four square birthday

I whipped up a quick card for my cousin's birthday (well, actually my cousin's wife... but that just gets complicated to say so she's my cousin from here on out). I hope she likes it!

I thought the card base looked a little too plain, so I used an embossing plate to add some texture. It almost looks quilted! After stamping the inside sentiment, I also repeated the flowers on the inside panel...

supplies used:
stamps: birthday basics, (PTI); botanical blooms (SU!)
ink: purely pomegranate (SU!);
paper: whisper white, groovy guava, sage shadow (SU!)
other: 1-1/4" square punch, 1-3/8" square punch (SU!); medium corner rounder (EK Success); embossing plate (Fiskars); sage ribbon (Michaels); rhinestones (Studio 18)

moxie fab/embellish combo card

This card meets the challenges posted over at Embellish magazine and also at Moxie Fab World. It was completely by chance that I was able to cover two challenges with one card -- what luck!

The colors in the Embellish challenge inspired me to make a card for a fall wedding. I've been wanting to try the emboss resist technique so the leafy image was clear embossed after I stamped the small polka dot background. I also clear embossed the large polka dots on the burgundy card base and the sentiment after it was stamped in burgundy.

This was my first time sponging ink on a card and I think it turned out close to what I envisioned.

supplies used:
stamps: mega mixed messages, polka dot basics, polka dot basics 2 (PTI); kind and caring thoughts (SU!)
ink: pumpkin pie, bravo burgundy (SU!); versamark
paper: very vanilla, bravo burgundy (SU!)
other: clear embossing powder (SU!); classic rectangle die (Spellbinders); orange ribbon (Michaels)

polka dot monogram

I've got a real weakness for polka dots. It might aptly be labeled a sickness. I love them big or small, multi-colored and playful or monotone and modern. This card by Kristina Werner had me sketching polka dot possibilities in my idea book for days. Combine my polka dot love with my monogram obsession and this is the result:

supplies used:
stamps: polka dot basics (PTI); defining alphabet (SU!)
ink: old olive, pink passion (SU!)
paper: very vanilla, pink passion, bravo burgundy, old olive (SU!)
other: label 1 die (Spellbinders); medium corner rounder (EK Success); Scor-Pal

raspberry suite color challenge #16

I couldn't put away that Darcey stamp set from Anna Griffin! This time I paired it with some layered butterflies on a 5 1/2" square card base.

I have multiple rolls of tracing paper left over from my studio classes in college so I used that as the top layer on the butterflies. I was aiming for a very lightweight layer that would be fluttery and give some dimension to the card. This translucent layer was punched with 1/8" holes and then attached to the cardstock butterflies by simply wrapping the floss around both components and tying it off on the back.

supplies used:
stamps: darcey collection (Anna Griffin); hello stamp (Studio G/Hampton Arts)
ink: versamark; chocolate chip (SU!)
paper: cream, goldenrod (DMD Industries scrap pack); kraft (SU!); tracing paper (my stash)
other: 1/8" hole punch (Making Memories); bigz beautiful butterflies die (SU!); dark brown embroidery floss (DMS); upper crest border punch (Fiskars)

spcc #13

Phew! I was frantically uploading pics late, late last night to get this one linked in time for the challenge.

I found this stamp set by Anna Griffin in the clearance section at Michael's and have been anxious to get it inked up. The background pattern made me think of a trellis, so I pulled out all my flower punches to see what I could pair up.
The larger flower in the bunch is made from SU!'s 5 Petal Flower punch. I punched it out once and stuck the shape to a sticky note. Then I inserted the paper back in the punch making sure to rotate the shape so that the "valleys" of the punching mechanism were centered along the middle of the the petals on the already punched-out piece. Then I compressed the lever and hoped for the best! The flower centers were also punched using this technique and the Flower Trio punch and the Boho Blossoms punch. If that description was more confusing than helpful, leave a comment and I'll put together a little show-and-tell.

I fancied up the inside of the card with a little trimming of the background paper and another leaf punch. I had originally thought this would be used for a general purpose congrats card, but now I'm thinking it would do nicely for an engagement or wedding...

supplies used:
stamps: darcey collection (Anna Griffin); polka dot basics II (PTI)
ink: versamark; pigma micron pen (Sakura)
paper: yoyo yellow, basic black, old olive, regal rose (SU!)
other: boho blossoms punch, flower trio punch, 5 petal flower punch, ticket corner punch (SU!); 1/4" yellow grosgrain ribbon, black brads (Michaels); upper crest border punch (Fiskars); leaf punch (MS)

pti's august blog hop

Hello! I'm so happy to have a new post to share! I took a little break from blogging this summer... Many thanks to those who continued to check in on me here even though I didn't have anything new to share!

Enough about that -- on to the card details! For the autumn theme for this blog hop, I chose to focus on autumnal colors.

I created the flower stems by curving a Faux Ribbon component into a gentle arc before sticking it onto the acrylic block and stamping. The flower stems and leaves are stamped on kraft and then cut out so they could be threaded through the slot on the die cut tag. The stems were threaded through the slotted end of the tag first, then the ribbon was attached.

After laying everything out on the kraft card base, I decided it looked too plain so I pulled out my canvas background stamp and used versamark ink to give it some subtle texture.

supplies used:
stamps: canvas background (SU!); faux ribbon for the stems, everyday button bits for the leaves, first fruits for the sentiment (PTI)
ink: chocolate chip (SU!); versamark
paper: very vanilla, kraft, chocolate chip, more mustard, really rust (SU!); scarlet jewel (PTI)
other: 3/4" dia. circle punch, 1" dia. circle punch, 1-1/4" dia. circle punch (SU!); ribbon, rhinestones (Michaels); upper crest border punch (Fiskars); ribbon tag die (Spellbinders)

raspberry suite color challenge #8

It's definitely baby season around here so I'm trying to increase my stock of baby cards. Here's my interpretation of RSCC#8:

The entire front panel is raised up on dimensionals. I'm still not sure about the embossed card base... should I have just left it plain?

supplies used:
stamps: beautiful baby (SU!); polka dot basics (PTI); icon stamps (Marcella by K&Company)
ink: chocolate chip, pink passion (SU!)
paper: very vanilla, kraft, naturals ivory (SU!)
other: ribbon (Hobby Lobby); embossing plate (Fiskars)