Tuesday, March 31, 2009
My base card here is a premade A-6 ivory card purchased at Michael's. I have used Crafty Secrets EARTHY designer paper matted with SU soft sky cardstock as my base. The image is from the Crafty Secrets "Birds & Botanical" images & journaling booklet. I have distressed my main image panels and sponged with Ranger Antique Linen ink. I have also spritzed my journalling panel with Iridescent Memories Mist and Tim Holtz walnut stain. My Touch of Metal are the metal flower brads used in the upper & lower corners which I purchased from Hobby Lobby and are by The Paper Studio. There are 6 in a pack and I have been hoarding them ... until today!!! I've also used a metal clasp and brushed brass brads by Making Memories. For a touch of sparkle, I've used gold Stickles for the flower centers on my main image.
Going to be a long day here at the Cleveland Clinic I'm afraid ... but that's okay .. we're one more day closer to Mark being healthy again! Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
I will be back shortly with a card I have made for today's Crafty Secrets Challenge which by the clues Lori Lynn has offered, should be to use metal in your card or project. At least that's what I have done. See you then.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
This cute image comes from the Crafty Secrets "summertime" booklet and certainly shows that HOME is what you make of it. My background designer paper is also Crafty Secrets and comes from the "Classic" paper pack. With using the Stampin' Up Top Note die for my mat behind the main image, I decided to do "faux stitching" with a Creative Memories fine tip black marker around my designer paper.
The flower pot and sprinkling can are images from the Crafty Secrets "Garden Girl" stamp set. I hand wrote the sentiment onto this antique charm by Pixie Press and sponged around it using a makeup applicator and Colorbok "velvet" ink. I also edged around the Top Note matting with a gold Pilot marker.
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my cards.
We are here at Cleveland Clinic where Mark is having treatment (he's doing very well so far). Thanks goodness for modern technology ... both medically and electronically!! Thank you all for your kind thoughts & prayers. We truly appreciate them!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
The card on the left has a background designer paper from the Basic Grey Euphoria pack. I also used the remaining strip for the card on the right. The "Just Saying Hello" image is by The Stamp Pad Co. The "Special Thought" sentiment is by Inkadinkado. The center card has been dry embossed using the Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder.
Thanks for popping by and taking a look! Hope you like my cards.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Here is another card I took the time to make today. I puchased a set of embossing folders by Sizzix at Archiver's yesterday and was curious how they would work in my Cuttlebug.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I am happy to announce that we sold 43 boxes of cards today (6 cards per box @ $10.00 a box) ... that means $430.00 donation to Harvest for Hunger! Isn't that awesome!!! I had 20 boxes of cards displayed ... sold 17 of those ... and ... took orders for 26 more (prepaid) boxes to be made. Looks like I'd better get busy!! Received many wonderful comments on my work also ... which was a bonus!!
Just wanted to share the good news!! Happy Day to you all!!
Good Morning All ...
Today I am hosting the Crafty Secrets Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers and have given folks a "RECIPE" to follow in making their card/project. I think this is the 1st time we have actually done a recipe challenge ... it will be fun to see what everyone comes up with. I've actually made it pretty easy ... requesting things that many of us already incorporate into our artwork!!
Today's recipe is:
* ribbon or lace
* brads or buttons
* paper piercing
My card today is actually a sketch I was going to use as a "sketch challenge" but decided against it at the last minute. I did however, use it for my card. Here I have used one of the new Crafty Secrets stamp sets called "Garden Girls". My card is 5 1/2" square and the background paper is from the Crafty Secrets "Earthy" designer paper pack and since it is 2-sided, I have used both sides for my panels. I have paper pierced on the corners of my Nestabilities (label one) panel as well as on the upper right and lower left corners/edge of the back layer designer paper (a bit hard to see in the photo). After stamping my image, I have used Eclipse masking medium to cover my image before stamping the sky (by Ala Art) and the ground cover (Stampscapes). Removed the masked image and colored in using SU watercolor pencils and blender pen. I have used Prima flowers & Making Memories brads for the four corners of my main image. My satin and sheer ribbons are by Darice.
FUNNY STORY .... have you ever done this??? While preparing to upload my card and post the challenge this morning, I realized I put my card together ... UP SIDE DOWN !!! Yep, it opens at the top instead of the bottom ... that's what I get for "not paying attention to detail". Guess this card will soon become a 6" square!!! LOL!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and please come play the challenge ... I'm sure you'll have fun!! Wish me luck ... I'll be at DH's workplace today selling my cards for Harvest for Hunger! Hope they ALL sell ... it's such a good cause!! Have a great day!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The background panel on this card was created using a Dreamweaver Hibiscus Stencil and two different colors of Memories Mist. After laying my stencil over the dry cardstock, I first spritzed it with Pink Lemonade, secondly with Plum Sake then lastly with Iridescent. I wished I could get a really good camera angle so you can see the "sheen" this card has. That sheen comes from the Memories Mist Iridescent which I sprayed on everything!!!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I've used Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose but I've picked up the Barely Banana color in my Basic Grey Sulty paper pack background. The zigzag stitching is a stamp in the Crafty Secrets Sew Special set. The tree and sentiment are from the new Crafty Secrets Garden Girl set. I've used Versafine black ink for my images and the flowers at the base of the tree (which should really be green because they are ground cover not flowers ... ssshh don't tell anyone ...) were colored with inking nibs and Regal Rose ink. The centers were done with a yellow gellyroll pen. The black metal dots are by Colorbok and of course the bird is a Martha Stewart punch. Pretty easy-peasy but I really like how it turned out!! What are your thoughts??
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Here's the story ...
Most of you know that my DH is soon to be off work for awhile having a stem cell transplant. Well, in the meantime he's feeling pretty good and has been going into the office everyday. Last week one day he mentioned to me that his company, in support of Harvest for Hunger, was setting up different tables/booths throughout the building, selling baked goods, jewelry, etc. and he thought he would, as he put it "put me to work!" He thought I could make up boxed sets of cards to sell, similar to the ones I have at my sister's shop, and that would be our contribution to the cause.
HE, of course, will NOT be the one sitting behind the table selling my creations ... (not his cup of tea) ... but he did pitch the idea to one of the ladies in the office and showed her samples of my cards and she was THRILLED about the idea. Evidentally she's not a crafter because she didn't understand at first that I "made these myself" ... after a little explaining, she was REALLY excited and said YES, I'll do this!!! At that point, I had provided him with a three boxed sets for her to see ...
She is also going to take orders for anyone who wants to purchase a personalized monogrammed set which will be made & delivered later. (This will give me something to do while I'm sitting at the Cleveland Clinic ...) The sets consist of either ALL thank-you cards, ALL notecards or three of each. A box of 6 will sell for $10 and again ... all monies will be contributed to the Harvest for Hunger. That means that if all 20 sets sell, our contribution will be $200 ... not too shabby! And of course the money from any ordered sets will also be contributed.
I've kept the layout pretty much the same on all sets (mass production) ... but each set is also different in color, image, and border. You can click on any of the photos if you'd like a closer view. Okay ... I'm tired now ... going to go watch a little TV with DH then it's off to bed!!! Thanks so much for stopping by today ... hope you had a wonderful weekend!!