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Friday, January 30, 2009

Valentines

Good Friday morning! It's raining here today, but I'm not complaining. We need it. The weather is supposed to drop and get very cold tonight. Good snuggling weather! :-)

I wanted to share some Valentines I am making, so over the next few posts you will get to see what I've been up to!

Here is the first one:



I love the background paper for this one. The stamp is from My Paper Moon (not released yet), and the "LOVE" letters were cut out with a Cricut. I colored the white flowers on the heart with a white gel pen, then added some rhinestones to the centers.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and your creative muse works overtime!

Friday, January 23, 2009

All Better Rich

Who doesn't like chocolate? Especially hot chocolate when it's cold. I made this ATC for a RAK. The "Chocolate, Coffee, Men...They're all better when they're rich" is a stamp from My Paper Moon named "All Better Rich". I stamped the image twice and cut out the coffee, chocolate and tie. I colored them with Copic markers and used pop dots to give the ATC dimension.



Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Black and White #4

Oooohhh, another chilly day in Florida. Chilly? What am I thinking? It's downright COLD! Brrrr. I definately didn't want to get out of bed this morning. It's only 47 degrees right now in the middle of the day. When it gets this cold in Florida, to us it is cold.


On to the last of my black and white cards:
I really liked the way this one turned out, and it was very easy to do. What could be better than that?

I stamped the image (from Hero Arts) onto white cardstock with black palette ink. I distressed the edges and matted it onto black cardstock, using eyelets.

I put a piece of Magic Mesh around my brayer, and inked it up with white gesso. You could also use white acrylic paint. I brayered this over my black cardstock for the background. If you weren't making a black and white card, you could use any color acrylic paint you wanted to to complement your color scheme. This actually looks messier than it is. If you don't have a brayer, you could also put the magic mesh onto the cardstock and sponge your colors on. And if you don't have magic mesh, a piece of mesh ribbon would also work.

I cut a piece of black and white ribbon to fit on the front of the card and adhered it with glue. Then I placed the matted image over top and viola! Another card done.

I've given you come ideas to work with. I hope I've inspired you to create something today.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Black and White #3

Good morning! Another chilly day in Florida.



Here is my 3rd black and white card:



There is no stamping involved with this card. It is actually a cuttlebug folder that was embossed, then I added the black by running an inkpad over the embossed area. I like the shabby way it turned out. There is a sheen to the black that is not able to be viewed from the scan.

I hope you keep warm today. I'll check back in soon.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Black and White #2

Good aft3ernoon! Here is my second black and white card. I really like the way this turned out, and it really looks so much better in real life. I stamped the same image, once with black ink of white cardstock and once with white ink on black cardstock. I cut them both out and aligned them so that they matched up. I matted the white cardstock on textured black cardstock, and I matted the black cardstock on white. I ran 2 pieces of cardstock (1 black, 1 white) through the cuttlebug with an embossing folder. You can't see the embossing on the black very well, but it's there. I cut those in half and mounted my other piece on it. I stamped "dream" with white ink on black cardstock and distressed the edges with white ink. I layered that with foam pop dots to make it stand out.

I hope you have a creative day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Black and White

I apologize for not posting Saturday. I didn't have phone/internet for the weekend. A mixed blessing? Anyway, I'm here now, and let's get to it, shall we?

This month I have been challenged to make 4 cards that are black and white only. At first thought, I was kind of intimidated, but after I started working on it, I could have made quite a few more than 4. Here is the first one:



I chose a winter snowflake theme for the first card. The black snowflakes are stamped on white cardstock. On top of this I put a layer of black with white dots patterned paper in the center of the card. On top of this There is a layer of black textured cardstock, then a strip of white mulberry paper that I tore.

I punched out some white snowflakes and put icicle glitter glue on them and adhered them to the white mulberry paper. I embellished them with rhinestones and pearls (as I also did the black snowflakes on the white paper). I cut a small piece of white mulberry paper and stamped "let it snow" with black ink. I matted on a small piece of black cardstock and adhered it to the card. I really like the way it turned out.

It's a yucky day here in the sunshine state, with no sunshine in sight at all. I have a sinus headache, and I just have an all-round yucky feeling today. Stay warm where you are and I'll have another black and white card tomorrow.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friendship

Card by Shelly Hinkle

Good morning! I hope this year is being good to you. Today I want to share a card made by my friend, Shelly Hinkle.

Shelly started with a light purple card base, then tore some mulberry paper and attached. She stamped "friendship" (stamps by My Paper Moon) in black ink. She then stamped the flower onto acetate. When this was dry, she adhered some red liner tape onto the acetate and cut the image out. Remove the backing from the red liner tape and apply glitter. Attach to the card front so that the image is facing out, add some ribbon and viola! You are done.

It's been a little chilly here, but I like the welcome change from the heat. Good snuggling weather. I hope if you are in the pacific northwest, you are out of the flooding, and if you are in the midwest or northeast, you are out of the snow.

I'll check back in tomorrow. Have a crafty day!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Blog Candy Winner!

I want to thank each and every one of you who posted on the blog. I can empathize with those of you who listed losing weight as your biggest challenge, because that it what I have to do THIS year. Maybe we should all form a support group. :-)

I know you are anxious to know who won the blog candy, so without further ado....

Drum roll please.....

The winner of the scrap metal is Sharon from Oklahoma, who wrote: "My hardest thing was I used to be a basic EMT and had to give that up because of a bad back. I did this for no pay they would have paid me but my dad had a terminal illness and used the ambulance service for years and I wanted to give back for what me got and show the world there is still compassion out there. I would do it again today if I could my dad's been gone almost 14 years and I miss him each day."

Sharon, please email me at mypapermoon512@aol.com with your mailing address, and I'll get it in the mail to you.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thank You...and Blog Candy

Thank you for putting up with me this year. I have enjoyed your comments and I look forward to sharing with you in the new year. It has been a year today since I stopped smoking, and I thought that would be a good time to give something away. It wasn't an easy thing to do, but I (and my husband) succeeded. I'm proud of us. We couldn't have done it without each other.

As some of you know, I used to have a brick and mortar scrapbook store, and I had this Scrap Metal set left over, which contains 148 pieces. I would be happy to send it to some lucky person (winner drawn randomly). All you have to do is leave a comment telling me about the hardest thing you ever did (or gave up). Or one of your resolutions for this year.


I'll pick a winner on Monday, January 5th, so check back to see if you've won.

May we all have a healthy and prosperous 2009!