Thursday, August 12, 2010

gettin' punchy

Hello friends.  Did you have a good day?  Today was day 2 of my freedom.  The kiddos went back to school yesterday.  Ahhh.............its amazing how much more I can get done.  Even my brain seems to work on all circuits.  Its not totally the kids' fault.  I'm just easily distracted by them.  I kinda like them.

Anyhow, I did not get any stamping done yesterday or today.  What? You heard me.  I did stamp quite a bit on Tuesday and the last 2 days have been cleaning the house and planning.  I would like to get a stamp class together for next month and I'm trying to think of projects to do and what I might need to order.  That takes me forever!  Give me too many choices and I shut down.  Since I have uninterrupted time right now, I'm trying to forge ahead and make some decisions. 

Tonight I wanted to show you what I made on Tuesday.  Lookee:


Watercolor Trio set.  Old olive, early espresso, tempting turquoise, perfect plum and whisper white cardstock.  Elegant eggplant, tangerine tango, old olive and choc. chip inks.  Large oval punch, curly lable punch, hemp and dimensionals.


I just love seeing a happy little stack of cards!  I actually made 6 and they all went in the mail.  Yay for me!



I wanted to use Tangerine Tango.  I like this color.  I used my blender pen to pick up the color from the ink pad.  I had originally planned on matting the flower image with Tangerine Tango but then discovered, I didn't have that color cardstock.  So I went to the color coach for advice.  This is what it said:


Tempting Turquoise huh?  Well, okay I'll try it.  I like the way it turned out too.  Learn to trust the Color Coach grasshopper.

Then I remembered I needed a birthday card for a sweet friend of mine and her favorite color is purple.  YUCK!!  Don't mean to offend anyone but, purple is so not my color. 

So I whipped one up for her:


Forgot to mention, this is a 4 1/4" square card. 



 

Now, you might be saying, "Beth, how'd you get that groovy detail on the espresso piece?"  Well let me
share that with you.


This is a 1 1/2" strip of cardstock and the Curly Label Punch.  Put the cardstock so that it just touches both sides.  Line it up with the middle and punch.


See?


Now do the same thing.  See how the one side just barely goes past the opening?  Punch again.


Now you're getting it.



One more time.


Got it? 

Its really easy once you get the hang of it.  Try it.  I like trying to find different ways to use what I have.  Makes me feel smart. 

Okay, one more thing I did.  Remember this card?



Remember how I said it needed something?



Well, I gave that little birdie some more friends.  I think it balances out the card better. 


Alrighty then.  Cleaning wiped me out today.  I didn't even get done!  Today was upstairs and tomorrow is downstairs.  Lucky for me, I have a sorta small house.  But Lordy, we can make a mess! 

Thanks for stopping by and keeping me company.

Blessings, b.

4 comments:

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

What great cards, love the colors and yes the little birdie needed some friends. Enjoy your peace and quiet.

Linda said...

I LOVE your punch technique with the Curly Label Punch. I consider myself a "punch queen"; I'm not sure I can make a card without using a punch anymore!!! The ladies who come to my monthly Play Day are all into punches because I show them lots of cool ways to use them, so I will be sure to add this to my list of techniques! Thanks!

Chris Occhipinti said...

Beth:
Sweet technique with the punch...I love border details and this is a neat twist.

I soooo hear ya about getting overloaded...I rarely stamp anymore because of my long commute to work, but I'm remedying that and hope to get back to more of what I love within the next month.
Have a great Friday!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for the tip on the curly label punch. I like that punch. Oh, and also the encouragement on using the Color Coach. I got one and just haven't had the time to really get into it yet.