Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Because I work full-time, I try my best to come up with efficient ways to get my crafting in. Obviously being in my craft room is the obvious and most efficient way to go, but I do like to be with my family too, so, one of the things that works for me is to print out and/or stamp some images ahead of time and color them while I'm watching TV in the living room. In the beginning, I used to have to catalog my inventory of paper just so I wasn't blindly coloring images, but now that my paper obsession has grown into a full-fledged sickness, I have found that there aren't many images that I can't link to DP anymore... it's very sad, but I've somehow convinced myself that it makes my life easier to have a ton and a half of paper, thus furthering my addiction.

For this card, I had colored this digi from Mo's Digital Pencil a few months ago and had it laying around in a pile of colored digis I wasn't sure what to do with. Then, because I'm a paper-aholic as stated above, I recently went and bought a mega-paper stack from K&Co and low and behold the first three sheets matched this image PERFECTLY.  I had no sketch pre-determined going into it, I just kind of laid everything out based on where the best features of the DP were. Then I just Nestied up the image and sentiment, added a few rhinestones and voila! Nice and easy card. With the latest trending social media platforms, I think a lot of people can relate with this card -- although I'm one of the few hundred people in the world to not be on Facebook...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free Digi Stamp - Bear


All Star Birthday & 21st

Quick post before I head off to work. I had a request come in from a grandmother who needed a 10th birthday card for her grandson, and a 21st birthday card for her granddaughter. The only information I was given was that the 10-year old really liked the Boston Red Sox (ugh), and the 21-year old liked girly things and the color teal. Let me just tell you how much easier the 21st birthday card was...

For the baseball fan, I created a very basic baseball design and used some very generic baseball embellies I had in my stash (they're from Jolee's I believe). Luckily they were blue and red -- luckily the Red Sox colors. Phew!

For the 21st birthday card, I used teal designer paper I grabbed from a few different companies, and just did some layering with it until I was happy with the result. I foam tape in between the daisies so it gave it more dimension.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Cu-pig - Stamps R Us Challenge #13

It's a new challenge at Stamps R Us and the theme is all animals. Sew Many Cards is sponsoring this challenge and offering a great prize, so make sure you go over and check it out.

For my card, I went with a non-digi stamp (gasp) and it actually encouraged me to use more of them rather than just having them take a bunch of space up in my craft room! This piggy stamp is called "Swine and Wine" and it's from Penny Black. I watercolored him because I wanted him to have a little splotchy (that is a word right?) but ultimately, I didn't really get the effect I was looking for, so I'll probably just Prisma him next time. The DP is some scraps I had in my stash along with some really cute daisy paper in my Pocket Full of Posies DCWV stack. The sentiment was created with alphabet stickers and a small heart punch while the large flower embellie was created with multiple punches. There's a lot of foam tape her (I'm obsessed) for some dimension.

Oh, and yeah, I don't know why I off-centered the pig... :) 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Baby Girl Scrapbook

Finally got my baby girl premade scrapbook album custom order done, woo hoo! The request was made based on a previous baby girl scrapbook I had made.I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to come up with new ideas for the inside pages, but I got this new paper from K&Co. and I must say that everything just kind of fell into place just based on how insanely gorgeous this paper is.

This particular album has 12 coordinating inside-pages, with an intro page that includes baby stats. Because it was for a baby girl, I went over the top with pearls and flowers, and stuck to a strictly pink girly-girl theme. Fingers-crossed that the recipient likes it!

If you're a card-maker who hasn't scrapbooked yet, premades are a great way to start because you don't have to sift through thousands of your photos and they make really great, unique gifts. Give 'em a try!

Here are a few of the inside pages:

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Brentwood's Birthday

I just love Jessica Lynn's Brentwood Owl stamps! Isn't he the cutest? For this card, I used some vibrant striped paper from DCWV to compliment Brentwood's party hat. Brentwood is colored with a combo of Prismas and chalks and is adhered to large scalloped circle Nesties. The paper flowers were stamped with more of the same paper and are adhered with foam tape. I varied the height of the foam tape s that the flower in the center of the trio is higher than the other two. Gives it a little more dimension. I added the lime green rhinestones just to give it a little more color.

This particular Brentwood stamp was digital, so I was able to add "Have a hoot!" on his banner with my PC. The sentiment is also PC-generated, and is adhered with a brad so that it acts as a hinge.

You can check out more of Jessica's stamps here: Jessica Lynn Originals


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Free Digi Stamp - Toucan Sam

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wedding & Anniversary Cards

I decided to post two cards I had received special orders for; both with wedding and anniversary themes. I admit, I got a little "stuck" creatively with ideas so I basically ended up making the same card twice, but considering the occasions, I don't think it was necessarily a bad thing.

The first card I had made was for a 50th wedding anniversary so I knew it had to be gold. The request was for something elegant and fancy, so I didn't feel that one of my standard Prismacolored whimsical stamps would necessarily fit the bill so after searching through all of my stamps, I found this very simple flourishes stamp, and simply used some gold ink. Then I decided that it still looked too plain so I added the paper flowers. I was happy with the results but the bottom right corner needed "something." I had intended to just add a simple sentiment but then I realized I had an embellishment center (that I always forget to look in), and I had these silver wedding rings. After spending far too much time figuring out how to intertwine them, I was able to do so, and glued them with some small glue dots, adding the tiny ribbon.

For the second card, I went with a basic black and white theme and used wedding themed designer paper. Instead of the ribbon, I close to create a scalloped boarder with some silver paper and frame it with black. Other than that - same card. :)

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Free Digi Stamp - Elephant

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