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Sunday, February 20, 2011

This is a card I made for my St Louis Splitcoast Stampers Swap. Our theme today was "3".  The tag is done ala Tim Holtz Distress Inks style. On teflon craft sheeting (found in most craft stores), swipe your desired Ranger Distress ink directly onto the teflon sheet. Swipe a second color of Ranger Distress Ink directly below or above or side to the color you first layed down. Spray with water. The ink reacts nicely with water and beads up. Then take your tag and press it onto the ink and water and lift straight up. Dry with heat gun. Don't worry if your tag curls with dampness, it flattens quickly as it dries. Tap it again in the ink and water, and heat treat it again till dry. Try not to mix the colors, try to stay in the area of color so the colors don't get muddy. Tap the tag once more into the ink and water and heat guy dry again. I tapped into the ink and water and dried the tag three times, for our theme today. This is a quick process, it takes less than five minutes. The tag was ready to embellish and stamp immediately afterwards. . For the sentiment, I stamped my tag in Andirondack Sail Boat Blue pigment and waited for it to dry. Then I colored in the word Imagine with a Spica blue gen glitter pen. I also used blue stickles to dot the i's. The black panel is a piece of Core'dinations cardstock of black over blue.  This piece was run through my Cuttlebug using the CB Paisley embossing folder. Then I took a sanding block and sanded it to bring out the blue core underneath. I also distressed around the edges with a paper distressor to bring out the blue on the edges. Then I simply embellished with three stars punched, a turquoise button, and a turquoise prima flower I trimmed with more blue stickles. I also took three curl punches and layed under the prima flower. It was then adheared to a turquoise panel on a black cardstock base. I just love texture, and had fun bringing it out on this card!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

My mom's pretty cool. She is a person I look up to, and wonder how she raised six wild kids in all the places we lived. I have had my hands full with three kids but she handled all six of us! She is very special to me. Her birthday is this week, and this is the card I made for her! Lots of texture, but I am a nut about real textures on a card or scrapbook page. The pretty embossed white paper is from a sheet of textured papers I found at Hobby Lobby. The piece of mesh with a sheer overcoat is from a friend. The black ribbon on the bottom I ran through my crimper and it only slightly rippled it. I found that wound white ribbon at Target in their scrapbook area. I stamped the central daisy three times so I could cut out the paisley centers and piece them back on the petals to give more depth. I used a scalloped rectangle nestie diecut for the frame and wound some lacey seam binder around it to give it texture. The happy birthday sentiment is from Hampton Arts. I found the black and white prima flowers at Tuesday Mornings also. The panel designer papers are from a black and white scrapbook collection I picked up from Tuesday Mornings. I also used a Sizzix die cut called scribble swirl die. I popped things up with pop dots and used Hershberg Schutz floral spray I found at Michael's. Lots of fun details and was fun to make!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Three Wishes Birthday

I made a card for a friend at work. This was fun to do! The three panels have eyelets and I strung a black cording through the eyelets to connect the panels with three birthday sentiments, for three wishes! The designer paper used is from Recollections Purple Daze. The ribbon is two pieces together, one green and one purple to go with the theme. I used some Hero Arts metallic jewels in the top left and bottom right corners. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a set I found at Target. I used some prima flowers and colored some plain white ones with some purple and green markers to coordinate with the color theme.
I think it's a fun card! Let me know what you think!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ted's Valentine Blog Challenge

I am trying something new! From the blogs I follow, I found a challenge I just had to try! From Happily Ever Crafter, the challenge was to make a Valentine. The challenge though was to use your very own writing for the front sentiment and the inside sentiment. Most of us really don't like our own handwriting. That's why we use stamps! So this was a challenge to write your own sentiment! So here is my card for the challenge.

 I used my Cricut Imagine and had it cut the scalloped red heart just from it's in the box shapes provided with the machine, no cartridge neccessary! Then I tried the Martha Stewart lacey boarder punch to trim around the heart. That was challenging too because as you know boarder punches only punch straight rows. What I did to curve it around the heart was to make little snips on the opposite side of the border and helped to curve a little. It's still not perfect, and I used those roses on the bottom to cover where the pieces came together. I made the roses by cutting with my scalloped scissors in a circle. Then I just used a stylus to curl it and then adhered together. I found some heart shaped buttons in my red button collection (from Archivers), and the corners are Cuttlebug's corner rounders.
The center of my heart theme was from the Inspiration Challenge from Splitcoast Stampers website where the Inspiration Challenge host places a website for all to view and when you find an object that inspires you --the challenge is to make a card from that inspiration and post the picutre from the website along with the picture of your card to show how you were inspired. Yesterday's website was: Uncommon Goods. I chose this neat metallic box. I love copper and turquoise together so I was inspired by this neat item.
The challenge was a little outside my box, but I had fun trying it! Thanks Ted, for the challenge!