Friday, January 25, 2013

Fab Friday color challenge

I created this card for the latest Fab Friday challenge (FabFri10).  It's a color challenge: Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla.  I wanted to use some of the elements from the artisan embellishment kit, so that plus the colors naturally pointed me to a valentine.  I have to admit that I struggled with this card for a while, but Ray says it was worth it!
I started by sponging the heart doily with Pool Party ink.  Next, I stamped the image from Take It to Heart on Very Vanilla cardstock with Cherry Cobbler ink.  I added some dots of Dazzling Details to the trees.  This is when my struggles began.  The heart didn't look right on the doily, but I didn't want to cover up too much of the doily either.  I cut out the Cherry Cobbler heart to use for a mat, but it looked too plain.  I finally decided that some dry embossing would help.  I used the Lacy Brocade folder on the heart, and then I added the Adorning Accents hearts to the bottom of the card.  I tied on the ribbon then adhered the hearts.  I snipped the wire stem off the rose and used a pop-up glue dot to adhere it to the ribbon's knot.  I think that's my favorite part!
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Anniversary sketch card

I created the challenges for the Creative Crew on SCS this month.  One of the challenges was to use a sketch to create an anniversary card.  I didn't realize it at the time, but I actually need an anniversary card this month for my husband!  Ray loves this ship, so I decided to use it for my card.  The card base is Crumb Cake with images from The Open Sea stamped in Crumb Cake and Night of Navy.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  The DSP is retired Nautical Expedition.  The ship is stamped in Night of Navy, and the ribbon is denim jean ribbon.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Monday, January 21, 2013

Spring butterflies

It is -17 degrees in Duluth right now, and I am ready for spring!  I recently got the Papillon Potpourri set along with both sizes of the butterfly punch, and I thought the butterflies would be perfect for a spring card.
I stamped the butterflies onto Whisper White cardstock, using black craft ink.  I sprinkled on Irridescent Ice EP and then heat embossed.  Tip: When heating the Irridescent Ice, overheating will melt the glitter!  I watercolored the butterflies with ink and an aquapainter.  I used Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight.  After they dried, I punched them out.  I love that the punches fit the stamps exactly with no white around the edges!
For the orange layer, I chose a sheet of DSP from Summer Smooches.  I stamped the largest label from Layered Labels in Tangerine Tango then cut it out using the Big Shot.  I used the Essentials paper piercing pack around the edges then added white gel pen stitches.
The banner is 4 X 1 1/2 Real Red Coredinations cardstock embossed with the Fancy Fan embossing folder then sanded.  I used the 1 3/8 square punch to cut the tail at the bottom.  The cardbase is Daffodil Delight.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Shirley's birthday card

My MIL Shirley loves blue, so I always make her a blue birthday card.  This card is Midnight Muse, which is one of the new In Colors.  I haven't used the new In Colors much, but I got the Print Poetry DSP from the spring catalog which features them.  I'm hoping this will get me going.  Another great feature of the Print Poetry DSP is that it's 4 1/2 X 6 1/2, so it's easy to use a sheet on a card front.  For this card, I just trimmed the sheet down a bit.  Then I cut the Very Vanilla cardstock to fit inside the frame.  I stamped the sentiment from the Carry On hostess set and added the satin ribbon.  I stamped the cupcake on a separate piece of cardstock and punched it out with the new petite curly label punch from the SAB catalog.
Happy stamping! 
Jana Signature

Friday, January 11, 2013

Masculine birthday card

I CASEd this card from one I made at Dawn Olchefske's demo event last summer.  Hmm, maybe it was 2 summers ago!  Wow!  Anyway, I started with the layout and stamp set (The Open Sea) and wanted to use the Print Poetry DSP from the Occasions catalog so that helped me figure out my color combo.  The DSP is Midnight Muse and Sahara Sand, so I thought Cherry Cobbler would be a good 3rd color.
The cardbase is Sahara Sand with a layer of Whisper White on top of it.  The next layer is Cherry Cobbler with the globe stamped all over in Midnight Muse.  I cut the DSP then ripped the edge.  I took Cherry Cobbler bakers twine and folded it in half and then in half again.  Next I tied a knot in the middle and separated out the sections before adhering it to the back of the Cherry Cobbler piece.
Although there are several layers here, the card itself is fairly simple.  Other than stamps, ink and paper, the only accessories used were the bakers twine and 2 punches.
Happy stamping! 
Jana Signature

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Occasions and SAB stuff!

Here's the first card I've made with my new stuff!  The cardbase is Summer Starfruit.  I wasn't too sure about this color at first, but it's growing on me!  The DSP is Sycamore Street, and it's one of the freebies for Sale-a-bration!  The Rich Razzleberry button and Pool Party ribbon are also from SAB.  There's also a stamp set and embossing folder that coordinate with the DSP.
The stamp set is called Secret Garden.  It's in the Occasions catalog, and there's a set of framelits that cut out all of the images.
Happy stamping! 
Jana Signature

Friday, January 4, 2013

Quick and easy note cards

This fall, Stampin' Up offered a cute kit that contained 8 note cards with envelopes, a doily stamp, a "friends" sentiment, pre-punched flowers and rhinestones.  It also came with 2 spots: Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.
The card on the right shows you what the instructions directed you to do.  (I added some Daffodil Delight ribbon.)  The card on the left is in Wisteria Wonder with pearls instead of rhinestones.
I bought a package of the note cards, so I can make quite a few of these in various colors with different sentiments.
I tried to post this yesterday, but Blogger wouldn't let me upload my photo.  I found a workaround thanks to Splitcoaststampers.  I also updated my blog background.  I made it in My Digital Studio!  I hope you like it.
Happy stamping!
Jana Signature