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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.