Sunday, August 31, 2008

Terrific Trio?

The Angel Company (TAC) sponsors contests each month for Angels (demonstrators) to enter. If an Angel wins a contest category, she gets free stamps. Occasionally I enter these contests, but not often enough! LOL Just not enough time to do everything I want to do, but that's another issue... ;-)

A while back, I entered "Terrific Trio" and used only 2 TAC stamp sets t make 3 cards. Apparently my trio wasn't so terrific, but the blue "tub" card did make it to the "Featured Artwork" section of the TAC website. That was a compliment, but I really wanted those free stamps! Oh well, I sent something in this month for the first time since then. We'll see what happens...

Here are those three cards. In line with the baby theme, I kept them clean and simple--no edge distressing, no inking/dirtying up the edges, etc.

Stamps: Peek-a-Boo, Blissfully Ever After ("Congrats")

Ink: Noir and Toile Pink Palettes

Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Lilly Anna SWIC and Cardstock, Bazzills Yellows and Pinks & Red Violets

Other: Prisma Watercolor Pencils with Dove Blender, Skin Tone Pencils, Gray Tombow Marker, Lilly Anna Hardware and Ribbon, Light Staples, Pop Dots, Crystal Lacquer

Note: It's difficult to see in the picture, but all the bubbles in the "tub" picture have Crystal Lacquer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Easy Birthday Cards

The same friend who wanted the baseball card posted here, wanted more than one. Here is a really quick and easy one I came up with...
The green and brown card base is supposed to be like grass with a dirt infield. That part of the card is "flat" like a postcard. The baseball opens at the top where it has a hinge. To make this, I folded the ivory cardstock, then cut the circle, making sure to stop before going all the way around.
Stamps: You're a Winner, Running Stitches

Ink: Noir, Moulin Rouge and Cognac Palettes

Paper: Ivory Ultrasmooth, Bazzill Greens, Brown

Other: Watercolor Pencils with Dove Blender, Gray Tombow, eyelets set with Crop-a-dile

Note: I again used a Stipple Brush to apply the Cognac ink to make it look like a dirty baseball. I also bent the Running Stitches Stamp to make it look like stitching on a baseball. Once again, that's partly why I love unmounted stamps so much! Woo Hoo!
One more quick and easy card for you today. No fancy techniques involved on this one--just kept it really simple. Of course, you have to give it to the right person or it seems really mean! LOL ;-)
Stamps: Birthday Wishes, Needed Numbers (retired)

Ink: Noir and Charcoal Palettes

Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Black, Red (retired)

Other: Hydra-sponge, Pop Dots, ribbon, staples, black micron pen (retired)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

SpecTACular projects--finally!

Remember I said I'd post the projects we did at my SpecTACular Night? Well, here are two more. That means you'll see three of the four. I decided to enter the other one in a contest, so I won't post it yet...

This first one is an adaptation of one we did at Seminar. I used a different stamp set and paper, but same idea.

Stamps: Sweet Goodies

Ink: Noir Palettes

Paper: Scarlet cardstock, Black cardstock, Tan cardstock from Amberley Grace SWIC

Other: Mega Scallop Punch, Hydra-sponge, Pop Dot

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These are magnets using TAC's new Penelope paper line! I just LOVE that paper! I didn't have the Penelope ribbon yet at that time, so we just used ribbon I already had. Both of these were on the table as examples so that each gal could use her own creativity and have fun!

Stamps: Flourish Bet

Ink: Burnt Umber and Violette Palettes

Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Penelope SWIC

Other: piece from Chipboard Stack (cut into fourths), Bind-It-All (to punch), Hydra-sponge, Brown Scrapper's Floss, ribbon

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Double Duty!

I just remembered that I could also post a picture of another card without needing my camera just now. This is one that I used for a swap on Paper Wings. It's similar to the one we did at my Open House/Catalogue Premiere in July, but I changed it just a bit for the swap. Enjoy it until I get those MNTs posted! ;-)

Stamps: Build-a-Flower
Ink: Belle Rose and Landscape Palettes
Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Blue 1 and Green 2 Matchmaker Cardstock
Other: Bind-It-All (to punch), Crop-a-dile and eyelet from Cha Cha Hardware Collection, ribbon

Two Bella Flor Cards

I know I said I'd post some of the Make-n-Takes from the SpecTACular Night, but while I was out of town my camera did some funky things. So...until I figure out what the deal is, here are two cards I made using TAC's Bella Flor paper. It's still on special for only $10--a great deal for great paper! ;-)
For this one, I cut the flower out of the patterned paper. I inked up the stamp, then cleaned the ink off the word "we" so the stamp no longer reads "WE celebrate life together." Now it can be used for wedding or anniversary! Very simple and quick, but pretty because of the Bella Flor paper.

Stamps: F is For Family (retired)

Ink: Boudoir Blush and Charttreuse Palettes

Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Bella Flor

Other: Hydra-Sponge, pink crystal brad (center of flower)

This one is actually a gate-fold card with the panels on either side. With the little girl on the left and the sentiment on the right, it makes it fun and different to open and close--a little tricky too! You have to be smarter than the card. LOL :-) Just a note: If you haven't tried the Scor-Pal for gate-fold cards, you MUST! They make them perfect every time--easy too!

Stamps: Girlz & Boyz, Squiggle Ladybugs (retired)

Ink: Noir Palette

Paper: White Ultrasmooth, Bella Flor, Bazzill Cardstock in Pinks & Red Violets and Yellows

Other: Scor-Pal, paper piercer, 3/4" circle punch (for corners), watercolor pencils, Dove Blender, gray Tombow marker