October 12, 2010

The Sweet Life

     Today I am showcasing cards using a very fun Flourishes set called “Summer on the Patio.” The checkered background is stamped with WMS’ Off Beat Backgrounds. I was going with a French bistro theme. I used a combination of colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits and Copic markers.  It’s not too obvious in the pictures but I used Glossy Accents on the ice cubes.

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     I colored the gingham ribbon with a yellow Copic marker.

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     The purse was cut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge. The sentiment on the tag is from Flourishes’ Cherries and peaches stamp set.

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Have a fruitful day! Thanks for stopping by!

October 11, 2010

Haute Horror Trio

     Up today is the last installment in the “Haute Horror” trio. You can see my other two posts here and here. I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge to cut out the popcorn box. I covered the bats in Black Diamond Stickles. Once that was dry, I covered them with Glossy Accents. I also used Glossy Accents on the orange circles. I stamped the black satin ribbon with PTI’s Fresh Snow ink. I used WMS’ Midnight Feast, Wanda’s Pantry, and Afternoon Tea Sentiments (scrolls).

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     Here they are in all their gaudy glory!

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Have a spooktacular day! Thanks for flying by!

October 10, 2010

Haute Horror Creepy Clutch

     The Cricut was chirping and I heeded its call! I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge. I felt the need to continue on in my “haute horror” theme. I am having way to much fun with the rhinestones. “Put the heat gun down and step away from the craft table.” I made this purse for a very cute neighbor girl. She likes purses… or at least she used to a few months ago. I used WMS’ Midnight Feast.

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     Here’s a close-up of Wendy the witch. I covered her in Black Diamond Stickles. I also put some Glossy Accents on her apron. This was my third attempt at the Wendy the witch medallion. At first, I had her covered in glossy accents with nary an air bubble. The I got too anxious and tried to move her before she was dry and cracked her in several places. It wasn’t the look I was going for. I let my second attempt dry at an angle and let’s just say the glossy accents ran into some very unattractive blobs. For my third attempt I opted for the bare minimum.

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Now, I hope your day today is all treats and no tricks! (I got that a little backwards on a previous post)

October 7, 2010

Friend, I’m Here for You

     Today’s card is rustic and nature-inspired and would work well for a female or a male. I used PTI’s Leaf Prints, Flutterby Friend (sentiment) and Guide Lines. I used PTI’s new Guide Lines texture plate. I am still trying to tweak the Cuttlebug “sandwich” to get the best impression. I think it needs to be a bit thinner than the sandwich used for Nestabilities in order to prevent the plate’s other side from shadowing impressing. The ink I used is SU!’s Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss and Old Olive. The twine and button are PTI. The Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock is PTI and the Mellow Moss cardstock is SU!.

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From one friend to another, have a fantastic day!

October 6, 2010

Thankful for You

     This card turned out to be super bright and cheery. It uses one of my favorite ink combinations: SU!’s Positively Pink, Green Galore, Only Orange and Real Red. The stamp sets I used are PTI’s Turning a New Leaf, Beautiful Blooms II, and Friendship Jar Fall Fillers. The buttons are PTI and the ribbon I found at Mike’s. I just adore the little tags from the Friendship Jar sets. The tags are the perfect size. Borrowing on an idea from Lisa Johnson, I made some cute magnets out of the tags that I will show in a future post.

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I hope your day is super bright and cheery!

October 5, 2010

Haute Horror or Gaudy Ghoulishness

     Believe it or not this was supposed to be my attempt at a more masculine Halloween treat bag. A cajillion years ago, I bought some die cut boxes. It was so long ago that die cuts could only be gotten through your LSS. I traced one of the boxes onto black paper and cut it out… I think I hear my Cricut chirping my name!!!! I made my own mock bakers twine. I just colored with a Copic on crochet thread at (somewhat) even intervals. In my book (and as my dad would say), it is GEFGW, a/k/a good enough for government work. Moving on to the ribbon, I stamped the ribbon which black pigment ink. Pigment ink, unlike dye ink, won’t bleed on ribbon. The turning point of the card was when I put the rhinestones on the flourishes. I couldn’t stop myself, there was no turning back. So rhinestones ended up on the ribbon and the tag and thusly haute horror was born. I decided I had better jazz up the bats so I liberally applied Black Diamond Stickles. I used Waltzingmouse Stamps. The sets are Midnight Feast, Wanda’s Pantry, Very Vintage Labels No. 4 and very Vintage Labels #5.

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May your day be filled with all tricks and no treats!!!

A Year In Flowers: September and October

     Today I am continuing on with  my Flourishes’ Year In Flower Series. You can see my previous entries here, here, and here. These card are a wee bit different from the first four in the set because I ran out of  my PTI Vintage Cream twill ribbon. There will be two more cards with the same type of ribbon and then I will change it up a bit on the next four cards. The wavy border at the bottom of the cards was created with an EK Success punch.

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And to leave you with a past quote from a local Wendy’s restaurant sign, “Wishing you chili days and frosty nights.”

October 4, 2010

A Year In Flowers: August & May

     Today is a continuation of my A Year In Flowers twelve-month set. You can see my previous posts here and here. I am using Flourishes’ A Year In Flowers stamp sets. There are three stamp sets in the series. Currently, I only have six out of the twelve cards done. I better get crackin’ on the rest. I can’t give a half-year in flowers set as a gift. The recipient will surely know something is missing! :)

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Wishing you a glorious fall day!

October 3, 2010

A Year In Flowers: June & July

    I LOVE to color flowers. Here are the first few cards of my complete twelve-month set. I am using Flourishes’ A Year In Flowers sets.  I think the cards will be nice for the recipient to use for birthdays or weddings in the corresponding month. (Super secret bizarre fact about me: I don’t send out cards to people. (GASP) I mainly give them as gifts) I posted my prototypes a few days back, here.  What did my prototypes teach me? Well, for me, I find it easiest to color my background first. Then I do not have to worry about accidentally blending the image colors into the background. I used colored pencils with odorless mineral spirits. The paper and ribbon are PTI. I used an EK Success punch for the bottom border.

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Have lovely, lovely day!

October 2, 2010

Zoom Zoom Rocket Man

     Cheers to Elton John! This card measures 3 3/4 x 8 3/4. I have a lot of envelopes that fit is size card laying around so when I saw the WMS Design Team gals were making cards this size I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to start using up my envelopes. The set I used for both cards I am sharing today is WMS’ Half Pint Heros. The name is as cute as the actual set!! CUTE! The rocket ship is cut out and attached with dimensional tape and I used acetate to cover the window opening. I think kids like cards that have something going on, I know I did.

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     Inside: BIRTHDAY!

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     Shiny! I used PTI’s silver paper. The paper took ink (Palette Noir) and colored pencils amazingly well. I started off  using aluminum foil. It stamped ok but was to flimsy to cut out. I thought it would give the rocket ship a real cute retro 50s look. I decided I should have glued the aluminum foil to cardstock before cutting. I may try to tackle it again in the future. Both the PTI paper and aluminum foil would also look cute on the submarine included in this set. The rocket ship would have looked nicer if I embossed it but, between you and me, I find it messy and putzy. I really try to avoid it at all costs. I feel the same way about glitter, but I broke down and used it on this card. When I was little, I always liked birthday cards that had glitter on them. I am thinkin’ I might add glossy accents to the lights on the rocket.

     My next card would be appropriate for a lil’ dude or an ol’ dude! It is a super basic card but I wanted the cuteness and coloring to take center stage!

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    Inside: I zoomed right past your birthday! Sorry, I forgot. Happy Belated Birthday! (computer generated)

Hope you have a day that is out of this world and traffic-free! Thanks for stopping by!!

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