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July 2010

Vintage Potpourri

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I received a big box of goodies from Stampin' Up! this week with my first order from the new catalog.  New toys!  I took all the stuff out of the box, ooohhhed and aaaahhhhed over it, and then began to feel overwhelmed.  Good grief!  So I put all the stamps back in the box, shook it up, stuck my hand in and pulled out a stamp set.  I pulled out Punch Potpourri, a Level 1 Hostess set.  While I was mounting the stamps, I began visualizing how I would use these images and my thoughts turned to texture and gold and rich colors and shimmer and distressing and sponging and crumpling and more sponging.  Yep, I was going to make a Vintage card.  

The great thing about Vintage cards is that you can create lots of interest with a few items if you think texture and layers.  In fact, when I first began stamping, the distressed look using found items was huge in card making and for things like Altered Books.  So I got to work and starting crumpling and distressing and sponging.  The inkier my hands got, the happier I became.  Oh, boy!

Punch_Potpourri

So what's in this card? 

  • I began with a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder.  I ran that through the Big Shot and then drug a sponge with Not Quite Navy across it, then a sponge with Poppy Parade, and then a sponge with Early Espresso.  I distressed the edges with the Edge Distresser, Bone Folder and the blade of my largest pair of scissors to really give those edges a beating.  Tombow Multi Adhesive was used to attach this to the Not Quite Navy card base. 
  • Next, I pulled out my brand new Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch and made a Pear Pizzazz cardstock ribbon.  It got the sponge treatment, too, and was attached to the Crumb Cake piece with SNAIL.
  • A piece of Newsprint Designer Series Paper was torn, crumpled, and sponged within an inch of it's life.  It was attached with Tombow Multi Adhesive.
  • The Two-Step Bird Extra Large punch was used to create the Pear Pizzazz branch.  It was sponged with the three colors and attached to the Newsprint with SNAIL.
  • The heart image was stamped with Poppy Parade on Crumb Cake cardstock and punched with the Full Heart Extra Large punch.  More sponging, Stampin' Dimensionals on the back and then positioned on top of the Newsprint and part of the branch.
  • The bird image was stamped with Versamark on Not Quite Navy cardstock and then dusted with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder.  The Heat Tool melted the embossing powder and the bird was punched with the Two-Step Bird Extra Large punch.
  • The three flower image was stamped with Not Quite Navy on Poppy Parade cardstock and punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch.  These flowers were sponged with Early Espresso.  The medium sized flower was adhered to the heart with SNAIL and the small sized flower was adhered with a Stampin' Dimensional, both of these placed near the top of the heart.
  • A piece of Poppy Parade cardstock was inserted into the Beautiful Wings embosslit and run through the Big Shot.  The largest butterfly, the smallest butterfly, and the butterfly with the raised edge were sponged with Early Espresso.  The largest butterfly was carefully folded at the center and Mini Glue Dots attached on the back.  The butterfly was placed near the cardstock ribbon below the Newsprint.
  • The card was placed in the Color Catcher box and hit with a a couple of shots of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz
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While the Smooch Spritz was drying, I made the liner for the sentiment area inside the card.  For this, I sponged the edges of a piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock with Not Quite Navy and Early Espresso ink.  In the lower right corner, I stamped the three flower image with Not Quite Navy ink and then attached the remaining large size flower punched from the Poppy Parade cardstock over the stamped image with SNAIL.  In the upper left corner, I placed the two smaller butterflies with SNAIL.  I checked the card front to make sure the Smooch Spritz had dried (it only takes a few moments for a light spritz and longer, of course, for a heavier spritz) then added the bird to the heart with a Stampin' Dimensional.

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The Naturals Ivory envelope was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder in the Big Shot and then sponged with Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, and Early Espresso.

It takes a bit of time to create a Vintage looking card, but the results are always well worth the effort.  To quote my friend, Kimmie:  "I love cards like this (vintage) because it provides the recipient so much detail to admire."  I'm good with that.  Give it a try!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Punch Potpourri; Inks:  Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade; Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint; Embellishments:  Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Two Step Bird Extra Large punch, Full Heart Extra Large punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Gold Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope


Tropical Thoughts

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How are you holding up with the heat (that's if you're in most of the Continental US)?  It's been a scorcher recently hasn't it?  Summer is most certainly taking hold.  So my thoughts are always on how to stay cool.  I can't think of a better place than lying on a grass mat near the shore, in the shade of swaying palms with lots of fragrant flowers scattered round, and something refreshingly fruity that comes with a brightly colored umbrella.  Can't you just hear the waves gently lapping the shoreline and the soft rustle of the palm fronds?  That's exactly what I thought of when I first saw the Tropical Party stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog.  I first used this stamp set here, and while I was very pleased with the project, I really wanted something that evoked the feeling of "waves gently lapping the shoreline and the soft rustle of the palm fronds."

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This card uses the Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder for the Big Shot to make the grass mat.  A piece of Old Olive cardstock is run though the Big Shot with the embossing folder and then the edges are sponged with Old Olive.  I used an Edge Distresser, Bone Folder, and the blade of a large pair of scissors to achieve the raggedy edges for the mat to give it some character.  It's adhered to the Tangerine Tango card base with Tombow Multi Adhesive.  (Note that the card fold is on the left.)

There's lots of masking in this project.  You see the first evidence of the masking on the focal point with the sentiment and the palm fronds.  The sentiment, from the Favorite Thoughts stamp set, was stamped first using Early Espresso ink and then masked with a Post-It Note cut to size.  Then the palm fronds were stamped around the edges of the Whisper White cardstock.  The edges of the Whisper White cardstock were sponged with Old Olive ink and then matted to a piece of Tempting Turquoise cardstock whose edges were sponged with Tempting Turquoise ink.  A bow of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon accents the sentiment for the focal point.

The focal point is decorated with Tangerine Tango/Real Red and Daffodil Delight/Tempting Turquoise flowers and coconut cup full of a refreshing drink.  All of these items were stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips.  The petals of the flowers were curled with the Bone Folder and are attached to the focal point with Gold Brads.  The coconut cup was stamped twice with Early Espresso ink and just the cup of the second image was raised above the first with using a Stampin' Dimensional.  A Tangerine Tango marker was used to color the straw and a piece of Island Oasis Designer Series Paper was stamped with the umbrella part of the coconut cup image, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered with SNAIL.  The coconut cup 3-D image is attached to the focal point with SNAIL.  Finally, the focal point is placed askew on the card front and attached to the grass mat with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The Whisper White sentiment area of the card continues the island floral theme with large and small flowers amid the palm fronds.  This time, the flowers were stamped first, masks made of Post-it Notes were made and placed on top of the flowers and more palm fronds were stamped over the flowers.  The edges of the Whisper White cardstock were sponged with Tangerine Tango ink.  The cardstock was adhered to the card interior with SNAIL.

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The masking process is used one more time to add flowers and palm fronds to the lower left corner of the envelope front.

It's time for that refreshingly fruity drink now, my shady porch with the sounds of the bubbling fountain in the swimming pool, and the ceiling fan on high speed. 

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Favorite Thoughts, Tropical Party; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise; Stampin' Write Markers:  Tangerine Tango; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Island Oasis; Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Gold Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Square Lattice Textured Impressions embossing folder, Post-It Note; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Hidden Birthday Wish

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I'll start by saying that I've been struggling with today's project all week.  I don't know if it's because my Mojo got lost, or I was distracted, or I was just tired from the 4th of July weekend.  In any event, a very simple design became a large pile of hosed up cardstock.  But FINALLY last night it all came together.

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This cute little cat comes from the Long Fellows Level 2 Hostess stamp set and he's playing among foliage from the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.  If you pull his tail (and now that I think of it, that's really NOT something you want to do with a cat) you'll find a hidden birthday wish (provided by the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set).

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It's not hard to make one of these pull out sliders.  In fact, it's pretty easy!  The trick is making sure you put something in place to make the sliding stop.  I've included some photos of how that works.  Note the small piece of cardstock placed across the end of the slider to keep it from coming out of the slot and the Stampin' Dimensionals that keep the tab from disappearing into the slot.  The slot is cut out with a craft knife and is a little more than 1/8" taller than the width of the slider and a little more than 1/8" wide.  

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I learned how to make this type of slider at a demonstrator training event a few months ago and I've been itching to incorporate it into one of my card designs.  When I saw the Long Fellows stamp set I knew that I had found it! Note that if you have a wider slider that you may want to consider using the Word Window punch to create the slot for the slider.

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The inside of the Pear Pizzazz card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used an Early Espresso marker to ink my cat image and stamped the forward half of the cat on the lower left corner of the cardstock.  Then I stamped the image again on a piece of Post-It Note in the area where the repositionable adhesive is located on the back of the Post-it Note.  I cut out the Post-It Note cat and then placed it over the cat stamped on the Whisper White cardstock.  Then I stamped the foliage using Wild Wasabi ink.  

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The same process was used to stamp the cat on the lower left front of the Medium Whisper White envelope.  However, to continue the whimsical theme of the card, I flipped the envelope over and stamped the back half of the cat on the lower right area of the back of the envelope.  Kind of like those T-shirts where you see the front of the design on the front of the t-shirt and the back of the design on the back of the t-shirt.  

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So you may be wondering what my problem was with this card?  Well, it was the colors!  I wanted something unusual and kind of funky to go with the whimsical drawing of the cat.  I sure did give my new Color Coach a work out trying to make a decision.  I have to admit I'm pretty tickled with how it all turned out, though.  I think that's the best part about Stampin' Up!'s Color Renovation.  I get to move outside my comfort zone of "regular" color combinations and create new ones!  I'm looking forward to the challenge!

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Long Fellows, Pocket Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Basic Black, Wild Wasabi; Many Marvelous Markers:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Craft Knife, Mat Pack (Self-Healing Mat), Pencil, Post-It Note; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Happy Birthday, Mom! ...and to the USA!

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Today's a special day.  It's my Mom's birthday!  Well, it's also the birthday of the United States; but I'm focusing on Mom -- in a patriotic kind of way, of course!  Every year I give Mom a Longaberger patriotic basket and this year I was able to order one that I could give to her on her birthday.  I was pretty excited about that, so I felt that I needed to make her a card that would complement her gift! 

In addition, lots of the stamping challenge sites that I visit are featuring patriotic themes for their challenges this week, so I thought I'd make a card that would meet the specifications for one of these sites.  I haven't participated in a challenge in a while, so it's time to get back to it!  I chose the Pals Paper Arts Fourth of July Inspiration (PPA49)

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This card features lots of brightly colored flowers which reminded me of the explosion of color that you see in a fireworks display.  The flowers rest on Cherry Cobbler cardstock matted with Crumb Cake and Riding Hood Red cardstocks and adhered to a Marina Mist card base.  The flower images come from the Punched Posies stamp set (Summer Mini Catalog Level 2 Hostess set), the outline for the Round Tab (on the right side) comes from the Perfect Punches stamp set (NEW in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog) and the sentiments come from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. 

I LOVE cards with florals and it just doesn't get any easier with the Punched Posies stamp set when you can use punches to quickly create a stack of flowers!  I included Rhinestone brads and a shiny Filigree embellishment anchored with a silver brad as centers for the flowers and to the birthday sentiment to add some pop and shine to the card (also important when you're thinking about an explosion of color!).  Speaking of "pop", you'll notice that the flowers are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals and that some of the flower petals are curved to increase interest and add dimension to the focal point.

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The interior of the card was decorated with more punched or cut out flowers and leaves and a sentiment from the On Your Birthday stamp set.  Mom may have to share her birthday with the USA, but I wanted to remind her it was HER day, too!

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To complete the theme, the lower left front of the envelope was stamped with more brightly colored flowers. 

This is actually the second card I made in this way; the first was made a couple of days ago until I remembered the gift and made the card again in colors that coordinated with the gift.  Here's the first card.

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This one looks like a burst of Spring!

I hope you are having a great holiday weekend and finding the time to enjoy friends and family.  Please remember, in your thoughts and prayers, those whose sacrifices have made and continue to make our country so GREAT. 

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Perfect Punches, Punched Posies, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi; Cardstock:  [Mom's:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White] and [Spring:  Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White]; Embellishments:  Fire Circle brads, Ice Circle brads, Filigree Designer brads, Neutrals 5/16" brads [Mom's:  Whisper White, and Spring:  Chocolate Chip]; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Fancy Flower Extra Large punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 5-Petal Flower Extra Large punch, Round Tab Extra Large punch, Butterfly Extra Large punch, Modern Label Extra Large punch, Word Window Large punch; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


A Special Wish for my Husband

Hello!  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  I'm looking forward to a busy weekend spent with family and friends. 

Today is a special day--it's the 19th Anniversary of the day my husband agreed, officially, to take on a single Mom with three active children.  Combining my three children with his two was problematic at times, but thanks to his sense of humor and my tenacity, we seemed to make it work--most of the time.  Now that all the children are grown and are providing us with some awesome grandchildren, we feel particularly blessed.  He's a pretty special guy and I love him to pieces.  We've weathered some challenges over the years and I think we're closer now than ever.  Needless to say, I felt the need to make him a card that would convey my thoughts and feelings.

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I ended up with a pretty simple card.  I like the simplicity of the art piece so that the importance of the sentiment becomes the focal point.  The grass, from the Inspired by Nature stamp set, was stamped with Jet Black Staz-On onto Glossy White cardstock.  The lower third of the card was brayered with River Rock ink, the middle third with Baja Breeze ink, and the upper third with Not Quite Navy ink.  The Glossy cardstock was matted with a piece of River Rock and a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then adhered to the Cherry Cobbler card base with SNAIL.  All the edges of these cardstocks were sponged with their corresponding ink colors. 

The sentiment, from the Occasional Quotes stamp set (Level 3 Hostess set), was stamped with Not Quite Navy ink on River Rock cardstock and matted with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  The edges of these cardstocks were also sponged with their corresponding ink colors.  The Crop-A-Dile was used to punch 1/8" holes into the sentiment piece; one hole on the right edge center and two holes on the left edge, approximately 1/8" from the top and bottom of the River Rock cardstock.  A piece of Hemp Twine was looped through the Chocolate Chip button and the ends dropped through the hole punched on the right side of the sentiment piece.  Then one end of the Hemp Twine was pushed up through one of the holes on the left side and the other end through the second hole on the left side.  The ends were crossed over the top of the sentiment piece and then down the opposite hole.  This is repeated until the holes are pretty much filled up and then the ends are knotted at the back.  Stampin' Dimensionals are used to attach the sentiment piece to the card front (you may have to double stack the Stampin' Dimensionals if the Hemp Twine stack gets too thick on the back of the sentiment piece).

Inspired_by_Nature_Anniversary_Envelope

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The grass was stamped onto the left front of the Naturals Ivory envelope with Early Espresso ink.  What's not shown is the interior of the card.  The sentiment area was lined with a piece of River Rock cardstock (the edges sponged with River Rock ink).  The grass was stamped onto the left side of the cardstock with Early Espresso ink.  The cardstock was adhered to the interior of the card with SNAIL.

Now I'm off to get ready for a special dinner with my husband. 

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Occasional Quotes; Inks:  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Jet Black Staz-On; Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, River Rock; Embellishments:  Hemp Twine, Button Latte (5-petal flower -- Retired item); Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Crop-A-Dile, Brayer with Hard Rubber roller; Other:  Medium Naturals Ivory Envelope