Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I could not come up with a unique idea for an Easter card. I looked through the cards I made in Sue's "Thoughts and Prayers" Stampin' Up! class. I decided to use a sketch from a card Sue had us make. Then I sifted through my I've-had-this-forever embellies. I found three Laura Ashley buttons. I recalled I had a 12x12 of I've-had-this-forever Laura Ashley double-sided paper to coordinate. (Let's define "forever" as 5 1/2 years.) I stamped with blush blossom and mellow moss inks. I colored the chicks (a PSX stamp)with barely banana, their beaks & legs with more mustard, and their hats with apricot appeal. I colored the ribbons & leaves on the hats with mellow moss and the flowers on one hat with blush blossom. I eked out three cards from that 12x12 sheet, which worked out nicely since I had three buttons! Ah...no scraps :) The doily border punch is Martha Stewart. I masked the chicks and sponged mellow moss for the "grass". I think I need more practice with this :)
I also made this card out of the scraps from this post.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This week's challenge at Cuttlebug Challenges is to "create some unusual techniques for the frosting." I don't know if this qualiefies as unusual; I have used these pomegranate dew drops before on my cupcake icing here, and I have used Cuttlebug embossing folder as icing here. But I have never embossed and used dew drops :)
I used my Nesties Labels Two for the first time, and I paper crimped the cupcake "wrapper"...something I have not used in a long time :)
I just found a challenge blog called Stamp Something. They have a sketch challenge this week; like today's card.
Card base: DCWV
Black cardstock: ACMoore
Decorative papers: Bo Bunny
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Bloom Dots
Die: Nestibilities Labels Two
Dew drops: Embellashments
Sentiment stamp, oval punches, dimensionals, paper crimper: Stampin' Up!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I made the top panel using alcohol inks. I stamped and embossed in black, then added the white Basic Grey rub-ons to two corners.
I found a coordinating paper in my stash (by Magenta), ran it through the Cuttlebug embossing folder D'Vine Swirls. I mounted each on black cardstock. Then I added the scrap of purple decorative paper (also by Magenta) on black cs.
I used my paper piercer to punch holes and add the silver brads across the bottom. I found this silver flower charm in my stash, and hot glued it to the front.
Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I need to make Easter cards to send to my family, and I love to use purple and green. I remembered when I used some Sweetwater papers last August to make these cards.
I used my Scor-It to create a dry embossed frame around the flower. I layered on a scrap of purple, then on mellow moss cs, which I paper pierced and popped up on dimensionals. The gold sheer ribbon is May Arts, and I used my swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder on the base card. The inks are SU mellow moss SU lovely lilac, and Encore gold pigment ink. I used gold embossing powder by Stampendous.
Here are my Sweetwater scraps
TUTORIAL: These are the materials I used to faux watercolor.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Last week my postman brought me a smile. This lovely hand stitched card is from Leslie!!! She calls her blog "The Crooked Stamper", but as you can see, her card is anything but crooked :) I LOVE this card, and I have it proudly displayed in my craft room and it makes me smile every time I go in there.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is (left to right): Grandpa, Grandma, and my mom :)
Atlantic (and there is another E page I accidentally deleted OOPS! with "Pacific"; trust me, the book does spell out FREEDOM with two Es).
My grandpa was born in Rhode Island (his parents were born near Montreal, Quebec.)
My grandparents moved to Maryland from New York in the 1940s. They still reside in Maryland. I'll go visit this Sunday for a little birthday party for Grandpa. In addition to this mini book, I am bringing cupcakes!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
During this month's stamp camp, Sue had out the dp pictured too. I knew it coordinated well with my new stamp, so I had to buy that dp too. Ugh. The trials and tribulations of a stamp and paperholic.
Then I saw this card on Amy Sheffer's blog. I don't have her "Story of Us" dp by ATD. (Should I add "yet"? Hmm...I am volunteering at school today and ACMoore is on my way home...okay, actually in the opposite direction of my home, but it is in the same town as the school...) Isn't Amy's card GORGEOUS? Okay, so all her cards are frame-worthy, but I especially love her sketch of this card in particular. You know I now had to use my 50% coupon at ACMoore to buy the Martha border punch and CASE Amy's sketch.
The cs I used is all from ACMoore (white, black, tropical green) except the SU Old Olive cs. I used SU dimensionals and a white gel pen (from SU catty). The ribbons are from Mike's. I used the SU top note die on the dp, and the smallest oval is the stamped image.
Should I make four more and this be my Mother's Day card for my 3 grandmothers, my mom, and my m-i-l??? Let me know what you think, my Peeps :)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Playing with dye inks this past weekend got me thinking about a technique my Supreme friend, Sharon, taught me about 8 years ago using 3 coordinating Marvy Matchables ink pads (from Mike's). 1. Take a piece of white glossy cs and using direct-to-paper, cover in the lightest color. **Use a facial tissue to buff immediately to remove hard lines.**
2. Then use your medium color direct-to-paper on the outer edges, leaving the center with only the lightest color. Buff with the tissue, if desired.
3. Go around the outer most edges with the darkest color, then buff.
4. Stamp your main image with Stazon black (my girl is a Stampa Rosa stamp.)
5. Using your darkest Marvy matchable, repeatedly stamp around your image with a crackle background stamp (mine is from Judikins).
Here they are:
#18 dark brown
All cs is by Bazzill except for the black (ACMoore). I used a CM corner rounder, and my paper piercer.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Speaking of paper crafting friends, the Design Divas are on a field trip tonight to Marti Wills' house (aka Pez-A Doodle!)
Then tomorrow I am going to Sue's to make 5 cards using the SU! set "Thoughts and Prayers" set.
Life IS good...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I purchased this kit from 7 Kids College Fund.
Last weekend I was feeling down and completely unmotivated to do anything. "Un-inspired" to make cards would be an understatement. When I get in a funk, it can be difficult to pull myself out. But then Leslie mentioned that for the month of March, she is going to make cards only from scraps from The Heap; the only virgin cs she will use is for card bases. And Kristie continues to beautify her craft room with painted or paper covered containers.
So I pulled myself up and I spent almost the entire day yesterday and today(while the girls were at school) in my craft room. I decided I was going to work on my piles. My piles consist of:
1. the started-but-unfinished Basic Grey card kits (yesterday's post and today's post); I want to use those large dinosaur cards (previous post) for birthday cards for some neighbor boys,
2. cards that are made and already blog posted, but not packaged for sale at the coffee shops OR placed in my stash for personal use,
3. other cs and dps pulled with sketches drawn on Post-It notes, but not made.
Check off #1 and #2!
Today I am working on #3. And my four original piles of stuff are down to two very small piles! And now I have something to post tomorrow and Thursday as well. Thank you, Leslie & Kristie! Nothing is more motivating for me than a cleaned up craft room :)
Monday, March 9, 2009
I also love the one with the airplane!
Have I mentioned how much I love Basic Grey? And these kits are super easy. The cards are already scored. All the dp are punch outs, and all the chipboard embellies are already stickers. Each kit makes 8 cards (including envies), and their are no scraps leftover (you know I don't need more scraps!) You do get extra rub-ons.
Hey, I'm just here to enable :)
Friday, March 6, 2009
I had exactly 3 more aqua color cards in my DCWV card box, so ya know I had to go ahead and use them up. It is difficult to see in the sunshine, but the background dp in the top two card is a diamond pattern. I added dots with my white gel pen to girly them up:)