Wednesday, February 27, 2008
But what to do with the paper? On this card, I stamped the dandelion (Wonder), and then cut the paper into thirds. To add just a bit more interest, I trimmed a bit more off of each edge, but alternating ends. I then mounted it on wasabi cardstock, and then onto a chocolate card base. It still needed a sentiment, though! I stamped "joy" (from Pear Tree) and then hand wrote "scatter."
I had plenty of the funkified paper left, so I played a bit more. First I dirtied it up a bit by adding some caramel ink, then covering it all with white versamagic. I think I've mentioned this little trick before - it softens the base color, but also mutes the overstamped image by "sucking up" some of the ink. I used the same sepia versafine ink on both the dragonfly and the sentiment (Dragonfly), and you can definitely see the difference. I matted the dragonfly panel with just a hint of teal, then flush mounted it and added three clear dew drops. The wasabi card base is the same that I used to mat the flower on the first card, so you use your imagination to color correct :)
Wanna see what the other cookies have done? Check out In the Works, Mama Dini's Stamperia, Dee's Studio, & Sweet Somethings! And we'd love to have try out these colors, too - just leave a comment!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I still had a few more scraps left, so I also made this second super simple card. I started by gluing down another long strip. I stamped the verse (Job 37:14) and then the dried grass (Standing Tall), and mounted it flush to the side. I need to do that more often - I like the change from things floating in the middle :)
By the way, you may have noticed that I've been using a lot of the DCWV card bases lately. I picked up two boxes at Joann's a couple weeks ago - each with 60 cards AND envelopes for $5 each. How could I pass that up? One was a winter assortment and one was Christmas; they're all solid colored, so easy to use. Might want to check the clearance section next time you're there!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
This second card is super simple - I started by stamping the line of birds onto the card base (DCWV). It's textured, which definitely shows up on the solid images, but I kind of like the effect. I debated about what sentiment to add, and I finally settled on this Dr. Seuss quote (Skipping Stones design). I think this would be a really nice graduation card... you know, the idea of taking flight and all. This is a small card - just 4 1/4" square.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- I love to read. Magazines, cereal boxes, billboards, novels, whatever. When I was growing up, I would often curl up in my bedroom (down in the basement) and lose myself in a good book. Mom would yell for me, but I was in another world and wouldn't hear, so she'd often "call" for me by flipping the breaker. Yes, I noticed when the lights went off.
- My first car was a '71 Dodge Coronet. I even had vanity plates (super cheap in MT) that read "BLU WALE."
- I used to say that I wanted 4 kids. Now I'm absolutely convinced that 2 is the magic number for us. Oh, and I knew way more about children before I had my own :)
- Spring is my favorite season. When I start seeing daffodils, I know that it won't be much longer before I can start wearing flip flops again.
- I can't stand curry. I've tried many different varieties, but there's some base spice in all of them that seriously triggers my gag reflex. (Turmeric maybe?)
- I have horrible vision and am legally blind - but thankfully fully correctable. Glasses are the very first thing I reach for in the morning (so I can read the clock).
- I used to work in HR, and once had a dream I was drowning in resumés.
Jacki also rated my blog "E" for Excellent. Wow, thanks!! She is a gifted artist (her coloring skills are amazing!!) who freely shares her knowledge - but even better, she has a godly spirit that really shines through.
I'm not going to tag anyone, but feel free to play along with the "randomness" if you'd like. And as for other excellent bloggers, I kindly direct you to my sidebar of recommended reading :)
Have a great afternoon!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm still on track to go "unplugged" on Thursday. Anyone else going to play along?
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
This second card is for my grandmother, who fell and broke her hip last week (ouch!). It was a bad enough break that they had to do a full hip replacement, and now she's in transitional care as they try to get her strength back up. The sentiment on this one is from a retired SU set (Hope for Comfort) and the inside says ...and that tomorrow is even better. I like this so much better than just Get Well.
Since the cards were done so quickly, I even was able to write some real letters. Hey, I remember those! :)
Friday, February 15, 2008
I stamped the butterfly onto the layers of the card itself, so the feet and antenna were all there when I layered on the colorized version (I believe I picked that tip up from Dini!) I also outlined the butterfly's wings with a black spica glitter pen, so there's just a hint of shimmer.
(Finished card measures 5 1/2" square)
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Bits of Time #1 and #2, Plant Love, One Smile, and Soar.
Feeling inspired yet? Be sure to check out what the other cookies have done, too!
In the Works, Mama Dini's Stamperia, Dee's Studio, Sweet Somethings, Susiestampalot
Monday, February 11, 2008
The nice thing about this image is that it's strong enough to stand alone over a background. On this card, I flicked alcohol inks onto my nonstick mat, then repeatedly pressed the textured ivory cardstock onto the mat until I had good overall coverage. I then stamped the deer image with rust ink. I stamped the sentiment (Middie Messages #2) onto a scrap, then punched it out. I tied it onto the ivory panel with some variegated fiber, and then mounted it to the rust base.
Well, hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with something new. The sickness of last week definitely cut into my creative time, but I did squeeze in just a bit of stamping and my SALT project is nearly ready to share.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I wanted to do some sort of "memory" project with our MOPS group this year, and Tuesday is the big day. We have a CM consultant coming in to talk briefly about scrapping, and then we're going to make these super simple albums made from two white paper bags. I'll also be talking to everyone about the "life artist" idea - just want to throw different ideas out there. I know some people are all about slapping photos down, but others really like the artsy journal approach. It's tough to come up with something that will work for everyone, but I decided to go with black, white, and red accents. Worst case scenario they can change their photos to B&W, right? We're doing a love theme, so it can be a gift for a spouse if desired. Since there are so few pages, it only needs a couple pictures... add a few heartfelt notes and you're good to go.
I purchased pads of B&W paper from Oriental Trading along with foam hearts (self-adhesive!!). The albums are all glued together, and now I just need to finish cutting down all the paper. Hopefully I can show you the inside pages tomorrow :)