Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Delicate Bike

Here's an any occassion card I made using a delicate bike pedistal stamp. It's a little different than what I would have normally done but I was trying to be different and not have white showing on the front of this card. The bike is heat embossed and the gold paper is actually paint dabber. Complete directions are available by clicking on the image if you want to learn more about how is was made.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

This week's cards

Just a quick post with the cards that went up on the website this week. First up are two cards based on a watering can image. The first one is a 5 x 7 card and the second one is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 if you are wondering why the watering cans are different sizes. I scale all my card images to the same size so they fit into the template I am using for the directions on the website.


I've been working on making and getting some Easter cards up on the site before Easter this year. Here's the first one of 2011. You could probably use this one for other religious events as well like christenings or baptisms.

If any of them interest you, just click on the image to get the directions.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Funny Card

Here's another funny card from the same stamp set.

Inside it reads, "The odds of getting any money out of it are about a million to one."

Perfect for someone who likes to play the lottery or to whom you don't normally send a gift.

The really interesting thing on the card is the paper on left hand side. I made that by stamping out all the numbers in different colors to create a paper that was inspired by the balls they use for the actual drawing. I used more stamp pad ink colors on this card doing that than I have ever used on a single card. Can you guess how many? They are all listed on the directions of course - just click on the image. Has anyone ever used more?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Funny Cruise Card

Here is a funny card I made using on a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set.

This version was done with Copic markers. There is another version on the main direction page as well where I used colored pencils and Gamsol (oderless mineral spirits). Just click on the image for the the directions.

The inside of the cards reads, "Will you pick up my mail while I'm gone?" Perfect for that cruise lover in the family.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a difficult event for cardmaking because most people aren't going to be giving out too many cards except maybe to a few special people. This means I am not usually going to get a lot of use out of whatever I buy for the event. Ok, a good portion of what's in my craft room has never seen any use but will one day (don't laugh you know its true of yours as well), so maybe that's not the best criteria but you know, whatever you get, you are going to make a few cards for that year and then probably never it use again because you already made them one with that stamp or cut out.

This year I found a super cheap and easy solution to that problem. A. C. Moore had a big pack of Nicole St Patrick's Day stickers for $1.00 that inspired me to make this year's design. I started with the stickers in mind and found paper that matched the sticker colors and then worked out a paper layout that made the card be more sophisticated than just putting down some stickers.

The top and bottom yellow sections had a bunch of small shamrocks stamped in them in a light green to step it up further but for some reason the scanner totally missed them. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this until today after I had the images cropped and straightened and ready for posting so rather than delaying them and having a Happy Belated St Patrick's Day post, here are my cards for this year:

As always, click on the card image for the full directions from my website.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Leftover Butterflies

Here's a card Mom put together from butterfly leftovers I gave her.

I had stamped out a sheet or two or three of these butterfly images last year when I was planning to make one of these cards:


The image turned out to be to big for what I had in mind though and I never got back it. Good to see them put to good use.

Click on any of the cards for directions on that card.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Stamping On Dark Paper

Here's another card like the thank you in the last past where the image was stamped on dark paper (black in this case) and then colored and two stamped. The techniques is fairly quick and creates really unique images.

As always, click on the card if you want additional instructions on the stamps and techniques.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Cards from the past week or so

Just a quick catch up post with the cards that have gone up over the last week or so. As always just click on the image if you want full directions on any of them.

A card that fits in a business sized envelope...

Get well cards Mom made from some of my initial scrapped imaged.

Stamping and coloring an image on dark paper....