Monday, August 31, 2009
It seems like everyone is in an Autumn like mood since it's pretty much back to school time. I actually saw a house that had started putting up Halloween decorations last week! Gimme a break, it's still August! Sheesh!
Well, in honor of those crazies, I mean, very enthusiastic people, here are a couple of Halloween cards for your viewing pleasure.
I used this paper called Core'dinations for the the embossed (and debossed in the case of the second card) background. The cool thing about this paper is, the core of it is a coordinating color, so it really shows up when it's distressed. (I used a sanding block.)
I used my Crop-o-dial to make the holes in the corners of both of these cards, sort of a faux brad look I guess. I do this occasionally because I know there will be no lumps or bumps from brads, and that makes them easy to mail.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I thought I would show you a better photo of a couple more Wine Tags with more specific information. It wasn't clear in the post a couple of days ago about how the tags slipped over the neck of the bottle. The tags are 4 1/2" X 11", with the score line at 2 3/4". The 2 3/4" portion has the hole punched in the center using a 1 1/4" punch and then decorated using a scallop punch.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Do you like what you see? Want the secret recipe? Well, if you promise not to tell anyone I know, scroll down and I will share it...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This is an example of of the Wine Tags I am making for the fall craft fairs. An excellent alternative to the typical bag, they simply slip over the neck of the bottle. Being that they were big sellers last year, I am once again making a variety, including Thanksgiving and Christmas themed tags. Thanks for looking and hope you have a happy day!
Details: Stamps: Studio G, MSE!, Stampin UP!, Paper: Joann's, Ink: Stampin Up!, Ribbon: from my stash of supplies
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A complete success in my book! What's even better? I already know who is getting this card...
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Anyhow, here is the sketch... This is my card...I think it needs a sentiment, but since I'm not sure what I want to do with it I'll leave it blank until I need a thank you or thinking of you card. If you scroll down, there is a close up shot.
The flower was colored in with a watercolor brush and an ink pad...there is also a rhinestone in the center. I also used some brownish pastel chalks on the image and square behind it...I was trying to make them look tea stained to match the patterned paper. I am warming up to it, a mild success I suppose.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Today my offering is that of a masculine card. The paisley paper, combined with the paisley embossing, paired well with my image of horses. Sort of a western theme I guess. Scrolling down... You can see the matching embossing here....And...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Now, the next thing I have to do is nominate seven of my own fellow bloggers. I must confess, I find this an impossible thing to do. I have been inspired by soooo many talented people, many of whom have already received this award and others like it...I just cannot narrow it down. So, if you don't have this award and wish to display it on your blog, just leave me a comment and it is yours to pass on. Or, if you would like me to visit your blog, just leave me a comment and I will drop in.
Thanks again for choosing me Mary! And thank you to all the bloggers out there for sharing and continuing to inspire others with your creativity...I am thrilled to be part of this fabulous community!
Happy Sunday everyone!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
These papers were on clearance at JoAnn's and the ribbon and button came from my stash of stuff. (Most of my buttons come from a big jar that my grandma...Oma in German...had collected a LONG time ago!) The image is from Hero Arts and it is colored in with chalk from Stampin Up. If you scroll down to the next picture, here you can see I used the Nesties for layering the image and then popped it up for a little extra oomph!
Friday, August 21, 2009
I was So excited when I came up with this idea of making a tea box to hold the Celestial Seasoning tea packets...I came up with the dimensions myself (Woo Hoo!) and decorated the box. Isn't it cute??!
I know it's not fancy, but I really liked the simplicity and gift giving/craft fair potential. Then it hit me, and I realized Stampin Up sells a die for the Big Shot that makes a box that looks like this! (Called Box #2) So much for my original idea! Oh well, I still like it. I am not sure exactly how large the Box #2 ends up being when assembled, but mine is made from a 12x12 piece of card stock. The approximate finished dimensions are 5 1/2 L. by 2 1/2 w., by 3 1/4 H.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This just adds a small amount of texture to the card. I also love the different add ons that come with this set...different pictures, the kitty cat... Oops! I just realize I never colored in the feet of the chair like I did in the next card...hopefully the person didn't notice!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I purchased just a couple of things from the new Stampin Up catty and my demo dropped them off this week. (If you are reading this, Hi Gayle!) I wish I could properly expound on how AWESOME I think this Medallion stamp is. (Sheesh, that makes me seem old and lame...;)) But, it's pure genius I tell ya!
It's fabulous when you can ink up a stamp and produce a luscious looking card like this in about five minutes!!! That rarely happens for me. The only thing I did, that was extra on this card, was punch out the center from a second stamped image. I then embossed it with rainbow embossing powder and popped it up in the center and added a rhinestone.
Ta-da! Here is a close up of the sparkle...
attached to a gift at Christmas time! Thanks for visiting today, and since it is still summer (not that you can tell by my fall/Xmas cards!) I will leave you with...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This stamp was from the $1.99 "hot spot" at Archiver's...I think it is from Stampology. This card doesn't have any bling, but it doesn't need it. Just a sweet reminder to hit the books... Thanks for lookin'!