Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Cindy

This card was made in late April for the April birthday of my co-worker, Cindy. She only received the card a few days ago. Can you say timely? NOT!!!

The card was inspired by this card sketch. I really liked this sketch and will probably use it again. In keeping with my goal of reducing the amount of stuff that I have in the stash, all of the materials are from the stash. I liked using the matstack because it made "matching the papers" easy; all the spring colors were "related".

Materials used: paper (Die Cuts With a View spring matstack); cardstock (DCWV Spring cardstock matstack & SU white c/s); ink (Colorbox); stamp (Hero Arts); adhesives (pop-dots on ALL the squares and Pioneer double-sided mounting tape for other layers). Tools used: Cuttlebug machine, Nestabilities (square die).

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Happy Birthday, Rubi

I've been wanting to purchase the Tim Holtz Birdcage die for quite some time and finally found it this weekend at one of the LSS.

My co-worker, Rubi, likes birds almost as much as I do, so I thought that it would be nice to use the die cuts for her card.

Since I'm still trying to "use it up" with old materials that I have on hand, the die was the only thing new purchased for this card. I'm going to be a little depressed when I finally use up my supply of Amaco Art Emboss metal (which supply I bought with coupons at Michaels in Florida). I think Mike's has discontinued carrying the product and I'm not sure which will be harder: living without the Art Emboss or paying full price at the stamping store.

The bird cage was die cut from Art Emboss. The bird and wing from scrapbook paper. The background paper is an ancient piece of scrapbook paper that had very faint images of postage stamps on it. With the embossing and distressing done to it, you can barely make out the already faint images. The cage was distressed with Tim Holtz alcohol inks; the bird and wing were distressed with Tim Holtz distress inks. All the details are below.

Materials used: card/envelope (Canson All Purpose Greeting cards); cardstock (white, SU; brown, Bazzill); paper (background - stash & Provo Craft - bird); metal (Art Emboss medium pewter); inks: alcohol (slate, meadow), stamping inks (TH antique linen, walnut stain & Colorbox black); flowers (primas); brads & tag (Making Memories); ribbon (1/8-inch black satin from stash); stamp (Hero Arts); adhesives (Diamond Glaze & Pioneer double sided mounting tape & pop-dots under the wing). Tools used: Cuttlebug machine & Script texture folder, Tim holtz inking handles, Making Memories Tag Maker.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Kamakura 2010

I guess it's time for me to come out of lurk mode. I've been back from my adventure to Japan for more than 6 weeks. I've just stayed busy with some health issues and haven't really done much/any cardmaking -- so nothing to show on the blog.

I did start a digital scrapbooking class online and thought I'd start showing off some of my photos from Japan.

For my cardmaking friends I'll start posting again. soon. I hope.......

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