Monday, November 11, 2013

Proud to be an American

I just wanted to share this card for Veteran's Day. I am going to send it to my brother, Thom,
who served in the Navy.  He served on the battleship the USS Wisconsin.  Very special because
we live in Wisconsin.

Thank you to Thom and to all of our veterans who honor our country with their service.

I made the card in Kim Bolzenthal's class this past summer.

I knew this card would be for my brother the minute I made it.

I can't remember all the details of the card, but the flag was cut out from the Top Note die.
Then it was embossed to give it texture. Fun idea for a flag.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Joy - A Very Merry Christmas to You

I was so excited to play along with the Nacho Average Sketch #61. I had an idea right away, but it took me all week to finally have time to finish my card. I didn't make the cutoff to add the card to their website, but I did my card anyway. Here is the sketch for last week:

Here is the card that I thought of when I saw this sketch:

After I put together the basic layout, I added a few finishing touches. On the 1" circles and the greeting, I inked a background stamp with Crumb Cake ink (any background stamp will do).
I stamped once on scrap paper and then stamped on the 1" circles and the greeting. This gives
the Very Vanilla paper just a hint of color and texture.

I embossed the Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations paper with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.
I lightly sanded the dots to reveal the lighter color underneath.

Two simple techniques gave the card the look I had in mind.


Stampin! Up Designer Series Paper - Be of Good Cheer (retired)
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations, Very Vanilla
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake
1" Circle Punch
Greeting: More Merry Messages
Pearl Jewels
Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Sanding Block
3/4" Die Cut Letters