Friday, April 30, 2010

Tealight Cake

I love learning new techniques and finding new uses for items I may already own! This tealight cake is just the cutest thing! :p
Wouldn't you love to receive one of these on your birthday or another special day? Every time you looked at it, you would know that someone took time and effort to make something this adorable just for YOU!
Here are some closeups of each "cake".
This one isn't very adorned but I loved the simplicity of it.

Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: random scraps, vellum
Stamp: The butterfly is from a SU! set but I can't remember the name, the other flowers and leaves are $1 stamps
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Tiny Twinkles, gems, Cuttlebug embossing folder in Swirls (used on the green top), Embossing powder in Starduct, Aleene's Paper Glaze, glue dots
Check out the tutorial to make your own on Splitcoast Stampers.
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

This is for the birds..... ;)

I recently saw the cutest little birds on Barbara's World of Whimcees. I just had to make some birds when I saw this post! They are just adorable!

First up was an anniversary card! I have several cousins who were married in May so this will definitely be in the mail to one (er, two) of them. :) I didn't have a branch to stamp so I took two different colors of brown ribbon and knotted them in several places. I then twisted and adhered w/glue dots. Both the hearts and the sentiment were heat embossed.

Cardstock: Recollections
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, SU! Riding Hood Red, Studio G Ink Spot Dark Blue
Stamp: Inadinkado set Linked by Love
Accessories: ribbon, embossing powder in red sparkle & clear, Large Scallop & Medium Flower punches, heart punch, gems

Now this little guy's a bit gray b/c he misses you! ;)

Cardstock: Recollections
Ink: Black Ink pad (no name)
Accessories: Large Scallop & Medium Flower Punches, Making Memories Alphabet Rub-ons, Black Ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Random scrapbook paper

I thought this last little guy would be cute for a masculine birthday card. Those are so hard for me but I really liked the way this turned out! :p I only had silver diamond brads so I dipped them in ink and clear embossing powder to change the color.

Cardstock: Recollections
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Stamp: From SU! Bear Buttons Set
Accessoried: Clear Embossing powder, brads, Ribbon Boutique ribbon, Large Scallop & Medium Flower punches

I've had a pretty lazy day here but I have worked on organzing my cardmaking supplies. My dining room table is, um, quite the mess! LOL ;)

Have a fab day!
Julz ;)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vellum Flowers

So, I did a LOT of cardmaking today as you can see! ;) Here's another card for the Taylored Expressions sketch challenge. And both cards cover the DeNami Design Challenge which is anything Spring-like.

I ran the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder and then punched out the flowers. I layered additional flowers over the punched out pieces and added some gems. I layered the large white and purple-pink flower and then embossed a bit of the flower so it sparkled.
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: The sentiment is from SU! A Beautiful Thing
Accessories: brads, gems, ribbon, CuttlebugEmbossing folder in Swiss Dots
I also made this great card w/vellum flowers! I intertwined the layers a bit and loved the look!
Here's a closeup of the flowers.
These were very easy to make yet really pack a punch!
I punched out three medium and 3 large flowers in red, orange, and yellow vellum. I lined all 3 medium flowers and cut halfway through the center. I repeated w/the large flowers.
Taking two of the flowers, I inserted one cut side of one flower into the cut side the second flower and then added the third flower so that the centers matched.
I then spanned them out so the centers were still intertwined yet the colors varied.
I repeated with the large flowers then added glue dots to the centers of both and added foam tape to the center of the large flower. I then layered the medium flower on top and added the button.

Cardstock: Recollections
Accessories: Random vellum scraps, buttons, colored string, ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Cardstock letters
Ok I'm officially done stamping for the day! :p
Have a fab night! :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Flowers, flowers, & more flowers!

Happy Thursday! Today is the start of my vacation! WOOHOO! :p After this crazy volcanic eruption this past week, I sure have earned it! I'm kinda on this Glossy Accents kick right now as I just picked up my first bottle! LOVE it!

Here's the latest sketch challenge from Taylored Expressions! What a great sketch! :)

I've so wanted to make one of these cool Explosion Boxes that I found on Splitcoaststampers! I have a friend's birthday coming up soon and wanted to make a cute box in which to place her present. I flipped the sketch upside down to suit my box purposes as I wanted the big flower on top.
After scoring the box, I stamped it using this great swirl stamp I found in the $1 bin at Michaels. I did the same to the top and then sponged the edges w/Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip Ink. The buttons were dipped in ink and then clear embossing powder was sprinkled over them and heat set.
The inside:
The great sentiment: Just a perfect surprise to an exploding box! ;)

Cardstock: Recollections
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip and Studio G Ink Spot in Pink
Stamps: $1 Swirl Stamp, Sentiment from SU! Life Gives You Reasons to Smile Set and Happy birthday from SU! Bear Buttons Set
Accessores: Buttons, cream ribbon, red liner tape, glue dots, eyelet, Glossy Accents, Flower Punches in Large and Medium

I also made a card using the same sketch. I wanted to make something bright and sunny so I punched out the flowers in yellow cardstock and sponged them w/orange. I covered them in Glossy Accents and let dry.

The white cardstock was run through a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder in Swiss Dots. I added this great ribbon I found a while back, these fab gem brads, and an embossed sentiment.
Cardstock: Recollections
Ink: Studio G Ink Spots Orange
Stamps: Sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s A Beautiful Thing Set
Accessories: Glossy Accents, brads, ribbon, foam tape, Taylored Expressions Tiny Twinkles, Cuttlebug embossing folders - Swiss Dots, embossing powder

Ok one more post today! ;) Ever get inspired by something you see in a store? I found all these great watermelon items at Hobby Lobby and they inspired me to make a card.

The flowers were punched out and sponged w/red ink then covered in Glossy Accents. I attached together with foam tape and added the gem to the middle.

Cardstock - Recollections
Ink - Studio G ink spots in White, Lime Green, Black
Accessories: Glossy Accents, gems, Large and Medium Flower Punches, Rickrack in white and green

I'm off to do a little more creating! ;)

Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A couple of challenges along with some birthdays

Lots of great challenges this week so I've tried to combine a few of them. Both cards below are for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.

I also saw a great color challenge from Stacey's Stampin Stage on Kari Linder's blog as well that I thought I'd try.
I do not have the exact shades that were used but I think I came pretty close to finding the matching colors above. I used one of my fav stamps sets - SU! Espressoly for You. I just think this set is so versatile not to mention cute!!! :p I stamped the mug twice on Kraft cardstock then also the green and blue polka dot papers. I left one of the mugs alone on the Kraft and cut out the coffee part on the other one. From the green, I cut out the mug and saucer and the blue was the tablecloth. I then paper pieced them all together. I used my new Fiskars Scalloped Edge Punch to add little something to the end. I added a great green sparkling gem to hold the card upright. I wasn't sure I'd be too crazy about this one b/c the colors are a little out there but I really like the way it turned out.

Supplies -
Paper: Random scrap designed paper
Cardstock: Recollections
Stamps: Stampin' Up Espressoly for You Set
Accessories: sparkly brad, white grosgrain ribbon
Punch: Fiskars Scalloped Edge Punch
This was my first attempt to the TE challenge before I discovered the color challenge. I'm not crazy about this card but I like it well enough to post. I struggle with masculine cards. Feminine cards just seem so much easier! ;)

Paper - Random Scraps
Cardstock: Recollections
Accessories: Raffia, buttons, square brads, Gelly Roll Sparkle Pen
Stamps: $1 Candle Stamp from Michaels, Happy Birthday is from SU! Button Bear set
If you get a chance, check out the challenges and blogs above!
Have a fab day!
Julz :p

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Leafy Birthday Card

I am not a pattern mixer by nature as I was always taught no stripes with polka dots and no flowers with paisley! :p It's a hard habit to break! I've been seeing all these great cards though that have mixed patterns and decided to mix it up! Of course I made another card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch challenge.

I found this great paper the other day from The Paper Studio. Both the flowery background and the striped paper matched perfectly!
I wanted to do something a little different than ribbon along the bottom though. I played around with a few different ideas like using a scalloped border but I really wanted to do something leafy. I stamped and cut out the leaves then sponged them w/this light green color. The leaves kinda curled up. So I left some curled one way and then curled the others in the opposite direction. You can see below how some curl up.

I then added some Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to the base of the leaves, scalloped circles, and a few extra next to the flower, Veins were added to the leaves with a Gelly Roll pen. I attached everything to the card with paper glaze and voila! I just love it and I think my aunt will too!
Cardstock - Recollection cream
Paper - The Paper Studio and random blue and green scraps
Ink - Studio G Ink Spots
Accessories - Taylored Expressions Taylored Tiny Twinkles, button, foam tape
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A few quick & easy Easter treats

Here's a few quick and easy Easter treats I, um, The Easter Bunny ;), made for my sweet hubby!

Cardstock - Recollections in Yellow, Orange, and White
Accessories - Pink pompoms, Gelly Roll Sparkle Pen, White Gel Pen, Black ink, Small Mint Peppermint Patties

I punched out the Medium scalloped circles (2 per patty) and ovals (2 per bunny). For the ears, I placed the negative of the Scalloped circle about 1/4 inch inside the white oval and sponged a bit to make the pink on the ears. The eyes on both were created with an eraser and black ink. I then highlighted w/the white gel pen. I glued on the pompoms for the bunny and added sparkly whiskers. The beak for the chicks was cut out of scarp orange cardstock. I attached the ears w/a gluestick and let everything dry. I then used foam tape to adhere the shapes to the mint patties.

Happy Easter!
Julz :)

Grunge Flower & a sketch challenge

It's time for Taylored Expressions latest sketch challenge. I'm trying to do a sketch challenge each week so I can get more ideas.

I incorporated a grunge flower that I saw on Beate John's blog. Beate has a great tutorial on how to make this flower. This was really easy to make and I really like the way it turned out. Instead of using cardstock, I used a page out of an old paperback.
Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: The Paper Studio
Ribbon: American Crafts Tie Rack Elements Ribbon in Bristol
Adhesive: small Glue Dots, gluestick, and Redliner tape
Punches: Medium Scallop Punch
Have a fab day! Happy Easter!
Julz :)