Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chilling Out!

We got a little less than 2 inches of snow (plus some ice) here in Georgia this week and the kids have had no school for three days in a row!   Meanwhile, we've been "chilling out!"

I've gotten a number of cards done, finishing a collection to send to my friend Erin for her birthday next week.  I based this one loosely on an altered book project my daughter did last semester in Art class.  She had some extra pages torn out she let me use to create this unique look.  Since the text actually mentions penguins, choosing the stamp was easy!

Supplies used:  Stampendous Skating Penguin, There She Goes Penguin Love sentiment, die cut & embossed banner (manufacturer ?), SU very vanilla, real red, and basic black card stock, Paper Studio A2 Snowflakes embossing folder, Versamark, embossing powder and glitter.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Warm Birthday Wishes

I had this card scheduled to publish on my Mom's birthday,  a couple weeks ago, but it didn't appear . . .

I made this card last week when it was in the teens here in Georgia -Brrrr!  We're not used to that kind of winter weather!  This quilt-like birthday card seemed appropriate for my Mom who lives in Missouri and is quite accustomed to cold January birthday temperatures!  Happy Birthday, Mom!

I used my Papertrey Ink Stitched With Love and Quilters Sampler stamp sets along with Stampin' Up Think Happy Thoughts, More Mustard, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy and Creamy Caramel cardstock, generic ribbon and Versamark with clear embossing powder.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Back to School!

Last week when my kids went back to school, I took on the Midweek OWH throwdown to create a chalkboard style card.  Like waking kids up early again after a weeks of sleeping in, this also proved to be difficult!   

My first challenge was in selecting appropriate stamps for this particular style, then the actual stamping of the (near invisible) Versamark on black cardstock made it tricky to combine images well,  adding white embossing powder (even when I had remembered to use my embossing buddy) led to unwanted little white specks,  and finally lining up the stamps with white craft ink to make the chalky shadow took a few tries, too!  Whew!  Thankfully, chalkboards are messy, so I let go of perfection and embraced this fun, trendy theme!  

I used Papertrey Ink Boutique Borders Birthday and Stampin' Up Morning Post Alphabet stamp sets.  found some random paper that looks like whitewashed wood, which I embossed with my Paper Studio wood grain folder,  cut it into strips and made my own frame, then mounted it all on DieCuts with a view silver script designer paper.