Saturday, 31 March 2012

Embossing Practice

The challenge over at H2H this week was to use some form of embossing technique. I really love the look of heat embossing although I'm not that great at it yet. This gave me a chance to practice! The idea for my card actually came from Nancy Ball, as I did another version of this a long time ago during one of my old club classes in which she designed the scrapbook layout for us. I embossed the black flowers first and then sponged my Pear ink all over the background. Then I stamped some more flowers using Lagoon in first and second generation. It makes for a great effect!

I'm not entirely sure what it is but I totally LOVE the stark, dramatic look of using black on my cards! Still loving my greens as you can see (can't ever seem to stray from green for too long - such a versatile colour) but black is where it's at for me at the moment. The black flowers are what I attempted to emboss. Those who can tell, will probably be able to notice that a few of them worked, and one not so much. I will have to spend some more time with this technique. Thanks for checking it out!  :)

All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Black
Pattern Paper: Wings
Ink: Black, Lagoon, Pear
Stamp Set: Treasure Life, For Every Occassion
Embellishments: Black Brads, Lagoon Baker's Twine, Art Philosophy Tag
Embossing powder and 3D black paint (on tag) not CTMH

Friday, 30 March 2012

Birthday Cards

I had an order for a couple of birthday cards which was great because it gave me a kick in the creative pants! The only guideline was to make one of them fish themed. I used Liquid Glass to create the bubble-type effect on the happy birthday sentiment as well as to add a bit of shine to my fish. And so here it is...

All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Lagoon, Creme Brulee
Pattern Paper: Footloose
Stamp Set: Hot Diggity, Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Lagoon, Sunset, Goldrush
Embellishments: Creme Brulee Baker's Twine, Liquid Glass
Googly eyes from Walmart

I finally managed to use my Remarkable Wreath stamp set here that I have been eyeing up forever but hadn't got around to using yet. Love it! Sorry about the picture cut-off on this one (it's late). I popped up my sentiment here with 3D foam tape and added a little bling here and there for some extra pizazz. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue
Pattern Paper: Pemberley
Stamp Set: Remarkable Wreath, Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Desert Sand
Embellishments: Bling Assortment, Sparkles, Designer Ribbon
Stickles not CTMH.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sunshine Please!

The less sunshine we have, the more I realize how much the weather affects me. When the sun is out I feel fresh, somewhat energetic, and happy! When it's overcast and cloudy and rainy like it has been pretty much since October-ish (minus a few random days), I am tired and generally just grouchy, sad, or any of those negative emotions. Take your pick. So yesterday when it was cloudy once again (and even snowed on the first day of spring!) I decided I was going to brighten up my own day and create something sunny and bright. This is my tribute to the sun card! Haha.

I used the new CTMH Footloose paper pack as there is no way I can wait until summer to get here to use it. Love it! The paper in this package includes some Creme Brulee cardstock but I didn't have any ink to match so what I ended up doing was stamping the sun in Sunset ink and then going over it with Liquid Glass. I'm not sure if you can see it in the photos but I really love the effect it gave - kind of a 3D shine - so I used it on my little flip-flops as well.

Thanks to Mojo Monday for providing the sketch for this card (shown below).

All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: Creme Brulee, Lagoon, White Daisy
Pattern Paper: Footloose
Stamp Set: Just Chillin', Dainty Thoughts
Ink: Sunset, Lagoon, Chocolate
Embellishments: Creme Brulee twine, Yellow Button, Liquid Glass

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Carter is Turning 1!

My good friend Shannon sent me a message the other day saying she needed to make some invitations for her son Carter's first birthday coming up in April. So she came over that very evening and we worked for a couple hours to make five each of these two types of invites. Yay for Create a Critter and the Cricut Cartridge! Aren't they cute?

Materials used.
Random paper from who knows where.
Create-a-Critter Cricut Cartridge
CTMH stamp set Little Reminder and inks Indian Corn Blue and Sunset

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Spring Card

On time with a fun Spring card for this week's Heart 2 Heart and Mojo Monday challenges. Heart 2 Heart called for Spring colours (yellow, sky, and sweet leaf) and here is the sketch for MM. Was nice to do something with such bright, cheerful colours! Thanks for stopping by!

All products CTMH unless otherwise posted.
Cardstock: Sky Blue, Sweet Leaf, (yellow not CTMH)
Pattern Paper: Miracle
Ink: Crystal Blue, Pear
Stamp Set: Life Is Tweet
Embellishments: Opaque gems, Sweet Leaf ribbon, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge

Monday, 5 March 2012

H2H, Mojo Monday & B's Birthday

Well I did manage to make this card on time for my step-daughter Bailey's 9th birthday luckily, even if I'm a little late for the challenges of the week. Heart 2 Heart was an inspiration challenge to be drawn from the picture below, and I co-ordinated it with Mojo Monday's sketch, also shown below.

I love the colours and although it may not be quite old enough for a 9-year-old... she is turning into such a kind, caring, independant little lady that I thought it suited her well enough. Happy Birthday B!

All products CTMH unless otherwise noted.
Cardstock: White Daisy, Crystal Blue
Pattern Paper: Magnifique
Ink: Pacifica
Stamp Set: Celebration
Embellishments: Brown brads, Kraft Borders, Blue flowers