Monday, March 31, 2014

Baby Card

My teaching team is having a baby shower for our team leader tomorrow.  I made this card and then went all out for the envelope as well (the name is blurred to protect identities).  I used graphics that I purchased from Scrappin' Doodles.  These same graphics are on the table decorations for the shower.
I am entering this in Mojo Monday's Tall & Skinny challenge.  I spent quite a bit of time perfecting the sizes for the various cuts so that it would come out okay.  So glad that I did!  The font on the card and the envelope is Pass the Chex Mix from Kevin and Amanda.

Mini album

I have to get some work done at home, but I did want to publish these pictures.

By the way, I am entering this in Cheery Lynn Designs' challenge titled Back to Nature. Most of the flowers were made using the Sweet Williams die.  The sixth photo down also features one of my new dies, Fanciful Flourish.  If you scroll down to the twelfth photo (which includes the challenge requirement), you will see a page that I embossed using Tim Holtz's Moth die; I then used clear embossing powder to give it some more pizzaz.  Finally, I followed his tutorial for creating charms using his, well, charms!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Celebrate Good Times!

I loved this Mojo Monday sketch
so much that I had to participate! This card is going into my stash for when I need a card in a hurry.  I'm entering it in Mojo Monday #365.

Some closeups:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pretty in Pink

There was so much inspiration for this piece. It all started when I spent hours on Gabrielle Pollacco's website ... her videos are exquisite! I just went into my studio and started working with no plan for what I was going to create. Paint here ... torn paper there ... swipes of gesso on top ... add a spritz and a spray of Tattered Angels! One of the techniques that Gabrielle demoed that I tried was adding texture using a stencil and modeling paste.  Love that!
Then last week I watched Tammy Tutterow's online demonstration Euphoric Ephemera. I didn't know what I would use for decorations, but her examples were perfect. I downloaded one of the (or maybe both of the) vintage graphics from The Graphics Fairy. I also used Tammy's idea of embossing cardstock to look like a cabinet card. In addition, I added half of a doily that I stained with distress inks with a little pink feather tucked under the bow. I love the way to make the bow that Tammy demonstrated.

The postcard is attached only with the swirly paper clip and is tucked under the bow to hold it in place. That way I can change it as needed and even add a photograph. Instead of using foam squares to attach this part of the project, I cut a piece of foam just a bit smaller than the "cabinet card" and attached it with double-sided tape. I like how this adds some real stability to the grouping.

Today was the day to put it all together. I had a strip of glossy paper that I made using alcohol inks, a technique that I learned in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101 class. I love the way the paper looks like it has many layers of color.  That strip of paper went onto the canvas.The little Eiffel Tower charm was a make and take that I acquired at "convention" last summer in Arlington, Texas; sister and I had a blast that day! Isn't this shrink art just the cutest thing you've ever seen?
That day in Texas I also purchased some ribbon from Melissa Frances ... what a cute flower it turned into! I added a flower made with my go-to Sweet Williams Strip die; it's leaf is another alcohol ink creation on kraft glassine. 
I am submitting this to the following challenges:
Now, where will I hang this?