Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Toys and Techniques

Ahh I've been at it again. This first card is an angled view of the Easter card I made for my Grandparents this year. It was the perfect excuse to use my new toy, Spellbinders Labels Seven. I used several layers of the labels and made a score line down the center of them to make it look like a book. I inked the edges of the 'pages' to enhance the effect.

The two cards below are made with techniques that have been around for a while but are new to me.

This first one uses a technique called spotlighting. I've been meaning to try this for a while and finally got around to it. I thought this big butterfly and flower stamp was perfect for it although you can do this with anything really. It's not difficult at all.

I was pleased with the end result here.

I have a big bag full of scraps of beautiful papers that are leftover from numerous projects that I can't bring myself to just throw away. This next technique is a great way to make use of those pretty little bits.

Just take your card front, randomly glue little pieces of paper all over the surface and then trim any pieces that go over the edge of the card off. It creates sort of a patchwork quilt or abstract collage look for your background.

This was my first try at it and I think it went pretty well. Perhaps next time I will use a wider variety of papers.

That's all for this edition!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just a Stampin' Fool

I've been feeling creative lately and doing a lot of stamping. Stamping is relaxing and therapeutic for me. It's my creative outlet.

I'm currently hosting a card swap on Splitcoast called "Feeling Fruity". A combination of my severe case of spring fever combined with seeing some really awesome fruit themed cards in the SCS gallery recently inspired the swap.

Here are a couple of cards I made for Feeling Fruity:

I've been holding on to that super cute cherry ribbon for about a year now. I have a bad habit of saving materials for some future special project that never comes. I am trying to get over that and this seemed a good time to put that hoarded ribbon to use.

This weekend I worked on some fish themed cards for a swap I am participating in (not hosting).

I knew I wanted to use my fishbowl stamp but I hated the idea that this cool fish DP by K&Company would be mostly covered up by it. So.... It occurred to me to stamp the bowl and my little Gina K. fish onto vellum paper. Now I have my fishbowl AND you can still enjoy the DP. I'm kind of proud of that idea. I hope the people that receive my cards in the swap will like it as much as I do.

I think the best thing I made over the weekend was the Easter card I will be giving to my parents this year:

I got this great stamp set by Inkadinkado at Christmas time and have been looking forward to using them for Easter.

That's all for now. Thanks for visiting my little chunk of the www!