flower with the 1 1/4" circle punch. Then cut down the side of each petal with the paper snips. Then just cut off the piece left at the tip of each petal! (I read this on SCS, but I can't find the source. If you know who it is or if it's you, please let me know, and I will give you credit.)

It may be a few days before I post again as my DS Daniel is leaving for Europe on Sunday. I have to get him packed and ready and drive him down to Minneapolis. I'm planning to work on a card now, so if I don't get it posted in the next day or so, it'll probably be Tuesday before I can post again.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Welcome to my blog!

Well, I finally took the leap and started a blog. Welcome! This card uses a stamp set from the new Fall/Winter Collection 2007 from Stampin' Up. It also uses the new In Colors. They are gorgeous! Let me know what you think.
Supplies: Stamps: Baroque Motifs; Paper: Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky; Inks: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky;Accessories: white gel pen, Spring Bouquet punch, 1/2" & 3/4" circle punches, crafters tool kit