Wednesday, July 13, 2011

OMG Albums

My latest craze! I call these OMG albums because everyone says "Oh my gosh!" when they open them. They are full of pages for photos, captions, journal notes.
Here is a link to the tutorial I posted for how to make these - OMG Albums Tutorial

These are for three sisters. Hayley is expected to arrive in September. Hannah and Holly needed their own little photo album. They told me their favorite colors (each had 3 colors) so I used that to pick the card stock. The nursery is decorated in Lavender and Pink with butterflies, flowers and dragonflies.

I was so anxious to get some photos of Hayley's that I did not even clear off my work space. Shame on me - pardon the mess!
This is the front side - it has three panels with flaps between them. I thought the hearts in the center section would be cute with her birth weight, length, date and time recorded.
The card stock is Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Wisteria Wonder.

This is just inside the front cover. This opens up to show the previous sections. Here I added a little Wild Wasabi for the leaves.

This is the back of the album. The baby tees stampin round roller is so much fun to work with!

This is the center panel on the back. The flowers look so cute and feminine on the edge - I love them!

Inside the back cover you find die cut butterflies. I love the new lace border punch

This is Hannah's album. The colors are Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Elegant Eggplant. The flower is made using the 2 3/8 scallop circle, fancy flower, 5 petal flower and 1/2 inch circle punches. An elegant eggplant brad finishes it in the center.

The retired Razzleberry Lemonade paper matched close enough - even though the yellow (Crushed Curry) and purple (Rich Razzleberry) were not exactly the same.

Here I used a 3 1/4 inch square and trimmed each side with the eyelet border punch. And a few of those flowers I love popped up again.

I used Versamark ink and the flower from the Three Little Words stamp set on this panel. It is hard to see in the photo. The corners are trimmed with the scallop corner punch.

The I Heart Heart punch and ribbon border punch make decorating so easy. The flowers are from the Punch Potpourri (retired) stamp set and punched with the Boho Blossoms punch.

And the center back. I used the window sheets in the frame in all the albums.

Miss Holly's favorite colors are red, green and purple - so I chose Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Concord Crush.

The DSP is from the IN Color Stack (6 x 6) that is no longer available but there are many other lovely patterns and colors to choose from.

The large heart and Potpourri Punch were used here.

Another little square but this time I placed contrasting card stock behind it. And those I Heart Heart hearts show up again.

Here the flower from the Three Little Words set in Versamark was used on the Poppy Parade flaps. I punched the I Heart Hearts in the DSP and let the card stock show through.

Some more butterflies and the lace border punch.

The back opened wide.

Hope you liked seeing these. I have some wedding ones to post but don't want to do so before the wedding :-)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bye Bye Blue Bayou

I have lots of retired ribbon and told myself I need to use up some of it before purchasing any new (yeah, right!). Anyway, I had some Blue Bayou ribbon and ink - but no card stock - so had to come up with some ideas for using that.

This explosion card used Pool Party card stock. I took some Whisper White and inked it with the Blue Bayou using the brayer. It worked well. This is the Sail Away stamp from the summer mini - did I tell you how much I love that stamp!

This is Thoughts and Prayers. I used Cajun Craze and More Mustard with the Blue Bayou. I really like this color combo (as you will see in some of the other cards)

For this one I got out some of the Blueberry Crisp DSP (retired) and combined it with Sahara Sand and Not Quite Navy.

This is the same paper with Happy Moments stamp set.

And here is that Cajun Craze and More Mustard combo again with Sail Away.

And one more - this one uses Garden Greenhouse and Bring on the Cake stamps. This was the last of my ribbon - almost wish I had more so I could make more of these cards. I'm sure I can find another ribbon to use one some. I am thinking Indigo Island would look nice with these colors as well.

New Tutorial Posted - Explosion Card

I dug out some of the past Stampin Club cards for my July 1 Open House and came across this Explosion Card we made last fall at one of the clubs. It is so much fun to make - so decided I needed to make a few today. I have posted a tutorial in case you would like to try one, Explosion Card

This one used the French Foliage stamp set that was in the Holiday Mini Catalog last fall. I am so glad that stamp set is in the new catalog - I get to use it for more clubs and workshops! The colors are Old Olive, More Mustard and Bravo Burgundy - a rich combination.

Today I was determined to use some of my retired ribbons to make room for the new ones. This is some Blue Bayou ribbon. I have the ink but none of the card stock - so I made some using a brayer and the ink pad. I used the So Many Stars builder roller on Pool Party for one section.

Here it is opened - I used the Happy Moments (retired) happy birthday stamp for one section and the Seeing Stars stamp set (retired) for another. Sail Away was used for the focal point on the card.

This one used Lap of Luxury DSP. The card stock used is Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla. I used stamps from the Happy Moments (retired) and Bring on the Cake sets.

Here is the open card.

This one uses the Hope and Strength stamp set from the summer mini. For each set sold during the campaign, Stampin Up will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The colors are Night of Navy, Pumplin Pie and Cherry Cobbler.

The flower is from the Posy Punch set and punched with the Fancy Flower punch. The Pumpkin Pie DSP and striped ribbon are from the clearance rack last fall.

And finally the Celebrations DSP (retired) which I used for tutorial. Colors are Real Red, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi and Bashful Blue. The stamps are from the Bring on the Cake set, colored with markers.

The striped ribbon was also from the clearance rack.