Thursday, May 13, 2010

$1.00 stamps

I love cherries...I love eating them fresh in the summertime, I love the bright red color, I love the super sweet taste, the portable size...I think that they are great!

Naturally, they make a fantastic subject for stamps too! Studio G (by Hampton Art) makers of the ever popular $1.00 stamps made a set featuring summer fruits this year...and I picked up a few.

This card seems very summery! And notice that I'm not completely over my black and white phase yet!

cherry sweet card



Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Formal Affair...

It all started with a paper pack...I bought a Paper Studio stack of black and white printed papers, and now I can't stop playing with it! First I made the Snoopy card...I was playing with the instructions from StampTV on how to make a split negative image.

snoopy split negative 2

The great thing about split negatives, is that you end up with two cards by default!

snoopy split negative 1

Next, I found inspiration from the cover of the May/June issue of Papercrafts magazine...the yellow 'embrace happiness card just shouted out to be lifted! I used this tutorial from splitcoast stampers to make the tissue paper flower as my circle accent, doesn't it add something great?

bloom stitched card

Here's a close-up of the flower...

bloom card tissue flower's May...and here where I live, May is Graduation time! There are 8, (count them, Eight!) students graduating from high school this summer and fall in my church into the crafting room I went!

The result is this fabulous set of Graduation cards, all in black and white, none so fancy that they can't be mailed, and all different, but similar enough to make them easy to put together in assembly line fashion...

graduation cards set

This one is my favorite, I just love that stylized floral!

graduation card front

A closer view of the popped up element...

graduation card pop up

And just a little something for the inside.

graduation card inside

The stamps are all from a bargain Hampton Art set that I found at Michael's, a 4x6 sheet of clear stamps, a clear block and an ink pad all for $! There was only the one set that I saw, otherwise, I would have purchased more as a gift!

Honestly, the part that took the longest was using the word stamps and white ink to make the bottom background paper used on the front. I had to step away and come back to it the next day...I kept smudging the ink and messing up the background!

Enjoy, Meredith!