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Monday, June 28, 2010

Over The Moon Monday - Side Step Card

Good morning! I hope you had a great week.  I belong to Midwest Stampers Yahoo Group, and I joined a calendar swap, so I kept busy with that. My month is April, so I'm thinking April Showers and Easter.  I stamped a lot, colored a lot, and cut out a lot.  But it's coming along nicely. And it kept me in the air conditioned house.  It's brutally hot across much of the nation, and I hope you are keeping cool and drinking plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.

I was browsing some blogs, and found a card that I absolutely love, and I had to make one. It's called a Side Step Card, and I found it at Julie's Stamping Spot.  You have to be really careful to use the exact measurements she shows to make this card. Can I tell you how many I messed up and had to throw away?  Anyway, here is my card:

My camera is messed up, so I had to scan this with the scanner, and you can't really get the 3-D feel for the card. There are 3 "steps" on the right side of the card.  I used stamps from The Angel Company.  The little sentiment on the middle step says "flowers are the stars of the earth."

Also, I modified mine a little by putting the yellow cardstock on the 3rd step to make it a full sized card for my tulips to stand up on.

Anyway, I hope you find time to try this card. It's a lot of fun, and I can think of a lot of stamps that would go well with the 3-D-ness (is that a word?) of this card.  In Julie's samples, she used butterflies and flowers on one, and Christmas ornaments on another.  If you make this card, please share a link in the comment section.

Until next time, do something crafty!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Over The Moon Monday - Quilting

Good morning!  I hope you have had a good week.  I had a busy week and weekend.  First off, I have had severe pain in my right ankle for quite a while. So long, in fact, that I can't even remember when or how it started.  I finally broke down this week and went to a doctor, simply because I am tired of the pain, and it got to the point that I didn't even want to get out of bed.  I had to have some lab tests done, and the results weren't what I had hoped for.  I have to go have more labs today and then will see the doctor.

Then to start off my weekend, I awoke Saturday morning with a migraine.  Hubby said he tried to call me from the grocery store, and so I started looking for my cell phone.  It was in my jean pocket, the same one that he had just run through a complete laundry cycle. Needless to say, it didn't work. I had to go get a new cell phone. I have the old one in a bag of rice, and if I can get it dried out, at least I will have a spare. In case that happens again.

My granddaughters came over on Saturday afternoon to make their dad a Father's Day card, and the little one stayed the night. We went out to breakfast on Sunday morning, which is a treat for all of us, and then she spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon in the hot tub.  We don't have it heated right now, so it's like being in a swimming pool. Then we had a late lunch and she went home. She's one of those children that demand a lot of attention, but I really don't mind.

So, it's been a pretty full week, but I did manage to make a card. And here it is.

I really like this technique, since it lets me use up bits and pieces of cardstock or patterned paper.  

To make this card, I used plastic wrap tapped against a coordinating colored inkpad, then tapped on the paper to give it a watercolored look.  You could also achieve the same look using watercolored paper.  Or you could just use coordinating pieces of patterned paper.  Any of these options would be fine.  Just make sure you have at least 3 different kinds/colors of paper.

I stamped my main image (Miss Kitty) onto white cardstock and colored her. I also stamped it on a piece of the faux watercolored cardstock and cut out the dress so it would coordinate. You can't see from the scan, but I adhered little colored gemstones to her shoes that match the dress.

TIP:  You can use the little gems you find in the cosmetic section that you glue on your fingernails to use on your cards. They are usually less expensive than the jewels you buy for stamping/scrapping.

I cut these pieces of faux watercolored paper into odd sizes and adhered them to the bottom card layer.  I used a zigzag sewing stamp (unknown) to tie the seams together.  You could also just use a coordinating colored pen or a black pen to make these zigzag stitches.

I used nestability dies to cut out the main image, the layer mat, and the scalloped layer. I adhered them all together and adhered them to the front of the card. 

This is a great way to use up scraps.  I hope you give this technique a try. 

Have a great week!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Over The Moon Monday - Father's Day

Good morning!  How was your week?  I hope you had a fun week and got to do some crafting.  The heat here is brutal, so I've been spending as much time as possible inside, just to stay cool.  I've been enjoying the sunsets and sitting in the hot tub. We don't keep ours really warm, so it's been very refreshing, and a great way to beat the heat. I don't know what we did before we got it.

Today I want to share a card I made for my hubby for Father's Day.  He's a great guy (and the reason we have the hot tub), and I want to show my appreciation for all the things he does for me.

I like to keep my cards simple, without a lot of bulky embellishments so that I can mail them without a lot of extra postage.  Don't get me wrong, I love the look of cards with bulky embellishments, that's just not my style. Anyway, here is the card:

It's a pretty self-explanatory card, but here's how I made it anyway (for those of you who like written instructions):

  • I stamped the hat 6 times, twice on each of 3 colors, and cut them out.
  • I applied flocking to the hat bands, and let dry
  • I used a nestability die to cut 6 pieces of cardstock, two each of three colors. These are the same colors I used to stamp the hats.
  • I adhered the hats to the different colors of cardstock.
  • I trimmed a piece of kraft cardstock with a scalloped edge punch.
  • I adhered the hats in a manner that was pleasing to me to the kraft cardstock.
  • I adhered the entire thing to a green base card.
  • I stamped Happy Father's Day. (Stamp mfg. unknown)

I like the texture the flocking gives to the card without all the bulkiness.

Here are some things I could have done differently:

  • I could have embossed the individual pieces before adhering the hats to them, but I liked the plain look.  
  • I could have embossed the kraft layer before adhering the rectangles.
  • I could have arranged the hats differently.
I hope you have enjoyed this card.  May your have a great week, filled with sunshine and laughter, and may you get to be creative.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Over The Moon Monday - Wedding II

Good morning.  I hope you had a great week.  The weekend is always too short for me, how about you?  

The weather here is already horribly hot.  The heat index was 110 degrees on Saturday. It was really hot the whole weekend. It's too early in the year for it to be this hot. It's not even technically summer yet.  Good weather to stay indoors and stamp, if you ask me.

Last week I showed you a wedding card I was making.  I spent the week re-doing the card, and I like how it turned out.  I will apologize in advance for the scan - lumpy cards just don't scan well, and I need batteries for the digital camera. Anyway, here is the new and improved card:

Here are the changes I made:
  • I used twinkling H20's to color the embossed images.
  • I matted the flowers with patterned paper.
  • I made an additional flower with the patterned paper to add a little interest.
Leave a comment and let me know which one  you like best, the glittered one or the one that used twinks.

I hope you have a great week!