Friday, April 23, 2010

Father's day blitz

Well, I am off to Archiver's to make some Father's day cards for OWH. I'm going to see how many I can get done while I'm gone...

I will try to take pics of them since my friend Alex mails them and I'm going to send them with her, lest I forget to do it! :)

Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A card I made

So a couple of days ago, a friend posted to our Yahoo group a card that she really liked. I LOVED it. You can see it here. It inspired me to make this card:

I made it using some SU! inks, the little one inch squares that I've had for years, (finally opened a few of them last night) and stamp set by Inkadinkado. Please just don't ask me which set it was right now, because I can't remember and I haven't unpacked my bag yet, and I don't feel like it. Anyway, it's supposed to look like a sunset background with the branches stamped over the top. I used an oval mat I had lying around as a mask.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Self Challenge complete!

OK, so before tonight's crop, I challenged myself to use the paper from 10 years ago and somehow make it cute.

Well, I think I did it. I am going to be very brief, because I have church in the a.m. and I am exhausted and it's past midnight, in fact it's about 25 to one. So here it is. I colored the leaves a little and added some veining in them to make them a little more realistic, because you know, they just were NOT real looking at all. They're at least a little better now. I also added yellow stickles to the daisy centers, and diamond stickles to the edges of the daisies, leaves, and the letters. It's hard to see from the scan, I probably should have taken a picture, but let's face it... scan's take less time, and time is of the essence tonight. :) So here it is, my altered comp book!

OK, so I guess in this picture you can't see the stickles at all, but, well, they're there, I promise. Trust me, I am like the stickle queen! :) Anyway, there you have it. Enjoy :)

A Self Challenge

OK, when I was going through some 8 1/2 x 11 card stock in my bag (I am getting ready to go to a crop) I came across this:

CHECK IT OUT!!! This is TEN YEARS OLD according to the copy right date on it. SO, my challenge to myself was to make a comp book using the pieces of this. Some or all, it doesn't matter... SO, here goes. I am taking this to the crop with me tonight, and hopefully I will come back with photos of a finished product! :) Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

OWH Blue and Brown challenge #2

ok, I don't like this card nearly as much as the other one, but I made a second card tonight, so I'm posting it as well. Here it is:

I used the houndstooth folder for the cuttlebug , more of that exquisite metallic brown paper, some navy blue card stock, some dark brown hemp, a neutral colored button, and that same stamp I purchased from the Archiver's hot spot. The hemp through the button was tan and I colored it with my navy blue Prismacolor marker. I'm not sure I like the hemp cord on the left, and I debated about pulling it off and re-scanning the card, but my friend said she likes it the way it is, so I left it. I told her I'd send it to her and she could use it for her father's day card. LOL *sigh* I know this happens to everyone sometimes, when you have something that you think is going to turn out different than it does, but it doesn't make it less disappointing. Anyway... this is the other blue and brown card of the night. :)

OWH Blue and Brown Challenge

So the challenge today for Operation Write Home today was to create a masculine card in blue and brown. Also, the first person to complete the challenge was to get his/her card up on the blog. Well, unfortunately, on my final refresh, two people were ahead of me, so I decided to go ahead and post here first. The deadline for Father's Day cards for OWH is May 15, so get those Father's Day cards made and sent out to OWH. It's a great cause. Click on their blog link at the right of my posts to check them out. :) Support our troops! :)

So, here's my card in blue and brown.

So, a couple of years ago, I bought this No. 1 DAD stamp at Archiver's, in their hot spot. I believe I paid $1.99 for it. I'd never used it. (Have I mentioned I'm a hoarder?) Anyway, I stamped the sentiment in Outdoor Denim by CTMH. I used some scissors to distress the edges (where is my Tim Holtz distress tool???!?) and inked them in chestnut roan chalk ink. I then matted it on a navy blue card stock and distressed the edges of that. I took a silver safety pin and a silver charm with "thank you" on it and took Tim Holtz alcohol ink in Ginger and made it all sort of bronzy. Tim Holtz is a genius, isn't he?? I think I need more of his alcohol ink, because this would have looked better in a little different shade, I think. But this was all I had in brown that I could find quickly, so this is what it got :) (remember, I was trying to be the first one done, here.) I pinned the charm to the stamped card stock.

Then I took a piece of kraft card stock, inked the edges with that same chestnut roan chalk ink, cut a 3/4 inch "ribbon" of that navy blue card stock to run down the middle, and adhered the sentiment down on that.

I found a couple of brown buttons, tied a knot through the middle of the button holes with hemp, apparently, upon looking at it now, I tied the knot on the back side of the one on the right and adhered it upside down so the button is backwards on that side. OOOPS.... Good greif. Well, this just goes to show you, don't be in a hurry, you competitive little beast. :) LOL Anyway, I will fix that, because I have more of those buttons in a baggie right in front of me.

I used my stars folder for the cuttlebug and embossed a metallic piece of dark brown paper. I bought a whole ream of it because that's how much I love this paper. It's just gorgeous. I adhered that to a kraft base that the edges were inked on, and the fold is on the side. Different is good sometimes. Hope you enjoy this little explanation of my card. Now I'm going to fix my button mistake. :)