Archive for November, 2008

Gift card technique – perfect timing!

This year almost all of my gifts are gift cards – my nieces and nephews seem to prefer them.  I like them because they are easy to buy and mail and when Splitcoast had a technique challenge on gift cards I went to work.

gift-cardoutside-finalOne of my gift cards is from Starbucks, so of course I had to do a coffee themed gift card enclosure!  The video instructions with the technical details are HERE, and I’ve modified them just a bit.  Instead of ending up with a square card, I wanted to use my long Nestabilities Curved Rectangles so I started with paper 12″ long as in the video, but 5.5″ tall to accomodate the large rectangle.   What I did was fold the paper as instructed, then punch the shape with the nestabilities, leaving the left side of the folded card not part of the cut out in order to preserve the fold. The paper is all Basic Grey, mostly from the Scarlett’s Letter collection.  I paper pierced the coffee cup and used Nestabilities Ovals to cut out the shapes.  The cup, swirls on the side and inside sentiment are all from Flourishes Simply Sophisticated set, Coffee with Friends, and Merry Christmas is from Flourishes Holiday Greetings  set.  The inside sentiment was stamped on a shape cut out with my new Slice Machine – which I absolutely love!  Sheer red ribbon and a red rhinestone finish it off.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by!


Inside look at the gift card

Supplies and Materials:

  • Stamps:  Coffee with Friends, Holiday Greetings
  • Paper:  Basic Grey Scarlett’s Letter, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Other:  Nestabilites, Slice machine, Sheer Red Ribbon and Red Rhinestones.

November 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm 3 comments

True confessions – when smart stampers do stupid things…

We’ve all done it – you start a project and wham!  You do something so stupid!!  Here is my true confessions story!

When I started stamping, I neither had the room nor money to purchase the regular Stampin Up stamp pads, but I wanted all the color choices, so I purchased the smaller Stampin Spots and reinkers. When SU started adding new “in colors”, they did not offer them in spots, so I did without. Then I remembered that Ranger sells sheets of the  Cut-n-Dry Stamp Pad.  It’s a sheet of dry stamp pad material in either felt or foam that you can cut apart and design your own custom color stamp pads.  So I purchased a sheet and figured I could cut it up in about 9 pieces, and along with reinkers of SU’s new in colors I would be in business.

I cut out a section, applied Riding Hood Red ink and…nothing.  The ink is not absorbing into the pad and, you guessed it,  I INKED UP THE WRONG SIDE OF THE PAD!!.  How stupid is that?   So, I cut another piece, inked up the CORRECT side  – now I’m ready to go!

pcpday1finalI made this card for the contest that starts on Friday at Paper Craft Planet, based on the Twelve Days of Christmas song.  Each day you upload a card made with that days theme and you are in the running for prizes – awarded each day.

This tree card was made based on using a simple triange shape and flourishy stamps.

First, make a reverse mask in a triangle shape – I used Eclipse Masking tape to do this.  This stuff is a stampers best friend!  Then lay the mask over card stock and stamp a flourishy image several times over the cut out section.  I used a stamp from Flourished Elements for this card.  Remove the mask and cut out the shape.  I used a stardust gel pen over the swirls to add some sparkle (this is another item that is a must have!).  The base of the tree was just a piece cut out of red paper and outlined with the stardust pen.  The sentiment is from Holiday Greeetings from Flourishes and stamped and mounted on circles cut from Nestabilities Circles set.  Dark Red Sheer ribbon and red rhinestones finish off the card.

Supplies and Materials:

  • Stamps:  Flourished Elements and Holiday Greetings, both from Flourishes
  • Paper and Ink: White, Riding Hood Red paper and ink, stardust gel pen
  • Other:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, Dark Red Sheer Ribbon, Red Rhinestones

Here’s a look at my reverse maskpcpmask

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by!

November 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm 4 comments

Giving Thanks – a second look


Following yesterdays post, I decided to make the same card, only this time in a fall color palette of ruby red and pumpkin.  I grew up in New England and the few weeks in late September/early October were always a favorite time of mine.  The colors on this card are reminiscent of those days. 

Thanks for stopping by!

November 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm 3 comments

Giving Thanks


Here is another card made with Flourishes new release, Figs and Pomegranates.  I chose a simple color scheme here – olive and the neutral tone of watercolor paper. 

 A portion of the fig image was stamped on watercolor paper in olive and  a waterbrush was used to soften the lines.  The smaller leaf of the same image was stamped twice and colored in the same manner, cut out and placed on top of the larger image with mounting tape.  The close up photo below shows where I used a stardust gel pen over the images and sentiment to give it a little extra sparkle.

The base card is also watercolor paper and was embossed using a cuttlebug folder.  Because watercolor paper is so thick, I like to use a good bone folder to fold and crease and Flourishes carries a very nice one – it’s made of a teflon type material and has a much better feel to it than the plastic ones that are generally found in the craft stores.


Thanks for stopping by!

November 16, 2008 at 10:23 am 3 comments

Release day at Flourishes!

Flourishes releases three new sets today – I have cards for two of them in this post.  BUT – we’re also having a big sale on a number of items, so check the Flourishes Newsletter for all the details!

First up are two cards made with the Figs and Pomegrantes set.  This is a set of beautiful botanical images created by Marcella Hawley exclusively for Flourishes.

This card was created using colorwash sprays on watercolor paper, then stamping the image with Palette Noir ink.  It’s a quick and easy technique that has a dramatic effect.


In this card, I used olive and wine markers to color the image and sentiment.  Basic Grey paper and brads in the Eva collection provide the background and Flourishes is having a sale on all Basic Grey products!



This card show images from the Autumn Flourishes set – it contains several sprigs of leaves, individual leaf stamps and some sentiments.  I used a reverse mask to create the center using Ancient Page inks in blue and green.  The blue paper and brad are from the Basic Grey Urban Prarie collection.  Black Satin ribbon and a Stardust gel pen were added to finish it off.



Here is a look at all three sets!





















Thanks for stopping by!

November 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm 3 comments

With Gratitude…and a sneek peak

It’s the time of the year where we reflect on our good fortune and give thanks for what we have.  I am grateful for so many things in my life, but I want to take this special day to express my gratitude to my husband, Orvil, and all veterans young and old, for the their service and sacrifice to make our country safe and free.  With the elections now over, whether your guy won or lost,  we can be grateful of our right to vote and have a voice and to be insured of a peaceful transition of power.  Happy Veteran’s Day!

Now, another little sneek peak at a set being issued tomorrow.. 


Check back here tomorrow for the full release!

November 11, 2008 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

New Release Sneek Peak!

On Wednesday, Flourishes will release 3 new sets and I’m finally caught up enough to show provide a little sneek peak!  Here are a two different looks at one of the sets!










Recently I was tagged and ask to tell seven things about myself, so here goes!

  • I’m one of eight children – fourth from the top
  • I met my husband at a Club Med in Cancun
  • I’ve traveled much of the western United States on the back of a Harley and in every type of weather imaginable
  • I hate any and all types of seafood
  • I must have coffee in the morning.  And whoever combined coffee and chocolate should receive the Nobel Prize for food
  • I’m a certified scuba diver
  • When I’m in the car driving by myself I sing along, very loud, to my favorite radio station and I actually believe I sound good.  Really! 

Thanks for stopping by and check back later this week to see the new sets at Flourishes!

November 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm 2 comments

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