Saturday, May 31, 2008

Congratulations Kerri!

This past weekend, one of the PCT's I work with graduated from Nursing school. I made this card for her from all of us at work.
I had a lot of fun making this card because I used a technique that I had not really done much of before. I watercolored the image. Of course I water colored as a kid, but now am so much more concious of the lines of the image! And of course since this was made especially for someone, I had to get it perfect. (this painted image was #3, numbers 1 and 2 never made it to be mounted!)
I used Wild Wasabi cardstock as a base for this card. The patterned paper is from the Hostess level 1: Prints Pack Designer Series Paper, in Real Red. Using watercolor paper, I stamped the image with a stamp from my Merci set using Stazon Ink in black.
To color the image I used my SU markers in Real Red, Yo Yo Yellow and Garden Green to color in some areas of the image, then I blended using my Aqua painter pens. Once the water had dried, I covered the hearts and the flower using Crystal Effects to add dimension and shine.
I used the Horizontal Slot punch to take a nip out of the side of the card, then 1/4 inch Basic Black grosgrain ribbon and Real Red eyelets for extra bling. Then I mounted the stamped image using Dimensionals.
Of course the card was really completed once everyone had signed it!
I hope she enjoys it!

Friday, May 23, 2008


A couple of our freinds just had baby girls. I made these adorable cards. I first saw them on splitcoast stampers, then a tutorial on Lauren Meader's blog:
You really should check it out, these are so cute and not too difficult to make.
I used white cardstock for my onesie, but have seen in baby blue and pink and patterned paper too, all look adorable. I also used Stampin' Up! Pink Passion paper as well as Pink Passion and Green Galore markers. Images were stamped in basic black. One is a Stampin up image, the other a stamp from Michaels. I used my CM hole punch to punch the legs and neck and then my scallop punch to make the ruffles. The snaps are eyelets set with my cropadile. You can't see from the picture, but above the snaps and on the sleeves the paper is scored to look like a seam.
You really should try this, so adorable.
Drop me a line and let me know how it comes out if you do.
Happy Stampin'

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bella Fantastic

Well, It seems to be a while since I have posted. Life just gets very busy some times.

I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, however, I do love the "bella" images. These little gals are too adorable. This is a card I made for my friend when she moved to her new apartment. I love it. I used Real Red and Whisper White cardstock from Stampin' Up! Also the 1/4 inch grossgrain black ribbon. The circle paper is from a pack I got at Michaels. The image was stamped and colored with Stampin' Up markers. I just think the gal in the image is too adorable with her kicked up heel, and of course her wine. She just looks like she is celebrating!
~ melanie

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mother's Day!

Well, Mother's Day is almost here. Last weekend my sisters and I got together to make mothers day cards. This is my Mom's card.

I used my new stamp set again: SU! Blooming with Love. Paper in Earth Elements colors: Cameo coral, ruby red and old olive paper, as well as the whisper white. I colored with markers in colors cameo coral, ruby red, old olive and summer sun. The ribbon is 1/4 " white grosgrain.

We actually had our Mother's Day last weekend over at my mom's house. The weekend after Mother's day we will have dinner at my in-laws. This is the card I made for my DMIL.

Use the same stamp set! (LOVE IT) I also used my scallop punch... just got it... so much fun!

A neat trick: used my marker in Lovely lilac to color my white ribbon. You can now make any color ribbon! Paper is SU whisper white, lovely lilac and orchid opulence, as well as random DP. Also a purple random brad for my flower center. On this card, I used a black pencil to shade in my watering can. Experimented with a ripping technique for a little drama. I was not crazy about this card at first, but when it all came together I was really happy.

Have you all made your Mom's cards yet? A little homemade gift of love! :)