Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Maple Leaf Joy Fold Card

Good Wednesday to you! I hope all you that have children, have had good experiences with getting those little ones (and big ones) off to school this week.  Not sure how I feel every year, bittersweet pretty much comes to mind as my nest is dwindling all the time, down to 2 from 4 at one time...ugh.  Anyway, on to the post.....
This card was one of my finalists for my Fancy Folds 2 class coming up, and as much as I love doing this technique, it was just not what I wanted to show them, so it got ousted and put here to share with you all.
You can find a tutorial here: and see how simple it is.  I started with a Crushed Curry base and layered it up with Early Expresso and Very Vanilla Cardstock and then the DSP is from the pack Sweater Weather in the Holiday Mini.  I cut it all according to the directions and then stamped the Maple Leaf stamp, also a Holiday Mini item, in Early Expresso and then the acorn in Cajun Craze and sentiment in Crushed Curry from the stamp set Truly Grateful(Holiday Mini)onto the Very Vanilla.  I stamped one more acorn and punched it out using the 1" Circle punch and layering it onto the Cajun Craze 1 1/4" circle and up with a Dimensional, it serves as the "closure" for the card front.  That's how simple this card was! Think of all the different combinations you could use! I hope you have a wonderful day, I'm heading into my stamp room this morning and working on cards for my September classes!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

LaLaLoopsy Birthday!

Jenna has a birthday party to go to today and I just love making cards for little girls because it makes me think a little bit harder since I tend to go for the butterflies all the time, this one I thought I could do something different, something I don't do a lot of and that's the punch art.   I wanted to make this LaLaLoopsy card for quite awhile, and so this was the perfect time to make it.  I started by layering Crushed Curry and Whisper White cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder onto Melon Mambo base. For the doll, I punched her head out using the 2 1/2" circle punch with Blushing Bride cardstock and then punching another partial one out of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for her hair.  The curls I made by cutting thin strips of Pumpkin Pie and twirling around a wooden skewer and glueing it to the sides of her head.  For the barrettes, I used the Small Heart Punch and punched out four hearts and glued them end to end to make the "butterfly" look of her barrettes and then added a Large Rhinestone to the center and down on her ponytails to cover the separation of her ponytails and hair.  To finish her face, I added two Black Glimmer brads and used my Black Journaling marker to do her little eyelashes and mouth and a pencil eraser dipped in Blushing Bride ink pad for her cheeks.  Her dress is made from the gingham print piece of DSP from the pack Gingham Garden and the trim is used from Island Indigo punched across the bottom with the Scallop Edge Punch and adding a string of Basic Rhinestones to the hem. Her tiny arms are made from the Word Window Punch and layered just behind her dress.  I stamped the sentiment from Bring on the Cake in Basic Black onto Melon Mambo and punched out using the Wide Oval Punch and popped up with Dimensionals.  And of course, I had to add some more glimmer to it because she is afterall a little girl, so I ran the Silver Glitter Paper through the Big Shot using my Typeset Alphabet die(they also come with a set of numbers!!!).  I didn't have a chance to get her a gift, so we stuck some money inside and I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it!