Thursday, June 20, 2013

Grad Card

I reused parts of the graduation announcement I received to make this quick card.

I stamped the background with an old image from Stampin' Up! (one of the All year Cheer sets).

The card base is vanilla to match the components I reused from the announcement. They were cut out and punched out from the announcement then glued to card stock colors to match the school colors.

Thanks for looking !

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Monday, June 17, 2013

25 good years

The truck image is from Stampin' Up!,
but I altered it to remove the apples and sign.
I broke down and bought this stamp brush set
since it is the same style of truck as my husbands.
I needed to alter it though, apples in the bed
were not going to work .

I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.
This is the second time I've tried 
to color with them; I need practice ! 
I attempted to color in flames on the front
like his truck has.
I also added a teeny dot of blue paint
on the tail lights to resemble the blue dots
in the real tail lights on the truck.

The tire and wheel were created with various
size paper punches and a die. 
I tried to "stretch" the card stock
in the palm of my hand with an Empressor
stylus tool to try to give it some dimension
to imitate the round sidewall of the tire
as well as the center of the wheels.
I used dimensionals under the center cap
and to attach the tire/wheel
combo to the card front. 

The letters are from a Just Rite stampers
stamp set, stamped with white craft ink
that I heat embossed white over. 

The textured background was made 
with a texturz plate Stampin' Up! sold.
 I really need to see if anyone makes a "diamond plate" 
design embossing folder and order it from 
somewhere one of these days.

Card stock:
Whisper White
Basic Black
Real Red
Metallic Silver

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ships Ahoy Pop Up Card

A card  I made for my dad.

Stamp images are retired from Stampin' Up!
Ships Ahoy
All Year Cheer II

I water colored the images with various colors of classic ink and an aquapainter.

The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up!, Square Lattice.

The twine is some old hardware department twine in my stash. I unraveled it into the three smaller strands.

I sponged light blue ink over a home made cloud template on the inside.

The ship was stamped then cut out to remove portions of the image. I attached it to a little
pop up tab I cut into the card. Teeny pieces of red card stock were trimmed to cover the flags on the stamped image.

I lightly painted white craft ink over the sails of the ship to tone down the black ink lines.

We no longer need a boat to get out , yaay ! The river is still quite high with more rain in the forecast it won't be getting back to normal pool soon. The flood waters are now out of the field, just barely back into the banks of the creek. There was seven feet of water out in that field during the flood !!!!  It still has several more feet to fall to get back to normal. What a stinky mess left behind ,  pee-eewwwww !

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Graduation Thanks Quick Card

Ooops, I forgot to share this card.

Run white card stock through an embossing folder
then lightly color a portion of the raised image
with chalks, ink, etc.
Stamp and hand cut out an image of a
mortarboard (graduation cap).
I trimmed the fringe of the tassel. 
The cap image was stamped inside the card
and on the envelope.

Thanks Cuttlebug embossing folder
white card stock
blue card stock
darker blue ink
Sketch An Event stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Pastels

I made twenty of these fairly simple cards to thank the guests that attended my sons graduation pinball and pizza party.

I have no photos (except the one I'm sharing below) to share since I was so busy being hostess, tending to people, the food and drinks, I never made time to go get my camera from the car to take pictures. I feel terrible about it, but my son said it is no big deal to not worry about it. I didn't even eat ! I only made time to play three pinball games as the party was wrapping up.

The other items I made and posted previously were used, 
but I've no photos of them......... sniffle. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Pop Up Graduation Cap (Mortarboard) Card

I found the links to instructions here

here is the direct link to a photo tutorial

I stamped a piece of acetate with Stazon black ink and a partially inked image from the Stampin' Up! Word Play set. I inked the other portion with a marker and white card stock then used other markers to draw flames, hoping it would resemble a rocket. I trimmed it out and glued it to a piece of white card stock underneath the stamped acetate. The acetate was attached with brads that I added glittery embossing powder to.

Star punches and a circle punch with a tiny bit of inking to resemble the moon were glued on top of black card stock that I stamped stars on.

The card front was supposed to resemble a "Shoot For The Moon" theme for the Graduate.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Graduation Then and Now Scrapbook Page

An 8.5" x 11" scrapbook page I put together to sit out on the table at the graduation party. I considered making an entire album of photos from all of his school years, then thought better of it. I didn't want to take a chance on food covered fingers messing up the pages since there were going to be dozens of people (little kids!) wandering about and eating all evening.

Cricut electronic die cut machine was used to cut out the numbers from silver card stock.

Heat embossed the letters on vellum.

Black brads, scrap of red card stock punched with a small circle punch.

Printed out the name and saying from my home printer (wasted a few pieces of paper in the process, my printer and digital designing programs are not compatible..........grrr!).  Brilliant Blue card stock from Stampin' Up!

Photos are backed with metallic silver card stock.


I woke up to a HUGE rise in the Mississippi River, storm / tornado / hail damage all around. I've done a quick look over the house and all seems fine other than limbs down and things blown about ( I was out at 6 AM in cloudy skies) other than the two feet of water in the front yard ! The water will continue to rise and quickly, hitting levels we saw in 2008 with certainty but quite likely going over (which causes great concern for me....................). I am thankful that we do still have a roof when there are so many people that do not. So many across the Midwest  have lost so much,  including loved ones, in this latest massive storm system and my heart breaks for them. Remember, the best way to help in any tragedy such as this is to donate to the American Red Cross.