December 17, 2009

An Apple a Day...

How's this for a get well card?  I think it's cute and the bright colours are cheerful and uplifting don't yo think?  Hope none of you are needing a get well card this holiday season and I'm lucky enough to be able to put this one in card stash (thankfully I have my blog readers to share this with instead),  

I'm so tired of doing Christmas cards and knew that I wanted to make anything but.  I went through my paper hoard for this Get Sketchy sketch and came across this fun paper.  I started putting this together without knowing what stamps I wanted to use and then finally decided to use my punches to make this apple core that I've seen on other blogs.  At that point I still didn't know what kind of card this was going to be.  Well I got all the pieces prepped and it was time to pick out the sentiment....I could have done pretty much anything but I decided to work with the old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".  I thought about making something for the teachers in our lives too but I wonder if they get tired of the apple theme themselves?

The apple was made using the SU! tab punch on Very vanilla and Real Red.  I sponged the vanilla with So Saffron craft ink.  The stem was made using the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 circle punches and the leaf is made from the 5-petal punch.  I may just make a small picture tutorial.

This was also my first time sponging (real red) on my nestabilities.  I still need some practice and I'm in no way as good as my friend Tanis but I'll find my groove.

I really like where this paper took me and the relaxed creativity that came out of it.  There was no pressure just a patient process that came out with a very nice end result.  Don't you love it when that happens?

Paper:  Real Red, Very Vanilla, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Kraft, NSU dsp
Ink:  Basic Black, So Saffron (Craft), Real red.
Accessories:  Tab punch, circle punches, 5-petal punch, nestibilities labels 1,  Red gingham ribbon, red grosgrain ribbon

December 16, 2009

From Me to You

Look!  I've managed to finish a challenge before the deadline.  The card didn't take very much time at all and it would have gone even quicker if I had the Word Window Punch for the sentiment instead of having to be finicky with the cutting and corner edge punch.  Same effect but it takes more time.  The lovely paper is not Stampin' Up! but Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss, and Bermuda Bay go well for those of you that have this dp stashed away.

I used the Whisper White textured cardstock which gives the image that partially inked look.  I was surprised to use black for the sentiment as I usually use Chocolate chip but I found that like the rest of the colours the sentiment needed to POP.  I inked the edges of the sentiment in Bermuda Bay for a faux layer and added a nice purple button. I may just pop on some bling for the flower centers.

Anyhow, now that we are enjoying couple of inches of snow and it's finally starting feel somewhat "Christmassy", it's all probably going to melt between today and tomorrow.  Hope you are all enjoying your week.  Only two more wake ups and then the Christmas holidays are upon us.  Yahoo!!!

Paper:  Whisper white textured cs, Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss
Ink:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Small corner rounder punch, scallop edge punch, NSU purple button and brads, linen thread
Stamps: For all you do, NSU sentiment

December 15, 2009

Imagine That

I'm late for yet another sketch challenge.  That's what I get for starting a card on the cut off day!  I started Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge yesterday afternoon during my down time but I didn't quite realize how time consuming the paper quilting was going to be until my hour had past and all I had to prove for it were three 1 3/4" quilted circles.  Then one thing led to another and I finally finished my card around 10 PST last night.  Too tired and not thrilled enough with the end product to bother taking pictures.  This was one of those cards that didn't finish with the same fireworks that I had in my vision....but when I got up this morning I had a clear view and new appreciation for this card.

My first step began with cutting 3/4" squares from my scraps of Razzleberry Lemonade dsp and glueing them together on white whisper white cardstock to make a panel 2 1/4" x 6 3/4".  I then zigzag stitched the inside seams (not very well since my sewing machine kept skipping stitches) and then punched 1 3/4" circles.  I was surprised at how easily my SU! punched cut through the paper and sewing.  I punched three because I planned on making a couple more.

I used my circle scissor to cut the bottom layer for the quilted circle.  I used my sewing machine again to paper pierce my bottom panes and distressed the main panel edges with my scissors.

I put the card together and instead of brads, buttons I used purple bling.   Something was missing in the top left corner so I add a bit of bling there too.  I hope to get started on the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge tonight so that I'm not late for the Thursday deadline.  We shall see....thanks for taking the time to pop by my blog.  I hope you enjoyed what you've seen even if it is late.  IMO creativity and inspiration never has a deadline so thanks Mercy for your inspirational sketch.

Paper:  SU! Glossy White, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade dsp, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Accessorries:  Circle Scissor, 1 3/4" circle punch, small corner rounder punch, NSU bling, Sewing machine
Stamps:  Sweet Centers, NSU sentiment

December 13, 2009

Christmas Goodies

Here are a few samples of the Christmas goodies I made for my daughter's classmates.  I did use candy but with the intent that these can be hung on their Christmas tree until the big day.  I have doubts that they will actually make it to their christmas tree but you never know.

For my project I used the Circle Scissors to cut 3 inch circles...looking back now it would have been better to make them a little smaller (2.75" instead) and I used the Fiskars Shape cutter for the ovals.  The top of the ornaments were made by cutting out the ornament shape in the Sweet Centers stamp set and the inside circle was easy peasy this time around with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  It didn't come so easily when I was making the Halloween treats. I didn't have the circle punch and had to rig things just right with my circle scissor.  It took to long without the punch which is why my daughter didn't hand out those sweet treats for halloween.  It was great to use up some of my SU! Christmas dp from last season (always a good excuse to buy something new LOL).

Sorry if I haven't been around to comment on your beautiful works of art.  Like you I'm busy with the celebrations of the season and bent on finishing my last minute projects.  And having a horrible migraine yesterday did not help in getting things done.  It was only my second ever migraine but it put me in bed for 6 hours.  I was extremely blessed that it was a Saturday and my husband was home.  Another thankful thing about my migraines is that I loose vision in one eye about 45 minutest to an hour before the headache part kicks in so I have time to take some pain meds and finish up the really important things before I'm stuck in bed.  I'll be making an appointment with the doctor this week...last time it was with the Optometrist.

Paper:  Old Olive texture cs, I Wish dsp, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  Sincere Salutations, Sweet Centers
Accessories:  Circle Scissors, Fiskars shape cutter, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1/16" circle punch, silver cord ribbon, treat cups, chocolates