Monday, June 25, 2012

More Graduation Cards

We had another fun weekend of graduation openhouses.  Graduation cards are one of my favorite to design!

I really like the feeling of motion in this card.  The contemporary style of the Bright Blossoms stamps seemed to fit this sentiment so well.  This uses all the new in-color inks and the lovely Comfort Cafe DSP.
Midnight Muse is such a rich color of blue and is fast becoming my new go-to color.  I used it for the sentiment in the above card and in this second card it is the main focus.   
Products used:
Imagine the Possibilities card:
Raspberry Ripple base- 4-1/4" X 11", scored at 5-1/2"
Comfort Cafe layer- 4" X 5-1/4"
Whisper White layer - 3-3/4" X 5"
Inks- Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse
Stamps- Bright Blossoms, Word Play

Go Confidently card:
Midnight Muse base- 4-1/4"X 11", scored at 5-1/2"
Comfort Cafe layer-  3" X 5-1/4"
Very Vanilla layer - 3-3/4" X 5"
Ink: Midnight Muse
Stamps: Open Sea, Word Play

Friday, June 15, 2012

Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Blog Hop

The 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalog is here and Stampin' Addict demo members are anxious to share a selection some of the wonderful new stamp sets in this weekend's blog hop.   You are in for a treat so grab a cup of coffee, get comfy and enjoy!

I chose to work with the Clockworks stamp set.  It has clock parts, gears and some great grunge elements that I thought would be perfect of a collage style card.
I started with the main clock image in the center and built the design from the center out.  Once I had the larger images in place I added the smaller gears and some tiny images such as the keys, postage stamp and heart from a second new set called Lovely Little Labels.   Next I sponged ink taking my color scheme from the new Fan Fair Designer Series Paper.  Finally I added doodling with a white gel pen to highlight the design.

My second project is also a collage but this time in 3D.
The clocks are stamped on vellum-- the watch body is done with pewter embossing powder and face with Black Staz-On ink.  I cut them out layered them with elements cut from the Fan Fair Designer Series Paper in and on a shadow box.
For my final project I wanted to make a more realistic pocket watch that pulls out of a shirt pocket.
To make the watch, I layered three circles of Shimmery White cardstock together with ModPodge (the top circle was stamped with the clock face) then coated it with Crystal Effects.  Once it was dry, I mounted this on a heat embossed watch body.  The insert in the pocket is cut from the Fan Fair paper and also pulls out so you can write a message on it.

Thank you for stopping!  You may continue the hop in either direction as we are all linked in a circle. You can go backwards to see Mickey's lovely Layered Label projects

or forward Paula's pretty Moving Forward projects!

Also below is complete list of the projects.... you will want to see them all!

1) Twila (tjdstampsalot) -- Chock-Full Of Cheer -- Stamp A Little Longer
2) Kim (s1itcher46) -- For the Birds -- Stitchin n Stampin' on Paper
3) Adriana (escape2stamp) -- Two by Two --escape2stamp
4) Carmen -- Blast Off -- Stamping Addiction
5) Sara (lilyinkpad) -- Bug Me -- Lily's Ink Pad
6) Heidi (hlw966) -- The Great Outdoors --RunningwScissorsStamper
7) Tanya (tanya27) -- Serene Silhouettes -- Tinkerin In Ink with Tanya
8) Debra (WebDeb) -- Fine Feathers -- Heartfelt Inkspiration
9) Rhonda (rhondag) -- Horse Frontier -- The Stampin' Bunny
10) Yapha -- A Fitting Occasion -- Rubber Stamping & Card Making with Yapha
11) Mickey (MickeyRoberts) -- Layered Labels -- Paper Conversation
12) Betty (kittystamp) -- Clockworks -- Kitty Stamp
13) Paula (scrapshappen) -- Moving Forward -- Stampin' with Paula

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Graduation Card Variations

We have so many openhouses to attend this year!  It is delightful to see so many of the kids we have known since they were babies graduating.   I made two cards for the ones we attending this weekend.

Both use a base layer with a verse printed using My Digital Studio which I stamped on to make the variations.
The daisy outline stamp on the girl version is from the Reason to Smile set.
And the ship and compass on the guy version is from the Open Sea set.

The My Digital Studio layout is one that I made last year and saved so I was easily able add a duplicate page, changed the color of the text and put a border stamp at the bottom.  (The border stamp, called Torn Edges is one of my favorites and comes with My Digital Studio.)  This is what the page looked like when I printed it.

I have tips for aligning the text on the page in this post from last year.  You can see the first version of the card there as well.