Sunday, September 26, 2010

What's been keeping me busy......

I have been really busy at work creating invitations, gift cards and other miscellanious items for the boss's wife. The top invitation was my first submission to her, but she wanted a little more "mexican" flair since it is for a fiesta. I created the entire background using My Digital Studio accessories, like ribbons, designer papers, scallops and some stamps (all from the program). One thing I have learned since I started my job is that when they do invitations and cards, they like poems on them. Quippy little poems. I am so not a poet. The girl that used to come up with all these things was very poetic but so anal about it all. The poem had to have the perfect rhythm and all that poetry techno stuff, and she would spend hours on the poem alone. Me, on the other hand, I just find a card or two with the sentiment already done and kinda put them together and voila! I did have help with the wording on this one though. The second card is what she used as the final product. I got the image from Google, don't have a clue who to give credit to. My superviser emailed it to me and said "here, use this". I like both versions, but I like the first one better, because I fully created it myself from scratch and built it up to the final product. The second one is not my artwork, so I feel like I cheated. Oh, well. I did "X" out the address and phone numbers, but you still get the idea. Oh, and Alex is a girl. Not to offend anyone, but when I first read her email for the specifics, I thought mmmmmm. Alex and Trip? Then realized that it's Alexandra, Alex for short.
I have a few more things to share that I've been working on in My Digital Studio. I really like the program, but there are some things I would add or change. I will share the other projects asap!
Until then, Hugs and Happy Creating!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Very "Vintagy"

Is that a word? Vintagy? Well, it is now! I have a habit of making up words, but that's ok. That's what makes me, ME! So, this card is big and has a lot of stuff on it. At last count, it was 6 layers not including the ribbon. Do you count ribbon as a layer? hhmmmm... things to ponder. The card base is a 4x7 inch piece of Creamy Caramel. The next layers are as follows.....
1) a tea stained tag that I got at a scrapbook fair a while back
2) Tempting Turquoise card stock
3) a Polka Dot DP that was run through the Big Shot with Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then swiped it all over with Creamy Caramel ink pad
4) a Sheet Music DP that was swiped with Creamy Caramel ink pad and sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch
5) Very Vanilla CS stamped with the frame from Notably Ornate and the "amour" from Artistic Etchings and embossed the bird from Always in Black EP
6) last but not least the sweet little frame from Tattered Angels framed font that I colored with Tempting Turquise marker, swiped with Chocolate Chip ink pad and sprayed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch.
Boy, that was a mouth full! I also embossed a couple images from Artistic Etchings on the Tag layer. The ribbon was white organza that I sprayed with Log Cabin and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch and then heat it to make it crinkly and vintagy looking. The little blue and cream accent berries were left over from some floral picks from my daughter Amber's wedding bouquet. I have a lot of them left over and am trying to use them here and there. They match the colors for this card perfectly.

I don't why, but I have been making larger than "normal" sized cards lately. Sad thing is, I don't have any envelopes for them to fit in. Besides, with as fat as this card is, it would have to be mailed in a padded envelope anyway. What is your favorite sized card to make? Regular A2 size or mega big like this one?

One thing I want to try to work on next is scrapping on canvas. Have you seen this? It is awesome! You can see what I am talking about here or on Splitcoast. I really can't do that until I have everything set up in the not yet finished craft building. I just don't have the room in the house. But soon, very soon I hope, the building will be complete and ready for me to fill to the brim with all my craft goodies! The roof was finally completed today, next up is the siding and hooking up all the electrical stuff. I am getting too excited! I hope to have some updated pics on that very soon.

Well, I think that's it for me today! Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!


Saturday, September 4, 2010

This is the other card I made for my cousin's baby shower. It matches the name banner. I love that designer paper! But all I can tell you is that it's from My Mind's Eye. The card base is Pretty in Pink. I distressed the edges and tore the DP to "expose" the cardstock and wrote "sweet" with a SU! marker. The E and the frame are from a Tattered Angels framed font that I colored with Copic Markers and then swiped with a Regal Rose ink pad and sprayed with SU! Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. The ribbon is light pink organza that I crinkled using the heat gun. The pink buttons are just some that I had in my button stash.

Well, I think that's it for me today. Until next time.....

Hugs and Happy Stampin'!