Monday, January 31, 2011

Kid's cards.

One of the themes for an upcoming magazine submittal was 'kid's" ... so I got busy and made a few cards. Out of the over dozen I made, here are two of my favorites. Both cards were made use an Acu-Cut die cut system (thank you Sherry for letting me use during our visit) and for whatever reason I used the square window for the masculine card and the round window for the feminine card.

The masculine card first is a generic one suited for a boy that ,with the addition of text, can be turned into a card for any specific occasion. I used a robot sticker (Sandylion) to which I matched the card paper color (Prismatics) and background paper (Cosmo Cricket).

The feminine card, although having a text on the front, can also be turned into a specific occasion card with the addition of interior text. I used soft pastel colors for the card (Prismatics) and a glittered patterned paper for the insert (Die Cut with a View). The flowers is a 3D sticker (E. K. Success/K & Company) while the glittered leaves are cut from a larger sticker (E. K. Success/Jolee's All That Bling). Tinkerbell is also a 3D sticker (E. K. Success). The text is a rub-on (Deja Views Wonderful Words).

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trio of Florentine paper cards.

While cleaning out my stash of papers I came across some "Florentine" paper I had forgotten I had ... so I decided to use them before I forgot about them all over again. I used old "Sizzix" dies to create either a scroll, banner, parchment and ancient document for each card (these also happen to be the names of the "Sizzix" dies). I stamped each die-cut with either script or music in black or sepia colored ink. To add that extra touch each die-cut was turned into a 3D image and edged with walnut colored ink. I then coordinated the color of the background overlays; which I also edged with matching ink, to the predominant color in the "Florentine" paper to set of the various die-cuts I used. I re-emphasized the 3D effect with the use of the 3D stickers (Jolee's Boutique and K & Company). The final touch are the rub-on text (K & Company).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mojo Monday - week 175

For this one I decided to use every medium I couls from die-cuts, to stamps to stickers and rub-ons!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

With Gratitute

A quick card using two art nouveau style rub-ons (E. K. Success/K & Company) with a 3D texted sticker tag (E. K. Success/K & Company Studio 112).

Man's Valentine (?)

I was looking for "manly" thoughts for Valentine's Day when I came upon a sticker of a trophy (also called a "loving" cup) and thought it would be perfect. Men need to be re-assured they are the best and trophies are perfect ... so here it is!

The paper is from a rock and roll pad (Creative Imaginations) and I centered the image on the card. The "loving" cup 3D sticker (E. K. Success/Jolee's Boutique) says it's an award of excellence ... so I added the word love (Mrs. Grossman's) on the name plate and a rhinestone heart with wings on the cup itself. To finish it all off I added the rhinestone flourishes (Prima); which were actually frames that I cut up. So here you have it ... my version/idea of a "manly" Valentine's Day card.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mojo Monday - week 174

Today I decided to take two Monday challenges and combined them into one. They are the Monday morning Mojo sketch from Sara's Creations blog and the moldie oldie Monday supplies from Ivanka's Card Studio blog.

Take an ivory card and cover it with chocolate brown paper (Bazzill Basics) 1/8" smaller all around than the card. Cut out a 4" x 4" square piece of patterned paper (Sandylion) and adhere it to the card. On a scrap piece of chocolate brown paper add the rub-on clock (Provo Craft), cut it out and adhere the cut out clock to the card using thin raised adhesive dots. Add the rub-on gears (Provo Craft) to the card. Run a brown ribbon (ColorBok Self Adhesive Ribbon) across the bottom of the card. Add a brown bow (Martha Stewart/E.K. Success) to one side of the ribbon. Add the sticker text (Cloud-9-Designs). Other than the chocolate brown paper, all materials listed are discontinued; however I want to add that the sticker text is now available as an acrylic stamp set from "Fiskars/Cloud-9-Designs.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Although this is one of those cards that does not have a specific occasion attached to it ... I think it would work well for any number of occasions for a man. Start by making a 5" x 7" card from chocolate brown paper. Cut a 1" wide strip from gold mirrored paper and attach it vertically down the card one 1" away from the folded edge. Emboss the stamp (The Rubbernecker Company) twice in black on tan paper. Trim one of the stamped images with a deckle edge scissor, color the image with glitter markers (Martha Stewart/E. K. Success) and coloring pencils. Distress the edges with a brown ink pad and lightly run the pad over the central image as well. Attached the colored and trimmed panel to the card. From the second panel, cut out the dragon fly and the geometric design. Color each with glitter markers and attach to the first panel (matching the locations) using raised adhesive dots. Add gold faux gems (Stampendous Dot Spaklers) to the center of the geometric design and for the dragonfly's eyes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Take Some Time!

My new motto to follow: take some time! So I made a card to match. The scroll stamp (Third Coast Rubber Stamp Company) is stamped twice in black ink on a piece of tan paper. For the first one cut out the scroll along the outline, on the second one cut out only the rolled up corners. Edge everything in black. Stamp the venice scenery stamp (Stampin Up) in black inside the frame on the first panel. Color the scenery lightly with coloring pencils. Add the rub-on text and watch (Michael's dollar bin). Attache the rolled up corners using raised adhesive dots (black if you can get them) to the stamped panel. Cut a panel from text patterned paper (K & Company) and adhere to black paper. Trim black paper 1/4" larger all around and adhere to card. Attach stamped 3D panel to card with raised adhesive dots.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Embossing powder

I was playing with the embossing powder making cads for an article and came up with this one. It's simply the same stamp (Inkadinkado) stamped in a pattern using a stamp positioner and then embossed with two colors: red and copper (Hampton Arts). I finished it off with just a few red rhinestones in the center.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Change of Pace

Here's a very feminine and old fashioned "Thinking of You" card. The background paper is from K & Company (one of the small designer mat pads that came out late last year). The gold edged tag is a sticker from Martha Stewart/E. K. Success. The gold text, gold lines, gold flourishes and faux blue gems are all stickers from Stampendous. The flower bouquet is an old paper embossed sticker from K & Company.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Something different!

Wanted to try something different, so I combined "Cricut", rubber stamping and stickers. Using the "Inspired Hearts" cartridge (available only at Walmart) I cut out a 5" pagoda from black paper. Stamped the chinese newspaper text (Hero Arts) four times on a piece of tan marbled paper and attached it to the back of the pagoda. Attached everything to a 6" card. I then used two packages of dogwood branch stickers (Jolee's by You/E. K. Success) that I cut up and rearranged to suit my overall design. Finished of the card with a laser cut text (Mrs. Grossman's).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Another any occasion mancard!

Challenged to make a "western" themed card I found this rodeo paper (Sandylion) with a 3D rodeo rider sticker (K & Company) and went from there. I roughly cut out a panel from the rodeo paper and edged it with black marker. I curled up two corners and tore some holes in the middle; which I also colored in with a black marker, to simulate a burned advertisement poster. I mounted that on a distressed piece of brown paper (Colorbok). The perimeter rope is a self adhesive ribbon from C. R. Gibson. Finished off the card by adding the 3D rodeo rider sticker; which I also highlighted around some of the edges with a black marker . There you have it, another any occasion man card; which would actually be perfect for a boy's birthday as well with the simple addition of a birthday text.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Mojo Monday - week 172

Here's my card for this week's Mojo Monday. The heart ribbon was made using an edge punch (Fiskar) on both sides of 1 1/4" wide strip of pink paper and infilled with faux gem hearts (Stampendous Dot Sparklers). The texted paper square (DCWV) is topped with a circle embellished with three gemstone hearts (Stikoroni/Hallmark) made for cell phone decorating and a raised tag with a customized red texted sticker (Mrs. Grossman's). The card was finished with two pink rhinestone hearts (Reminiscence).

Hello (with an oriental flair)

One of the best Cricut cartridges I got is the "Lacy Labels"; which is part of the "lite" series of cartridges and is only available at Walmart. I die-cut the oriental frame and the matching shadow from gold paper (Canford), filled the inner frame with a pastel printed paper (from a pack of scrap paper from K & Company) and then mounted the frame on another patterned paper (K & Company Designer Mat Pad). The finished frame was attached to it's gold shadow and then mounted on a card covered with yet another patterned paper (from yet another K & Company Designer Mat Pad). The card was edged with a gold marker (Deco Color). To complete the frame I added gold faux gems (Stampendous Dot Sparklers) in the flourishes. To finish the card I added a geisha sticker (PSX Designs), a water lotus sticker (Jolee's by You/E. K. Success) and the gold text (Starform).

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Masculine anytime card

Need a quick and easy card for that "special" man for no reason at all? Here's one that fits the bill. The image is a photo sticker from Pebbles Inc. and the text is a rub-on from Die Cut with a View. The star paper is by Creative Imaginations and the red colored wood grain paper is from K & Company. Although simple in concept and execution, it says a lot about the recipient.