Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Special Birthday, 3CTC23

Every year I make my daughter's BDay card and it seems that every year it gets harder to make it totally different than the previous years. I just bought one of the new Spellbinder pendents and decided to use it on her card. Boy these new dies are so hard to use. I did everything they said and still couldn't get it out of the shape without ripping it. I wet the paper with soapy water, I put a piece of CS in to shim it in the Cuttlebug and I ran it through twice. I tried all different paper weights. It just wouldn't come out of the die in one piece. This card was my final attempt at it, I still ripped it but only in one place so I decided to cut my losses and use it on the card hopefully being able to hide the rip. I really liked the way the card came out and more importantly my daughter loved it. It is a beautiful design but doesn't make for a easy card, at least not yet. If someone else has used these and has an easier way to get them out please share it!

I tried many different papers for the back round but everything seemed too busy so I sponged the shimmery paper with pink and caramel ink. It still seemed a little empty after the ribbon was on the corners so I cut a scalloped circle in quarters and put them in the opposite corners. I was looking at the pieces I had left and and decided to use them in the center of the design and put the rose in the center of them.

After the whole card way put together I decided it needed something more so I brushed Shimmerz on all the pink CS that was showing. I tried to capture it in the second pic. It enabled me to be able to bend up the points and keep them in place and look like a piece of bone china. The whole card took on a different appearance with the Shimmers. It was a good Aha moment!

Last night I realized that the card was perfect for Kerry's Thursday challenge, 3CTC23, Bling! It doesn't have glitter but it does really shine and shimmer. I hope you can see it in the pictures.

Stamps: SU
Papers: SU Choc Chip. Pretty in Pink, Paper Co. Shimmer white paper, DP Basic Grey
Inks: Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Spellbinders Pendent and Nesties, Shimmerz, Prima Rose and Michaels Sticker Pearls and ribbon

Thanks for stopping by to see what I created. I really appreciate all your comments.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tubby Bear Bubbles

Last weekend I took advantage of the great sale that Dustin Pike had on his Digi Stamps. I got 118 images. All his digi are so cute it was hard to decide which one I wanted to use first. I decided on this cutie, I have had my eye on this one from the start.
I am trying to be proactive on the cards that I will probably need for the school next year so that I am not rushing at the last minute to get a card done for one of the many showers that we have. There always seems to be lots of bridal showers one year and baby showers the next year. Since we had 4 bridal showers this year I am making some baby cards just in case I need them. This is one of them that I just finished.
I made the image on the bigger side so all the detail showed. I colored everything with Copics and then used Shimmers on the white part of the bubbles(the centers) then painted Stickles over the colored part of the bubbles. I did this because I have found Shimmers to "dull" the color of the Copics. I painted the Stickles so it wouldn't be too thick, just a thin coat. I took a close-up of it to try and show the two different shines together. I also brushed Shimmers on the soap to give the appearance of it being damp. I covered some of the bubbles with Dew Drops to add some fun to the card. When I Cuttlebugged the back round the bubbles didn't show up too well so I took my light blue and light purple Copics and rubbed them sideways along the top of the circles then ran my blender brush over them to lighten and blend them together. I did "Bubble Time" on the computer because I didn't have any stamps to fit the image.
A couple of years ago I never would have thought of making a card without a rubber stamp in hand. Now I love making them without a single piece of rubber and who would even know unless they were told. It is still made from the heart and a one of a kind creation. How far this craft has come.
What do you think of using digi stamps?
Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been creating and your kind comments about my cards, I really appreciate them.

Monday, July 13, 2009

You're Invited, 3CTC21

We finally have the sun out here in New England, I thought we were not going to see it all summer. As soon as it came out I felt like making something sunny, what better than a BBQ, right? This stamp is from High Hopes, the last time Peggy and I ordered from them this was one of the "extra" stamps they sent. I was thrilled because I love their ants and this reminded me of our cookouts and all the ants we have because of food being dropped on the ground! This is how they must feel when it is warm and sunny outside.

I used Kerry's Thursday challenge, 3CTC21, for the layout on the card. It was a sketch this week. The only thing that I changed was I turned the sketch on it's side so the image would fit better.

I got to use some new toys on this card also. I used my Just Rite vertical stamper and boy do I love it. I lines the letters up sooo easy! Second, I couldn't resist the unbelievable sale that Dustin Pike was having this weekend. He sold all 118 of his digital images for 25 dollars. So when I needed a little extra on the card I printed out the BBQ supplies and was set to go. I am really falling in love with digi stamps.

Stamps: High Hopes, Just Rite, Dustin Pike
Paper: SU Kiwi Kiss, Bliss Blue, Papertrey White, DP Embossible Designs
Ink: Copics, Memento Black, Versafine Black, SU Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cloudmaker, Crystal Effects, twine and MM Brads

I hope you like my BBQ card, it was a lot of fun to create. If you have a minute thanks for letting me know what you think.

Have a sunny day!
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Color My World,TSSC77, Copic Creations #7

I just love Sugar Nellie stamps and the Home Grown girls are beginning to become my favorites. I am not sure why this one was one of the first I bought, maybe because you don't often see a stamp of a cute girl doing painting.

I made this card for Mary Jo's Monday Sketch challenge, TSSC77, It was a really easy sketch to work with. I chose to turn the sketch on it's side for this card and then add my own touches to it.
You can't tell from the picture but all the paint(except the wall) and the paintbrush have Crystal Effects on it to give the idea of wet paint.

I also used this card for the Copic Creations challenge #7, to color an image with brunette hair. I am always experimenting with hair color to try to get it as natural as possible. I love that Copics let me blend as much as I want and play around with what I don't like.

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Hero Arts
Paper: SU Pretty in Pink, Cool Caribbean, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey
Inks: SU Cool Caribbean, Memento black and Copics
Accessories: Nesties, SU pearls Crystal Effects, Prima flowers, Michaels ribbon, and JoAnns pearl beads

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have created. I hope you enjoy my cards.
Have a wonderful day,

Friday, July 3, 2009

TSSC76, Doraline with friend

I just finished this card yesterday. I bought this stamp at a Heirloom Stamp Convention in June. I saw these stamps online but couldn't resist it when I had it in my hand. All their stamps are just too cute! Motivet is having a new release and they are celebrating with some unbelievable blog candy. This is a picture of their new releases and this is what they are giving to one lucky winner. Just go to their blog to see how to win them all.

I did this card for Mary Jo's Monday Sketch Challenge, TSSC76, it has been awhile since I have had the time to participate. This week's sketch was perfect for this image. I had so much fun making this card because I used all my favorite things on it (except glitter, you can't have everything), it's blue, it shimmers, it sparkles, it has lace, flowers, swirls, dots and a really cute squirrel! What more could I want on it. I hope you like this card as much as I liked making it.

Stamps: Motivet, Lockhart Stamp Co.
Paper: SU Pacific Point, Paper Co. shimmer, Papertry white and DP Bo Bunny, Magenta
Inks: Copics, Versafine black and SU Bliss Blue
Accessories: Nesties, CTMH flowers, Hero Arts flowers and jewels, pearls stickers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, punches-SU, MS and Paper Shaper, AC Moore's- lace, fabric flowers and ribbon.
I hope you enter to win the Motivet blog candy and enjoyed my card made with their stamp.
I would love if you would leave a comment and let me know how much you like their stamps.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!!
Thanks for looking,