Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quilled flower birthday card

I made this card for one of my coworkers who has a January birthday. I quilled the flwoer and added pearls and beads to the center and petals. The embossed silver was aluminum foil glued to a cereal box. I then ran the foil covered box through my cuttlebug using and embossing folder. I stitched the panels onto the base of the card and added a ribbon at the top. The sentiment comes from my Mark's Finest Papers set called HEARTS, HEARTS, HEARTS.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sketch challenge 313

For SCS's sketch challenge 313, I made 3 cards. Two were for male co-workers who share January 1 as their birthday. They were so much fun to make, and all three have their own unique qualities.
Layers of Color- Joyful Noise
Unknown stamp set that I got at a rummage sale. "Groovy"
Mark's Finest Papers - Bold and Free
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Red hats for the teaparty

The cards for today's teaparty are all about red hats. The teaparty destination is for a lady named Joyce who has been struggling with health issues with her cancer that have left her with stroke like symptoms. I hope that this card will bring a little joy to her day. I quilled the hat and used a sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers HEART HEARTS HEARTS set. My husband and kids got me a border embossing folder for Christmas. Of course I had to give it a try.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Photos

These icicles were near the door at work. The sun was just setting and shining through them.
This bald eagle was flying over the Mississippi River.
There was a heavy fog last night that came through the area. When the fog lifted this morning everything was covered with a thin layer of ice. When the sun hit the trees, it looked like they were covered with thousands of little diamonds.
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

I only need you to make...

I would have a Christmas card list that is a mile long. I hate to leave anyone off. That does tend to get expensive, so this year my husband and I agreed that because money was tight that we wouldn't send cards. So I made only a few Christmas cards. Then yesterday he says "I need you to make 30 Christmas cards for the employees." and he needed them today. I don't think he had any idea of what he was asking. Most of my cards take at least 45 mins a piece to make. I ended up with this card that when mass produced took me 5 hours to make all 30 (of course I had to make the envelopes too). I W.I.S.Hed the sky, cuttlebuged them and sewed them to the card base. I stamped the angels with black stazon, watercolored the robes, added glitter to the wings and cut them out. I curled the wings so that there was some dimension. Craziness!!!!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Inchies with Quilling

The Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week was to make a project using "INCHIES". Inchies are little 1"x1" canvases to create on. It is a great way to use up scraps. I cut 3 pieces of scrap from a piece of W.I.S.H.-ed cardstock that was green and blues. I Then quilled a snowman, holly leaves and berry and a poinsettia. I glued them to the inchies and then using my versamark ink pad, UTEE and my heat gun, I embossed the inchies. I then added beads. I layered the inchies on red cardstock, gold paper and white cardstock. I punched a hole at the top and added red cording.
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From White canvas to Poppy Field Tutorial

Cindy's teapot challenge was to take the white teapot and use that as our blank canvas. I sure had a lot of fun making this card. I added sewing for the Technique lovers challenge yesterday.
Materials I used:
White cardstock, cheap crayola markers, acetate report folder, spray water bottle, paint brush, heat gun, prisma colored pencils, sewing machine, rub-on flourish, green and turquoise cardstock, black stazon, Mark's Finest Paper TAKE A PEEK butterfly, scissors and Aleene's tacky glue.

I started by drawing on the inside of the report folder with a variety of green markers.

I then sprayed the folder with water and shut it. This is what it looked like when the folder was shut.

I opened the report folder. There are puddles of color. I placed a piece of white cardstock on the puddles. There were lots of white spaces that didn't get color. That is the look I wanted.

I then scribbled on the report folder with blue markers.

How the blues looked sprayed and smashed.

I turned the paper sideways so that I could place only the WHITE part into the blue puddles.

It overlapped just a little.

I let the white cardstock with greens and blues on it dry. I then scribbled on the folder with orange, red, yellow and pink markers.

I sprayed a drop of water on the folder.

Using the folder as my paint pallet, I mixed and matched colors. I then randomly painted splotches onto the cardstock.

I then let the paper dry completely before going on to the next step. I used my heat gun to make it dry faster.

I then took my yellow prisma colored pencil and added some yellow outlines to the flowers.

After outlining with yellow I outlined some flowers with an orange prisma colored pencil.

I then took my black prisma colored pencil and added centers to some of the poppies.

Next, I took my white prisma colored pencil and added highlights to the black centers.

I then took a light green prisma colored pencil and randomly drew grass blades. I let some of the blades draw over the flowers. That gave the illusion of depth.

I then added a slightly darker green followed by an even darker green.

I layered the white cardstock with the green and turquoise cardstock and put on a white cardstock base. I used my sewing machine to do a decorative stitch around the edges.

Of course I had to add a butterfly. I stamped the butterfly from the Mark's Finest Papers set called TAKE A PEEK. I stamped it on white cardstock with black stazon. I heat set the ink with my heat gun. I then just scribbled over the butterfly with yellow, pink and orange colored pencils. I didn't have to color in the lines because I was going to cut it out.

I cut my butterflies out this way. I cut around the butterfly and leave the top at the antennea for last.

I then cut away the part that is next to the wings on both sides.

I cut the inside V last. I leave a little extra room so that I don't accidentaly do an anteneaectimy.

I fix the little extra white by coloring it in with my black prisma colored pencil.

I then make a cut on both wings that goes from the outer wing towards the body, but I stop before I hit the body.

The cuts allow me to bend the wings to give them dimension.

I used rub-ons for the butterfly's flight trail.

I cut out the red flourish so that it would be easier to rub on.

I then glued the butterfly on.