Thursday, May 31, 2012

Son Father's Day card

Still hate wood mounted stamps!!!  That is why it's crooked but oh well!  And, it didn't stamp well!   I should have turned it over and tried again but figured I'd make it even worse.

Easy fun card to put together.  We just layered brown card stock onto a blue card and then stamped the sentiment using blue and brown inks.

We added triangles (actually squares turned on end) to the bottom of the card and then placed blue triangles on top of those.  We added little brown triangles to the centers of the blue triangles and then 'stitched' around the blue edges with a marker.

Now, it's back to creating again!!!

Have a great day!!!
                                                                                    Char

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Face Day

Using the Bigz L Dies from SU, we punched out one die in orange and the smaller die in Yellow.

We stamped a smiley face onto a white circle and attached that to the middle of the yellow die.  Then, we adhered the two together.

We then took two strips of orange and cut a V out of one end on both strips and attached them under the dies.

We adhered that to a piece of white of card stock and then adhered that to a blue card.

Then, we stamped the sentiment with blue ink.

Another fun card that would make anyone smile!!

Happy Day!!!
      Char

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Congratulations Graduate

Black and Silver was the theme of this card.  We used a black card, added two strips of silver card stock to the top and bottom with two strips of black scalloped pieces on top of that.   Then, we added the white card stock after it had been stamped with graduation caps in black.

We added the sentiment "congratulations' Graduate and we were finished!!

I think this would be cool using any school's colors for the card!

Another simple and fun card!!

Have a great day!!
Char

Monday, May 28, 2012

Thanks!!

A definitely retired stamp set....pansies...was used to create this bright card!

We stamped the pansies onto white glossy card stock that had already been decorated at the bottom with the Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Edgelit die.

We attached a piece of purple ribbon and then adhered that to a yellow card. We stamped Thanks (retired) three times using yellow, purple and green ink, onto glossy card stock and adhered that to a piece of purple card stock and attached that over the ribbon.

Too bad that stamp set is retired, it was fun to play with and makes such a cheerful card!!

Have a great day!!!  
                                                                      Char

Happy Father's Day card

Ok, I am going to just say that I am not a huge fan of wood mounted stamps and the reason being, I can't 'see' where I am stamping.

This image, as you can see didn't get fully stamped and I apologize for that blunder.

But, here again, we used a fishing theme.  We stamped the sail boat onto white card stock and attached that to crumb cake and then attached that to a Island Indigo card and added a strip of pool party, I believe, to look like waves.

We added a piece of bakers twine that had a hint of 'blue' to it and stamped a sentiment in pool party to an oval piece of white card stock and attached that to the left side.

Love the blues on this card!!!
Have a great day!!
Char

Sunday, May 27, 2012

dad card

Love this card that we made at stamp club.  Using the "Tool Shed" background stamp from SU, we stamped it in brown ink onto cream card stock.  Then, we attached it to brown card stock and added a strip of brown card stock that had been embossed with 'Stripes" embossing folder.

We added three brads to the right hand side and attached the letters d a d that were already cut out for us, using some sort of 'chipboard'?  I saw the 'on Board Alphabet Soup" chipboard letters but these don't seem to be what we used.  Although, they are discontinued, I am sure you could find something similar at your craft store OR if you have an alphabet die set, you could try using that.

Very quick card to put together and I could visualize different backgrounds and letters to come up with all kinds of holidays and occasions.
Give it a try!!

Char

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Masculine Birthday

Here is a masculine birthday card for the fisherman in your life.  Of course, it could be used for Father's Day, as well.

We used two pieces of brown designer paper and attached them to cream colored card stock.  Then attached those to the front of a brown card.

Then we stamped the fishing themed stamp onto cream card stock and attached that to brown card stock and added that on top of the two pieces of designer paper.

Adding some unraveled twine to the side of the card and attaching a circle sentiment....finishes off the card.
It's very monochromatic but then you don't have to do any coloring, either, if you choose not to.

Have a great day!!
Char

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Note of Thanks

We can all use note cards to send a little note to a friend.  Here is a really simple one!

We used a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and embossed Framed Tulips, from SU on a white card.

Then, we used SU Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies cut from green and coral card stock (I know those aren't the names of the card stock that were used, but you get the picture, anyway).  We attached the 3 butterflies in the right hand corner and then added a little rhinestone to each butterfly.
Then we stamped "A note of thanks" and Viola` we were done.

I keep saying I need to just "DO SIMPLE" now and then and this card is just that....yet so sweet!

Have a great day!!
Char

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ship Ahoy

Here is another card we did at stamp class last Saturday afternoon.    I was going to be SO GOOD, this time, and write down all the stamps, card stock and other things as we made them, but I got to talking and making cards and before I knew it, I was done and ready to go home.  :-(

This would make a great Father's Day or masculine birthday card.  It was another fun card to put together.

Have a great day!!!
Char




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May Stamp Club

Well, another stamp club come and gone!  A good time was had by all!!

For our May stamp club, we made 10 cards.  I'll be sharing those over the next few days ;-)

We made this cute "Elmo" card.  We used the large Frame, Oval Scallop (retired) and used the 'negative' piece cut from green card stock.  We attached it to a red card and added 'eyes', a nose and mouth!  EASY PEASY and so cute!!

Joanne, our instructor, said that we would be making more of these cute characters in the months ahead.  :-)  I love making punched art!!

Give it a try, it's fun and so easy!!

Have a great day!!!
Char

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Challenge Card

This was another challenge!  We were to use a Precious Moments color book image and a sketch and come up with a card.

IF I hadn't had to follow the sketch, I probably wouldn't have added the ribbon on the right nor the 3 pieces of card stock to the left of the image.

I think I'll challenge myself to come up with another card using the same image but different elements.

I do enjoy being challenged to 'think outside' my comfort zone but I am not the best colorer so normally I don't use a lot of images where I have to color ;-)

The little flowers were made using a tutorial for rolled paper flowers.  You can do a Google search for Rolled Paper Flowers and will get a plethora of sites you can go to and watch how to make them different ways.

Enjoy!!!

Char

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sympathy Cards

There comes a time when we all need Sympathy cards.  These are cards that I just don't 'have' on hand, it never occurs to me to make a bunch of them up because it just 'feels' wrong, somehow.  But, why is that occasion any different than others?

Anyway, there have been a couple of people that have lost loved ones this month and last and so I got busy and made some sympathy cards.

I made 8 cards basically the same design.  I just added one flower on some and two flowers on others.  I used a Martha Stewart border punch and I made the rolled flowers out of cardstock.  Adding pearls along the satin ribbon and to the middle of the flowers gives a little 'pop' to an otherwise monochromatic card of purple and cream.
Here is another version of the same card using a slightly different flower and changing up the look a littl.

And, finally, because I don't want to do two days of sympathy cards, here is a different one that I made.


I used some of my TAC designer paper (no longer available), SU Very Vanilla card stock, and a few paper flowers I had in my stash with some pearls added to the centers and along the crinkled ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon to finish it off.  You can't quite see the purple organza ribbon under the white ribbon, but I layered that on top of my designer paper and then glued the white ribbon on top.  

Then, because I liked the design, I made another card similar to the first one for Mother's Day.  I will share that tomorrow.  

Have a great day!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day card

Happy Mother's Day!!!

I basically used the same design as my Sympathy cards that I previously posted but added a couple of ribbons to the left side of the verse.  I added pearls down the length of the lavender ribbon and then added three paper flowers under the verse and added a pearl to that.

As you can see, I haven't really stamped much other than the sentiment.

I find that I get more into 'designing' the actual card than stamping...that must be what they call 'papercrafting'.

Guess I'll actually have to get out some stamps and do some actual stamping!!
Now I need to get busy and get some Father's Day cards made!

Hope you have a great day!!!

Char

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Double Dutch Card

Yes, I had to make another card similar to the one I made a couple of days ago.

This one is for my Sister and hopefully she is too busy to check out my blog before it will be on it's way to her the first of next week.

I found some a pkg of cool Sisters embellishments at Michael's and just had to get them.  They say, "Sisters make the Best Friends".

Of course, I hid the Friends part behind the two flaps so that she has to untie the ribbon to find out what it says.

I punched a scalloped Circle from purple card stock and adhered it under the top flap and added a smaller scalloped white circle and stamped "Thinking of You'.
Her favorite color is purple, just like mine, so hopefully she'll like it!!

Another submission to the DCC59 Double Dutch Fold challenge at Repeat Impressions.
Have a great day!!!

Char

Friday, May 11, 2012

Concrete Lawn Ornaments

What is THIS you ask??  Well, it's the start of a concrete 'bowl' for my Son's yard.

I bought a finished product a year or two ago and loved it!!  I decided we should make good use of our Rhubarb leaves and try our hand at making a few.

So, last year, hubby and I bought all the ingredients, we thought, and waited till our Rhubarb started growing.  But, lo and behold the earwigs got to them before we did.  Not ONE Rhubarb leaf was spared.

So, this year, we decided to try it again.  But, after rechecking out the book where I first saw the directions, we noticed we hadn't gotten all the ingredients and he had actually gotten the wrong concrete.

So, we made a quick trip into Home Depot and after buying two more bags of concrete, concrete tint and concrete sealer...his wallet was a lot lighter.

But, we forged on!  In the above photo you see the process beginning.  We mounded sand up to form a 'bowl' (we later found that we didn't mound it high enough).  Then, we laid a piece of plastic over the sand and laid our leaf on top of that.

Then, we poured concrete over the top of the Rhubarb leaf and waited till it dried and then turned the entire thing over to cure for 5 days.

Well, I got in a hurry and wanted to pick off some of the leaf and chip some of the 'run over' off the sides and I caused it to have a small crack down the center rib.  Oh well....we'll still use it in our yard and we'll make another one for our Son.

When we finish the one for our Son, I'll come back and post a photo of it.

Here is the name of the book you can check out if you are interested in making one of your own.  I think that they are so cool!!!

Ok, back to card making!!!

Char

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ok, so green and yellow are not two colors that I put together often.  Heck, I don't know if I have ever put green and yellow together, but I did yesterday.

I was challenged to make a green and yellow card and I had to live up to that challenge :-)

Once again, you can see I used my SU Blossom Punch and the Modern Label Punch and also the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch.

Then, I added one of those inexpensive brads from Wally World that says, "You're the Best" and tied a piece of green organza ribbon around my layers.....and DONE!!!

Are you seeing a trend here?  I haven't really done much stamping lately!!  It's really not intentional, I just love putting pieces of this and that together to make a card!

Shhhhh, don't say anything or my friend will challenge me to actually STAMP!!! LOL

Have a great day!!

Char
Isn't this just too cute???  I found these book marks on a friend's blog here and just had to sit down and make some.

This one went to a friend of my Granddaughter who had a track meet the next day.  I called hiim Kermie and I told her that it was her good luck frog.

I made the Monkey, too, but I didn't get a photo of it before my Granddaughter snatched it up.

Then, I made several Pigs!!  I got to thinking, who on earth will I send these too as I don't want anyone thinking I am calling them a pig.

So, I just may have to make more Monkeys and Frogs!

Try your hand at them.  They are so much fun to make and make really cute book marks to give to friends.

Have a great day!

Char

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I made this card for a friend that just found out she has cancer.  I should have untied the bow so you could see that there is a little message behind the two flaps.

This time, I used my Tattered Florals die by Tim Holtz to make the flowers.  There are four flowers in all and I attached one of my brads from Wal Mart to the center.

If you lift up the top flap, it says, Thinking of You!!

If you untie the ribbon, it says, "A Little Hello" stamped on a piece of white card stock.

I had gotten one of these types of cards from a friend and I couldn't wait to try my hand at it.

They are pretty fun to make!!

You start with a piece of cardstock 9 x 4 1/4 and score it at 3 1/2.  Then, cut a piece of cardstock  8 1/2 x 2 and scored at 2 1/8 and flip it to the other side and score it again at 2 1/8.  Add that to the bottom of your card.

Add designer paper to the top flap and two sides of the bottom flaps and then add a scalloped circle or circle to the top piece and add your flowers to that.

Punch a hole in both bottom flaps, add eyelets and thread your ribbon through.

You can add another piece of designer paper to the inside with a piece of cardstock on top and add a verse.  They are really easy to do and there are so many options as to what embellishments you want to add.

You might even add a white circle on top of the scalloped circle with a stamped image.  Wouldn't that be a novel idea :-)   I find that I am doing more paper crafting, lately, than actual stamping....with the exception of a verse.  Hope it all makes sense....it's really unique and a fun card!

My friend, Lynette, suggested I enter it in the Repeat Impressions DCC59 ~ Double Dutch Fold Card challenge, so I am going to do just that.

Have a great day!!

Char


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Here are two more that I just had to share.
One is done in Pinks and greens with a little crochet lace trim  and the other in earth tones with a different lace trim.

The one in earth tones has a cute brad from Wal Mart.  They are really inexpensive at .97¢ a pkg.

Tomorrow, I'll have a different type card to share.  I am sure you are getting tired of the same type card but I just love to take an idea and run it through the wringer till I am sick of making them :-)

Hope you are enjoying your day!!

Char

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Little Hello

I decided to make some more cards kind of like the one I showed, yesterday, but change them up a bit.

I love doing that.  I don't get tired of making the same card over and over even if I use the same layout if I can use a different color scheme and add different embellishments.

Here I used some designer papers from a 6x6 Simple Stories "Generations" pad.  I love the neutral tones in this paper pack.

I added a flower that I had made from the SU Blossom Punch and used a big brad, in the center, that I had bought at Wal Mart in a package of 6 for .97¢.

A little bit of organza ribbon adds a touch of color.

Tomorrow, I will share yet another card with the same design.
Have a great day,

Char


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Oh this was a lot of fun to put together.  Done in brown and green designer papers, it takes just minutes to put this card together.

If you want to know how I did the flower, it's super easy.  I just punched out a flower from the brown flowered designer paper, using the Blossom punch from SU and then punched out three labels with the SU Modern Label punch.  I adhered the labels to the brown flower in a criss cross pattern, added a little punched circle to the center and secured it with a green brad.  I popped it up with some dimensionals.

I used white ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and then just popped on a 'little hello' verse.

So easy and can be used for a Thinking of you card or just about anything!

I'll be back, tomorrow, with another share!

Char

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Birthday!!

This is my last card to share from stamp class.  And, it was my very favorite!!!  I just think it is so bright and cheerful!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

I tried to find the designer papers used here but think that they may have been retired??  Any SU people, out there, know for sure??

I love how everything just coordinated so beautifully!!  The paper, the punched flower, the ribbon and even the brad!!!  I will be trying to duplicate this again, even if I can't find the same papers anymore.

Do you see the two little rhinestones on the Happy Birthday?  Just love bling!!!

I would tell you the designer papers we used but cannot find them in the SU catalog so am just guessing I am either half blind or they have been retired :-(
Now, I need to get busy and make some more cards!

Stay tuned!!
Hugs,
Char

Friday, May 4, 2012

Masculine Card

Another masculine card, today.  Sometimes, they are so hard to come up with.
This was truly simple!!  We layered a strip of beige card stock, which had been scored to look like tile,  onto the brown card and then added two pieces of designer paper punched with the Modern Label punch and cut in half to the top and bottom.  We also lightly stamped onto the tiled card stock but I don't remember the stamp we used.

We added three brads to the bottom left of the tile card stock.

We stamped a time piece onto a square piece of beige card stock, diagonally, and then layered that onto a punched square out of brown card stock.

Clean and simple!!

Come back and visit tomorrow and I always look forward to comments!!!

hugs,
Char

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Telescoping Card

This is a fun, easy card, although it looks hard, it's not.  We stamped, using the Fabulous Florets set, on both white circles and attached them to the pink and orange scalloped circles.

A large circle was punched out of designer paper, Beyond the Garden, I believe.

We then attached an orange polka dotted ribbon to the orange circle, at the top, and then put all three circles together, using brads, to form a telescoping card!

I should have taken a photo of it closed so that you could see how they all line up when you slide them all together.

I have seen these done with circles to resemble a snowman and they are so cute!

If you haven't already, I hope you try this!  it's fun!!
See you tomorrow,

Char



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lovely as a Tree

This is one stamp that I have yet to purchase but I NEED it!!!!  I have loved it from day one but just keep procrastinating.  I was so glad to see it wasn't on the retired list!

On Soft Suede, we layered a piece of designer paper from the Well Worn collection.

Then, we added a piece of Soft Suede cut using one of the "Labels" Framelits in the Occasions Mini catalog.  Then, layered a piece of 'beige' card stock on top of that on which we had stamped "Lovely as a Tree" and then stamped it again at the bottom, upside down to resemble a reflection.  I accidentally colored in the ground under the trees with blue...wasn't paying attention....and then had to recolor it green to hide my mistake.  BUT....the grass isn't usually green in the FALL/Winter...at least not here :-)

We then added happy birthday ( I did good following the plan, huh?) on a piece of beige card stock that had been punched with an oval punch and layered that onto a piece of Soft Suede punched using the Modern label punch.

Adding three brads to the right side....DONE!

Fast, simple....easy....and I love it!!!  Just don't care for the green grass!

Have a great day!!!

See ya tomorrow,
Char

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Masculine card with sheet rock tape

Now here we have a very interesting card for a masculine card or just someone that likes boating or ships.

We layered beige card stock onto the rust (sorry, I don't always know the colors we use0

Then, we stamped a ship themed stamp onto light blue card stock and then layered a strip of sheet rock tape (which we had inked with brown ink) diagonally across the layer.  We then attached that to the card.

We layered an embossed frame on top of the sheet rock tape and added the round elements and the U ROCK to the top.

I guess I need to ask what the stamp sets are and what papers we use but we are usually so busy getting our cards done that I forget and figure I can look it up when I get home.  But, evidently not ;-)

If you haven't already tried sheet rock tape to add a little something different to your card, try it!!!  It's fun!

Thanks for stopping by and always love hearing from you!!

Char