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Friday, February 25, 2011

Beach Bachelorette Version 4

For some reason my brain isn't working as I tried describing these cards, so bare with me. :)
Okay here it is, the fourth sample for the Bachelorette Invitation. We took some elements from two of the cards below and put them together. The stamp set I used on these is the now retired "Tropical Party". The inks are Stampin' Up's Classic Inks in Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise. The cardstock I used is Whisper White and Old Olive. I embossed the Whisper White background with the Lattice Square embossing folder. The flowers are cut out and layered, and then attached using silver brads. I tied it down with Old Olive ribbon, and finished it all off with a little drink umbrella! (Sewn it to the card so it wouldn't fall off.)
These were fun to make and got y mind off the cold wind that has been blowing all day long! Man what I wouldn't do to be on a nice warm beach somewhere, getting sunburned! (PS If you don't know me...I don't tan. I burn. We're talking like a lobster!)

Samples for a Beach Bachelorette Invitations

A friend from work asked me to create invitations for her friend's Bachelorette party. They are renting a house for the weekend at a beach to celebrate. She had the idea to add the little drink umbrellas to the cards, so I am trying to work out a few samples for her to choose from. These feature the Tropical Party stamp set (retired) and the Texture embossing folder. The images are stamped in Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso,and Old Olive. The Cardstock colors are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White and Old Olive. The umbrellas are colored also with the same colors as the inks. The third card has the flowers cut out by hand and then I layered them and attached them with brads. The tropical drink is also cut out by hand and added to the card with Dimensionals. The sentiment is a Non-Stampin' Up stamp which I have in my collection. I have my favorite of the three cards, but I will also be making one more sample which will mix a couple of things from 2 of the cards. When I have it ready I will post it. I only had one sample umbrella so I had to take the first sample apart in order to make the second. However now I have more umbrellas, so that isn't a problem. Stay tuned for take number 4! I actually had the Tropical Party set on my wish list, but sadly, I didn't order it. Luckily I had friends in the PhillyInkers who offered to lend me their set. I knew I should have ordered it while it was available!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Baby Shower Thank You cards

Although the image on these is not Stampin' Up, I wanted to share them with you. First I have to say that Ilina Crouse, a fellow PhillyInker, taught me how to make these cards at a Make and Take at one of our meetings. And I am so glad that she did!!
A friend from work is having a baby, a little girl, and we had a surprise Baby Shower at work for her today. I wanted to make her some cards as a gift, and I knew these were going to be perfect for her. The "Onesie" itself is all hand cut. I could have used my circle punch for the neck hole, but I fear, my circle punch has seen better days. The "ruffle" around the neck and leg holes is YoYo Yellow cardstock (retired)with the Scallop circle punch. I stamped the image twice, once on the card and then on some scraps. I colored the one on the scraps with my YoYo Yellow Stampin' Write marker. Once it was dry, I used Crystal Effects over top to give it some shine. After all of that was dry I cut it out, put on some dimensionals and added it to the card. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Short & Sweet" set.

I decided I wanted to make a box for the cards, and found this one at SplitCoastStampers. The top is made with a sheet of Transparencies, which I got at a local office supply store. I have to say Transparencies are not the easiest to work with. :( And BTW they don't cut well with the Scallop Punch. I guess it is too thick?
Anyway, I love how these turned out!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brrr....it sure is Blustery!

A Very Blustery Day ~ Peter and Harrison Ellenshaw

Here's something you may not know about me. I love Pooh! Always have! I have my very first Pooh bear safely tucked away (from moths or rough playing 4 year old! Oh excuse me he reminded me that he is 4 and a HALF). I also have my little red denim jacket with the Pooh patch still hanging in my closet. (Which I never realized looked so boy-ish until recently, apparently back then only boys liked Pooh!) I just think Pooh is such a cute little bear all stuffed with fluff! When I was in High School we actually had a Pooh play, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, you know the one where he gets stuck in the tree after eating too much honey? I tried out and won a part. The funny thing? The kid that transferred from England, he got the part of Owl. Me? I got the part of Christopher Robin. LOL, hey I was 15 I think, and still looking quite like a boy if you know what I mean! Anyway I have always loved Pooh. Oh and then there's his Tiggeriffic friend Tigger....don't even get me started on him!
Anyway this is how it feels here in PA today. Blustery. The kind of day you really just want to snuggle under a blanket and get all warm and cozy with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. But instead....I need to take my daughter to dance class. So if you don't hear from me in a bit, you'd better take a look outside your window and see if you see me flying by!
Kind of makes me feel bad for Dorothy's house.....

Stay warm friends!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's official! I am on Etsy!

Well in a continuing efffort to build my business, I am branching out into Etsy. I only have a couple of things listed so far, but I will be adding some more. Why not stop in my store and take a look around! If you'd like to see something listed, please let me know!

Here's my store link http://www.etsy.com/shop/GRKIDDO?ref=top_trail