Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Recycled Aluminum Can Card

Crafters are the best recyclers!  Maybe you are already using scraps of paper from your scrapbook/craft room trash, used dryer sheets, old newspaper, the excess clear plastic off a new diecut machine or accessory you bought, you name it - with tons of unique techniques & styles, I think crafters are some of the best recyclers! Who says you have go "paperless" to be environmentally conscience, eh?

RECYCLED products used for this card: aluminum can material punched with flower punch & aluminum can tab used as ribbon clip!

Used here:

Stampin' Up! Stamp set: So Green (p. 146 IBC, #118728 wood, or #120588 clear mount)

SU Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

SU Ink: Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze

SU Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, large & extra large circle punches, 5-petal flower punch, boho blossoms punch, square punch (I used just the corner of the square punch to create uniform ‘banner’ appearance on sentiment), hole punch, whisper white grosgrain ribbon & white brads.

(close up of can tab embellishment)
Tips on using aluminum cans… cut off the top & bottom of empty, clean aluminum can VERY carefully with a utility knife on a safe cutting surface. Uncurl/flatten remaining aluminum can for ease of use. I found it easy to use my punches with the aluminum can material and my punches seem no worse for wear (I used 8oz. mini cans of Coke, Sprite or Diet Dr Pepper). HOWEVER, it is possible the strength of other aluminum cans may differ so you may want to experiment or you may rather want to use the Bigshot for making aluminum can embellishments (in the IBC, SU suggests using Big Shot with the cans).
I think that the can tabs make great clip-like embellishments for this particular stamp set.
Hope you think so, too. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunflower Thank You Card

Here's the card I made for my demo group's latest swap.

The lower right corner shows the stamp from Flower for All Seasons which inspired the entire card.  I colored in that line stamp with my SU markers. The sunflower I made using punch shapes from SU's Two Step Bird Punch.  The center soft suede circle I ran through a dots embossing folder. 
The Top Note die was used for the Naturals White background. 
Thank You sentiment is from the stamp set Short & Sweet.

I used just a dash of some new SU In-Colors.  I tend to hoard new supplies... There is a stripe of Poppy Parade and the same color used for the added lady bug (which was just a half circle from the 1/2 in circle punch that I detailed with a plain black pen!). 
The light green stem and leaves on the sunflower is Pear Pizzazz. 
The remaining cardstock colors I used are Old Olive (base), textured More Mustard, & Soft Suede.

And just for kicks...
here are my latest additions to the Craft-a-torium!  (My craft space.) 
I framed some cork tiles (found pack of four 12x12 tiles at Lowes for just $8).  These make it easy to display (or stare at & critique) my latest card creations.  I still have the framed 12x12 cardstock decorations I made earlier with the lattice die on the other wall.  I also was happy adding more punch storage to the back of my craft room door.  I took the advice of several crafters & got a clear over the door shoe holder.  It works pretty well, except I use the door a lot so had to add some velcro to the back side to have it stick more to the door & added some felt bumpers to lessen the "clunking" sound it can make when opening & closing the door.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Another collage...

This time, the collage I made is for my brother.  He has a milestone birthday this year.  Not sure how he feels about it, but I didn't want to pass up the occasion & wanted to let him know how I admire him so I decided to make him something personal.  This time I made an 8x10 page (framed in an acrylic standing frame) with each square measured at 2 1/4" and layered with shades of chocolate brown (his favorite food!) - chocolate chip & close to cocoa for background- and so saffron, ruby red, mellow moss & always artichoke for other highlighted colors.  I am happy with my investment in the Serif Essentials Bigz dies. Really like the font with these, so the B & N letters (his initials) turned out very nice.  I used clip art & computer words for most, although I did use some stamps on the newshound, hobbyist, WWII & creative genius squares. My bro's nickname is his first initial "B" so that is why some Quickutz bees decorate a couple of the squares.  Hope it's not too cheesy for him... but after all, I am his little sister!  Have a great weekend, and Happy Birthday, brother!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

SSI Challenge #1 - Inkspiration 4 U

My fellow Operation Inky Paws member, Madeline Marcelo, is a very talented artist & stamper, and has tons of inspiring creations.  She has an "inkspiration" challenge to her followers with the above photo.  This photo is really modern & different from anything I'd seen so I had to participate.  I have no clue what the sticks are that are shown on the floor... anyone have a guess? 

Anyway, here is a card I made inspired by the look of the modern sofa set. 

I wouldn't have placed the colors together on my own, especially with the pink, but for some reason,  it's an attractive combo in an unexpected way.  This didn't turn out quite as I was hoping. The color shades I chose are toned down so I feel I missed the pop the photo has.  The twill made me think of sofa fabric, so that just seemed the right embellishment.  Since I was so fascinated by those "sticks" I threw a few toothpicks by the card when I snapped this photo!  hee hee hee....
Anyway colors I used: naturals ivory background, bravo burgundy, so saffron, always artichoke & blushing bride CS colors (all SU! available colors). 
Check out Inkspirations 4 U at Madeline's site, The Stamping Studio.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy 4th of July! PPA 49

Just in time for Pals Paper Arts PPA 49 4th of July inspiration!

I can't believe how often I use the SU! Spotlight on Christmas stamp set. It's not just for Christmas you know! The set apparently retires this year (today to be exact!), so I decided to use it once again for this quick 4th of July holiday card. The swirly stars on the blue background is from that Christmas stamp set.

The other stamps I used are from a small clear set called "Made in the USA" from Technique Tuesday. Colors used are real red, not quite navy & whisper white.

We'll be back to churning some more homemade ice cream at our house this weekend. HOORAY! Have a great holiday everyone!

Here are 2 other cards I made that were my runners up for this post (the top is still my favorite - maybe it's the SU stamp? ;) Cheers, SU! fans!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!