Sunday, August 26, 2012

I've been busy making cards!

I've been busy making cards again  - and it's so much fun!  I don't know about you, but it's therapeutic for me.  I seem to get into my own little world when I'm playing with paper.

I have some new cards for you, starting with this one -I needed to make a red, white & blue card for Labor Day but I didn't want a serious theme.  I found this digital stamp and  paper and I think it was just so appropriate for my card,  How much more patriotic can you get than Mickey & Minnie?

Digital Stamp, Digital Paper, ribbon, ribbon stars
The other card I needed to make was for a swap with a "cool" theme.  This was my entry.  The cuts are from Lettering Delights "Banner Day" and I used my Sizzix Eclips to do the cutting.  I love the way it cuts!  With all the different cuts and colors, I really appreciated the laser functin to be sure that I had all the small scraps of paper position correctly. It's a great little machine.  I really like making cards that aren't the traditional shape so I  had a great time with this step card.  By the way, the popsicle opens up lake a mini-card so there is room for a note or sentiment.  The paper is from the American Crafts Heat Wave collection.

Lettering Delights Banner Day, Stickles, American Crafts Heat Wave paper

I'm going to try to get in some serious card making this week.  With the Labor Day weekend coming up, I should be able to get a few cards in.  I have a couple of new Cricut cartridges I want to try out, too.  And I need to make some kind of a Mexico themed card for my hubby - we have a trip to Mexico coming up soon.  Wish me luck with the card making!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It's August Already - How Did That Happen?

I can't believe that it's almost the middle of August - where has the year gone?  Since it is August already, I'm wa-a-a-a-y behind my schedule for making at least one card a week with a new Cricut cartridge.  Oh well - maybe I"ll catch up by the end of the year.

I have been making some cards and I have five to show you. The first one is a Cricut cut.  The cut is from the Campin' Critters cartridge.  I just love the cute little animals on this cartridge - but I'm not a camper, so I don't use it much.

Campin' Critters, Cuttlebug, Ranger Distress Ink
I'm a big Charlie Brown fan - and I have a lot of the character stamps.  Since baseball is a summer sport (well - spring, summer and fall) - I used the Charlie Brown and Lucy stamps for this card.  The baseball is an Epithany bubble cap over a small circle cut.  I used a Xyron Design Runner to stamp the sentiment on the ribbon but I think the Chevron design on the ribbon wasn't a good match for the Design Runner.  Oh well - now I know.

Stampabilities stamps, Epithany Craft, Copics, ribbon
I used clip art from my Microsoft Word program for the wheelbarrow full of roses.  I added some glitter with the Sakura Stardust glitter pen, a border, some ribbon and it was done.  I was amazed at how quickly this one went together!
Clip art, ribbon, glitter pen, ek border punch
Do you ever have an accident with a card when it's almost done and you have to scrap it?  That's the story behind this next card.  I stamped this on a white pearl paper because I thought that it would give the finished stamp a bit of a glimmer - and it did.  However, while coloring the poppies with my Copics, I must have gotten a bit of the orange on my hand and then transferred the orange to the white background!  Since I hate to throw anything away  that might be useful later, I cut the flowers and mounted them on the background paper.  The sentiment is stamped directly on the paper and embossed with white embossing powder.  It didn't turn out to badly - what do you think?
Copics, white embossing, Stickles

And  last is a birthday card with a House Mouse stamp.  The candle border is an ek punch and the ribbon border is a Stampin' Up punch.  This one is colored with Copics also.
House Mouse stamp, ek border punch, Stampin' Up border punch, Copics
I hope you enjoyed my new cards.  Thanks for looking.