Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I used this beautiful October Afternoon Paper, brown Bazzill cs, green Bazzill cs, and ValuePack cards from Michael's. I had 10 white ValuePack cards left and 2 cream. Lucky for me the OA dp matched both colors so I could eke out 12 notecards. I'll buy more this weekend with Michael's 50% coupons for Labor Day weekend. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip.
Friday, August 29, 2008
This card is a larger card. I used a ~5x7 Magenta card, and found scraps of cs for layers (Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White). The ribbon is Chocolate Chip also.
This base card is DCWV. I also used dimensionals on the sentiment. The sentiment seemed a little bare with just being white, so I inked a holly stamp, stamped off once on scrap paper then stamped over the sentiment without re-inking. I was inspired to do this from blogfriend Leslie aka The Crooked Stamper. She did this on her August 24th post. Thanks, Leslie! I probably would not have thought to do that if you hadn't mentioned it recently on your blog :)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Kaye and I loaded up with our coupons for the trifecta, but we went to a new stamp shop, La Carta Bella first. We met Kerri, the owner, who is so sweet! We asked if she would do a make-n-take for us, and she did :) We made the card, pictured above. The pic does not do this card justice. There is flocking on the nest and branch ("snow") and the base card is a gorgeous metallic cs.
I managed to spend only $71...Kerri's prices are very good and she gave me 50% off my most expensive stamp for spending over $50.
I also purchased this 6"x6" dp (for five cents!!!) and base card (pale blue) from Kerri.
Kaye and I made this card over the weekend. I've been wanting to try stamping-on-dp technique, and this paper was a perfect opportunity to do just that. The snowman stamp is Kaye's. We colored with markers. Easy-peasy card!
If you are ever in the Charlotte, NC area, you gotta go to La Carta Bella:
1122 Industrial Drive Suite 111
Matthews, NC 28105
store: (704) 841-8218
Tell 'em June sent you :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
My brad was yellow. I got to try a technique that I have not needed until now...I inked it with pigment ink and heat embossed it until it matched.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This sketch is this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Right up my alley! I use this sketch all the time. When I don't have mojo going on, this is my old stand-by sketch. At the risk of all my cards looking the same, I vary it just a bit. e.g. I may punch holes in each scallop; I may just border the bottom (no scallops) the same as the top and sometimes paper pierce horizontally along the top and bottom.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I added a little paper piercing and used my SU! white gel pen for the faux stitching. I like these better, but not crazy about them in general. I do like that it is all used up and that I'll actually get money for something I didn't like or want. I use the analogy of a yard sale when it comes to making my cards to sell. I'm getting rid of the old to get $$$ for new stash.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I got this adorable bird stamp (Imaginisce) and the "Hello There" (MFT) at Angela's Happy Stamper 2 weeks ago. I had to use them :) The flower stamp is Hero Arts, and the dps are Chatterbox. I used SU! markers to ink the HA flower (both top and bottom layers), but the bird is done completely (twice...top layer and bottom) in Chatterbox dps and my SU! white gel pen for the center of the flower on the bird. I used SU! dimensionals for the HA flower and the cute little bird.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thank you, Laura, for this sketch. Of course, I needed to rotate it so that my Yuzen design was not sideways, but it turned out pretty well, dontcha think? Now I can enter this card in the current challenge at 2 Sketches 4 You.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I stamped the dress and the umbrella twice each, and matched SU! Mellow Moss and Lilac Lace markers to the paper. I colored all four images, then added white dots with my gel pen. Very time consuming to color, and VERY therapeutic for me. I have always loved to color. Coloring has been on my mind lately because I've been debating on whether or not to invest in copics.
As you can see, I ended up not using the daisy dp, but a coordinating Sweetwater striped dp scrap.
I mounted the Whisper White and the Sweetwater papers on Mellow Moss cs. I had exactly 10 DCWV purple brads, so they dictated the layouts. Those brads were all I managed to use up, though there are only small scraps of this striped dp left now. I love purple and green together!
I love when a no plan card comes together...I really like the dress card in particular :)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
No, I'm not confused. No, I'm not really so prepared for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day that I am making my St. Patrick's Day cards already. It is simply that when I have the motivation to create something in particular, I need to go with it. If I waited until February, the motivation may no longer be there. Secondly, when I have something in my stash and I find it coordinates with something else, my goal is to use it up. This green DCWV card is hard to match, but as I mentioned yesterday, I know it matches this Reminisce "Good Luck" dp.
I meant to cut it in 4x4 squares and create 9 cards. Note to self: Do not cut paper when you are sleep deprived. I cut it in 3x3 squares. Uh oh. Kazan to the rescue! I saw this week's sketch challenge at 2 Sketches 4 You (see picture). So apparently I will be making 16 of these cards :) Maybe it is divine intervention. St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big seller at the coffee shops. Yes, seriously. I have never sent a St. Pat's card in my life, by my customers request them. I send Easter cards to some family members, but you know what? I sell more St. Pat's cards than Easter cards. Go figure. Halloween is a huge seller, along with Christmas, Valentine's Day, and then Mother's Day. Father's Day is slower (poor dads, not getting their props), followed by St. Pat's and Easter. So in February after the Valentine's Day card frenzy, I will have a nice breather with 16 St. Pat's cards ready to be invoiced. So I used up all the green cards pictured yesterday, including those in the new box! I need 4 more green card bases to complete all 16 cards. But at least I have plenty of time to purchase my next DCWV card box at 50% off.
The stamp is an SU! stamp set, "Pinch Proof", I purchased from Sue when she had her 40% off sale so she could earn her annual SU! cruise or Hawaii trip or wherever SU! sends their peeps. I never would have purchased the set if I didn't think it would be easily paid for if I sell only a few of these cards. The ribbon was in my stashed (never opened until today!) that I bought for fifty cents :) I used up all my green Bazzill primas (go, me), then got to open a new package of green primas I bought at Michael's a couple of weeks ago with my 40% off coupon. I know, I know, I say I'm only going to buy what I need (like adhesive refills), but they were so pretty! They wanted me to buy them. And they obviously knew I was going to need them now, didn't they?
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I used the ACMoore 50% coupon at Michael's to buy my fifth box of 50 textured cards and envelopes. There are ten colors in each box like this one.
Pictured in front of the box are the remaining cards from my first four boxes :) You can see the two browns and the greens are different dye lots, but they are close enough; and one black card remains too.
Last February I had a lot of the green from the previous boxes. It is a pretty green, but difficult to match. I found it went perfectly with Reminisce "Greenday" dp. I had purchased 2 sheets at that time; one with shamrocks, the other with polka dots. I cut the shamrock dp into 4x4 squares and made 9 St. Patrick's Day cards. (Did you do the math? Yep, NO scraps!!!!) See those cards here: http://simplyelegantpapercrafts.blogspot.com/2008/02/finallyst-pats-cards-made.html
I still have the Reminisce "Greenday" 12x12 polka dot dp to use...look for my card tomorrow :)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Sue's cards were sweet and simple. Those 37 cards are long gone. I packaged most of them in acrylic boxes (4 cards & 4 envelopes) to give to the teachers & therapists for teacher appreciation week in May 2007.