Sunday, May 30, 2010

Father's Day: Silhouette

I have had this Cuttlebug embossing folder for quite a while, but had not used it. I saw this video by Dawn Griffith -- and I was inspired!

I used dark brown card stock for the base of the card. I used a pumpkin orange for the embossed silhouette. I used yellow card stock for the sun, cut from a 1" circle punch. The sentiment used the oval and scallop oval punches and is attached with dimensionals.

The sun was "blurred" by using chalk in different shades of yellow, brown, and oranges. The picture doesn't show very well how muted the yellow of the sun looked. It was a nice effect.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthday Card Done In Chalk

I am still experimenting with the use of chalks. I like the subtle coloring and shading.

I used brown and ecru card stock. The rubber stamps are Penny Black's Constellations and Stampin' Up's Whimsical Words. The sentiment is on dimensionals.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Wedding Shower for Future Daughter-In-Law

My son Jason is marrying a wonderful girl in July. Malanie's wedding shower is tomorrow -- and it may be a shower. The forecast is for rain all day! Jason and Malanie complement each other. I feel so fortunate to have Malanie join my family.

Black and red are their colors. I matched the colors and style of their wedding favors with this card.

The red card stock used Cuttlebug's D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. The scallop and circle use Stampin' Up punches and match the favors, as does the black ribbon. I used the ticket punch for the corners and attached red gems.

The inside of the card has a computer printed verse. Again, I am very fortunate.


This is the month for graduations! I used white card stock for the card base and green for the accent color. The school colors are green and white. I used Cuttlebug's Congratulations embossing folder. The layered rubber-stamped sentiment used Stampin' Up's retired graduation hat and was adhered with dimensionals. I used a ticket punch and brad also.

The inside of the card has a pocket with one twenty dollar bill, even though it looks like two bills. The picture below shows the fold. The pocket for the bill was attached with red sticky tape.

This recipient of this card is male, so I did not use ribbon. Manly cards are still difficult for me.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wedding: Love Birds

The bride and groom's colors are red and black, but I chose red and white for this card. I used Stampin' Up's Love You Much stamp set and their matching heart punches with real red paper and ink. I used a ticket punch with white brads for the love birds and put them on dimensionals. The hearts bordering the love birds are also on dimensionals. I used Cuttlebug's dotted swiss embossing folder as a base f0r the front of the card.

The inside of the card is a computer printed verse; I printed it in red ink also.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thank You Card: Bird Punch

This is the first project with my new Stampin' Up bird punch. I punched out the bird in blue and the branch in brown. The bird and the wing are on dimensionals. I rounded the corners, added brads to the corners, and an eye for the bird. The eye was just a stick on dot. I did not use ribbon on the card because my son is sending out thank you cards from his graduation/birthday.

The back of the card has my trademark Made By Kathie stamp. The bird is a stamp I have had for 20 years or so. It seemed to go so well with the punch, I just had to use it. I colored the bird to match the front of the card.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pansy Boxes

The small boxes came from dies. The large boxes use a full sheet of card stock. The inspiration for the large box came from Splitcoaststampers. The inspiration for the pansy came from Gretchen Barron.

Each pansy is made from two punched butterflies; I used yellow card stock. I wet the butterflies completely with water from a spray bottle. Then, using purple ink refiller and a small paint brush, I dabbed the center and the edges of the butterflies. Then I let them dry. When the butterflies were almost dry, I curled the edges with a pencil. The brad connected the butterflies; the black lines completed the look.

This box was just a little larger, so I was able to put two pansies on the box. I love this!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Birthday: Masculine

I used Stampin' Up's new Extra Large Cogs Punch to create a simple, masculine birthday card. I used black card stock for the card and silver metallic card stock for the cogs.

I glued the cogs onto the card; I stamped the greeting and attached it with dimensionals. The inside of the card has a stamped Irish blessing. And no ribbons!

Manly cards are difficult for a couple of reasons. First, men do NOT want or need ribbon. I like to finish a card with ribbon; I need to control this impulse. Secondly, there are not many stamps, punches, embellishments, etc. that are geared for men. I walked the aisles of Hobby Lobby and would not/could not purchase anything that struck me as masculine. I digress.

Graduation 2010

My son graduated from college this year. I wanted to incorporate a tassel into the card because our family saves graduation tassels forever! I used black and gray card stock and Cuttlebug's congratulations embossing folder for the front of the card. The tassel and numbers were embellishments from Jolee's by You.

The stamped images on the front are both from Stampin' Up. I used a corner punch on the front for the year and also the inside panel. I put a gold brad through the top of the mortarboard. I also used a gold brad on the inside to hang the tassel from.

What a wonderful keepsake for my son. And I didn't even use ribbon!