Friday, September 24, 2010

Blue Christmas

It's been a bit of a stressful week which may explain why I made two "blue" cards for next week's Christmas card class. Designing cards is always therapeutic for me and these two did the trick so I'm all ready for a "stress-less" weekend (fingers crossed.) I used my new border punch on the trees card and I love it. On the "O come let us adore Him" card, I brushed some Perfect Pearls on the sheet music stamped image for a lovely soft gold background. I have had a few customers giving me strange looks today as I found myself humming "O come all ye faithful" while making the card lol! Well....there are only 92 days until Christmas...Fa La La!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ghouls just wanna have fun....

I don't send out Halloween cards, but I LOVE making them....especially this one. I picked up this little bargain sentiment stamp a couple of weeks ago and it went perfectly with this unmounted wheel image from Stampin' Up. A little embossing, a little distress ink and Voila!...a card I have no idea what to do with, except to show others how to make (lol.) This week, we'll be making this one and the leaf wreath card from two post prior to this one. It seems some ladies are willing to cut 20+ leaves out after all ... (even if I did need to assign homework!!!) The final card is another Autumn themed card. I used a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment, but that could easily be changed. I used a masking technique on this one and I really like the way it turned out. Next week we'll move from Fall to Christmas with our monthly Festive Card class. Hopefully, I will get them posted a little earlier than these. I actually completed them LAST week but misplaced my camera. Thank goodness my husband thought to look down the side of the passenger seat in my car, before I rushed out to buy a new one!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Clean and simple...

Two very different cards for this week's class. We've had lots of layers on our cards recently so I thought I'd try a more "clean and simple" approach this least for the first two cards! I LOVE this hydrangea stamp and after stamping it in weathered wood distress ink and colouring the leaves with a Memento marker, all that remained was to mask the image with an oval piece of scrap cardstock and sponge on more weathered wood. At least that was the plan...then I decided it needed a bit more colour, so I went over the weathered wood ink with Victorian Velvet ink and I really love the blend of these two shades. I also added a few drops of glue from my quickie glue pen so I could add a touch of glitter to the flowers. I used my new "Top Note" die to cut the shape of the cardstock. The other card is as basic as it gets (for me anyway!!!) My lovely landlord Matt gave me a roll of very soft copper the other day, which I promptly embossed with cuttlebug folders and punched out shapes to use as embellishments. This one is quite plain but anyone who would like to add a sentiment in class will be able to do so. I really like the copper metallic cardstock with the black and this is a great combo for a masculine card. Hold onto your hats for the third card......I don't think I can quite manage 3 clean and simple cards in one week........

Friday, September 10, 2010

Playing with leaves again...

OK! I admit it....I'm obsessed with this leafy paper from Imaginesce's Apple Cider Collection. Here's yet another card using the cut out leaves to make a wreath design. I have to thank Danielle for this idea. She showed me a card on with a similar wreath made with this paper. Then I saw a sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers that worked for this kind of image, so I thought I'd give it a go. I don't think my class ladies would like the idea of cutting out all those little leaves, so this one was just for fun. I tried out the clear rock candy crackle paint on the acorn and although it doesn't show up well on the photo, it looks very cool in real life. Guess what we'll be using in next week's class girls? I may a bit late uploading samples as I'm away for the weekend, but hopefully there will be something by Monday evening. Have a wonderful weekend:)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

leafy cards

I think my mojo is back! I had so much fun making these two cards for class this week. Unfortunately, I forgot to upload the second one I made on the weekend, so even though I usually keep the third one as a they are! I LOVE kraft cardstock and it works so well for fall cards. Copper embossing powder is another favourite of mine, and fall colours are definitely top on my list. I really got into the fall mood with the cooler temperatures this past weekend, so watch out for more fall themed cards coming up....

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Whooo's running late?

I've had a bit of a creative block this week and I'm very late coming up with card samples for next week's class. I do love the one I have ready though.
The inspiration for this card came from a Stampers Sampler Take 10 magazine. There was an article showing how to use corrugated cardboard on cards and I love anything to do with recycling, so I thought I'd give it a go. I found this cute little owl in the $1.50 bin at Michael's ages ago, but this is the first time I've actually used him on a card. The two leaves were made using the baby wipe technique, which is always fun to play with.The background paper is another example of the fabulous Apple Cider collection from Imaginesce. We are also using this line of paper for our monthly card contest and I can hardly wait to see what everyone does with it. Now all I need is another flash of inspiration to help me finish two more samples and I'll be able to relax and enjoy the long weekend. Hope yours is a good one.