Monday, October 31, 2011

An Oopsie Halloween

One of the mantras of card makers is that when ever you goof on a card it's just another opportunity for embellishments.  This card is an example.
I love working with vellum, I really do, BUT it is so darn hard to attach it to any thing.  In this case I pulled out my vellum tape and used it on the four corners, but you could still see it, bummer.  So I thought about it and decided to make some photo corners.  Well I went looking for my punch and instead found this leaf punch and went with that instead.  I just punched the leaves from some of the Basic Grey Indian Summer DP that I had used for this card.  The card base is DCWV, the DP is Indian Summer and the Ghost is Penny Black.  I had stamped the ghost onto kraft and it came out well so I didn't use the embossing powder.
Great, the card was all done, or so I thought, when I went to put a sheet of white paper on the inside I realized I had assembled it upside down. LOL  I quickly pulled the focal piece off and turned it around and all was well.
  Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

I wanted to make a half dozen Halloween cards to send out and didn't have any Halloween paper. Oh my what to do.  I've been battling a really bad cold and didn't want to go out to shop (not wanting to share germs with the general public) so I went looking for some DP I could use for my project.  Luckily I found my Basic Grey Indian Summer 6x6 pad and with the darker colors I thought it would work.  So then I chose this ghost stamp from Penny Black for my focal image.  I started out stamping it with Papertrey's Fresh Snow and it looked good but I wanted better.  I realized that it is a hybrid ink so I quickly poured on some Reflections white embossing powder and hey presto a whiter ghost.  I did worry about embossing on vellum, but I was careful and it worked great.
I used DCWV charcoal card stock for my base and then layered Indian Summer and black and orange vellum to finish the design.
It may not be the spookiest card but I think it turned out really well.  What do you think?  Thanks for stopping by.   P.S. Lots of layers just for you Sandy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Trees on Leaves

This is another of the thank you cards I made last week.  Using a white card base and Papertrey's Fall prints and Patterns DP I made a very simple card.
I stamped directly onto the DP using the trees and sentiment from Papertrey's Masculine Motifs.
Very simple, very elegant and very masculine.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Celebrate A Hoppy Day

What can I say about these cards except that they make me smile.  There's just something about a smiling frog that makes me grin.  I had been making some fall cards using Papertrey's Fall Prints & Patterns and had some scraps leftover so I made an anniversary card.  Yes I said anniversary, I think they don't always have to be bells and flowers, anniversaries can be fun and amusing.  (Think of Kermit and Miss Piggy if you want a laugh).
Anyway I used the Boy Basics-Frog Hop for these cards (only one is for an anniversary, the other will be a birthday card-maybe).  I used the matching dies to cut out the frog and the lily pad and stamped and colored them up.  I added the fly from the set as an after thought thinking the frog might be hungry.  I cut a circle of orange paper with my Limitless Layers die and stamped the sentiment from the set, put it all together and was done.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Postal Notes

There was a request for some thank you notes and since they had to be more of a masculine style I pulled out several of my Papertrey stamp sets and got to work.  I made a dozen cards and these are two of them.
 First of all I pulled out the Postmarks DP, thinking it would be appropriate. Then I used stamps from the Postmarks set and a sentiment from a Stampendous Everyday Messages 2 set.  It was such fun putting these cards together.  These were not the first cards I made and as I was layering these I just started through the left over bits to use for matting and decoration.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christmas Trees from Scratch

These cards are designs made up for a Creative retreat that the Card Ministry that I belong to at my church is putting on next month.  The idea is to teach people how to get in touch with the creative side of themselves that they have let go of in the course of daily living.  We want to keep it very simple and basic and help them to look around the house and use things they already have to make cards.

In these four cards I just used card stock and embellishments to make the trees.  The trees are just squares of green card stock cut in half and layered on top of each other.  The card bases are all just white card stock and the first layer is just red with the sentiment stamped on it.  I placed the trees on that and then 'decorated' the trees.  The tree with the ornament stickers is my least favorite, if I could do it over I'd use only one sticker at the top and call it done.  The card next to it and the one above were just decorated with pens and the top left card with some bling.  The button was and after thought and I'm still thinking about it.
What do you think?  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Flower on Top

When I was at the Novi stamp show last August one of the places I had to stop at was The Paper Cut booth.  I'm always excited by the variety of papers and shapes that they have.
This card is from a set of cards that came with the card base and the over layer.  It's such fun to try and figure out what to do with these cards.  (NOT)  I first went through the whole stack and decided what over layer to put with what card base.  Then I had to come up with how to decorate.
Well for this one I chose to use a stamp from this set that I won in a Sweet Stamps challenge.  This stamp set is great.
 I colored with Copics of course and then just stamped without coloring on the over layer.  I added the leaves on the over layer just  to add some more color.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by.