Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Graduation Card

My daughter and her roommates will soon be graduating from nursing school, and I made these cards for them. I had such fun making them.

I used the Owl Builder punch for the first time, and it sure won't be the last. The papers for the card layers and card base are basic black, whisper white and real red. I ran the red layer through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The papers for the owl are:

Soft Suede - body and inside eye
Crumb Cake - outer eye
Basic Black - eye balls
Whisper White - nursing dress
Real Red - heart
Garden Green - branches (that's a Sizix die)

The ribbon is a scrap I had in my stash. The nursing cap brad and the stethescope brad are ones I picked up at CKC a few weeks ago. The cap could actually be made by punching an extra "dress" and turning it upside down behind the owl's head and making a red cross on it.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Happy Birthday -- times 5!

Today at work, we celebrated the birthdays of five co-workers. As the "resident card maker", I was asked to make the cards for the ladies. I tried to design the cards based on their individual personalities, and these are what I came up with:

This first one was made using the retired Create a Cupcake stamp set and coordinating (not retired) punch, Cupcake Builder. You could easily switch out the stamp set with the current Cupcake Party stamp set (although the sentiment would be different). The colors used are Blushing Bride card base, cupcake top), Whisper White (card base), So Saffron (cupcake bottom and ribbon), and Melon Mambo ("sprinkles" on the cupcake).


The second card uses the Celebrate Today stamp set with the coordinating Balloon framelits. The polka dots on the card base were made with sponge daubers. The colors are all retired in colors (2012-2014): Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, and Gumball Green. I used these colors because they reminded me of the recipient!


The third card was made using the Papillion Potpourri stamp set with the coordinating Bitty Butterfly punch. The strips were embossed with the Lovely Lace embossing folder, and the sentiment is from the Four You stamp set. The colors are all of the retiring 2013-2015 in colors: Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantelope, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar. These inks are no longer available, but some of the paper is still available on a "while supplies last" basis. Of course, these colors could be substituted with just about any other colors, but these matched this recipient's personality to a "t"!
I will post directions for this card later this week.

I absolutely loved this fourth card, and it was just perfect for the recipient. For this one, I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set, the Flower Shop stamp set with coordinating Pansy Punch. The flower was stamped with embossing ink and then embossed with white embossing powder. The background was was embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The colors I used were Island Indigo and Garden Green. (I liked this design so much that I made it for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother's Day using Primrose Petals instead of Island Indigo. The card took on a totally different feel with the different colors!)


The last card was made for a woman who is a phenomenal cook. She's always bringing in homemade goodies, so a card with a cake on it seemed just perfect for her. The stamp set is the Big Day set that was available during the 2015 Sale-A-Bratation event. The cake was embossed using Blushing Bride embossing powder. The background is from the Butterfly Basics set. I used Whisper White craft ink for the images. The colors are Basic Black and Blushing Bride.

It was a challenge making five different cards for five very different ladies -- especially when they were all going to be opening them at the same time!! I'd love to know which you like best! Leave a comment if you can!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Masculine Card Class

At last week's class, we made some masculine cards. Those always seem to be tough for me since I'm such a flower and ribbon type of gal! Thanks to the awesome inspiration of Pinterest, I think I'm no longer intimidated with having to make cards for men! Here are the cards we made:

This first card was done with one of my favorite stamp sets - Hardwood - as well as the Celebrate Today bundle. First we stamped the hardwood stamp using Early Espresso on Sahara Sand cardstock and mounted it onto Marina Mist. Then we stamped the polka dots from the stamp set using Marina Mist on Crumb Cake. The other balloon was stamped with Marina Mist on Whisper White and the "Happy Birthday" was embossed using Early Espresso. The balloon string is the baked brown sugar thick twine, and the ribbon is early espesso 1/8". The balloons were popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.

These next two cards were so easy to make and I think they look like they took a long time to create! Both cards use the Work of Art and Moon Lake stamp set.

The blue on this card is Island Indigo. The stamp was inked up once, an stamped once at full strength, the second time without reinking, and again the third time without reinking. That way, each image is a bit lighter, mimicking the water. The duck is stamped using Basic Black.

For this next one, I turned the Work of Art stamp in the opposite direction and stamped on Very vanilla. The bottom is Sahara Sand, and then the water and sky were both made using Soft Sky. The first time at full strength, and the second time without reinking. The tree and boat were stamped using Basic Black. The card base is Crumb Cake.

This next card was pretty cool to make as well. And again it looks like a lot went into it, when it really didn't!

The card base is Whisper White, and the card front is Pacific Point. The stamp set is By the Tide. The coral is stamped with Pacific Point on Pacific Point. I sponged thee edges of the card base with Pacific Point to make it look like it was under the sea. All other stamping was done with Pacific Point onto Whisper White. After I stamped the sea horse and sea shell, I cut them out using the square framelits. The roundd "Nantucket Oceanside Inn" was cut out using the 1" circle punch. The two square pieces were mounted on Garden Green cardstock. I added a bit of jute for a finishing touch.

This last card was a bit more complicated, but so worth the effort!

The card base is basic gray. The card front is Smoky Slate which was embossed with the Arrows embossing folder. The oval was die cut with the ovals framelits and embossed with the perfect polka dot embossing folder. It is made out of household heavy duty aluminum foil. The wrenches were made with the 1" circle and the word window punch. The other end is made using the 7/8" scallop punch and the 1" circle punch. After the wrench was assembled, it was inked with basic gray ink. I printed out the sentiment on my computer because I didn't have a Father's Day stamp. The banner was cut out with the Bitty Banners framelit.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Graduation Cap Party Favor

I just finished making the party favors for my daughter's college graduation. It's really beginning to sink in that she's graduating from nursing school in just about a week. Where did the last four years go??? But, I digress . . . here's the project I made.

Here is a tutorial for this; I hope it's not too hard to follow. Some one of these days, I'll learn to do video tutorials, but for now . . .

I started with 6 x 6 piece of cardstock. I used Night of Navy since that is one of her school colors.

I ran both of the pieces through the Big Shot using the retired Petal Cone die. I only needed the actual body of the cone -- not the scalloped half circle or the banner.

I folded each piece along the crease line and folded the round edge up. I lined that edge up at the 2 1/2" mark on my cutter and sliced off the tip of the cone.

Next, I lined the narrower end of the cone at the 1/4" mark on my score board and scored it at the 1/4" mark.

Each piece should now look like this:

Next, I attached both of the pieces to each other by putting some glue along the tab.

The next step is to cut a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" square. I used the square framelits. I pierced a whole in the center of the square.

Next, I made the tassel. I used a bow maker tool I picked up at CKC a couple of years ago. I absolutely LOVE it. (You can check it out on their blog: I attached the tassel to the cap using a brad.

Now it's time to assemble the cap: put some glue along the side tab of the cap and close it up. Then put glue along the tabs at the top of the cap and attach the top of the cap to the body of the cap.

I chose to print out the school's emblem and attach it to the front. I punched it out using the 1 1/4" scallop punch. Then I made a banner with my daughter's name and graduation date for the back. I used the banner framelits thinlits.

A couple tips:
- be sure to assemble the flat part of the cap before you put the cap together. It's easier if the brad and the tassel are already attached.
- if you will be attaching anything to the sides of the cap, glue them on before you assemble the cap -- it's easier that way
- After I closed the flaps on the bottom, I kept it sturdy and square by attaching a sticker with my name, phone number and website on it.
- I used Tombow multi purpose liquid glue. I got a good hold with enough wiggle room to adjust the pieces before they were permanently attached.

Give it a try . . I'd love to see yours!

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