Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who left me a get better message. You guys are all soooo sweet!! I'm still hacking but feeling a bit better today! Also, I just want to warn you all that I am going to clean out and paint my craft room (YIKES). It should be okay, I've got a bunch of cards photographed and ready to upload so I should be able to do some posting while my room is out of order!! :-) just no stamping for a few days!!
Now, on to today's card..............................
What??? It isn't Christmas, yet!! But if you look on Sharon Johnson's blog No Time To Stamp? she has posted a challenge to make a Christmas card!!! So that is what I did.
Now, most of my cards and stuff I feel are pretty much okay, nothing spectacular. But this card...I've gotta tell you I am totally in LOVE with this card. I'm sure it is not everyone's style but for some reason, it does it for me!! (man, I sound like Jan Tink with her "I love myself" and all -- she's a hoot by the way...you have to check out her blog if you haven't been there before!! I love her sense of humour and her cards and projects are simply amazing!!!)
That main panel, started out as plain white!! I think that might be why it appeals to me so much. That I was able to take a plain white piece of cardstock and make a masterpiece out of it (or at least in my eyes that is what it looks like).
It was pretty easy, lots of layers and a little distressing was all it took.
Supplies: Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Out on a LImb, Mixed Messages (all Papertrey Ink), Script (retired SU!); Ink - Basic Black, Old Olive, Cranberry Crisp, Close to Cocoa, River Rock (all Stampin' Up!); Paper-Whisper White, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin' Up); Other - crochet flower (Bazzill), ribbon (Walmart), silver brad (Stampin' Up!), Cuttlebug die, dauber (SU!).
Thanks for visiting my blog! See you again soon.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Papertrey Ink paper (YET!!) but Jewels said I could find close matching paper and play anyway! Well, I was all over it today because the designer paper sitting out on my desk this morning totally matched the colors of the challenge!! I had to play!
The colors that Jewels picked were Kraft, Lavender Moon, Vintage Cream, and Summer Sunrise. I think I might have exploded trying to use that Summer Sunrise with the Lavender Moon...but the birds on my card were a perfect match!! The colors I used were both Stampin' Up! - Kraft and Almost Amethyst, with the Vintage Cream and Summer Sunrise being in the designer paper.
I am so glad I did the challenge this morning because I have been trying to use my Wedding Day set that Alli Miles (another fellow Canadian) designed for Papertrey Ink. I had just used it a few days ago for a thank you card and I knew I could use that pretty little swirl on this card but when I pulled out the case....that stamp was MISSING!! Yikes, panic!! I looked everywhere, carefully picked through my garbage can (thank goodness there is only paper in there), and got on my hands and knees to search the carpet! Finally, I was able to locate it behind my paper bin! Sheesh!! I have to be more careful!!
So, found it and used it along the bottom purple section of the card. I love this Kraft taffeta ribbon that Stampin' Up sells..it ties so nicely. I've been trying out "bows" more these days. It is still a struggle but I think they are getting better than they used to be.
Supplies: Paper-Kraft, Almost Amethyst (Stampin' Up to replace Lavender Moon and Kraft by Papertrey Ink), Aerial designer paper (Memory Box to replace Vintage Cream and Summer Sunrise by Papertrey Ink), Stamps - Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink), Ink- Versamark, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Other-scallop scissors (Provo Craft), kraft taffeta ribbon (Stampin' Up).
Thanks for visiting.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Supplies: Stamps-Text Boxed, Beautiful Blooms, Mixed Messages, Out on a Limb (all Papertrey Ink), Linen (Stampin' Up!); Paper-Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi (all Stampin Up!); Ink-River Rock, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black (all Stampin' Up!); Other-vellum, hemp (SU!), hobby knife, home-made rectangle template, cutting tool (Fiskars), scraper used to score (Pampered Chef LOL), Cuttlebug and tag die.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I saw that today was the last day to enter Kristina's Color Inspiration Challenge #17. Although I had mentioned to her that she should give her reader's challenges when she held a live blog chat, I have yet to be able to participate until today!! Her color choice was interesting. Certainly not colors I would reach for naturally but that is the point...right...a challenge :-)
I knew I did not want the base of my card to be white. So I played around with the other colors for a while. I discovered that I had this awesome K&Co. houndstooth patterned paper that matched the Sage Shadow color perfectly so I went from there. I found it difficult to blend the red and pink in but decided to use buttons to represent the Red Rose color. When it was pulled together, the scalloped pink looked to plain for the "fancyness" of the rest of the card so I used my white gel pen to make some fancy doodles. Not so sure I like them now that it is done but I think it looks better than it did.
Don't forget to enter my Blog Candy draw. I draw for it tonight at 10:00!!
Supplies : Paper-Sage Shadow, Regal Rose (Stampin' Up), houndstooth designer paper (K&Co.); Stamps-Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Ink-Versamark; Other-scallop scissors (Provo Craft), white embossing powder (Stampin' Up), white gel pen (Signo), thread (DCM), white button (Hero Arts), other buttons (unknown), white ribbon (Wrights).
Thanks for visiting. Donelda
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Don't forget to leave a comment on THIS POST telling me what you would like to see more of on my blog and I'll enter you to win the huge pile of Blog Candy! It's in celebration of making it over 20,000 hits!! WOW. Trust me, you want that Tim Holtz ruler!!
Now my butterfly card. This is one of my favorite layouts and one of my favorite sets from Stampin' Up. I have no idea if it is retired...probably as I know it's been on my wish list for a few years now. I saw it a very long time ago on THIS CARD by Kristina way back in September 2006 (Star of May on SCS). Kristina also has one of the best BLOGS ever. You must go check it out!! I finally ordered the set but believe it or not, this is the one and only card I've made with it. This is the reason I'm on a spending freeze ... I have to start using the awesome items I own and stop buying more!!
Anyway, back to the card. I love this layout!! You can make some awesome Clean and Simple cards with it, or you can really dress it up and make a multi-layered card with it too! Talking about Clean and Simple reminds me of THIS NEW BLOG by Natasha who also has THIS BLOG (another one of my favorites!). Her new blog features Clean and Simple design ideas and principles! She and the other girls on this new blog are great and I'm leanrning a lot!!
Anyway, back to my card (boy am I ever chatty today!). The card is pretty straight forward. A great way to use up a few scraps of cardstock and ribbon! See those staples...I almost never use staples on my cards but it just felt like the right embellishment on this card! :-) As well, you'll note that the sentiment which reads "Happy Birthday" is NOT in black but in the orchid color. For some reason, I always feel like the sentiment has to be black...but Nichole Heady is always using the colors of her cards for her sentiments so I had decided to try it on this card. It's good for me to get out of my creative box!!
Supplies: Paper-whisper white, tempting turquoise, orchid opulance, pink passion (all SU!); Ink-tempting turquoise, orchid opulance, pink passion (all SU!); Stamps-All through the year (SU!), Father Knows Best (Papertrey Ink); Other - Dazzling Diamonds (SU!), Staples (unknown), various ribbon (Making Memories), dimensionals.
Well, don't forget to go back to the original post and leave me a comment so you can be in the draw to win some blog candy!! Thanks for visiting!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Anyway, I had remembered seeing a cool project done using something called Mica. When I was at the stamp show in Airdrie a few months ago, I saw a package of the stuff so I bought it! Since then, another stamping friend (Hi Robin!!) has also become interested in this product. So, what is it?? It's actually a rock! But this rock is cool...it is in many many layers that you can pull apart to the point of being transparent. And it is totally heat resistant so you can emboss til the cows come home..if you want to. My Mica is from a company called US Art Quest and it is the regular tile size but you can get it in many different shapes and sizes, all the way down to "dust" !! Go have a peek!
For my card, I wanted to try stamping between 2 thin layers of the mica. So I started by seperating one piece of mica til I got the 2 thinnest pieces I could get. Then, on one I stamped my wheat image using StazOn Black. It is like stamping on a transparency so you need to be careful that it doesn't slip. When it was dry, I used a small bit of Tombow Mono Multi glue behind the black image and along the very edges to glue the two sheets together. I wanted to add some color so I used my alcohol inks in butterscotch and a little caramel and put some color on the back of the image.
The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. I am proud to say that the layout is a Donelda original. I don't often come up with original layouts but I had thought of this and sketched it into my creative journal a while ago so I thought I'd actually use it!
You may wonder where all the texture came from on the Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun pieces. Well, a long time ago, I made some textured paper by misting it with water, crumpling it, and then ironing it flat. I made A LOT of it a while ago and I'm still slowly using it up. If you were to look, you would noticed it in a number of my projects over the years in my SCS gallery. It is especially great for making leaves and flowers but also for great background paper - you can see some in this project, this project and this project. You will note that on these projects there are some red, purple, and yellow texturized paper. I think the colors you see on my current card came from a different scrapbook page where I made leaves for a fall family photo shoot!
Anyway, that's my first project using Mica! If any of you have used mica and have some great ideas to share, I'd love to hear about them!
Supplies: Ink-Basic Black; Paper-Summer Sun, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black (all SU!); Stamps - Wheat (Cornage Heritage Farms), Simple Little Things (Papertrey Ink); Other - Mica (US Art Quest), Alcohol Inks (Ranger), Stamp a ma jig (EK Success); Coluzzle.
Wow, was I ever long winded tonight! I try to keep my blathering to a minimum....but I guess it got the best of me this time.
Thanks for visiting. Donelda