Wednesday, December 07, 2011
November's challenge over at the HCCC was to use a stamp that I've never used before. This worked out perfectly for me - I had a stamp set that I was itching to use, and the perfect excuse to use it - my nephew's birthday.
I picked up some great monster stamps at Michael's on sale one day and I thought that they would be great to make some birthday cards for my nephews. Picked up some google-y eyes at the Dollar store and I was all set. Here's a look at the finished product:
I love everything about this card - the colour combo, patterned paper, layering the stamped sentiment over the stars, the embossed strip of blue cardstock that I wiped my white ink pad over to add definition. And last but not least the google-y eye. It all works.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
It was meant to be quick and simple, but ended up taking me 2 nights to complete. I think the effort was worth it in the end:
It is a one-layer stamped card. You can't really see it, but each of the flowers have sparkles in their centres that shimmer in the sunlight.
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Unsure of what I was going to do, I pulled out a piece of my favourite patterned paper and went from there. Here's a look at the finished product:
I especially love how the flower with the rhinestone centre pops:
It was so quick and easy to make (and turned out so well) that I made two - now I have another one on hand the next time I need a birthday card. :)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I was stumped by this challenge at first, and didn't know how to start. I began looking through my collection of stamps and patterned paper, and eventually came up with this little creation:
The background paper is 'Ominous' from the Haunted Halloween collection by Cosmo Cricket. The pumpkins are paper-pieced using 'Bonfire' patterned paper by Pink Paislee, and 'Jaw Breakers' paper from the Sugar Rush collection by Basic Grey. The stems are cut out of kraft cardstock. The 'thankful' sentiment and pumpkin stamps are from the September 2010 KOM from Unity Stamp Co. - When I am With You.
To finish off the card, I placed four green buttons, tied with some linen thread, randomly around the lower left corner of the central panel.
Here's a look at what the card looks like when it opens up:
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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011
I was in a bit of an inspirational slump, and started playing around with some scraps.
Here's a look at the end result:
I had a lot of fun punching circles out of my scrap card stock. Something I'll have to keep in mind the next time I need to get rid of some scraps.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I started browsing through my stamps and spotted the awesome chair stamp that I received in the September 2010 Unity KOM "When I Am With You". I had never used the stamp (and I don't know why, 'cause it is awesome) and thought this was the perfect opportunity.
I was inspired by this card and set to work. I stamped the chairs on some blue card stock to create some patterned paper that I used as the base of my creation. On top of this I layered some grey card stock which I had run through my Cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz checkerboard embossing folder. I lightly rubbed a blue ink pad over top to add some definition to the checkerboard pattern. After this I stamped a couch stamp from the November 2010 Unity KOM "Picture Perfect" (which fit in perfectly with the theme of the cards) on some Stampin UP! DSP . I layered this couch on top of some Basic Grey paper, and popped it up on the base of the card with some dimensionals.
Getting this far in the creation of my cards was fairly quick and easy. All of the elements kinda fell into place. But I wasn't quite sure how to finish the card.... I thought it would be fun to use my new silver Smooch Spritz spray from Stampin' UP!. However, never having used this spray before, I discovered it takes a bit of finesse. Not quite the effect that I was looking for, but not completely horrible either.
And finally, I needed a sentiment. I thought it would be cute to put the old saying "Home, Sweet Home" on the cards, but I don't own a stamp with this sentiment. So I turned to my computer, downloaded a cute embroidery font, and printed off the sentiment in two different layouts. I wasn't sure which sentiment layout I preferred so I decided to use each one on a card - thereby adding a unique element to each of the cards. A couple of well-placed buttons and I was done.
Its amazing what a difference a sentiment and a couple of buttons can make, eh? Who knew?
I think I prefer the 2nd card, but I don't hate the 1st one either. They both have elements that I appreciate. Which card do you prefer?
It took me a few months to actually get both of these cards in the mail. But I'm glad that I procrastinated 'cause over on the HCCC blog, August's challenge is to use the chair stamp from Unity's Sept. 2010 KOM! Perfect :) Procrastination does pay off! These cards fit the challenge perfectly.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
July's HCCC was to create a Christmas card using the colour combo: orange, green, yellow.
I am not a fan of this colour combo, so I really wasn't looking forward to it. I procrastinated all month simply because I did not like the colour combo. ;)
In the end I did manage to come up with this simple and easy card:
Not exactly what I had in mind when I started working on this creation, but it still feels like Christmas to me.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I never thought that I stood a chance, but thought it would be fun to play along. Here's a look at my submission for the competition:
Love the colour combo, love the layout, love the stars.
Even though I wasn't selected as one of the finalists, I am happy with the finished product.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I often draw my inspiration from different sources, and this time it was the 'Viva La Verve' sketch challenge.
Here's a look at the sketch for the week of January 21st:
And here's a look at my take on the sketch challenge:
I used my 'Sanded' SU background stamp on the kraft card stock, but it is almost unnoticeable in the picture.
A close up of the top of half of the card shows a bit of detail. I embossed some Taken with Teal (SU) cardstock with my checkerboard embossing folder. On top of this I layered a Unity Stamp Co. frame and a large '30' which I had embossed in black.
A close up of the bottom half of the card shows the Tim Holtz tissue tape that I layered on top of some black card stock. Around all of this I wound some linen thread and added a black button to finish it all off.
A simple little 'happy birthday' greeting at the bottom and some subtle distress ink around the edges of the card finish it all off.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Totally.... I'm sure she would.... if I had remembered to create such a card when I actually sat down to make my Mother's Day card. Instead I ended up making a card from a kit. Boo-urns. :(
I couldn't live with the guilt, and so I sat down on Mother's Day-eve and set to work on the challenge. Here's the end result:
Not too bad for a last-minute effort, eh? Plus, I finally used my vintage ledger stamp from Unity Stamp Co. that I was fortunate enough to win last year (I can't believe it took me this long to ink it up). I sponged a little ink around the egdes, and Voila! - a pretty little card.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
I recently acquired some stamps on sale at Michaels and they were perfect for the design.
Here's a look at the final product:
As you can see from the picture, I was feeling like a bit of a renegade when I created this card, as I opted for some non-traditional baby colours. But I like the earthy look and feel of the card.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Several weeks ago we had a work baby shower for a friend of mine. I knew that this occasion called for a great card, and I had just the thing in mind. A while ago I saw a card created by a fellow crafter and couldn't wait to duplicate it for the shower gift. (I lost the link, sorry).
I had a Unity stamp that I knew would be perfect (such cute little baby animals) and I knew that the baby was a boy, so I could tailor the colours accordingly.
Here's a look at the finished product:
A cute little card... A cute little card that earned me a commission :)
Another baby shower was being held at work the following week, and they needed a card for everyone to sign... and I had one night to make it. Challenge accepted! The gender of this child is unknown, so I got to mix it up a bit.
Stuck with the same Unity stamps as above for the main image and sentiment, and used some retired SU! stamps to create my own patterned paper. I ran some cardstock through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder, added a few buttons, and here's the finished product:
Since it is such a bright, cheery, happy little card, I think that I can also use this as my submission for the HCCC for February. I really like the way it turned out. I get a little smile on my face every time I look at it.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
When I started working on her card I couldn't get this sketch out of my mind, and I decided to use it as my inspiration.
The end result looks like this:
Yummy Basic Grey paper, some embroidery, purple flower-shaped brads, an embossed '80' and a little butterfly to tie it all together. Very sweet.
And an 80th birthday is definitely an occasion that calls for the inside of the card to be decorated as well.... Here's a look at the card interior:
A lovely card for a lovely lady. Thanks for stoppin' by.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
I had visions in mind of all the great cards I would make.
Instead, I made this:
It's okay, but its not great. Really wish that I had a sewing machine... that totally would have stepped it up to the next level.
Hopefully I'll be on my game for February's challenge. Can't wait to see the challenge that is issued.
'Til next time :)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Here's a look at the color combo:
And, here's a look at the card I was inspired to make using these neutral colours:
I used some yummy Basic Grey paper and paired it up with some Stampin' UP! cardstock and stamps to get the finished result. Coloured in the truck with my blender pen and Voila! I love this finished card! Probably one of my favourites from the colour challenge.
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I love monochromatic cards. I always think that they look so sharp and clean.
Here's a look at the colour combo that was issued for the monochromatic challenge:
And here's a look at my finished card:
I was feeling very uninspired when I started working on this card, and wasn't staggered by the results, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. Love the buttons!
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Here's a look at the colour combo we were challenged to use:
(Note: it contains pink).
I wasn't too happy to see pink in the combo (again), but that's why they're called challenges!
Sadly, I've seen the inside of too many funeral homes over the past month. My heart and prayers go out to my family and friends that have suffered loss.
When I saw the above colour combo, I thought it was subtle enough that I could use it to make some simple and understated sympathy cards. Here's a look at the end result:
Nothing too fancy-schmancey. A simple card with a clean look.
Thanks for stopping by to have a look :)
Monday, January 24, 2011
So pretty. So inspiring. I love it.
Now, here's a look at the card I made:
I love the way the light hits the rhinestones, adding another special 'jewel' element to the card. And the little birds in the Unity Stamp Co. stamp are so cute.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Very pretty colours..... very.... pink! Totally not my style, which is why it was probably such a challenge for me. Here's a look at the card that I made:
Ribbon and rhinestones and punches, oh my! I mixed and matched stamps from Unity Stamp Co. and Stampin UP!. Love the way the flowers pop on the bottom half of the card. A nice all-occasion card.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Since I am constantly inspired by colour and often use different colour combos as my starting point for cards, I decided that this challenge would be perfect for me to play along with. I encourage all of you to play along as well. It's super fun! You have until the end of the month to complete all of the colour challenges.
First, check out these bold & bright colours:
Now, here is a look at the card I made for the Bright & Bold Challenge for Color Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World.
I loved the colour combo, but totally hit a brick wall trying to decide on a layout. I eventually grabbed a magazine sitting nearby and started flipping though it. My eyes came to rest on an ad for the RCMP, and I thought "Eureka! This is my layout" ;) I tweaked a few elements here and there to suit my purposes.
Super happy with the end result. And I can't wait to share the rest of my colour challenge cards with you over the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I think the end result is a fun little thank-you note.
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