Sunday, April 29, 2012

Roxy's Birthday Card

My stamping friend's birthday is coming up this week. So I just had to make her a special card. Every Sunday she meets me as I'm going into church and wants to see the "live" card that I had done for the Inventory Reduction Challenge. I won't post this until after her birthday as she looks at my blog a lot.
I used Tilda with Balloon from the You're So Special collection. She just makes a perfect birthday Tilda. I colored her with Copics a long time ago so no color list this time.

The papers are from My Mind's Eye Simply Delightful stack. The cardstock is SU Cranberry Crisp (retired) and Marina Mist.

The ribbon is SU Cranberry Crisp (retired).  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The balloon is covered with Crystal Effects.
The bling in the corners is from the stash.

The inside has more of the papers from the Simply Delightful stack.

The pearl swirl is from my stash.

The jotting panel was cut using the Cuttlebug and Nestabilities Labels Four.

This was fun to make and I hope Roxy really likes it.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge #79 - I'll Sew You Something

WOW!!  This challenge is right up my alley since I am a retired professional seamstress!  I didn't do anything really fancy, just rows of stitching around the edges of the cardstock layers.

I colored Tilda with Flowing Hair a long time ago so I have no idea what Copics I used.  The cardstock is from SU - Pale Plum and Sage Shadow (both retired) and Perfect Plum.

The designer papers are from My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus stack.  I really like that stack because it has at least 4, usually more, coordinating paper designs.  The soft greens in these papers worked perfectly with the greens I colored Tilda's dress with.  The flowers on the lower inside paper had just a subtle touch of lavender.  The cardstock was a great color match.

The flowers are from Magnolia and Wild Orchid Crafts.  I added some Shimmerz to the flowers and Flower Soft to the basket.
The chandelier beads are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Doily and pearls from my stash.  The circle behind Tilda was cut with Nestabilities Classic Circle die. 

The borders of the sentiment panel were cut with Martha Stewart's Floral Lace border punch.
The ribbon is from the stash.
The "Friends" charm is from Magnolia.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The ribbon and pearls are from the stash.
The jotting panel is die cut using Magnolia's Dream Tag dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by and allowing me to Sew You Something!

Be sure to stop by my teammates' blogs to see what they have sewn for you.



Monday, April 23, 2012

Easter card - Tilda as Shepherd

After all the rush to get Easter cards all done to distribute on Easter Sunday, I found one that I didn't use.  While cleaning up the mess of cardstock, ribbons, flowers and embellies, I came across a card that I forgot I had finished.  I sure hope others have done the same thing :o(

The sweet  Tilda as Shepherd is done in purple Copics and her little lamb in grays to appear white.

The cardstock is SU Whisper White, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum.  The designer papers are from the DCWV Spring Stack from a couple years ago, and an older SU designer series papers. The image is stamped on Cryogen.

The ribbon came from Wal Mart.
The flowers and chandelier beads are from Wild Orchid Crafts, Hooked on Crafts and Magnolia.
The pearls from my stash.

The sentiment is from SU Abundant Hope set.

That's it for this time! Thank you for stopping by and having a peak!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge #78 - Seeing Spots

Welcome to another Friday Inventory Reduction Challenge.  Our theme this week is "Are you seeing spots?"  What a fun challenge this one was!  I even had my card done early :D
I had to straighten up my room after the Easter card marathon I did.  In the process I came across several dies I had out for some unremembered reason.  I decided to use the Grand Madison Window die from poppystamps on my card and make it see through.

The card base was covered with SU Frostwood Lodge dp.

After gluing the cutout window to the card front, I very carefully colored the "trim" with Copic G12.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Hooked on Craft.
The little purple stamens reminded me so much of the Grape Hyacinths in my flower beds.

On the inside left I glued a "curtain" using a scrap of lace overlay fabric I had and Dr. Edwin.
Edwin was colored with Copics - Jacket - C3, 1, 00  Scrubs - B26, 24, 21  Bag - C7, 5, 4, 2  Shoes - C6, 3, 1, 00  Hair - E59, 25, 53  other stuff - E41, R17, C7, metallic silver.

The background paper is from SU Holly Berry Bouquet.  The printed "valance" worked out perfectly.
Then I colored Tilda and her couch.  The couch was done first with E15 then covered with Fun Flock Cinnamon Toast.
The picture on the wall was a sticker mounted on a brown scrap and cut using Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles.   The wall paper was from SU Specialty Sweet Shop.

Tilda was done using Copics.  She was attached to the couch with SU Dimensionals.  
Pants - YG67, 63, 61  Shirt - E43, 42, 41, 40  Shoes - YG 67, 63, 61, E74, 71, 70  Hair - YR 20, 21, 24, E35.

Tilda hasn't been feeling quite right for the last few days so she called Dr. Edwin to come and see if he could figure out what was the problem.  Dr. Edwin was perplexed.   It seems that he was "seeing spots" everywhere - the wall by the window, the wall behind Tilda - YIKES!!! even Tilda was covered in spots!  
Suddenly he realized that Tilda had the measles!  Must be that she didn't get her shots :(

 She will be good as new in a few days!
 Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  Be sure to stop by my team mates' blogs to see what spots they are seeing!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge #77 - Use Very Old Stamp

I believe in miracles! Here are two - I have my Inventory Reduction Challenge card done before Friday and I kept track of the supplies and Copics I used to make the card.
Now that you've had time to pick yourselves up off the floor I'll tell you about my card! :D

I would love to welcome our newest team mate Elle.  You can see her fantastic work on her blog
Elle's Creative Journey.

I had done 3 mini craft activities involving stamping.  Two of them at a woman's retreat and one was at our church for Crafty Women meeting.  Kim taught that craft. In July, 2006 I went to my very first Stampin' Up workshop hosted by my dear friend Kim Leach. So this is all her fault and she happily takes all the blame/credit!!  Her birthday is next week and I thought this card would be very fitting.
Here is my card -

I don't remember what stamp set was my very first, but the set And Everything Nice was definitely one of the first few.  I just love the little girls in this set.

I colored the images then trimmed as much of the white as I easily could then glued all of them to the card.  The images are on Cryogen card. The other layers are SU Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Very Vanilla.
The flowers are from my friend Jacque and Wild Orchid Crafts. The pearl swirl is from Prima.
The hollyhocks are colored with RV20 and covered with Flower Soft Sweet Pea.
Copics used:  Girl - R22, 24, E00, 11, R20
                       Hair - E59, 25, 53
                       Kitty - C6, 3, 0
                       Gate - E57, 55, 53, 51
                       Grass - YG 13, 11
                       Stems & leaves - YG 23, 91
                       Flowers - RV02

 This designer paper is from SU's Everyday Enchantment.
The lace and charm are from Magnolia. The charm is a dimensional heart with a butterfly in the center.  It looks like the heart flipped over when I set the card up for the pic.

I stitched all the layers together.  I have done sewing on a few cards, but the effect has grown on me and I do like it!

 I used a fairly new die to cut these labels - My Favorite Things Die-namics Textile Rectangle.  I inked the edges with Memento Rich Cocoa.  The sentiment is Magnolia stamped in Calypso Coral.  The tiny hearts were cutouts from another label shape I was going to use, but the sentie was too large to fit.  I thought the hearts were too cute to just throw away!

Thank you for stopping by and sharing Kim's birthday with me.  Please take a few minutes to visit my team mates' blogs to see what oldies but goodies they have come up with!!



Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter cards!

Wow!! What a busy week in the Stamp Mansion!
Here are the Easter cards I've done the last few days.
The first ones are for families and friends.
This card was one I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  I don't remember who the original maker was.

Version 1 went to one of the Amish families whose children my hubby drives to school.
The card base is SU's Certainly Celery cardstock.  The Tempting Turquoise panel is embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots.
The sentiment panel frame was punched with SU's Scalloped Border and Scalloped Corner punches.
The daffodils and sentiment are from SU's Abundant Hope stamp set and colored with Copics.
The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch.
The ribbon is from the stash.

Version 2 is for my stamping cohorts in crime at church.

All the design elements are the same as Version 1 except I used a different ribbon.

After I took the pictures I added some Stickles to the butterfly body and the flower centers.

The centers on all the Version 1 and 2 cards is the same.

The sentiment panel was cut using Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles.
The sentiment is from SU's Abundant Hope stamp set.

This card also was posted on Splitcoast Stampers.

This one was for the other Amish family my hubby drives to school.

The papers are all from SU - Whisper White and Daffodil Delight.

The images and sentiment are also from Abundant Hope.  I really like that set for Easter.

The ribbon and brads are from the stash.
I only made one of this design.
This is the inside of the card.
This is the third Easter card I did.  This one was also on Splitcoast Stampers.

All the card stock is SU.  The designer paper was from a Simply Scrappin' kit many years ago.

The image panel was cut using Nestabilities Ovals and Scalloped Ovals.  The image is also from Abundant Hope.

The tiny rhinestones are from my stash.
Stickles were added to the centers of the flowers.
I only made one of this design.

That's all for this day!  I am very tired and ready to sleep.  Thank so much for stopping by and looking at all my fun stuff!

Birthday cards for son and grandson

It has been a busy 2 weeks in my Stamp Mansion!  I made 2 birthday cards for 2 VIP's in my life - my son and my grandson.  I also did 3 Easter cards and 2 Inventory Challenges. One Easter and one Inventory Challenge were combined.  The two Inventory Challenge cards have already been posted.

So - on to the birthday cards!
I had thought of at least 3 other cards to try, but when I sat down to make them, nothing was coming together.  Then my dear friend Cathy-Lynn posted a picture of a shirt card she had made and I knew that was what I wanted to do for my son!! Thank you Cathy-Lynn!!

I used SU Not Quite Navy cardstock for the main jacket.  The tiny white "handkerchief" are triangles glued to the "pocket".

The tiny rosebud was from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The buttons from my stash.
The "pockets" were inked with Memento Tuxedo Black.

I used Velcro colored with Not Quite Navy ink to hold the jacket closed.
The vest was a scrap in my stash, SU designer paper, I think.
The "buttons" were some rhinestone brads in very light blue.
The "tie" was a piece of navy ribbon from the stash.

The collar is held in place with tiny pieces of Velcro.
I added a hidden pocket to the inside to hold a gift card or check.
The vest panel opens downward to reveal a sentiment panel.
The light blue panel was embossed with the Birthday folder from Cuttlebug and cut with Nestibilities Large Labels.

The cardstock was SU Bashful Blue mounted on Not Quite Navy.  The brown panel was SU Chocolate Chip.

On the inside of the vest panel is the image.  I used Super Edwin from Magnolia and changed the "E" on Edwin to a "D" for Dale!
The light blue panel was also embossed with the Birthday embossing folder.
The image was stamped on Cryogen White and colored with Copics.  I didn't keep a list of those colors.

 The markers got put away to clear an area on my work table to assemble this card.
The sentiment was in my stash of birthday stamps.

How do I remember all these papers you ask? They are still in a pile waiting to be sorted and put away :(

My son called me after he got the card and told me it was his second most favorite card that I have ever made for him.  The first favorite was his birthday card from last year using stamps from the Bon Voyage collection.

 I hope you are still with me on this post!!  Now for my grandson's card.  Just in case you were wondering, he is my daughter's son.

This card was a piece of cake after the suit card.
I used an older Edwin in Cap stamp as my grandson used to wear his hats backwards.
Edwin looks a little sad for being the birthday boy.  Even Rufus and the birds couldn't cheer him up.  It seems to him that everyone forgot his birthday.

The tree was stamped on SU paper from the Frostwood Lodge designer series.
The images were all colored with Copics, the flowers from WOC and the background paper from the stash.
The green stuff on the tree was from Melissa Frances Embellishments.

When Edwin noticed the sign pointing toward his  house, he became curious as to why it was there.

What a surprise!!  His friends were all there for a surprise party for him.  His sister had made him a birthday cake and his little daughter was there too!!

Edwin had a very special and happy birthday after all.  The biggest surprise was his sister keeping the secret!

All the images were colored with Copics.

Here's an overhead shot so you can see all Edwin's friends.
The sentiment oval was done using Nestabilities Beaded Ovals.

Thanks for staying with me through this long post.  Have a wonderful Easter and weekend!


Friday, April 06, 2012

Inventory Reduction Challenge # 76 - Create Own DP

Well, what can I say!?  It's my second week back and I'm late again :(  But it is still Friday - does that count?
Creating my own designer paper was a tough one for me.  I thought about what to do all week as I was making a birthday card for my son, a birthday card for my grandson and 3 Easter cards.
My hubby drives 6 Amish students and their teacher to school and back home every day.  Occasionally he gets some home baked treats which he shares with me.  I finally decided to make a thank you card for the mother of 4 of his riders.  We learned that she does all of the cooking for her family on a wood cook stove.  I just happened to have a stamp for that!!  I also had stamps of 2 sizes of bowls and a crockery jar holding utensils.
I stamped the images on SU Sahara Sand using VersaMark Dazzle Frost ink.  They show up quite well on the cardstock, but didn't photograph that well.

Then I stamped the images to create a kitchen scene keeping in mind I was doing this for an Old Order Amish lady.

I image that her cook stove might look like this.

I tried to make the tea kettle looked like the blue and white spatter ware and the Dutch oven like hammered aluminum.  I don't know if she would have cloths on her shelf of not.

I put some low key flowers in the corner just because it needed something!

Here is the open card showing the table with another large mixing bowl - maybe her bread bowl - on it.  I'm not sure if she would have a tablecloth on it or not, but my stamp did.

The stove, shelf and table stamps are from Magnolia-licious.  The two bowls and the utensil crock are from Peddler's Pack.  The cardstock is SU Garden Green and Sahara Sand. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Hooked on Craft.

Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing time with me in this cozy kitchen.

Please be sure to check out my team mates' blogs to see the fantastic designer papers they all created.