Saturday, May 31, 2008

Father Knows Best Cards

I absolutely love the Father Knows Best set from Papertrey. It has the coolest trees and they're great for cards for men. I have so many flowery, girly stamp sets that I could never use for a guy so this one is perfect.

The first card was kind of copied by one that Debbie Olson did. My mom is visiting and needed a thank you card to send to a man she doesn't really know. I had just gotten this set so I thought it was perfect. I stamped the tree and then stamped the circles separately and cut them out, then adhered them with glue dots so they were 3D. I could not tie the brown satin ribbon in a knot to save my life so I ended up doing a bow. I wasn't too happy with the results, but I finally just gave up on it. I have so many problems tying bows for some reason. My friend Amy has tried to show me many times, but it's just beyond me for some reason.

Stamps: Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Thank You Messages (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink); Garden Green, Chocolate (Close To My Heart)
Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette); Garden Green (CTMH)
Accents: Chocolate Satin ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug; Zots adhesive

The second card I made for my friend Tom's birthday. I used the other tree from Father Knows Best. I love that the set allows you to stamp the outline of the leaves in one color then the inside in a different color. I distressed around the stamped rectangle and the chocolate brown rectangle with sandpaper and then inked around the Happy Birthday sign with brown distressing ink. Finally I used a circle punch to punch out the corners of the patterned paper then added brown brads to each of the four corners.

Stamps: Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Happy Birthday (Close To My Heart)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink); Garden Green(CTMH); Brown (Die Cuts With a View)
Patterned Paper: Mellow (Basic Grey)
Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette); Garden Green, Olive, Brown Distressing Ink (CTMH)
Accents: Brown Brads (Making Memories)
Tools: Circle Punch (Fiskars); Sandpaper

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Garden of Life Birthday

I made this for my friend Simona's birthday, but unfortunately the post office is closed until Tuesday and her birthday is tomorrow...oops! I guess I should have made a belated birthday card :)

I used Papertrey's Garden of Life to make my background paper and then again for the three flowers around the oval, which I cut out. I used my oval Nestabilities and then added some Diamond Stickles to the center of each flower, with a little extra on the three around the oval. Aside from the Stickles, everything on this card is from Papertrey.

Stamps: Garden of Life (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink); Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Accents: Lemon Tart ribbon (Papertrey); Diamond Stickles (Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue)
Tools: Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend,

Friday, May 23, 2008

Papertrey Challenge Card

I made this card over a month ago for Brian's Aunt and totally forgot to post it. I used the layout from the Papertrey forum's first weekly challenge. It was a 6" X 6" card, which I love to make (especially now that I've got some envelopes to match). I used my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities to cut and emboss the oval, and then the Cuttlebug for the two flowers. I made one brown and one aqua mist and then swapped the petals. It took a few minutes to match them up to the right spot since they're all different sizes. I added a self-adhesive pearl to the center of each flower. The flowers on the right are velvet flowers from Maya Road.

For the rectangle at the bottom I just cut it using my papercutter and rounded the corners using a circle punch. I inked the edges with brown ink and used my Making Memories instant setter and slot punch to cut the slots and ran brown satin ribbon through.

Stamps: Sentiments (Fiskars)
Cardstock: Chocolate (Close to My Heart); Stampers Select White, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chocolate (CTMH); Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: Velvet Flowers (Maya Road); Pearls (Hero Arts); Satin Ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Circle Punch (Fiskars); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Flowers die (Cuttlebug); Instant Setter and Slot Punch (Making Memories)

Have a great day,

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cupcake Birthday Card

I had to make a birthday card for a friend's 4 year old son and I just happened to have gotten Papertrey's It's a Celebration stamp set which was perfect. You can never have too many birthday sets if you make a lot of cards. My favorite stamps in this set are the cupcakes. You can stamp different tops on them, but I decided to use Liquid Applique for this card. I heat set it and it puffed up to look like real icing. I added a rhinestone on top and my son told me it looked just like a cherry. He kept touching it and asked if he could eat it! Funny from the kid who doesn't eat anything (or course, he does love cupcakes...who doesn't!).

Stamps: It's a Celebration (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry (Close to My Heart); Stampers Select White (Papertrey); White (Office Depot)
Patterned Paper: Nana's Kids (Die Cuts With a View)
Ink: Chocolate, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue (CTMH)
Accents: Rhinestones (Doodlebug Design); Cranberry Ribbon (CTMH); Liquid Applique (Marvy Uchida); Foam Squares (CTMH)
Tools: Circle Punch (Fiskars); Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug; Heat Tool (Marvy Uchida)

Have a great day,