Sunday, August 23, 2009

Etched Plate

Ok... last post for today! I'm finally catching up. My first attempt at glass etching. This plate was for my Mother's 80th Birthday. I learned that Wall Pops work great for cutting out the stencils on the Cricut, but I sure could have used the transfer tape. All in all it was pretty easy to do. I think I applied more etching cream than what was really needed but wanted to make sure I didn't miss any spots. As it turned out I still had a couple of tiny areas that didn't etch so I went back and applied a bit more cream using a toothpick and that worked great. Sorry for the yucky picture. I just could not seem to get a good one.

Etched Plate

I used 3 different Cricut cartridges to make this. First I chose the leafy swirls from Happily Ever After. I welded 3 together in an arch using Desing studio. The Happy Birthday was from Beyond Birthdays. The word Mom gave me the biggest challenge. Have you ever created something in Design Studio only to realize that the cartridge you used is NOT one you have? Well, silly me did just that. I originally selected Lyrical Letters and it matched the Happy Birthday perfectly. When I got ready to cut it dawned on me that I didn't have that cartridge! (Guess what cartridge will be my next purchase!) So I went back and used the one from Beyond Birthdays. Not too bad for my 1st try?

Bugawumps - Very Sorry...

Another Bugawumps card and a short story. This is a simple card but I had so much fun coloring it. I also realized something. I use a lot of the finger tip sponge daubers for inking edges. I have one for each of my inks. I seem to use my Walnut Distress Ink so much that the sponge is starting to deteriorate! I was going to toss it out and start a new daubler when I realized that the "fuzzy" edges of the sponge were creating the coolest markings. Take a close look at the edges of the image. See the small lines it created? I love this look! So, moral of this story? Don't toss it out!

Bugawumps - Sorry

I stamped the image using Stazon Black onto Stampin' Up's Whisper White cardstock. I created a mask for him and then stamped the grass. He is colored with Prismascolor pencils and a silver glitter pen for the wings. I sponged Stampin' Up Soft Sky ink first then went around the entire image with Old Paper Distress ink. Lastly I added a small border of Walnut ink to the whole thing. Since this card was for my nephew I added the wiggly eyes to the image. Isn't he cute?

Just Because Card

Sometimes, when you least expect it, a quick card turns out great! I love how this card turned out and I have to admit that I made it in under 1 hour! That's a record breaker for me since most of the time I agonize over a card for days at a time.

Just Because

I used my Cuddlebug and Spellbinder Oval Nestabilities to cut out the ovals and scalloped ovals. The leaves were stamped using Stazon Olive ink. The branch is a stamp from a Stampin' Up set but the little flowers and the butterfly are $1 clear stamps. I added stickles to the leaves, flower centers and butterfly. The edges were inked with Distress Ink called Aged Mahogany. The paper is from my stash and the cardstock is Stampin' Up. I was having trouble finding just the right ribbon so I added 2 different ones. Hope you like it as much as I do!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Apple Tree Birthday

I had a request to make a card for a gentleman that was having his 70th birthday. He loves his apple trees so it was a great excuse to pull out one of my favorite stamps.... The apple tree from Cornish Heritage Farms. This is a simple card but turned out very nice.

Birtyday Tree

I used the Storybook cartridge to cut out the label shapes. And colored the image with prismacolor pencils. The apples were done with red liquid pearls.

I put an Irish Blessing on the inside. I think it fits with the card nicely.

Birthday Tree Inside

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wall Pops & Jet Max Cubes

I've been super busy organizing, and decorating my scraproom. I picked up several more Jet Max cubes which started the entire process. I spent several days putting them together, then several more days moving everything around. It was also a great time to cull out those things I don't want or will not use. Then I decided I needed to add a little decoration. Since I live in an apartment stencils or painting is not allowed. Wall Pops to the rescue!

Here are pics of my newly organized room and my first Wall Pops project. It came out pretty cute. Oh, I had a left over flower and vine so my cricut got dressed up too!





I also was busy finishing an etched plate for my Mother's birthday and a card for a friend. I'll post those later. Now I'm off to get some rest! LOL

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Happy Anniversary

A quick card for my Son & DIL's 2nd anniversary. I picked up this cute Whippersnapper stamp at a warehouse sale they had a few months back. Stamped the image onto very vanilla Stampin Up cardstock using Stazon Jet Black ink. Then colored the image using prismacolor pencils and the MCPT. I highlighted the image by sponging around it with River Rock ink. I used a gold leafing pen around all the edges. Stickles were added to the hearts and to the turtles.



Thursday, August 6, 2009

It's A Girl

A co-worker and his wife just had a baby girl. I made this card for them using my "comfort" zone techniques. I love to doodle. The stitching is hand doodles. I also used a Scalloped Nestability and cut it so the bear looks like it is peeking out from the bottom layer. The words were cut from the New Arrival cartridge and glittered. Gotta love bling!

I stamped the bear and colored with prismacolor pencils. Then I cut it out and pop-dotted onto the scallop. I made a tiny bow and glued on the bear. There are red stickles on the heart too. Added lots of tiny pearls. The inside says "Among the world's most precious gifts, among it's precious pearls, God smiles down upon the world and sends us little girls!"

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Love them bugs....

Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday. I just got home from a brunch at a friends. We each brought a dish-to-pass and there was so much food I'm not sure I'll eat again for a couple of days.

Here is another Bugawumps card. This time a birthday card for my BIL. Men are so hard to make cards for! It is a 5" square card. I don't make many square ones since the Post Office charges more to mail them but this one I'm delivering in person.


I computer generated the inside to match (blocked out his name from the photo) and I think it came out very close.


I really like the bug noises paper. Found it at a LSS. The music notes are not from Bugawumps, but all the other stamps are. Enjoy.