Monday, May 31, 2010

The term, Godspeed, is relatively obsolete. However, it's most common meaning, of wishing someone a safe journey will never be outdated.

To all the veterans, the men and women currently serving their country, and to their families, I would like to say Thank You!! Because of your sacrifices and dedication, I am able to live the life that I do. I'm honored to have had several relatives in the military and appreciate their time in service.

To all of you, Godspeed!!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Graduation Shimmer

Here is a different take on the graduation card I recently made for a class. This is obviously a more feminine version. :)

The card base is 6.5" x 6.5" Chocolate Chip, scored at 3.25". I cut the flowers out from the Tea Party designer paper. After cutting out the two layers, I put them together with dimensionals and a rhinestone brad. The graduation stamp can be found in the new Summer Mini catalog for under $10.

I used some of the new Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz on the Certainly Celery textured cs, the flower and the stamped image piece. I think it gives it just enough glitz without going over the top.
This is a very quick and easy card.

You can turn it into a money holder, by making the base 6.5" x 7.75" and scoring at 3.25" and 6.5", glue the edges of the 1.25" flap and there you go. A nice little card and money holder all in one.

Stamps: Happy Grad
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery (textured), Very Vanilla, Tea Party DSP
Accessories: Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon, Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads, Dimensionals

Monday, May 17, 2010

Baja Time

I'm glad that Baja Breeze is one of the returning In-Colors with the Color Renovation; it goes great with so many different colors. I know that this particular ribbon probably won't be coming back,(even though I really want it to) but I'm sure SU will have something just as wonderful. Trying to use up some retired items to make room for all the new ones coming in. Yeah!!

The card design is actually a Mojo Monday sketch found here. There are some really awesome sketches on the site for when you're in a rut, or need to put together something spectacular, but don't have the time to design it yourself.

I ran the textured Baja Breeze through the Big Shot with the Distressed Texturz plate, then used the distressing tool on the edges. The Sahara Sand piece is stamped with the clock face and cog stamps in Sahara Sand. I then stamped the cogs again, in chocolate chip, and secured the Artichoke 1/2" circle with a vintage brad. I distressed the Sahara Sand piece and it's Chocolate Chip mat with the distressing tool. All the edges, except for the card base, are sponged with coordinating ink. I then simply stapled the ribbon on and frayed the edges, so that it was "distressed" too. :)

To match up the torn edges of your DSP and mat layer, simply cut your pieces to the appropriate size, then line up the bottom of your DSP with the bottom of your mat and tear both pieces at the same time. Center your DSP on your mat and voila-matching edges!

Stamp: Sense of Time
Paper: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze-textured, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, DSP (retired)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Cutter Kit Distressing Tool, Vintage Brads, Big Shot, Sizzix Distressed Texturz Plate, 1/2" Circle Punch, Baja Striped Ribbon (retired), Sponges, Stapler

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Versatile Card Class

First, let me apologize for the poor lighting in this picture, I was kind of in a hurry.

Anyway, these are three of the cards that we will be making at the card class on Friday, May 21st and Saturday, May 22nd. A sympathy card, Father's Day card and Graduation card. Make sure you register by May 15th. You can see full details at my SU website - Kym's Creations - under Events.

As the title of this post indicates, this class is all about versatility. While we picked one Sentiment set to use for all the cards, we will have samples of how to easily change out these cards for different themes or colors, or how to increase the "wow" factor.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Masculine Stars

This was one of the swaps I made for the Milwaukee Regional a couple of months ago. Yeah, I'm a bit behind on posting. :)

I don't make a lot of masculine cards, so I struggled with this a bit. I think this was like the 4th or 5th version of the card, but I like the way it turned out. I sponged all the layers and stars with coordinating inks. I even sponged the twill tape with some Sahara Sand.

One of the flowers in Little Flowers looks kind of like a star, so I colored that with the Artichoke and Chocolate Markers and then stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock. I punched it out and added it to the build a brad and then put it through the large star and around the twill tape to help create a focal point.

Stamps: Little Flowers, Smarty Pants
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow (retiring), Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, To The Nines DSP (most likely retiring).
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip Markers
Accessories: Small and Large Star Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Twill Tape, Build-a-Brad, Sponges, Dimensionals