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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Doing It The Star Trek Way

I did not make a card last night so I want to share a card I made my husband a few months ago for his birthday. I constantly make cards for everyone else, but I never really made him a card. A set of Star Trek stamps were given to me as a gift and long before his birthday, I began to plan how his card would look using the new set. My husband loved his card! He took it to work and I believe he still has it displayed in his office. A little background info...my husband is a Trekkie. LOVES LOVES LOVES Star Trek. Our house is full of Star Trek (except the bedroom-one room I asked to not have it in). It is in the kitchen, computer room, living room, spare bedroom and hallway. All in very good taste and real collectibles. It makes me so happy to create and then give it away to someone you love. It makes me smile when I get a smile back in return. Do you agree?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stamping Zindorf's Way

I wanted to make a friend of mine, a very special birthday card. After reading Michelle Zindorf's blog Freedom in Creating, I just knew what card I wanted to make her! Following Michelle's direction, I created my version the best I could. I was very pleased with the results and so wasn't my friend. I wish I had taken a better photo. This one tips back too far but I mailed the card out and can't redo. Turned out..she loves tigers!! To me, Michelle's cards are like oil paintings you'd see on a wall. Great works of art. If you haven't yet, check out her blog and see if you agree! Supplies: *TAC Tiger Stamp *SU Best Blossoms *SU ink

Monday, February 23, 2009

Twinkling H2O Halo

I see so many cards with images that have a hint of blue or yellow around them. No matter what I try, nothing seems to work easy for me. I decided to try my Twinkling H2O and chose the color Blue Ice. I spritzed a lot of water to mute the color a little more then usual and left it alone for 30 seconds. Once it softened up a bit, I used a dry brush and painted along the image. It gave the image a bit of shiny halo around it. I used my cuttlebug to emboss with A2 paisley folder. The ribbon gave it an interesting twist in the ripped corner. In case some of you do not know what a Twinkling H2O is....I describe it as a paste version of Shimmerz. To get the shimmery results, it requires an extra step and that is to soften it up, but I like the results. You can spritz water into it and paint with it directly onto your image or you can paint right on your rubber stamp and stamp your image. SUPPLIES: #Colored with Prismacolor Colored Pencils *Cuttlebug A2 Folder Perfectly Paisley *Cardstock *Magnolia image "Tilda with Hearts" *Twinkling H2Os Blue Ice *Ribbon (unknown) *Stamping Up Punch

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Plain VS Fancy

A few days ago, I made a card using the image "Lost in Thought". I colored it with my prisma colored pencils. The gold has a layer of Shimmerz painted over it. (Some day I will figure out how to get that nice shimmer to show up when I take a photo!) I knew the card was very plain. I joined the group Susana's Custom Art & Card Design at Paper Craft Planet and there was a challenge due today. The challenge was to use the sketch to create a card using an image from Susana's store.
It was perfect for what I needed to put a little life to the card. I tore the card apart and redid it to match the challenge. With a few flowers and a branch or two...it really dressed it up. Typically I do not make my images angled. I tend to go for the cards that are straight and even. I liked the card I made prior, but now I love it! Plain vs Fancy? Fancy gets my vote on this one.
SUPPLIES: *Lost In Thought Stamp *Staz-on *Colored with Prisma Colored Pencils * Prima Flowers *Gold Stickles for center of flowers * Metallic, white and purple cardstock * Martha's Stewart branch punch * Shimmerz-candle light

Saturday, February 21, 2009

It's Official!

I am now a blogger!! I have been wanting to make a blog for quite some time but just never sat down to make one until this morning. Be patient with me as I learn how to use this new way of sharing my talent with you! I will start off by showing you a card I made recently. The Magnolia image was RAK'd to me by someone who has a great talent in coloring and shading (thank you Danni for the image and the inspiration). I had never colored a Magnolia image and I am very pleased with the results! The idea was not mine and was card lifted from Heart Prints. (You need to check out her website..OH MY...awesome cards!!!). I left the tag she is holding blank to stamp something on it like Happy Birthday or Thinking Of You but I am having a hard time with the idea I might be popping her into an envelope to be mailed... You ever have a card you just do not want to part with? SUPPLIES: *Tilda with Tag-Magnolia Rubberstamp *SU paper *Colored with prisma pencils *Microsoft Word program to print the words in a circle *Nesties with my cuttlebug *Martha Stewart border punch *Flower and ribbon