Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Easter - Lilies Part 1

This year I chose two themes for my Easter cards: lilies and crosses. Here are the first three cards using the lily theme.

The first card uses a background panel created with a matching edge and corner punch (Martha Stewart/E.K. Success) mounted on a pastel green card and edged inside with a pastel green line (Mrs. Grossman's). The lily is a 3D embossed sticker (Martha Stewart/E.K. Success). The text is a sticker (Stampendous) colored in black with a marker (Sharpie).

The second card uses two die-cut sticker flowers (Jolee's Boutique/E.K. Success) mounted on a die-cut (Spellbinders) green background and trimmed with a white bow (Offray). The panel is mounted on a simple white card. The text is a sticker (Stampendous) colored in black with a marker (Sharpie).The third card uses a simple sticker (Punch Studios) mounted on a gold die-cut background (Spellbinders) edged with a gold pen (Deco Color). The panel is mounted on a patterned piece of paper (DCWV) edged with gold lines (Mrs. Grossman's). The text is a rub-on (Chartpack).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two-toned Thank You's

I recently ordered some Anna Griffin products and when they came I was amazed at how bright and multi-colored the papers and stickers were and yet how well they matched. Within the pack of multi-colored paper and stickers I found a couple of almost monochromatic sedate two toned pieces of papers. These caught my eye and I decided to create thank you cards using these odd two-toned papers.

The first was made using a black and white paper with matching 3D rose stickers; which I embellished with a touch of gold for the text banner. The text is a sticker from Mrs. Grossman. I mounted the patterned paper on a single black card; which also serves as a border for the overall layout.

The second card was made using a gold foiled pastel turquoise paper and a gold foiled texted tag. I mounted the patterned paper to a mirror gold foiled paper; which in turn I mounted on a pastel turquoise card to tie everything together.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More of the Green!

For the next two cards I wanted to keep things simple, elegant yet appropriate for the occasion.
The first card was made using a combination frame and text stamp (Studio G/Hampton Arts) altered to remove a section of unwanted diamond patterned fill and stamped in green ink (Ink It-up!) on white paper. The white panel was then mounted on a green panel and then on the card. The shamrocks are stickers (Reminisce). I added some green rhinestones (Reminisce) for some added bling.

The second card was made using glittered rub-ons (Royal Langnickel and Brush Company) and a strip of glittered green paper to create a matching ribbon.

Both cards are simple, elegant and perfect for the occasion.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thinking of You (one for each)

"Thinking of You" cards are fun to make. Here are two quick and easy examples: one feminine, one masculine and both with a nature theme.
The masculine one is a quiet woodland's scene created with a variety of stickers (trees and background scenery: Mrs. Grossman's, deer: Jolee's Boutique/E.K. Success and text: Stampendous).
The feminine one is also a collage of stickers (all from Mrs. Grossman's).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Masculine Unicorns(?)

Unicorns are usually associated with fairy tales and therefore little girls, but what about guys who like unicorns? Are they out of luck? Not in my book! Here are three cards that use unicorns images in what I believe to be masculine ways.
The first one is the one from 2008 and actualy uses a photocopy of a unicorns from a book versus a sticker. The surround is made from gold sticker lines and corners (Starform) with a gold text (Stampendous).

The second card is made using a die-cut background (Sizzix - parchment) turned into a 3D image, antiqued with brown ink and mounted on some Florentine paper also edged in brown. The crest, laurel leaf crown and banner are die-cuts (Sizzix - Tim Holtz series). The text and unicorn are stickers (Mrs. Grossman's).

The third card is made using two concentric square gold sticker frames (Starform) mounted on an ivory and aquamarine blue shimering paper (Bazzill Bassics) and then cut out. The larger frame in ivory was mounted directly to the aquamarine blue card. For the smaller aquamarine frame the center part was cut out and then the frame was mounted on ivory paper and finally attached it to the card using raised adhesive dots. The unicorn is a sticker (Mrs. Grossman's) as is the gold text (Stampendous). The faux gems are also stickers (Stampendous Dot Sparklers).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

More St. Patrick's Day cards

These two cards were made using patterned paper (Deja Views - Lucky Days Shamrock Big Stripes). The paper in itself was beautiful with portions being foiled in gold as well as texted in gold.
For the firs card I used the patterned papers flourishes and stripes as my background. I embellished the printed stripe pattern with green sticker lines (Mrs. Grossman's Design Lines). To finish the concept I added a 3D button sticker (Reminisce) in the middle of the flourish and surrounded it with green heart stickers (Mrs. Grossman's).
For the second card I cut out the texted stripe from the patterned paper and adhered it to a mirrored gold piece of paper (The Paper Company) that I edged punched with a scalloped design (E.K. Success/Martha Stewart). I then added leprechaun stickers (Mrs. Grossman's) at the tope and bottom of the text and a lace edge (Mrs. Grossman's). To make the card I cut out the foiled geometric design stripe from the patterned paper and edged the right side of the card with it. I then overlaid the rest over it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Early Saint Patrick's Day

This little guy couldn't wait to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day! The card is simple and uses a circular stamp (Inkadinkadoo) stamped in green ink (Ink It-up), highlighted with green faux gems (Stampendous Dot Sparklers) and a cute little 3D sticker (E.K. Success/Jolee's Boutique) as the center star!