Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Alas, I had to get through the piles of Christmas cards and tags that needed making. Finally, I was finished with all that, and then I couldn't find the time to get in the studio. Crud.
Then, Jaydee posted THIS on her blog, and I knew I had to make the time to get in and make the card--not so much for a chance to win the blog candy, but because the cards are going to such a worthy cause.
Besides, it was a CASE challenge, and goodness knows I've had this card just sitting in the back of my brain for goodness knows how long (since December 8, maybe??) and I was ready to do it.
I sincerely wish I had the "Wishing You a Day Bright With Sunshine" sentiment, and will now be searching for it. I did the best I could with the sentiments I had available. (As an aside, anyone else out there think they have plenty of sentiments and then see one they just have to have?) I'm pleased as punch with the results. :o)
This card uses:
Stamp Sets: "Medallion", PTI's "Signature Greetings"
Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, "Sunny Garden" DSP
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Staz-On Black
Thursday, December 16, 2010
These just make me smile. :o)
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Obviously that had to be remedied, and I went at once to the studio. (Okay, maybe not "at once", what with having a Bitty and a Beanie around, but I did eventually get in there...)
I have once more pulled out "Big On Christmas" (I can't seem to get enough of it this year, not to mention it's SO stinkin' easy to work with!) and gone to town. :o)
I'm not finished yet, but getting there. I'll post them all when they are completed. :o)
These have used:
Stamp Set: Big on Christmas
Inks: Black Staz-On, Copics in Olive and Cardinal (I have no idea the color number, sorry), Peach Parfait, Basic Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (OMG I LOVE Cherry Cobbler!)
Accessories: Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds
I'm getting there, I'm getting there. :o)
Monday, December 13, 2010
I changed the sentiment on this one at Brien's request--he just liked it better. Hey, they're our FAMILY cards, so who was I to judge?
Last night, Brien spent some time printing out the envelopes (he found a fun Dashboard widget (for those of you who use Macs) that would print the address and our return addy) and I'll work on these while the girlies nap today.
Tomorrow begins the great gift tag adventure...
Friday, December 10, 2010
I hit the studio at nap time (both girlies are sick so there is definitely a need for naps) and managed to knock out the snowmen. Yay!
I use a heavier weight paper when embossing using white. I LOVE the SU! Whisper White paper for stamping on, but it's rather thin when it comes to embossing. I picked up some heavier stuff from PTI and I've been very pleased with it.
Of the designs I came up with this year, this one is Brien's favorite. I think the non-traditional colors combined with the striking contrast of the Cherry Cobbler with Basic Black really does it for him. He's typically a traditional kind of guy, but hey, this is one fun card! :o)
Thursday, December 9, 2010
...4 more to go. I tackled the most time consuming card yesterday afternoon. It took me nigh on four hours to do all the coloring and cutting required. Oh my. What was I thinking?!?
It is a pretty good looking card, though. I guess that's what I was thinking. ;o)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
It's funny, now that I'm staying home, I seem to have less time to work in the studio, and less time for myself than I used to. How is that even possible?!? Hm.
Because I'm so behind on my Christmas cards, I came home from church last night, got things settled in the house and hit the studio. It took me an hour and a half, but I managed to get ALL my materials cut for the cards.
I know there are those who would go out of their minds if they had to make more than one or two of the same card, and here I am, making 16 at the minimum, lol! That's one of the things that's so great about stamping and card making, everyone can do that which they like best.
I'm hoping to get a bit of time in the studio this afternoon or evening after church and get started on these guys. I'd LOVE to be able to get them in the mail by Monday or Tuesday next week.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Getting out the "Holly Jolly" paper and the copics, I made the card above. I can't believe how intense the Cherry Cobbler looks in that light. That does it, I MUST get my bounce flash fixed...
I love the intensity of the copics in that image, as opposed to the one a few posts ago.
These are pretty much facsimiles of cards I've already created so you can find recipe details below. :o)
Friday, December 3, 2010
I don't know about you, but I will lie in bed at night and card ideas will flit through my head. This one kept coming to me and I got in the studio and had to make it. Initially, I was unimpressed. Somehow, it didn't quite meet up to the vision in my head. Okay, more to the point, it wasn't this card I made. I initially used Very Vanilla instead of the Whisper White and instead used only the ornaments. It was a bust. It was too symmetrical (is there such a thing?), and too yellow. I changed the paper and added the gingerbread man, and was somewhat pleased with the results, but still not sure.
That led to this card:
After putting it together, I realized I actually liked both cards and will be making them both this year. (Yes, I know the string is a little off from that red ornament, remember, these are just mock-ups.)
In other exciting news, I picked up some VersaMark Dazzle to use on the snowflake cards. It has a hint of shimmer that it adds to the watermarking. I also picked up...drum roll please...red and green copics. Oh my. Oh my oh my. I found two colors that are so close to Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler and my plan is to use them on the Noel cards. :o) I still need to play around with them--a LOT--but I'm getting the feel for them, and they're pretty nice. :o)
As for this card, it uses:
Stamp Sets: "Hung up on the Holidays"(retired), PTI's "Signature Christmas"
Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Brilliance's Starlite Silver
I'll be out of town this weekend, so no stamping for me. And then, we're having a church retreat from 7-8 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday--during my typical stamping time--so I don't know if I'll have anything new to post until next Friday. Maybe Lissie can pick up the slack? ;o)
Thursday, December 2, 2010
My plan is to use my "Holly Jolly" paper when it arrives, so I needed to use a stand-in until then. I dug into my retired DSPs and used "Dashing". I LOVED this paper when it was out and enjoyed using it the other night. I may make a few cards with this paper and color combo, as well as the "Holly Jolly". In fact, Brien said, "But I like this one!"
I know the image is stamped crooked, and the coloring is crappy, but remember, this is a mock-up. I'll do a much better job on my actual cards.
And, since these were mock-ups, I decided to show you another I created when trying to decide which color card base to use:
This card uses:
Stamp Set: "Big on Christmas"
Papers: Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing DSP (retired)
Inks: Black Staz-On, Old Olive, Real Red
One more improvement to this card will be to color the top of the ornament. I've got to purchase a gold metallic ink pen...:sigh:
I played around again last night and should have card for you for tomorrow as well. :o)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
This is another of the cards I created Monday evening. I adore Cherry Cobbler, it is so rich and almost decadent feeling. I knew I wanted to make a card using "Big on Christmas", and I knew I wanted to use Cherry Cobbler. I decided to pair it with Basic Black, and it all came together. :o)
I love that this one isn't a "traditional" card, and yet, is so visually appealing. I'm not sure if you can see it (maybe enlarge the photo?), but I added Dazzling Diamonds to the S, N, and W. I'm playing around with the idea of cutting out the hat and carrot and making them three dimensional, but I'm not sure if I'm up to all that work on 15+ cards...We'll see how the time works out.
This card uses:
Stamp Set: "Big on Christmas"
Papers: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Inks: Black Staz-On, and Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green markers
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder
Now, if only it would snow here...it was almost 70 this morning. :sigh:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
After tallying more than 75 people/families to whom we will be sending Christmas cards, I came to the conclusion I would go NUTS if I had to make 80 cards of the same design. Last year I made two different designs and I loved them both. You can see them here and here. I absolutely ADORE "Dasher" and keep wondering if I could just work him in somehow again this year. Hm...
Anyhow, I've decided to go with five or six different designs and I spent last night making mock-ups. Nine cards later, I had three I liked. Here's the first:
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I'm so sorry, sweet blog. With Brien out of town the next two evenings, I'm going to try to do better. I'm going to pop in some old movies, get the stamping juices flowing and see what I can create. I'll check out a few challenge sites as well, and see if anything catches my fancy.
I hope to see you in the morning, my friend.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It is true that I am mostly retired, that is, I do not have a full-time job or a job to which I must go. However, I do work for a publisher, and, lucky me, I get to work from home. The work is sporadic, though lately, there seems to always be something to do. Mostly, I oversee the development of materials and review them. Recently I received a new title, Director of Special Projects, which basically means I do a wide assortment of things. The company I work for is small—a husband and wife comprise the company—and I cannot express how much I love working with them. Unlike large publishers I’ve worked for, all the work for this company is done with a verbal handshake, and they truly value my opinions. We trust each other and it is a lovely arrangement, one that I hope continues for many years. Just the other day, the husband contacted me to see how much they owe me for my work in September. We both had to think through everything I’ve done for them in the past month. Being able to trust someone 100% as I trust this husband and wife is a great joy. I love the loose arrangement, and I much enjoy the work I do. So, why am I telling you this? Because this week I’ve been up to my ears reviewing a new book, reviewing a revised book, working on a presentation I will give on Saturday, and planning how to proceed with a new project, among other things. As a result, I have no time to stamp. So, I looked through my cards and found one I created last summer when I had lots of time on my hands. To make it, I used these supplies:
- Stamp Set—Simply Said
- DSP—Delicate Dots
- Card Stock—So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
- Twill Ribbon—Certainly Celery and So Saffron (layered)
- Ink—Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery
- Nesties—Circle and Scallop
Monday, October 4, 2010
Because Ella is the child of the original "Pink Bunny", I made the card as pink and sparkly as possible. It is an easel card so it can be propped up and long admired. ;o)
Using my two-way glue pen, I added Dazzling Diamonds here and there on the pony/unicorn. For the glittery images in the background, I used VersaMark and heat and stick powder.
It really was a fun (if time consuming!) card to make. :o)
This card uses:
Stamp Set: "Pony Party"
Papers: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Inks: Black StazOn, Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon, heat and stick powder
Sunday, October 3, 2010
- DSP--Autumn Traditions
- Card Stock--Always Artichoke; Soft Suede
- Buttons--Always Artichoke
Friday, October 1, 2010
- Inks--Baja Breeze, River Rock, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Blush Blossom, and Crumb Cake
- Stamp Sets--The Nicest Things and Well Scripted
- Crochet Trim--Victoria
- Embosslits--Beautiful Wings
- Designer Series Paper--Baja Breeze
- Card Stock--Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Thursday, September 30, 2010
So, all I had to do was combine pink and butterflies. No problem! I remembered how much I had enjoyed working with a similar color combination on a Paper Players challenge and pulled out Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla and went to work.
"Just Believe" is an incredibly beautiful, feminine set and lent itself perfectly to meet my needs. I knew the "Beautiful Wings" embosslits would coordinate wonderfully with the set as well.
I love it when a card just comes together. :o)
Because it's a birthday card for a very special lady, I decided to bling it up a bit. I used Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers and butterflies, and then went a step further, adding pearls as well.
I just knew "Curly Cute" would be the perfect sentiment to accompany such a pretty card. :o)
This card uses:
Stamp Sets: "Just Believe", "Curly Cute"
Papers: Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery textured card stock
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, "Beautiful Wings" embosslit, Dazzling Diamonds, pearls
It's such a sweet card I just want to prop it up and look at it all day. :oP I can't WAIT to give it to Grandma. :o)
P.S. I'm sure I must have CASE'd this from somewhere, but for the life of me I can't remember where...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I wanted to create a card with muted autumn colors. I'm particularly fond of Sage Shadow, a recently discontinued color. As I dug through my Designer Series Paper, I found Autumn Vine, a paper I've used in the past; it includes Sage Shadow. I had cased a card on Split Coast Stampers with a similar layout and decided to try it, altering it a bit. The only thing I would change about this card is the size of the oval. I think it needs to be a bit smaller because it tends to overpower the tree. Here's are the supplies I used:
- DSP--Autumn Vine
- Stamp Sets--Give Thanks and Forest Friends
- Card Stock--Sage Shadow
- Inks--Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, More Mustard, Really Rust (the colors in the DSP)
- Nesties--Oval and Scalloped Oval
- Piercing Tool
- Embossing Plate--Dots
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Well, once I had that little pop of color, I knew I had to have it in a couple of other places as well. :o)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Then, without warning, an idea popped into my head and a light bulb went off. :o) This is for my nephew Miles. He was nine and I thought, "What little guy wouldn't like mushrooms?" I think they are cute cute cute. As for that crooked sentiment, that will teach me to not get out my SAMJ and just think I can "wing it". :oP
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When Rachael came to visit this past weekend, she brought my Stampin' Up order. I couldn't wait to begin playing with my new stamp sets. It was hard to decide where to begin ... I ended up going for Halloween and created this card, one I'll send to one of my grandchildren. Please note that the cat is actually centered perfectly inside the cutout; the camera angle makes it look off center. Here's what I used:
- Designer Series Paper--Cast A Spell
- Stamp Set--Fang-tastic
- Card Stock--Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive
- Ink--Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride
- Punches--Scallop and Circle
- Dimensional--on the pumpkin to make it stand out from the witch
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I have been trying and trying to get some studio time. This is always my crazy, busy time of year. We are out of town every other weekend for football games, we are traveling to see family, we are just busy.
I know, I know excuses excuses...
At any rate, I made it a point to get in the studio last night as I had a mission. Today is Sparkly Hannah Day 2010 and I wanted to give out anonymous cards with a couple of dollars in them. The plan is to leave these cards on random cars in parking lots. Inside the card reads, "We know this isn't much, but we hope you will use it to buy yourself a little treat". Besides that, the card is simply adorable. :o) Who wouldn't smile after receiving one of these cards?
This card uses:
Stamp Set: Darling Dots, PTI Signature Greetings
Paper: Whisper White
Inks: Melon Mambo, Only Orange (retired)
I made ten of them last night. You MUST use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the images lined up! I also drew a light pencil line across the card to give the flowers a baseline.
As for the poor image quality, well, my sweet Lil dropped my camera and my flash broke. Boo hoo hoo! I hope to have it repaired soon!
Happy Sparkly Hannah Day! Go forth and perform a RAK!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I wanted to make a very simple, clean card. I also wanted to use a new embossing folder and watercolor paper. And now, for the life of me, I can't remember everything I used to make this card. ARGH! Old age has impacted my memory. I know I used two different shades of pink card stock, but I'm not sure what they are--Rose Red? Melon Mambo? [Rachael just told me that those are the correct colors.] Here's what I know I used:
- Embossing Folder--Elegant Lines
- Ink--Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo
- Water Color Paper (spritzed with water prior to stamping)
- Stamp Set--Watercolor Trio
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I pulled out my "With Gratitude" set and stared at it. I pulled out different colored card stocks and stared some more. I came up with nothing. Nada. Zilch. The set mocked me. It did! Here I had this gorgeous set and I could come up with nary a thing to do with it. Ack! Dejected, I walked out of the studio and vowed I would think of something, that no mere stamp set would beat me. So there!
I took a different approach last night. I found a sketch challenge at Stamping 411 that looked promising and decided to give it a go.
I tried a vertical card first. No dice. Once I got it oriented correctly, the card came together. :o) I showed it to Brien who said, "ACK! What did you do?? You had this wonderful masculine card and you added a bow. A BOW! Now it just looks all sorts of confused."
Really? Oh no!
But you see, the thing is, I was proud of that bow. It was the most perfect bow I had ever made (thank you, Jaydee for the tutorial!) and I was going to leave that bow, even if it didn't work.
But that didn't mean I couldn't create another card. I typically make two cards anyhow, so this was easy to do. :o)
I rock-and-rolled the leaves on the background to achieve that multi-color effect. I ran the Cajun Craze piece through the Cuttlebug with a Swiss Dots embossing folder to give it some texture. The maple leaf is first stamped in VersaMark and then in Cajun Craze, covered with clear embossing powder and hit with the heat gun. I gave the card some depth by mounting the maple leaf using dimensionals.
These cards use:
Stamp Sets: "With Gratitude", "Watercolor Trio"
Inks: More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso--it should be noted I considered using Old Olive, but I thought it was too bright next to the more muted Regals colors
Papers: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Early Espresso 5/8" satin ribbon, dimensionals, Regals button, Swiss Dots embossing folder, scallop border punch
Ha! I won!! I made a card with the stamp set, and even have another cooking for Friday's post! Hee hee hee. ;o)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
- Designer Series Paper--Cast a Spell
- Ribbon- Pumpkin Pie Striped
- Card Stock--Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie
- Ink--Staz-On Black