Saturday, July 31, 2010

OLW 14 Square Outlines

As soon as I saw this week's challenge over at Simplicity's blog, I knew exactly which stamp I would use. It is my current favorite which I have used on several cards. The challenge was to make a square one layer card using an outline stamp.

This image is a fairly new one from Hero is the wood mount one you can get at Michael's, which is slightly smaller than the clear set. I find the wood mount one is scaled porportionally better for A2 cards. Used my copics to color, and the image is from Amuse.

In a recent post, Susan at Simplicity talked about envelopes and how she uses common rectangular envelopes for her square cards...using the smaller dimension (minus 1/4") of the envelope rectangle as the square dimension of her card. What a "DUH" moment for me! That is brilliant! I like the look of square cards, but I don't like the additional postage stamp price of mailing them. So, this card is 4-1/4" square and I will mail it in an A2 (4-1/2" x 5-3/4") envelope. Problem solved! Thanks, Susan!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

OLW 13: Christmas in July

Yeah! I made it before the next challenge! Just barely!

Christmas in July. That's the One Layer Wednesday Challenge from last week over at Simplicity's blog. It came at the perfect time because while on vacation, I was mulling over what to do for Christmas cards this year. I quite like this one and it was quick to do. Quicker if I remember to use my static remover thingy before trying to heat emboss.

The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo...I stamped it in Encore! gold pigment and used twinkle gold embossing powder from Judikins. That embossing powder is fabulous! You can't tell in the photo, but in real life....OMG!!! it sparkles like crazy! It is on my list for Stampaway. Need gallons of this stuff! The teeny little holly is from A Muse, and I used my Marvy markers to color the image on the rubber, then 'huffed' on the rubber and stamped away. This doesn't seem to give as deep and crisp an impression as I would like, especially since the sentiment is so crisp. I'll have to work on that one.

Anyway, I enjoyed playing and may slightly alter this card (after all, I just recently bought gobs of real red and old olive from SU before their price increase), by matting the image and use it for my Christmas card.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

OLW 12: Watercolor

Yes, I know I'm late on getting this one posted. But, like I said, I am addicted to these challenges, I did get it done 2 days after the challenge was posted, but then I left for Florida, where I had no internet access to post. Darn.

This card is for Simplicity's One Layer Wednesday 12: Watercolor challenge. I used Marvy watercolor markers on the image from Penny Black, then spritzed it with a light dusting of water before applying the stamp to watercolor paper. I'm not real crazy about the watercolor paper I used...from Canson's "Biggy Jr" pack. Maybe I used the wrong side of the paper....I just don't like all the horizontal lines. I had limited time to make this one and couldn't make a second card, so this is it. I also used a Marvy Marker for the sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Off to get the current challenge done and hopefully posted before the new one is listed!
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Colleen!

A birthday card for my dear friend, Colleen, on her birthday last week. Flowers are each made with 2 punched scallops from the SU scallop punch; the border is a Fiskars border punch. The ribbon is my first try at making Wrinkle ribbon. This batch just happened to match SU Blush Blossom, and I really like how it turned out. Will definitely be making some more. And, that grid background???? Made it myself!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

OLW 11 Be Funny!

Another Wednesday, another challenge over at Simplicity's blog. I am finding these challenges addicting....5 cards this week! Instead of making the cards I need to make...the thank you's, the sympathy, the get well, the birthdays.....I am making challenge cards. Because they are more fun to do. They feel like play rather than "have-to's". I really do need to try and combine the play with the have-to!

Anyway, my first card up is made using an image and sentiment from Eat Cake Graphics. They have some of the most humorous stamps. I've had these stamps for a few years now and this is the first they've seen ink.

Card #2 uses an image from soon to be defunct, Cornish Heritage Farms. :(. Sure am gonna miss them. The sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Third, is an image from Sparkle N Sprinkle....known as Digger. I like to think (for this card anyway) that he is hiding his head in embarrasment (of what, I haven't a clue). The sentiment is from Custer's Last Stamp.

Card #4 uses an image from Stampin' Up, and sentiment from A Muse.

Lastly, this was the very first card I thought of and my least favorite of the bunch, but I've always liked the sentiment from American Art Stamps. It cracks me up! It's just too big for the front of the is more like an inside-the-card sentiment. And that teeny tiny cute cupcake image is from A Muse.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

OLW 10 Patriotic

It's been a busy week...took a long weekend away to celebrate my birthday and the fourth, but still found some time to make FOUR cards for this past week's Simplicity challenge for one layer patriotic cards.

The first, and my favorite, uses an image from The Cat's Pajamas and sentiment from Savvy Stamps.

The second card (which really tied for first place in my mind) uses an American Art Stamps/Karen Stolper stick chick and that ever versatile Savvy sentiment.

The third card showcases my newest purchase (half off at Hobby Lobby last week!)...the image is by Stampabilities and the sentiment is from Hampton Art. And the card really is white, not the baby blue it appears.

Lastly, this card uses both image and sentiment from Technique Tuesday.

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