Monday, October 20, 2014

A Custom Creation: Skateboard Girl Turns 16

Hello there!  I've had the pleasure of doing a handful of custom creations over the last couple of months, and this is one of them.  You can see another here, and it happens to use the same cute kitty from Papertrey Ink.

The background story for this card:

  • birthday girl
  • sweet sixteen
  • loves cats
  • loves black, loves blue
  • loves to skateboard

I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating a very personal, unique card.  Here's the end result:

I created the skateboard by using a Word Window punch (Stampin' Up!).  I punched out three shapes using blue cardstock, stacked 'em up to give it height, and used a blue marker to add a shadow to the bottom edge.  The wheels were created with Pretty Pink Posh Onyx sequins, topped with silver half-pearls.

The background paper is flocked, which adds to the coolness factor.  :-D

I hear the birthday girl liked her card.  That makes me happy.  :-)

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Cat's Meow - Papertrey Ink; Fancy Alphabet - Inspired By Stamping Paper: white - PTI; Basic Gray, Brilliant Blue, black flocked - SU Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Basic Gray - SU Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: circle, Labels 15 dies - Spellbinders; corner punch - Fiskars; Copic markers; Word Window punch - SU; Onyx sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; silver half pearls - Recollections; blue gems - Michaels; Cat's Meow dies - Papertrey Ink

Friday, October 17, 2014

Almost One-Layer Sympathy cards

Hello!  I suppose I was in a mood to create quickly on the day these sympathy cards came to life. Each one is simple, using only a piece of pretty patterned paper (from Michael's Dollar Bin), some die cut / punched butterflies and a sentiment.

The sentiment - Deepest Sympathy Plain Jane - is from Verve, and I love the mix of fonts on this. It's a bargain at $3.00!

I'm not listing my supplies today, but feel free to shoot me an email or comment if you have questions about these cards.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Make It Monday - Gold-Dipped Leaf

Hello friends!  My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this week, and I'm sharing the card I made for the love o'my life with you:

How's this for a coincidence:  I had been cooking up a card idea in my mind, and decided to feature a single golden leaf, made using gold embossing powder.  Then, on Monday of this week, Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge is...guess what?  Gold-dipped die cuts!!  I used two PTI products on this card, so, of course, I'm entering there.  (Daily Designs Sentiments, Tiny Tags die)

This card has some symbolism going on:

  • We were married in the fall, hence the leaf motif.
  • Our fancy china, which we had registered for before the wedding, is Noritake's Opulence.  Look at the color palette:

Even the swirls in the 'black marble' portion of the plate are represented, using Elegant Flourishes dies from Tim Holtz.  I used the Faux Embossing technique to achieve it.

Sneaking this in to Virginia's View challenge - Clean and Simple, too.

This past weekend, my husband and I visited Newport, Rhode Island to celebrate our milestone anniversary.  We toured five of the mansions, ate wonderful food, stayed in an historic hotel - The Hotel Viking - and enjoyed each other's company.  The last time we visited there, I was pregnant with our first child, 17 years ago.  I want to show you pictures, but it's been a full week and I've not had the time to photo-edit yet.

Here's one pic to share for now.  This is The Elms, a summer 'cottage' built by the Berwind family.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Stamps: Daily Designs Sentiments - Papertrey Ink Paper: True Black, Vintage Cream - PTI; vellum Ink: Versamark - Tsukineko Fibers: vintage thread Accessories & Tools: Tattered Leaves, Elegant Flourishes dies - Sizzix/Tim Holtz; gold embossing powder - SU; Tiny Tags die - Papertrey Ink; Copper embossing powder - Creative Inspirations

Tough to photograph!

OH. MY. WORD.  This card was SO difficult to photograph!  LOL  And so, I am starting off my photos with the one I would typically place after the 'whole card' pic.

At least you can see the golden embossing both on the DCWV paper and on the stamped champagne glasses (Papertrey Ink's Propose A Toast) in the photo below.

And this next pic of the entire card, folks, is the best I could do.  And it ain't makin' me happy.

It looks much better in real life, and it's already in a shop for sale.  Fingers crossed someone thinks it's worthy!

Stamps: Propose A Toast - Papertrey Ink Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; Once Upon A Time - DCWV Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: gold embossing powder - SU
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