Sunday, June 29, 2008

My "Birthday" Yankee Swap

Something happened to this post!!! It was suppose to follow the next post but somehow when I posted it left a HUGE gap between posts. I tried to fix it but could not. UGH!! So as you are reading this you may want to go to the next one first and then back to this one to get the correct sequence. Anyway, thanks for looking.

For my swap, I made a card holder using DP from SU. I cut out a piece of Certainly Celery 6x12 and scored at 5 inches from both ends . I then cut a strip for each side and attached with brads. I added a Close to Cocoa 1 inch handle glued under the top trim. The "cards" is alphabet stickers from Scrapworks. They match perfectly with our Blush Blossom. Inside were 5 cards made using the same DP.

This card uses the Penny Black/Charmed stamp. I stamped the image first on the white cs and then stamped it again on a patterned DP and cut out just the petals and glued them onto the original image. The bird is from "Make a Tree Set" from Stamp Camp. I stamped it on Blush Blossom and then cut it out and popped it up.

This stamp for this card is from Paper Inspirations and I used the cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots on the background. The 1/2 circle on the left was cut using CTMH circle cutter.

This card was very time consuming, but I loved the process. I used the "Time for bubbly" from My Favorite Things and stamped the image first on Blush Blossom and then stamped again on various DPs. I then cut out all the images and glued them in place. The mirror is vellum and I put crystal effects on all the bubbles and wine in the glass.

This stamp set also from My Favorite Things/what's up cupcake was stamped first; colored in with blender pen. I then stamped the frostings on bashful blue and cut them out and glued onto the cupcakes. The top is Cinnamon stickles that look like chocolate chips.

This final card in the set uses a stamp from inkadinkadoo.

Since it was my sister's "actual" birthday I made her this card. The stamp is from American Art Stamp/Emerson Quillin collection.

Birthday "Yankee" Swap

Well, I just got back from the Boston area to attend my family reunion; reunite with friends; and "fortunately" experience some very, very nice weather. It only rained 1 day. Talk about lucking out in good ol New England. (Oh, yeah, we did have to sit on the airplane for 1 1/2 hours in Manchester airport while they inspected the plane because we had a mini hailstorm (in June!) while we were boarding!) Anyway, at my family reunion the theme was "birthday". We were celebrating everyone's birthday so we had to bring a swap as a birthday gift, labeled male;female; or unisex. For my husband I made the following card and enclosed a gift certificate to Home Depot. This is a trifold card using Chocolate Chip; Bashful Blue; vanilla; and paper from My Minds Eye/Bohemian collection. On the front flap I embossed with cuttlebug's distressed stripes and the inside Bashful Blue flap I used the HB embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment on the front panel using a Hero Arts stamp (candles) in BB and then stamped the HB from Anita's stamps in CC over it. I added SU hardware rolled in CC and a lt. blue organza ribbon. The inside pocket holds the gift cert.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Candy Cake

Well, the other day I was surfing my blogs and came up with this site. Now, I cannot remember how I got there but was happy I did. What a great idea I thought, I can do that. Well, I have a million things to do because I'm going back to Boston next Tuesday, but hey this doesn't look hard. The site was: Somehow googling candy cakes, I came across this site with directions: Anyway, here is my 2 layer cake result. Now as luck would have it (and this was in the back of my mind), my family reunion is a birthday celebration - celebrating everyone's birthday. Well, this will be just perfect to bring with me. Of course it will have to be a carry-on so I hope that won't be an issue.

I used Paper Studio paper from Hobby Lobby and flowers 60% off at Joann's. It was very simple - takes about 1 1/2 bags of Nuggets. I wrapped each piece of styrofoam with cardstock and then attached the nuggets with my tacky glue. I punched holes in the styrofoam to put in the flowers. It did not take long to do - maybe 2 -3 hours, not sure as I didn't work on it non stop. But very easy. I think I may try for a 3 layer next time!

Friday, June 6, 2008

The 2 "minute" card

True, this card only takes 2 minutes to complete. How simple but still a card worth sending. I used Close to Cocoa and SU DP and SU stamp set stamped in close to cocoa and punched with the SU Scallop circle punch. Added a strip of DP and SU lt. pink ribbon tied in a knot and punched out photo corners and I am good to go! How simple and quick. Change it up for any occasion.

Baby Boy Sailboat

I saw a card on Renee's blog that had a sailboat. Don't know if it is a stamp or she made it herself but I liked the card and decided to make something similar to it. I made the boat by punching out a 1 1/4 inch circle and cutting that in half. I then punched out a 1 inch square and cut that for the sails. The flag on the top of the sails is just precut by hand using one of the background colored papers. The plaid paper is from one of Joann's stack packs; and the plain blues are Su bashful blue and brocade blue. The sentiment is SU as are the brads. The wave stamp is from Darcie's. Very cute; very simple!

Cutest dang cat

This is a card we did on my Wed. stamping group. I have not been there for quite awhile because of working full time but I AM Back! for the summer. Lois brought this card to do but she had a different stamp. We used a stamp of mine from Stampendous - part of the fluffies collection which I just love. Using SU p in p and; choc. chip and some unidentifiable "scrap" we came up with this tri-fold card. I used pink rhinestones for the middle of the flowers and blushed the cat's cheeks with p in p and colored the snail in blush blossom. The flowers are p in p and the leaves certainly celery. I used SU hardware and a piece of toile. We used tcuttlebug embossing folders - spiral; and swiss dot. I just love this card. It is so dang cute!!!!! if I do say so myself!LOL. And the inside can say anything you want it to!