Friday, May 21, 2010

Some more cards!

Okay, I'm super busy with finals and stuff like that, so I figured I should post now while I have the chance.
Ever since I made that sketchbook, I've been sketching cards in it all day!
It sure cuts down on "imagination/creativity time" when making your card. I just have to pick out the right patters and go with the sketch!

So here's the first card I made! It had a bit of a mess-up, when I tried to stamp directly to the card. So I tried to salvage the card, and change it a bit. It turned out not as good as I wanted but better than nothing. :-)
I used a paper pack from Making Memories that is so old I can't find it online, (lol) but I think it's called "basics" or something like that. The ribbon is from Autumn Leaves and the upper sentiment is from MSE and the butterfly is from K&Company's Que Sera Sera stamp set that I got a while back. Of course, I used my favorite brown ink, the Espresso color from Ranger Adirondack inks. I used mini Making Memories brads and an EK Success punch to round the corners. Then I used my Uni-ball Signo gel pen for the faux stitching and detailing on the butterfly.
Ok, onto the second card! This card I'm really proud of, because I don't think I got the idea from anyone but myself! (Unless I unconsciously did, and what can I do about that?) My sister even said she loved it, which is high praise, because she usually has no interest in my cards.
( I don't know why the top left has a smudge on it, it's a camera problem, not the actual card.)
I used more of the Making Memories paper for the light blue and regular while cardstock for the white. I just made up any cloud shape, carefully cut it out, and erased my pencil lines. I used three colors of the DMC embroidery thread for the string and Kelly Panacci letter stickers for the sentiment. the scallop border was done using the Fiskars threading water punch, but only the edge peeks out so you can't see the holes.
The four parts of the kite are from different companies. the two green ones are Making Memories, the pink is Autumn Leaves, and I have no idea where the other is from.

And, last but not least...
I really like this card, how it's busy but not too busy, ya know?
It's a square card- 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" with each strip of paper being 4 1/4" by 1 1/16".
All four strips are from the same Marcella by K paper pad. The "petals" on the flower use the 1" punch by EK Success and K&Company Wild Saffron paper. The letters are Ek Success rub ons. The flower is from K&Company and I rounded the corners with the same EK Success punch.
That's all for now, folks!!
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Monday, May 10, 2010

I'm BACK!!!

Okay, so I haven't posted in a while, but I was so busy- I took my SAT's!! Let's pray that I did well on them!!
So onto the cards:

This one was made a while ago, but I never got around to taking a picture of it!!
I love the layout of this one!!

Supplies used: Marcella by K patterened paper, ink and butterfly, DMC embroidery thread, Martha Stewart stamps (I think so!) Autumn Leaves patterned paper, EK Success corner punch and 1" circle punch, MSE stamp on bottom circle with Zing! American Crafts clear embossing powder.

Then of course, I made a Mother's day card for my mother!!
Maybe the hearts were overkill, but I think they look cute!! The lines on them is made with a white gel pen, a trick I learned from Heather Summers in one of her awesome YouTube videos!
Supplies used: K& Company chipboard circle, ribbon and patterned paper, Marcella by K butterfly, MSE stamp, Ranger ink, EK Success heart punch.

Then I made this card sketchbook, which I really made a while ago, but had lying around undecorated, and then I finally decided to finish it! Isn't it cute?? The idea for this is totally NOT my own; I acctually got it from my favorite crafter/ blogger, Kristina Werner. She made a video on these books with a PDF for making your own a long time ago, like in September. Guess I took a while getting around to it, huh??
But totally check the post out if you haven't already, because it has great instructions for making it!
Supplies used: Making Memories patterned paper, Bo Bunny chipboard letters, EK Success star punch and corner rounder punch, Martha Stewart alphabet stamps, Zing! embossing powder, Marcella by K polka dot paper, I can't remember the name of the company for the arrow- sorry!!
I like how it turned out, with the fancier paper, but the "funkier" embellishments!! I can't wait to use it!
I kind of dump the sketchbook in my school bag and have it around in case I feel inspired to sketch a card layout in class! Some of my best ideas come during class!
(like the first card in this post!!)
The last two cards use EK Success punches, which I just got yesterday! They were really cheap, like 3 punches for about $3. I really like them and can't wait to use them some more!

Anyway, I hope to continue posting on a regular basis, or at least more often!
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