Monday, August 31, 2015

I Swear I'm Still Alive!

Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I've been working on some commissioned work and I haven't really had time to update my blog. I thought I'd just share a quick post with what I've been working on.

First up, my friend from high school asked me to make him a card to give to his fiancée on their wedding day. He wasn't really sure what he was looking for, so I put together several different cards for him to choose from. They range from sweet to silly, but they all have my signature style!

I think my favorites are the bunnies wishing on a star and the fox and raccoon on the bicycle. There's just something so sweet about them!

Next, I created a couple of birthday cards for a custom order on my etsy store. This customer was very specific about he wanted. The sentiments were all him! I merely put the visual pieces together for him.

And last, but not least, a couple of cards I made just for me!

I may have been on a small hiatus, but that doesn't mean I'm not crafting! I hope you enjoyed my massive picture update! Until next time!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Thanks and Love You

I have another two cards today that were inspired by the Background Check class from Online Card Classes.

This first card was created by using embossing paste colored with distress inks. I used a chevron stencil to apply the paste and then let it dry. I die cut the sentiment with the Thanks Word 2 die from Paper Smooches and added a layer of glossy accents to the top to give it some nice shine. Under the sentiment is some gold thread. I also used some spare gold hearts from a previous project and some gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish it off.

Paper: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Dies: Thanks Word 2 (Paper Smooches), Mini Hearts Set (Simon Says Stamp)
Stencil: Chevron Pattern (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry (Distress Ink)
Other: Gold Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Gold Thread, Glossy Accents

This next card uses a DIY diffuser with an embossing folder. I die cut a circle from several pieces of cardstock and then adhered the negative space together to leave a smooth circle on the embossed piece of watercolor paper. I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink to watercolor the circle after I embossed the piece. I used the Wondrous Wreath set from Stampin' Up for the wreath and the Just Hatched Set from mama Elephant for the owl and the sentiment.

Stamps: Just Hatched (Mama Elephant), Wondrous Wreath (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Strathmore Watercolor
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Back, Memento Rich Cocoa, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Wisteria Wonder, Assorted Copics, Versamark
Dies: Wondrous Wreath, Just Hatched
Embossing Folder: Woodgrain (Tim Holtz)
Other: White embossing powder

I've decided to enter these into two separate contests. The first is being entered into the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge. This week is Anything Goes. The second card is being entered into CASology's challenge with the key word of "Precious". I think the sweet little owl image combined with the Love You sentiment makes it the perfect card to give to my sweet husband (who just happens to be very precious to me!)