Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Vintage MASCULINE card...

I know, I know... this is NOT a tutorial like I promised, however I thought I'd post this "Father's Day" card I made this morning, anyway! I hope you all don't mind!

Can you believe I made a Vintage MASCULINE card!?!? I know... I can't, either!! I have to say I am pretty proud of myself! I have a TRUE love for anything vintage! I love distressing paper and dusting different colors on my paper to make it look aged! Not ALL my cards have that Vintage feel, but honestly, most of them do! lol 
Growing up, I absolutely LOVED going to Antique stores with my mom and little sister Amanda! (yes I STILL call her my little sister and we're only 18moths apart!) I lived in NY growing up. About 20mins. from NYC. We had a bunch of Antique stores where we lived. My mom was always on a mission when we went antiquing. She was on the hunt for, "1964 World's Fair" memorabilia. We would have so much fun looking around the Antique stores with my mom. She'd ask if they had any "World's Fair" memorabilia and most of the time it would spark some conversation. I loved listening to the stories she and the store owner/workers would swap. She'd always light up talking about how amazing and fun it was for her when she was a little girl. Many times Amanda and I would walk around trying to guess what some of the "contraptions" were. We laugh a lot at all the wacky stuff there was. There were a few things I would always want to check out. Like looking at the records. I remember picking up an OLD Woodstock record and you could just tell that whomever owned that record played it A LOT! It was completely warped from the record player needle. Another thing I liked to take a peak at was the old "TIMES" magazines and newspapers. it was fun reading them and looking at the old stories. I think just about EVERY antique store had them. I also loved the colors of the plates and the simple, yet beautiful designs they had. Home decor item were definitely different, too. Lamps looked so neat. My mom also collected those 1950's pink/turquoise dish sets. She had this huge glass case in her kitchen which showcased her neat collection. My mom was even interviewed with all her antiques for a documentary that was being made on the "1964 World's Fair!" Pretty neat stuff, huh? So, like I said earlier... no wonder where I acquired my love of Vintage Flair. Thanks mom for all the AWESOME memories!!
About the card below: 
Again, I am just so surprised I came up with something MASCULINE with a Vintage flair! I used Stampin' Up!'s! set called Countryside. I think this image is just PERFECT for a "Father's Day" card! My husband has a truck and it's black so I thought I'd try to color in this image to match his truck! I used watercolor paper and SU!'s markers with a blender pen for my image. I really enjoyed coloring this truck in! I'm not sure if you all know this about me or not, but I absolutely LOVE Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla. They are my "Go To" colors! The new Newsprint dp from SU! is also one of my faves right now. This card really did come together quite easily. Just thinking of all the old vintage items I used to see in those antique stores really helped me to put this card together! I hope you like it!!

I promise, my tutorial is coming soon....
Hope you all have a great day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Since many of you requested....

Hey Everyone!

Last week was a very hectic week for me! I literally had something going on every day!  I haven't quite been myself. I feel super sleepy all the time and not really up for doing anything. My allergies have literally sucked all the energy out of me! When I lived in NY, my allergies consisted of: stuffy nose, sneezing, and post nasal drip. Ya know... all that "good stuff." It lasted a couple of weeks and I'd even have a day or two in between where they just went away! Can I tell you... I'd MUCH prefer THAT over the lack of energy I have had this allergy season! I read that this is a horrible allergy season and people are really being affected! This lack of energy has somewhat brought on my depression again, which is just wonderful I tell 'ya! So far, the Allegra hasn't done anything for me... I'm going to try some Zyrtec, soon! If that doesn't work... I think it'll be time to go back to the doctor for some other Rx...

On my last post, I posted two cards that some of you seemed to want to know the details about. Well, this post is where you will find how to make this pink and white "Newlyweds" card.

Here are the supplies I used to make the card above:

Stampin' Up! stamp set called "On The Grow"
White (I used Shimmery White) Card stock
Pink Pirouette cardstock
The embossing folder I used was "Vintage Wallpaper" by SU!
I used a round 4" doily
To create the circles I used Nestabilities standard circles large
SU!'s Paper piercing pack
Ribbon of your choice (I used some super thin silk ribbon)
I also added some pearl corsage pins and added a little rosette
Crystal Effects was used to create the "glass" appearance on the vase
Dimensionals and double sided tape were used to put my card together

The following markers were used:
 -Pink Pirouette
 -Blushing Bride
 -Daffodil Delight
 -Pear Pizzazz
 -Garden Green
 -Sahara Sand
 -Crumb cake
 -Gel Pen
  -Blender pen

Measurements and details of the card:
-The card size is 5"x5"- I then embossed the front of my card using the Vintage wallpaper embossing folder. Next I roughed up the edges!
-The next layer: Pink Pirouette is 4.5"x4.5" I (faux stitched) paper pierced around that piece of card stock. Then i ran it through the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder THEN I used the gel pen to create the "stitching." If you use the gel pen first and then run your paper through the embossing folder (ef), you may get some gel pen on your ef. Sometimes that can be annoying when you put a darker piece of cardstock in your ef and the gel pen shows up! Now you can rough up the edges!
-Your next layer: Shimmery White (or white) is 4"x 4" This is also paper pierced, then put through your ef. Now you can use your gel pen to create the "stitching." You will also rough up the edges on this layer as well!
-Next I used the doily.

Time to Color!

I used Shimmery White cardstock and stamped sown my image in black Staz-On
I colored each of my flowers in using Pink Pirouette first. Then to add some dimension to my flowers, I used the darker pink, Blushing Bride. Just adding a bit here and there on each flower leaving the center white. Next I took my Daffodil Delight marker and added a bit in the center.
For the leaves on my image I colored each leaf with Pear Pizzazz. Then to add some dimension on the leaves, I added a bit of Garden Green marker where all the "shadow" markers are on my image! Next, I used Sahara Sand to outline the vase of the flowers. Then, I lined the whole image with some Sahara Sand. Using my Crumb Cake marker, I added a line under the image where the shadow of the vase is and then used my blender pen very lightly to move the color around. If you use too much blender pen on regular cardstock, it will begin to tear!

Once you are finished coloring in your image to your liking. (I tried to give you a loser view of the coloring on my image... hope the above photo helps!) You will now need to choose the proper size to cut out your image. Next, you will need to start layering your image. For each layer behind my image, I used the same Vintage Wallpaper ef and roughed up the edges as well!

After all your layers are competed, you can start putting together your card! I always wait to put my card together until the end. That way, if there is something I want to add, or take away I won't destroy the whole thing! I used some dimensionals and my double sided tape runner to put my card together!
Another thing is: I usually embellish my card after I have put it together! You can add some pearls or bling and use a punch to add your sentiment. You can also add the Crystal Effects to your image and sit your card up to let it dry!

I hope all these are the details that you were looking for! If you re-create this card using this "How To" I would LOVE for you to send me a link so I can see it! If there is something I missed or you have a questions regarding one of the steps, don't hesitate to ask!

 My next Blog post will be a TUTORIAL using SU!'s Top note! Let's just say, if you are looking for a sturdy little something to place a small card, some chocolate or whatever in it, this next tutorial will be RIGHT up your alley! Here's a little sneak peak of what it looks like! :o)
Some of the supplies you will need for the above project are: SU!'s Top note die, your favorite embossing folder (This should be one with a large design, the ef's with too much detail may become flimsy), Your favorite mini floral set, some of your favorite ribbon, some pearls (Obviously, right??) and a small oval punch. There are more supplies and details that will be given shortly!
See you soon!! Hope you all are interested in another tutorial!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just a couple of cards....

I'm going to keep this a short blog entry tonight. I am very excited about my new SU! products. I absolutely LOVE this new set called, "On the Grow!" As I've said earlier, I LOVE Vespa's!! The other stamp in this set is a vase of flowers that I just LOVE as well!! THe sentiments that are in this set are super sweet, too!! The first card you see, is one I have wanted to make for a while now! A RED Vespa card!!! :o) 

I used Stampin' Up!'s new doily punch and created a border for my image piece! I love coloring this Vespa! I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Kraft, and Very Vanilla. i also used some AMAZING designer paper form Stampin' Up! I also used Seam Binding and created a double bow, added a button and some twine! I am just LOVING all these products from Stampin' Up! I hope you like my card!

This next card was created last week. I just LOVE these colors and anything with a "Vintage" or "Girly" feel to it is what I LOVE to create!! :o) 

I'm not sure who I am going to send this to, but I just felt I HAD to create something since there was this HUGE Royal wedding going on! ;o)
If you need or want any details on how to re-create this card or what I used to create these cards, please don't hesitate to ask!! 
I really hope you enjoyed my cards today!!
Till next time!