Thursday, June 28, 2012

in deepest sympathy ---

i seem to be making alot of sympathy cards lately -- and i tend to use the same stamp set each time -- HERE is an example --- so, i decided to try something different this time -- i love how these turned out.  i need 2 cards - 2 different families  had a loss within a few days of each other. 

this is an old stampin' up set -- i love it, i use it alot.  but what i like most about these cards is the coloring - it looks water-color like, but it's not - and it's so easy.   i used gamsol, and colored pencils.  gamsol - is a type of mineral spirits.  you add a little color - i usually outline the object, and then use paper stubs dipped in the gamsol, and rub the color from the pencils to achieve the look you want, adding more color if needed.

i like this technique because it doesn't leave the paper wet, or ball it up.  HERE is a link to a gamsol starter kit at amazon.

i also like the effect of cutting the picture and spacing it out a little -- almost a window effect.

love how these turned out.
thanks for stopping by -- hope you drop by again soon, more projects to come!

happy stamping ---


Friday, June 22, 2012

celebrating accomplishments --

my DH recently asked me to help him by making some cupcake toppers.  "sure", i say - "how many do you need?" 

"200 should cover it."  he says.  

o_0  ummm, ok.  LOL. and - he needed them within the week.

okie dokie -- lol.  so i set to work.    they were going to be for the school's awards ceremony -- and he was baking all of the cupcakes. 

the awards would cover the sports teams, as well as chorus, drama, and dance.

so -- we started with colors -- school colors are blue and gold.

i have an old stampin' up stamp set of sports things -- so that was covered.  i had a SU wheel with music notes -- check.  but the drama and dancing were a little trickier!  so -- i found some pics online and printed them out!

here they are -- all 200 !

i've done cupcake toppers before - granted, not this many, so i made them a little simpler.   i did not add a second scallop circle to cover the stick - and i would normally add some ribbon or something else to make it pop a little.  but -- for 200, i just left it as it. 

add some yummy cupcakes --- and the kids were all happy!

thanks for stopping by!
have a great day --- and happy stamping!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

happy father's day . . .

sorry this is a little late in posting -- although it's still father's day - LOL.

here are the cards i made for my dad and my FIL this year.
both are handy -men.  :)

isn't it cute!  here is the list of "stuff" o used to make it - everything but the embossing folder is from Stampin' Up

papers ~~ lucky limeade, ballet blue, white
stamps ~~ power up, and nuts and bolt wheel
inks ~~ ballet blue, lucky limeade, versamark
embossing folder ~~ distressed stripes

here is how it went together --

first i rolled the nuts and bolts wheel on the front of the card - using versamark - and then ran the front though the cuttlebug and embossing folder.

you can see it a little closer up in the next picture.

i then stamped the tools, and punched them out with a 2 inch square bunch.  i then "cheated" a bit - lol, i hate to measure.  so i glued the tool pieces onto the opposite layer, and trimmed them down to size.

the 'happy father's day" i printed from teh computer - didn't have a stamp -- hmmm, that must mean it's time to go shopping ;)  hehe.

then it's just a matter of sticking them on the card front.

and that's it -  quick and easy, and so cute!

hope everyone had a great father's day  ---
stop back soon - lots more projects to check out! :)

happy stamping!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

a t-shirt kinda guy birthday --

hi!  thanks for stopping by!

my dad is a t-shirt and work clothes kinda guy.  this card i made for his birthday -- i love this stamp.  it's from too much fun rubber stamps - check them out - they have all kinds of cool stamps.

this is the t-shirt stamp - i've used it before, and you can see that card here.  you can also see another example of a stamp from this company in this post - actually dad's b-day card from last year - lol.

anyway --- here it is ---

isn't this fun!  i also used a set called celebrations from close to my heart  for the cake and words.  the inks are from stampin' up - marina blue and lucky limeade.  and a mustard colored marker for the flames on the candles.  i also used a dauber with a little of the blue ink to add some color to the t-shirt.

as you may have seen in some of the other posts - this stamp is all one piece that just needs to be cut out and folded.  so cute! 

they also have bags -- here is an example of a tote bag stamp they have.

thanks so much for stopping by.  hope you'll drop back in again soon!

in the meantime -- happy stamping! :)


Saturday, June 2, 2012

sweet 'n sassy anniversary --

when i went to the Allentown stamp show back in April - i bought a stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps -- i love it!  so cute!  here is an anniversary card i made using the set - called togetherness silhouettes. 

i used a polka dot embossing folder in my cuttlebug for the background of the card.   the ovals are cut out with nestabilities.  i stamped the umbrella on some designer paper and cut it out -- i also used some demensionals to pop it up a bit.  in the next picture you will also notice i used for crystal effects from stampin' up to put some "rain drops" on the umbrella.

i used the same designer paper behind a piece of vellum with the verse stamped on it.

i also added a little color around the larger oval with a dauber and some marina mist ink from stampin' up.

love this set!  you can follow the link above to check out this set and more.

thanks for stopping by!  hope to see you again soon!

happy stamping!


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