CASE-ing myself – part 2

bcc082513bThis is sort of a supplemental post, to go with today’s earlier “CASE-ing myself” post (hence the name “part 2″… yeah, yeah, I know – I have brilliant post names, LOL).

I wanted to do more of a variation to my usual punched flowers card, so for this one, I used two shades of purple, and my Lacy Squares Nestabilities die.  As with the last card, this one also has hand-colored rhinestones, and “home-made” Baker’s Twine.  In fact, I like the rhinestones better on this one, though I’m not sure if the design benefited any from the addition of the lacy squares.  But it was fun to make, nonetheless.  I also popped up all of the light purple pieces with foam adhesive.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacy Squares die, EK Success small flower punch, Georgia-Pacific 110lb white cardstock, Bazzill cardstock (two shades of purple), Sizzix Sizzlets Girls are Weird alpha dies (“Hi”), Simon Says Stamp rhinestones, purple Sharpie marker, Aunt Lydia’s #10 white crochet thread, and DMC floss (#52, variegated).

CASE-ing myself

bcc082513If you’ve actually been following along with my blog… well, THANK YOU!  But just in case anyone is, you might have noticed that this card looks an awful lot like one I did earlier (here).  I’m posting it today for a few reasons.

First, if you find yourself making ALL of your cards, for every possible occasion, then at some point you’re bound to find yourself in a time crunch – needing a nice card quickly.  When that happens, I like to CASE myself.  (CASE: copy and share everything, or copy and share exactly… usually refers to seeing someone else’s card and trying to duplicate it.)  I have a small handful of “go to” designs – ones I like, but that go together pretty quickly and easily with supplies I always have on hand.  Most of my cards are pretty versatile – change the color, change the sentiment, and it can be a “thinking of you”, or a “happy birthday”, or whatever you need.  This is one of those “go to” designs for me.

The other reason I wanted to share this today is to share a couple of money-saving tips.  First, see those little rhinestones in the center of the flowers?  The ones on the top are clear, but the ones on the bottom are pink.  However, they all started out the same.  All I did was color the clear ones with a pink Sharpie.  bccsharpie

I actually colored the gemstones right on the acetate they came packaged on, before applying them to my project.  It’s a lot easier (and less expensive) to buy a bunch of clear rhinestones, then to keep a supply of every color on hand.  My pink wasn’t a perfect match on this card (and the fabric marker I used didn’t work quite as well as the regular Sharpies), but it wouldn’t be that hard to match pen and paper before you start.  I was just lazy on this one. (Note the idea above about “quick and easy go-to cards”).

Even better than the rhinestones, though, is that Baker’s Twine.  I so love this idea!  I doubt I’ll buy any more pre-made Baker’s Twine again.  I found this tutorial on Nifty Thrifty Things, and it works like a charm!  I will let you check out Vanessa’s blog for the ingenious technique – I’ll just tell you what I did differently.  Vanessa is using only DMC floss, and it appears that she’s using two strands of colored, and one strand of white.  I found that for me, the perfect recipe is one strand of colored DMC and two strands of #10 plain white crochet thread.  The real reason I love this technique is that I have a TON of DMC floss (left over from my previous obsession with cross-stitch).  And that crochet thread?  I bought a HUGE ball of it from Amazon for hardly anything – enough to make Baker’s Twine for the rest of my life, I’m guessing.

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While the technique does not require any glue, I did add a couple dabs of Fray Stop to the ends, after I had made my bow.  Any glue that dries clear should work – just enough to keep the ends from fraying.  I use this same technique whenever I use ribbon on my cards, too – works beautifully.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock (Kraft), Bazzill cardstock (pink), Sharpie fabric marker, Simon Says Stamp clear rhinestones, EK Success small flower punch, Aunt Lydia’s #10 crochet thread, DMC floss (#335), Bubble Gum Hero Arts Shadow ink (sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Cupcake Party clear stamp set (sentiment), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

happy bumblebee

bcc082213It is a gorgeous sunny summer day here in Ohio, so what better time for a happy yellow card!  (Wow, it’s not often that I get to use the words “sunny” and “Ohio” in the same sentence, LOL.)

For this card, I started with a piece of yellow cardstock cut slightly smaller than my black card-base, and I ran it through my Big Kick using the Cuttlebug “Honeycomb” embossing folder.

I then stamped the cute little bumblebee on a small piece of white cardstock, using VersaMark ink, and heat embossed it in black.  I wanted the little guy to really shine, so I went back and filled in three of his stripes with a VersaMark pen, and heat embossed those as well.  (I suppose bumblebees are actually supposed to be fuzzy, but we’ll just ignore that little fact, okay?)  I colored in his other stripes with a yellow Sharpie, and then fussy-cut him out, and set him aside.

I then took a strip of nice thick vellum, and stamped “BEE”, and the little trail of dots, and heat embossed those as well.  The “HAPPY” was die-cut from black cardstock.  I attached the vellum by wrapping it around the yellow piece and taping it to the back, so no adhesive would show through.  The bumblebee was attached with some foam adhesive.  A little bit of black Baker’s twine finishes the card off.

Wishing you a nice sunny happy day, too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (yellow and black), Cricut Cuttlebug “Honeycomb” embossing folder, VersaMark watermark ink, Ranger black embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp “Happy” die, We R Memory Keepers black Baker’s twine, Simon Says Stamp “Circle Friends” clear stamp set.

 

with sympathy

bcc082213bOkay, I said I’d be posting some “fun” cards, and I promise that they are in the works, but today I’m sharing something  little more serious.  Sympathy cards can be challenging because your goal is simply to show you care – not to try and make the recipient happy.

I’ve heard a few schools of thought on this subject, and I tend to believe that “simple and subtle” is best.  I try to go with soft, muted colors, and flowers are always a safe bet for a design.

For this card, I used all plain white cardstock, and used my trusted Nestabilities to cut out the frame, and to cut an oval in the center.  I then did some heat embossing in white, going for something really soft, but it ended up just a bit too subtle.  I decided to add some soft pink ink to help bring out the embossing.  (I’d maybe go a different route if this was for a guy.)

I then heat embossed some roses with leaves, in white again, on a piece of vellum.  Again, it looked just a bit too subtle and plain, so I used my colored pencils and OMS on the back to give it a little color.  I glued this to the back of that frame piece, and then adhered the whole thing to a plain white card base with lots of foam adhesive.  Four rounded corners and a small ribbon bow finish it off.

Okay, next time I’ll post a happy card – I promise!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

Supplies used:  Georgia-Pacific 110lb white cardstock, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight die & Classic Ovals Large die, VersaMark watermark ink, Zing white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp “Best Mom Ever” clear stamp set (roses), Simon Says Stamp “Flower Friend” clear stamp set (sentiment), Technique Tuesday “Thinking of You” clear stamp set (flourish & small flowers), “Pixie Dust” Tsukineko VersaMagic chalk ink, Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

black and white

bcc081813Every now and then, I get in a black ‘n’ white mood.  I’m really not all that happy with this card, but I thought I’d share, anyway.  Maybe someone else will take something from it, and make one better.  🙂

Pretty simple card – cut strips of black and white patterned papers, all 1/2″ wide.  Inked the edges in black, glued diagonally to a piece of scrap paper, then trimmed it all down and matted it with white.  (I’ve used this technique before to cover a whole card, but I wanted to see how it would look with just a small strip.)

I popped that strip up on foam adhesive, added some Baker’s Twine, added a sentiment with die-cut letters, and then used a border punch along the bottom, to get those little stars.  I planned ahead, and made sure the white piece for the sentiment on the inside would appear behind the stars.  Here’s a shot of the inside:

bcc071413b-insideThat’s it for today.  I’m working on some cute ones, coming up soon!

Oh, and one small side-note, based on a very nice comment I received recently:  yes, please feel free to copy my ideas for your own cards. I’m tickled pink that someone wants to!  I love sharing my cards, and I love sharing my ideas.  I wouldn’t be so infatuated with this hobby if I hadn’t received so much inspiration from others on the Internet myself.  Happy paper-crafting!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Karen Foster High Society paper craft stack (patterned papers), Bazzill smooth black cardstock.  Fiskars interchangable border punch “The Stars Aligned”, We R Memory Keepers black Baker’s Twine, Sizzix Sizzlets decorative strip Hunky Dory alphabet.

 

pink birthday

bccJuly2013I had so much fun with my last card that I just had to try another one, this time in pink.  I found a couple of complimentary pink colors, and stamped the tiny flowers background with Versamark watermark ink.  This time, though, I used a “pearl white” embossing powder, thinking it would probably show up clear, like the “champagne” powder did.  However, it ended up looking a bit silver to me.  I decided to go with it, and embossed both the sentiment and butterfly with the same powder.  (You can really see the silver tint on the dark pink, but it’s also evident on the light pink – just doesn’t show up so good in the photo.)

Since I was using a rather plain butterfly die, I thought I’d spruce it up with some flourishes – worked out even better than I expected (I love when that happens). 🙂  I used a VersaMark pen to add embossing powder to the butterfly’s body.  I’ve found that pen to be really handy for little touch-ups, and things like this.  I added three punched flowers, and since I already had the silver thing going, I decided to attach them with silver brads.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Sizzix Sizzlets Butterfly #2 die, EK Success small flower punch, EK Success Real Estate Sign punch (for the sentiment), Hero Arts Tiny Flower Background stamp, Simon Says Stamp “Furry Cat & Box” clear stamp set (Happy Birthday),  VersaMark watermark ink, Stampendous PearLustre “Pearl White” embossing powder, Bazzill cardstock.

 

feeling orange

bcc071413dThis is one of those cards that started out in one direction, and became something totally different by the time I was done.  I wanted to try sort of a “tone on tone” look with my new tiny flowers background stamp, and used some “champagne” (but it looks clear to me) embossing powder to heat emboss it.  At first, I was planning to add patterned paper and lots more elements, but I liked the background so much that I decided to just stick with orange, and add a small design that wouldn’t detract from it.

The butterfly is a punch, and the flower and “hello” are die-cuts.  Since the background pattern was shiny, I decided to make the embellishments shiny, too, by covering all of them with Glossy Accents.  Very orange, but I think orange is a happy color.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (two shades of orange), VersaMark watermark ink, Stampendous Pearlustre Champagne embossing powder, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Sizzix Sizzlets Cherish alpha (hello), Poppystamps Cecilia Flower Outline die, Hero Arts Tiny Flower background stamp, Glossy Accents.

red, white and black

bcc073013Easy card today.  I just love this color combination!  I used an embossing folder for the background, stamped a flourish on a small scrap of white, printed the sentiment on another scrap, matted all the white pieces with red, and added a few tiny flowers and a ribbon bow.

I’m going to keep this short today… have some cards to make (of course), and I seriously need to do some organizing in my craft room/office.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  “Intricate Swirl” embossing folder by The Paper Studio, “Flourishes V:1 by Rhonna Farrer” clear stamp by Autumn Leaves, flowers by Prima, sentiment printed from computer.