Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
PS- Sorry the pics are blurry!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
So I hardcore copied my friend Jess's card on this- you can see it on www.thepaperperchbyjess.com. I loved hers so much I had to make one for myself! It also makes me happy in my soul to use my Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon paper. It makes me smile. The white fabric flower is Bo Bunny- I wanted to try to die it but then I got nervous and just left it as is! Maybe I'll be more adventurous about it next time! Thankfully no real drama with this one, nice change of pace for me!
A friend at work mentioned she wanted a card for her husband and of course I offered to make one! She just wanted a general card, no real purpose and she said he likes music, he plays the piano, and he likes food. So the wheels started turning for a design and I found this perfect quote online! Let me just say, making a card for a man is so much harder than for a woman! As my husband put it "guys don't give a sh** about cards, they just through them away after they read them". I guess that makes sense when you see that pretty much all cards are kind of girlie! So i finally came up with a dude design and at the very end decided to do a zig zag stitch on the edge. Big mistake, this paper is too thin for this! It kept ripping a little and the machine kept skipping stitches and jamming! I dejammed the machine probably four times and the worst part was the bottom but at that point I couldn't take it anymore. It was either throw the machine across the room or cover it up with ribbon. I chose option two thankfully. Finally got to use my Walnut Ink spray which was fun to use especially paired with my new Lettuce colored ink dabber.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Here is my first attempt at trying a blog layout challenge! This one is from www.mojomonday.blogspot.com. For some reason making a card with an agenda is a lot harder than just coming up with something on your own, but I definitely enjoyed it because it pushed me past my normal comfort zone of my typical horizontal layout! I finally used my cuttlebug birthday cake die which for some reason I've been avoiding (probably because getting each little piece adhered was a challenge all in itself!). I also stole Jess's little flower idea that she just taught us- thanks Jess! Since I'm running low on twine, I remembered I threw a couple shorter pieces away the other day so I shamefully dug through my trash can to find it for this card! To be fair it's only craft trash in there- don't think I'm disgusting! I'm on a budget here! I made the mistake of using light blue ink at first for the happy birthday and then when I took the pics of the card you couldn't read it at all so I had to go back over it with pink! Anyway, I hope you like it!
I "whipped" this valentine's day card together the other day! Well, not really whipped, more like a cumbersome construction! The lettering on each square turned out to be quite the process! I have a "Love" stamp that I like the font on so I ended up having to ink each letter and individually stamp each letter on each square. The stamp is wooden, not clear by the way, so guessing the alignment was nearly impossible. I must have done 4 "Vs" and 4-5 "Es". Once I actually got the lettering right I kept punching the holes too close to the edge and then ripping them to get the punch off the paper, thank god for glue dots holding the letters in place! But when all is said and done, I love the way it turned out! I'm clearly obsessed with this color combo!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
More attempts at sewing on the card, this time not so smooth! I think my sewing machine must have jammed like four times and did not like me very much when I made it go over the card, the paper, and the cherry (see break in stitch as case in point)! I have also now discovered the designer paper. Oh boy I'm in trouble and so is my wallet! My new faves are Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon, and Bo Bunny. I also discovered the amazing scrapbook store down the street from my house thanks to my crafty friend Jess (I swear I'm not obsessed with her although it may seem like it based on my multiple mentions of her!). I think my exact quote after leaving Right At Home Scrapbooking was- "that place makes Joann's look like Ocean State Job Lot" and this is when I realize I am in trouble!
PS- I should mention that my husband went to school for graphic design so he has an eye for this stuff and I ASKED for his feedback! I don't want to you to think he's some kind of mean person! Haha!