Sunday, October 28, 2012

Birthday Flowers

This card features dies by Spellbinders, Memory Box, and Simon Says Stamp. I made the card base  and then used the Spellbinders deckled rectangles to create windows in the front of the card. I cut a piece of white card stock to go behind the windows and used an embossing folder to give it the dotted swiss look. Die cut the flowers and colored them with die inks. Colored a strip of the dotted swiss white background and added a few pearls for the final touch.

We have been lucky with this storm. It's pretty breezy but no longer getting rain. Hope it will all be gone so the kids will have some nice weather for Trick or Treat. We usually have over 100 kids stop by so we went out today and stocked up on candy.

Hope you are having an awesome start to your week and thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Gray Day

Hi! It's been a while and I hope you didn't think I was never coming back. I have been sick and busy at work. This weekend we are dealing with the effects of Hurricane Sandy so it is the perfect time to get a little crafting done. However, I think the dreary conditions have affected my color choices. Not sure if I ever made a card with this much gray, so I did add some brighter colors to the butterflies to brighten it up a little.

Looks like we aren't going to get much more from the storm than a few inches of rain and a few periods of gusty winds. I hope that you are safe and out of harms way. It sounds like the northeast is going to have much more difficult conditions than we are getting.

The butterfly and sentiment stamp are from Hero Arts. The center panel was die cut using the butterfly die from Hero. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug once more with an embossing folder, and added some white pigment ink to the raised areas. I was going for kind of a brick wall effect. I am not sure you can see it in the photo but the butterflies are seated in the negative spaces with pop dots applied to one side of their wings.

Thanks so much for visiting, especially in  all the rain :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy Thoughts

Had to give this idea another try. This time I used a Spellbinders Nestability set to cut the negative space out of the blue layer, and cut different colored flowers to place in those negative spaces. Then  I ran it through the Cuttlebug with a dotted swiss embossing folder. The sentiment is from a clear set by Hero Arts. Another idea would be to add layers to one of the flowers.

Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for spending a little time here :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Birthday Hexagons

I found the inspiration for this card on Pinterest. Someone had pinned a fabulous card by Carol that can be seen on her blog "Our Little Inspirations". Her card is awesome, colorful and has lots of texture.

I wanted to make a more masculine version for someone special who is having a birthday this week.
So I replaced the circles with hexagons and used shades of blue and left off the bow. I think the next time I may use patterned papers for the hexagons. I cut the hexagons with a hexagon Die-namics by mftstamps. Layered them over the white strip and then embossed it using my cuttlebug. I like the way the embossing makes it look more like one layer than different layers. I also embossed a few lines on the light blue strip in behind the hexagon layer. I guess I have now jumped on the hexagon bandwagon :).

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fresh Daisies

Good Evening!

This card features dies from Spellbinders and Simon Says Stamp. The Fresh Daisies die was cut and then colored using a sponge. I wanted a light touch of color for a delicate look with all the white, texture, and dimension. The embossing folder used on the front of the card is from Provo Craft.

I am finally trying to learn how to use my camera without it being on automatic. What a challenge! But I have a nice camera and several nice lenses and it's time to step it up a little bit. Found a couple of helpful websites and just trying to learn the basics. Learned a little about monitor calibration and now I wonder how accurate the colors are on my monitor. If you have any suggestions for software for monitor calibration I would love to hear about them. I have found several but the reviews are always mixed and of course the reviews get much better as the prices go higher. Not looking to become a professional photographer...just enjoy taking photos and want to improve my skills.

Today I was playing with white balance. It's a good thing it's a digital camera...can you imagine all the film I would be wasting? Instead I import to the computer and delete away, no money lost.

And I want to share a suggestion that Greta left on my last post. She suggested that if I had a pen the same color that I indicate that on the back of the tags. Great Idea! Thanks Greta.

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Handy Ink Tip

I got this wonderful idea from the last Online Card Class, Kick Start. Specifically from a wonderful post by Kelly Rasmussen. She showed us a great ink swatch ring. I was going to wait until I had all my inks done to share but it is taking quite a while, so I will just show what I have done so far.

I decided to make my own tags because I thought the colors would show truer on a white background and when I went shopping I only found tags that were colored like the one shown in the foreground. So it was cheaper and it didn't really add too much work to the project. I cut strips of cardstock 2.75" by 1.5". Then I used the bought tag as a pattern to snip off the top edges, traced the inside of the circle and punched it out with a punch. For now I didn't reinforce the punched hole but I can do that later if there is a need. Then I selected a stamp and stamped a tag with each of the colors. Never realized how many inks I had until I did this.

This is going to save me a lot of time when I am deciding which ink to use on a card.  I can use the swatches for color comparisons to the other card elements instead of dragging out all of the inks and trying them out to see which one works the best, and then having to put them all away. The company name and the ink color are on the back of the tags for easy identification. My inks are stored together by which company makes them, and that is what works for me as far as locating a color quickly.
It's amazing to me how many shades of one color you can have and how it can be to find a good match. If you are just getting started with card making I would encourage you to do this as you acquire your inks so that it doesn't take you as long as it is taking me to get them all done. I do think it is going to be well worth the effort.

It's much cooler here and rainy. Love the cooler fall temps and the absence of heat and humidity.
Thanks for visiting!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shades of Blue

Headed to work for meetings but I wanted to share this card with you. Unfortunately no matter how many pictures I took, I could not capture the correct shades of blue on this card. They are all the same color, SU Ballet blue cardstock, dye ink pad and marker but they do show up a little differently on the card. 

The background was created with the Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp, Gradation. I also used it to create the strips of paper running through the ribbon slots on the spellbinders die. It almost ended up looking like little pots of flowers instead of ribbon. The sentiment is from an older clear set by Hero Arts. 

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!