Monday, March 28, 2011

Petal Cone and Marigold

My downline Kris Kilkenny convinced me to make a marigold (that have been popular for months-I just never jumped on the bandwagon) for the top of this simple and sweet Petal Cone favor we'll make at class this Thursday. They are perfect for giving earrings, and last week Emma gave a gift of tiny nailpolishes and a gift card using it as her wrapper.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Z fold Top Note Stamp A Stack Card

This card is a Z fold with a die cut from the Top Note Die on top stamped with the Nature Walk set.  I'm definitely going to try this color combination again (probably on a more complicated card). It is pleasing to my eye :).

It is today's Fourth Tuesday Fun Fold on Stampin' Addicts.  It is a very simple premise if you'd like to make one too:

Cut your cardstock in half longways at 4-1/4 inches.
Score at 5-1/2" and 2-3/4" again longways (of course).
Embellish as desired.
This is the first of the options for Stamp A Stack (16 cards for $22) on April 6th at 10:00 a.m. and April 7th at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2011

MOJO182 Beveled Windowpane

This is a little outside of my normal style, but I don't mind it.  It is fun to use some different colors and textures sometimes. I used the MOJO Monday sketch 182 which worked great with the beveled window and I found the color scheme from a catalog. The black definitely makes the other three colors pop!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bunny Hop...Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop blog tour!  I know you've enjoyed your stop with Paula and her cheerful card! You may click through 125 stops and see a variety of Spring and bunny-themed cards. I encourage you to click the underlined link and visit Operation Write Home for information about the charity's endeavors to provide blank cards for our troops to send home to their families.  (OWH also accepts cards written TO our troops for distribution thanking them for their service. These are called Any Hero cards.) The link contains a full list of hoppin' blogs so that you can continue past a dead space in the hop that doesn't have a post for today.

Since my blog is titled, The Stampin' Bunny, of course I thought the Bunny Hop would be fun to join since I enjoy making cards for Operation Write Home with my church women's group. I also send retired swap cardfronts to OWH after turning them into full cards after the Stampin' Up! retirement list is announced each year.

I wanted to use my favorite Stampin' Up! bunny....from the set "The Nicest Things". I used a Spring Greens color combination that now reminds me of St. Patrick's Day especially with the terra cotta colored pot and the little girl's red hair. For the layout of my card, I used Stampin' Addicts Sketch Challenge #85 (SASC85).
The deadline to send Easter cards is March 18th and the deadline for Mother's Day cards is March 31st, so you still have plenty of time to create cards the troops can use to send wishes to their moms.  There are some things to be aware of if you donate cards....For example, glitter is not to be used, and there are three different places/ladies to which you can mail your card donations (It is best to chose the one closest to you.).  Here is a link to helpful hints on the OWH blog: Guidelines

Now, please continue hopping to the NEXT STOP, Linda's blog at to see her beautifully designed and colored Easter Eggstravaganza. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Selective Baby Wipe Inkpad

First, I put a piece of transparency on top of the stamp, right side up.

Next, I put drops of reinker (I used some Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue in addition to Perfect Plum.) only on spots that have flowers on the stamp.

In the same way, I added some Old Olive randomly around the stamp to add highlights. (no photo)

Then, I placed the acetate VERY gently (don't tip or shake) into the bottom of a clam shell box. (I cut off the lid of an old box to use for this so that it isn't at all top heavy or in the way.)

 Next, add Baby Wipes on top of the inked transparency sheet. I added a little more ink on top of each spot afterwards but not too much.

Then, I inked the stamp really well with the River Rock inkpad.
Next, I removed some of the ink from the flowers with a Q-Tip, and pressed the stamp onto the baby wipe inkpad carefully lining up the top, bottom and flowers by sight.  Don't press too hard or too long or all of your River Rock ink will absorb into the baby wipes.

Finally, I stamped the image onto cardstock. This will be a watery, hazey image, so be prepared if you try it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rolling Marble Background Technique Plane & Simple

First, I found marbles that I don't mind getting messy or potentially ruining. I squirted several drops of reinker in the clam shell box and rolled the marbles to get them thoroughly coated.  At this point you could clean the center of the open area to remove some of the ink so that it won't get on your card.

Rolling the Not Quite Navy to disperse the ink onto the marbles:

Baja Breeze Ready to Roll....

 Next, place your cardstock of choice into the clam shell, snap the lid shut and roll the marbles over the cardstock. You can go in a direction such as side to side, top to bottom or diagonal or you can swirl the marble into circular waves on top of the cardstock.

Soft Suede:
 This picture shows the result on Glossy Cardstock with swirling:
 This picture below shows a little too much rolling on the left and too much ink under the cardstock before rolling on the right (It seeped through the cardstock).
 This picture shows a contrast between Whisper White and Very Vanilla (top) carstocks.
It occurred to me that this would make an awesome masculine graduation card while I was working on is my finished card: