Thursday, December 31, 2009
This card is my standard 8.5 x 5.5 in and maybe that's where I went wrong - maybe the proportion of the stamp can't support the size of the card.
I really wanted to use this set and let the pink girlie icing on the cake pop out from the dark shadows of the inside of the home. The trim actually mimics the trim of my mother's house as this was a card for her. I colored the ribbon with the copics to get a match. I decided to anchor the image with black mounted background to give the image some weight on the card. If you look closely you can see that I scored the card either side of the ribbon just to give a little more simple texture to the card.
Card size - 8.5in x 5.5in
Cardstock - Neenah, The Paper Source
Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Color - Copics - hopefully I will sort out my list soon - I wrote them down somewhere!
Accessories - Sakura clear glaze pen, white grosgrain ribbon.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
So a dear cyberfriend decides to imigrate from the English Midlands to Canada and this is what I came up with.
I'm doing my best to experiment toward being more CAS (or clean and simple) and I hope this qualifies. I liked the idea of a bright red welcoming door and it also echo'ed the red in the Canadian flag (yeah I really do think things like that!). Plus, I remember when I was looking to sell my own home and how the home improvement shows in England said that red is a welcoming color for a front door!
With moving to a new country, new neighbourhood and new house, I imagine everything is bright and new for my dear friends family even if she is still too far north! makes me shiver just to think about it. LOL That was the thinking behind making the neighborhood nice and colorful.
So here is the finished card, what do you think?
Too much? too little? Truthfully on looking at it now, I'm thinking I should have divided the sentiment and just had one line to keep it cleaner.
Card size - 4.25 x 5.5 inches (Gasp! Shock! Horror! its a small card!)
Cardstock - Neenah, The Paper Source
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps - Stampendous "House and Home"
Copics - R20, R22, R27, R29, Y02, Y06, Y28, B000, B00, B23, B24, C1,C3,C5, BV02, BV04, G14,G17, YR04, YR07
I think it is kinda funny that such a simple looking card used so many color variations!
Monday, November 30, 2009
I colored in the little girl with the melon first and decided that the three main colors should be the pinky reds, greens and yellows of the melon. That made me decide the little girl would have brown hair and the sky would be a nice blue - I carried all these colors through the project but the main ones moreso.
I also wanted to use stitching on my card but I didn't want to ruin it so I went with faux stitching to keep the card fresh and clean.
I created the background paper with a nod to a checked picnic blanket but by using the main colors of the image the pinks and green and the chisel ends of my copics. For the sentiment image I just quickly colored in the rind and inside of the watermelon - and used one of my newly aquired punchesI thought this punch really picked up on the lace of the dress of the image. What do you think? and truthfully the cut around was a "save". I had stamped the two watermelon images for the inside and outside of the card on the same 1/4 sheet of cardstock and with the edging I had to either cut through the image or around it. I like the way my mistake turned out.
Now the nitty gritty -
Card size - 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Cardstock - Neenah, Bazzill
Ink - Memento tuxedo black
Stamps - High Hopes Stamps
Copics - 0, B000, B00, E00, E02, E31,E33, E35, G000, G14, G17, R20, R22, R32, R35, R37, Y11, Y15, Y17, C5, C7
Accessories - EK success punch, Nestabilities, Sakura gel pen
Sunday, November 15, 2009
This is a long standing joke between us and Auntie M. Nearly 20 years ago (pre-cardmaking) we found this rather jokey card about how wonderful the person was etc and then inside it said "Happy Birthday Fossil Chops!". Well we mischieviously thought we would send this card to our Auntie M. The thing is Auntie M is the typical little proper little lady (think Laura Ashley, tea, crumpets and you start to get the idea) and most people send her appropriate cards with scenic landscapes and beautiful flowers... We knew she had a sense of humour, after all she was married to Uncle D, anyone that survived being married to Uncle D had to have a sense of humour. So alas, we plotted to send her the highly inappropriate card and Auntie Fossil-chops was born! She loved the card and had to show it to everyone she came into contact in her daily life.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I loved the rainbow of the first, the vibrancy of the second and the flow of the butterflies of the third.
When I set out to do this card I knew that I had to use Neenah for the base to give that crisp white flair. I then decided to have the duller colors of my paper choices at the bottom to give a lift to the flow of the butterflies. I used the single butterfly punch and the triple butterfly punch from Martha Steward on the K&Co paper. Instead of giving the butterflies black bodies I wanted to keep it light and airy so when with clear stardust glitter pen.
I hope you like my interpretation of a theme that has already been done brilliant by some really talented ladies.
Card Size - 8.5in x 5.5in
Cardstock - Neenah
Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps
Ink - Palette noir
Designer Paper - K & Co
Punches - Martha Stewart
Pens - Sakura Stardust clear
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I used my Clear Dollar Stamps for my owl and coloured him in with my Copics and then put glossy accents on his eyes. (and one of these days I will get a good close up picture I promise!!!)
I think the idea of the background almost worked but didn't quite. I didn't want it so regimented but I wonder if that would have been better.
Card Size - 8.5in x 5.5in
Cardstock - Neenah, Bazzill
Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps, See D's, Stampology
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky
Copics - 0, 110, B000, B00, YR20, YR23, W1, W3, W5, W7, E31, E33, E35, E37
Accessories - Nestabilities
Just in case you wondered what the Hi Ho is about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PXSRsaloo&feature=related Please be warned that it is not my posting on youtube and I can't be accountable for comments people make on such footage.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I stamped the Stampendous image and went with blues - I tend toward red guitars but I wanted to be slightly less predictable. I colored both the base image and the second popped image with Copics. I then stamped the sentiment and adhered the second guitar on top of the first and matted the image in black. I put the three brads on it to echo the silver of the background image.
As you can see, because of the foiled paper it was a bit of bear to photograph. I went for a clear picture with a close up to show off the foil!
Card Size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Neenah, Georgia Pacific, DCWV, The Paper Source
Ink - Memento
Stamps - Stampendous, See D's
Copics - C1, C3, C5, B23, B24, B29
Accessories - 3 silver brads
Monday, November 9, 2009
I also like the color combo of orange and blue and wanted to use up some of my patterned cardstock stash - so pretty but I struggle to use it!
With my critical eye I think there are two things I could have changed about this to just make it pop that much more. Use a co-ordinating green in the image itself and vary the grounding color from the shadow.
Card Size - 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Cardstock - Neenah, Bazzill, DCWV
Stamps - High Hopes Stamps, Stampendous
Ink - Palette Noir
Color - Copics - BV00, BV02, BV04, BV06, BV08, YR02, YR04, YR07, B000, B00, B02, B05, R27, R29
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Is it wrong to send a card you don't like? Well I have in this case. I had this concept of cutting out a large card with my Cricut - worked it all out on the Design Studio and was pleased enough with it but it needed more. So I used my Clear Dollar Stamps and Kitchen Sink Stamps to stamp guy things related to carpentry to make an insert card to the die cut card. I think attempted to personalize it and that is where it started to go all wrong. I stamp on the "R" and it doesn't stamp completely... Yikes! - so to save it I decided to shadow stamp the name and emboss it for texture. I still didn't like the look so I grunged it up so that front would stand out against the background.
Why do I have so many "guy" relatives in my life? ACK!!!!
Anyway - you honestly won't hurt my feelings if you comment that you don't like it because I'm not certain I like it either.
Size - 8.5in x 5.5 in
Stamps - Clear Dollar Stamps, Kitchen Sink Stamps, See D's
Ink - Memento
Accessories - Cricut
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
There were several things I wanted to accomplish when I made this card. I wanted the image to be of a not so girlie girl and for you to get the impression that although there is a bow in her hair and a flower in her pocket that the bow is there because her mother put it in and she is far too engrossed in tomboyish pursuits and discovery to worry about it.
Secondly I wanted to use a quirky color combo that was actually inspired by some early Halloween cards that I had seen (take that hot pink and make it purple and I think you will see what I'm talking about).
I chose my colors of cardstock first before I started to color my image, so that my color choices would compliment the image. After I colored in the little girl in Copics I decided that my glass jar would look a bit green around the edges I had already decided the bugs would have a glow about them when I colored her face in so I just went for the yellow glow. Of course because the girl isn't too girly the bugs and flower had to be sparkly so they got clear Sakura stardust on them and then what you really can't see in the pictures is that the glass jar was cover in glossy accents.
The patch on her knee reminded me of my heart Nestabilities and I looked at them and decided I wanted the sentiment to be subtle so I embossed the heart with my cuttlebug folder before cutting it. You can just see in the main photo how the ribbon goes through the heart and I debated ages about adding the brad and finally decided to do it. What do you think?
For the inside of the card I decided to use the negative of the scalloped heart as a mask to pounce the inside with color and stamp the sentiment over.
Card size - 5.5in x 8.5in
Cardstock - Neenah, DCWV, Michaels
Stamps - High Hopes, Kitchen Sink Stamps
Ink - Palette noir, Memento Rose bud, Memento Tangelo
Copics - E00, E02, E93, G000, 05, Y00, YR00, YR02,YR04, YR07, V15, V17, RV02, RV04, E33, E35, E37, C1, C3, C5, C7, B000, B00.
Accessories - grosgrain ribbon, brad, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, cropadile, Sakura stardust clear.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Honestly I just liked how the color combo went together but if it keeps him worried then that isn't a bad thing. Right? LOL!
I particularly tried to pay attention to shading and how the sky would be clearer behind the windshield but there would still be a tint of color.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
For some reason I had Sixteen Candles in my head for my niece's 16th Birthday - well I think we can all agree I put a few more than sixteen on here but the stamp just made such fun and unique background paper.
I also used the cake from the same Stampendous set so our cow would have a purpose other than to party her life away!
My cow likes to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time...oh dear went a bit 80's retro there for a moment! However I made certain she was ready to impress, her cake candles have stickles and her hoofs are polished (glossy accents) and what silly card worth its milk doesn't use googly eyes when the opportunity presents itself?!?!?!
I cut out our party cow and cake and then had to think... what would pop with the colors I had already selected. I decided that pink and green color combo doesn't get the love it once did (and having a massive mound of green cardstock staring at me as well probably didn't hurt).
Now to decide on the layout... well I never said my process was straight forward. I had already decided to have a more upright card by the placement of the candles, thought they might look a bit odd on their sides LOL. So I trimmed up my artwork GASP! HORROR!! to make it fit the front of my card and started mounting everything... now the guilt trip over the little slip of tenderly stamps and colored background - my aha moment was to mount it and use it to decorate the inside of the card which you can just see with the photo.
Hope you like it! and thanks for all the support.
Card size - 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Cardstock - The Paper Source, Neenah, Georgia Pacific
Stamps - High Hopes Party Cow; Stampendous Fifteen Candles;
Ink - Palette Noir
Cow - 0, W3, W5, W7, C5, C7, E50, E51, R00, R20
Cake - 0, RV000, RV02, RV04, RV06, R00, Y02, Y06, Y08, C3
Background - RV02, RV04, Y02
Accessories - Stickles, Glossy Accents, googly eyes
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
On to the next part of the gift - notecards! I liked mixing it up with the paper selection and the DCWV cards I had picked up in one of the Michael's sales ages ago. With my Nestabilies, my Palette ink pad and my JustRite Stampers I think they came out pretty cute. So just bear with my proud mamma moment...
And then there is this one! I think I frugally love it the best because I just used the ends that I cut off from all of the cards above to make it!
Then I was stumped! Yikes - I need to package these. How about a cute ribbon. No. That didn't work. It looked sloppy and it might come undone on its trans-Atlantic journey. What can I do? I will have to make a box of some sort. So I got out my Scor-pal and played.
There is something more!
I can't fool you - you saw them above didn't you?
I had to throw in some beaded pens. This time I put the patterned paper inside the pens and covered the pens with microbeads and then sealed them with Glossy Accents. I forgot to tell her the pens are refillable so I will have to let her know and that she can put other patterned paper in them because of how I did them.
Then I just had to have a go at a mini mailbox - perfect to send a few post-it notes
Hopefully the ingredient list for this is pretty straightforward so I won't bother with this post.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted I have loads (well for me) to share so hopefully I will get the rest of up soon!
This card went to a special friend in England. She is very no-nonsense and truthfully she is a perfectionist and loves everyone's work but her own which is fabulous. I keep missing chatting to her at the moment but hopefully will get that sorted out soon. I think she qualifies as my first cyber friend. She helped me through loads in the cyber world even when I was kicking and screaming and losing my connection down the M40! LOL
Sorry about the pictures - I know they're not great but its the best I could do with the conditions... Honestly I took a whole load of pictures one day and editted them and binned the lot so these are take two so be kind.
I have to admit that I waited ages for these High Hopes stamps but I do love their images. They have recently gone to wholesale only so its probably best to order from your favorite vendor on their list.
I wanted to keep the card simple in style so I grided the background rather than using patterned paper.
Card Size - 8.5 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - The Paper Company, Bazzill, Neenah Solar White
Ink - Palette noir
Copics - 0; skin E00, E02, E11; jeans B93, B95, B97; shirt B00, B23, B24, B29; hair Y11, Y21, Y28, E33, E47; tire/tyre W1, W3, W5, W7; branch E43, E47; leaves G00, G02, G05; sky B000, B00; rope E31, E35, E37.
Accessories - ribbon from Michaels, Scor-pal
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- card size - 8.5in x 5.5in
- cardstock - The Paper Source base, blue and red; Neenah Solar White
- Stamps - JustRite Stamps, High Hopes Stamps
- Ink - Memento Tuxedo black, Danube Blue
- Copics - Old Goat - 0, W1, W3, W5, W7, B00, BG01, BG05, E35, E37, R27, R29, Y11,Y15, YR04
- Copics - Kids- 0, C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, W5, W7, B00, BG01, BG05, G00, G14, G17, E33, E35, E37, R27, R29, Y11, Y15,
Not many differences but they are there.
I blend my backgrounds with 0 quite a bit - I just purchased B000 so I can't wait to see if that will make a different in how much I use my blender pen.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I think the true inspiration for this card was actually on High Hopes website for use of the release but I had to go to the maker's site to find it again! http://6wackywomen.blogspot.com/2009/03/down-on-farm.html How gorgeous is that card! I just wish I had read her blog entry about time consuming before I attempted mine! LOL - I know mine isn't even a patch on the original but that was my inspiration. I did think about doing a stair step card, however as this was going in the international postal system I thought it would probably make it too uneven for the journey. Because I put a little bitty bow on it I already had to put bubble wrap on it! - so I hope it gets to its destination relatively undestroyed.
- Card size - 8.5in x 5.5 in
- Cardstock - base and mat HobbyLobby textured; Neenah Solar White; Georgia Pacific
- Stamps - High Hopes Stamps; Clear Dollar Stamps (crayon alphabet also used for internal greeting)
- Ink - Palette noir; Memento Lady bug, Rose bud ; Copic multiliner black
- Color - Copics (0, B00, B12, B93, B95, B97, C-1, C-3, C-5, E00, E02, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, G000, G17, G21, G28, G85, G94, G99, R22, R27, R29, RV000, RV02, RV21, RV28, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y21, Y28)
Monday, June 15, 2009
My biggest concern with the space is that we had a wall of mirrors to contend with. I don't know about you but most people I know don't like to look at themselves THAT much so I cut decorations to cover the mirrors! The pink shamrocks are because Daddy is very proud of his Irish heritage so it just had to be done with a bit of creative license. Personally though I am really happy with "thinking" about doing baby blocks for the name - I haven't seen it done before though I'm sure I'm not the first.
Ingredients - decorations
- 2 packs of 11 x8.5 cardstock from Michaels collection - I wanted 12x12 but they didn't have it in the colors I needed.
- Hobby Lobby textures white cardstock for blocks
- Pearlescent Wassau cardstock for blocks
- Cartridges - Home Decor, Plantin Schoolbook and PaperDolls
I also had to think about my card and present.
I decided to do a diaper cake from watching several tutorials on YouTube but changed things up a bit - I love this tutorial because it uses clothes pins to hold the diapers together and rolled so I didn't have to go source a lot of rubber bands and after you got the hang of it, it was pretty simple to put together this is the video I used for my main source of inspiration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfwaaNjxUhY . I also only used a pack of 48 diapers as I had purchased a receiving blanket 4 pack off the mother's baby list and used one for the inside of the base and then the rest around the outside. Then I thought what is a Baby Girl Cake without loads of roses so I put loads of little sock roses all over the cake too! and then added a some teething rings, rattle, bath toy and the top layer is a onesie I printed with my Cricut using these instructions http://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/freezer-paper-shirt-video/
Ingredients - cake
- 48 size 2 Huggies diapers
- 4 receiving blankets
- 6 diaper pins
- 8 pairs of girl socks individually made into "roses"
- Ribbon from Michaels
- Teething ring
- Bath "duck" that measures water temperature
- baby rattle that attaches to stroller/carseat
Now for the main purpose - my card!
I really bought this High Hopes stamp to use for Baby Showers because I like to have multi-function stamps. So I just had to use it and as it turn out one of the shower games was animals and what their babies are called - at least I got the Kangaroo one right!
The inside reads "can't wait to meet your Bouncing Baby Girl"
Ingredients - card
- DCWV - prescored card and envelope, cardstock for mat
- Neenah Solar White for stamping
- High Hopes stamp
- Memento rose bud ink, Palette Noir
- Copics - didn't get the numbers sorry folks but I will say I am thinking they were E29, E31, E33, E35, E37 and RV00, RV21, RV23 though I really that is really a guess from what I put away yesterday!
- Nestabilities - rectangles and scallop rectangles
- Small brad "buttons"
I have a few more projects I'm just getting done but wanted to share this one. Hope you like!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
My thinking behind the card is that college graduations tend toward black mortar boards and tassels and then I used the school's colors which are supposed to be deep purple and gold... well this is my take on that.
I just want to know one thing... when will I ever learn to leave well enough alone. I was going for the nice crisp look but then I somehow decided that the embossing needed to be "highlighted" I wish I had stopped before I did it but I didn't and definitely didn't have time for a re-do - so lesson hopefully learnt this time. I'm not upset at what the card looks like just that I didn't stop to get the look I wanted to achieve. On a positive note, I have two more graduation cards to practice "stopping" at the right time.
- Card size - 5.5in x 8.5in
- Cardstock - Bazzill, Neenah,
- Stamps - Kitchen Sink Stamps
- Ink - Memento, Brilliance
- Cuttlebug and Scor-Pal embossing
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Well you get the idea LOL.
The card itself is a single layer with masking. First, I stamped the guitars and the "You Rock!" and colored with Copics. The next step was to create two guitar masks, one "You Rock!" mask and two long strips of paper masks to help make the Union Flag reference. I stamped the light blue winged skull images first and I eye-balled the placement. Then I stamped the darker blue stars to layer the look even more. Next it was time to take off the strips of paper masks and stamp the border to create the red lines.
I really enjoyed making this card and hope you like it and it inspires you to do something musical with your stamps!
- Card Size - 5.5 in x 8.5 in
- Stamps - Inkadinkado
- Inks - Palette, Memento
- Color - Copic markers
- Cardstock - Georgia Pacific, Archiver's