Sunday, January 31, 2010

Recent Cards

Here are some recent cards I have made. This card (above) is very simple but I really like it. I used Stampin' Up's kraft card stock for the base. The chip board letters were from Big Lots, I can't remember the brand though. Anyway they are blue foiled letters. The problem with these letters is they are pretty big and if you want to spell a longer word they don't fit on your standard size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2). For this card I had to make a bigger size (about 4 x 8 1/2). I used some green satin ribbon from Micheals for added colour. I really like this ribbon because first of all it's not super expensive, second it's satin on both sides. Having two sided ribbon is really good for when you're like me and when you tie knots your ribbon twists to the bad side. For added interest I rounded the corners and pierced some holes along the bottom.

The card above uses three different stampin' up card stocks: certainly celery, pixie pink and pretty in pink. On the certainly celery i used my Fiskars threading water border punch. The butterfly is stamped from a Martha Stewert clear stamp set and the CELEBRATE YOU is from Little Birthday cheer by Stampin' up. Both stamps were stamped in pixie pink classic ink by Stampin' Up. I used a pink Prima flower with a dew drop center to fill up the empty space. TIP: When colouring dew drops with watermelon alcohol ink(reddish colour) they come out pink.


As mentioned in my first post i enjoy art journaling. The Go Green pages above were the first ones I did. I have to say it looks better in person but none the less it captures the main elements. I used some book papers to give it a layered look. In the "Go Green Be Eco Friendly Turn off the lights", you can see some of the letters are written on other paper. I messed up some of the spelling so i covered one letter up and rewrote it but it stood out so I rewrote a few other letters so it looked intentional. As i said this it a bad photo but there is some glitter on this page, the swirls under "Green" is glitter as well as the dots on the left hand side.

Cute Flower

Here is a flower I made after watching a You Tube video. It took a lot of glue but I think it turned out pretty good. First I took a piece of patterned paper and cut it into two strips approximately 3" x 12". Accordion fold both strips and glue them together to make one long strip, then shape the very long piece into a circle and glue a paper to the bottom. That sounds easy enough... No! I decided to use Elmer's white glue so it was wet and sticky and i couldn't get the circle shape to hold in one place long enough to dry. Eventually though it did dry and i could work on the button center. I needed a fairly large button to cover the gap but the only one I had was a light blue one. it looked okay being blue but i wanted to bring out the green in the paper. I decided to use Citrus alcohol ink to change the colour. I really like the splotchy look the ink gave.

Dew Drops

I saw this technique on YouTube. Many people have done videos on colouring your own dew drops or skittles but the first one I watched was pumpkinman33's version. To make these you will need clear dew drops, a small Ziploc bag, and Adirondack alcohol inks. First you put some dew drops into the bag. The amount I used were ones in my hand. For that amount put 3-4 drops of your alcohol inks, then close the bag and shake. Once dry, you get beautiful coloured embellishments. For the ones shown above I used the ink called wild plum. I use these to accent any project but they look really good for the centers of flowers. To adhere my dew drops, I use glue dots.

First Post

For my first post I thought I would just tell what I will be blogging about. As you can tell by the title this is a crafting blog. I will be posting my various paper crafting projects. I am interested in card making, altered books, tag art, art journaling and much more. I have been into crafting since I was very little but have just gotten really into it about a year ago. I have to say it's evolved a lot in the last year.