Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pom Pom Flowers

Well, I decided to check out a video tutorial on making these super trendy pom pom paper flowers. I was surprised by just how easy they are so I had to make a few!

First up, I decided to use up a bit of Basic Grey paper. I used the Blossom nestabilities die and cut out 6 flowers.

For my second one, I tracked down a book that I was willing to "donate" to papercrafting. I have multiple copies of The Secret Garden and this version was the dullest. I used the scalloped circle nestabilities die for this one. I also decided to keep things slightly vintage by using rustic cream cardstock and ruffling the ribbon.
That's all for now! It's been a very productive cardmaking weekend so far. I'm up to 8 and I think I may even make some more! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A few cards

I figured it was time for a mini stamp fest of sorts. Here are 2 of the 3 cards I made this evening. Be on the lookout for the third this Friday at clean & simple stamping. I just sat down and made whatever came to me. I had a few sketches that I used as inspiration, but it was really all about stamping for the fun of it. I really need to do more of that. It's not that I've got hung up on card calls or design team deadlines. I just haven't much felt like being creative. I guess work is a bit stressful, and probably will be for the next year or so. I need to remember to get back to art as a means of relaxation.

I am still loving these leaves from Turning a New Leaf. I don't think that's going to change ever. Leaves are so versatile! I thought orange, brown, and white, with a bit of bling would be nice.

So then, I was sitting there, thinking "what next?". And for some reason "fruit" came to mind. So I took out Fruitful and decided on the strawberries. I stamped the berries on vanilla instead of white to soften them a bit. Plus, I had this fabulous polka dot paper from the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin' Kit (don't you love when you can use seasonal products for other occasions).

Monday, January 11, 2010

A few wedding cards

Well, today is my brother's wedding so I have a few wedding themed cards to share. Having been somewhat involved in the original invitation plans, I knew that yellow and grey were the wedding colours. So I figured I'd use those colours in my creations.

First up, I decided to make a hybrid project. I have the Together Forever stamp set, so I decorated my cardstock with that. I wanted their initials in the fancy circle element, but didn't have the right size font. I used the Stampin' Up colour swatches to make sure it would coordinate with my project once it was printed out.
This second card was 100% inspired by the amazing Silke Ledlow.

She has been doing amazing things with this stamp set. I modified my version somewhat: I used a different punch; I didn't have small silver brads, so I used rhinestones instead; the proportions are slightly different and I used Orange Zest ink and ribbon instead of Dusty Durango.

Monday, January 04, 2010

More leaves!

Seriously, I don't think I can get enough leaf stamps! I have loads of flowers, but I love leaves even more. They can be used for so many occasions! *Oh my goodness, I just came to look over my post, I cannot believe I spelled leaves wrong in my title.*

I had been meaning to make some fun patterned paper using these leaves from the Paradise set, some kraft cardstock, and some pigment heavy inks. After creating quite the swatch with at least 5 different kinds of ink, I settled on using mostly Palette inks. They show up nice and vibrant on the kraft cardstock. I stamped the leaves all over. Next I cut up the paper into 4 pieces 4x5.25 in size. I stamped a few more leaves (this time from Turning a new leaf) then stamped a Textstyle background image over it all in Sahara Sand. Finally, I coloured the edges with Chamomile tea ink. I decided to use some Vintage White cardstock, buttons and jute thread to complete the natural feel.

I had been trying to post more, however life has been bit hectic. Back in early November, my cat was diagnosed with Diabetes. It's been an interesting learning process. Things had been going so well, but she had a hypoglycemic episode the other night (at midnight of course!), so now we have to keep an even closer watch on her, and check her glucose levels more frequently. She is not a fan! And this all comes a mere week before I'm leaving for holidays. So basically, I'm just taking things one day at a time, and hopefully things will settle down by the end of the week.

Happy new year!