Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bleaching Technique Very Merry Snowman

I created this card for my November Christmas Technique class. It was quick and fun. I used Baja Breeze with black craft ink and clear embossing powder. I markered-over the bleached hat and scarf after bleaching out the snowman with an aquapainter. I also stamped the snowflakes with bleach, and then finished the card with punches and the new Ski Slope designer series paper. The sentiment is from the Level 1 hostess set Best Yet.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cammie's Blog Candy benefit for the Alzheimer's Association

Visit Cammie's Blog here: http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com/ to see her story and blog candy contest as well as her stamp set that benefits the Alzheimer's Association.

For the contest, we were to create a card for a caregiver of Alzheimer's patients. My first card is for a friend's mother. This may not be what Cammie had in mind (so I did two), but I wanted to support an Alzheimer's patient's wife who is certainly a caregiver as well. I used the Organic Grace Hostess Set, Sanded Background and my current favorite sketch by JanTInk (blog linked on the side bar).

My second card I will give to my friend and ask her to ask her mom to give it to the staff or a particular caregiver as she feels led. This card uses the Organic Grace fern, the Inspired by Nature coneflowers and sentiment and the Top Note SU! exclusive Big Shot die.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bookmark for TLC187

For the technique challenge from Monday on SCS, I made this bookmark using the Haiku paper and Eastern Blooms set....and then since I had an extra bit of Tangerine cardstock, I made an OSU bookmark for my daughter using the Wanted set to create "Bullet" on the front. With football season starting, she is very aware of cheering for a team :).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

All about the Shoes.....

This card (layout brought to light by SCS user ID justcrazy -Thanks so much for sharing!) was created for the Sketch Challenge on SCS (SC194). It uses several "techniques" including using Crystal Effects and a drop of reinker for a shiny melted surface, mixing Crystal Effects with Dazzling Diamonds for a glitter layer, and making a broom from a bamboo skewer and SU!'s hemp twine. If you join me at my technique class on October 2nd, we'll make this card :)

Below are the two views of this treat basket box which was one of the make and takes at my last club meeting. I saw it in this small size (6 inch square) coming home from convention in a saffron color made by SU! demo Cheryl Kruger, and when I realized the 5 pieces from Eat Drink and Be Scary would fit perfectly I had to try it. The Ghostly Greetings paper and striped Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon finish it nicely I think.(A tutorial for the 12 inch size is available on SCS here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/treat_box/ )

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Season of Simple Grace

I used Reinker drops on a baby wipe for an inkpad for this card. I used it on the new Bella Toile Background and for the Christmas stamp from the Punches Three Hostess set. Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus look better in the solid to me though. :) I took this color combination from one of my favorite convention swaps which I received from Connie Ingram of Littleton, Colorado. Thanks for sharing Connie!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Beate's latest challenge

I made this card for Beate's Inspiration Challenge shown on her blog here: http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/09/09/be-inspired-challenge-22/

It was too pretty of a picture to pass up being inspired by :). I came up with this using the new hostess sets Punches Three and Organic Grace. After using the white gel pen to highlight the flower petals, I decided to use the cracked glass technique obviously inspired by all the glass bottles :).

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Masculine Swap Card

I finally finished these cards for a swap just minutes before the post office closed. Whew! This card was made using the Happiness Is a Journey set and the Top Note Bigz Die. I sponged all the edges in Close to Cocoa and used Clear Embossing powder over Not Quite Navy craft in on Kraft cardstock. The green hue is Old Olive, and I sponged the ribbon a bit to tone it down and provide a more masculine look.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Halloween and.....

Here's a silly Halloween card that uses the Eat, Drink and Be Scary set which will be available October 1st. It is a fun set, and since I volunteered to make the gallery index for SCS, this card shows all the pieces in the set. (The bats are background paper from the Ghostly Greetings Designer Series Paper.)
Since I'm rushing Halloween, I might as well rush Christmas.....:).... This masked A Cardinal Christmas card in Ridinghood Red and Whisper White uses the Bella Toile Background as the filler.....My husband preferred this card to the plain version below so I used the masked version for a swap. I still like the plain version :).

For another swap, we were required to use one of the sketch challenges on Splitcoast. I chose SC66 for my card, and again used A Cardinal Christmas-this time with the new Wide striped grosgrain and Very Vanilla and Mellow Moss. I used a sentiment from To You and Yours in artichoke as well. These cards are likely parts of my class or Stamp a Stack offerings coming in October.