Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thanks Snow Much!

I needed to make some thank you cards and since they weren't being mailed I decided to make them 3" x 3". I have seen these snowmen on several blogs and thought they would be cute on the small note card. I have to apologize for the picture quality of the card. I wouldn't normally post something that was a little blurry but the card was so cute I had to post it. The base card is a piece of real red card stock cut 3" x 6" and folded in half to create the 3"x3" card. I cut whisper white card stock 3" x 2" and tore it to create the snow drifts and attached them to the bottom of the base card and added icicle stickles.

To create snowman I used the following:

Body: 1", 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circles of whisper white card stock with the edges sponged in bashful blue ink

Hat: 3/4" x 1" and 1/4" x 1 1/4" pieced of black card stock; leaves punched from the 2-Step Bird Punch with mellow moss card stock, berry punched using largest hole on the Crop-a-Dile and real red card stock

Eyes and Buttons: largest hole on the Crop-a-Dile and black card stock

Mouth: smallest hole on the Crop-a-Dile and black card stock

Nose: scrap of pumpkin pie card stock

Arms: Snowflake Punch and chocolate chip card stock

Scarf: red gingham ribbon

Assemble the hat with tombow glue add the leaves and berry using tombow glue and attach to the 1" circle with tombow glue. Add eyes, nose and mouth of snowman to the 1" circle with tombow glue and attach to the 1 3/8" circle with a dimensional. Attach the arms to the underside of the 1 3/8" circle with tombow glue and attach to the 1 3/4" circle using dimensionals. Add the buttons with tombow glue and adhere ribbon with a mini glue dot. Mount snowman to card base with adhesive. I used tombow glue since the snowman is dimensional and I wanted to make sure it was adhered well.

Supplies Used: Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Black, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss; Ink: Bashful Blue; Other: Crop-a-Dile, 1", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" Circle Punches, Snowflake Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, Red Gingham Ribbon, Stickles, Tombow Adhesive, Dimensionals

Friday, January 21, 2011

Elegant Birthday

This is the card I made for my husband's birthday. For this card I decided to start with a sketch and go from there. I wanted the card to have layers and dimension and this sketch was perfect for that.
Here are the measurements for this card:

Card Base (1): Baja Breeze - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", Chocolate Chip - 4 1/8" x 5 3/8", Floral DSP - 4" x 5 1/4"

Horizontal Layer (2): Chocolate Chip - 2 1/2" x 4 1/8", Baja Breeze - 2 3/8" x 4 1/8", Striped DSP - 2 1/4" x 4 1/8"

Vertical Layer (3): Chocolate Chip - 3 1/2" x 3", Baja Breeze - 3 3/8" x 2 7/8", Polka Dot DSP - 3 1/4" x 2 3/4"

Horizontal Layer (4): Chocolate Chip - 3 1/2" x 1 7/8", Baja Breeze - 3 3/8" x 1 3/4", Checkered DSP - 3 1/4" x 1 5/8"

Vertical Layer (5): Baja Breeze - 2 1/8" x 2 3/8", Chocolate Chip - 2" x 2 1/4", Baja Breeze - 1 7/8" x 2 1/8", Whisper White (Stamped) - 1 3/4" x 2"

Tag: Chocolate Chip - 9/16" x 1 1/2", Baja Breeze - 7/16" x 1 3/8", Whisper White (stamped) - 5/16" x 1 1/4"

The whisper white card stock (1 3/4" x 2") was stamped using one of the images from the Elegant Ornaments stamp set (discontinued) using baja breeze ink. I stamped the "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes to a scrap piece of whisper white card stock with baja breeze ink and then cut it to size.

Each layer of the card was assembled separately and a piece of chocolate chip taffeta ribbon was added to layer 4 before I put the whole card together. Once all of the layers were assembled I then added the layers. Layers 3, 4 and 5 were adhered to the card base using dimensionals. The tag was then attached to the chocolate chip taffeta ribbon using silver cord and the dew drops were adhered using crystal effects. I really love how this card turned out.

Supplies Used: Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Parisian Breeze DSP; Ink: Baja Breeze; Stamps: Elegant Ornaments, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Cord, Dew Drops, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Personalized Mugs with Cookies

I thought I would show you these cute mugs with gingerbread cookies my daughter made as gifts for family members this year. She wanted to give gifts but she is also on a budget and decided that a personalized mug with hot chocolate and cookies would be a nice gift. She saw an idea here using tiny gingerbread houses on mugs but didn't have enough time to make the gingerbread houses. She used standard cookie cutters and just cut a notch in the cookie so the cookie could still hang on the mug. You can actually buy cookie cutters with the notch built into the cutter but she improvised and I think they came out great.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Punch Potpourri Easel Card

I finally stamped something this year! I was cleaning out the closet in my stamp room and came across an afghan that I started for my son and never finished and I've been working on that instead of stamping. I also have 3 baby blankets to make before April. There is just never enough time to do all the things we would like to do.

I made this card for my sister's birthday. Her favorite color is purple and I decided to keep it monochromatic. To make the easel card I started with a piece of elegant eggplant that measured 5 3/16" x 10 3/8" folded in half to end up with a square base card of 5 3/16". I punched all 4 corners using the scallop trim corner punch and then the 3 open sides using the scallop trim border punch. I didn't have any trouble punching through the 2 layers of card stock. To create the card front I began with a piece of elegant eggplant that measured 5 3/16" square and using the scallop trim corner and border punches punched around the entire piece. I punched the corners first and then used the border punch.

I layered the card front and inside easel portion with a piece of perfect plum that measured 4 1/4" square. To complete the card front I used the vintage wallpaper embossing folder with whisper white card stock that measured 4" square and sponged the raised images with elegant eggplant. Then I stamped the images from the Punch Potpourri set in elegant eggplant and perfect plum (off stamped once) onto whisper white card stock and punch the images out. The multi-loop bow was attached using glue dots and the stamped images were mounted to the card front with dimensionals. The sentiment from oval all set was stamped using elegant eggplant ink onto whisper white card stock and mounted it to a piece of elegant eggplant scallop oval. I then added rhinestones and pearls were to complete.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum; Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum; Stamps: Punch Potpourri, Oval All; Other: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Scallop Trim Corner and Border Punches, 2 Step Bird Punch, Full Heart Punch, Butterfly Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones, Pearls, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals