Saturday, June 27, 2009

Goat Old Dad!

In my defence my husband started it!

Here's the background - my husband on our weekly drive to our family's martial arts class says to me that I'm not bad for an "ol goat". I replied "oh you are soooooooooo not going to get away with that!" "I have a plan!"

He looked worried. RESULT!

Thus, the cobwebs in the cogs of my mind were blown away to accumulate another day!

Here's what I came up with - trousers inspired by Rupert Bear because he used to love Rupert Bear as a child.
In case you can't read it, it says - "DAD we aren't kidding, you're a great ol goat."
The Ol Goat and the greeting are popped up on 3-D zots - IRL it is quite dimensional. The kids are flat mounted on the card base. I think this card layout is a bit outside the box but works for a few reasons. All the images are related. There is also a three rule going on. Two images popped, one back. Two panels horizontal one vertical. Colors repeating. Offset images with the straight lines to make it visually interesting yet you get the importance of the Ol Goat with relationship to the kids. Hope you like it.
  • 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

A Lovely Anniversary

I honestly don't know "why" I wanted to use this image for this couple as they live on the outskirts of a large city and have never lived in the country. I guess my mind works in mysterious ways LOL!

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! 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

Erin's Baby Shower decorations, "cake" and card

I have had loads of fun recently with a baby shower my aunts were hosting. One of my aunts said that they had divided up the jobs and she was doing food and decorations - I said "well, for goodness sake don't buy anything without checking with me because I have loads of paper/cardstock and I have a Cricut so I can probably make something more personal than what you can buy. So she just left me to it. The directions were it had to be "pink"!!!! Cue big smilie face and the cobwebs being blown off my creative brain!!!

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 . 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

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!