Friday, October 11, 2013

Punch Happy September Stamp Camp

Who doesn't love owls?  Stampin' Up! sells a really great owl punch set, but I love this alternative design made from the punches that I already had.  I'm a "use what you have" kind of person. (This is why a few of the supplies that I used might be retired from the catalog already--but hey--I'm sure there are other supplies still available that could be substituted and look just as great!).

The inside says "Thanks for [owl] you do."

These teacher designs made from punches amazed me, so I just had to make my own versions!  On this one, we used the old butterfly punch to make her dress.  (One full butterfly for the "back" of her dress, plus two half butterflies overlapped side by side fort he bottom part of her skirt.)  I wrote on her chalkboard with the white gel pen (see the other teacher card for another chalkboard option).
This teacher's dress was made with our current heart punch (three hearts here).  The chalkboard writing here was done by writing on the board with a regular ballpoint pen--the pen ink is then embossed with white embossing powder (ballpoint pen ink is sticky enough for the e.powder to stick).  I also really liked the blingy touch of using a thin strip of Brushed Silver card stock for the chalk tray :).

I took this design out of my vault.  That frog is almost kissable, eh?
These last four cards were not made during my camp (my camps usually feature just three designs, and people fill up three hours making up to three of each design), but I made them to show off at the punch camp anyway.  I love this Mario card!  My campers didn't select this design for the camp because they liked the first three better...but I'm also guessing they must not know as many Mario lovers as I do.  Isn't he cute?

All of the dog puns we could put on the inside of this cute puppy card just give me warm fuzzies.  And I'm not even a dog person. 

Didi pointed out to me that this bird's belly should be white if it were just like the Angry Birds game, oh well...I love it just the same.  What a fun idea for a card!  (Not my original design.)  I cut one piece of card stock in the shape of a cloud and sponged around it to make that cool cloudy sky. 

Simple and perfect for the season.  I hope I can find someone who needs to receive this card, because it deserves to be sent.  This copy though will remain in my collection.  Good thing I like to make multiples!!

Which designs do you like the best?  Have you had any great card-making moments recently you could share with us? 

Happy stamping! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cards for Men and Boys 2013

I did this one at a camp in Oregon.  I loved it so much I had to revive it and do it again.  Simple sponging and masking for the green panel, plus markers and "thumping" on the trees make the images stand out.  But one of the most fun parts of this card is the faux button--we actually made it out of paper!

"Faux suede" wallet for Dad.  We brushed the ink pad all over the paper to give it a leatherish look.  Inside, we made pockets for extra love. 

I can't believe my favorite little dinosaur set also got retired.  Waaah.  I won't get to feature him in camps anymore, but I will forever use it to make cute cards for kids and my family's own old dinosaurs :).

Spring Stamp Camps 2013

This card was much easier to make than it looks.  The paper trimmer and my SNAIL adhesive helped me make this card in just about 15-20 minutes once I had the design figured out in my head :).

It was fun to use my regular old pinking sheers again!  Silver embossing and embossed polka dots made with the Big Shot add the pizzazz this card needed.

I really found this set to be a lot of fun.  Maybe someday I'll even put people in my car, but for now, flowers were just what I wanted :).

Wouldn't this be a great solution to the world's smog problem?  Ha ha :).  I love the bright red on this card, which stands out with the help of black and Marina Mist.

Who wouldn't want to open this jar of love?  The Sizzlets that match our jar set (sorry, I don't remember the name at the moment) make the cutting out of the jar parts so super simple!

Flowers coming out of a car, and hearts coming out of an elephant's trunk...I love it!  I also love this technique of stamping line-art images on designer paper and cutting (or punching) them out.  So pretty!
What I loved best about making this card was using the new photopolymer stamp set.  If you haven't heard about that kind of stamps yet, it's brand new from Stampin' Up!--although not exactly new in the craft stores.  Stampin' Up! has been working for years though to develop this type of acrylic-mount stamp image that WON'T yellow or crack in time, and they've finally done it.  Now we have CLEAR images that we can mount on our CLEAR blocks, and that makes the placement of word stamps and any other kind of images easier than ever.  I didn't use anything but my eyeballs to line up the speech bubble and the words inside it.  So easy and fun! 

I'm going to miss this pretty butterfly set, "Kindness Matters."  It just retired.  I used to not like butterfly things, but now I can't get enough of them.  Okay, except for those silly giant ones that people stick on the outside of their houses.  You'll never catch me doing that.
Of all of the colors I tried this card with, orange (Pumpkin Pie) ended up being my favorite for this design.  A little Dazzling Details on the flowers was the finishing touch. 

I hope you enjoyed my Spring designs!  The first two were actually designs that I considered for my "Cards with Men and Boys" stamp camp, but three other designs won the honors of being made at that camp.  I'll showcase those three winning designs in my next post :). 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Oldies but Goodies

My good friend Deb and I decided it would be fun to resurrect some of my old designs one day, so we went through my card samples boxes and chose these five cards to recreate.  They were all made with stamps that are retired, but fortunately for us I still had all of the supplies needed.  I just wanted to share with you some "oldies but goodies".  : )

The fun with this card is how it looks when opened--the focal piece from the front is really on the inside of the card.

This set with the chicken and eggs humor was one of my favorites.  I was sorry it didn't stay "current" in the catalog for a longer period of time.  But at least I can still use it whenever I want :).
This design always makes me a little sad, because of a memory I have attached to it.  I gave this card to the family of a little boy, a friend of my son's, who passed away.  They were very grateful for the sentiment, and I loved the beauty of this saying because of them. 

Lots of little details on this cards make it pleasant for the eyes.  I love these colors together, and the very fine background prints add the perfect amount of texture and finesse.

Earthy, and bright at the same time.  I love this card as a manly greeting, or a simple "down to earth" thank you card. 
I hope you enjoyed my little blast from the past :)!