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Monday, November 30, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Digital Images

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got some shopping done. Now it's time to sit back with a nice cup of chocolate and relax a bit. The Christmas holidays will soon be upon us, so relax and enjoy it while you can.

I am a diligent reader of a blog called Dear Paperlicious (you can find it in the sidebar to the right). The author is witty and talented, and I enjoy reading her blogs. Last week she had a post about digital images. I rarely use digital images. To me that almost seems like cheating. There is nothing more satisfying that to put ink to rubber and stamp an image. Now, if you are a digital image fan, that's fine. It's just not something I usually do. However. You knew there was going to be a "however", didn't you?

I went to the Daisie Company website, and downloaded a free digital image. I chose the one of the bank, because I like to make a special card for the bank I do business with, and this one will be more personal.

Here is the card I made.
To make it my own, I used an x-acto knife and cut out the windows and door, then put a piece of clear acetate behind it to look like real window panes, then used glitter glue to make some frost/snow on the panes. I think I will use a black marker to write in the bank name above "Bank & Trust". I used a lot of glitter glue on the card, even though some of it is hard to see in the scan. I think the girls at the bank will like it.

If you use a digital image, why don't you share a link in the comment section?

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for my family, my friends, my health and well-being. So, from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. I'll be eating way too much turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie to move, but tune in on Monday for a peak at a special Christmas card.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Challenge

Good morning and welcome to Over The Moon Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. I went to a cookout for my nephew, who just finished Marine Corp boot camp. He has to leave to go back before Thanksgiving, so this was his Thanksgiving dinner. He wanted a cookout so his friends could come and visit with him.

Let's get started with today's challenge, shall we?

From my beginnings in scrapbooking, I have a ton of stickers. For today's challenge, I want you to use a sticker on your card. I needed a card for a baby shower (where the mother doesn't know the sex of the child ahead of time). Not having many baby stamps, I decided to improvise with what I had.

To make this card, I used:

  • 2 pieces of white cardstock, 1 cut to A2 size, and the other 4-3/4 x 3-3/4
  • a piece of green cardstock 5 x 4
  • a contrasting piece of yellow cardstock 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 (you could use patterned paper)
  • a Mrs. Grossman baby carriage sticker
  • Stampin' Up canvas background stamp
  • green dye ink
  • yellow ribbon
  • decorative border punch
  • words are computer generated

I stamped the green cardstock with the green dye ink using the canvas background stamp and set aside. I printed the words onto the yellow cardstock before cutting it out, then placed the baby carriage sticker.

I punched out the edge of the white cardstock, then layered the yellow cardstock close to the edge. I turned back the left edge of the cardstock (in this case by 1/2"), punched 2 holes and threaded my ribbon through it.

I then layered the green cardstock onto the folded white A2 cardstock, and lalyered the white cardstock on top of that.

A pretty simple card, but still looks elegant.

Now let's see what you do with this challenge. Please post a link to your creation in the comment section so we can all enjoy it and be inspired by your creativity.

Last week I got to spend an afternoon with my dear friend, Shelly, and I had a great time. We hardly ever get to see each other, with her illness and my work schedule, so it was really fun to be able to get together.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don't eat too much turkey, and we'll meet back here next week for another Over The Moon Monday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Christmas Cards

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. I have been off work for a few days, so it's going to take me a little while to get back in the saddle, so to speak. I had a productive few days, though. I had some stuff that needed doing at home, but with hubby always underfoot it never seemed to get done.

Today I want to share one of the Christmas cards I have been working on. The stamp set is from Dream Impressions. I don't think they are still in business. I got the set used online. I really like it. I stamped the building onto glossy cardstock, and masked it. Then I masked the bottom part of the cardstock with post-it notes. I brayered an aqua blue onto the top part of the cardstock, then blended in a darker blue towards the top. Then I removed the masks.

I stamped the large star in the sky and heat embossed it with gold. I used glitter glue in the center to give off a star-like shine. I used a white gel pen to make stars in the sky.

For the bottom part of the cardstock, I used various brown markers to make the ground. I wanted it to have a sand-like color, and the textures of the markers on glossy were okay for this application.

I stamped the wise men onto regular cardstock, colored with markers and cut out, adhering them to the card background.

How are you coming along with your Christmas cards? Will you be done in time to mail them out? I have found I'm a little behind, so now I'm rushing to play catch-up. But I'll get them done.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Technique

Good morning and welcome to another Over The Moon Monday. This past week I saw a video on making "fluff" for your stamping. So I decided to try it out. It's really quite simple to do, and the results so far have been great.

I have left mine white, so far, and it looks like snow! It has a little sparkle to it, just like real snow. I put it on the large snowflake below. I wish you could see it close up. But, according to the video, you can color it with reinkers to get any color you want, and you can use it for flowers or grass (or anything else you can think of).

To make this wonderful faux product, you simply need white styrofoam balls. I got a bag of them at Michaels so I could try this technique out, but you can get them at any craft store. Then I simply rubbed them together, and they come apart. Do this over a sheet of paper, then transfer the rubbings to a zip lock bag. I left all mine white, but can take out any amount I want to color them for flowers, or grass. It goes a little quicker if you use a kitchen grater with very small holes.

Anyway, the video is here. Or here:

If you try this out, let me know what you think. I have never tried Flower Soft, so I really can't compare, but leave us a comment with your observations.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Over The Moon Monday - Faux Marble

Good morning! I hope everyone had a safe Halloween. The consensus with most of you was that you liked the green background on last week's card.

I hope everyone remembered to set their clocks back this weekend. Daylight Savings Time is my hubby's biggest pet peeve. He says it gets his body and his routing all out of sync, and he complains for at least 2 weeks when the time changes. He's not as bad in the fall as he is in the spring.

Let's get on with today's card. I used the Faux Marble technique, which can be found in this month's Technique Junkie newsletter. If you aren't a member, you should check it out. Pat always has lots of interesting techniques, and I like the fact that it comes to you at home in a colored brochure, and there are lots of samples and bonus tutorials online. Instead of using a marker to make the marble veins, I used a cube stamp (Stampendous)I had had for awhile. I used 2 colors of brown inkpads with scrunched up waxed paper to make the marble. I really like the way it turned out. Just wad the waxed paper up and tap it on your inkpad. I did the light color first, then re-scrunched up the paper again and tapped it into the darker color. There is still plenty of the background showing through, so you don't need to feel like you have to get color on every little bit of cardstock.

The Autumn stamp is from The Angel Company. I used a nestability punch to punch out the white cardstock and the background. I colored the stamped area with copic markers.

I matted the whole thing onto copper stardream cardstock. I was pretty happy with the results.

Have a great week. And craft something.