Friday, February 26, 2010

It's Twins!

This card was inspired by the card I saw here. I needed a baby card for someone who had twin boys recently and I wanted to do more punch art. On the inspiration card the legs and tail were drawn on but I wanted to see if I could create the legs and tail using punches. I've been enjoying creating cards using punch art, it's fun seeing the images turn out looking like I had hoped. It is amazing how many images you can create using punches and card stock. I'll never give up creating cards using stamps and ink but it is nice to try new things to keep the creative mind working.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, So Saffron, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Welcome Neighbor DSP; Ink: So Saffron, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel; Other: 1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Word Window Punch, Slot Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Small Oval Punch, Crop-a-Dile, Paper Snips,Bluebird Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fun, Funky and Retro

I'm not sure the title actually fits, but to me this card is all of them. The bright colors are fun and the flowers remind me of something from the 60's, hence the retro (not that I'm old enough to remember) and the color combination is a little bit funky...tempting turquoise, old olive, and crushed curry! I never would have thought to put these colors together on a card but the colors I used were all inspired by the colors in the flowers and somehow it all works. This card will be going to another one of my co-workers who really likes the "retro" look.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, KI Memories Background Paper; Ink: Real Red, Basic Black; Stamps: Darling Dots; Other: Black Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Square Brads, 1/2" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch; 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch; Dimensionals

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tutorials for Handy Manny Tools

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments on the card I created for my grandson posted here. I had many requests for a tutorial. I was able to put together quick tutorials showing how each of the tools were created. They will be posted over the next few days. Here is the link to the tutorial page.

Thank you all again for the wonderful comments.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Masculine Valentine

This is the card I gave my husband for Valentine's Day. I wanted something that didn't look like the typical Valentine's card. This could be used for an anniversary or just a card to let someone know that you care. The sentiment could be changed to almost anything. All the heart images were cut out using paper snips. I didn't leave an edge like I normally would when I cut out images because I just wanted the colors to stand on their own without any borders showing. I used the Modern Label punch to mount the sentiment on but I didn't want the "scallop" on the ends so I rounded the ends off using the Key Tag punch.

Supplies Used: Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Kraft; Ink: Blue Bayou, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip; Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Short & Sweet; Other: Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Key Tag Punch, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensionals

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Handy Manny Tools

This card is for my grandson's birthday. He likes to watch Handy Manny and this year that is his party theme. I wanted his card to go with the birthday theme so I decided it was time to try some punch art. I will also be making his cake in the shape of a tool box and purchased the Handy Manny tools to put on the cake. Once the party is done he will still have the tools to play with and it saves me from having to create all of the tools, after all I'm not the "Ace of Cakes" nor am I the "Cake Boss". All of the punches that were used are all from Stampin' Up and I believe all of them are still available for purchase except for the Key Tag punch.

Supplies Used: All supplies used are from Stampin' Up.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Easy Masculine Card

Another card for one of my co-workers. Didn't I tell you this was going to be a very busy month for cards (especially for co-workers). As I mentioned in my previous post, I always struggle trying to come up with ideas for masculine cards. It's even more difficult when its for someone you work with. The background paper I used is some that I've had for a couple of years (yes I said years). I'm really trying my best to use the supplies that I already have but its not always that easy. We all like to keep current with the new items out there. Thank goodness paper never goes out of style or I would be in trouble. Notice how the only thing that is stamped on this card are the words "happy birthday". I guess you can't get more basic than that.

Supplies Used: Paper: Going Gray, Night of Navy, Background Paper (unknown); Ink: Basic Black; Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes; Other: Black Eyelets, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bright & Cheery Birthday

This is for another one of my co-workers. I love the bright and cheery colors in this card. Makes me think of spring and summer and I can't wait for that to finally get here. I'm so tired of the cold. Although there is very little stamping on this card it just makes you smile. This was also a card that came together quickly. The element that took me the longest to complete was the paper piercing around the edges of all the layers. This card layout would make a great masculine card using the same stamp but changing the colors and the background paper. I know its a challenge for me to create a masculine card and I'm sure many others struggle with that too.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, DCWV Background Paper; Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo; Stamps: Party Hearty; Other: Pumpkin Pie and Apricot Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, Mat Pack, Dimensionals

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Loves Me

The circle punch images seem to be becoming a theme. I'm not sure why, but is seems like the last few cards I've made all have images punched out with a circle punch. The most interesting thing about this card is that no stamping was done to create it. This is the Valentine's Day card that I made for my daughter. I also sent her some goodies in the package that was mailed yesterday. I have had this paper since 2007! The paper is from Stampin' Up and is called "Love Me". Of course it has since been discontinued. I'm working very hard on using supplies that I have on hand. I used a 3/4" circle punch on the images and a 1" circle punch for the chocolate chip card stock. I added some Making Memories page pebbles over the punched images and then used dimensionals to mount it on the background paper. The main card is in Taken with Teal card stock and the ribbon is from some discontinued SU ribbon originals called "Flirty".

Supplies Used: Paper: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Love Me DSP; Other: 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, SU Flirty Ribbon Originals, Making Memories Page Pebbles, Dimensionals

Monday, February 8, 2010

Birthday Cupcakes

This card is going in the mail today for my daughter. She LOVES cupcakes and I know she will love this card. When I have to mail cards I try not to use too many layers so I don't have to pay the extra postage. Inevitably though I end up having to pay a little extra. I can't help it, I really like cards with many layers and lots of interesting things to see. This layout would be great to put together a set of cards to give someone using the Darling Dots stamp set or something similar. The stamps are small enough to use punches and versatile enough to create cards with various themes.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo; Ink: Soft Suede, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Glorious Green (all markers); Stamps: Darling Dots, A Little Birdie Told Me; Other: 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Mat Pack, Stickles, Crystal Effects, Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wish Big Birthday

There are so many birthdays in daughter, my grandson, four of my co-workers and then of course there is Valentine's Day. This is going to be a busy card making month. This card is for a co-worker. For some reason I usually make her a card using pink but this year I wanted to do something different. So instead of pink I used Rose Red...not sure how far that is from pink but I went with it. This card came together quickly even though the cake is paper pieced. Making sure the cuts are clean was the most difficult part of this card. To make it easier when cutting small items use paper snips and move the paper as opposed to the scissors.

Supplies Used: Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Rose Red, Rose Red DSP; Ink: Basic Black; Stamps: Bitty Birthday, Short & Sweet; Other: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensionals