First, I want to say that I hate Comcast. I had my whole blog ready to go, tried to save it, and it was gone because the stupid internet connection dropped out. I mean, seriously – if this is going to happen every 10 minutes (and it does), we might as well have a dish outside.
Whew. I feel better now. While I usually sell or give away all my retired stamps, there are some that I just can’t part with. “Love Bandit” from the holiday mini a few years ago is one. The “sketches” series we had years ago are others. And, of course, good music stamps. I still have the Music Score background stamp; I think it was the first background I ever bought. And, of course, Musical Medley is another I just can’t get rid of.
Since I’ve committed to post projects that use at least 99% current Stampin’ Up! products, I’ll show you the card that inspired today’s music card first.
Stamps: Bordering on Romance, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink: Soft Suede classic; Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Old Olive stampin’ write markers; Paper: Mocha Morning specialty designer series paper; Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake card stock; Other: Big Shot, Labels framelits, Lots of Tags sizzlets, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, sponge, basic jewels – pearls, aqua painter, Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, stampin’ dimensionals; corner rounder (retired)
This is the card Sandy brought for the make & take at our team meeting on Sunday. Sandy loves to find new folds and implement them into her cards. This is a “Dutch Fold.” The top section opens up, and the little flaps at the bottom open out. It’s a fun card, and looks difficult, but it’s really not. Especially since Sandy had everything cut, so she did all the work!
I changed a few things when I made this one. I decided since I’ve had years of watching my stampers “go rogue” with my projects, I deserve a turn to do my own thing, too, right? I used smaller framelits for the flower image and designer paper, so I was able to add an extra layer of Soft Suede to the labels. And I rounded the top corners of the card as well as the bottom. Sandy had used Regal Rose taffeta ribbon, and I switched to a wider Soft Suede taffeta. I think that’s all, though. The corner rounder punch we used is the same size as our larger one that retired several years ago. While I really like the little petite corners the current corner rounder makes, it’s nice to have larger ones sometimes.
I needed a birthday card for a musician, so I used many of the same elements of our Sunday card (colors, sketch, paper).
Instead of embossing the Crumb Cake layer, I stamped it with the Music Score background, then used a texture plate (Harlequin – from the Backgrounds 1 set ) with my Big Shot before sponging with a little Crumb Cake ink. None of my punches, framelits or other dies worked with the image, so I used my Coluzzle (also retired) to cut it into an oval, leaving some of the edges “out of the
box oval.” I also turned the labels horizontally, because I thought that worked a little better with this image. I didn’t want this to look too “Christmassy,” so I colored the ribbon with Marina Mist classic and added Cherry Cobbler dazzling details to the berries. You can buy Cherry Cobbler dazzling details in the Occasions Mini Catalog, or you can make your own – like I do. Simply pull the tip off the container and add 1-2 drops of classic ink refill. Stir it up before putting the tip back on (I use chop sticks), and now you have dazzling details in color! I also used a couple Vintage Trinkets instead of pearls for the sentiment.
Today I’ll be making more cards for our Oratorio Society to give to donors. For more information about that, scroll down to my previous post. You can donate using the “Donate” button in the sidebar.
Have a great day – and thanks for stopping by!