Friday, July 25, 2014

Super Mario Toadstool Card in a Box



Hiya Folks!

Wowzers!  How fast a week can fly by!  Even though its been quiet here on the blog this week I've still been creating like crazy; my oldest son's birthday party is next weekend and I'm working on what feels like loads of projects in preparation (completely my own doing mind you).  My poor card room has exploded in a mish mash of half finished ideas that I hope will all come together in the end ;)  Stay tuned for all the details in the upcoming week!

I am happy to report that I do have one card to share with you this week, and as it turns out its a pretty special one. I was contacted via email a few days ago asking if I'd be interested in doing a Super Mario themed Card in a Box.  Sure, I thought, as my brain scrambled to figure out how I was going to complete this with so many other projects on the go.  But, not wanting to disappoint, I quickly said yes and asked the customer to send all the information required.  The moment I received the email reply I knew without a doubt that my projects could wait and this one would take preference.

As it turns out this card is meant for a little boy by the name of Danny Nickerson.  Danny turns 6 years old today and unfortunately was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor about a month ago.  His only birthday wish is to receive a mail box full of birthday cards - and I'm so happy that this card will be one of them!  I truly hope it brings a smile to his face!  If you are interested in reading more on Danny's story, please click HERE.

Supplies:

Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise DSP Paper Stack, Wild Wasabi DSP Paper Stack
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Real Red
Punches: Small Oval, Large Oval, Extra Large Oval, Itty Bitty Accents, 1 3/4" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle, 3/4" Circle, Owl, Cupcake
Accessories: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Blushing Bride markers, Sponges, Window Sheets, Sticky Strip, Multi-Purpose liquid glue





If you have any questions on the project please feel free to email me or comment below!  Or, if your interested in having a custom card created just for you or a loved one, inbox me and we can discuss the details.  I'll be adding samples of cards like this one to my Esty shop soon for purchase so watch for that as well!

Have a wonderful weekend!!
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lego Movie Card in a Box



Hello!

While many of you might be in full force Wedding season, around these parts were right in the middle of kidlet Birthday season!  And, with two boys, that means a lot of boy themed cards are on the way for your viewing pleasure ;)

The boys have been lovin' the Lego Movie and since it came out on DVD its been on constant repeat.  I know many mom's of little girls out there have the "Let it Go" song from Frozen still swimming around in their brain but can I get a shout out from the mom's of boys who can't get "Everything is Awesome" out of their heads??!!  I'm beginning to think that song has subliminal messaging in it cause I find myself humming or singing it randomly (ie: laundry, dishes, while having a bath...**sigh**).  

Anyhow, since the movie is so darn popular I thought I'd give Emmet a try in punch art form.  There are a few other examples on the internet but I'd like to think mine is unique.  I added a few extra details (like the Silver Glimmer paper to make the stripes on his uniform reflective) and think he turned out "Totally Awesome" (ugh, somebody stop me...) LOL

Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Hello Honey, Night of Navy, Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi
Punches: Build an Owl, Build a Cupcake, 1/2" Circle, 3/8" Circle, 3/16" Corner, Window Label
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Basic Black marker, Sponges, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue




Hope this little guy has inspired you to try your hand at some Lego punch art!  I'm hoping to add a few more characters to my line up and create a bigger project for my son - I have the idea of laminating them and creating a play mat of sorts.  Hopefully I can get the idea out of my head and onto the paper!  Stay tuned!

Until next time...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Spidey in a Box


Hello!

I have a fun Card in a Box to share with you today that features an all time favorite superhero - SPIDERMAN!!  I've made a few Spiderman cards in the past but I think this one is my favorite!  As with many of my designs the idea for this one came when I should have been sleeping.  I knew I wanted to do punch art but I wanted to step it up a notch and make it appear as though Spiderman was shooting a web from his hand.  Do to the nature of how this card folds together when closed I knew a paper "web" wouldn't be a great option because the paper might not flex and would rip.  After a little extra thought (and a little less sleep) the Baker's Twine "web" was formed!

Supplies:

Stamp sets: And Many More
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night Of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Punches: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, 3/4" Circle, 3/8" Circle, Small Oval, Large Oval, Window Label, Modern Label
Accessories: Basic Black marker, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sponges, Piercing Tool, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots

The night skyline was created by first sponging a piece of Whisper White cardstock using a combination of Marina Mist, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy ink.  A few stars from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack were added in Daffodil Delight.

The buildings were freehand cut from Basic Black cardstock and window/clock details were added in Daffodil Delight cardstock.
For each flip down panel of the box a mat of Real Red, Daffodil Delight, or Pacific Point cardstock was added.  For additional interest I "borrowed" a coloring page from my son's Spiderman coloring book and layered this on top of each base mat.  The number 5 was freehand cut before adding a web pattern with a Basic Black marker.

As mentioned earlier the web was created out of Whisper White Baker's Twine.  I began with 3 main vertical pieces than tied 2 horizontal pieces across, knotting as I went and trimming off any excess.  It was adhered to the front panel by first piercing small holes then threading each end through and knotting on the backside of the panel.  Be sure to leave enough slack so the card can open and close freely.

Spiderman himself is a little more tricky to create.  While I did use punches to create him, many were trimmed to the desired shape I required to make him look just right.  If anyone is interested in a detailed post on his "recipe" please comment below and I'll try to do a step by step tutorial on it.


Hope you've enjoyed this one as much as I did making it!  It was one of the one's that is hard to part with at the time of giving (what can I say, I'm a bit of a card hoarder!  Hence, the ridiculous amount of photo's I took of the card! LOL).

Before I sign off I wanted to give everyone a heads up on my upcoming giveaway!  I'm in the process of creating a set of 4 cards using the images from the Traveler's set and would like to send them off to one of my fabulous readers!!  I hope to include them in my next post along with the giveaway details, so stay tuned and check back often.  Or, even simpler, subscribe to my blog my entering your email address and be kept up to date with all new posts directly delivered to your Inbox!

Have a wonderful day folks!  Until next time...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Frosted Window



Hiya!

I'm so excited about today's share - simply because the photo of it turned out so well!!  I always struggle with camera angles when I add a little sparkle to my projects but the lighting must have been just right this morning and it shows off the sparkle! :)

I ran across this technique last week and was itching to try it out for myself.  It's called Frosted Window; and although the technique in itself would lend itself well to a Winter themed card, I just couldn't bring myself to go down that route in July.  Instead, let's all pretend there's misty morning dew covering the window shall we??  Keep reading on below for a quick step by step to re-create this technique for yourself.

Supplies:

Stamp Sets: World of Dreams, Wetlands
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper, Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Stampin' Spritzer, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Sponges, Heat Tool, Large Oval Punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue


Begin with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Lightly spritz with water using a Stampin' Spritzer.  With sponges and Pool Party and Pear Pizazz ink apply in a circular motion to the sky and grass area.  You do not have to be precise with this step its just to give a little color to the background before stamping the images over top.

Re-mist the paper again and stamp your images.  In this instance I didn't apply much water to the top of the paper so that the image of the birds would stay pretty much intact without bleeding.  The flowers on the other hand I misted quite a bit more so that the ink would bleed giving it a more watercolor effect.  When stamping the flowers keep in mind that you don't have to re-ink your stamp each time; by repeatedly stamping the image without re-inking adds tons of depth to your image.

Once you are satisfied with your image, heat set with the Heat Tool.  Apply Versamark to the entire piece of watercolor paper, cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.  Repeat this step again.  The final step is to cover the image with Versamark one last time, cover with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and heat set.  You will be left with this oh so pretty result!

Before I sign off I just wanted to let you know that I'm still experiencing a little difficulty with my email accounts.  After my main account was hacked into a couple of weeks ago I set up a new account to filter my blog and stamping emails from my personal ones (something I should have done AGES ago and just never got around to).  Anyhow, for some mysterious reason the new email account stopped notifying me of any new messages I was receiving.  I didn't figure this out until yesterday and I'm still playing catch up on over a weeks worth of emails!

If you've contacted me during this time, I apologize.  I THINK I've sorted it all out (yet again) and I'm working as quickly as I can to respond to emails and blog comments.  I appreciated every comment and email I receive from you so I'm planning a little giveaway at the end of the week as a thank you for all your patience so stay tuned!!
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Monday, July 7, 2014

High Seas


Happy Monday!

I hope you all enjoyed your long weekends - whether in Canada a week ago or in the US this past weekend!  My husband had last week off so I took a little break from the blog too so we could spend a little extra time together with the boys.  It always goes by in a whirlwind; I was actually starting to look forward to today for some regular everyday routine!

I spent some time yesterday playing with my sponges and post it notes and thought I'd share what I came up with.  It was the first time I got to use the new set Traveler and even though the ship image wasn't one I thought I'd ever use, my background took on the look of water so I went with it!  Gotta love those surprise cards that seem to create themselves!

Supplies:

Stamp sets: Traveler
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Lost Lagoon, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, sponges, post its (for masking), 1 1/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Multi-Purpose liquid glue

Hope you enjoyed this one!  I'll see you all back here in a day or two with another card post!  Have a wonderful day...
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Canadian Wheat Field Sunset


Happy Friday!

I still have a couple of Father's Day cards to share with you that I didn't manage to squeeze into my posts last week.  The great thing about a masculine card like this is that it doesn't have to be just labelled as "Father's Day" because this would still make a great card for ANY masculine occasion!  I left it free of embellishments simply because I thought the leaf was embellishment enough - but it could be easily and quickly stepped up with a button or brad.

Supplies:

Stamp sets: Wetlands, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar
Ink: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black
Accessories: Autumn Accents Die, 1" Circle Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, sponges, Sticky Note (for masking)

Here's a quick tutorial if your interested in making a card similar to this one:

Begin with a piece of Whisper White cardstock slightly smaller than the card base.  Mask off the bottom third of the cardstock with a sticky note.  Sponge the sky using a "smearing" motion in the following order: Crushed Curry, Hello Honey, and Baked Brown Sugar.  Flip the sticky note around to cover the sky and sponge the field using the same "smearing" motion in the following order: Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, and Baked Brown Sugar.  Remove the mask and stamp the grass image from the Wetlands set randomly across the field section in Basic Black.

To create the leaf first cut out the Maple Leaf portion of the Autumn Accents die from a Sticky Note. Discard the inside portion; we'll be using the negative portion as a stencil.  Lay the stencil onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Mask off the bottom third of the leaf with another sticky note, just as you did in the background step.  Punch a 1" circle from yet another sticky note and place approximately half of the circle over the horizon line mask.  Sponge the sky as you did in the background step.  Flip the mask over and sponge the field as in the background step.  Lightly sponge the sun with Crushed Curry so it isn't stark white.  Stamp the grass image across the bottom in Basic Black.  Remove the stencil and with paper snips cut a small border around your stenciled image.  Line up the images together and adhere with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Hope this card has inspired you to get your fingers inky during the weekend!  It's Canada Day here on Tuesday and I'm crossing my fingers for no rain so we can enjoy the day and get a few outdoor projects finished.  If not I suppose I will just have to hide away in my card room creating ;)

See you back here next week!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blackberry Moonlight


Good Day!

Well, after yesterday's fiasco with my email being hacked I think I'm back on track today and ready to share a new card design with you!

Usually when I get the new annual catalogue I do a quick flip through and make a mental list of my MUST have stamps.  The World of Dreams set topped the list this year!  I just love those little birdies in their nest :)
I'm sure many people have visions of these little birds against a bright blue sky in a leafy green tree but for some reason I envisioned them within a night scene; maybe I'll attempt a daylight version for my next project using the set.

And, just as in my last card I shared I used one of the new In Colors, Blackberry Bliss.  I'd be fibbing if I said this color appealed to me at first but once again Stampin' Up! hit the nail on the head yet again!  This color is simply gorgeous when put to paper!  I see many a sunset being made incorporating this color in my near future ;)

Supplies:

Stamp sets: World of Dreams
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss
Ink: Basic Black, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Sponges, Tombow, Sticky Note (for masking)

Hope you enjoyed this share today!  I'm off to work outside; the forecast warns of another five days of rain and if I don't make an attempt in my garden today I'm going to be left with a jungle!  

Until next time...
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