Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christmas Cardinal


This card was made using Basic Grey's Wassail paper, still one of my all time favorites. The stamp is Christmas Cardinal, the older of the two cardinal sets Stampin Up came out with in the last few years. The nestabilities frame (cut from two different dies) is on pop dots, the image is colored with chalks or "pastels". I made a mistake though, I used a sponge that apparently had black left on it and I was trying to sponge crumb cake around the cardinal to give it an old paper sort of look and the black came off and ended up making it look more like soot! Other than that I am really happy with this card. I came up with gathering the ribbon width in some because it was too wide and covered my cardinal and it made such a nice look! I think the ribbon is 1 1/4 inches wide. Anyway I taped it down on the back to scrunch it up some. The branches on the bow are sprayed with gold mist which is sparkly and I just couldnt get a good picture to show it. I splurged this time and used a whole bunch of gold beads along the trim on the bottom. Not sure how I am going to get this one in an envelope though! As always, thanks for looking!
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Monday, October 25, 2010

More Pink Christmas


I made this for the Magnolia-licious all year long Christmas Card Blog Hop, I had to use the pink theme again! I happen to love this shade of pink and since one of Stampin Up's Christmas paper sets has this color it makes me a happy camper :) The layout is a case, not my original design, just wanted y'all to know! The stamp is by Magnolia and I purchased her from Magnolia-licious online store. Isn't she precious?! I used one of the Spellbinder dies for the snowflakes and I usually use wax paper between the die and the paper to help remove the paper with these more intricate designs and it stuck to the pink snowflake. I thought it made a great look! So I adhered the wax paper to the snowflake die cut and it mutes the pink but at the same time it makes it sparkle and catches the light real well. You know I am all about sparkle LOL! I also used Stickles for the snow on the ground and the little spots around the tree in her hands. She is colored with water color crayons. The pink snowflake background is a Cuttlebug folder and the sentiment is on a Nestabilities die. The card is finished off with three pink rhinestone jewels on the bottom. The next stop on the blog hop is here. If you would like to see the the entire list please go to the official blog. Thanks for looking! May you create beautiful things :)

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Friday, October 22, 2010

5 Minute Halloween Card


Spur of the moment I decided to send my oldest son at college a little spare cash and needed to make a Halloween card for him real quick. Like 10 minutes before the mailman got here! So looking back on this now I can see where I would have liked to put another layer but hey, he isn't going to care about the card! I wonder if he will even look at it LOL! Used the Basic Grey Halloween paper, my younger son's bat punch again and a Spellbinders tag die.I just drew in the lines on both to give them a little more oomph. This paper is hand picked for him because it has skulls and cats! He has a black cat well because he likes all this stuff. Not me but this paper is kind of cool. Sponged some of the kiwi kiss ink on the Happy part of the sentiment. That's about it, quick and simple!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Halloween "Batty Bat" Tilda


I purchased several cute Halloween Magnolia stamps last year in thoughts of making some cute cards this year. I haven't done it! Ugh! So I pulled out this one, haven't used it before and well she is kind of cute :) I used the Magnolia moon with bats stamp first and then ended up (rather than masking and that whole mess) I stamped her, colored and cut her out and put the image on pop-dots. I used chalks to color but felt that the purple just needed some pizzazz so I pulled out my twinkling H2O's and colored the purple in with them. Very sparkly! It really added the life this card needed. The paper is my favorite Halloween paper set and it is by Nikki Sivils. The ribbon is actually glittery, in black and it looks good in person but here it doesnt show the sparkle. Oh and I cant forget, I used my son's "batty bat" (his name for bats!) punch for the bats behind the main image. I think I have now used it more than him, lol! Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pink Christmas Tree


OH my gosh I LOVE this card!!! It is a full on case of a card posted on the Hero Arts blog today (Hero Arts card here) that I just loved and then had to make it. I didn't have the pink polka dot paper so I used the Stampin' Up Christmas paper from the mini of which I happen to have a pink button and pink hemp string so rather than making the tree green, I made it pink! I used a Stampin' Up Christmas tree stamp but I really like the Hero Arts one, might have to get it. I didn't have the white lacy frame stamp (but may just have to get it also, my list is growing!) that she used on her card so I punched the edge of the pink card stock and used it instead. Actually I added a pink cardstock layer under the polka dot paper too because it just needed it :) Anyway I bought this paper set because I love the shades of pink and blue it has in it but am not super-fond of the little characters it has. I mean they are cute but they don't match most of my stamps and I don't want to buy that stamp set that goes with it. Looks like I might find uses for the paper otherwise. We will see, I might make at least one card showing the little guys. (To see what I am talking about click here and then go to page 32: Stampin' Up mini I am not a demo but if you need one I know of one you can order from of course. Hope you are inspired by the Hero Arts card and maybe mine ;)

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Halloween Card


Just a simple Halloween card. I wanted to use this spooky tree since I have never used this stamp before (yeah I do have a few of those!) I had the basic idea of what I wanted to use and had it just about put together but couldn't quite get the arrangement to my liking so I asked my good friend Beth and she had a great solution! She came up with cutting the mustard piece into a circle. It amazes me how something so simple just makes the whole thing look put together properly. I never would have thought of that. It was a fun card to make. The rest of the stamps are dollar stamps - you know those clear acrylic stamps you get in the bin at the check out at JoAnn's or some place. I picked up several Halloween ones last year for my son who loves to stamp and make Halloween cards and find I use them a lot myself! Happy Fall :)

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Finished Card


Remember this card? It is now finished! I stamped an older Stampin' Up butterfly stamp with Versamark and used Perfect Pearls powder to color it. I love this stuff, it's been around for years but I don't see it used too much. It is so sparkly and I like how it has two shades to it depending on how the light hits it. It is super easy to use too, no water or mixing with water or anything like that, just a dry brush dipped in the powder and swiped over the versamarked image. It stays on pretty well unless you rub it a lot which you can spray with hairspray or clear acrylic spray if you seriously feel the need, I never have. I like how it came out but boy it took me an hour to find a stamp to use with it! I think I need to decide what stamp to use first then pick the paper LOL! Have a great day!
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