Sunday, November 16, 2008

And now I present to you...

some cards!! Finally, right? I have been busy working, and not so busy stamping lately. The DB (Dear Boyfriend) doesn't like me on the computer all the live long day, so I try to limit the time I spend on the computer. I need to clean up my stamp room, because I am scared to go in there right now! I hate messes, but I also hate cleaning. Besides the fact that since my stamping area is new, I have very little storage at the moment, so that means that even if I did clean the area up, it would not be very organized. It's a work in progress, I hope that I have at least an area at our next place fit for stamping! Now, on to the cards!

I made these cards for my Aunt and her work buds. I think they turned out pretty good, and the ladies really like them! (We started with the first card, and finished with the second.) And we were cramped for time, we only had an hour to work...but everyone finished their two cards. I am going to try to present my cards a little differently. (when I have time to do this, I will actually spell out the dimensions, etc of the card. It will be more descriptive this way.

I got the idea for this card from Nancy, be sure and check out her card too!
I started with a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of chocolate chip textured cs. Then I layered a 4 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece of more mustard cs with a 4" x 1 1/2" piece of Autumn Vine DSP. I then punched a piece of more mustard cs with the scalloped square punch. This card uses only one stamp. It is a stamp from the Loads of Love Accessories stamp set. (I just got some watercolor wonder crayons, so prepare for some Loads of Love cards here soon!) On a 1" x 1" piece of whisper white cs I stamped "happy harvest" in chocolate chip ink. For the pumpkin, I punched three ovals with the wide oval punch in really rust cs. I folded a small piece (perhaps 3/4") of old olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and used snail adhesive to attach the ribbon to the middle oval. I wrapped a very thin scrap of old olive cs around a toothpick to make the vine, and attached it to the middle oval with tombow adhesive. I added faux stitching and faux piercing with a white gel pen.
You might notice that the bottom left hand corner is smeared, which is a result of me not waiting until the very end to add the gel live and learn I guess! I just wanted the mistake FOR you ;)...

Sometimes when I make a card, I realize my mistake too late, and don't feel like changing it for my sample, instead I change it for the kits that I make after the fact. This card is an example of this. My whisper white cs card measures 4 1/8" x 5 1/8" when it should have measured 4" x 5 1/8". The reason is that I have the card mounted on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of real red textured cs, and you can only see the mount on one side of the whisper white card. I wanted the real red to be evenly around the white. Oh well...I will use the measurements for my intended card, not for the actual card shown here. First off, I sponged real red ink on the poinsettias, old olive on the tree, and baja breeze on the snowflake of a season of joy stamp. Then I cut the images out (I left the three flowers connected to make my life easier, but they could just have easily been cut apart). I then stamped the entire image in chocolate chip on a 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" piece of whisper white cs. This was layered on top of a 2 3/4" x 3" piece of real red textured cs, a 2 7/8" x 3 1/8" piece of chocolate chip cs, and a 3" x 3 1/4" piece of old olive cs. I added the previously cut out pieces using dimensionals to add a little pop. I stamped my favorite swirly image from season of joy on the card base (in chocolate chip, of course) where I thought it would show from behind the main image. I added a strip of 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon to fit the card base and a 1 1/2" x 4" piece of ski slope DSP. Cute huh?

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