Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March is for Birthday cards!

I have totally let myself down by taking so long to post these cards.  Do I have an excuse?  Not really.  Just procrastinated.  After really hating the first card I attempted for Lee's birthday, I set out to create some other cards for all the upcoming birthdays this month.

The first card layout is from the book "Originals".  It is a called "A Message Secured" and can be found on page 77. 

I have really fallen in love with this card.  It is beautiful but still masculine.  The paper isn't CTMH.  The kraft color is some random cardstock that I had saved from somewhere.  The blue cardstock is from Coredinations. It doesn't show up very well in my pictures but I sanded the cardstock so it has a distressed look to it.  The creamy cardstock is CTMH's Colonial White.  The chipboard letter is also from the stash. 
The stampset used for the birthday letters is Hodgepodge Alphabet and the sentiments are from the Something Special stampset.  I stamped everything using CTMH's Bamboo ink.  The metal ring is from Making Memories.  The yarn is Fiesta Yarn's La Boheme Goldrush (I think) from my yarn stash.  (Yes, I have a yarn stash too.  Have I mentioned my bead stash yet?)  Lee was the lucky recipient for this card and I kinda want to take it back and pet it some more.

Next card up was given to one of my favorite bartender's Lena!  This one is all CTMH.  It features February's stamp of the month, Piece of Cake, which is no longer available.  I LOVE this stampset.  I have such a fun time coloring all the images in and paper piecing it all together.  The images of the cakes are also pretty versatile.  You can use this stampset for weddings or birthdays.  Forgive the picture that is rotated but I can't make it behave and in the interest of getting this posted, I left it there to be fixed at a later time.

The cake has been colored using CTMH's awesome watercolor pencils.  I then used Liquid Glass on the flames and polka dots.  I then glittered the polka dots to bling it up (They look discolored in the image but are completely clear once it has dried).  I love how Liquid Glass makes the flames look so real.  It took quite a while to cut out the image so closely but I am really happy I did.  I don't think it would have looked as nice if I hadn't cut so detailed around the flames.  Pop dotting the image over a second stamped image really gives it a 3D appearance which is more apparent in person.

I used CTMH's Jingle paper for the background and blush cardstock.  All the edges were sponged with Blush ink to give it some dimension.  I finished it off with some grosgrain ribbon.

I recreated this card for my step-daughter's birthday too.  Only change was that I rotated it 90 degrees and the bow was under the cake image.

I hope you like the cards.  I haven't had much time to scrapbook for the last week or so but I hope to get some scrapping done this weekend!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fail Card

My best friend, Lee, has a birthday tomorrow.  I, being the cardmaker, decided to make a card for him.  I spent several days thinking about what I wanted to do.  I recently got a beautiful stampset called Shining Star and wanted to use it.  The central image is a Star with swirls and patterns on it.  I was inspired by another card I saw on the CTMH Consultants Bulletin Board using the image.

How can you go wrong with a such a beautiful main image?  Apparently many ways.  My first attempts at stamping the image used a technique called Rock and Roll.  What you do is ink your stamp first with a light color and then roll additional darker colors around the edge of your stamp to give a gradual color change.  FAIL!!!  I had chosen colors that didn't blend that well and there was a very distinct transistion between colors.  Did I go back and re-evaluate my color choices?  Nah!  Try a different technique.

My next attempt at the star was to try paper piercing.  If you don't know paper piecing is where you stamp an image several times in different colors and then cut out the parts of the image in each color you would like to use.  You then "piece" the image back together.  After doing so, I thought it was kinda boring and not very dynamic.  Did I go back and re-evaluate my color choices?  Nah! 

My solution was to add bling in the form of Stickles!  I added the stickles on each of the colored pieces and set them aside.

My next part of the design phase was to attempt to figure out what to do for the background of the card.  When I originally chose the colors for the card, I wanted something masculine so I looked through my paper packs and chose Stardust because it is very manly/boyish.  The blue color is Moonstruck which is in Stardust.  The other two CTMH colors, Sunny Yellow and Clover Meadow, are not.  Looking through the six B&T paper options in Stardust, none of them really fit my fancy so I set the paperpack aside and went looking elsewhere. 

Next stop was my non-CTMH cardstock.  I have been hanging on to some Color Coredinations cardstock for quite a while.  It is only 6x6" but it is colored cardstock with a core that is usually a lighter coordinating color.  I looked through that and chose two colors that I thought matched my card.  Mind you it was about 2am now.  With such lovely colored cores, I needed to distress these sheets.  The first one I crumpled up and then sanded.  The second, a nice dark blue, I scored in a star pattern and also sanded.  After that I was done for the night and put everything away.

A day later I grabbed my materials and went to assemble the card.  The blue distressed cardstock didn't really match so that went into the scrap bin for use later on.  Because I have just recently purchased a heat gun and embossing powder I wanted to use it.  My next attempts at greatness included using the smaller stars from the stampset, randomly stamping with them and then embossing with an awesome iridescent silver powder. 

I think I just ran out of steam after that.  I had problems embossing with the embossing ink I had purchased for Michael's.  It was dry straight out of the package and wouldn't work.  I ended up using White Daisy pigment ink instead.  I have never embossed before and I am unsure if I applied enough heat too.  I quickly slapped the card together using the Celebrate sentiment from the stampset and then asked my husband's opinion.  His comment?  It would look better on colored cardstock.  How right he is.  All in all, I am very disappointed in this card.  The colors aren't gelling together.  The different techniques used do not give it a cohesive look and there is just too much white space.  Back to the drawing board for me. 

Have you ever had this happen to you?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

You Rock!

On my quest to share two cards a week with all my non-existent followers, I offer the following.

I designed this card trying to come up with a project for home gatherings.  It is fun and easy and takes about 20 minutes or less to make.  If you book a gathering for the month of March, this is what we will make!

The layout for the card is from the How To Program book, Wishes.  The pattern name is "Sentiment Secured."  I rotated the pattern 90 degrees.  The star and sentiment are from the Wishing Star stampset.  The star uses the 2nd generation stamping technique.  The flourish stamp is also 2nd generational using a flourish stamp from the Felicity kit.  Felicity is no longer available but CTMH has a ton of stampsets with flourishes on them.

Supplies used:
  • X254 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack
  • X7122B You Rock Level 2 paperpack
  • D1333 Wishing Star stamp set
  • Felicity stamp set - no longer available
  • Z2140 Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Outdoor Denim
  • Z2147 Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Smokey Plum
  • Z1104 Clear Sparkles
  • Z1215 Brads Autumn Harvest Assortment

Monday, March 1, 2010

Deja Vu?

So what have been I up to this weekend?  Like me, you might be feeling a sense of Deja Vu.  My project this weekend consisted of recreating the Caboodle Tri-Shutter album I already made for my grandmother.  This time I made one for my father.


What is different this time?  I changed which papers were prime on this one.  I wanted to make sure to emphasize the blues as I think the last time was too green focused.  I didn't actually embellish this one much.


Supplies used:
Cardstock:  Bazill Basics, CTMH: Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf and Buttercup
Paper:  Caboodle by CTMH
Stampset:  Posterboard Alpha
Ink:  CTMH Crystal Blue
Ribbon:  Michael's Bulk

What is up for me next?  I got this great idea (inspired by a fellow CTMH blogger) to go project by project from the Wishes book.  I am going to start working on that.  Hopefully I will have a couple of cards to show you this week.  I am also going to try to do a 2 page layout once a week too.