Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shimmer and flowers

The challenge was to use tissue paper on a card.  This is what I ended up with after three false starts, LOL.  First I decided to try a painting technique that I've seen before where you wad up tissue paper and daub it on wet paint leaving behind a nifty distressed pattern look.  So I dabbed bronze pigment ink on a piece of cardstock and tried it.  Nothing happened.  Strike one. 

So then I tried it with brown acrylic paint.  But the paint dried too quickly to get any sort of design.  Strike two. 

Next up was embossing plates.  I embossed some cardstock with the woodgrain plate and then painted it with brown acrylic paint and brayered the tissue on top of the paint.  A kindergartener could have done better.  Strike three, but I wasn't out yet. 

Thus the nothing new, but tried and true, tissue paper flowers.  I used two different scalloped punches to give a bit of a different look.  I also sprayed each flower with a mixture of bronze Perfect Pearl and hairspray to give it a bit of shimmer.  Hard to see in the picture. 

So there you have it, my attempt at recycling nothing into something.  I'm in need of birthday cards in my basket, so I'll keep it, but not my favorite.  I don't do well under pressure, LOL. 

Thanks for looking and more later. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mother's Day Continued

I'm blessed to have two moms in my life.  My stepmom is a wonderful person whom I love dearly.  She makes my dad so happy and for that I'm eternally grateful.  She's also just a phenominal grandmother and a very good friend.  So this card is for her.  She's an avid gardner so I went with the dahlia stamps and matching dies.  Colored with copics and rhinestone accents in the center. 

And since glitter was good on my last card, I thought we'd try it again.  Never too much Dazzling Diamonds, right? 

Bazzill pink cardstock, PTI white cardstock, stamps and dies, and SU ink and glitter.  Nestabilities for the scalloped oval. 

I think I'll give her periennials with the card so she can think of us every spring when they come up. 

More later, friends!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mother's Day is fast approaching

Mother's Day is the one holiday that always seems to get away from me.  I'm not sure if it's because all the kids' spring activities are starting up and I'm just getting into the groove with them.  Or it's because I sudddenly have a ton more things to do around the house, more specifically in the yard.  But I'd say more often than not, I'm scrambling to get cards made and sent. 

But not this year!  I was determined to get ahead of the curve and by gosh, I've done it!  This is for my mom who love purple.  Simple, but effective I think.  Taking a note from Nichole's book I added a strip of ScorTape and dusted it with glitter.  Subtle but bling-y.  Toss in a few pearls and rhinestones and voila!  A card fit for any mom. 

PTI stamps and ink.  Bazzill bling cardstock and SU Top Note die and glitter. 

I even bought stamps today so I'm going to address this and clip it to my calendar so I'm sure to mail it.  :-)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It's raining babies

My good friend is having baby number 3 next month.  Her shower is this weekend.  In fact it's a joint shower for THREE ladies having babies in my church ministry.  Sarah *thinks* she's having a girl, but it's not certain so I went with a neutral aqua color for her card.  It's kind of plain looking, so if you have any suggestions to spiffy it up, I'd love to hear them. 

I used the polka dot impressions plate on the umbrella and hand cut it, then popped it up on dimensionals.  I'm going to use Inside Out:  Baby *if* it gets here in time for the inside sentiment. 

PTI stamps, impression plate, scalloped border die, and Aqua Mist cardstock.  Stampin Up polka dot ribbon, white satin/organdy ribbon,  and Bermuda Bay ink.  Nestabilities label die. 

More posts schedule for the next few days so stay tuned! 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A new size for me

I saw someone use this SU die like this on a blog.  I wish I could remember who or where to give them credit.  But all I can do is say that the idea is not mine, although the colors are.  I added the flower with glass seed beads and Crystal Effects because I thought it needed a bit more color and butterflies like flowers, right?  I also broke out of my A2 rut and tried something a little different.  4x4 cards.  But now I have no envelopes, LOL.  Better order some so that I can actually use these. 

SU Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Pink Pirouette cardstock.  Unknown aqua cardstock from my stash.  SU Lattice Die and Beautiful Wings Embosslit.  Kaiser rhinestones. 

Hasta tarde, chicos. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Crafts for the Crafty

I loved this set from the minute I saw the previews!  I love sending my creations to other crafty people who will appreciate them.  I found out this past weekend that both my sister and sister-in-law keep ALL of the cards that I send them.  That made me feel REALLY good.  And I'll be sure to send both of them more cards now, LOL~

I couldn't pass up the jars of buttons all lined up in a row just like I have them in my studio.  I covered the jars with Crystal Effects to give them a glass-like look.  And the border punch on the bottom was a happy accident.  I had scored the card on the wrong line on my Scor-Pal.  So I chopped a bit off the back and added the border to the front to even it all up.  I love when bad things turn out good. 

PTI supplies; SU border punch from SAB and SU Crystal Effects.  Kaiser rhinestones. 

More later, peeps!