Friday, August 22, 2008
Yesterday, I had a 40% off coupon for AC Moore that I just HAD to use; so I bought a packet of Inkadinkadoo clear birthday stamps and made this card. The eyes, which have adorable lashes, were in my stash from ages ago. I used a yellow watercolor pencil and green Twinkling H2O for the Gecko body. Another easy card!
Meanwhile, my Hero Arts Christmas order came in today; so I'll be playing tonight and hopefully posting some new Christmas cards later...
(Click on card to see the eyelashes.)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Last night was Cyndy's monthly technique class rescheduled from last Tuesday. She always comes up with great "recipes" for us to try, and these are no exception.
The first was the hardest, but a lot of fun. I think it would be easier to stamp the smaller squares separately after cutting them. Otherwise, it was pretty straightforward. Cyndy chose really nice colors to use.
The middle card features a fancy folded card using the retired set "Carte Postal." The double-sided dp has "bonjour" on the reverse side in keeping with the French words and images. I chose "Mon Amie" to give to my friend, Lucienne, the "Queen of France" as her friends call her. We thought it appropriate to use this set with Mary, whose husband works for the post office.
The third was a brayered process and the easiest to do. It is embellished with white gel pen and glitter "snow."
(Click on the photo for a better view.)
Here's another Christmas card made with last year's leftovers, a new stamp set and my favorite Martha Stewart punch. Most of my Christmas cards will not have coordinated envelopes due to the high number (100) but this is one exception. The Swiss Dots strip is actually the reverse of a yellow piece of cardstock that I ran through the Cuttlebug awhile back. The "i" in Christmas is dotted with a tiny crystal.
Meanwhile, my SU order from the new catalog should be here soon! Here's what I ordered:
A Wish for Peace
Christ Is Born
Heard from the Heart
Riding Hood Red cardstock
and matching Designer Series Papers
Ooooh, the anticipation...
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
The new Stampin'Up catalog is taking so long, I've resorted to borrowing old sets and going back to leftover designer paper from last year. When you need to make 100 cards by Thanksgiving weekend, you need to jump start in July.
The first card uses a piece of black and white dp from a pack of Christmas designs I bought a year or two ago. The poinsettia stamp is from a set I borrowed from Mary this week. I used a Fiskars corner punch to highlight the burgundy paper on the bottom of the inside. Silver rhinestone stickers from Michael's add bling. I also used black Stickles for the flower center.
The next two cards feature designs I came up with using the new CB border folders.
The tan card features the dotted border which I criss-crossed and mimicked with the red twine. The polkadot paper also carries the theme. The gold beads in the flower center on the burgundy card are also from Michael's.
All the cardstock is from a package I bought several weeks ago on sale at Michael's. It has 50 sheets, which translates into 100 cards.
Since I'm working with scraps and leftovers, all the cards so far are one of a kind. Not bad, actually; but it's slow going. I'm looking forward to settling down to one design just as soon as I get my hands on a SU catalog!!!