Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The verse I used is a two-parter from Sweet & Sassy that I find so true. The inside part reads "He helps us handle what we've been given." I think this assures us, along with Romans 8:28, that "all things work together for the good of those who love Him..." When difficulties arise, it's comforting to know that they are part of a bigger picture that serve a good purpose and that we are not left to face them alone.
Since there was a stack of pre-stamped images we made at Jackie's house last week just laying on my table, I thought it was time I did something with them. A couple hours later, I had them done on actual cards (imagine that!) It's amazing how different they all are, even though it was the same stamp for all of them. The gold-embossed one (center left) I finished at Jackie's, the rest were water-colored at Jackie's and finished here this afternoon. Enjoy!
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Yesterday I had the joy of meeting with several of my fellow Silver Stampers! Standing behind me are Dawn (our gracious hostess), Linda, Angie and Sue. We had just finished making cards from kits brought by Linda. Dawn lives in the Poconos, Linda drove in from Minnesota, Angie drove from the Scranton area and Sue flew in from Arizona! Several others who couldn't make it this week are coming in next week. What a fun group!
Also joining us was Precious, who just HAD to investigate everything!
Friday, May 23, 2014
Actually, it's not raining today, but it sure is dreary--chilly and damp after all the rain from last night. So I went upstairs to my tower and looked through the cards I made at Cyndy's Technique Classes. This is my version of a card we made last Fall--easy to make and fun to embellish!
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Both cards were easy for the Advanced Class to do and complete quickly (as usual!) We were all amazed at how many new techniques we learned this year and look forward to even more next year.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Brandy Cox did a YouTube demo of this design which I have CASEd for some of my Christmas cards this year. This first version features a flap that goes over the entire opening and is held in place with the greeting. She actually CASEd the new catalog (p. 127) for her version! I thought this would work nicely for a Christmas card, so I came up with this one. However, to mass produce it (I send 100 cards/year) the flap closure would take up more time, so I came up with the second version below. I also reversed the colors to see which looks better. Instead of the flap, the pieces are simply glued down on the front as shown. I could still do it either way colorwise, but can't decide which color scheme I like better. Which do you like best?
Saturday, May 10, 2014
After stamping the image from the SU So Very Grateful set, I water colored the leaves and blossoms, added the "blessings" and butterfly, and mounted the panel on green cardstock. I used Barely Banana cs for the embossed panel and mounted the stamped image over it with dimensionals. The base is Very Vanilla cs.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!
PLEASE NOTE: HERE is the corrected link to the online classes site. There are many classes to choose from, so go for it!
This card is my first attempt since watching the videos. I used my peg stamps, some markers and my water brush to create this basket of flowers.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Starting with a standard white card base, I stamped and colored the Greenhouse Society Chrysanthemums along the bottom two thirds of the card. For the flap, I used a large label die and cut just over half of it out of the green cardstock. At the center points, I scored it and secured the overlap on the back with sticky strip.
After punching holes for the ribbon, I knotted one end, ran it through the other hole and knotted the other end. It was starting to look like a real purse!
For the final touches, I added the gems and rounded the corners on the bottom. The greeting will go inside and the card will open at the bottom.
If you wanted to make it even more realistic, or include a gift card inside, you could start with the fold at the bottom. After securing the sides with an accordion fold piece of matching cs, you could then add a flap at the top opening. Just secure it on the back and add a clasp, magnetic closure or belly band to the front so that it could be opened later.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
This was stamped in light green and colored in with colored pencils, then mounted behind the green panel. For texture, I ran the card front through the CB in a floral embossing folder and mounted the finished panel over it.
Very easy card! Next time I do this, though, I will use dimensionals between the panel and the image to give it more depth.