Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
See, what happened was...
I am still inspired to try to use up these scrap dps from this old SU! set. I actually did not buy these papers; I took a class from Sue (Inky Images)many, many months ago using these papers, and these are the scraps from that class. (I think the multiply when I'm not looking.)
My DCWV card box only has lots of orange cards, 8 green cards, 1 pink, 1 black, and 2 brown. I am waiting for Michael's to put them on sale for 50% off, but they have not done that recently. I may have to break down and use a 40% coupon next week. (Hey, I told you I am frugal!) The pink cards in that box coordinate well with this dp, so I'd rather make a set rather than just one card because I need to load up the card baskets at Greenberry's for August this Friday (pay day!)
So I went in my card & coordinating envelope drawer and found these two MM latch cards. The yellow cards coordinate well with the dp, dontcha think? So my "set" only consisted of two cards, but I used it up :)
The two sentiments are Creative Imaginations rub-ons. The circle stamp "friend" is a SU! stamp. I used dimensionals for the scallop circle and carefully placed it so it looked like it is attached to the latch, but it actually just hides it sort of liked a match book opening.
Monday, July 28, 2008
http://stylishcreationsbydebbie.blogspot.com/2008/07/merci.html. It also inspired me to use out my own virginal stamp set; "Merci" set by SU! that I just had to have and purchased last March.
I had exactly 5 pink cards in my DCWV box. I only had enough scrap dp (also SU!) left to make 3 cards like this. I stamped my image 4 times on scrap whisper white cs. I practiced coloring one image before messing up the other three :) I used my half pearls from the SU! "Pretties kit" on the first card (on the ovals), but I used pink circles and DCWV brads for the second card. I asked dh which he preferred, and he liked the brads. I think I like the pearls better, so I have ultimate veto power and I put pearls on the third card also.
I decided my original colored image turned out okay, but I did not leave enough room when I stamped it to cut it out in a rectangle, so I cut around it, popped it up on dimensionals. The rub-on is by TLC.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I made the first black & white card, "With Sympathy", while I was trying to come up with the dimensions for the layers to re-create Laura's beautiful card. (The other 5 used the vellum and I popped the entire panel on the 5 with dimensionals.)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I usually try to make a batch of thank you cards for just such an occasion, but I have none in my stash.
The evolution of these 10 minute cards...
Saturday, when I was cleaning up from the lady bug card (see previous post...I ended up making 3 of those), some varied scraps were poking out of an envelope on my table where I put scraps/project leftovers I can't seem to throw out, but are too small to re-file. I **almost** threw them away on Saturday.
Maybe I should have, I'm doubt these are good enough to enter in the contest, but good enough for Memere. Grandmothers think everything you make is beautiful :)
You know I love using my scraps and using up stash. For the first card the two MM rub-ons (small flower & "thank you") were the last in the package. The stripe paper is SEI. The other dps (both cards) are from scrapbooking the girls' 2005 Easter pictures I scrapped and blogged August 20, 2007.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is what I've been saying to myself for the past few years. This is why I started selling my cards in February 2007. So I could use up scraps and old product to make room for new. I get such a rush using up anything... a small package of rub-ons, metal charms, a pack of decorative paper, or a pack of coordinating cards & envelopes. And yet my craft room is still full. This stuff goes a l o n g way! I really thought after my first year of selling cards I would have used up most of my scraps and old embellies. It seems I have barely made a dent. I easily justify a new purchase (though I have shown remarkable restraint!!!), like last winter when I bought the Cosmo Cricket QVC special value kit. It came with 2 scrapbooks, tons of paper, loads of embellies, chipboard projects, and cards with coordinating lined envelopes. I've barely touched that kit. I made most of the cards and sold them. Just selling the cards re-cooped the cost of the entire kit! So it feels like it's free. That's my logic and I'm sticking to it. DH and my FIL tease me about this logic, but I have bought DH a digital SLR camera and my Cuttlebug and 9 embossing folders for my Cuttlebug all from $ from card sales and I still have lots of $ leftover.
I made this first card (two of them) using the gold and Yuzen paper from a package of "Papers by Catherine" that I've had for years, but had not opened. I used dimensionals for the embossed blue layer and for the fan. The rubber stamp is Hero Arts. I used a gold pigment ink and gold detail embossing powder. I feel guilt when I look at my drawer FULL of embossing powders that I almost never use. But if I sell these four cards, I will have made enough to cover the entire cost of the supplies plus the cost of the entire jar of embossing powder and the rubber stamp. And it's not like I can't use the stamp again and again and embossing powder lasts forever too.
Then I was able to make 2 more cards using the scraps of Yuzen left from the first 2 cards. I even used a small strip of scrap Yuzen on the envelopes :) The blue cs and red cs were out of my scrap bags. The base cards are Michael's Valuepack (just shy of A2 size). I actually like the scrappy cards better than the original!
This is my perfect scorer made by my girlfriend, Kaye. I am not able to score to make accordian folds evenly, no matter how hard I try. This wonderful tool helps tremendously. Kaye purchased a very hard wood at Home Depot, then made these for me and Sharon and herself. The metal ruler is from Sears and I think I purchased the triangle from Wal-Mart.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
So the urge to make a card is strong, but today I will be invoicing cards for the coffee shops and adding a new location: the yoga center. The yoga center master, Hong, asked if I would try to sell my cards in her center. It is located in the same shopping center as the Leesburg Greenberry's, so I won't be spending any more gas $$$. I asked Tracy and Amy (my card making & selling partners), and they are okay with giving it a try.
These cards I made last Wednesday morning also (right after the card in the previous post). For the first card, I said to myself, "Don't think, just create!" Okay, so thinking might have been a better choice. After I completed it, I wished I had added a layer of white cs underneath the dp (KI). The alpahs are Me & My Big Ideas, the "2" is Thickers (this is white IRL, but looks cream in the pic), and the "PARTY" rub-on is TLC.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Well, didja? I missed you guys!
I'm back from our annual family beach trip. I'll be around to visit and leave comments on all that I've missed soon :)
I made this at 4:30 the morning before we left (I couldn't sleep...I was stressing over not being able to make cards for 4 days!)
The base card is a Hero Arts Stitched Border card. I masked the stiches with Post-It Note tape and the outside with Post-It Notes. The floral stamps are SU!, the sentiment is Hero Arts, and the dragonfly is Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
I used chalk ink pads (lighter blue and orangey-brown color). The dark brown is Tim Holtz walnut stain, and I stamped the dragon fly in Impress indigo blue.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
BTW, the aqua (left side of the card) is not as blurry or bright IRL. I am NOT gifted at photography!
Once the brayer is inked, you ink the stamp diagonally, then ink up the two opposite corners lightly that the brayer doesn't reach. Inking diagonally gives the illusion that the sun is shining down.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I actually made this card before I made the baby cards and giraffe cards (previously posted). I did not design this card. When I pulled out my QuicKutz last week...remember, I lost my mojo; I had nuthin' in my head; nuthin' nuthin' nuthin'...and I saw this idea sheet with my QK Vixen shapes and font dh bought me for mother's day. The idea used a very similar dp (mine is DCWV), ovals (but no brads...mine are Bazzill), red gingham ribbon, on a red card base (I added red linen as a layer). My ovals are CM. These ovals are too fat. I've decided I can't fight the need for those Spellbinders Nestibilities...
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I pulled out my binders of QK dies in search of inspiration. I keep my QK icings (aka rub-ons) with my QK dies, and NOT stored in my mega ziploc bag of rub-ons by other manufacturers. I had completely forgotten that the QK icings have 4 identical sheets of rub-ons in each package; 1 sheet white, 1 black, 1 red, 1 BROWN!!!
It helps to go through your stash, even when it is organized. You do forget what you have sometimes :) I used icings from that same sheet to provide the sentiments for these 4 giraffe cards. I seem to be focussing on baby cards. Hmmmmmm....