Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here are a couple of cards I've been working on. The first one, I used a sketch from My Favorite Things, over on the Splitcoaststampers website. I know I used a sketch on the graduation card too... but can't remember where I saw it (I made that one a couple weeks ago).
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I had some time to myself this morning so what better way to spend it than to make a card! I used CTMH Tommy paper on the card and the sailboat and sentiment from Papertrey's Masculine Motifs. I didn't follow the sketch exactly, but used it as a guideline.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I'm finally getting to participate in a Make It Monday Papertrey Ink challenge! This week's challenge is water coloring embossed images. I clear embossed the tree image from Love & Marriage and water colored the leaves and branches. Then I added some ribbon with a little tag that says "Wedding Wishes".
Friday, March 22, 2013
Here is my 2nd card for the Pattern Play class. I had SO much fun with this card. The technique I used is weaving different papers together. In addition to the weaving, I added a vellum label with a stamped starburst behind it. I love the look of it!
I finally signed up for a card class. I know I need lots of help with patterned paper, so I signed up for Pattern Play. So far, I've learned a lot of cool techniques. One I've learned, which is really quite simple, is to add a white die cut (exact same size) under the die you want to show with a pattern. Here I added the white die cut, but gave it a tiny twist so it would stand out more.
Hello! Wow, I've been gone for a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making cards. Just too busy to post them. Here are a few that I've made. As you can see, I'm still doing my holiday cards. By the end of the year, I should have enough for me, my mother-in-law AND my mom without feeling like I need to rush!
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Happy New Year, everyone! As you scroll through this post, you'll see that I am very late in doing my Christmas cards this year. I actually started doing them in September. For the past couple of years, I've made a few for my Mother In Law to give... but this year, I was going to do some for my Mom too. They only wanted about 15 each... which was fine. So I started early. I can't help but start early when all of my favorite stamping companies start selling their holiday stamps that early! Anyway... I got burned out... fast! I know I was done with the first 15 in September... and I kept working on the rest through October... But toward the end of October, I just couldn't motivate myself to do anymore. Then November went by... nothing. I did have a small stash that I didn't use from last year. After counting the cards I had finished in October, plus the few I had from last year... I ended up having to cut my Christmas card list down a little... yes, embarrassing. But I did. BUT... at the same time, I think to myself... how many people actually appreciate getting a card from me (let alone a HAND-made card)... it really wasn't THAT hard to cut my list down. After all, I usually end up sending about 30 or so cards each year... and end up getting... maybe 5-7 cards (and one of those was from the Dentist office!) Anyway, I'm not bitter... just going to use up my pretty cards elsewhere :) Okay... onto my cards...
This first one is a simple thank you for a gift I got from an old neighbor from when we lived in Washington. She's a sweet lady who never forgets us. It's not Christmas-y... just wintery.
This next one was a fun one. I recently signed up with Close To My Heart again... and can't help but LOVE their papers. My one problem is... I don't know HOW to use patterned paper on cards. I always struggle with that... but I'm learning. Oh, and by the way... I'm getting a head start on next years Christmas cards. It probably won't last long, but so far I've gotten a few done :)
The next card uses a stamp I LOVE from My Favorite Things. I stamped the whole tree in red. Then in green. I then cut out the green words and adhered them to the red tree. Love it!
I fell in love with this tree die from WPlus9, but I don't care for how flat the stamp looks. So I took a piece of green PTI patterned paper and then rolled the edges of the stamp in ink... and stamped it on the patterned paper. I like it :)
I REALLY like this next card. It's not really a style that I've used before, but I just really like it. I used CTMH Scholastic paper on the background and stamped it with some "twinkles" from the WPlus9 Iconic Christmas set. Then I masked off the bottom to make some snow. First I used some white pigment ink, but it wasn't enough for me. So I painted it with some shimmery white paint. Then I outlined it with some Crystal Stickles. On the tree, I took the negative of the tree die and masked off 3 layers of snow on the tree. You cant really tell, though, because I outlined it with Crystal Stickles too. I embossed the stars with silver embossing powder.
Okay, done with the Christmas cards for now. Here are a couple other cards I've made...
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Here's a little something I've been working on this past week. I bought the pattern from an Etsy site HERE. If you do plan on buying it, I have to warn you that the way the instructions were written, is not what you see in the photo. I had to adjust the directions (after an agonizing hour or so of trying to figure it out) to make it look like the picture (when working on the Right side, I used ALL Front Post stitches, and working on the Wrong side, I used ALL Back Post stitches... in case anyone was interested). Oh, and the flower did not come with the directions... it came with another patternI bought. Anyway, here it is!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wow, it has been a long time since I posted. It seems like I say that everytime I post. LOL! Anyway, I've taken a break from my Christmas cards and have been working on these lil cuties! Aren't they just adorable? I don't have anyone in particular to give the lil booties to, but I sure do love making them :) One day, I will break out of my shell and attempt to sell something online.
Oh, and good news for me... well, not news... anyway, I finally figured out one more setting on my camera to make my pictures look just a little bit better.... finally!
If you're interested in any of these patterns, I've included a link to where I purchased them, or found them. The halloween guys were free!
(same for the pink ones below)
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Here are some Christmas cards I've been working on all week. I am making cards for my Mom and Mother-in-Law, so I wanted to get a head start on my cards this year (and because I've been seeing some sneak peeks of Christmas stamps already... getting me excited to buy some!).
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Hey there! I haven't posted in a while... but that doesn't mean I haven't been making cards! :)
I was going through my stash of paper the other day to see what I could donate to my daughter's classroom and found some papers my mom bought when she visited a while ago. We had planned on making cards with them, but time got away from us. So I decided to make her a batch of cards with the paper.
I have trouble making cards with big bold prints on them. So using a couple of the papers was really tough. Here's what I've come up with so far...