Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sing and Make Music in Your Heart to the Lord!

Well, I got some fun stamping in yesterday since it rained the whole day and I felt a need to create. This card started out with lots more green in it and little black, but transformed over time to this heavily blue and black creation. With as much ribbon that I have, you'd think I'd use more variety. What can I say? I just can't get enough of the black and white stuff!

The inspiration came from Angella's card with her button flowers. I loved the tied ribbon in the button holes idea. Despite having a rainbow of buttons, what did I pick? Black! I'm hopeless!

Anywho...I wanted to play with my new Shapeabilities/Poseabilities Flower Creations 3 set. So that was where I started. I figured I could use a button for the center and add the ribbon. It's really tricky getting ribbon through a button hole, but I just used a small embroidery needle with a large eye and folded the ribbon in half lengthwise on the end to fish it through the eye. The needle with the ribbon took a bit of pulling to get through, but it did make it through. If you have one of those rubber grabbing pads you use for opening jars, I think it would work well in helping to grab and pull the needle.

For the holes around the oval, I used the same oval nestie die, placed the cut paper oval back into the die, front facing down and then turned it to face up and held it down on my sponge mat while I punched the holes. The inner edge of the die worked well as a template. For the flower, I just did it freehand, punching in the corners and ends first, then in the centers of the rows and then filling in evenly the rest of the spaces. Does that make sense?

For the blue bird on the oval I stamped in SU Bashful Blue ink and then in CTMH Crystal Blue ink to get the color as close as possible to the blue in the Basic Grey paper. I sponged the edges of the oval with CTMH Blush ink.

You'll notice I used Cuttlebug folders on this card. I used Script and Perfectly Paisley.

Although it's barely noticeable, I will point out that I stamped SU Canvas on the SU Soft Sky cs in VersaMark ink.

This card fits in an envelope like the ones in this post. The size of the envelope is 4.75"X6.5".

This was a fun and enjoyable card to make. I hope you enjoyed looking at it! Have a blessed Sunday!


Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs Sing to the Lord, SU Canvas

CS: Black, SU Soft Sky, Basic Grey Lemonade 6X6" pad, white

Inks: SU Bashful Blue, CTMH Crystal Blue, CTMH Blush, Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark

Other: Cuttlebug Script and Perfectly Paisley embossing folders, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval Small, Classic Oval Scallop Small, Poseabilities (Shapeabilities) Flower Creations 3, paper piercing tool, sponge mat, black button, black gingham ribbon, 3D-Dots, sponge dauber

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flying Cupcakes

Hello all! My apologies for the picture of this card. It was hard to stand up to photograph because it's 5.5" X 8.5" - a whole sheet of cardstock folded in half. Actually, what I meant to say was that the black base is only on the back, so the front does not have support. So I had to lean it against something to get a pic of it.

Confession time. I bought cards at the store for almost everyone I needed a card for this month. And you know what? I was so glad I did because the one thing I always feel is lacking in my cards is sincere sentiments. I found the perfect cards for everyone I bought for! I mean the words spoke so deeply about my feelings. And it felt good to accomplish such a goal. It's not that my own handmade cards aren't appreciated, but sometimes I want it to be more than just a pretty card. I want it to speak from the heart.

I am not a poet and I am no good at saying how I feel in my cards. I try, but I don't really have that gift. Others do, and I'm so thankful for that because they can put to words just how I feel and set those words right in the perfect card, and all I have to do is buy it. Yeah, I could probably make a more glittery, splashy-looking card, but it's what is said inside (or outside) that really counts.

While I know there are sites out there that give free prose for the taking, my printers are very limited and buying a new one just to print on my cards seems wasteful. So I stick to the stamps I have. But they are so limited. And I'm trying to avoid wasteful spending right now. The Lord knows how much money I've already sunk into this hobby!

Anywho, I did want to make a dear friend a card because she is also a stamper and today's her birthday! So this one is for her. Teresa has a dream about baking cakes for a living. She's very good at it! I'm so hopeful that God may be directing her very soon in that direction. This being the case, I had to make her a card with some kind of cake on it! So I pulled out the Inkadinkado set, Birthday Cupcake, and did a nice scene of flying (or dancing, if you will) cupcakes in her favorite color - pink.

I wanted it to have a soft appearance, so I used Swirl vellum over Blush Blossom cardstock like I did for this card. The design is really simple. The most elaborate work I did was on the cupcake scene. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Canson watercolor paper. Then I colored it with markers. Then I put the glitter on and THEN decided to cuttlebug it. That was a slight mistake, but it still turned out fine since the glue was dry under the glitter.

Oh, btw, I used SU Basic Black ink on the saying because it dries on vellum quickly, unlike the Versafine.

I appreciate you having a look. Be well!


Stamps: Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake, Stampin' Up! Birthday Greetings

CS: Black, Blush Blossom, Swirl vellum, Canson watercolor paper

Inks: SU Basic Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Markers: Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana

Other: Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, clear glue, fine white Crystal Snow glitter, black polka dot ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, 3D-Dots

Monday, September 7, 2009

Mousy Birthday Cupcake

Hello there!

Wow! You wouldn't believe how much trouble I had with this card! I finally wrestled it to the ground today and won! My mojo was nowhere to be found and every way I arranged the card elements just did not appeal. I think I've gotten into a creative rut. At least I finished the card, though. This will be for my mother-in-law's birthday. I thought she'd enjoy the sweetness of the Penny Black mice. So cheerful!

The designer papers I used were from the Basic Grey Lemonade 6x6 pad. Such cheerful papers! They're some of my favorites.

I tried something new with my hole punching. I used the sewing machine without thread to do around the edges of the Rose Red base and along the edge of the white vertical piece. It certainly was easier, but I wouldn't say it was straighter. In the right situation this could be a nice shortcut.

For the mice scene I used watercolor paper to stamp the image on because I feel it lends itself to far more flexibility in coloring. I used SU markers to color with and blended mostly with them - with a bit of water brushing here and there to remove color or wash it out a bit. What fun it is! I don't crave Copics anymore since finding this method. I'm sure they're superior in every way, but their price just stops me dead in my tracks every time I have a notion to buy some. And then where to start? There are so many! SU markers will happily satisfy me for now.

I glittered the cupcake frosting and the candle flame to make them stand out some. I used Crystal Snow fine white glitter on the frosting and yellow Stickles for the flame.

I actually had the mice scene done weeks ago. I just had to build the card around it. I've been working on this card for almost 2 weeks, off and on! Phew! Talk about frustrating!

I have so many cards to make this month. September and May seem to be the big birthday/anniversary months for us. Hopefully, my mojo will return and I will have cards made for everyone! I've got to get busy!

Hope all is well with you! TFL! God bless you all!


Stamps: Penny Black Critter Party

CS: Black, Rose Red, Basic Grey Lemonade, white, Canson watercolor paper

Ink: Versafine Black Onyx

Markers: Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Yoyo Yellow, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance

Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval Scallop Small, Classic Oval Large, Blossom; Cuttlebug Traffic Jam and Swiss Dots embossing folders, large and small oval punches, Martha Stewart Embossed Zigzag border punch, sewing machine, paper piercing tool, sponge mat, large pale pink gemstones, black polka dot ribbon, pale green satin ribbon, 3D-Dots, water brush, Crystal Snow fine white glitter, yellow Stickles