I LOVE to create greeting cards. This is a place
for me to share some of my favorite cards with family,
fellow card-makers,and friends.
Update: Since I began this card-making blog in 2009, we have moved to a warm, sunny place, retired, and gotten very busy. Even though my love of making cards has not lessened, my time "for" card-making has diminished. I had actually considered taking down my blog because of my lack of time to make and post cards. Instead I will try to post more regularly with a variety of things. Please bear with me while I attempt to expand my topics.
Good morning ... it is truly a lovely Spring day here in Minnesota. We've had 2 scorchingly hot days this week, but it looks like the temperatures are settling back down into the "open window" range! Hurray!
Lots going on this week which has caused me NOT to get any cards made, BUT I have been working on my coloring techniques using the Copic Markers. I have also watched some great videos (online) about Copic coloring. So I thought I would post my first Tilda colored with Copics. I think these little people from Magnolia Stamps are just too precious. If you'd like to view these videos, you will find them at http://.copiccreations.wordpress.com.
I took a Copic coloring class this past Wednesday at Smudges in Chanhassen. It was very informative. (And it was a lot of fun, too!) Leslie and Trish (our instructors) had taken the Copic Markers certification class, so we learned a lot more than just technique. So when it came time for me to make a graduation for a friend's daughter, Callen, I knew I should practice my Copic coloring techniques. I used the same design that I posted earlier with the Changito monkey grad. The card base is blue to go with her school colors. And the Cuttlebug "congrats!" embossed Bazzill mat was leftover from the other cards made for the St. Hubert's 8th graders. The ribbon is from my SU! stash and is the same color as the cardstock. I stamped an extra diploma, wrote the school letters and year on it, cut it out, and added Diamond Glaze to it before adhering it with 3M foam tape. Oh, I also added the silver "jewels" in the four corners where I'd used the SU! ticket punch (love that punch!). I tied a little gingham ribbon on the larger ribbon for a little added interest. I stamped "We're proud of you, Graduate" (Wordsworth by Rubber Soul) on the inside as well as 3 little diplomas from Perfectly Clear Stamps (Stampendous) along the bottom of the insert. I used Versafine Majestic Blue Ink. To decorate the back of the envelope, I used Hero Arts Rolled Diploma and Graduation Cap stamps and, of course, the Copic markers. Practice makes perfect ... I am just hoping for BETTER!
Copic Marker Colors Used: B69 (Stratospheric Blue), B91 (Pale Grayish Blue), E33 (Sand), E34 (Orientale), E37 (Sepia), W0 (Warm Gray No. 0)
Can you believe it? This is the first gate-fold card I have ever made! I have always loved the idea, but never remembered to try it. And I also tried another idea on this card as well. I stamped the flower image in green and then stamped it again in red and used a tiny punch, so I could mount them on the green stems. Now I call that a little putzy, but I loved the end result. Of course, I had little circles flying all over my desk while punching them. The ribbon idea came from a card on SCS. (I will search it out and give the designer credit.) Please excuse me for not sharing all the details on the names of the supplies. It has been a long day. I, mostly, just wanted to share the card! I will mention that on the inside, I used companion paper to the designer paper on the front of the card. I am definitely planning to make more gate-fold cards in the future ... they are a fun change of pace!
P.S. Better late than never, I'd like to thank two Splitcoast Stamper gals for the ribbon idea and for the popped up blossoms on the stamps image. They are Maricela and Robbie (robbier52). Thanks, again!
Not much time for card-making this week so far! We spent the last weekend visiting friends in Florida (our first and only winter "get-away" this year at the beginning of May!). Arriving back in Minnesota Monday afternoon, we quickly became "daycare" for our little grandson who came down with a virus Monday morning. He has been coming to our house each morning since then. Hard to shake that virus! I did get to attend a Cuttlebug class at Smudges (our LSS in Chanhassen) Tuesday night. It was such fun and I tried a number of new ways to use the embossing folders and dies. The teacher had such cute ideas and the other gals in the class were lots of fun!
With Mother's day on Sunday, I still needed to make three more cards. I used the design from one of the class cards! Definitely a CAS! (I changed the colors, the sentiment, and did the inside differently as well.) The cardstock consists of white Bazzill for the card base, SU! Bashful Blue for the mat and Barely Banana for the butterfly. Two different CB embossing folders were used along with the Mini Scor-It. I added pearls to the butterfly for a little bling. It is a quick and easy card but looks like you fussed! ;-)
Thank you for looking!