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Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Really Liking Martha Stewart Punches...

Happy Saturday! After the birthday party, I wandered back into my corner to make a couple more cards. As my post title says, I seem to be having an obsession with Martha Stewart punches. Maybe it's because Michaels now accepts 40% off coupons for her products. LOL I am trying to limit my obsession to those punches that are classic and can be used over and over again.

I told you the other day that I was in need of two thank you cards, but had only gotten the one done. Today I made the second one after I was inspired by this card from Faith Hofrichter, aka Markie's Mom, of the Stampin' With Markie's Mom blog. I love all the details she adds to her cards!

Here's my version:

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I originally thought to use a different color for the heart and even embossed it with white for interest. Silly me forgot that stamping over an embossed image acts more as a resist than getting a clean image. That attempt went into the trash can. LOL So I thought a bit more and remembered this beautiful dp from Close To My Heart's Heart of Winter promotion a year or so ago called Promise of Spring and decided to use that instead. I love the serene feel I get from this paper.  The swirly leaves image is from a set of See D's that I picked up a long time ago...maybe from Archiver's? Anyway the brand is Inque Boutique and I think they sell some of the stamps at Hobby Lobby these days. They are rubber stamps, but they cling to acrylic blocks and the side that clings has the image on the rubber so you can see where your image is going. This set is called Memoirs 50787. I tried to find a link to the website, but it appears to no longer be online. I found a blog where the author says the company was sold and she's no longer affiliated with the company. Sad. See the butterflies and little hydrangea flowers? Those are Martha Stewart punches. The punches I used have three of the image that gets punched out. More bang for your punch! LOL I didn't have any black rhinestones (gasp, I know!), so I used Martha Stewart glitter, or rather I should say, I attempted to use the glitter and some glue. It was kind of messy and glitter ended up every where. I don't love the look I got, but I don't hate it either. I think I need to find some black rhinestones! hee, hee.

Anyway, I added some ribbon that I picked up at Michaels over the holiday season and I ran a piece of Bamboo cardstock through the Forest Branches embossing folder to get that texture you see. Thanks so much is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages set.

So there's that card...this next one has been meandering through my head for a couple of weeks and I finally decided to play with the idea. I love the layered daisy look and there's a nice MS punch! Well, actually I saw some 3-D daisy stickers (by Martha Stewart) that were different colors. What really attracted me was the glittery centers on some of those stickers. So here's my attempt to get a card idea out of my head.

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I knew I wanted to make the daisies with a bit of (Sunkiss) Yellow ink and I knew I wanted to use the Swiss Dots embossing folder on white cardstock. I punched small circles in Sunkiss Yellow cs (CTMH) and added Yellow Stickles. I used a large stylus over the backside of the circles (before I added the Stickles) to get the centers to curve a bit and I added them with little pop dots. THEN I added the Stickles. LOL The ribbon is light yellow (which is harder to see than I thought it would be). The plaid paper is from the Spring Matstack by DCWV. I used a little trimmed off piece under the ribbon for added interest.

I like it and look forward to making more daisies of different sizes.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is going great. I may be back tomorrow with more projects. Right now my brain is overflowing with ideas, but executing them in a timely manner doesn't always happen.

Jeanne

3 comments:

Kathi Carlson said...

More gorgeous cards! Your obsession with MS punches is shared, but you have it all over me with regard to selection. I have no coupons either :-( Seriously, both cards are beautiful. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

Clearly Inspired said...

Jeanne, this cards are so pretty! I love her punches too and the 40% off is so tempting each week.

It is funny to hear you say that you go to your corner, like a boxing ring. Your corner must be just right, because you have been rockin' and rollin' out great projects.

stampmonkey said...

I love the sweet simplicity of your daisy card, but I'm really drawn to the colors and the heart on the green one with the butterflies. They're both beautiful, Jeanne! tfs