Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Musically Made No. 1

Psalm 104:33 tells us to sing to the LORD
as long as we live.  I like that!

The card base is plain white card stock that
has the corners rounded.

The piano keyboard is from a Sizzix embossing folder.
After embossing I brayered with black ink, then
carefully cut it out and attached it to the right
side of the card.

The phrase was computer generated in 
Paint Shop Pro X, sized and printed in Word 2003
and cut out with a Spellbinders Labels die.
It was attached to black card stock.
The borders were cut with Perfect Layers ruler
and the corners rounded.  
I like how the Label die cut has rounded corners as well.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Flourishes and Flowers

Lots going on with this design.
Begin with a white card base that has the corners rounded.
The next step is to take piece of white card stock
and punch one side with a decorative border punch.
Now dry emboss that piece in Cuttlebugs Dotted Swiss 
folder.  Trim it down in size to about 4 x 5.25 inches or slightly
less and round the corners.  Attach to a piece of light pink
card stock, trim to a narrow border with Perfect Layers ruler
and again round the edges.  
Attach and center on the white card base.

The phrase is computer generated in Paint Shop Pro X.
It has been attached to that lovely light pink card stock
and trimmed with a scallop decorative scissors.
This mirrors the scallops on the punched edge.

The green leaf/flourish die cut is from BossKut.
I used several of the die cuts and took them apart 
to get the look that I wanted.  Seams where 
they were joined are covered with flowers.

The flowers were punched with various
Punch Bunch punches.  Very tiny flowers
were also placed on the phrase which pulls
the whole design together.
Some of the larger flowers not only have a
sunburst center, but were also accented
with clear glitter glue as well.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fall Is In The Air

We awoke this morning to much cooler temperatures.
This summer has been so hot and unrelenting that
70 degrees is almost cold.

This design begins with a white card base.
Over the base is a piece of glossy card stock that
has been colored with alcohol inks.

A medium brown lattice from
Cheery Lynn Designs is the next layer.
Some lovely silk fall colored leaves are the
finishing touch.
I attached a few rhinestones and
the leaves already had some glitter on them.

An easy card since the polished stone and
the lattice had been predone and were just waiting for me
to use on something.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Under God's Feet

 These are all "Man Cards"
The DP is from Paper Studios  Everyday Kraft stack.
 You will notice that under two of the phrases, the black
card stock has been embossed.  I used the same folder
that was used on the card below.  The plaid
is so perfect for a man card.  The folder is from Sizzix.
The card bases are all craft colored card stock.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Problem Solver

This has to be one of my very favorite phrases.
It is printed on craft colored card stock.
It has been die cut with a Spellbinders Label and
then one size larger of the same die was cut with
the same label.

Under the phrase is a piece of DP that is mounted on black 
card stock and placed on a craft colored card base.
Black ribbon was wrapped around the the
DP/black layers before they were attached to the card.
Three black rhinestones were placed in the lower
right corner.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pink and Purple

 The pink card uses a white card base followed by 
a pink layer and then another white layer.
The top white layer has been embossed with the 
Cuttlebug Dotted Swiss folder, then
an  EK Success Martha Stewart border
punch was used on the bottom.

Matching pink flowers with Kelly green
leaves and flourishes are in the upper
left corner.

A computer generated Happy Birthday with
three pearls as accents is towards the
lower right.
This card has a light purple card base with all
four corners rounded.
The bottom portion of the white was
cut with a Spellbinders die,
then the Dotted Swiss was embossed
with the two top corners rounded.

Light lavender flowers and Kelly green
flourishes and leaves accent the upper left corner.

The oval cut computer generated phrase is layered
over the same light lavender as the flowers.
Three pearls provide a touch of elegance.
Smaller pearls are the finishing accent on 
the lattice.
A piece of white ribbon is wrapped around the
Dotted Swiss and under the phrase.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Thank You

Begin with the stamping.
The "ribbon" and Inkadinkadoo flowers
have been stamped with 
Rangers Distressed Sage ink.

The ribbon was trimmed with a
small scallop decorative scissors
and placed slightly off center on the card front.
A sage-ish, olivey green card stock is
under the ribbon and has been cut to allow
a narrow portion of the white card base to show.

The flower stamped image was cut with
a Spellbinders Label die and dry embossed.
It was left in the die and light sponging was 
done with a medium brown distressed ink. 
It was then filled in by sponging a light green distressed ink.

The thank you is an unknown clear stamp.
The little shiny dots are an EK Success embellishment.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Wheat Thank You

 I work as an enumerator for Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.
Every year in May I set out sample plots in wheat fields
in the southern panhandle, mostly in Cheyenne and Morrill counties.
This year I had 17 sample fields.
These are the thank you cards that I sent to all
the farmers that allowed me to set out plots in their
wheat fields and do counts and measures in those 
fields every month.

The beginning card base is 5.5 by 12 inches.
Scores are made at 2, 4, 8 and 10 inches.
The entire card, including the folds
was lightly inked with dark brown ink.
The wheat image is from Inkadinkadoo and is
embossed with a chocolate brown embossing powder.
It was cut with an oval Spellbinders die.  
Dark brown ink was sponged around the outer edge.
The wheat oval was then attached to a medium brown card stock,
trimmed to a narrow border with a deckle decorative scissors
and sponged with dark brown ink.

A shadow image of the wheat stalk was stamped
on the inside of the card and a small thank you 
just under the oval wheat image.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Singing and Notes

 This card may look really hard, but it's not.  
The musical score is an embossing folder.
I brayered black ink over the entire embossed piece.
It was then trimmed to just the embossed part.
Why a company would make an embossing folder that was 
NOT A2 size is beyond me and does limit the
number of their embossing folders that I purchase from them.
The trimmed piece was then attached to black card stock.
Perfect Layers rulers were used to make the
black border the same on all four side.
The scripture was done in Paint Shop Pro X, 
printed on white card stock and cut with
a scallop cutter, then mounted on black card stock
and again the black was trimmed to a narrow border.
The Just a note, again done with PSP X, was 
punched with a tag punch, ribbon fed through
the hole and all attached to black card stock
that was cut with deckle scissors.