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Same Card, Different Colors!

Last Sunday I made this card, which was inspired by a gift card envelope that Cambria made. The original envelope, and my card last week, can be seen here. I am absolutely in love with everything about this – how fun it is to make, the bright colors, and the possibility for variations. So this morning I decided to try one – same card, different colors.

The first card is almost exactly the same as last week’s (with a couple minor changes). The base is Pink Passion, the first layer is Green Galore, and the top layer is Whisper White. It is stamped with two flowers from the Office Accoutrement set — the large flower is stamped in Pixie Pink and the small one in Green Galore. One large flower has a crystal brad with a pink center; the others have smaller silver brads. I tied pink and white polka dotted organdy ribbon around the center. Because of the brads, I mounted the Whipser White layer on dimensionals.

For the second card, I decided to go with another favorite color combo – Cool Caribbean and Cameo Coral. The focal flower on this card has a crystal brad with a turquoise center. And since I don’t have polka dotted ribbon in the right shade of either coral or blue, I just used plain white organdy. But I absolutely love this one too!!!

It is very interesting to me how, by changing something as minor as the color scheme, the whole card can take on a different feel. While the pink looks to me to be fun and funky, the blue one seems more reserved (but still fun!).

I’m working on some other color schemes for this layout – suggestions are welcome!

More Goodies For My Mom

My mom asked for some more monogrammed cards with a beach theme. So I threw this one together while DH was watching the NBA draft tonight. I started with a base of Whisper White, because it is so crisp and clean. I added a layer of Cool Caribbean, a layer of Cameo Coral, and this floral paper from Hobby Lobby.

My mom isn’t really a flower person, so I’m a little nervous about how she will react to this one. But I like it (and really, that’s all that matters – just kidding!!!)! The colors are still in the “beachy” color family she asked for, so I’m hoping that does the trick.

 The focal point of the card is the double diamond in the center. The Cameo Coral piece is 2.5″ square, with paper piercing around the edges. The Cool Caribbean piece is 2″ square, and for once I left something plain. The shell is stamped in Cool Caribbean Classic ink (inked up the stamp, stamped off on scratch paper first) on Whisper White. I used the “N” from Whimsical Upper again, because I know she likes that one. It is stamped in Cameo Coral Classic ink. I clear embossed the shell 3 times, for a super glossy finish on it. To add a little more flower ooomph to the card (I mean hey, why not go for broke, right?) I topped the whole thing off with a turquoise Prima attached with a silver brad.

Crossing my fingers she doesn’t hate it. I don’t know anyone else that I can give the card to if she doesn’t want it!!!

QuickieBellas for my Mom!!

I finally made some Bella cards!! And oh man are they fun! I’ve always loved looking at the adorable chics that other people come up with – I’ve just never been ready to make the leap. My mom came to visit and ran across some of the images people have mailed me, and she had to have some. So here are a couple of the quickies I came up with.

The first one is Cosmobella, and the second is Beachabella. They are both mounted on Cool Caribbean bases. The dp is Basic Grey’s new line, Phoebe. I love every single design in all four of their new lines – scrumptious. Awesome colors and patterns!! The panel behind the dp is Pretty in Pink, and the bellas themselves are mounted on Chocolate Chip. Each Bella has a tab (PiP) with “N” from Whimsical Alphabet Upper stamped on it, and secured with a staple. My mom wanted them to be personalized.

Each one is colored using blender pens and ink pools made by squeezing the ink pad before i open it. I figured it was the quickest way. The colors I used were Tempting Turquoise, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, Green Galore, and Blush Blossom, and Apricot Appeal. Oh! And Summer Sun and Creamy Caramel for their hair! Both of the girls have Close to Cocoa sponged around the edges of their panels.

I couldn’t be more pleased with how quickly the cards came together, and how cute I think they are! No wonder people are crazy about them — too much darn fun!! I guess I will have to break down and buy some after all. When I find some spare change in the couch cushions!

Patriotic Cards

Ok, so I am on a quest to make some patriotic cards – that’s what my mom has requested to give to my uncle. But do I have any patriotic stamps? Nope. Nada. Know what that means? I must buy more!!!! Hahahaha!

I asked around for some suggestions, and Laura (laurakj, Inky Dinky Doo) gave me a great one – use a vintage color combo. So I chose a Kraft base, and layers of Cranberry Crisp and Buckaroo Blue.  To make this fit in with this week’s Limited Supply Challenge (details) I reached for yet another unused set – Office Accoutrement. I forgot how much I love this one!

I adhered the Buckaroo Blue to the Cranberry Crisp, and ran them through my Cuttlebug. Can’t remember the name of the folder — oops! Then I used the too cute little spiral punch from the Spring Mini to punch down the side of a bit more Kraft paper. I sponged the edges with Cranberry Crisp and stamped a sentiment from Warm Words on the bottom (also in CC). I stamped two large flowers from the Office Accoutrement set on Naturals Ivory paper – one in Buckaroo Blue and one in Cranberry Crisp.  The Cranberry one I swirled around on the ink pad to get a distressed, older feel to it. Cut them out, punched a hole with my Crop-a-dile, and put them together with a big nickel-finish brad. Both the Kraft layer and the flowers are on dimensionals.

So while not technically patriotic, I think this one will work! I like it, anyway!

Angel Wings

This was the first card I made for today’s Limited Supply Challenge, hosted by Jen (jen70). Details for the challenge can be found here– the nitty gritty is that you are supposed to use stamps you haven’t used in quite some time. I don’t think I’ve ever even used Fashion Statements at all, so I figured it counted!

I went with a base of Vintage Violet – I love that color. I ran just the top through my Cuttlebug, using the D’Vine Swirls folder. I chose Certainly Celery as my other color, and grabbed a piece of the designer paper that came in the SAB Simply Scrappin’ Kit. I stamped the armoire in Basic Black Classic ink on a piece of Celery, and cut it out using my Cutter Bee scissors. To get the doors to open, I used my hobby blade and cut down the middle, the top, and the bottom of each door. I ran the small edge of my stylus down the side where each door should open, to help the fold. I stamped the armoire again on a scrap of Kraft cardstock, and cut out the center section, to be the inside of my armoire.

Next I stamped the angel wings on Glossy White cardstock. Again, I cut them with my Cutter Bee scissors, and used the hobby blade on the small inside part. I adhered them straight to the Kraft layer. I put the whole armoire onto the designer paper, which I had placed on a Celery panel. I also stamped the sentiment (which is so sweet, I think) onto some dp, and put it on Celery as well. Before I placed the sentiment panel onto the card, I tied white polka dot organdy ribbon around the panel with the armoire. I added the smaller layer (on dimensionals) and put two green spiral clips on either side. To those I tied more ribbon.

A Little Christmas Note

Ok. The first time I wrote this, I somehow managed to delete my post. I’m a technological wonder. So here I go again…..

I was inspired by Julia Stainton’s (Belle Papier) fantastic Ways To Use It challenge this week. It was to make square cards! I don’t usually do anything but the regular size, so this was an interesting one for me.

The card is 4.25″ square. I chose this size because it will still fit in the envelopes I already have, without the postage going all wonky!

I started with a base of Cameo Coral. My next layer, which I mounted on dimensionals, is Cool Caribbean. On my top layer of Whisper White I stamped the ornament image from Oh My Word in Cool Caribbean, its hanger in Encore Silver, and a sentiment from Warm Words in Cameo Coral. In the corner is velvet ribbon I bought at Jacksonbelle’s store. It looks reddish in the picture but is actually quite coral irl.

I love it!! The whole card took maybe 5 minutes to make. So I can crank out plenty of these little cuties in no time! I have several non traditional color schemes worked out – I’ll post the lot of them when I’m done! As a bonus, it fits in with my whole “simple is good” quest. Yippee!!