Saturday, November 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Klo!!!

I designed and created this very special birthday card for my friend and teacher Klo, who has taught me so much about the Pazzles Inspiration software for my Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter". Her birthday is the 13th, so I'm not going to post this to my blog until Saturday, the 14th. Another very good friend and fellow Pazzles Design Team Member, Sue Reynolds, just recently designed a new Pen Tool that can be used with my Inspiration, that can hold many different sized pens and for this card, I used her pen tool with a Quickie Glue Pen to made the "lattice" panel. After I removed the panel from my Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter" I covered the "lattice" lines with silver embossing powder and heat set it with my "Heat It" craft tool. I also used the same technique for make the silver lines around the bottom card panel...I wanted it to have the look of "peel-off" stickers, so I'm going to call it "Faux Peel Offs". In addition I used the very same technique for the "sentiment" and the "46", but I added some crystal stickles to the "46". I topped it all off with a bow made with my Bow that little tool!!!

For the inside of the card, I used my "faux peel-offs" technique again around the bottom panel.

Here is a close-up of the top inside panel, where I used the smaller "Fluer de lis" pendant die and then some Nestie circles and topped it off with a real "Peel-Off" sticker of a gift:

And here is a close-up of the lower inside panel showing the way I embossed my text onto a vellum square. I did the text in Photoshop using the beautiful "CAC Lasko Even Weight" font (free), printed it out using my Canan PIXMA 530 inkjet's "Photo Paper" setting and just as quickly as I took it out of the printed, I covered it with clear embossing powder to that it would be embossed. The text was done in black but after covering it with the clear EB powder and heat setting it, it almost looks silver!!! Also, the silver trim around it is actually "peel-off" stickers, as well as the "~2009~"!

This was a lot of fun to design and create and I hope Klo really liked it! Thanks for coming by to check it out!!!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5.25"

Paper: Wausau Creative Collection Metallic Cardstock "Chalice Silver", Canson Effects Papercraft "Galvanized" (fleur de lis panel beneath velum text panel), Staples "White Vellum" and Blue/Grey Carstock (don't know brand...some I've had for years!)
Embossing Powders: Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail Silver" and "Detail Clear Transparent"
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", QuicKutz "Revolution", Ranger Inkssentials "Heat-It" Craft Tool, Sue Reynold's "Pen Tool"
Accessories: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants "Fluer De Lis" and Nestabilities "Circles", Mark Richards "Crystal Stickers Pearls", "Crystal" Stickles, Flower Soft "Peel Off Stickers" (around text block), Mark Richards "Peel-Offs" stickers (gift), Michaels "Bridal Elegance" Ribbon, EK Success "Fleur de lis" border punch, "~2009~" Peel Off Stickers (gift from friend in the UK), Sakura "Quickie Glue Pen"

Fonts: Pazzles "PZ Up Town" and "CAC Lasko Even Weight"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Oops....I forgot to post this card last month!!!

My niece's birthday was October 17th and this is the card that I made for her and I purposely did not upload here to my blog after I finished it, because I was afraid she might stop by and see it...anyway, that's why I forgot! So here it is now!!!

I had just bought the Spellbinders "Fleur De Lis" set a day before I made this card and of course, I could not wait to use it! The design of this card is extremely simple...what makes the card so pretty is the combination of the "Fleur De Lis" set, the gorgeous sparkling papers and the beautiful Swarvoski crystals!!!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!
Finished Card Size: 5.5"x5.5"


Papers: Neenah White CS and WorldWin "Sparkling Papers" (Jewel Toned Mica Coated Papers)
Tools: Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter", QuicKutz "Revolution"
Accessories: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants "Fleur De Lis" and Nestabilities "Circles", PeelOff Stickers (gift from friend in the UK), Mark Richards "Half Pearls" and Swarvoski "Chrystal Beads"

Monday, November 2, 2009

I LOVE this technique!!!!!

Double Embossing or Blank Embossing was the technique for today's challenge (TLC245) at Splitcoast can check out all of the details here at the site. Lynn sent us to a video by Nilda at "The Cuttlebug Spot" and earlier this morning the video was not working, but it is now. Once I watched Nilda's video this technique was a lot easier and I really had fun with it!!! Click on the photo below for a close-up of it:

There were a lot of "firsts" with this card.............first time I've used this technique, first time I've used this embossing folder, first time I've used these stamps, first time I've used my new Memento "Rich Cocoa" ink pad and the first time I've made my own "ribbon corners"!!! For all of my coloring, I used glitter and metallic pens. I also designed a Pazzles cutting file for the matching, lined envelope and I used the same embossing folder on the envelope too. Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!
Finished Card Size: A2/4.25"x5.5"

Paper: GA Pacific
Stamps: Recollections "Timres Transparent Merry Merry"
Inks: Tsukineko Memento "Rich Cocoa"
Tools: Provo Craft "Cuttlebug" and Pazzles "Inspiration Creative Cutter"
Accessories: Stampin'Up! "Textured Impressions Finial Press" embossing folder, Bow Easy, Beifa "Glitter & Metallic Gel Pens", Offray Ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities "Labels Four"