Saturday, November 13, 2010
I think the most influential of these advancements has been the onset of ‘embossing machines’ (many companies promote their own version of this) which makes the process of dry embossing a snap. For the most part, there is a pre-designed impression plate/folder which is combined with the desired paper and ‘run through’ the machine – ta da: out the other side is a perfectly embossed paper. In addition to using the pre-designed templates, custom templates can be made to suit any design need (click here to see how a daisy template was created/used).
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Variety is the spice of life, right? Why can’t this apply to making/giving cards? I received this “Message in a Bottle” for my birthday and thought it was a fun play on a birthday card. How fun is that? How else can you give a “card” to someone? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
In our Year in Review we are officially up to date (I didn’t think we would make it). What does this mean? Well, now I can take some time and share some of my favorite techniques and projects (with some holidays mixed in as they come).
There is very little real magic in the world; I think this technique can almost qualify. What technique? The chalkboard technique! I can think of many ways in which to describe this, but I am going to stick with magic. Basically, one would stamp on one color of paper in Versamark ink and then use a sponge dauber to apply chalk to the stamped image; after completely covered, the excess chalk is wiped off. The color only sticks to the area with the ink…like magic.
This card is a navy base with the flower and leaf pattern applied and then ‘chalked-up’ with yellow, orange, brown, and green. The excess is removed, the paper is matted and added to the card and accented with stamps and ribbon, and viola…a card!
This technique is really so much fun. Click here to see how else I utilized this chalkboard technique.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Before you will be able to understand the update, click here to learn more about this card.
There are several aspects to this update:
First, Soft Suede: yes, I still love this color; it is my current favorite brown (almost rivaling black at this point, but let’s not get carried away). I am not sure what it is about this color, but it almost transforms the colors with which it is paired…almost magical!
Second, Pattern: so, it was time consuming to make this checkerboard circle pattern, so much so that I have not decided to duplicate it. I am attempting to think of a nice occasion which would warrant this (and would be appropriate). What occasion would you think would work well with this?
Finally, The Card: as I mentioned when I posted this card originally, it was going to stay in my “collection” for a while until a super special occasion needed it. Guess What? I still have it. Now, I have to say that there were many times when I felt the card would ‘work’ for the occasion, but I just couldn’t seem to let it go. Let’s face it, I don’t think I will ever give this one away, but in the attempt to make cards which are up to it caliber, I do think I have gone above and beyond.
Monday, November 08, 2010
And in this card is a nice gold paper clip. I love it!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Regardless, I really like this card. One reason is that each truly is unique. Each card can be different: more/less lines, more/less color, etc. – the same basic plan, but different. Do you like cards like this? It is time consuming, but I think it is worth it.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
This was a fun challenge for one of my card clubs last year. We were given a set of paper scraps and needed to turn it into a card (to be given to the Ronald McDonald House Charity). Click the picture to learn more about my challenge.
I like this card because the layout works for just about any theme: change the stamp and the ribbon and you have a completely different card. I really love when you find a "go to template" to which you can turn in a pinch.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
After much thought I decided that instead of being so far behind, I would take a day and just catch up on our Year to date. So, I hope you are ready for a long one:
This is a little out of order, but oh well. I needed to make a card for my card club which utilized punches. Click the larger picture to see how I was inspired to create this Owl Mask card. I suppose you could ask, “Which came first: the owl mask card or the owl obsession?” And to that, I do not have an answer.
I love this card, and honestly, I can’t really tell you why. Maybe it is the eyes…all of them! They are so goofy and fun that the fact that the card is covered in spiders doesn’t even bother me…how can they…they have the cutest eyes. Thanks, Rach, for this adorable card.
Go ahead…just try.
I am waiting….
Ok, let’s see if you were right: patterned paper, layering, accents, more layering, punches, coloring, and ribbon. How’d you do? I knew you would get it!
This card was designed by Sharon – it is adorable!
Happy Halloween! All of the other pictures lead up to this amazing card. I call this Frank Picasso: it is my take on Frankenstein’s Monster with a Picasso edge. I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween (and if you need more candy, then stop by…we have a TON left over)!
Whew…I think that is about it…. We should be all caught-up; let’s see how long this lasts.
Until next time!