Sunday, November 27, 2011

Dad's Birthday 2011

I'm sharing with you today, a card I made for my father-in-law, whose birthday is in December.  Since I'll be leaving for Georgia the first week of December, I had to make this before I left.  I cased this card from the wonderfully talented Teneale Williams.  Here is my version: (Click on any picture to see it larger)

Card Recipe: (all items SU)
Paper:     Pear Pizzaz, Pear Pizzaz DSP, First Edition Speciality, Very Vanilla, 
                 White, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede
Stamps:   Lovely as a Tree, French Filigree Bkgrd
Other:      Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, Antique brads, dimensionals,
                 edge distresser

 Technique Tips:
      -  Center layers.  All layers were distressed and sponged with soft suede.  There are three layers: 
                    Top layer: very vanilla
                    Middle layer: newsprint
                    Bottom layer: very vanilla.
     - On the center piece I used dimensionals.
     -  The inside sentiment was stamped and cut out with the SU small oval and edged in soft suede.  The reason I had to use another layer was because I had ink on the inside of the card and had to cover it up!  Just making lemonade out of lemons, lol!  I think it turned out alright.

As usual, when caseing someone else's card, I never have exactly the right ingredients, so you can see where I adjusted the look to make it mine.

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  Until next time....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I can hardly believe it is Thanksgiving the time is flying by.  This year, for family, I made cards that were labor intensive.  I thought it was going to take me forever to make them.  Of course, I waited until the last minute, lol! I cased a card made by Candice.  You can find her card HERE
Here is my card:

I changed only a couple of items from Candice's original.  I changed the sentiment and used traditional colors for my leaves.

Card Recipe: (all items SU except where noted)
Stamps:  Gently Falling, Always Thankful, En Francais, Sandy Speckles,
                Give Thanks (Our Daily Bread Designs - inside card sentiment
Paper:     White, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, watercolor paper
Ink:          Black Stazon, More Mustard, So Saffron, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, 
                Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Other:     Antique Brads, Victoria Lace Ribbon, Sticky Strip

Technique Tips:
    - En Francais is stamped on the background watercolor piece with Crumb Cake.
    - Sandy Speckles was stamped on the sentiment panel.  I used the crumb cake and stamped off once before stamping on the sentiment panel (I used very vanilla for this, not watercolor paper.
     - All the leaves were stamped with Brown Stazon and were watercolored using ink pads and an aqua painter.
             (While the ink pad is closed, squeeze the top and bottom together a few times so that the ink deposits onto the lid of the pad.  Open the pad and swirl your aqua painter in the ink to wet it just a little.  I find this makes the ink last longer and spread better on the paper.)
     - Cut out a 1/2" circle to attach your leaves to.  I placed my circle where I wanted it and then attached the leaves.
     -Four leaves were fussy cut and attached to the1/2" circle. I used sticky strip to attach each leaf.  I wanted to make sure they really stuck! I used the smaller of the leaves to place on top of the larger leaves to "hide" where they had been taped. 
     -  The ribbon is 3 3/4 inches folded in half and with trimmed ends.
     -  I punched  a hole through the card. I actually had to get out my old fashioned ice pick to make the hole big enough for the brad prongs to go through.
     -  Fold the ribbon in half, slightly "v"ing the ribbon.  Slip the brad through the ribbon and then into the card layers.
     -  Attach to the card base and you are done.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.  John and I are not able to go home this year, but we are going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with a very special family.  Micah has a special home, called Micah Respite Home.  It is for our homeless who need to recuperate from  surgery or an illness.  We will be going there tomorrow to make Thanksgiving dinner for its current eight residents.  It will be an exciting time.  Pray that God will be with us and that our lights will shine!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Birthday For Barb

Hi everyone!  Today, I'd like to share with you a card I made for my good friend, Barbara.  Her birthday was Nov 5.  I did get this card made in time.  In fact, I actually made it on the day of her birthday and took it to her.  That was a close one.  I've got to make more birthday cards and keep them in my stash.  However,  you could say that by making them just prior to the person's birthday, you are creating just for that person and it means something special.

This card is a CASE I made from Niki Estes who was the guest October muse for the Case Study website.  You can see her card HERE
Here is my card:

One of these days, I'm going to get all the lighting equipment I need, so my pictures will look better.  It will make such a difference.
I hope you like it.  Have a great weekend!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Saturday!  I wanted to share a birthday card with you that I made for my sister, Tammie.  Here is a photo of the two of us :)

And while I am at it (I'm sorry, I can't help myself!)  Here is one of me and my wonderful Mother!

So, now that you have met my mom and my sister.... on with the card.

I actually cased this card and unfortunately, I didn't save her web address.  All I have for you is her signature which is "Lin 2011".  Thanks Lin for sharing your creativity.  If I come by her website again, I'll be sure to share it.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:   Whole Family (Kitchen Sink Stamps), Great Friend (Verve)     
                 Easter Blooms (SU) Sentiments (Close to My Heart)
Paper:      Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla (SU),
                 Pink Gingham (?),
Tools:       Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch,
                Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, (SU), Fleur De Lis Pendants Die
                (Spellbinders),  Elegant Leaves Die (Verve)
Other:     1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive (SU), 3/16" brads, Subtles (SU)
                Very Vanilla Craft Ink, Black Ink,  Flower Fantasy EF (Cuttlebug),
           Pearls, white, glue dots

Technique Tips:
     - The flowers on the front of the card were fussy cut.  I stamped the flower from the Verve collection on the wrong side of the paper, so that when I turned it over, there would be no ink showing.
     -  I used very vanilla white craft ink to stamp the center of the flower (green color) and then cut them out.
     -   A yellow brad was inserted into the center of the green cut out. I added a couple of glue dots to attach it to the card.
     -  I probably wouldn't have added the little flower on the inside of the card, but somehow.... yay me.... I got ink on the card stock, so I needed something to cover it up.  I hope it looks OK.
     -  I also used a pen and wrapped each petal around it to give them a curve and lift.  I know, by the time it gets there, they'll be flat again. But it does look good in the picture, lol!

That's it for me!