Tuesday, April 10, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DADDY!

So today is my daddy's birthday, and I'm excited to share the card (and boxy envelope) that I made for him.  The whole time that I was creating the card, I was either listening to or humming ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man".  Daddy is a really sharp dresser, and he ALWAYS looks soooooo neat.  For as long as I can remember, his friends, co-workers, and relatives have enjoyed joking with him about stepping on his shiny shoes or boots.  If I was to stumble and could either hit the ground or save myself by stepping on his shoes, you can bet that I would take a hard splat to the ground!  I'm telling you . . . I learned from a very early age to never step on his shoes!

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to
Silk suit, black tie
I don't need a reason why
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
~ from ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man", written by 
Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill

Even though we sometimes jest about how neat daddy is, I am proud that he wants to look sharp!  He doesn't look anywhere near his age, and I'm proud of that, too.  I would love to share a picture of him (and his closet that is oh, so stinkin' organized and tidy)), but he has put his shiny-shoe-clad foot down on that!  I am happy, though, to share his card:



Daddy wouldn't EVER be caught in a suit quite as flashy as this and might never wear a bowtie, but I knew he had to have a sharp-dressed card.  I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to make, but I wasn't sure how to mimic the jacket.  I had seen cards made to look like a vest or a jacket or a dress shirt, but I wanted a card, similar to a gatefold, that included a shirt, vest, jacket, and tie.  After a few tries with scrap paper to get the "bones" worked out, it was time to construct.  In the end, I really loved the fun fold design.  See the inside:


Of course, the bowtie couldn't get squashed, so I created a boxy envelope to be hand-delivered.

Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide
DSP:  True Gentleman
Stamp Set:  Truly Tailored
Punch:  Tailored Tag Punch
Accessories:  Metallic Enamel Shapes

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to the sharpest-dressed man
with the shiniest shoes and
the cleanest vehicles and
the most organized closet I've ever seen!
I love you, daddy!!!


Monday, April 2, 2018

BICYCLE CARD

While cleaning my stamp room recently, I found a few items in the "bowl of parts" that I keep on the edge of my table.  Any time that I have stamped, punched, or die-cut elements that I end up not using, I put them in the wooden bowl, and that's where I found the die-cut fence and bicycles on this card:


There were two bicycles, but I adhered them together so they'd be more sturdy.  Originally, they were cut from Soft Sky cardstock, which didn't show up very well, so I colored the top bicycle with Stampin' Blends.  

One of my mother's friends was having a birthday, and I made this card to send to her.  I don't actually know her--maybe have never met her--but who wouldn't like to find an extra birthday wish (even a belated one) in the mailbox?

Stampin' Up!'s Tree Builder punch was used to create the clouds, and I used fringe scissors to cut the grass.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Pool Party, Old Olive, Whisper White, and Vellum cardstock, linen thread (from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit), Rhinestone Jewels, and White Perfect Accents.  I don't know why, but I almost always want to put one of those accents on my vellum clouds.

I hope you're having a stampin' good day!


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

MARCH CLASS SWAPS

The swap theme for this month's class was to create a pocket card, and I think my stampin' friends did a fantastic job!  You'll notice that some of the cards have two pockets, and I love that they're all different!  






Aren't they great???  I wonder what our April swap theme should be.  Got any ideas?



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BIRTHDAY BARN DOOR . . . AND A LITTLE PIGGY

My great-niece is 16 years old today.  When I sat down to make her birthday card, it seemed strange that I wasn't using bright colors or balloons--or anything festive, per se.  In my mind, there was going to be a pig on her card since she raised a pig for one of her classes at school.  Not surprisingly, she got a bit attached to Vega (the pig) and, instead of losing her to an unfavorable fate earlier this year, Vega was able to move to a forever farm home--one where she has a boyfriend.  I thought and thought and thought about a design for the card, all the while this day was getting closer and closer.  Last night it came to me . . . a barn door card.



If you're like me, you kind of expected a pink pig.  Until I had the pig stamped and ready to color, I had thought it would be pink, but Vega is black and white (or gray).  The striped embossing folder that I used on this card is one of several that I sent to my niece along with a Texture Boutique embossing machine.  Can you imagine how thrilled I am that she enjoys making cards????  Although she won't receive the large box FULL of all kinds of card-making items on her special day, she should have it by Thursday or Friday.  I'm a bad aunt to send the card and gift late, but late is what I do very well.  I think the gift will be worth the wait--I know it sure would thrill me to get a box like that!

Vega at her forever farm home


Saturday, March 3, 2018

"BLOSSOMING BASKET" . . . AGAIN

I think this basket of  blooms is so pretty and felt that it worked beautifully for the sympathy card that I needed to make recently.  I also really love coloring the flowers with Bermuda Bay and, of course, that adorable little tag.


Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card include Basket Weave embossing folder, burlap ribbon, doily, and Tailored Tag punch.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

"BLOSSOMING BASKET" THANK YOU

Blossoming Basket is one of the latest products that Stampin' Up! added to the Sale-a-Bration promotion, and it's already a favorite of mine!  Would you like to earn this bundle FREE?  It can be yours when you purchase Stampin' Up! merchandise (HERE) totaling $100 (before shipping and tax).  


Demonstrators were able to purchase the stamp set (and coordinating Basket Weave embossing folder) and, even though I told myself that I would just wait and earn the bundle for free, I ended up purchasing it because I just couldn't wait.  It is awesome!  This is one of the cards that I've already made with the stamp set:


Isn't that a lovely basket of flowers????  And that adorable tag stamp . . . ahhhhhh.  The "thanks a bunch" sentiment is from another fantastic stamp set, "Beautiful Bouquet", and it has such perfect (and gorgeously designed) sentiments!


My stamped image was colored with the Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends markers, and the sentiment was stamped with Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay ink.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

FEBRUARY SKETCH CHALLENGE (CLASS SWAPS)

For the past couple of months, my stampin' friends and I have enjoyed a sketch challenge for our monthly class swap.  Our February swap was borrowed from operationwritehome.org and looked like this:





Lisa had a very creative interpretation of the swap (above)--I love that!  She also brought her January swap to class this month (below).  You can see the other January swaps HERE.



Below is the card that I created for the swap.



We decided that our March swap will be another sketch challenge, and I can hardly wait!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

"PETAL PALETTE" THANK YOU CARD

There's really not much to say about this card, except that I ❤ Stampin' Up!'s Petal Palette stamp set!  It kind of reminds me of the awesome Butterfly Basics stamp set in that it has a little bit of everything that a stamper might be looking for or needing when designing a card . . . gorgeous focal points, sentiments, backgrounds/filler, etc.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to color the flowers, and that was just too easy and fun.


Cardstock colors are Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, and Whisper White.  There's even a set of coordinating dies (Petals & More Thinlits) to go with the Petal Palette stamp set, and I used one of them to die-cut the bird.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

"PAINTED WITH LOVE" THANK YOU CARD

One of my mother's sweet quilting friends recently made a rain coat for our Border Collie, Ramsour.  Of course, I had to make a thank you card and, of course, it had to have a quilt-esque (or patchwork) design.  Because I love, love, love Stampin' Up!'s Painted with Love designer paper, I cut some of it into 1/2" strips, which I randomly adhered to a scrap of cardstock.  I wish the photo of the card had turned out better.  I thought it looked okay in preview, but I later discovered that I should have taken the time to either change the camera lens or do something magical to the funky auto focus that transpired.  Oops!  You can see a little bit of the designer paper pocket that I adhered to the inside of the card, which held a sweet little gift card.  Other Stampin' Up! products featured on this card are Melon Mambo cardstock to mat the decorated layer on the front, Whisper White and Powder Pink cardstock, white Baker's Twine, and a few enamel dots that were left over from last month's Paper Pumpkin kit.


I suppose you'd like to see a photo of Ramsour modeling his new coat.  He didn't know what I had just wrapped around him--he was mostly hoping that I was ready to play, but doesn't it look handsome on him?  


While it was raining buckets this morning, his new coat came in handy to keep all of that silky fur on his back nice and dry.  He looks a bit pitiful in the photo . . . as if to say, "Why must you take a photo now?"  Or maybe he'd like to know if he could get a hat and some boots.  It looks like two different dogs in the photos, but I promise they're both Ram.


Ramsour is just the best little dog!  He doesn't really seem to care what we put on him--all that matters is that we're ready to play.  He has worn his Panthers jerseys without complaint in the past, but I love that his new coat is easy to put on and doesn't look at all bothersome to him.  

Friday, January 26, 2018

JANUARY SKETCH CHALLENGE (CLASS SWAPS)

For my class swap this month, we used this sketch that I found on Pinterest:


At first glance, I thought it would be perfect for an assortment of colors, images, textures, etc. but, when I sat down to work on my swaps, it became clear that this sketch was somewhat challenging.  I think my stampin' friends did an awesome job!  Just look at their works of art:



The inside of Terry's card


The inside of Jane's card
I don't remember if I tossed one or two of my attempts to follow the sketch, but this is the card that I swapped: