Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The one I wish I didn't need to make

I wish it could have been the congratulations card it was supposed to be.

Our Creative Corner sketch challenge was followed for this card. This isn't the best quality picture, it is hard to see the very light small flower silhouette on the right of the stamped image. I stamped it light intentionally, I suppose to be somewhat symbolic. This was probably the worst I have ever felt about making a card.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Birthday card for my baby...

...who turned 9 today. I can't believe how the time flies. It is hard to believe that he will be starting 4th grade next month. Soon, he will be a teenager...ugh. Let's not think about that right now. This is supposed to be a happy day.

I made this last night, and attached it to his bedroom door in a clear envelope so he would find it when he woke up this morning (I had to leave for work WAY before he woke up).

I used the Tinkerin' paper pack, with Sunflower, Twilight and Clover Meadow cardstock. Stamps used were Happy Birthday and Solo 9. The nine I actually reverse stamped and cut out on the Twilight cardstock, then decided to color it with the Twilight ink (the only ink I used) anyway. Did you know that you can reverse a stamp image by inking a stamp, rolling a brayer over it and the rolling the brayer on a sheet of paper?? Voila, your image is now backwards! This was my first time doing that technique, and it turned out to be unnecessary. But it was VERY easy to do, and is a technique I am sure to use again. The Clover Meadow cardstock was ink distressed with Twilight, and the star brad came from my stash. And, of course, the 9 was mounted with 3-D Mounting Foam. I had intended to use a sketch to make his card, then I started flipping through Wishes Card Confidence Program and saw a card I thought would work and used it as a sketch instead of following the details exactly. I'm really excited to get time to go through Wishes and make some of the cards, but I don't think I will have much scrap time until the end of August.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wedding card

I'm getting ready to go to another wedding today. So of course I needed to make a card. This morning. After returning from the gym. If it wasn't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done. Please don't ask the status on my homework. Anyway, this morning I came across a new-to-me blog (Crafts-International) that had a big list of challenges, many of which I hadn't seen before. So I used one of those challenges for this card.

I followed the sketch on the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge (Challenge #40). They do a monthly prize drawing from the crafters who do their challenges and link it on their blog. You should definitely check it out! Okay, I made this card using DCWV papers (patterned papers and textured cardstock) and CTMH cardstock in White Daisy. Stamps used were CTMH Butterfly Wishes, Treasure Life (sentiment on the inside), and For Every Occasion. Inks used were CTMH Crystal Blue and Twilight. Embellishments are Bellas Baubles and Craft Essentials ricrac. I used a Prismacolor Premier marker in Cool Grey to outline the butterfly, and colored his body and antenna with a Gelly Roll pen. Instead of using the circle shown in the sketch, I used my Nestabilities Labels 1 (and, of course, I mounted it with 3-D Mounting Foam).

Monday, July 6, 2009

Back to reality...

So my vacation to Florida is over, and now it is time to get back to work, housework and algebra. But I was jonesing to do some scrapping, as it had been over two weeks since I last made a card (my previous card was made before I left for vacation, but I didn't post until the 1st because of the blog hop). Of course, when I first sat down to scrap when we got back from vacation, I realized I needed to do some organizing. Which created a larger mess than I had to start with (and gave me 84 other projects that I want to do). So I didn't end up doing any scrapping until this morning (and in case you are wondering, the organization is NOT complete).

Realizing I would soon be in need of a birthday card, I followed this week's Mojo Monday sketch to make this card. I used the new DCWV designer cardstock I bought yesterday (as if I don't have enough paper), along with CTMH cardstock in Crystal Blue, Sorbet and White Daisy. The flowers (CTMH Big Pinks) were sponged around the edges with Crystal Blue and Sorbet inks, connected together with Zots, and given a Crystal Blue CTMH button for the center. The sentiment (from CTMH Card Sentiments) was stamped in Grey Wool ink on a panel cut using Nestabilities Large Labels and then sponged with Crystal Blue ink while still in the die. Stitched ribbon is CTMH Sorbet. The sentiment panel and the flower were mounted with 3-D Mounting Foam.