Monday, February 20, 2012

For A Little Bookworm

Hi!  I'm back today with a card I made for my nephew, who enjoys reading.

This cute MFT set has been sitting in my stamp collection feeling neglected for far too long.  So I pulled it out and got to stamping.  I stamped out this little cutie using Memento ink and colored him with copics.  The book is paper pieced using some Jillibean cardstock.  His glasses are covered in glaze ink, to mimic the reflection of glass.  After he was finished, I carefully cut him out and attached him to the bookmark base with dimensionals.  The book mark was made by die cutting a layer of patterned paper and cardstock and adhering them together.  I added a little topper and used my crop-a-dile to add the grommet.  I made the holder using kraft cardstock that I die cut using the same pattern to you can see the entire image.  A simple sentiment finishes out the card.

Since the bookmark isn't very snug in the holder, I used a tiny bit of scotch tape to hold it in place just until it arrives safely at its destination.  Once he's enjoyed his card, he can pull it out and use it to hold his place in his books.

Here's a closeup of the colored image:

Thanks for stopping by!

Cardstock: hawaiian shores - PTI, kraft - Hobby Lobby
Paper: salt air - Cosmo Cricket, lost & found 2 - MME, numbers on kraft - Jillibean Soup
Stamps: i {heart} books - MFT 
Ink: tuxedo black - Memento
Dies: labels 14 - Spellbinders
Etc: crop-a-dile, glaze pen, grommet, polka dot ribbon

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Manly{ish} Card

I know!!  It's like a record for me, three posts in one week.  I'm working on cutting back on several commitments so I can gain back some more crafty time, I'm really missing it.

So, today I have a manly-ish card to show you.  The -ish is because it has pink in it, and swirls, and pearls.  But I still think it can be considered manly.  Here, take a look:

I made this card for my dad for Valentine's Day.  Yep, I still exchange cards and small gifts with my family.  I'm always up for any holiday that involves presents! :)  So, is it too girly?  Aldo thinks it it.  But what does he know?  There's not a single bow on this one!

I started off with a smokey shadow cardstock base that I double stamped with the largest flourish from my PTI Fancy Flourishes stamp set.  Then I added a doily, that I misted with pink Tattered Angels mist.  Honestly, I didn't expect it to come out so pink, but it is Valentine's Day after all.  Once it dried, I stamped it with the same flourish pattern in black ink.  I die cut several book page layers with MFT's jumbo scallop border die, staggered the layers, and slightly curled them with my fingers for added dimension.  I added a section of pleated black ribbon to hide the seam between the border layers and the doily.  The star was die cut out of more smokey shadow cardstock and stamped with watermark ink using several stamps out of the Grunge Me stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped in black ink.  I couldn't help it and added three back pearls on the top right corner, it needed a little something up there. :)

Well, there you have it, my manly-ish Valentine's Day card.  What to you think?

Cardstock: smokey shadow - PTI
Stamps: Fancy Flourishes - PTI, Grunge Me - PTI, Boy Basics: Game On - PTI
Ink: tuxedo black - Memento, Versamark watermark ink, pink Tattered Angels mist
Dies: jumbo scallop border - MFT, star - Spellbinders
Etc: black pearls - Pizzazz Aplenty, paper doily - Hobby Lobby; pleated ribbon

Thursday, February 16, 2012

You Make Me Smile

I told you I'd be back. :)  I have another card to share with you today.  This one is for my mom's birthday.  Since I was on a Valentine's day kick, I just stuck with the same color scheme, just because pink makes me happy.

This is also a card I based off of a previous card, you can see the original one here

The card base is raspberry fizz cardstock with a sheet of patterned paper from MME's Lost & Found 2 paper pad.  I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with weathered wood Distress ink.  The doily was cut using my Parisian doily die out of smokey shadow cardstock.  I cut two layers of MFT's jumbo scallops out of smokey shadow and raspberry fizz cardstock and then layered them together so that just a tiny amount of smokey shadow peeks out underneath.  The raspberry fizz cardstock is stamped with Polka Dots Basics II in Memento Rosebud ink.  The die cut butterflies were attached to each other with a Maya Road stick pin before I adhered them to the card with a foam dimensional.  To finish it off, I used a sentiment from Verve's Blue Skies stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you later!

Cardstock: raspberry fizz - PTI, smokey shadow - PTI
Paper: Lost & Found 2 - MME
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II - PTI; Blue Skies - Verve
Dies: parisian doily - PTI; signature series butterfly - PTI
Ink: rosebud - Memento, weathered wood - Distress
Etc: stick pin - Maya Road, satin ribbon - Hobby Lobby

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello, hello, is anybody out there?  My poor blog has been so neglected and abandoned.  But, I'm back today and, hopefully the next several days, with some Valentine's Day cards that I put together this weekend.  I apologize in advance for the terrible lighting in the photos, I took them at work with a borrowed camera.

Today's card is a quick and simple card that I cased out of one of my own creations.  I find that it helps to look back at my own stuff when I've been away from my papercrafting room for a while.  It helps get the creativity flowing again. 

I love the simplicity and clean lines of this layout.  The hearts were die cut out of PTI's true black and raspberry fizz felt and book pages from an old book.  I attached them to the card base using a straight stitch line from my sewing machine.  The sentiment is from Verve's Heart on Fire stamp set and topped of with a single pink rhinestone.  The bottom border was made using PTI's raspberry fizz cardstock and a Fiskar's border punch.  The ink on the paper hearts is Memento's Rosebud.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back with another card later this week.