I *love* joy fold cards!

lad_joyfoldjardin_tbuReally and truly, I do. They are so much fun to make, and they turn out so cute, and the possibilities are endless!

Beate has an excellent tutorial for Joy Fold cards on Splitcoast, in the Resources forum. If you’ve never tried one before, you definitely should!

I went for darker colors for my base, to help the gorgeous papers from the Lizzie Anne Designs. I used their French Florals Pretty Papers pack – they go perfectly with this set, Le Jardin! And to make it super easy for you, the gals at Lizzie Anne have matched the papers to the Bazzill colors that they stock in the store, and you can order them in a pack – check it out!

The flower is stamped twice on watercolor paper and colored using reinkers and an aquapainter. It is two layers.

Stamps: LAD Le Jardin, Just Words
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Night of Navy, Sage Shadow, LAD Pretty Papers, watercolor
Ink: Versafine black, Sage Shadow
Accessories: samj, sponge, loopy brad, aquapinter, square punches, ribbon

Blushing Ellie

I have not made a joy fold card in awhile, and I always love the way they turn out. So I thought I’d make one this weekend. I used some of the dp that was feeling neglected from my Basic Grey 6×6 pads – Infuse and Blush.

The Pink Pirouette/Always Artichoke color idea came my my friend V, over at Eat Stamp Sleep Repeat. Confession time: I am totally hooked on the new In Colors from SU. And I think this pink is my most favoritest (can I use that word?). It is so soft and pretty, and looks good with SO many colors!

Ellie (she is from the Born to be Wild set by LAD) is stamped twice – both times in the Pink Pirouette ink on the matching cardstock. I cut her out the second time, popped her up on dimensionals, and covered her with a nice coat of Crystal Effects. I used the stamp that is intended for her tail to make it look like her trunk is holding a flower, and added a tiny Prima to the top of it.

Stamps: LAD Born to be Wild, Just Words
Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, BG dp (Blush, Infuse)
Ink: Pink Pirouttter, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke
Accessories: CE, primas, brads, 1″ and 1 1/4″ circle punches, sponge
Techniques: joy fold card

Soft Castles

I found the time to make a card after DD went to bed – how exciting! This one is for the Try a New Technique Challenge this week, which is a Two Way Open Card. Beth posted some awesome directions, so be sure to check it out.

I was in a mellow mood when I stamped this – it was a really awful weather day here, complete with torrential thunderstorms and tornadoes sighted in the area. Somehow, a bright card just seemed wrong tonight, kwim? So I went for an aged, softer look.

I shrunk my card 1/4″ on all the measurements, so it would fit into the envelopes I have here at home. I sponged everything to death on this card using Creamy Caramel ink. I stamped on the dp (Fancy Pants) with the French Script BG and Close to Cocoa ink. My image is from the Provencal set. The image is larger than the panel I had cut, so I inked it up and laid the cs down on the stamp – I like the way it fills up the whole piece of Naturals Ivory cs. I distressed the edges with my fingernail (yes, I was too lazy to get up and grab my distresser tool).

On the inner panel I added two primas with a large brad. I love the element of surpsie they add – you can’t see them at all when the card is closed! I added a piece of hodgepodge hardware in the corner to keep the card closed, and considered it finished. I do need to spend some time with DH!!

Stamps: Provencal, French Script
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Naturals Ivory, Fancy Pants dp
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: distresser, hph, random sprial clip, ribbon, primas, brad
Techniques: two way card, sponging

Soothing Hummingbird

The other day I shared this fabulous tutorial for reverse topper cards I came across while cruising the gallery. It came from the genius mind of Melanie (aka melmel). What fun cards these are!

This one is a bit different from the usual reverse topper. I used my oval Coluzzle template, and made the cutout huge. I really wanted to focus on the gorgeous hummingbird image from the Spring Song set. I used this image on the card I posted yesterday, but only inked up half of it. This time I stamped the whole thing in Black Stazon and colored it using a blender pen and Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, and Blue Bayou ink. I sponged River Rock around the edges, and added handstitching also. I distressed the edges of both the oval image panel and the oval cutout on the Basic Gray card base. On the bottom right of the card, I added the sentiment from the set.

I really love how simple this card is. This image deserves lots of attention!

Stamps: Spring Song
Paper: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Black Stazon, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou
Accessories: blender pen, paper piercer, thread, coluzzle
Techniques: reverse topper

Today’s Inspiration Challenge

I always enjoy the Inspiration Challenge that Karen (aka kthaman) hosts on Saturdays. And today was no different — what a cool flower packet she shared!! Fortunately, it inspired me to do a simple card, because that is just about all my brain can handle today.

I started with a Kraft base, to mimic the bag. Immediately, it occured to me that the bag was square-ish, so I decided to put two jumbo eyelets at the top, and score the card at 4 1/4″. And voila! a square card! I adhered the top portion down with Zots, and just couldn’t be more tickeld with the way it ended up. I love it when an idea works. I’m sure I am not the first person to come up with this, but still. It made me feel creative this morning!

I masked the large flowers and the green leafy image (if you aren’t familiar with masking, check this SCS tutorial out!). I colored the flowers and stems with SU Markers, and added a fabric tag to the side. And that is just about it – pretty simple, pretty quick!

The small stuff:

Stamps: Embrace Life
Paper: Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive
Accessories: Su Markers: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Old Olive; Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, fabric tag
Techniques: masking

Baby Announcements, Part I

Let me start off by saying that the pictures are a little lackluster, and I’m sorry. My poor sweet little one has had the throw ups about every 20 minutes since 9:30 last night, so I’m just thrilled I got pictures at all. She seems to be doing a little better, but this funky bug has done quite the number on my household this week! And I hate to see her sick – she gets so darn sad!

Ok, now on to the cards. My sister-in-law had this beautiful baby girl at the end of November. I was supposed to finished with the baby announcements a little a week ago, but that is when we all started to get sick. So, as usual, I’m behind. This is the first version I did for them – there are about 25 of these pocket cards. I hand-stitched the sides closed using pink and green thread (talk about time consuming!) — I love the look of hand-stitching. Which is probably why I do it all the time! I stamped the little hands from the I’m Here set using Pretty in Pink ink on to Whisper White paper, cut them out, and mounted them on dimensionals, for depth. I used paper from the Stampin Up retired Simply Scrappin’ kit called Just Delightful. It’s perfect for girlie things!

If you’ve never made a pocket card before, here is an excellent tutorial that Beate wrote for SCS. I love these cards – they don’t really take too much longer than a regular fold card (unless, of course, you are goofy like I am and decide to hand-stitch them all shut, lol) and they just look so cute when they are done!

To make the insert for the card, I used my corner rounder punch on the top corners, and stapled a tab (using the round tab punch) at the top, to pull out the insert. I sponged pink ink around the edges, and adhered the picture and the important details (that are computer generated, squeezing the last drop of ink out of my printer).

And to my immense relief, the last bout of the throw ups missed the whole stack of these by about 5 inches. Whew. Guess the temporary home I gave them was not, in fact, out of the danger zone! Tomorrow I will post the other design I did, which I also really love. It is pretty simple, but sometimes simple is good!

Figgy Gift Cards

Sorry for the delay in posting – it’s been crazy getting ready for the holidays! DH and I went on a gift card buying spree this weekend, to send to family members that are spread all over the country. I knew I wanted to put them in some sort of cute little holder. Well, when I saw this , by MaryAnnDOLN, in the gallery, I just knew I had to case it!! I just love the idea of little criss-cross cards for holding gift cards! How genius is she???? Thanks for letting borrow your inspiration, Mary Ann!

My cards were done using the criss-cross tutorial on SCS, I just shrunk my measurements to about 3″ x 4″ for the “pocket” part. So instead of a piece that was 4 .25″ x 11 for the long panel, mine were 3″ x 8″. I scored it at 4″. I’ve never done these cards before, but I’ve been drooling over them forever. They are super easy, and the end result is phenomenal!!

I didn’t do the belly band for them, because we lost power the afternoon that I was working on them, and my toddler got antsy. So my crafting time was cut a bit short (at least I got it, though!) But I love love love love this Figgy Pudding dp, so leaving them off wasn’t a terrible decision, imo 🙂

These are so fun! I’ll definitely be making more from now on!