Monday, June 27, 2011

Pure Bliss

Pure Bliss by Andrea G71

The end of the school year has arrived.  My boys will be ending school this week.  So last week I worked on teacher gifts.  I have made a set of cards for each of them and will be giving a gift certificate for McNally Robinson Books as well.  This is one of the cards in the card set of five.  I find the photo doesn't do it justice.  IN REAL LIFE, the cork matches much better to the Crumb Cake card stock and the butterfly is Baja Breeze.  Here it looks almost like Pool Party, one of the new In Colors.   Oh well.  Still learning to take proper photos.  :(

Stamps:  Bliss (SAB 2011), Thank You Kindly (retired)
Paper:  Whisper White, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Pearls, Dimensionals, Cork, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Big Shot, White Bakers Twine, Distresser, Stamp-a-ma-jig

I haven't decided which set I will be giving to whom.  Maybe I'll let the boys decide.  You can find a card almost identical to Card Set #1 HERE.  

Card Set #1

Card Set #2

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Go Confidently

Go Confidently by Andrea G71

 Fall to Layout 146 and Colour Q Challenge #90

I must have been on a roll today because I was able to meet the requirements for two sketch challenges:  the Fall to Layout 146 on the Clean and Simple Blog and the Colour Q Challenge #90 on the Colour Q Blog.  This does not usually happen for me!!  But today it worked out for some reason.  I did make a change to the colour challenge though.  I don't have Poppy Parade or Brilliant Blue so I used Riding Hood Red and Pacific Point instead.  Hope that is OK. :)

Stamps:  Word Play, A to Z, Dot Dot Dot
Paper:  Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue
Ink:  Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise, Markers: Riding Hood Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point
Accessories:  Small Star Punch, Large Star Punch,  Dimensionals, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

As I said, I was on a roll so I made another card using the FTL146.  As you can see it has a completely different look to it.  I embossed the bold flower stamp from Fabulous Florets in white embossing powder on Paisley Petals DSP (coming soon in the 2011-12 IB&C).


Stamps:  Engraved Greetings (retired), Fabulous Florets
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Paisley Petals DSP
Ink:  VersaMark, Pear Pizzaz Marker, Tangerine Tango Marker
Accessories:  Dimensionals

On a final note, here are a couple of cards that were sent to me from some of my Stampin' Up customers.  Thanks so much.  They are gorgeous!!

Meghan M.
Pauline M.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Fabulous in Black

Fabulous in Black by Andrea G71

 I was inspired by THIS card on Splitcoaststampers.  I thought that these colours of embossing powder were very striking against the black card stock.  Had to try it too.

Stamps:  Fabulous  Florets, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  VersaMark, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

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Friday, June 17, 2011

To a Great Friend ~ From the Heart

To a Great Friend ~ From the Heart by Andrea G71

 I made this card a loooong time ago.  I got the idea of placing a stamped image inside the punched our circles from somewhere!?!? Can't figure out from which blog I got it from!  I do remember the card I looked at had stars instead of butterflies.

Stamps:  Great Friend, Watercolor Trio (sentiment)
Paper:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery DSP, Crumb Cake
Ink:  Soft Suede, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  Hemp Twine, 1-1/4" Circle Punch. Square Lattice Embossing Folder, 

I am currently having contest with my Stampin' Up! customers.  One of the options they have to enter the draw is to send me a hand stamped card that they have made.  Here are a few cards that were sent to me.....I mean dropped off in my mailbox and emailed since Canada is  currently in the midst of a postal strike.  Aren't they lovely!

Brenda H.

Wilma F.
Wilma F.  
 Thanks for the cards!   I hope to add more soon.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabulous Floret

Fabulous Floret by Andrea G71

 June Stamp Club Card

Faux Metal Technique


Round corners of various pieces of card stock.  Note that not all corners have been rounded.

Stamp the line-art flower in Tangerine Tango ink on the Whisper White card stock. 

Stamp the Wood Grain stamp on the Early Espresso card stock with Early Espresso ink.
Adhere stamped pieces to the Tangerine Tango card stock.

Use Early Espresso Bakers' Twine to tie a bow. 

To create the Tangerine Tango main image you will need your stamp, smallest piece of Whisper White card stock, VersaMark, Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun.

Follow THIS TUTORIAL on Splitcoaststampers to create the Faux Medallion Technique.  (If you use silver, gold or bronze embossing powder it will create the true Faux Metal look.)

Once "medallion" is complete, adhere to Whisper White and Early Espresso card stock squares.  Add dimensionals on the back and complete card.

TIP #1:  When embossing the "medallion", you can either add more embossing powder immediately after heating.  Or you can wait until medallion has cooled and then ink up again with more VersaMark.  Make sure the embossing powder has cooled otherwise the ink pad will get messed up.

TIP #2:  If you don't like how your stamped image turned out in the melted embossing powder, ink up with VersaMark, add more embossing powder and reheat until smooth again.

Whisper White:  4-1/4 x 5x5 card base,  3-1/4 x 2-1/2,  1-7/8 x 1-7/8;  1-3/4 x 1-3/4

Early Espresso:  3-1/4 x 1-1/2,  2 x 2

Tangerine Tango:  3-3/8 x 2-5/8


Stamps:  Fabulous Florets, Wood Grain
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Ink:  VersaMark, Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Corner Rounder

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Father's Day Card

Father's Day Shirt Fold Card by Andrea G71

 June Stamp Club Card

Shirt Fold Technique

At our June Stamp Club we tried out new products from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  This was a very simple card to make with the most difficult thing being the shirt. I found a blog, Stamp a Little Love, that had a great tutorial the Shirt Fold Technique.   CLICK HERE to learn how to make these shirts.   

A couple of other details:

The ties are stamped in VersaMark on Crumb Cake card stock.

The tie on the shirt is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a scrap of Whisper White card stock, cut out and glued or taped down.

The Early Espresso card stock is embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder.

See?!?! Fairly simple card to make.


Whisper White:  4-1/4 x 5-1/2 card base; scrap for tie
Old Olive:  4-1/8 x 5-3/8;  4 x 2-3/8
Early Espresso:  4 x 5-1/4
Crumb Cake:  4 x 2-1/8
Old Olive DSP:  4 x 6
Stamps:  Best Dad Ever
Paper:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive DSP
Ink:  VersaMark, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Scor-Pal, Bone Folder, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

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