Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Boo To You!

With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to be sure to get some cute cards out for my nieces and nephews. I think this card will be one to do the trick (or treat), don't you? I got them some cute little pumpkin hanging thingies at a recent craft show for Halloween, too. Just a little somethin' for them to know I'm thinking of them!
You're probably saying, "What is it with you and that brayering, Julia?" And I would say, "I don't know. It's become uncontrollable!"

With this card, I used the More Mustard first, layered on some Pumpkin Pie, and then finished the brayer work with a bit of Cajun Craze. I love the way they look. Just right for this spooky card. At this moment, I cannot remember for the life of me what stamp sets I used on this card. We'll call it a "brain fart" and leave it at that.

More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze Classic Ink; Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Whisper White card stock; Regals Designer Paper Pack; Designer Punch; Neutrals Brads; Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, and More Mustard stampin' Write Pens; White Gel Pen; Stampin' Sponge.

And then of course, there are the cards/postcards I was working on for the hostess with the mostess!

Oh, don't bother counting them. I'll tell you that there are 26 of them there! Whoa! Yep, 26 of them. My hand was beginning to be in a permanent claw position after working that brayer for all these. So worth it though. I'd do it all over again. Every time I see the colors blending so well together, it makes me happy. Doesn't take much, does it?

Hope your day was a great one! Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Come Stamp With Me

I want to invite you to come and stamp with me . . . and with a fantastic friend of mine who is having a stamping event in November. We're gonna make four great cards - two of each card. I can hardly wait! I've been working on the cards since I hung up the phone with her!!

These are the invitations that I made for her to give to her friends. Hope she likes them!

See the wind? That's what the pretty curlies are up at the top of the card. Lots of brayering happening here! This card is CASEd from a card I made when I attended Michelle Zindorf's classes at the beginning of September. I'm pretty much addicted to brayering at this point.

The words on the card came from a stamp set that I got for free because I attended the Stampin' Up! convention in July. There are some great perks for being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! and one of them is all the free stuff I'm always getting from them.

Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Basic Black, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Inks; Plant Hope, and Baroque Motifs stamp sets; label punch; paper snips; white gel pen, Post-It notes, and stampin' dimensionals.

May you have a peaceful day. Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Iris Folding

This card uses what's known as the Iris Fold. It's used a lot with material crafting where the material is folded over. When I first tried making this type of card, I would fold the paper over. Well, material may fray, but paper usually doesn't, so it's not necessary to fold the paper when you're doing the Iris Fold technique on a card or scrapbook page or anything where it's a paper crafting activity! That's good, because doing an Iris Fold makes for a hefty card as it is with just an unfolded paper.

I got a template for making this card from Robin Messenheimer. She has a video on her blog that explains the whole thing. It's great. If you have the time, check it out. Of course, when I CASEd her card, I changed it up a little to use what I have on hand. Go ahead and give the Iris Fold technique a try. It's fun and easy.

Big Shot; Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; Bigz Scallop #2 Die; Blossom Punch; Paper Snips; Daffadil Delight, Naturals Ivory, and Garden Green card stock; Neutrals DSP pack; Petite Pairs stamp set; Garden Green classic ink; Stampin' Sponges; 2-1/2" Circle punch Garden Green grosgrain ribbon.

Hope you do something fun today. Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Double Take

Some things in life are better in doubles.

Take this card for instance. When I was cutting out the paper for these cards last night, as usual, since I cut a piece of card stock in half, I was doing at least two cards. I gave the top one away to a co-worker at the law firm. It seemed like a card that would be okay for a guy to give out. I wanted to thank him for some help last week (absolutely HUGE help last weekend), and there you go!

Of course, it was super easy, then, to make the second card since all the figuring had gone into the first one. That's why I so often make bunches of cards at once. They all get used up so quickly anyway. And you're already cutting and figuring -- why not?

The cards look almost the same, but a different sentiment from the Perfectly Penned stamp set was used for each. My husband thought I had created the background paper, but I had to tell him that it was the Well Worn DSP. I've been making a lot of my own backgrounds lately, so I can see how he'd be confused.

Naturals Ivory and Soft Suede card stock; Well Worn DSP; Early Espresso and Soft Suede classic inks; large neutrals brads; Soft Suede ribbon; Perfectly Penned and Raining Flowers stamp sets.

Have you done any double takes lately? Thanks for stopping by . . . Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!