Saturday, August 21, 2010

Seeing Red (TSOL16)

It's that time again...challenge time over at The Stamps of Life blog...and I've finally managed to upload my picture of the card I made to participate!

The challenge is "Seeing Red" - feature the color red on your card...

I tossed some papers out on my workspace and came up with the color combo of red, kraft and cream...whatcha think?

tsol challenge

tsol challenge inside

I used the new release for the month of August, Trees2build, and a special release from July, Youare2kind...I love how you can build the little bird any way you want to...and this sentiment set is fast becoming my favorite...

Thank you for looking!


Holiday Cards, Swapping Fun!

I really enjoy is fun to make cards that you know will be appreciated by the recipient, someone to ooh and aah over your work...

I joined a swap for holiday cards over at the Cardmaker magazine message favorite place to 'hang out' with friends online. Each person in the swap group is responsible for one holiday...I joined two groups, so I'm doing two holidays.

In one group I was given Valentines Day, here is my card...super simple and graphic...

heart icons front

heart icons inside

I was surrounded by patterned papers and ribbons and lace...but this is what the card ended up looking like...sometimes, you can't predict where your creative muse will take you!

Do you see that awesome banner edge to the left of the sentiment? I knew that I would never be happy with the result I got using my, I stuck the end of the rectangle into my square punch, and clipped off the triangle, and voila! A perfect banner edge...try it!

In the second group, I was given Halloween, and here is the result!

halloween front

halloween inside

Can you believe that those two stamps are $1 stamps? I love dollar stamps! I should start a blog featuring dollar stamps!!! Hey, maybe I will!!!

I also adore the spiderweb embossed background...that's using a Fiskars plate in my cuttlebug...isn't it great? I bought the plates and the embossing tool to use with it...but did not like the result I got...I'm sure that practice would have improved my technique...but I wasn't patient enough for that...

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other participants created...I love getting happy mail!

Thank you for looking!


Card Kit Swap

I joined a swap over at Cardmaker swap board...for card kits...I've never done these before, so it should be interesting to see what I get back in the mail!

What is a card kit, you ask? Well, in this case, it is a coordinating set of papers, cardstock, stamped images and embellishments to make two cards.

For this swap, the host requested that our kits have a minimum of:

2 - 6x6 decorative papers
2 - standard A2 card bases
2 - 12" pieces ribbon or lace
2 - embellishments (brads, buttons, bling, chipboard, punches, diecuts, etc)
2 - stamped main images on at least 3x3 cardstock

And if you think about what you use to make your cards...that is more than enough to give you a great card!

Here is my kit that I put together for this swap:


I have four sheets of patterned paper in the back...they are actually double-sided, so the recipient can use whichever side they like best...or cut them up and use both!

Next are my stamped images...I couldn't decide which I liked I did both!

The golden yellow pieces are my card bases...I loved the color, but thought the cardstock was just a tad I included ivory card liners for the inside (not pictured).

All the rest are the embellishments that I thought would go well with these colors...some brown embossed strips, several buttons (I'm almost embarrassed to admit how little of a dent this swap put in my stash...), some paper flowers, some fantastic crocheted lace and some eensy weensy little brads...seriously, they are the tiniest, cutest brads I've ever seen!

So, I'm including a bit more than the minimums...but that's less because I'm an overachiever, and more because I can't make up my mind!

So now, I know what a card kit is...and I look forward to playing with the ones I will receive in the swap!


Kit ingredients: double sided patterned paper (heidi grace designs), gold and brown cardstock (coredinations), ivory cardstock (the paper company), owl stamp (craftsmart), sunflower stamp (no company listed-from hobby lobby), brads (Tim Holtz), ink (memento), embossing folder (cuttlebug), other - lace, buttons, paper flowers (unknown)