Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Triple Squares

Hey there!
I'm finally getting a chance to do today's sketch challenge (SC238) at looked like a really good one. I decided to make mine a birthday card as I have several friends and relatives that have birthdays coming up! This also gave me a chance to use some of my new "toys", like one of the Cuttlebug "Vintage" dies and the EK Success "edger punch". I also used one of my stamps that I've never used before....the tiny butterfly! I also want to point out the white flower which was cut using my Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and a cutting file designed by my friend Teri (aka/tlfrank at the Splitcoast Stampers site). Thanks for the file Teri!!! Most of the panels, plus the "corner" treatment (which was designed by me) for this card was cut with my "Inspiration". The sentiment was done in Photoshop, using the "TXT LongHand" font and printed on the Bazzill using my Canon PIXMA MP530. It's the first time I've used this font as I did not even know I had it and I have no idea where I got it from, but I like it!!! This was fun and I hope you like it!


Papers: DCWV "the All Dressed Up stack" (Green Glittered DP), Bazzill (white panel), Westrim Crafts black cardstock, Worldwin Papers "Sparkling Papers" (jewel toned mica coated paper center white flower) and Royal Brites
Stamps: "Lotus Greeting Stamps" by Amy Butler for K & Company
Ink: VersaMark "Watermark" by Tsukineko
Embossing Powders: Stamp-n-Stuff "Star Dust Transparent" and Adirondack "Moss"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", Cuttlebug, Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories: Provo Craft Cuttlebug "Vintage" die, EK Success border punch, "Crystal" Stickles, Swarvoski "Crystal Beads" and glittered white brads (I think they are by Spare Parts)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Here's the Stationery Box that I made for Merrylene.....

back in May for her birthday. I got all my ideas for this project here! This next photo shows the box opened up. As you can see, I made a few changes, such adding an Address Book, a Note Pad and some Mailing Labels. I also glued the inner flap and added a decorative border.

Here are closeups of the Address Book and the inner pages of it and the Note Pad. I designed the inner pages using Photoshop and then did a "Print and Cut" using my Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter".

And here are close-up photos of the six cards that I included with the box.

This project was fun, but it was also a lot of work, but it was worth it to be able to give it to Merrylene as a gift. By the way, she loved it!!!


Papers: Bazzill and "Wild Asparagus" (all of the designer papers) by My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Anna Griffin "Flourishes Set 3" and Martha Stewart "Monogram and Frame Stamps"
Ink: "VersaMark Watermark" by Tsukiniko
Embossing Powder: Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail Clear Transparent"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", Zutter "Bind-It-All", Provo Craft "Cuttlebug", and "Scor-Pal"
Accessories: Fiskars "Sunburst" Border Punch, Ranger "Liquid Pearls", Tim Holtz "Distress Inks", Mark Richards "Crystal Stickers Pearls", Offray Ribbons, Spellbinders "Nestabilities", The Robbins Nest "Clear Dew Drops" (I colored them brown using Bic Marker), Bride's Flowers by Gartner Studios (purchased at Michael's and altered by me using a tiny paint brush and water color pencils)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I'm finally getting some of my "Mojo" back!

A very special friend of mine had a birthday yesterday and thanks to Lynn's Splitcoast Stampers "Try a New Technique" challenge for this past Monday, I was able to come up with a design for her birthday card. If you would like to check out the challenge, which is called "Stand Up Card" (TLC228), you can find the information here. This card design was introduced by Penny Wessenauer.....thanks for a lovely design Penny!

As most of you know, I have a Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" and serve on their design team as well. The other day I was playing around with label the Nestabilities and came up with the label that's on my card design. I used my PI to cut what I call "Next Besties" (saw this somewhere online while surfing the net) out of acrylic and then I cut larger pieces out of card stock, used double-stick tape to adhere them to the acrylic and ran them through my Cuttlebug and got the same effect that you get when using the Nestabilities, which I own quite a number of. It worked like a charm! I used my Funtime software to design the borders which I cut using my Craft's also a digital cutter.

I want to add some notes here regarding the Canson metallic papers that I used. The "Galvanized" is silver but in my photos it kind of looks blue...sorry but this sucker was difficult to photograph. Also, the "Iced Gold", as Canson calls it, is actually like a metallic white. They are really lovely papers, but difficult to capture in a photo!

I used Photoshop to do the card's inside and the font I used is "LD Hallmark".

Here, I've included some close-ups of my card:

Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5.5"


Papers: Bazzill Bling and Effects Papercraft "Galvanized", "Gold Leaf" and "Iced Gold" by Canson
Stamps: Lotus Greeting Stamps by Amy Butler for K & Company
Inks: VersaMark Watermark by Tsukineko
Embossing Powders: "Super Fine Detail Gold" by Ranger
Tools: Gold "Peel-Offs Stickers" by the Paper Studio, Silver & Glitter "Peel-Offs" by Mark Richards, Swarovski Crystal Bead, Martha Stewart "Pearls", Michael's Gold & Silver Beads, Anna Griffin "Gold Rectangle Label Holder" and "Gold Brads" and Offray Ribbon