Sunday, February 28, 2010

Birthday Cards

The sunshine today made me think that Spring might actually be on its way. I made a run to Target and didn't even wear my coat. It was 35 degrees out and warmer than it's been in months. I'm sure there's a joke in there know you're from Iowa when you think 35 degrees is warm. Yuk, yuk, yuk... :)

Today I'm going to show you two cards. One, is essentially a reincarnation of one I showed you before. My other niece is turning 11 and I sent her money for a gift. She was heading to Mall of America in Mpls with her mom (my sister) so I thought she should have some spending money.


The other card I wanted to try out my new clear Spica pen. I like that I can make things shimmery without getting messy with glitter. I'm dipping my toe into the world of sparkles and I'm ankle deep using this pen. I colored each of the colored blocks and really, really love the slight shimmer they give. I like that this card is very simple and minimalist but it feels like it's missing something. Maybe it's just me. What else does it need, do you think?


I have some other cards that I've been working on and need to Photoshop them yet before I can post them. They always turn out so gray! Does anyone have any links on tutorials for taking better pictures of cards and/or scrapbook pages?????
Have a great week everyone!

Purple money card:
Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Paper: Plum Pudding, RFizz, white (PTI); PP (unknown)
Ink: Memories Black
Other: Nestabilities scalloped rectangle, ribbon (stash), heart punch for flame, $20 :)

Rainbow card:
Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Paper: various
Ink: Memories Black
Other: Scor-Pal, Spica clear glitter pen

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Compose a Card

I had a bit of extra time this weekend to play with Becky Oehler's Compose A Card challenge. I also needed to make a card for a house warming for a coworker of my husband's. And I just received my first order of stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps. So with all of those reasons behind me I made this card.



I'm totally in love with this wee little cottage; it is absolutely adorable.

The challenge called for using a negative image on the left side of the card but all I had for a negative image was this stamp - it'll have to do. :)

Stamps: Celtic Heritage and Irish Blessings (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Ripe Avocado (PTI), Black (Memories)
Paper: Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado (PTI); black (unknown)
Other: black ribbon, green ribbon

Well, after dinner I'm off to the house warming party. Have a fun evening everyone!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Gooey Heart's Day

Both my kids enjoyed watching Rolie Polie Olie when they were younger. Is he even still one? It was such a cute show. One of their specials was "Gooey Heart's Day", a play off Valentine's Day. I still think of that even after all these years.

I have two cards to show today. The first is one I made for my DH. I found a heart button in my stash and layered it on top of another button - didn't it turn out cool?!

Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Paper: Raspberry Fizz (PTI); white (Bazzill); hearts PP (American Crafts)
Other: Raspberry Fizz twill (PTI), scalloped punch (SU!), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers); buttons (from my stash)

This next card is the one DH gave to me this morning. I laughed pretty hard over this one. It's a good thing we both have the same sense of humor...hole punch! Hee hee.


Hope you all enjoy your Gooey Heart's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Le Bebe

The card I have to show today is from a technique challenge issued by Nichole during this week's PTI anniversary party. I've embossed before but I don't think I've done an embossed resist technique. I learned that solid stamp images are naturally more suited to this type of technique. I didn't have any PTI stamps that fit that criteria but I did have this cute little onesie stamp. I also learned that Pure Poppy does NOT work for this technique - it's much to dye intense and colors the embossed image (it doesn't "resist" at all!)


The card is square - 4.25 x 4.25"
Stamp: onesie (Savvy Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, Sweet Blush, and Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink: Sweet Blush (PTI)
Other: square scalloped nestibilitiy, Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder, square punch, ribbon, button, rustic cream twine (PTI)

I know it's too late to win any contests with some of the other challenges that PTI has issued but I still hope to get to some of them just for fun and to stretch my creativity. We all need to stretch every now and again, don't we?

Have a great day!