Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Moving on

Time to move on to Thanksgiving. I'm not sure how many people actually send Thanksgiving cards, but I try to send them to family members I won't see.
For the first card, I thought I'd try a grid layout. I don't think I've ever done this style of card before. It can be somewhat tedious to line up the elements evenly. I "think" I came pretty close!
This first card uses the acorn image from The More The Merrier and the sentiment from Loads of Love Accessories. Probably not your usual choice of sets to use together! I used classic fall colors, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.

I'm trying to get in the habit of showing the insides of my cards. Here I used the pumpkins from Loads Of Love Accessories all across the bottom of the card.

This next card I really like alot. I stamped my own background papers. I used the large oak leaf stamp from Lovely As A Tree. I used the rock and roll technique to get the color variations on the leaves. Then on the More Mustard layer, I stamped the small leaf image from the same set.
The turkey image is from Voila To Go. I watercolored it with inks and blender pens. The sentiment is from Holiday Best. I did pop the sentiment up with dimensionals.

For the inside of this card, I stamped the oak leaf image again in Always Artichoke for a tone on tone look.
I don't make many square cards, these are 5" square. I had fun making these ones.
Thanks for looking!
All supplies are Stampin'Up!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Notecard Tote

I made this notecard tote from the Sizzix Box#2 die from Stampin'Up!
It's made from 2 boxes placed back to back and sticky stripped together. I made 4 notecards with envelopes to put inside my tote, but you could easily fit several more.

Here are the 2 card designs I made for the tote. The notecards measure 3x3", just the perfect size to tuck into a little Halloween gift for your favorite ghost or goblin.

I randomly stamped the small spider image from the Eat, Drink and Be Scary stamp set onto Pumpkin Pie textured cardstock.

You can see how much room is left in the tote for extra notecards. I also used the oval punch to punch a hole for the handle in the tote.

Close ups of my 2 card designs.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Sympathy card and an experiment

Recently I needed a sympathy card to send out to the family of a friend that had passed away unexpectedly. I suppose nobody likes creating sympathy cards, but I feel handmade ones are so much more meaningful to the family members who receive them. I kept this one pretty simple. I used the Inspired by Nature stamp set as well as the sentiments from Close As A Memory. I also stamped the inside of the card, but didn't think to photograph that before I sent it out. I did use a retired background stamp Canvas. I love the texture it adds to the card base. For anyone that reads my blog on a regular basis, you've probably figured out how often I use Confetti White cardstock. I love how it adds interest to any image you stamp on it.
Now for something totally different. I've decided to take up another craft! Call me of my friends know who you are! I wanted something to do at night when I'm spending time with my husband while he flips through every channel our Direct TV receiver gets.....*rolling eyes*. Years ago, I used to do counted cross stitch. I loved doing it then, but I don't have the patience or eyesight for that anymore LOL So I decided on embroidery....simple embroidery. I got the idea from a blog I visited that offered a free pattern that you transferred on a flour sack kitchen towel. That got the wheels in my head turning. I wondered how I could fit stamping into this new found craft. So this is my experiment. I stamped the Baroque Border wheel onto my washed and ironed flour sack towel. I used Bashful Blue ink because I didn't want a dark color to have to stitch over. I plan on stitching in a single color. I didn't heat set the ink, because after I'm done stitching I hope the ink will wash out and it won't be visible under my threads. I'll update the process as I go along. I have high hopes that this will work! Hopefully some people on my Christmas list will be getting some of these stitched flour sack towels come Christmas morning!
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