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


Sue from Oregon said...

Oh your friend will cherish this!

Angella D. Crockett said...

What a great card, Kim! And yes ma'am, I remember that gorgeous ODBD card from before....wasn't that your debut? (Miss you there!!) Take care!

Jamie Lane Designs said...

This is sooo adorable!

Kim said...

Thanks so much, ladies! Ang, I knew you'd remember it. I think you're right. It was my first ODBD card!