Life to the Fullest

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I was in a distressing mood when I made the card I'm sharing with you today. :)
I started with the April 2014 Week 2 Viva la Verve sketch, which you know I turned sideways. The sentiment and frame is from a JustRite stamp set. I colored the frame portion with Copics, distressed with Distress Ink, edged with a copper leafing pen, and added a few rhinestones to brighten it up a little. The glossy embellie over the "Live" fishtail banner is also a stamp from that same set. I colored it with Copics, added a rhinestone, then dipped it into my melting pot of hot UTEE. I thought that it might cause the rhinestone to come off, but instead, it just smoothed out all the facets and removed a little of the color. The blue strip behind the sentiment layer is my attempt to create a blue faux leather strip. I'm not sure if it really looks like leather, but I'm good with how it looks here. ;) A few more fishtail banners, a ripped edge, some metal embellies, and stitching, and this card is good to go!
The inside should have been easy, except I refused to waste a piece of this beautiful dp just for a few edges to show, so I pieced together a frame from very small scraps. The white panel barely covers the seams and edges of the scraps. The two sides are long rectangles, and the top and bottom are long skinny triangles. I was able to keep the scraps squared up by putting them inside a rectangle die as a shim.

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Alleluia!

Monday, April 14, 2014

I got a new Our Daily Bread stamp on Saturday, and, unlike a lot of stamps that just get stacked on a counter until I'm ready to use them, this one saw action right away! :) It's pretty, all on it's own, but, OMGosh, I can't get over how gorgeous it is with color!
I needed a card for my DD's baptism yesterday, and I hadn't been able to find a stamp that I thought was right for a 9-year old. I "settled" for this cathedral window image, but once I had finished the card, I couldn't believe I almost passed this stamp up! It's gorgeous! I wanted to emboss it onto acetate and color the back so it would look more like stained glass, but for some reason, the acetate couldn't stand up to the heat, so instead I stamped it onto white cs, colored, then fussy cut it, went over all the stained glass lines with a black Spica pen, then added Glossy Accents to all the windows. I topped it with a couple of bows, a sweet mini doily die cut, which I embossed with black embossing powder, and a gold, heat embossed cross image, that I found in Michael's dollar bin a couple of years ago. The Alleluia sentiment is also heat embossed, and the green flourish die cuts are coated in clear glitter. I wanted just a little something in the upper corners, so I transferred the negative pieces of an outline sticker.
To give the personalization panel on the inside the look of crumpled paper, I sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink around the edges, then tapped the edge of my inked sponge tool randomly across the cs. The Bible verse is stamped in Pear Tart Memento ink, and the page dividers in Dusty Concord. The perforated lines on the outer edges of the dp mat were made with an MFT die. 

The window stamp ended up being perfect for a Baptism, and my DD loves her card! But, don't you think this would be perfect as an Easter card, too! :-)

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Be Happy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Friday! I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend--I sure am! Tomorrow, I'm spending the entire day at Impressive Ideas, our fabulous stamp store here, and Sunday my DD is being baptized! Can't ask for better than that! :~) But, for now, I've got a fun card to share with you.
I used the Mojo Monday Sketch #340 for the layout, and Taylored Expressions stamps and dies for the balloons, clouds, and fishtail banner. The blue balloon was stamped with Danube Blue Memento ink, then I colored the flower doodles with a red Copic marker. The red outlines were made with a red Spica pen. The dark red balloon was paper pieced, then I traced the swirls with a black Spica pen. Finally, the orange balloon was colored with Copics and I covered it with yellow Stickles. You can't see it in the picture, but I used a stylus on the balloons to give them a puffy look, then when I adhered them to the card, I only put glue around the outside edge of the balloons and added a glob of Coll-All 3-D glue in the centers to make sure they stay puffed. HaHa! I made a funny! Stay puffed...Sta-Puft. Get it? I haven't thought about the marshmallow man in years! Back to business here, the tiny clouds were attached to the card with Coll-All glue also. I colored the sun with Copics and added some shine with a clear Wink of Stella pen, and the sentiment is from the same stamp set as the balloons. The seam binding was originally bright red, but I dyed it with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink to get that dark crimson color.
I used a Curved Borders One Spellbinders die to cut pieces from the scraps left over from the front of the card, and used them as an accent border on the inside of the card.

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Girly Purse

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello there! I am so excited to share a super cute Silhouette project with you today! It was fun to make and turned out even better than I expected! See for yourself...
My DD is going to a birthday party this weekend for a friend who is turning 7. For her birthday, the little girl is saving up for a big-ticket item, so her gift this year from us is money. I hate just putting money inside a card, so I dusted off the Silhouette and made this sweet little purse and coin purse gift holder using Samantha Walker Silhouette files. The birthday girl is probably the most girly girl I know, and loves to carry purses, so this is perfect for her. The coin purse is large enough for a gift card, and would have been perfect for a cash gift, too, but when it was finished, it wouldn't fit inside the purse, so I made a smaller one just like it. I'll save this larger coin purse for another birthday party. ;)
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Here's a look at the front, back, and bottom of the purse. The detail in the project is amazing! All the brads give it a nice, realistic look. The purse stays closed with a Velcro dot underneath the floral flap, and, did you notice the little "feet" on the bottom of the purse? Sweet! ;)
Here's a look at the inside of the large coin purse. The smaller one, of which I don't have a photo, fits nicely into the circle purse. 

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Friends Fill Your Life With Joy!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hello there! I was so surprised when I saw that it has been almost a week since I posted anything! I've been broadening my graphic design skills so I could create a new watermark for my photos that matches my new blog look. Even though it's done, I can still see things I may change on it, but for now, I'm ready to get back to making cards!
I just love the super feminine look this card ended up having--nothing like I envisioned when I started making it. I used the Viva la Verve April 2014 Week 1 sketch for the layout, and the Chevron Chic challenge over at Verve was the inspiration for the dp I chose. The diagonal strip behind the sentiment is made of two layered Washi tapes. The sentiment and frame are Just Rite Stamps, which I colored with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils and a gold Spica pen, then fussy cut. I used Glossy Accents over the 3 single corner flowers and leaves. The cluster of flowers in the lower right corner was also colored with Copics and a Spica pen and fussy cut, but instead of Glossy Accents for it, I melted a little UTEE in a melting pot and dipped it in. It reminds me a little of a Cloisonne brooch. The oval behind the sentiment was die cut, then I sponged Peacock Feathers Distress Ink over it, spritzed with water, and edged with a gold Krylon pen. The bottom die cut was sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink then painted with Distress Crackle Paint. For the trim at the bottom, I layered lace, hand-dyed ribbon, and a lacy border die cut. It's topped with a 3-loop satin bow, metallic button, and a coil of gold memory thread.
Inside the card, I took advantage of a scrap from the front of the card, Washi tape layers, and a Happy Birthday sentiment.

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