May 21, 2013 § 4 Comments
A new Runway Inspired challenge is here, and we have a guest designer! One of my personal favorites…and I am sure many others’ as well…she is non other than…DEBBY HUGHES!! I can’t wait to see what she has made with this inspiration photo:
I must say, I was a bit stumped with this one. There were a lot of triangle patterns in my head, but nothing fresh and concrete. Then I was torn between whether to use stamps or keep it all paper as I usually do. In the end I settled to use a unit of the pattern from the model’s sweater. I translated it to my square card base with paper pieced card stock:
Got to give a tribute to all that red in the picture…at first I was thinking of a flower but it didn’t seem it would go well with the graphic base. Then I thought the pattern looked a little like an envelope! So came the heart (Stampin’Up! punch) and the sentiment (Simon Says Stamp All Occasion Banners).
This week’s sponsor is Ellen Hutson, and the winner will get a $25 gift certificate to their online store.
Make sure to visit the rest of the design time for an amazing doze of inspiration!
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May 20, 2013 § 7 Comments
Last weekend was quite busy. A wedding on Saturday then a newborn party on Sunday, both accompanied with many hours of travelling. On Friday I got a text from my husband asking me if I could make a huge card for his friend who is getting married, maybe 8″ by 11″? I told him later that I would have to get a poster to make that card. Anyways, I ended up making a 5.5″ by 8.5″ card.
He likes to customize his card to be meaningful to the recipient. Here is a little conversation to give you an idea:
- Me: So, what kind of card do you want?
- Husband: Well, they both like Arabic…and children…
- Me: children? (thinking how is that going to help with a wedding card?!)
- Husband: You know, he is a Pediatrician and she did her masters on something to do with child development (he was so wrong about that!)
- Friend at the table: ok, ok let’s not get carried away. We don’t want to give them the wrong impression.
- Me: Alright, I got this…
I had approximately an hour in my hands, so I went to work right away. Here is the end result:
Normally I go for white themed cards for weddings, but this time I decided to go with red and gold. After all, it was a South Asian wedding. Everything is gold embossed on the red panel. I used the Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp set from Papertrey ink for the decoration. And that big one in the center is hand-drawn (I am thinking I should turn it into a stamp!..it took way too many steps to achieve the embossing). It says “alf Mabrook” in Arabic, meaning thousand Congrats. I wasn’t sure what Arabs use for wedding greeting cards…did a little Google search and this is the best I came up with.
Anyways, husband and friends all signed the card. Here is a group picture of them:
For Sunday’s card, I decided to use patterned paper and try the tag on a card style. It makes things simple and quick!
I also used my new Simon Says Stamp bow die here.
The strip of glitter at the bottom is double sided tape and Ritz Stardust Glitter, and the bow is made out of felt.
I usually don’t write about non-card related things here, but I felt a bit chatty today, and hence the long wordy post!
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May 19, 2013 § 5 Comments
Hello there crafty people!
This is one of my favorites from this set; emboss resist, Ombre, how can it not be? I used Momento chocolate and Stampin’Up! Rose Red to ink up the tea set. Once again, the flourish is from Inkadinkado inchies.
The thin strip is actually silver foil paper, here is a shot capturing the light:
And here is my last card:
As you can see, I die cut the pot from the card base and backed it with gray card stock. I stamped the image (Stampin’Up! Pool party) on a separate piece, trimmed it out and adhered with foam tape. The heart is out of gold foil paper with some glossy accent for dimension.
I hope you found some inspiration here. I will be back soon with some samples from other sets.
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May 18, 2013 § 5 Comments
I am here with a couple more cards for my guest post for the May release of Clearly Besotted Stamps.
Once again I have used the My Cup of Tea set to make these two cards:
I decided to customize the outline tea pot and make it resemble Aladdin’s lamp. I stamped it on gold shimmery card stock and embossed a flourish (Inkadinkado inchies) on one corner. It is a wishing lamp, but in real life you can’t simply wish for things, hence the sentiment, encouraging someone to work for their dreams. When I chose the patterned paper, I simply picked one that looked good with the color scheme, but afterwords I realized that the pattern/colors resembles oriental carpets and thought it worked well with the whole Aladdin theme.
Here is another version of a very similar concept:
Here I stamped the pot on gold foil card stock, and used a hand draw smoke cut out of vellum. The black corner is supposed to be a rock (looks a bit too flat) and the sentiment is handwritten.
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May 17, 2013 § 4 Comments
I am here to share some cards using products from Clearly Besotted Stamps May release. I was so excited when Stephanie asked me if I wanted to guest design this month! I love her stamp line and couldn’t wait to get my hands on her latest stamps
I started out by working with the set My Cup of Tea. I had a lot of ideas and ended up making a number of cards. Instead of dumping all the cards in one post, I decided to divide them up into three post, so you will be seeing more from this set in the next two days.
Here are today’s cards:
I decided to break into my patterned paper pack and used it on the card base. The pot is stamped with Distress ink Victorian Velvet. On another piece of card stock I embossed the image in gold and cut out the floral portion. As for the oval piece, I embossed a gold outline on it. Here is how; I first cut out the same oval out of masking paper, drew a thin outline around the edges, trimmed it off, then placed the now slightly smaller mask over the oval card stock. Finally I pressed Versamark pad on it, sprinkled the embossing powder, removed the mask and applied heat.
I know…quite a lot of steps for that embossed outline! but it came out quite pretty
I had a hard time deciding on the sentiment and where to place it. After much fiddling I found a place for it, can you see it?
On to the next card:
I love the outline pot and cup in this set. There are so many ways you can decorate them! Here I stamped a floral bouquet from Stampin’Up! Best of Flowers set. I remember when I got this set, I was quite disappointed at the scale of the images (I expected them to be bigger) but this one is perfect for this tea pot! and there are yet more to come
Here is a super simple card. I wanted to go for more of a gender neutral color and design. Here I used a die that coordinates with the set. It is almost impossible to get a perfect edge if you stamp the image first. So I die cut the cup first and tried stamping on it, first by eye-balling, then by using stamp-a-ma-jig. However neither worked to my satisfaction. Then I used vellum; first die cut the cup then used both the negative and positive parts to position my die exactly where I wanted it to be. Of course, I am a little crazy about getting things exact, so this worked the best for me.
That’s it for me today, see you tomorrow with a couple more cards!
May 13, 2013 § 18 Comments
Though I am not that good at watercolors, I wanted to give it a try for the Moxie Fab World challenge.
I used some blues and greens and painted randomly on a piece of heavy weight paper. I let some of the colors drip down.
The butterfly was stamped with black Stazon on acetate and trimmed out. The sentiment is from a label maker.
Between the watercolor panel and the sentiment is a thin gold strip, it’s color shows better in this close-up:
I adhered all pieces on a piece of card stock (so they would be well aligned) which was then adhered onto the card base with foam tape.
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May 10, 2013 § 8 Comments