Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I've been very crafty!

Although I haven't been posting very often, I have been *very* busy! Today I'll give you a peek at two different cards that started with the same idea but went completely different directions.
It all started with a technique from Technique Junkies called Alcohol Ink Press. Only one of my backgrounds was deeply enough colored to use for this particular project, but I had two of the man with the umbrella to use. Hence, two similar (but very different) cards!
This first one was closer to what I originally intended. The AI technique gave me a lovely background, although the brown color I used at the bottom seemed to lighten up considerably. This was backed onto a piece of glossy white card (so the colors were visible) and stamped on top with a Tim Holtz stamp using StazOn. I felt the man needed more 'umpf' so I stamped him on grunge paper and did my favorite thing of all time (NOT!) - fussy cutting. I lightly coated him with a turquoise/gold Lumiere paint that had been watered down a lot. I wish I could say that I stamped the flourish (also Tim Holtz) next, but that would be a lie! :) Instead, I did it the hard way... adhering the grunge man first, then lifting him up in order to stamp the flourish & dust with Perfect Pearls from the Patina kit. I did learn something important - perfect pearls do *not* stick well to acetate. I learned that by rubbing my finger across it and having to reapply the pearls! A piece of offset black card stock and a few dew drops later and voila!
The second one was more of an experiment with the grunge man. Also fussy cut from grunge paper, I treated him to a little different style. First I inked over the black image with Faded Jeans and Fired Brick (IRL the umbrella is *very* red but I couldn't seem to get a good pic). Then he was given a 'wet' coat, umbrella and shoe tops with Distress Crackle paint (clear). Once that was dry I rubbed some more blue ink into his coat and dabbed a little of the clear distress stickles on the top edge of the umbrella. The background (and grunge paper word pieces) were colored with Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo DI. They were a little too bright for the man, so I spritzed them with Graphite Glimmer Mist.
Once everything was dry I stretched a piece of copper wire mesh over the background and stuck it down to a black mat (using super strong red liner tape). The black mat gave me a way to attach the word pieces using the Tiny Attacher from Tim (which has the *most* adorable little staples - evah!). Some red liner tape to stick the man down and a sparkly gray card base and I was done with number two.
So there you have it. Two similar, but very different cards. Hope you like them!
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's cards

Hello again!
I have a couple of v-day cards to share today. Both of them are a little different than my usual style. :)
This first one was the card for my hubby. Very simple, in fact it was inspired by a new blog I've been reading called Simplicity. Love it! Go visit, really! She has an amazing clean and simple style - but the impact is amazing.
I'm not usually a CAS stamper, but it seemed really appropriate for my hubby. He's not a flourish-y kind of guy. lol The main panel is watercolor paper with the sentiment stamped in Ranger's Archival ink. I used a piece of Cut 'n Dry to dab just a little bit of Memento Rose Bud over the sentiment, then used a water brush to smooth it out & give a watercolor look. Then I used a (very old) SU! background stamp with VersaMark and dusted it with Perfect Pearls in white. Finally I brushed Antique Linen Distress ink very softly around the edges & mounted the panel on a natural card base. Not sure why the picture came out so pink toned, IRL it's very soft & white.
This second card was for my little boy. He was thrilled with his 'alien robots'. (robots are a BIG thing in our house!) This little valentine is only 3X3, just cut from a basic piece of cardstock. I sponged some Peeled Paint Distress ink at the bottom, masked it with a piece of a sticky note & sponged black at the top. The robots and space ship were cut from some fun patterned paper that I found a while ago. I ran them through the Xyron & stuck them down. I cut a heart out of white card stock and inked it with Warm Red chalk ink, then coated it with red stickles. Finally I used a glitter pen to draw dots for stars - it is *space* after all! :D
Tonight I spent over an hour cutting out a bunch of these little robots & their space ships. I had stuck them down on the front of a couple of those magnets you get on your new phone books. Tomorrow the boy will have plenty of ships, robots, ray guns and planets to play with on the fridge. Hopefully he'll want to play with them enough that mom will think all that cutting was worth it!
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Friday, February 5, 2010

Something entirely different!

So today I thought I'd give you a little glimpse into another part of my crafty life. And my personal life. :)
Last week was a little crazy around here. Dh & I had our 8th (eighth?!) anniversary. Unfortunately, our little boy was very, very sick for a few days. Not how I ever anticipated celebrating any occasion, let alone our wedding anniversary! We did finally get to go out for dinner later in the week, sushi followed by a stop at our favorite coffee shop. Aren't we just the party people? *lol*
I did manage to make us a totally decadent cake. I found the recipe on All Recipes (you can find it here) and adjusted it a little bit for our tastes. There is an *awesome* spice shop nearby in Boulder called Savory. They carry this amazingly dark cocoa powder called Black Onyx that I added to the recipe (at the end with a little milk) - which it why this cake is so dark. Yum! I left the chocolate chips out of the cake because I wanted to frost it with the German Chocolate Cake Frosting (dh's favorite). I've made this frosting a couple of times - don't overcook it (sorry Debs!) or it will turn into a solid lump on top of your cake. :(

So, now comes the 'crafty' part! I know I've posted before about trying to learn PSE and digiscrapping. This time I'll show you what I've managed to do! Everything here was a freebie that I downloaded off the web - even the template. I don't think it's completely done - I wanted to add some journaling, but the template didn't have a space for it and I'm not sure exactly where to put it yet. As you can see, he's still a funny man (even after so many years of marriage!) but is also a great father and wonderful person. Of course, he may not be particularly pleased when he sees this - but it might make for another great picture that I can use in a future page. ;)
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