Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Storm Warning

This is my "Winter Storm Warning" card. Yes, apparently there's more snow on the way. When I thought about crafting a "cold" card, I immediately latched on to the tiny pair of mittens from the "Just for the Holidays" stamp set.

Then I decided they'd look cute dangling from a string like the mittens I used to have as a kid. They're tiny mittens, though, so I had to add some other details to the card.I cut a window out of the front and mounted a snowflake image in the center.
In the last photo, you can kind of see the glittler glue I added to the center of the snowflake to give it a bit of sparkle. The sentiment band is from the "Captured Moments" stamp set. The entire card is done in white, Grey Wool, and Indian Corn Blue.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Double Dipping

This week I decided to combine the Mojo Monday sketch...

...with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week, which was to use a heart in your design.

Immediately when I pictured a color scheme, I pictured something in reds and pinks, but I kind of liked the Veranda paper pack for this, so instead my heart is green! (Juniper, to be exact).

The sentiment was actually one horizontal stamp, so I masked it and stamped twice to get it to read vertically instead, fitting the design of the card. Then I embellished with ribbon and my favorite accessory at the moment, the Opaques. They're so much easier to use than brads. Love them!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Birthday Card - Stamp Kissing

"Stamp-kissing" is the theme of this week's Heart 2 Heart Challenge. This isn't a technique I've used before. (I haven't been stamping that long). I used it on this card to dress up the presents a little bit.

If you look closely, you can see the squiggle pattern I added to the blue package, and the stars on the green ones. I like the effect - it adds a bit of interest, and you can completely customize it by changing the stamp you "kiss" with. It's a neat way to simulate the look of wrapping paper.

Valentine Mailbox

My son needed a Valentine Mailbox for school. At first I was a little apprehensive about it, because it needed to be sturdy, and I had no idea to make one so the door would stay closed. Here's what we came up with:

It is constructed entirely of cardstock. The white is actually glitter cardstock, which is tricky to work with because nothing sticks to it! That's what made me think to use brads to hold pieces together, and that worked out great. I used the Xyron Creatopia to stick several pieces of cardstock together to make the pieces sturdy.

The front door has a flap on the top that folds over a post I poked up through the top arch of the box. This keeps the door shut, but makes it easy to open, too. We decided to make the mailbox look like a truck, so we added some accessory pieces, like wheels and front & back windows.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out, considering how unsure I was about this project in the beginning!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Not-So-Perfect Day

So I decided I wanted to do the Heart-2-Heart Challenge this week, which is a sketch challenge. In the course of assembling my card, I managed to squeeze the top off my glue bottle, sending about half a bottle's worth of glue ALL over. Big puddle on my counter top, nice sized splatters on the rug and walls... Glue is NOT fun to clean up. And I wrecked a few of the pieces I had cut out for this card. I walked away for awhile, but decided to go back and finish.

In spite of the mess I had to endure, I rather like the card. The ironic part is that the band of patterned paper is from the Perfect Day paper pack. Not exactly how I'd describe my day so far... :)


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