4/23/13

I'm baaack!

Back from the beautiful state of Colorado, where I was visiting my son and where this happened on 4/20:


Yes, my baby boy got married to a wonderful girl! The ceremony was held at their house - a small, intimate gathering of friends. It was so good to see him again, and I miss them both already. We did get a chance to get out and sightsee a bit, down to Colorado Springs to The Garden of the Gods, over to Georgetown for shopping and delicious pizza. It was an absolutely wonderful trip, a wee bit too short, and I am looking forward to going back for a visit when it's warmer. Yes, it was still snowing up there in the Rockies.

I need to edit the photos and I will be posting more soon, so stay tuned.

4/19/13

Thanks

I’ve seen a couple of version of this card and have been meaning to give it a try myself. The first one I ever saw was here, on JJ Bolton’s blog. She has excellent instructions and it didn’t look too complicated. The other day I finally decided to give it a shot. I am not terribly good at reading the instructions before jumping in with both feet, so I probably made it more difficult than it should have been. Next time I think I will print out her instructions, read them, and go from there. I will use a more open image, too. Looking at this one straight on it’s hard to see the letters in the center.

The stamp is by Avery Elle, from the Very Vintage Greetings set, and I stamped it with Hero Arts Bubble Gum ink – I love that color!

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I made 2 of those and decided to use the negative part of the die cut for a different look. I don’t care for the embossed ridge around the letters but I don’t think there’s a workaround for it. The dies are from Papertrey (I think), or they could be Memory Box, I’m not sure. I didn’t label them when I got them, sorry.

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I just added some patterned paper pieces from a Lawn Fawn paper pad behind each letter and secured them with some regular Scotch tape. The butterflies are punched from the same papers using a couple of Martha Stewart punches.

If all goes well, I am in Colorado right now – probably freezing my toes off, but having a wonderful time with my son and his new wife. I will post photos of the wedding when I get home.

4/15/13

Sending You Sunshine

I am a sucker for a rainbow on a card. I don’t know why, I’ve just always loved rainbow colored things. And shiny things. But that’s another story for another day – back to the rainbows. I found this card with a video tutorial and fell in love immediately. Here’s my version:

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The sentiment on the first one is from a Papertrey set and I just used whatever card stock I had in the right shade. If it had a texture on it, I used the back side of it. I didn’t have all of the colors with texture or I would have let the texture side show.

The sentiment on the one below is from a set by Darcie’s clear set called My Sunshine.

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I love ‘em! I like the second one better, just because I used more colors and I like the sentiment better. You could use them for almost any occasion and they’d be great for birthday cards. I have enough birthday cards for now, though. The first one looks like the sun is off center a bit, but I think it’s the angle of the photo. Or maybe it really is off center :-). I made several more of these, and will probably make even more. If I made the card base bigger, I’d have more room for a bigger sentiment, so maybe I will do that next time.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back soon.

4/9/13

My mojo is back!

I have been a card making fool lately. My stash was depleted and I found several inspirational pieces on Pinterest and blogs, so I got out some stamps and dies and went to work.

The inspiration for these was from the Basic Grey blog. They used the vellum stickers from the Knee Highs collection, but I just have the 6 x 6 paper pad, so that’s what I used. The sentiment and frame is from the Framed Fonts set by Avery Elle.

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This one looks so much better in person, but no matter what I tried I could not get a better shot of it, and my limited Photoshop abilities didn’t help, either.

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I will be back soon with more…I’m on a roll!

4/3/13

Birthday cards

The other day I saw some really pretty cards on Pinterest that I just had to use for inspiration. My stash of birthday cards is empty, so that’s as good an excuse as any to get busy. The cards I saw used a Thank You stamp from Taylored Expressions and I needed birthday cards (and I don’t have that stamp), so I took some clear stamps from several different Hero Arts clear sets and composed one of my own on an acrylic block. In the process, I found that using stamps from one manufacturer is the key because they are all the same thickness – at least these were. If they are different thicknesses they won’t ink up properly. It took some adjusting and stamping on scrap paper to get the composition the way I wanted it, and I have left it on the block for now. I may try the same thing with some Thank You stamps. I do like the one at Taylored Expressions, though.
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I used several different patterned papers, colored the cake and candles with Copic markers, and added Stickles to most of them. The last one has paper from an American Crafts 6 x 6 paper pad that I found at Target last week. Thanks to the Pattern Play class, I was able to actually combine several patterns successfully! I think I will enter the last one in the Simon Says Stamp blog challenge going on right now. You can’t win if you don’t enter, right?
Thanks for stopping by and I hope there is a little bit of Spring weather wherever you are. I’m still waiting on it to arrive.