Saturday, December 8, 2007

Explosion Box

We had a great time yesterday - Catherine taught us how to make Explosion Boxes. These make wonderful gifts. The are a box, that when the top is removed explodes with wonderful pictures!! We didn't get the pictures done, but you can get the idea!!

Here are the pictures of the ones Catherine, Heidi and I made.

Here is Catherine's:

She used Blue Bayou, Rose Red and Soft Sky Designer Papers with Blue Bayou, Rose Red and Soft Sky Textured Card Stock

Here is Heidi's She used Dashing Designer Paper, Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Certainly Celery Textured Card Stock

This is mine and I used Porcelain Prints Designer Paper, Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery and River Rock Textured Card Stock

And here they are EXPLODED:

Here is mine close up:

Friday, December 7, 2007

Serene Sunflower

Last night I had fun making some cards with another retiring set, Serene Sunflower. I DO hope SU comes out with another sunflower or daisy set. They are a real favorite. And this set can even be used for holiday cards!!

Here are the five cards I made from this set:

Stamp Set: Serene Sunflower, It's Your Birthday
Card Stock: Ruby Red, Bravo Burgandy, Always Artichoke Very Vanilla
Ink: Ruby Red, Bravo Burgandy, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Card Set: Serene Sunflower, Aida Background Stamp
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Real Red, Cerise Designer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green Craft Ink
Embellishments: Clear Embossing, Real Red Craft Ink, Garden Green Craft Ink, Real Red Brads, Red Grosgrain Ribbon

I stamped the wreath in Garden Green Craft Ink and then clear embossed. I also stamped the Aida Cloth Background in real red craft ink adn then clear embossed it.

Stamp Set: Serene Sunflower, Aida Cloth Background, Polka Dots & Paisley (background on card base)
Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Yo Yo Yellow, Reall Rust, Always Artichoke
Embellishments: Black Brads, Ticket Corner Punch

Stamp Set: Serene Sunflower
Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, So Saffron Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Yo Yo Yellow, More Mustard
Embellishments: Black Gingham Grosgrain Ribbon, Gel Pen, Ticket Corner Punch

Stamp Set: Serene Sunflower, Circle of Friendship
Card Stock: Real Red, Hansome Hunter, Whisper White
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Real Red
Embellishments: Real Red Brads, Red Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Retiring Sets: Abundant Joy, Fine Lace

Last night I got out some of my retired sets and thought I would make some cards! It's really sad to see this set Abundant Joy retire(Page 104 in the Fall and Winter 2007 Idea and Catalog). This set includes a beautiful rose, hydrangea, dogwood (maybe?), and some I can't identify, but they are really elegant!

Here are three cards I made:

Stamp Set: Abundant Joy, All Holidays
Card Stock: Regal Rose, Basic Black, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Designer Paper
Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers
Embellishments: Word Window Punch, 1/4" Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads

I stamped the background of the card base with Regal Rose (stamped off to make it look like a watermark - doesn't really show up in the scan).

Stamp Set: Abundant Joy, Fine Lace
Card Stock: Basic Black, River Rock, Whisper White
Ink: Black Craft Ink, Basic Black Ink, River Rock
Embellishments: Clear Embossing Powder

I stamped Fine Lace on the River Rock in Black Craft Ink and then clear embossed it. It's quite shiny, but doesn't really show! I colored the flower petals and stems in River Rock with the blender pen - it's very faint, but adds just a touch of color

Stamp Set: Abundant Joy
Card Stock: Groovy Guava. Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers
Embellishments: River Rock Double Stitched Ribbon, Black Brads

I stamped one of the flowers on the back of the card - didn't stamp off this time, so it's a bit darker. I used a sponge dauber and daubbed around the flower - as you can see, this is one of my favorite techniques!! Mounted the ribbon with a mini glue dot. The Apricot Appeal goes good with the groovy guava!!

Thanks for checking out this latest post on my blog and I'll add more this week.