Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Best Wishes in Burgundy

I was doing some web surfing recently and saw a card that really inspired me, both in color and sketch. I played around with it a little bit and created something a little different.

This card uses Core'dinations cardstock with the core being lighter than the surface. I cut out two shapes on the Cricuit from the Lacy Labels cartridge (one for the panel and one for the mat), changing the size and dimension with the Gypsy. I ran the smaller piece through the Big Shot in the Cuttlebug Swirls folder and then sanded to bring out the lighter color. The scalloped circle is Nestabilities Heart Circle. The sentiment panel is stamped with a solid circle with swirl from Raisin BOAT's Symphony for the Soul stamp set, and the Best Wishes Sentiment is from The Angel Company's Rejoicing With You stamp set in Maulted Mauve Versa Magic Ink. The swirl is highlighted with a clear glitter pen and some butterflies were punched to bring the eye to the right.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Little Whimsy Birthday

I was trying to use up some scraps that were laying on my desk, in an effort to actually see the surface. One of the things I had laying on the desk was the scalloped panel I created in the spring as part of my trade for Rita's gathering. These were the ones that were made to go with the ice cream punch design I was demoing, and there were some extras left over. After looking in my collection, I thought it would be fun to match it up with some other scraps of paper from TAC's A Little Whimsy paper collection. This is what I came up with.

The cake is from TAC's Let's Party set, colored with Copic markers. The cake is E57, and E59 with frosting in R83 and R85. The candles are YG11 and YG61, and YR32 and YR38 with a hint of Orange Peel Stickles. The scalloped panel comes from the Preserves Cricuit cartridge, amended in size on the Gypsy and then run through the Cuttlebug for embossing. The right side of the card was scored on the Scor-Pal.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hanging up the wings, but not the memories

This week, The Angel Company announced that they're closing up their doors; hanging up their wings so to speak. It's a shame that so many people and small businesses have been hit so hard by this economy. I truly enjoyed my time as an angel. I loved going to seminar, meeting new people, making new friends and keeping up with old ones, getting inspired, and learning new techniques. I have made many friends through TAC, and I fully expect those friendships will continue, as will my own personal creative journey.

For anyone wondering, I have no plans to join a new direct selling company. Most people who know me, know I'm not a sales person. Monthly sales goals aren't for me, which was made TAC the perfect fit. That being said, I still plan to have Stamp With Me nights so friends can get together and have a good time and maybe get a little stamping done, and I'll still have classes and sell things I've created to supplement my obsession, because the social part was what I enjoyed most. And of course, I'll continue to post things I create to my blog.

It was a wonderful flight. Now it's time to see where the next current takes me.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hang In There

A former co-worker (who is now a client) recently got a promotion at her job. She's understandably a little nervous, since the new position has a LOT more responsibility, although I'm sure she can tackle it with flying colors. This is the card I made for her to let her know that I'm thinking of her, and that even though it's a daunting job, I know she can do it.

This card uses The Angel Company's retired Four Fab Frogs set. I colored the image panel with Copic markers. The frog is in G21, G24, G28, YR20 and YR23. The branch is E57 and E59 and the stippled sky is BG10 and BG11. The frog's eyes are also BG11. The "hang in there" sentiment is from Stamin' Up's old Mini Mates stamp set.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Black and White Wedding Card

Tom and I went to one of his co-worker's wedding this weekend. This is the card I made for her and her new husband.

This card is simple black and white. The border punch at the bottom is a Martha Stewart punch. The medallion comes from the Cricuit Damask Decor cartridge and the swirls are the from the Monarch set that doesn't have a company name on the packaging. The bling at the top was added last minute, which I guess was a good addition, because it was what my husband said he liked when he saw the card.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Miscellaneous Flower Card

I really liked the look of the Treasured Friend post last month, and I got lots of compliments on that card, so I decided to use the same scraps to make one that was very similar, but a little different.

This card uses Taylored Expressions' Discover Your Wings stamp set inked in Mango Madness, Jumbo Java and Hint of Pesto Versa Magic ink, laid out on a scrap of the same Bo Bunny paper used last month and accented with more Grass Green pearls.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Another Vintage Birthday Card

I seem to have accumulated a lot of scraps on my craft table, so I'm trying to use some of them up. This card is made from scraps of the Basic Grey Sweetpea Alyssa paper that I used on the CBL's Vintage Birthday card post last month.

The sentiment is from Stamping Sensations, Thoughts Just for You #1 stamped in Black Momento ink, over a swirl from a clear stamping set that I got somewhere. I don't know the company name, but the name of the set appears to be Monarch. The swirl is in Sage Green Versa Magic ink. The pointed flower at the corner are stamped from a Heartfelt Creations set meant to be used with the Blossoms 2 Nestabilities and the rounded ones come from a punch. I gave them a little umph by coloring part of them with the RV95 Copic marker and adding Cinnamon Stickles to the centers. The smaller ones are edged in Jumbo Java Versa Magic ink. The ribbon is from Michael's Christmas ribbon sale bin.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

50th Anniversary

Last week my husband and I were lucky enough to attend his Aunt and Uncle's 50th Anniversary. It's such an inspiration to see couples that have been together for 50 years and have weathered the bad patches and celebrate the good. We had a great time. This is the card I made for them.

This card uses off-white linen paper embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder with Encore Gold Ink brushed around the edges. The medallion is from the Cricuit Damask Decor cartridge laid on a background of gold paper and stamped and heat embossed with a gold 50. There is a further band of off-white linen cut with a large Martha Stewart border punch wrapped with a shear gold ribbon.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

3D Lilly

It's been a busy week, so no posts, but here's something to make the wait worth while. A co-worker has had a 3D Lily card on her bulletin board for a long time, and every time I saw it, I thought, I should figure out how to do it. I finally asked her if I could borrow it, and brought it home to play with. 4 hours later, I came up with a reasonable likeness. Nothing as commercial as hers was, but still pretty cool.

The flowers and leaves are cut from the Cricuit. The leaves are from Walk in My Garden and welded together on the Gypsy. I don't remember if I picked a flower from Walk in My Garden or another cartridge. I spent a lot of time looking for the one that would work best. The flower is stippled with Sunflower and Iris Palette ink, and the leaves are Water Lilly Green. There are three flowers, one folded in half and two that are folded more and taped so they spring open when the leaves are pulled. The funny thing about it is that although it's basically the same fold, every flower ended up different, so it wasn't something I could duplicate over and over (which is part of the reason why the CBL won't be making this card).

Overall, it's still a really neat card, and I have a friend that has a penchant for cards that fold or have moving parts, so I gave it to her for her birthday.