A Busy Evening

Well I have been really busy this evening.  I have made my November ATC for my swap and designed my cards for my workshop next week.  It was a productive afternoon but I still have a lot more to do. 

I have been wanting to design my ATC and had actually planned it out in my head while I was walking.  Once I began to put it together I did not like how it was turning out so I went in an entirely different direction.  I still have another ATC to do for another swap I joined.  I have it planned out also unless my original plan doesn’t work out and I have to go off on another tangent.  So here is my ATC.

Stamps: Merry and Brights Paper: Handsome Hunter, white Ink: Encore Silver, Handsome Hunter Accessories: Basic Black marker, Handsome Hunter brad, snowflake punch, white with silver trip ribbon (Michael’s – just got this at 50% off), organdy ribbon (JoAnn’s – just got this also), Spica glitter pen, aqua painter, sticky tape, crystal effects, dimensionals
This is a cute little ATC.  I think the ladies who get this will like it.  Well it is time for me to get to bed (I am actually scheduling this to be posted later this morning – it is actually 1:30 am).  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Falling Leaves

Have you noticed the colors on the trees lately.  Here in Hollywood, Maryland the trees in the back of my house are a gorgeous red and yellow and with the wind we have had the last few days the leaves have been blowing all around.  That is what inspired me with this card.

I used a new patterend paper from my stash and really like how it looks like a fence on the card.  This whole card just kinda fell together but looks so good finished.  I began with Amy’s sketch for the layout.  I then chose the patterned paper.  In looking at the sketch it had a strip going across the top and bottom piece.  I had some ribbon with pumpkins on it and decided to use it.  To match the ribbon I used the Fall Whimsy (retired) to go with the ribbon.  I needed another strip right above the patterned paper and found a scrap of gold organdy on my desk.  Liked how it looked but wanted to camouflage the edge of the patterned paper.  That’s when I spied my chocolate chip organdy.  Decided to use both ribbons but over lap them so you could see both ribbons.  I love how it turned out.

I stamped my pumpkin and leaves but felt it needed more color so I pulled out my aqua painter and began watercoloring.  This is a great way to add color and still be able to see the details of the stamps.  After all my stamped images were watercolored I then cut them out.  Now it was just a matter of  layering all the pieces on the card.  Here is the sketch and my gorgeous card!

Stamps: Fall Whimsy, Small Script (both retired) Paper: Very Vanilla, DCWV paper stack Ink: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Garden Green, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red Accessories: Spica glitter pen, pumpkin ribbon (JoAnn’s at end of season last year), chocolate chip and gold organdy (cc – online store don’t remember which one, gold – free bee from Ellen Hutson when I ordered from her), sticky tape, dimensionals
You probably can’t tell from the photo but the pumpkin and leaves are all glittery.  Today I will be working on some other fall cards so you will have wonderful creations (LOL) to look at.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Mojo Monday strikes again

Well I have switched gears. I am now making some fall cards so that I can have some to mail out to my friends. In about 2 weeks I will switch to some Thanksgiving cards so I have those ready to go. I do need to get a turkey stamps (can you believe I do not have a turkey stamp in all my stash) though. Does anyone know of a cute one I can get? I also got a new toy to play with. If you have followed my blog I mentioned I wanted an alphabet set that you could snap the letters together to make your own sayings. Well the Just Right Stampers have what I was looking for. I ordered the wooden circle and the small font set and used it to make the saying on today’s card. The font is really tiny so I am going to have to get another font set in a little larger size. I had fun playing!

I went through all my paper this morning and pulled out all the ones that could be used for fall cards. I have so much paper and I can’t wait to use some of it. I decided to use one that I have used a few other cards. I also saw some awesome things being done with the Cuttlebug and embossing folders. You have to go to Jay’s blog to check out what she has done (she even has tutorials for you to learn how to do all the amazing things she does). She definitely inspired me to try some new things so be looking for them.
Julee has given us another great sketch. I decided to do some embossing on the background of this one and then used my gold pad to gently swipe over the embossed swirls. Love how it turned out. On a few of the other blogs I read I saw where they were using the punches in the same size and staggering them. I did the same on this card using the small oval punch. Like how it turned out. I know you are just dying to see my card so here is the sketch and the card.

Stamps: Fall Foliage (retired), Just Right Small Font Set Paper: Brushed Gold, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Very Vanilla, DCWV paper stack for PP Ink: Creamy Caramel, Encore Gold, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust Accessories: small oval punch, Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, ribbon (JoAnn’s last year at end of season sale), sticky tape, dimensionals
You have got to check in tomorrow. I made the cutest card that I will be posting! Thanks for looking and have a great afternoon!

A quick card

Well this is the last week for Halloween cards. As I was addressing my final mailing this morning I realized I was short 6 cards. I thought, what am I going to do on short notice? I then remembered I had some preprinted cards I could use. I pulled out my stash and found these black striped ones. Great! Now all I needed to do was stamp an image, mount it add some ribbon and I was done. I had my 6 cards finished in 30 minutes other than letting my crystal effects on the ribbon drying.

So I addressed my envelopes while I was waiting for my crystal effects. Put all the cards in the envelopes, sealed them, and put the stamps on. Then it hit me. I hadn’t taken pictures to post. So, needless to say I very carefully opened 2 envelopes back up so I could take pictures. I’m sure the recipients won’t mind when they realize their card is posted on the blog for the world to see. These cards saved my day! Here are the two cards I made.

Stamps: Spooky Swirls (TAC) Paper: preprinted cards (bought them on clearance from LSS), green galore, white Ink: Basic Black Accessories: ribbon (bought on clearance last year from JoAnn’s), dimensionals
As you can see these cards were super simple and quick. One of my friends Sandy (Hi Sandy!) doesn’t think you can make a card in 30 minutes. Here is proof for you Sandy that it can be done. Hope you give a fast and simple card a try. Thanks for looking and have a great day!