Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's clearly a swap!!

Phew, this one was close. The due date on my latest swap is Monday and I finally finished it and am shipping it off to Ohio today. As you know, I have been doing some card swapping lately and this is my latest creation. This is also the second time that I am using clear stamps. The first time I tried them at the convention and I was very impressed. This time, not so much. It could have something to do with the manufacturer, who in this case is Inkadinkado, so I will have to try different brands before I completely make up my mind.

The idea of clear stamps is great for a variety of reasons:

* The storage is a breeze because they come on thin, little sheets which you can file in a drawer.
* You will get by just fine with owning only two or three acrylic blocks for your entire stamp collection.
* You can also see exactly where you are stamping, thus you will be able to achieve accurate positioning without help from stamp-a-ma-jig.
* To top it off, you can place few images at one time on the acrylic block.
* Oh yeah, they are also rather cheap.

And cheap they are. One of the main disadvantages of clear stamps is that they just don't deliver that crisp image that I am looking for. You can immediately (at least in my case) tell a clear stamp image from a rubber stamp image. Also, since you constantly have to put the stamps on the blocks and then take them off, they do get dirty and need to be washed. Some companies, such as Stampin Up or The Greeting Farm have created rubber stamps with a foam backing which adhere to the acrylic block and can be repositioned, but they are not see thru. I can sort of understand where they are going with it but I am not sold on it either. They are trying to keep the crisp image of a rubber stamp and use the clear block with it. However, working with them, you will still need to use stamp-a-ma-jig.

Bottom line is that it doesn't matter what I think about the rubber or clear stamps. It totally depends on preference and I CLEARLY like the rubber stamps more.... at this point.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Easter Bunny

I never really thought about the origin of Easter Bunny. Have you? Just as Santa Clause represents Christmas, a hopping bunny with a basket full of colorful eggs is an image seen on a lot of Easter cards. I'm totally contributing to that image not only by putting it on my cards but by hiding eggs all around the backyard for Nash to find.

It is believed that Easter Bunny's origin goes back to a Pagan holiday of Eastre celebrating the goddess of spring and fertility. Eastre's sacred animal was the hare. The tradition of the Easter Egg Hunt, on the other hand, came to us from Germany around the 1800s along with the German immigrants. Back in Germany the rabbit would surprise kids on Easter morning by laying colored eggs in nests. So, I'm sorry to disappoint all of you ,but our cute bunnies have nothing to do with Easter afterall. However, since they are so darn adorable I will do anything in my power to squeeze them on a card.

Today I used Pretty In Pink and Close to Cocoa and a lot of punches, both oval and circles. Cuttlebug came in handy for the background and the ticket punch for the corners. By the way, the ticket punch is my absolute favorite when creating layers and layers is what I love!

Hop, hop!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The gift of cards

Now that a lot of you are getting into the groove of card making and officially got the "card bug", two things are going to happen:

- You will all of a sudden remember all the birthdays and anniversaries in your entire family. In addition, you will notice the need of giving cards for made up occassions such as TGIF or "TGI a beautiful day"!

- Your card production will increase dramatically and you will slowly start running out of people and occasions to give the cards to. You will then start accumulating the extra cards. (I think that I have mentioned before that from time saving perspective you should ALWAYS make four or more cards at a time.)

Well, you are in luck. Having a stash of extra cards is the best thing that could have happened to you and you don't even know it! With Hallmark charging up to $5 per card, a bundle of cards would make a wonderful gift for everyone. Now the time has come that you start wrapping them up as gifts for friends and family. I give out bunches of 10 cards and envelopes to Nash's teachers or to friends during Christmas and they absolutely love it.

If you do decide to go that route you can easily make a card purse, such as the one above, or you can try Papertrey Ink and purchase clear boxes at a reasonalbe price from them. If you make your own bag, make sure to use a tacky tape because the tape runners are really not holding the bag very well. To decorate the card purse I used the designer paper which you can get for FREE from SU with a $50 purchase. What a deal!

Happy crafting!

Stuck on Razzleberry

Yes, I'm still stuck on Razzleberry! Love that color! And of course the matching ribbon doesn't hurt either, don't you think?!? The Heartfelt Thanks stamp set has been around for a while and even though it's been retired since, I think it's one of their best sets.

Happy stamping!

The forgotten vellum

Hi everyone!! Yesterday I found some time to play with my new favorite colors: Razzleberry and Old Olive combo!! I absolutely love the richness of the Razzleberry and the beautiful Old Olive is complementing is so well.

I also decided to pick up something which I have not used in probably a year. I decided to play with vellum. You can use vellum for quite a few things. You can find it on announcements or invitations, used for party favor boxes or just on regular cards. Because vellum is "frosty" and slightly see-thru, it can be that perfect touch that your Christmas card needs.

This card is made of 5 by 10 piece of vellum, scored at 5 inches. I cut out four frames in Razzleberry with my one and only Cricut and attached them to the front and back of each of the sheet. This way, not only the card is getting a little bit of character but also a good support since vellum itself is pretty flimsy. I then cut out four 2.75 inch razzleberry squares and attached them just like the frames, to the front and back to each of the sheet. I took it from there and started decorating with Eastern Blooms, the photo corner punch and some pearls.

I have some more projects lined up using vellum and I will be posting them as soon as they will be leaving the Oellien Card Factory!

Monday, February 8, 2010

And a very happy Monday morning to you all!

As I promised, I am slowly posting cards from the card buffet. This particular one is a criscross card. I used the Upsy Daisy stamp set and Real Rust designer paper. I was trying to make a masculine card and I think that I have accomplished just that.

It seems that lately I have been using brads and ribbon on most of my cards. I think that I may have already mentioned before that paper piercing tool along with the mat are absolutely perfect for brad positioning. I love that gadget!!.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Buffet of Cards

Thank you all so much for joining me last Sunday at the Card Buffet. I'm glad that everyone had a great time and I am really looking forward to having some more of get togethers in the future. The Buffet made me realize how lucky of a person I really am. Besides the most wonderful and loving family, I am surrounded by incredible friends who share my passion for papercrafts. Thank you so much for pushing my creativity buttons and driving me to do what I love to do so much. Having said that, here is one of the cards that we made on Sunday. It shows how something very plain and simple can be also very pretty. I used the embossing folder from SU and added few embellishments to it. I see this card as being very versatile. You could use it for a wedding or a birthday and it would make a nice sympathy card. Happy stamping!