Friday, February 25, 2011
Wanted to play around and create something masculine that would fit any occasion by sending "best wishes" but without being specific for what. The card and background are shades of brown. I used copper colored leaf outlines (Starform), copper colored lines (Mrs. Grossman's Design Lines) and a gold text (Stampendous) which I colored in copper with a marker (Deco Color). Simple and hopefully effective!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I wanted to play around with something elegant in a black and white color scheme. I used a combination of black flourish and ribbon stickers (Hot Off the Press), black text sticker (Mrs. Grossman's) and black rub-ons (Basic Grey). The white and black papers (Bazzill Basics) are both shimmering type papers, hence the grey shading on the white background when scanned. The medallion was cut with dies (Spellbinders) and attached with thin raised adhesive dots. I added some crystal rhinestones (Basic Grey) to the flower centers but they aren't visible in the scan. Overall I believe I achieved my goal.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
One of the classes I have been asked to do is on the use of the "Spellbinders" nested dies. So in preparation for the class I made some simple and easy samples. Each card is a basic "Spellbinders" die which has either been inlaid or overlaid from several pieces of paper to create a background. The exception is the card with the daffodil where the frame was cut using two dies at the same time and then the die-cut frame was embossed using the same two dies. All the flowers are either 3D glittered or flat embossed paper stickers (E.K. Success/K & Company). The text text is a glittered sticker (Reminisce).
Sunday, February 13, 2011
When I saw these new 3D stickers (E.K. Success/K & Company) I knew I had to have them. The quality, details and beauty are incredible. The composition is made up of three individual stickers: the large bird, the small bird and the texted tag. I cut the small bird sticker apart so I could spread the flower around the overall composition. The frame is done with by using a die-cut (Spellbinders) to not only cut out but emboss the paper. The patterned paper is from a small pad (E.K. Success/K & Company). There are stickers left on the sheet, but I plan on going back and buying a couple of these packs for future use because I know that all good things will not be around long and won't be back once there gone! A yes, the sweet life!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The card itself is a pre-made E.K. Success/Martha Stewart card that has an adhesive strip in bedded in the card to allow you to create a glittered frame. Having tried the process in the past and being disappointed with the end results but nor wanting to waste the cards I now cover up the adhesive strip with some sort of stripe or line. For this card I used a darker shade of pastel green sticker line (Mrs. Grossman's Design Lines) than the card colored edges (hard to tell in this scan). The bird tag is a die-cut (E.K. Success/K & Company) that I colored with glittered pens (E.K. Success/Martha Stewart) and then embellished with sticker flowers (E.K. Success/Jolee's Boutique). The text is a rub-on (Color Rubz).
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The card was made for an elderly relative and used 3D flowers and a matching patterned paper (Anna Griffin) mounted on a coral color panel (Bazzil Bassics). Both the patterned panel and the coral panel are edged with gold lines (Mrs. Grossman's Design Lines). The gold sticker text (Pazzle) is attached to a gold edged tag (E. K. Success/Martha Stewart).
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I made this card for a magazine submission but I liked the results so much I wanted to share it here as well. The technique is a simple stamp "kissing" technique but done on glossy paper. The train image was created by "kiss" stamping the non-inked train (Stampin' Up!) on a black inked mosaic background stamp (Hero Arts) and then stamping the mosaic background stamp on glossy photo paper. Cut out the panel and mount it on black paper and trim that. The wavy lines are just torn silver paper (The Paper Company). The text is a rub-on (Fiskars/Cloud-9-Designs) that is available in sticker, rub-on and acrylic stamp format.
Friday, February 4, 2011
I saw that a couple of people made spring cards and realized this was not something I'd ever thought about: welcoming or celebrating a season. So I decided it was high time for me to do so as well! The following is the result.The background die-cut is done using the "Sizzix" parchment and edged in brown ink. The background paper is from one of "E. K. Success/K & Company" mat pads also edged in brown ink. The ribbon is a self adhesive pale yellow one from "Colorbok". The bundle of pussy willow branches, the single large pussy willow branch and the bird are all die-cuts or stickers from "E. K. Success/K & Company". The text is a rub-on from "Chartpack/Ken Burns Calligraphy".
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This weeks sketch really caught my eye and for some reason I instantly had an image in mind from my favorite movie: Fantasia. The image was that of the two fish swimming in the bubbles (I know, my mind works in strange ways). So I decided to do my own version, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't do it in just a circle or just a square ... so I used both.
One large bubble or circle on a square background. The fish are from E. K. Success/Sticko, the flat bubbles are from Frances Meyer, the 3D bubbles are from Reminisce and the text is from Mrs. Grossman's.
Since that didn't exactly follow the rules I also made a round and square one. The round one is a sympathy card done in shades of grey and black using 3D flowers form Anna Griffin, a rub-on Fleur-De-Lis background from Glitz Design, ribbon from Offray and a stamped text from My Sentiments Exactly.
The square card is a valentine using red colored lace stickers from Mrs. Grossman's, various hearts text and lines also from Mrs. Grossman's on a pastel pink background patterned paper from E.K. Success/K & Company.