Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sandi MacIver-Inspired: Eiffel Tower Medallion Card

Recently, Sandi MacIver, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, sent me one of the most amazingly beautiful and layered cards I've ever seen.  She called it, "Notably Charming Fifth Avenue Floral."  I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how I could make something similar, given the tools, equipment and stamp sets I had.  The card below is my blue and silver version.  Please be sure to visit Sandi's blog to see her gorgeous card; I've provided a link to the "sister card" she sent to me. 

Also, Paper Pal Arts is turning 100 (100 challenges that is)!  In honor of it, this card is being submitted to the PPA #100 Challenge.  Then, I'll work on a batch the cards without the glitter brad (because glitter causes safety issues to the soldiers under night vision) to send to Operation Write Home. 

NOTE:  A few days after posting this card, and sending a message to Sandi to share with her how she inspired me, I received an incredible surprise:  Sandi featured me as a guest artist!
Papers:  White CS (Staples, 110#), Baja Breeze, Silver CS (Recollections).
Inks:  Baja Breeze, Tinted Emboss Ink (Tint Boss), Not Quite Navy, Silver Emboss Powder (Stampin' Affair), Frost White Shimmer Paint, Glossy Accents (Ranger).
Stamp(s):  Elements of Style, Baroque Motifs, Artistic Etchings, French Script.
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Vintage Wallpaper Emboss Folder.
Cricut:  Sweet Treats (for circle and scallop medallion).
Punches:  Two-step Bird Punch.
Embellishments:  Blue Ribbon (Offray Brand), Silver Eyelets (Brand Unknown), Bling/Jewel (Jewelry Essentials), Glitter Brad (Recollections), Glitter Brads (Recollections).

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blog Candy, PPA #94A and Lily Pad Cards: Daisies And Dots

I've won blog candy!  First I sat in shock, then I started saying "Oh my gosh!" repeatedly to my laptop.  The blog candy was a Cuttlebug and two punches (one a snowflake and one that could be a daisy or the spokes of a wheel, or whatever I imagine it to be as I have it fit into part of a card).  I'm loving the Cuttlebug and have been curious about it for easily as long as I can remember in my crafting history. 

I love that when I have to get off of my feet I can sit with my feet up, resting my back on a heating pad and still have the pleasure of occasionally being able to emboss and die cut with the Cuttlebug.  How did I live all of these years without one?!!  This generous set of gifts came from a lady by the name of Carol (a/k/a:  "Craftin' Granny")  of Craftin' Granny's Card Shack, in celebration of her "Bloggerversary."  The cards she makes are unparallelled in both their array of layers and embellishments but their color combinations.  Every time I look at one of her cards I know I have to go back and take another look, because I take notice of something that I did not see during a previous blog visit.  It's like a "Where's Waldo?" type of scenario where you keep looking because you don't want to miss a Waldo, and you won't want to miss any facet of her lovely cards.  Please be sure to visit her blog and leave a comment for her.  You'll leave her blog feeling like you've visited a special place on the web.  You may even want to become one of her followers, like I have done. 

Now...onto the card!  Tonight I used my new Cuttlebug for the first time to do all of the embossing on this card "Daisies and Dots," created two challenges this week's Paper Pal Arts Sketch Challenge #94A and then this month's Lily Pad Cards Embossing Challenge (which I found via complimenting someone else's card submission to PPA# 94A. 

The components for this embossed card have been cut and prepared for making at least 10 more units for Operation Write Home, which just met its 1,000,000 card goal--YAY! 

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Ivory CS (Staples, 110#), More Mustard CS, More Mustard DSP.
Punches:  Eyelet Border.
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Daisy Die (Ellison), Dot Emboss Folder, Petals-A-Plenty Emboss Folder.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

OWH: Father's Day 2011 Neck Tie Tutorial Challenge

Yesterday I visited the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Challenge.  It turns out that they are in dire need of Father's Day cards for our troops to send home to their dads.  A quick and easy tutorial was provided on how to make a neck tie and dress shirt card for dad and the call to action was for everyone to please make five units and to send the cards to a local shipper right away...the overseas shipping deadline is/was rapidly approaching.  So, early last night my two youngest children wanted to know what I was working on and I got to show them how to make origami neck ties.  It was time well spent with my children.  This post contains the first finished card with a textured cardstock "shirt." 

May 15, 2011 Update:  A total of 20 cards have been completed...a little behind my desired schedule...but done nonetheless.  Adhesive pearls were placed on each of the lapels, and the idea for that came from the first person to submit her cards to this OWH challenge.  Her name is Jen and her blog is called, "The Sparkle Within."  I've included a link to her neck-tie cards, too.  Please be sure to visit the links below: 

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Ivory CS (Staples 110#), Elegant Soiree DSP, Soft Suede (Textured) CS.
Embellishments:  Flat Head Gold Eyelets (Brand Unknown), #2 Brass Plated Fasteners (Acco, 1/2"), Adhesive Pearls (Recollections).
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Monday, April 25, 2011

PPA #90--Sense of Time Elegant Soiree

This is my first submission to the Paper Pal Arts Challenge as well as the "premier" use of the clock in my "Sense of Time" stamp set.  I've already cut and stamped the components to make three more for a total of four to donate to Operation Write Home.  For more information on PPA & OWH, please visit the following links:

Paper Pal Arts #90:
Operation Write Home:

Card Ingredients
Paper(s):  Ivory CS (Staples, 110#), Soft Suede CS, Elegant Soiree DSP, Brushed Gold CS.
Ink(s):  Soft Suede, Stampin' Emboss Gold Powder, Tinted Emboss Ink (Top Boss).
Stamp(s):  Sense of Time.
Cricut:  Plaintin Schoolbook (for circle that frames the clock face).
Embellishment(s):  Pearls (Recollections).
Tools/Other:  Corner Rounder Punch (Brand Unknown), Sponge.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

OWH Stars & Stamps #65: Vintage Elegant Soiree Elements of Style

Lately I've been wanting to use my Elements of Style stamp set, which is rather interesting given that I resisted purchasing it when it was recommended.  :)  Over time, its elegant and versatile components have enabled me to create some lovely cards and view an array of incredible pieces by other stampers.  In fact, they have also "enabled" me to use colors on flowers that I normally would not have considered....which ultimately led to the creation of this card below.  For more information, please visit the following link:  OWH Stars & Stamps #65:

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Ivory CS (Staples Brand, 110 #), Baja Breeze CS, Not Quite Navy CS, Soft Suede CS.
Inks:  Timber Brown (StazOn/Non-SU!), Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso.
Stamp(s):  Elements of Style.
Big Shot:  Square Lattice Emboss Folder.
Punches:  Boho Blossoms, Scallop Ribbon, Two-step Bird (for branches).
Hardware/Other:  Brushed Copper Brad (Memory Makers), Basic Pearls
Tools/Other:  Sponge(s), Crimper, Paper Piercer.
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Mojo Monday + OWH Stars & Stamps: Heart Dad a Latte

This is the first time I've submitted one card for two different challenges.  One is for the Mojo Monday #185 Sketch and the second is for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Father's Day Challenge.  The Baja Breeze ink translated in a yellow-ish manner on the ivory cardstock, but it was the same blue as the matching cardstock.  Maybe next time I'll stamp and color on white cardstock to maintain the color integrity.  Please visit the following links for more information:

Card Ingredients:
Papers:  Elegant Lines DSP, Ivory CS (Staples, 110 lb.), Early Espresso CS, Baja Breeze CS.
Inks:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Early Espresso.
Stamp(s):  Latte Love (Fiskars), Tiny Dot Letters (Hero Arts).
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Dots Emboss Folder.
Punches:  Two-step Owl, Eyelet Border, Slot, Boho Blossoms, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle.
Embellishments:  Blue Ribbon (Offray).
Tools/Other:  Sponge.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

OWH Challenge #63: Vintage Elegant Soiree and Espresso Flower

This card was made specifically for the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Challenge.  My youngest daughter has already been helping me to make a set of these for OWH as well.  Here are some links for more information:

OWH Stars and Stamps Challenge:
Operation Write Home:

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Elegant Soiree DSP, Ivory CS (110lb., Staples Brand), Brushed Gold CS, Early Espresso CS, Crumb Cake CS, Very Vanilla CS.
Inks:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake.
Stamp(s):  Sense of Time, Tiny Tags.
Big Shot/Cricut:  Bigz XL Flower Folds Die, Daisy Die (Ellison), Elegant Lines Emboss Folder.
Punches:  Corner Scallop Punch (Unknown Brand).
Embellishments:  Antique Brad.
Tools/Other:  Sponge, Paper Piercer, Color Spritzer.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mojo Monday 184: Bliss, Owl, and Elegant Lines

Here is my first attempt at a square card, using the square scallop die by Sizzix/Stampin' Up!  I made it with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge in mind, but now that I look at it...I think I strayed from the parameters a little bit; but it was a good first run, nevertheless.  Here is a link to the challenge:

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Baja Breeze CS, Early Espresso CS, Brushed Gold CS, Crumb Cake CS, Real Red CS, Ivory CS (Staples Brand, 110 lb.), & Elegant Soiree DSP.
Inks:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze.
Markers:  Soft Suede.
Stamp(s):  Bliss, Tiny Tags.
Punches:  Two-step Owl, Two-step Bird, Bojo Blossoms, 1/4" Circle, Jewelry Tag (Medium), Designer Label (Large).
Tools/Other:  Sponging, Unibal Signo White Gel Pen.
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Elegant Lines Emboss Folder, Square Scallop Die.
Embellishments:  Pearls (Recollections Brand & Stampin' Up!), Gold Cord (non-SU!, Brand Unknown).

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mojo Monday 183: Vintage Vogue

I submitted this card for my first-ever Mojo Monday Challenge and then decided to make a total of 10 for Operation Write Home.  For more information, please visit the following links:

Mojo Monday
Operation Write Home

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Whisper White CS, Not Quite Navy CS & DSP, Cherry Cobbler CS & DSP.
Inks:  Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler.
Stamp Set(s):  Vintage Vogue.
Punch(es):  Scallop Ribbon Punch, Corner Scallop Punch (non-SU!).
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Dots Emboss Folder,
Tools:  Sponges.
Hardware:  Brads, Eyelets.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bonjour Elegant Lines

I made over 30 of these cards for Operation Write Home, so that our troops have cards to send home to their loved ones.  For more information, please visit

Update:  on March 16th, 2011, this completed set of cards happened to fulfill the "Scallop With a Freebie Challenge," which you can find by visiting this link:  

Card Ingredients
Stamp Set(s): Carte Postale (Retired).
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White.
Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette.
Big Shot/Cuttlebug:  Elegant Lines Emboss Folder.
Punches:  Scallop Punch, Small Oval Punch.
Tools/Other: Sponges, Paper Piercer, Corrogator.
Hardware:  Flower Brads.
Ribbon:  Non-SU! Pink (Brand Unknown).
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