Monday, April 27, 2009

Sense of wonder

I had a chance to play along with Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (#15) today too. Love this sketch and square cards, so I actually made two in different colour combos! The oval got me started. I wanted to use Fresh Flowers again, but this time just the top of the bouquet of roses placed just over the edge of the oval. I still didn't have oval nestabilities, so I had to run to one of the only scrapbooking stores in my area now--The Memory Keeper in Hamilton. First visit...found lots of fun and the papers and pearls I used on the two cards.
The dancing gal and sentiment are my own created in Adobe Illustrator and printed on Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock.

I coloured the flowers and Wonder Girl with copics and pieced her skirt in matching paper. For the blue skirt I embossed soft sky cardstock with my Sizzix embosslits 'simple flower', cut out the shape and sponged lightly with blue bayou classic ink. I absolutely love the little plum pearls on the pink card corners and Wonder Girl's skirt.


Stamps: Fresh Flowers, Taylored Expressions
Paper: Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock; PINK CARD: SU basic black, pink pirouette textured cardstock; Basic Grey Bittersweet Meltaway for the pink skirt and Ganache for the background. BLUE CARD: blue bayou textured, tangerine tango and soft sky cardstock; DCWV Woodland blue flower for background.
Other: oval and oval scallop nestabilities; akaFrivolity and Print Clearly fonts; copics, SU dimensionals; KaiserScrapbook pearls in plum, Sizzix embosslits 'simple flower'; SU Word Window punch

Let the sun shine in...

I'm on a roll and finally got to create a card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #65 using the window and flowers in Fresh Flowers, April's release at Taylored Expressions. (This is one of my designs!) I coloured the window, shutter and flowers with copics. I embossed the scalloped edge with my Cuttlebug 'swiss dots' folder before punching it with the edge punch and this serves as the flower box. Lots of dimensionals and pop dots of different thicknesses. Otherwise a simple card and a lovely layout, Taylor!

Oh, I created the sentiment 'Let the sun shine in...' on the computer and printed it on Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock. This card is for my niece out in Vancouver (her boyfriend just broke her heart).


Stamps: Fresh Flowers, Taylored Expressions
Paper: Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock, SU chocolate chip and regal rose; flocked patterned paper from Fashion District collection, Me & My BIG Ideas
Other: EK Success (?) border punch; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder; font used is akaFrivolity

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rain or Shine

Two posts in one night...unbelievable! I thought I'd add a card I made for my daughter Morgana this week 'just because.' Whether it's raining or not, Morgana usually comes and goes with a smile. I'm waiting for the teenage years around the corner though and I want her to know that I love her, even when I seem a little stormy. I was heavily inspired by Dawn McVey's creative talents with this one...

I don't yet have her/PaperTrey Ink's Scattered Showers umbrella set, but since I planned on paper piecing, I just created my own umbrella in Adobe Illustrator and printed directly on my patterned paper. I flipped Dawn's layout and gave the focal image a little turn. I think Dawn's use of the SU Big Note die in the back really motivated me. As a once-upon-a-time English teacher, I'm thrilled that my daughter's first crush is a fictional character--Edward Cullen--and that no one else really measures up 'right now.'

I found sheet music for Bella's Lullaby on the internet, reduced the size in Illustrator and printed it for the background. I thought Morgana might just keep this card close to her if it captured her current interest.


Stamps: none
Ink: SU baja breeze and blue bayou classic and reinkers
Paper: Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock, SU baja breeze and DP, other paper from paper pack from Micheal's (ask me about it if you really care...)
Other: Prima flower painted with aquapainter and kiwi kiss and blue bayou reinkers; sponge; Big Shot 'Big Note' die (SU/Sizzix); celery organdy ribbon; SU corner rounder and label punches; EK Success (?) border punch; sheet music,

Better with Sprinkles

It's been awhile since I tried one of Kristina Werner's colour challenges; well actually, it's been a very long time since I created a card, scrapbook page or anything in my craft zone, but I finally found a few moments to stamp today. Technically I didn't use a single stamp but I did get to create and play with paper and ink for Color Inspiration #50! I created the image and sentiments I wanted in Adobe Illustrator and printed them on Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock--it works beautifully in my printer. Sticking to the restrictions, I used each of the required colours--White, Red, Yellow, Turquoise and Brown--on my honey's little sprinkle doughnut.

So why the doughnut? Making a long story short, the pink and blue sprinkle doughnut at the end of a major Henri-meltdown and failed shopping trip to the mall with three kids while Hubbie golfed made everything right again today. I have a feeling a 'little love and sprinkles' could help make anything brighter...

Thanks for looking!

Image and sentiments: by me
Paper: Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock; SU chocolate chip, tempting torquoise, real red cardstock
Fonts: Print Clearly; akaFrivolity
Other: nestabilities circles/scallops; SU so saffron grosgrain ribbon; swirls cuttlebug embossing folder; eyelets, Making Memories; pop dots; copics