Hey there Crafty Friends! I am back! Getting back into the swing of things with a new mission... to create 500 cards... period. Lol 2009 has come and gone but I am taking up the torch again. I will be posting cards at least once a week. Some will be my own creations and some will be inspired by or copied from card makers and artists that I love. Along the way I will be learning new techniques and gaining new skills in my goal to become a master card maker. Won't you join me?
Friday, May 13, 2016
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Paper is Basic Grey 6x6 pad: Green at Heart
Rhinestones included in the Hero Arts stamp kit CL414
Just for fun I uploaded my latest two cards to www.splitcoaststampers.com gallery. My username there is Me_and_Sugarbean.
Thanks for visiting!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Yes! I actually have MADE A CARD! I have been doing other craft related projects over the last year but never posted them... maybe I'll create a post with some of the projects I have worked on over the last year. In the meantime I want to share this card I made today.
I have been having some fun with some Copic markers I received for Christmas this year and I especially enjoy coloring the little girl stamps from Hero Arts. I have quite a collection these days. Here is a closer image of the girl...
I stamped the image using black Memento ink then colored with Copic markers.
The paper is from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6x6 pad
Flowers are from Prima
This turned out really better than I thought considering it was kind of slapped together from limited supplies. Hopefully it will be the first of many... I will be talking with Troy later in the week to talk about this year's Valentine and I'll post that when I get it done too!
Thanks for visiting!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
As usual this project went through several stages before ending up with the final product. The task: create 20 tags which will be suspended in the air by helium balloons. On one side, a decorative element, on the other, a custom quote about... you guessed it... Love. How sweet! Troy of course came up with the theme "Love is in the air" and I designed the tag element.
Of course no project is complete without starting off purchasing some expensive toy I simply have to have! This time it was some oval shaped dies from Nestabilities. Yes, I have a Cricut, I know... but it's really hard to get the scallops exactly right... this was much easier. So off to my favorite art supply store for that. I also picked up some pre-made tags to make my life a little easier.
Next I went to Paper Zone and picked up some sparkly red paper, white cardstock and some brown paper that matched the brown of the tags. The trick was... how to get the quotes printed on the pre-made tags? I thought at first I would print them onto the brown paper and then cut that out and paste it onto the tag, but I ended up deciding to use clear avery address labels instead! They are not seemless but they did not look too bad at the end of the day so I was OK with that.
Then I ran into another challenge getting the phrase "love is in the air" onto the red oval on the front of the tag. I tried using the clear labels again but I really was not happy with the way the tag showed up. I finally decided to just stamp the word love on the front using a .99 stamp set I picked up somewhere. Conveniently the font was similar enough to the font I used on the back to work!
Now I had to adhere the oval onto the tag. I didn't like the big blank space so I used a swirl background stamp with white Brilliance stamp pad and I liked the effect. Finally I switched the orientation of the oval... since the tags will be hanging that way I thought it made more sense and it was more asthetically pleasing too. :-) So if you want to know why it takes me 4 weeks to finish a project... now you know! (and it's a good thing that my boss doesn't mind that I glue things together at my desk or it would take 6 weeks!)
Here they are!
There are 20 of them
And on the backside are the quotes!
What do you think?
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Here is a link to the picture that derailed me last February.
Part of the reason I'm "back on track" is because my friend has commissioned another Valentine's card... that and I got some fun toys for my Cricut for Christmas. :-)
This project was shamefully scraplifted from Sharon Johnson (http://notimetostamp.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/) Of course hers is better... I thought this turned out pretty nice.
The back side of this are little pockets and each pocket holds a ticket for some special treat. Troy is very creative in coming up with these so each one starts with the letter it corresponds to. It was really fun! This was his coupon list:
M - Mr. Belvedere - This card entitles you to a day free of doing any chore
Y - You Win - This card entitles you to win a argument no questions ask.
V - Valentine Part 2 - This card entitles you to celebrate Valentine's Day again on any given day.
A - A Good Day - This card entitles you to not dealing with any issues/drama of any kind today.
L - Little Wishes - This card entitles you to 3 little wishes within reason on this day.
E - Entertain Me - This card entitles you to pick any movie you want to see, no questions asked.
N - Night Night - This card entitles you to a 20 minute massage and a night cap served to you before bed.
T - Tasty Tasty - This card entitles you to a breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner at your favorite restaurant.
I - Interesting - This card entitles you to focus a day on whatever strikes your interest.
N - No Rush - This card entitles you to 2 hours of unrushed shopping
E - Eat and Run - This card entitles you to a romantic night @ home with take from your favorite SF restaurant.
I can't believe how the last year has flown by. It's been eventful, that's for sure!
For those of you who didn't get the original post, my new year's resolution last year was to make 500 cards in 2009 and blog each one. Of course as you can tell, I made 3 and then the train was permanently derailed.
For starters, I received a commission to make a Valentine's day "card" from a friend of mine for his girlfriend. At the time I was working 9-10 hour days and simultaneously trying to be a good wife and mother while cramming in the crafting. I did manage to get the Valentine's card done on time and mailed off to my friend in San Francisco... but the stress of it kind of took the wind out of my sails for a while.
I might have started back in at some point but then... in August... my husband of 5 years announced that he wanted a divorce and he moved out. I spent the next few months pulling myself back together and moving myself and my daughter into a new apartment since the house we shared as a family we were not able to keep.
Fortunately I was able to use this as an opportunity for personal growth... (HAHAHA) and now that the holidays are over, I'm feeling good and ready to start creating again! The apartment we moved into had a beautiful HUGE master bedroom... which my daughter and I decided would be better served as a "girls toy room" rather than a bedroom... so I now have a large craft area. And since most of my craft stuff is still in boxes it isn't too crowded with junk to work yet! :-)
I'll try to get "crafty" and have something new to show you soon!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Where is card 002 you're asking! Well that one is done, don't worry, I'm not skipping! I have pics too! It is pretty much the same as this one but I will have to post that one tomorrow.
So... this is made using double-sided paper again... this time Scrapbook Walls - Persian Floral. I added some brown satin ribbon from my mom's collection that is I don't know how old... the packaging looked circa 1970. :-) Finally put to a good use. The stamps are from the Spring collection I bought at Costco... add some brads, some white card stock, brown cardstock and copper leaf pen and viola!
Now I'm beat! I'll post the other pic and more tomorrow.
Only one more day of these 9.5 hour phone shifts!