Stampin Up Projects

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

I made these 2 cards for my Dad and Stepdad. I learned how to sponge the sky using this tutorial from Whiff of Joy- it's an awesome site to learn about new techniques or ideas. I colored the bear and lake and trout w/ my copics and then masked the image to make the sky. I sponged the blue sky with the Tim Holtz blending tool and SU soft sky and Baja Breeze ink, I didn't quite like the lack of control that I had with the blending tool. But overall I think it turned out okay

I've been admiring the brayered technique of sunset or dusk that I've seen on blogs so I decided to try something similar. So for my stepdad's card- I've used the same technique but I wanted a sunset sky instead. I used SU Yoyo Yellow and Pumpkin Pie to make the sky. I also used SU soft sky,taken w/ teal and sage shadow to make the ocean. I used sponge daubers to sponge the sky this time and I felt more comfortable. I also sponged in the ocean w/ a folded up make up sponge.

I decided to make them smaller cards since I don't know if they'll save them so I like making these cards w/ the nestabilities. :)

Anyway, my Dad and stepmom are in Vegas and they come home tomorrow, so I'll be spending the day w/ my mom and stepdad. hopefully if it's sunny, we'll go up to my step-grandma's house to swim in her renovated pool and then eat Blazing steaks :)

Have a great Father's Day and I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and friends!

Take care!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A "Precious" Birthday Card

Hi everyone-
Happy Saturday! I hope you all had a great week and are having a nice relaxing weekend. It's been crazy busy for me at work and I've been working 12 hour days and been in tons of meetings so I'm very glad that it's the weekend. :)

In the previous post I showed you the card I made for my co-worker Michelle's birthday that the office signed. She liked her card a lot and was shocked when I told her that I made the Rich Razzleberry DSP myself using stamps.

Anyway, she loves Precious Moments and I found this website that Shirley mentioned on her blog so I decided to download and color a PM image. I have always admired the charms that people use on their cards and I actually bought some stuff from Stamp and Create that Joy mentioned before. But this smiley sunflower charm can be bought from Cute Stuff.

I colored the image with my copics and then used prima flowers to embellish the top and attached the charm using jump rings I picked up from Wal-mart. She like her card a lot and that's the main thing :)

Thanks for stopping by I hope you all have a great day and have a terrific Father's Day tomorrow. Come by tomorrow and I'll post the 2 cards I made for my Dad and Stepdad.

Take care!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Office birthday card for my co-worker

My co-worker Michelle's birthday is today and I made this card for the office to sign for her. I used this emerging colors emboss resist technique. I think it turned out okay- I wish I had a bigger flower to use as the focal point instead of the hero arts doily stamp, but oh well. I was actually going to scrap the whole idea, but then I decided to cover it w/ Rich Razzleberry and then used a SU wheel to add the flourishes and the background paper started getting better. I also spritzed it a LOT w/ glimmer mists.

I used a spellbinders fancy frames for the sentiment and the happy birthday is from the SU set that came out in the summer mini- I love it, but I just wish it also had a Thank you and Get Well Soon sentiment too. Anyway, I then added some prima flowers that I picked up from Little C's which I spritzed w/ glimmer mist and used my new layered arches MS punch to add the double border. I stamped a butterfly from another stamp set I got (I think it's Inkspirations) and then I colored it w/ SU lavendar lace and baja breeze.

I think all in all it turned out okay- I really like the rich razzleberry color and will probably use that some more :)

Anyway, I hope that she likes her office card. I need to make my card for her this weekend so I'll post that soon.

Take care and have a great Saturday!

Friday, June 11, 2010

One more covered notepad

Here's another covered notepad I made. My aunt ordered one for her friend and she wanted a HK design. So here it is! I finally used this paper that I had from the DCWV Asian pack. I like the papers, but there's always some in the paper stack that aren't the greatest designs. I liked the color, but not the medallion thing so much. But it worked great w/ this MS layered arches eggplant border and the HK.

I hope that my aunty's friend likes it!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

more covered Jr. size notepads

Hi, it's Sunday which means 1)It's the Lord's day (even though I go to church on Saturdays) 2) I GOTTA GO BACK TO WORK TOMORROW! BOOO HOOO! But it's another short week as Kamehameha Day is on Friday= YIPPEE!

Anyway, these are the 1st 4 covered notepads that I made to fulfill a co-worker's order. Her mom sewed some purses for her friends and she wanted something to put inside.

I used the watercolor technique I learned to make the focal images and then I just picked DSP according to the color of the purses that my friend will give to her friends. I used MS punches to make the borders and nestabilities to cut the focal images out.

The funny part is that she ordered these from me on a Monday and I had to complete it by Thursday and then she was rushing so much to get to the airport that she forgot to take these notepads with her. :)

Anyway, I hope that they liked the notepads.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Another HK graduation card

This is the first HK graduation card that my co-worker asked me to make for her niece. This one was made w/ regular CS so you could see the glue on the borders of the HK, so I decided to stickle the heck out if it so you couldn't see the glue. The graduation cap is a quickcutz die that has since disappeared in my craft area (aka, my living room)

Her niece loved the card, that's the main thing. But I sure wish I could find that die, I'll just have to keep praying to St. Jude and St. Anthony for more assistance.

Hope you had a great Saturday!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sympathy card for a special girl

Hi everyone-
I really don't like making these types of cards, but it's inevitable I guess. I worked at Haleiwa Family Health Center for 6 1/2 years when I first started my career and as you can guess, I established a lot of relationships w/ my patients. I think that's the best/worst part of community nursing- as a community health nurse you get to establish relationships with your patients while as a hospital nurse, you don't get to see them in their home setting or see them "age" thru the years. When I worked at the clinic I would see my patients come in regularly and would get to talk to them about their lives and also get to follow up on things since they would come back.
Well now that I'm a Public Health Nurse I get to go to my client's home and since I work with children I get to care for them from birth or infancy until they are at least 3 years old, I am Aunty Kelli and they readily interact with you as they age. I have toddlers who will come up to me and lift up their shirts when they see me pull out my stethoscopes b/c they know it's time to be checked. If you're in this field long enough you are amazed when you run into a child you used to care for (we forget that they've grown up and you just remember the beautiful child that you helped care for). One of my fellow PHNs received a graduation announcement from a former client that she helped from birth until 3 years old and now that girl is graduating from high school! For those clients and families that we have touched they will always remember their nurse and that is an amazing feeling.

Well, one of my former patients passed away a few weeks ago and I used to see her young, smiling face at church weekly so it was a little shocking to hear that she passed away. However she did have a heart defect, so it wasn't THAT shocking, but it's still sad. I made this card for her family who were ALL my patients.

I used the flower fancy SU set and the sentiment is from God's Blessings set. I don't have a stamp-a-ma-jig but an imitation and with some fiddling I got the flowers to line up (mostly!) I used my MS punch to create the borders. Shirley tuned me into Becca Feeken's blog and she uses her nestabilities and punches in the most amazing ways. Check her blog out, it's endless inspiration. But don't look too closely at my card since I had some issues w/ lining up the punches.

In any case, my patient is sorely missed by those of us who go to church regularly and would see her beautiful face and of course she is missed by her family. I wanted to share a poem that they put at the back of her program; it's very heartfelt and it really struck me.

Broken Chain
we little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

I wish her family the best during this difficult time and I know that God will heal their hearts. All I can say is to cherish your family and friends for life is too short and it's times like these that make us more aware of our mortality.

I hope you all have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. Take care and God Bless!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

nestie shaped thank you cards

Hi everyone-
It's Thursday- Hallelujah! one more day to go. I hope you all are having a great week!
I made these 2 easel cards on Sunday, I used my scallop circle nestabilities to create the card and then I bought the digital stamps from PCS (the dots and delights series). I bought it because I thought they'd look great with paper piercing.

So I colored the butterflies w/ my copics and then used spica pens and stickles to glitz them up. I then pierced the wording and some parts of the butterfly. I used my crystal pen to highlight the dots on the wording. I made these dahlia like flowers and then glimmer misted them--which is hard to see in the picture :(

I hope they liked their cards!

Mother's Day Cards

I thought I had posted these earlier- but I guess not!
Anyway, my mom came out of the hospital about 4 weeks ago and she is gradually getting better, she is puttering around the house and has driven to Wahiawa and around Mililani by herself, but we still take her to town for medical appointments. She still gets pretty wiped out after her activities so it's good that she rest too!

I am fortunate enough to have 2 mothers, my biological mom and my stepmom. I made them each a card using this new watercolor technique I learned and I think the cards came out great (except for the crooked sentiment- oh well). These were my 1st attempts at using the watercolor stamping technique and I think I like these the best.

I used pigment inks (PTI and also brillance pigment ink pads) and then I used gold glimmer mist and made my own glimmer mist to sparkle up the card. I really love this technique and will be making more of these types of cards! I used my border punches to edge the card and then I cut off about 1" from the front of the base card to attach the image. I then capped off the edge w/ another border punch strip.

Anyway, they loved their cards and that's the most important thing.

take care and have a great day!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Aloha RAK

Hi everyone-
I wanted to post this today because hopefully by now my partner received her Aloha RAK!
I was lucky to have received an AMAZING RAK from Gail Woo- she's incredible and so generous!

She used her new SU tropical accessories to make this cute coconut cup and she included a paper umbrella to boot! I had a yummy chocolate bar in there also= that has since disappeared. Hmm? She then included these wonderful stamp sets which I will ink up shortly!

I was partnered w/ Christine in Michigan- I hope that she liked her handmade cards and I also included some mulberry flowers, a stamp and some stickers for her to use in future projects!

I made more watercolor flowers for her card and then I added sentiments from the SU Oval all stamp set. I hope she likes them and can use them!

Thanks for stopping by and happy HUMP day- Whoo hoo, it's a short week this week!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Last of the May birthday cards!

Hi everyone-
Welcome to the first day of June! WHAAT? 1/2 the year gone by already- YIKES! Anyway, this is the last of the May birthday cards that I made, if you remember I had to make 6 birthday cards last month.

This card is for my co-worker Robin. I used a PTI set for the leaf border and then used flowers from other PTI sets to add the flowers. Again I used the brillance pigment ink and then added rhinestones. I added some stamped butterflies and Wha-la! It was done! I used a MS border punch for the accents.

Thanks for stopping by- I hope you are having a great Tuesday!