Thursday, July 31, 2008

Whitewashed challenge card

I've been quite at a loss for crafting the last couple of weeks. I haven't done hardly any cardmaking, scrapbooking, sewing, nothing. I've really felt like my Muse left for Toledo. But I've finally started to get back into things and I have a card to share tonight.

I made this card for the monthly challenge at RangerInkLink at Yahoo groups. I love that group and have learned so much from the folks that participate in that email list.

The challenge for July involved using white Ranger products. Unfortunately I only had one of the several products which were listed. But one is enough, so I used the Perfect Pearl color of the Perfect Pearls product. (Confusing enough names?!?)

I stamped Perfect medium onto black cardstock using the Hero Arts Italian Poetry background stamp, then brushed the Perfect Pearls over the Perfect medium. That black cardstock was then torn and layered over a piece of ArtEmboss medium wt. Pewter metal, which was embossed with the Cuttlebug Script folder and inked with Ranger Alcohol ink. The corners of the metal sheet were embellished with corners die cut with Cuttlebug dies from ArtEmboss light weight black aluminum. Single musical notes were cut from the pewter metal sheet and distressed using Tim Holtz' texture hammer set. I printed out the quote from Shakespeare on the computer using Blackadder ITC font on white Georgia Pacific cardstock. Finally the card was assembled: grey cardstock base, black cardstock mat, script background, Perfect Pearl stamped torn black cardstock, printed white cardstock, embellished with corner die cuts & musical notes.

I made this card for my son's 3rd wedding anniversary; that's why there's 3 notes. Whether he and his wife will figure that out, I'm not sure.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Birthday card with thanks to K.Werner

I've known since Friday afternoon that I needed to make a birthday card for a co-worker for tomorrow. So, of course, I wait until Sunday afternoon to get started on it. Lucky for me there's such a great number of designers with great blogs which one can case.

For this card I must credit Kristina Werner for a great (fairly simple) design which she posted on Friday, July 11 (link here). My version is a little more monochromatic, because I don't have as many fun papers as she does!

Since I wanted to get this done quickly, I used some Die Cuts With a View scalloped edge cardstock for the edge on the card. I used more of my favorite BoBunny designer cardstock for the squares. Since the paper is double-sided, I didn't have to worry about finding another paper that matched; I just used both sides of the 2 different BoBunny papers.

I'm not sure that I'm in love with that ribbon with these papers, but that's sometimes whatcha get when you wait until the last minute!

Materials: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific); pink scallops (Die Cuts with a View); designer cardstocks (BoBunny); ribbon (Michaels); adhesives: Uhu glue; inside card: Happy Birthday! rub-on (Making Memories).

Thanks again to Kristina and thanks to all for looking.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Graduation celebration, again

When we first moved to Florida back in 2003, I served in the Young Women's program at church. I worked with 12- & 13-year old girls. The first of those young women is now graduating from high school. And I wanted to make a special card for her.

Back in April Beate had a weekend sketch challenge using this layout; my version of that card from back in April is here.

But I've also used the two papers from that wedding card, for school graduation cards; so.... with a few tweaks I made a card for my dear friend, Amanda.

Materials: cardstock: Bazzill; designer paper: Die Cuts with a View (congratulations), Hot Off The Press (black stripe); silver cardstock (behind brad): unknown source; Grad brad: Heartland Paper Co; ribbon: Joann's; adhesive: Pioneer mounting tape.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Welcome, baby boy

Once again I'm trying to pay attention to my poor, neglected blog.

I've done a little bit of crafting/cardmaking in the last 2 weeks, but not much. My muse took a hike. But getting pictures from a dear friend of her new little boy helped to jump start the old mojo once again.

The design for this card is lifted from a design by Abby Schultz, as seen in the CARDS magazine for May, 2008.

I took her basic design and modified for the materials, which I had on hand. Since I wanted to get this card made and in the mail quickly, I made it without stamping.

Materials: white cardstock (Bazzill); dark green behind button & heart (Deja Views); baby boy designer paper (Me & My Big Ideas); blue/green/orange grid paper for heart shape (Deja Views); button (Foof-a-la); adhesives: Crafters Choice, Pioneer mounting tape, Diamond Glaze; grosgrain ribbon (Michaels); embroidery thread (DMC).

There's a few challenges this week that I may try my hand at; hopefully I'll be posting more frequently. Thanks for taking a look at this card today.