Monday, January 18, 2010

Seems I Am On A Roll....

Three days in a row of posting, sure hope the computer doesn't blow up. These are a couple of cards I made in December. This one is actually a birthday invitation for a winter themed birthday party. I'm not too sure how it shows up, but the card base was misted with the SU! Shimmer Paint mixed with alcohol to make my own "shimmer mist" So glad SU! carried these paints in the Holiday Mini and hopefully they will continue to do so. I'm sure others have tried, but I have not yet seen any posts about it, I wonder if it would work to add a drop of reinker to change the color...just think of the possibilities!
The card base was also embossed with a snowflake embossing plate that I had in my stash of craft supplies. Again, I am not sure if the photo really picks up on this. I do know one thing...I really need to order the SU! Snowflake punch because the Sizzix Sizzlets Snowflake dies are a real pain to pop out of the card stock. I think I will try shim or 2 the next time to see if it will help.

This is the thank you card I made to coordinate with the invitation. I must say I really like this and wished I had used the faux window technique to make the invitation as well. The striped awning flips up and the card panel with the faux window folds down to reveal the Simple Birthday Thanks stamped image. This was so much fun to make!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Don't Pass Out!

Whoo hoo! Posting 2 days in a row...hope no one fell off their chairs by the shock! Last night I got a wild hair and decided I wanted to make a portfolio to hold the set of variety cards I made for my friend. I tend to do a lot of CASEing, but this one is all mine. The only problem I have with not casing is that it takes me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to come up with a design and then bring it to life. I delivered the completed portfolio with cards to my friend this morning at church and she really liked them, hurrah! I also received an order for another set from a dear lady that saw what I gave Betty and decided she had to have some too, yippee! Now if I could only keep the orders coming perhaps I can make that move from hobby demo to business demo like I have wanted to do for a while.

The base of the portfolio is Whisper White matted with a texture plate embossed piece of Soft Suede. The Kraft card stock layer is stamped with Always Artichoke and the retired Cranberry Crisp. The next layer is more Cranberry Crisp punched with the new Scallop Border punch. The top layer is Confetti White with Vintage Vogue vine image stamped off in Always Artichoke and finished with the greeting in Cranberry Crisp ink. I have said it before and I'll say it again.... I LOVE this Vintage Vogue stamp set!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Little Variety

Well, I have been absent for a while...again! I did not make a New Year's resolution to be a better blogger, since I never keep my resolutions anyway, but let's hope for more consistency in 2010.

A friend from church asked if I could put together a simple variety of cards for her to give to a special friend. These are definitely simple and some simply elegant. I hope she likes what I have created.

This card was done with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder with the petals slightly tinted with the Crushed Curry. I felt the polka dots on the Crushed Curry ribbon would have been too whimsical for the elegance of the embossing so I just flipped it over and I do like that the few dots on the knot show .


Ah, Rich Razzleberry, how I love this color! This was sort of CASEd from a card I saw on SCS. The ribbon and pearls came into play when I needed to cover an ink smudge...or two :-) I am also really loving the Vintage Vogue set!

I wanted to use the Very Vintage wheel between my embossed lines, but I did not leave enough room to accommodate the width of the wheel. Not wanted to waste a piece of card stock I decided to use my very lonely Baroque Border wheel with some Mellow Moss ink, a touch of MM ribbon and a Vintage Label and voila, a card was born!

Another partial CASE from SCS with that gorgeous Vintage Vogue stamp set. I used Dusty Durango and Blush Blossom papers and inks along with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The new punches, Scallop Trim Corner and Border are so pretty, but do take a bit of getting used to. I think they add an elegant touch to any card.

Okay, this card truly is mine unless I saw it somewhere and have subliminally created it without realizing it. I really, really like the embossing folders and am so glad SU! has started to carry them. I was using some from that "other" manufacturer...if you know what I mean, ha! ha! Here goes that Very Vintage wheel again in Brocade Blue. I never thought I would really use or like, that much, the butterfly thing that seems to be the craze now, but I do so like how they look here.

Last, but not least, an old stand by. I have been doing this one for about a year and I know it is a case, but not sure from where. So if this is your original creation, I thank you. Nothing says elegant like simple black and white.

I have a few more creations that I have done, but have been too lazy to upload. If I can get my self in gear, hopefully I will post again...soon :-) I have enjoyed sharing these with you and hope you have enjoyed looking. Take care my friends until next time!