Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shake, shake, shake

I finally got a chance to make a shaker card ! They are not too difficult to create and always put a smile on the recipient's face.

I used Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa and Basic Grey. I first scored the Close to Cocoa, then run a watercolor pencil and the blender pen just to add some definition to the lines. A few brads, a piece of twine and voila, here is the card!! I used an acetate sheet to make the window but you can use a little clear baggie instead. You would put the beads into the baggie and glue it on top of the whale. You would then use a foam tape to attach the window frame to the bag.

Check out Splitcoast gallery for ideas.
There is no end as to what you can do with shaker cards!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Digital Stamps continued

I came across yet another company with cute digital stamps - Angels Landing. You most definitely need to enjoy coloring in order to appreciate digi stamps. In case you don't know, digi stamps are black and white digital images that you can download from an online store onto your computer, where you can resize them or flip them before printing them out. Once they have been printed out, digi stamps are used in pretty much the same way as rubber stamps. You can color them, cut them out or embellish them. When coloring, however, you may have issues with running ink since you are dealing with a normal printer ink rather than stamping ink. Also, certain techniques, such as embossing, is hard to achieve, but it's not impossible. The image can still be traced using a versamarker pen and then can have the embossing powder applied to it. Even though digi stamps are becoming increasingly popular they will never replace rubber stamps. Meanwhile we can enjoy the cute additions to our cards at a very low price. As you may have noticed the whole set of animals is only $5.99, no shipping and handling charges and you will get them within 48 hours from the time your order has been processed! I got the polar bears and the chicks.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Picture holder

This project was inspired by my dear Michele who gave me a very similar picture holder as a gift. To make it, you will need four paper coasters, four pieces of 4 by 4 paper, coordinating paper and ink and 1/2 inch ribbon to hold both sides together. The easiest way to come up with a design for the inside is to think of a card that you made in the past and try to incorporate it into this project. I used Eastern Blooms, which I love so much, and worked with both Razzleberry and Old Olive paper, inks and markers.

Are you already thinking about Christmas gifts? This picture holder would make a fabulous gift for the special people in your life.

Have fun making it!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Flower Pot Card

Here is a little weekend project for you!! A flower pot card!! It's not very difficult to make as long as you either run to Michaels and buy paper flowers or cut them out on your Cricut.

I used Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery - the most perfect colors for Easter! The pot was embossed with Cuttlebug and sponged with Bashful Blue. Hopefully you will get a chance to try it out this weekend!

Happy card making!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Who let the dogs out?!?!?!

I saw this card on Splitcoast and simply could not resist and had to copy it. I used the Cricut but you can use oval and circle punches to make it as well. It seems that I squeeze the bling everywhere I can, even if it means putting it on the dog's ears!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Creating sunset effect with a brayer

I have used brayer in the past to stamp large stamps or to create reflection of images, but I have never used it to apply ink to a card. In this case I used Barely Banana for the background paper and cut out a 1 3/4 circle from a post-it-note and put it in place. I applied Dusty Durango to half of the brayer and More Mustard to the other half. I then proceeded to roll the well inked brayer onto the paper with the Durango towards the bottom half of the page. I finished of by sponging in the two colors just to cover some lines that the brayer may have left. I peeled off the post-it-note circle, which was on the paper during the ink application and... VOILA! Here is our sunset. I stamped the image last and made sure that some of the flowers were against the sun. I love the effect which I have achieved with the brayer. The card is in Soft Suede and I must say that it goes beautifully with the Durango.

Happy Stamping!!!