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Friday, June 15, 2012

VC~ROCKS! Blog Hop #2, 2012…

Welcome to the second installment of the 2012 VC~Rocks blog hopping!
This weekend I have some cards for your viewing pleasure that were recently made with my stampers. These cards were cased or inspired by other stampers unless otherwise noted. If I know where I saw it, I share… otherwise, I have to beg forgiveness because I have no idea exactly where I saw these ideas on the web. (If you do, please share :).
First up:
This “Thank you” or “Congratulations” card was so easy to make! I used two different Sizzix (by SU) embossing folders: Elegant Lines (119277) and Square Lattice (119976) to emboss the Not Quite Navy Square and the Very Vanilla strip that is under the Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon. I stamped the “Home is wherever I’m with you” (Forever with You stamp set – 126727 Clear) design (hidden by the For You piece ) and hand cut it out. The designer paper is from the COMFORT CAFÉ (126898) and is cut at 5.25X4. The card base is a piece of 8.5x5.5 Midnight Muse, one of the brand new In-Colors! Midnight Muse and Not Quite Navy  (aka NQN) coordinate *well* together!!! The Very Vanilla piece is @ 1.5x4, the NQN square is @ 2.75x2.75. Also on the card front are another stamped piece, using the Midnight Muse new-style ink pad (as was the Home is stamp). We then cut it out by placing the Apothecary Accents Framelit (127003) on top of the stamped cardstock (cutting side down) on a piece of magnet sheet to hold it in place, and ran it through my Big Shot. Very easy to place that correctly doing it that way. The final piece here is a brad from the Antique Brads (117273).
CUTTING TIP – Cut the straight lines at the corners first – from outside into the joint where the curve starts. Then, turning the cardstock into the scissors, cut the curve from point to point. Take it from this former school Art teacher, turn the cardstock or paper into your scissors to cut… don’t move the scissors around the paper – you’ll just cut better and more easily!
My second card is an older one that I just love Smile
I used Crumb Cake cardstock, Not Quite Navy cardstock  punched with the scallop edge punch, and retired brown stripe wide grosgrain (loved that stuff!). We made this card sometime back, but I think I never shared it!
We also used the Four Frames (123442 Clear) stamp set and Soft Suede ink (I stamped and then punched with the Decorative Label – 120907 – punch). If you look closely you can see that the pearl appears to be colored – I used my NQN marker and colored the pearl (page 175 in the new catalog), and allowed it to dry a bit. Then I used a tissue to buff it a bit, but it still retains the NQN essence stain on it – love the look!. Finally, I also used retired DSP (but it wasn’t retired when I used it, honest!). I used Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430) to raise up the label piece.
My final card is one based on a sketch I’ve seen several times, using colors that caught my attention when I saw a similar card online – I changed it very slightly.
This card was made at my May “So long, farewell” meeting…. I’m so sad to see these go – again with the wide striped grosgrain (sniffle) which in this case I cut in half lengthwise and allowed to fray a bit. Then – oh this is SO simple – I stamped the spiral from Trendy Trees (retired) in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight, punched them with my 1 1/4 square punch and placed them on a strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Mounted all of it on Daffodil Delight cardstock cut 4.25x11 and called it macaroni… er DONE!
(The cards are photographed on a flower arranging frog – my elder daughter, Kari, found this one in an antique shop and bought it for me – isn’t it cool??!?!?!)

Thanks for stopping by and looking! Come back soon!

Next stop: InkedX2

24   Ok, it must be pirates conspiring with the monkeys since this post is missing
25    And this one too
Cheekies Inkpad (This blogger was ill.  While I'd like to blame it on the monkeys and pirates, I think it must have been the punch from the laundry room)

Mark your calendars for our summertime hops
   June 16-17 for any size card projects. 
    July 21-22 Hostess Gifts and  Non-card projects 
    August 18-19 Punch Art, Big Shot,  and Simply Scored projects


Elizabeth said...

Very nice cards!

mitz said...

...luv these cards.. and perfect ribbons you added.. wonderful.. thanks

MJ said...

All of these are so beautiful. I love the dp on the first one and the for you over the other saying. The colors on the last one are so fun, and the middle on is simple and elegant all at once! Great job.

inkedx2 said...

Great way to use up some retired stuff. Love the second card the best!

Anonymous said...

cool cards...thanks for hopping...Barb

Kimber said...

Nancy - love your cards and really think that flower frog thing is awesome!!

Debbie said...

I loved the simplicity of the last card. The same stamp image repeated but in a different color and different location - very effective. Thanks for sharing!

Chris Occhipinti said...

Sweet cards, great for demo'ing. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

I love all your cards, but the first is my favorite! It's yummy! tfs

Stace said...

Very nice cards, I liked them all!

Carey said...

OH I am so glad I could make it to your blog. What a darling set of cards. Very simple but fun and elegant. TFS
Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Stamper Shirley said...

Wow,Nanc, I am in awe ... copied and pasted for later - thanx for the instructions and tips. I also loved those wide striped ribbons - glad I bought a couple extras. Hugs, Sassy Shirley

Gwyn Crawford said...

Love your projects! I had the same problem, I couldn't give credit for a couple cards I cased.

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

Fun cards - and definiely lovely colors!

Kazza said...

great cards :)
I am now following you from SC and I would love you to follow me too.

Katie J. said...

Very nice! I'm a new follower from Stampin Connection, would love for you to follow me back :)

Laura-Lee said...

These card are beautiful. Great job! Just stopped by from SC. Hope you stop by my blog and Follow me too :)