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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 11-15-2011

Time for another Create a Card Sketch. Here's the sketch we were given...
Here's my take on the sketch...

I embossed my red card base and then cut a circle in dark green. Next I used the Cardinal folder to emboss the circle. Then I sprayed copper color spray all over the circle and waited for it to dry so I could glue it down. I kept this one pretty simple.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 11-8-2011

Here's another Create a Card sketch cardHere's what I did with the sketch...
Here it is again. Above is the photo-edited version, while below is the straight from the scanner version (I still don't see the red looking like it does in real life in either photo).

I used Magic Mesh and since I didn't have to adhere it down with extra adhesive, I'll have to hope it stays on. The corners were created with my Creative Memories punch and the sentiment was made with my computer. The candle image is a CDAC Progressive Challenge image colored with my alcohol markers (no matter what I tried to do, I couldn't get the shading of the white candle to show up). I also used the gold glitter specia pen on the candle and the yellow one on the flame.

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 11-1-2011

Time for another Create a Card sketch
I used this sketch to make a 4.25 by 5.5 card instead of a square card.
I typed the sentiment and printed it with my printer then punched them with my Creative Memories circle punch. I also used the CM circle pattern to cut the larger circle. I cut 1.5 inch strip of paper and ran it through my cuttlebug with the Plum Blossoms folder. To make the flower behind VERY, I used two white acrylic flowers from Queen & Co. Fab Flowers "hottie" but to make them red, I used Alcohol Ink in Cranberry to get them that dark color. It's also the same red, just not as concentrated, on the large circle in the corner.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Progressive Challenge #5

Here's another CDAC Progressive Challenge image. I also did a Sew Many Cards sketch that I found and a color challenge by A Muse Studio to use French Roast Brown and BubbleGum Pink. The Pink paper is a digital paper called DiamondGirl from Gina K at Stamp TV.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 10- 25 &18 2011

I have two cards to show since I didn't get last week's card posted. First come the sketches...

And here are the cards I made with these sketches...

On this card I used an ivory pre-cut 5x7 card as my base. I cut a dark teal piece of cardstock about 1/2 inch smaller then ran it through my cuttlebug using a tiny floral folder. Then I used a yellow and dark green printed piece of scrapbook paper and cut too much off so I had to decide if I wanted it to go down near the bottom or up near the top. I decided that the flower at the top could even out the sentiment at the bottom so that's why I arranged it the way I did. I then adhered the paper and used an eyelet to attach the flower. Next I used some of the dark teal that was left over, used some dark teal ink to ink the edges and leave the middle a little lighter for the sentiment. I typed up a quote to use on my computer using MS Word, playing with my fonts and the sizes until I was happy with the results. I printed it off on plain paper, put adhesive on the back of the teal rectangle and stuck it on the plain paper and printed it again. This way I knew exactly where it would print and how it would look. I did trim down the teal piece a little bit because I thought it looked nicer showing more yellow around the edges. Finally, I pounded in the brass eyelets. They aren't scrapbooking eyelets but are suppose to be used in a fabric project but I thought they'd be ok for this. I smooshed them a little too much so I used two more of the same tiny green eyelets that I used on the flower and glued them into the middle of the brass ones. The last thing I did was to glue everything onto the 5x7 base.

Although the sketch has measurements, we didn't have to follow them. This card has a simulated marble background that I created with the Adrondack Alchol inks then used the leftover ink in my blending tool to darken the edges of the red card base. I used a pre-printed sentiment and a former CDAC progressive challenge image that had been colored with alcohol markers.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 10-11-11

I didn't change my card any except to use a corner rounder on the squares and I haven't put a sentiment/greeting on it yet until I know how I want to use it since this sketch is useful for any occasion.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 10-4-11

My card is mostly blue and green. Green horizontal stripes over blue vertical stripes, green ribbon with blue edging, light blue marble print for the decorative edge, and 3 shades of green ink for the Thank You phrase.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Progressive Challenge #4 and a B-day Card for little girl

This card is just to show off this amazing "Mystical" design by Daisy Doodles another image in the Crafters Digital Arts Center Progressive Challenge. Besides the Sew Many Cards image, this was my favorite image for this 4th round (as you may remember, I used to be on the design team for SMC until Cub Scouts took away all my free time). I colored it with my colored pencils. Because of the incritracties of the image, I decided the background needed to be simpler.

This is an image from a previous CDAC challenge. It's hard to tell but the dress and shoes are glittery because they were colored with the Specia pens. Also difficult to tell, the flowers have a little Matte Accent dimension on them. The background was made by taking the edges of border stickers and randomly applying them to the card front. The edge of the image circle was edged with red, while the purple circle and the sentiment "plaque" was edged with green.

I forgot to give this card to the little girl it was intended for (hubby rushed us out the door before I was ready) and had to give her a store bought card.

PS Please excuse me for not responding to your comments but Blogger changed something and now I can't stay logged in when I use IE as my web browser.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. --Albert Camus

Isn't that a great quote for fall? And it fits with my image which has falling leaves. I thought she was pretty good to use for my husband's birthday card because her pointed ears could also be considered Vulcan (Star trek fan as well as Lord of the Rings fan).

Here's a close up of the fairy before I trimmed her down for the card. I feel like I even got her blush good and I never had liked how my blush coloring looked before.

This card, is also a card using one of the free images for participapting in the Progressive Challenge at CDAC

Two more challenges: Birthday at Stamps R us and Anything Goes at Party Time Tuesdays.

Also, this weekend, I got a Just Cards magazine because I got published again. I dont have it with me at this computer to tell you what page to look at, but I'm happy to be in there again. It give me "validation" and encouragement since I don't do those beautiful yet froo-froo type cards (I can't imagine the postage required to mail one of those).
Thanks for looking and Happy Fall Y'all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 9-20-11

The sketch...

And here's what I came up with...

It's a little difficult to see this card but it has an extra fold. The darker part on the left is the outer layer/fold and then there's another fold/layer (that almost reaches the folded edge of the outer layer) with the little butterfly in the upper right corner and then there's the inside of the card for writing. I think it's called a trifold card but I staggered the folds. Then, I used my Sure Cuts a Lot program to cut the scalloped frames (one white, one gold and they were different cutting files so they aren't exactly the same) and the butterflies in three different sizes. The blue striped/zigzag circle in the middle was actually inspiration from a mistake. I cut a circle the wrong size (I realized it when I started cutting but figured I might as well finish the circle and use it for something sometime) then cut the circle in the correct size. Now I had two different sized circles and thought, "Why not keep making smaller and smaller circles and use it because the stripes should make an interesting pattern if I alternate which direction the stripes go." so that's what I did. The final thing I added was the bling, golden rhinestones, to each scallop that showed (which was all I had in that color/size). Because of the fold I gave the card base, I decided that Iwasn't going to use a ribbon (plus I didn't find any rust/blue/gold color I liked).

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 9-13-11

Another CAC sketch and another image using a Progressive Design Challenge image. I left off the sentiment (where the date from my camera is) so I can put in there what I need like Thank you or Happy Birthday or whatever.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch 9-6-11

Time for another Create-A-Card SketchFirst thing you'll notice is that I didn't make this into a tall skinny card but made it be the standard 5x4ish size.
Second thing you'll notice is the lack of horizontal ricrac on the middle paper. I thought the dotted lines that looked like lined paper was reminiscent of kindergarten and the ricrac or ribbon would hide them.

I use three sheets of designer paper from the same pack (a Hobby Lobby exclusive - or at least I didn't see it anywhere else and I got it several years ago and never saw it again) and mounted it on brown cardstock. The ribbon was a Martha Stewart package of pre-made bows on close out at Walmart that I had to glue on because the adhesive had already "given up". And lastly, the image that I colored with my Bic markers is from the CDAC Progressive Challenge. I participated last month and got new images to play with this week. Hopefully I can do it again and continue to the end of the challenges.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CAC 8-23 sketch card

I embossed with gold powder the sentiment and used a fancy corder rounder, otherwise, I think this card is self explainatory.
Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CAC 8-16 sketch

Well, putting in the photos, I discover that I forgot the three accents in the upper right corner. Oh well.

I did keep this card pretty simple. I stamped on light pink paper a circle and placed the sentiment inside. I placed a ribbon behind it, V-cut the ends, and put it on top of the paper rectangles. I inked the edges of all the rectangles and stuck them all down.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

CAC Sketch card 8-9

Time for another Creat-A-Card sketch:
I decided to make a center opening card with this sketch.

The photo quality is a bit low but otherwise I think you can see the card. I used red pre-rippled cardstock, brown adhesive ribbon, and green dotted paper. Since the stamped image didn't show up well on corrugated paper (that's a butterfly in the red square with gold brads), I stamped Thanks! on a scrap of cardstock then cut it out closely and used pop-dots to lift it up.

Thanks for looking,


Monday, August 8, 2011

Bookmark Card

It's kind of hard to see (don't know why it ended up looking so small - must be the ribbon extending above) but this is a bookmark card that I made so I'd have another Birthday Card ready to go (Septemeber is full of B-days). I may have to try and get a better scan of the card - or at least of the colored image so you can see the details better. I colored my image with Prismacolor and other alcohol markers. I used Glossy Accents on the cherries on the cake and on the buttons on the coat. The rectangular edge of the image was distressed and mounted onto tan cardstock. I used that same tan cardstock to stamp the sentiment then mounted it on dark aqua cardstock. The ribbon on the detachable book mark was put thru a hole but the ribbon was too stiff to make a good knot, so then I glued it. The glue made the paper weak so I added some scrap of cardstock to reinforce the area and stapled the ribbon. I stamped a small polka dotted gift box on the plain side.

I made this card to fit specific challenges:
First I got the image for a Progressive Challenge. Do this first challenge to be able to particpate in the next one. I got half a dozen images to chose from (you'll see the some of the others in other cards soon) but I thought this one could make a good B-day card.
Another challenge this can go for is Spots and Dots by Stampin' for the Weekend.
Also Raise the Bar has an open, anything-goes challenge.

Be sure to check out my other cards (there'll be another new one tomorrow/Tuesday). Thanks for looking at my creation.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

CAC Sketche card 8-2

It's been a while since I made a card. Summer's about over and it is time to get back to work (thank goodness - summer break wears me out with the extra house work {this year: new roof, painted the dining room and hallway walls plus the regular yard work, swimming lessons, sorting out too-small clothing, stopping the fights between the boys, etc.} and I'm ready for meeting my new student). Back to school means making sure I have a minimum of 5 birthday cards in my drawer to give to my co-workers (4 Core teachers and the Special Ed. case manager; if I find out the birthdays of any of the Encore teachers (art, music, P.E., Family and Consumer Science, Health, Gateway to Technology, etc.) and if I need more, I can always make more to finish out the school year. I also like to have a couple of thank you cards ready (esp. around Christmas and end of school).

Here is the card sketch for this week: And here's what I came up with:

I kept it pretty simple. I used two pieces of sheer wired ribbon (one of them doesn't have the wire anymore because I played with it too much) for the decorative edge and a shorter piece that I ran a bit of thread thru the middle to draw up and gather for the "bow" that I glued onto the ribbon. Then I used a Big&Juicy rainbow pad (the purple end) to stamp the swirls and dark brown ink to stamp the sentiment.

Thanks for looking. Until next time....

Saturday, July 16, 2011

June Cards

Sorry I've been MIA but it's been a weird couple of months. The biggest thing is that my youngest son and I were bit by a squirrel that somehow got into our house. It got DS2 first and then I shoved my hand in its mouth trying to get DS2's hand out. Of course it would bite our dominate hands making it difficult to write or type. It wasn't easy, but I was still able to work Summer School. It put a crimp in my personal plans too. I planned on cleaning up my craft room but I decided to take it easy on my sore hand and am just now getting to the craft room. I've gotten a lot done today, and I even got some of my mending pile minimized and found the cards that I started in May that were still WIPs (Work In Progress).

I wasn't able to put the finishing touches onto my June sketch card back when I started them in May but for now I think I'll just post them anyway. The first three just need to be mounted onto a card base. The last one needs something in the square but it's already on a card base. I can make it into a birthday card, or another Thank you card.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More "old" May cards

Dry embossing

Felt flower

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Create-A-Card sketch for May 10 & 17

I forgot to show last week's card (I've already used to thank my Secret Pal) And here's this week's card...
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011