Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New cards, three different looks.

OK, I have finally made some new cards.  They are not for sell, However, If you want me to make you some, just ask, and I will.  All of the cards a similar background (kraft cardstock cut the long way (4 1/4" w x 5 1/2" L), Hot Pink matted, with a sheer ribbon ( Bazzil Basics ribbon Cream Sheer Dot-5/8").  The only difference is how I approached the three cards.   One was made for a beginner,  With a image printed from a printer, and with die-cuts.

This card is for those of you who want to make a quick card, but do not have the time to make anything from the tools you have, like the Cricut, Cuttlebug, or Silhouette cutting machine.   These embellishments come from Soft Spoken, a Me and My big ideas collection.   I also like to call it, "Use what you have in your stash" collection.   I have so much stuff that I bought and saved from when I worked at Archiver's until I forgot about it.   All I did for this card was added ribbon to the card, the embellishments already had adhesive on the back (using pop dots).   Yes I could have made the embellishments.  If you want to make this kind of yourself, all you need is a thin peice of fabric to cover the flower, a pressed flower, and a sewing machine.   Place the fabric (which is a gauze type fabric) on top of the flower.  Oh I forgot about the backing, which is a simple peice of cardstock.   stich around the edge.   This is a beginner's card.

The next card, is a typical digi-stamp card.  using the same concept of a simple card.  Again, I put the ribbon on the side.  This time, I placed a piece of vellum to soften the ribbon.  I did foux stitching on the side with a white watercolor pencil.   I matted the image and saying with the same color cardstock as the blank card which is Kraft cardstock.   I colored the image with Copic makers.   the colors I used were:  E-25 (Caribe Cocoa) and E-29 (Burnt Umber) for the basket.  For the colored eggs, I used G-82 ( Spring dim Green), B-93 (Light Crockery Blue), R-83 (Rose Mist), and YR-18 (Sanguine).  For the grass I used G-17 (Forest Green).  I could have used more colors to make shading better, but I did not print on the right paper.   As noted, shading is the key to coloring with Copic markers.   I printed out "Happy Easter" on my printer.  OK, I forgot one more thing, My flower.   I took a flower by Reflections, a Michael's Arts and Crafts brand, and blinged it up with Glimmer Mist.  The color is Moonlight.  I actually had two flowers, and the second flower was supposed to be for the third card, but it met its maker by way of a Longaberger mug.   I sat something on top of the mug temporary with the flower on top, and the flower fell in on top of my tea (eww!), so I had to throw out both the flower and the tea.  (Now you did not think I was going to drink the tea after that incident, eww, gross).  That was how the first card I showed you was born.  I needed to do some quick thinking, LOL.  so what did we learn, class?  Never scrapbook with tea around.  come on, people, we have all done it, and will probably do it again, LOL.

The last card shows what you can do with die cuts.   Now you have seen my die cuts.  I make them mostly with the Cricut cutting system.   I wanted to show you that there are other ways to get a die cut from other systems.   The butterflies, I wish I can claim them, but I cannot.  These are by Jenni Bowlin.   I like their style, because they are one of the few companies that have scrapbooking products look like office supplies.   I place them on the ribbon.   I like movement in my cards, so I took a copic marker ( this time-RV-25 (Dog rose Flower) ), and drew where the butterflies have flown from.   Next, I have some tulips cut from an older Sizzix machine (big heavy red one, can't miss it).  I was in a swap when I had it (sold it on Ebay as part of my, "need a Cricut, Want a cricut campaign").   Anyway, I glue down the white one, and pop dotted the pink one just slightly off the white tulip for a 3-d effect.   Added birds flying off in a distance, and wrote the word, Spring at the bottom.

As I said, I wanted to show you, especially beginners that you can take one card, and make it some many ways with one type style.   Until then, make it a great rest of your day, and God bless you.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Added another shop-ArtFire and Etsy Team Columbus

I am taking a gamble.  I am going wild on this new venture.   I already have an Etsy shop, and an E-Willow shop.  Now I am part of an Etsy team in Columbus, and I set up shop on ArtFire. Hopefully I will have something to show you soon.  I just wanted to let you know what I am up to.

Have a good weekend, and God Bless You.