Thursday, February 26, 2009

"Frugal Finds"..................

Today at Splitcoast Stampers, Julia came up with the idea of “Frugal Finds” for the “Ways to Use It” Challenge. Well, what could be more frugal than FREE background paper designs? One of the blogs that I check out, almost daily, is Jak Heath’s “Crafters Kitchen” and the other day she had some lovely “Damask Papers” that she designed and offered for free download and I just fell in love with them!!! You can find them here. She also made a card using them that I used for my inspiration and you can find it here. Another item I consider frugal is that I used clear Dew Drops that I colored black using my black Sharpie! The little “birthday” tag was designed by me and cut with my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. “Happy Birthday” was hand written by me!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”
Papers: GA Pacific White CS, Bazzill, “Metallic Black” Best Occasions Metallic
Paper Pack and Westrim Black CS
Stamps: Hero Arts (Flower) and Lotus Greeting Stamps by Amy Butler, K&Co.
Ink: StazOn “Jet Black” & “Graphite Black” Brilliance Pigment”
Tools: Pazzles Inspiration and Quickutz “Revolution”
Accessories: Spellbinders “Long Rectangles & Long Scalloped Rectangles”
Nestabilities and “Photo Corners”, “Black Diamonds” Stickles, The Robbins Nest “Clear Dew Drops” and Offray
“Poly Fleur” Ribbon

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Going to the chapel and I'm going to get married!!!!!!!

Well, not me! Had you going there for a minute, didn’t I? Seriously, my husband’s great niece is getting married on March 12th and I just found out about it about the time I was beginning to design a card for the Splitcoast Stampers “Ways to Use It” Challenge “Embellishment Pile-up”. So my card for that challenge became a Wedding Card! I loved creating this card, but it seemed to take me forever to get it all together, but now that I have, I really like it. What do you think?

I designed the “Leafy Branches” and a lady by the name of Sabrina, at the UK Stampers site, designed the lovely “white dove” and they were cut with my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. The flowers were designed by Teri at my Yahoo Pazzles Inspiration Group and they too were cut with my Inspiration and then I sculpted them with my embossing stylus. I also used stamps and white embossing powder to emboss the main layer (underneath the embellishments), but unless you look at the close-up, you won't be able to see it. Here is a detailed close-up of some of the embellishments. As usual, please forgive my photography skills...some of these materials that we use to make our cards are to hard to capture!!!

Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”


Papers: GA Pacific White CS, Wausau Paper Creative Collection Textures Cardstock
“Sparkling Papers” Jewel Toned Mica Coated Papers by WorldWin and Villa Blanche
Textured Wall Paper Samples (for the flower centers)
Stamps: Anna Griffin “Flourishes” and “Flora & Fauna by KaiserCraft
Ink: Tsukineko “VersaMark Watermark”
Embossing Powders: Stamp-n-Stuff “Detail White Opaque”
Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter, Cuttlebug, Ranger “Heat It”
Accessories: Cuttlebug “Leafy Branch” embossing folder, “Young Love ES” font, Martha Stewart “Branch” punch, Spellbinders “Photo Corners” Shapeabilities Collection and Large Scalloped Petite Ovals, Martha Stewart “White Pearl Stickers”, Offray “White Satin Ribbon” and the Cuttlebug “Textile” embossing folder by Provo Craft.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hello everyone!!!

I decided yesterday to take on the Splitcoast Stampers Inspiration Challenge from Saturday. If you would like to do so too, please go to this link.
I have had a hard time getting my creativity back on track since the holidays and my two bouts with viruses and I find these Challenges really help! I chose this card at the Elum website for my inspiration:

I did not have any designer paper that looked like the background, so I used Adobe Photoshop CS3 to make my own paper for the background and then used my printer to print it. It looks almost exactly like it, doesn’t it? I used my Funtime Deluxe 2009 software to make the banner and then cut it with my Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”. “Birthday Girl” was done using my Pen Tool that came with my “Inspiration Creative Cutter” and a Sharpie Marker.

This challenge was so much fun……I really have to get back to doing them on a regular basis!!!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25”x5.5”

Papers: GA Pacific White CS (card base), “Black Westrim Crafts. Royal Brites “White” CS
and Pink CS that was in my “stash”…don’t know who makes it!
Stamps: Anna Griffin “Flourishes” and Studio G (“Best Wishes”)
Ink: Brilliance Pigment “Graphite Black”
Tools: Pazzles “Inspiration Creative Cutter”
Accessories: “Petal Pink” Liquid Pearls, Mark Richards Crystal Stickers “Pearls”, “Black Chancery” Font and icons (pink bling) by me & my BIG ideas