Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Brrr-fectly You

It's only AFTER making this card that I came to realize, "HEY - you need to invest in a new black Memento Pad!!!".....and so I did, again AFTER making this card.  And wow - what a difference it's made in my stamped images!!!
I used a die-cut with a hillside of trees and I very carefully snipped away the trees.  I random-stamped the background with what I consider a mod-retro snowflake design.  I also stamped the sentiment on the CB itself in a darker blue ink.  Stamped and colored the penguin, hat and the fish on a separate piece of CS and then cut them out (times 4 - I make 4 cards for the craft fair cards).  I know I've mentioned that I actually ENJOY doing some fussy-cutting because it's a Zen-thing for me (as long as I have good scissors of course).  


As you can see, I PILED on the Icicle Stickles on the poor fish in my attempt to make fish scales (I don't know, I think he kind of looks like he might have sort of affliction instead??).  I stamped the small oval and then made a slit big enough to slide part of the fish into it and used a smidgeon of glue to hold him steady.  After adhering the snow bank panel onto the CB, I  popped the Penguin out with foam tape (of course).  You might not be able to see it but I also applied a bit of Liquid Glass onto the Penguin's beak.
I think the mini pom-pom on his hat is fun and helps to give the card dimension.  And from a distance, the heavily-applied Stickles really does look like fish scales!!
Hope you all have a wonderful New Year.....may 2015 bring you loads of GOOD health & happiness!!  Stay safe & warm!!
Toodles for now.......
Kathy & Bob
Stamps - Paper Smooches, Savvy, A Muse
Die Cut - Impression Obsession 
CB - Memory Box
Inks - Memento
Liquid Glass - CTMH
Corner Rounder
Mini Pom-pom

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mr. and Mrs.

This one proved to be quite popular.  And WOW - it's so simple!!  I've seen a lot of  wedding cards with the whole "Mr. & Mrs." theme and since I have a few stamps that say "Mr. & Mrs." I thought it was time to get busy!!!
Like I said, easy card........ran the CB through the Cuttlebug (I think you could use any embossing folder that was floral or flourish in design and it would work well).  I stamped the "Mr. & Mrs." and then added Stickles (no heat embossing for me.....actually, I didn't even think about it!!), swiped the edges with some chalk ink to "frame" the stamped panel and then matted it onto some Stardream CS and popped it out with some foam tape.

Then I topped it all off with some white organza ribbon across the top with some bits of pearls and white shimmer ribbon.  It's very monochromatic and I think that tones down what could have been a slightly busy design.......

A pretty traditional design, fast and easy and like I said, very popular at the craft fair.  All winners in my book!

Toodles for now!

Stamp - PTI
Embossing Folder - Cuddlebug
Inks - Memento & CTMH pigments
Ribbons (various & miscellaneous)
Stardream CB (I think it was Platinum)
CB - Neenah Solar White Cover

Monday, December 29, 2014

Yum - Yum!

An old card (like maybe 5 years old or more??)  - originally there was no gem flourish but it definitely needed something so a sparkly corner always works, right? 
I still have the cupcake stamps (Hero Arts) but I haven't used them in of the side effects of the seemingly never-ending quest for the latest stamp set.  Something that is both thrilling and completely wasteful.  I aim to change my spending habits in 2015 - it'll be challenging but it's like losing weight - a slow & steady stays the course sort of thing.  It's taken me nearly 3 years to drop 50 pounds......I'd like to shed another 20-30 pounds and had HOPED to have it off by now but alas, that hasn't happened..............yet....................
But back to stamping - yes, it's still thrilling to get a new set of stamps and paper, well paper is it's own slice of heaven for me but I'm toning down the absolute driving need of getting EVERY new set because I NEED to......need is a funny word, you know?

And back to the card.....

Here you can see the Liquid Glass application on the frosting area.  No idea why I decided to color the frosting a light grey - I think I was just trying to add some shadowing for depth.  Ahem......a lesson here - Copics aren't always your friend!!

By my absence from the blog you could surmise that I've been hugely busy and that would be correct but a lot of the absence is due to the fact that I'm not very timely in the taking of photos and I get kind of lazy at the end of the day/evening and then I mostly veg or stamp or craft and blogging is just "poofed" out of my mind. 

So long story short, I do plan on blogging more in least until I can post all of the cards that were made for the last craft fair (which went very well) - and just like exercising, it's something I need to make time for on a regular basis. 

Toodles for now!

CB - Memory Box
Stamps - Hero Arts
Memento Inks
Ribbon - May Art Ribbon
Gemstone Flourish - CTMH
Corner Rounder