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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

First New Year Post-Long Post

For my first post of the new year, I have to say thanks, to Jacque of Jacque's Joie De Vivre. If you have been to her blog, you know that she makes some of the most beautiful cards that I have ever seen. She is also very generous and has sweet stuff givaways. From time to time, I enter to win her givaways. Well, I was the winner of one of her sweet stuff giveaways. I received my package full of great things right before Christmas. Here is a picture ot the items that I won.

I can tell you that the spa items in the basket have such a wonderful berry fragrance. THANK YOU, JACQUE!!!

Also if you have not entered her Sunday Sensations yet, you need to do so this coming Sunday. You have until Tuesday when she selects the weeks winner to enter for that week. Diana Crick of Magnolia-Licious is sponsoring this event and there are some great giveaways. So on Sunday, go to Jacque's blog and enter her Sunday Sensations!!!

Next, I wanted to share with you the December Mingle Card that I made for Charlene Bessken. She has already received this card, so I am not going to spoil the surprise. I really liked how this card turned out and the colors are two of my favorites. Below are my pictures of the front and inside of my card.

I used one of my Mini Magnolia Stamps for the front and they are just the right size for the front of an 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 size card. I also was trying something different with this card. I love the kind of watercolor techinique that many use with the distressed inks to create a background, so I tried to get this same effect with my copics by dotting the background with my copic and then using grays to go over the dotting to get a muted or washed out effect. I am still experimenting, but I can say that I did like the effect that it gave this image.

My next card was for my my good friend, Beth's, birthday. Her birthday is on January 1st. My card did not make it to her quite on her birthday, but just after. Beth is the person who taught me to stamp and make cards, so I wanted to picked colors that I knew that she would like. I made her an easel card, so she could set it up in her craft area to remember her special day. These image were from my winter kit and are now available to preorder from the So Special Collection. These images are just perfect for birthdays. Following are pictures of this card.

In these pictures, I hope that you can see that background effect that I have been working on.

My last post for this evening is the card I made for my January Mingle partner Angelique Nederpel. This card is going all the way to the Netherlands. I mailed it today and hope that she receives it before the end of the month. In any case, I used one of the very first Magnolia images that I ever purchased. I got this stamp because I really like it, but then I wasn't sure what I could do with it. However, when I purchased this year's Spellbinder's snowfake pendant die, I knew that I could use this with that image. In any case, here are the pictures of this card. I had trouble getting good pictures of this card as there is so much glitz on the card, but I hope that you will be able to see them well enough.

Because this is such a long post, I didn't post the items that I used. If you are wanting to know any of that information, you are welcome to contact me through the Magnolia-Licious yahoo group. My email address is in the database there.

I would like to enter this card in a couple of challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlights Challenge - Recipe Challenge

Wild Orchid Challenge - Challenge 14- A sketch by Bev

I hope that you have a great crafting week.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pink and Yellow Challenge Card

I created a pink and yellow card for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Pat invited me to join in the challenge even though I am not sure my cards are good enough to be entered into a challenge. However, I had fun creating and making this card. Pink is one of my favorite colors and yellow does look nice with it (Of course, I added a little purple as well as that is my other favorite color. I guess I am just a typical girl.) I chose to use a bright pink instead of a pastel pink as I enjoy the jewel colors more than the pastel colors. I also got to ink up one of my new Magnolia Stamps from my pre-order and use my new Magnolia Doohickey die called Doily Flowers. I just love this Snowy Hugs stamp. I knew when I saw it that I would get that one as it can also be used after Christmas for just a winter card. When I created my first flowers with the Doily Flower dies, I thought that these dies create beautiful flowers. I attached the small and large flowers together with an antique brad from Stampin' Up.

Here are a couple pictures of my card:

A closer view of the image:

Items Used:

Stamps: Magnolia and Stampin Up

Dies: Magnolia and Spellbinders

Card Stock and Designer Paper: Stampin' Up

Crochet Ribbon, Brad and Rhinestones: Stampin' Up

Markers: Copic

Dye Stamp Pad: Stampin' Up

I am also going to enter my card in the 7 Kids Give Thanks Challenge. I haven't entered my cards in many chanllenges, so I hope that I have good luck in these two and can gain some experience in making cards for challenges.

Thanks for stopping by to see my card, and I hope that you will leave a comment if you have a moment. Have a great stamping day!!

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mentor/Peer Card

I made a card for my mentor/peer at work. He has been going through some rough times at work and personally, so I wanted to send him a card that said hang in there. I received this stamp in my summer kit (Hanging Edwin) and thought that it would be a great one to use. It seemed to go with the sentiment of... Hang in there, but better still he had been in the navy. Therefore, nautical theme works.

I have had this card in my head for a while. I wanted to use the seabackground and use acetate to create the image of a window. To do this I stamped and colored the image first. Then I stamped it again and only colored the outside part of the image. I cut out the middle or window on the image. Then I attached the acetate to the second image and put silver brads to imitate rivits on the porthole. I then layered this on the first image and popped it up using dimensionals. I was pleased with the result.

Here is the front of my card:

Here is a closer view of the image:

Following are the supplies that I used:

Card Stock: Stampin' Up and Couture

Designer Series Paper: Stampin' Up

Ribbon: Stampin' Up

Brads: From Stash/Hobby Lobby

Acetate: From Stash

Coloring: Copic Markers (Sorry, I did not keep track of the colors that I used)

Rub Ons: American

I hope that you like my card. Leave me a message and tell me if you think the acetate worked to give it that window feel. Have a great stamping day!!

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Fall Wedding Card

My nephew was married on October 30th. I was supposed to attend his wedding, but was so sick I couldn't attend. I will travel home to WV to visit and take this card that I made for him and his new bride. I hope that they like the card and the gift card that I purchased for them. They are putting together a new home together, so I thought that I would just give them a gift card. That way they can purchase whatever they need or want for their new home.

Here is the front of the card that I made:

Here is a closer view of the image:

Here is the inside of the card and a closer view of the image:

Following are the supplies that I used:

Card Stock: Stampin' Up, Gina K, and Couture

Designer Series Paper: Stampin' Up

Pearls: Stampin' Up

Dies: Spellbinders and Sizzix

Coloring: Copic Markers (Sorry, I didn't keep track of the colors), Spica

Stamps: Magnolia and Stampin' Up

Other: Stickles

I hope that you like my card. If you have a moment, leave me a comment. Have a great stamping day!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

August Mingle and Challenge Card

This is my first time joining in the mingle with the group. I made this card for Martina Brill!!! I hope that she likes it. I am also entering this in a paper piecing challenge. I hope that it wins!!

Here is the card that I made:

Here is a closer view of the image:

If you want to leave a comment, please feel free to leave one below. Any comments are welcome!!

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Graduation Card for Neice

Several weeks ago I created a card for my niece, Kelsey, that graduated from high school. She is a lovely girl who has gone to Perdue University this year. I hope that she enjoyed her card and she has a great time at Perdue this year making friends and just being a student. Great Job, Kelsey, great job, and good luck!!!!!

In any case, here is the card that I made for her:

Here is a closer look at the image:

If you would like to leave a comment, please do so below. Any comments are welcome!!!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Card of Firsts

I made this card for a friend at work to thank her for her kindness. My thought was to make her an easel card so she could put it on her desk. I had never made an easel card and they looked complicated. I had seen everyones else's and decided those are just oo hard for me!!! However, I thought one would be great for my friend, so I got on line and began searching for instructions. I found them on Splitcoast Stampers and various blogs. How easy they are once you overcome your mind!!
Next my freind is African American, so her tilda should have the same skin tone. I had never done any skin tone except caucasion. So I used looked up the best colors to use on "I Like Markers." My coloring turned out okay, but I will need to practice a little more on using these colors.

Last, I have been interested in trying new papers other then my Gina K paper, which I love!!! This time I used the Cryogen White Irisdescent paper. I like the shimmer of the paper with my markers, but it is not as easy to color and blend as my Gina K paper. I will use it though, because there are times when you just want that little bit of shimmer.

I am going to enter my card in the Magnolia Birthday Bash challenge. I don't know if I have enough bling on my card, but I have Stickles and my iridescent paper. Hopefully that is enough shine and bling!!!

In any case, here is my card. I hope that you like it and will leave a comment. Any CC is also welcome.

Here is a closer view of my coloring:

Copic Markers used:

Skin: E25, E27, E29, R22 or R24

Hair: C3, C5, C7, C9

Outfit: V000, V12, V15, V17

Flower: G07, YG03, YG 16, Y000, Y11, Y13, Y21, Y26

Have a great day and happy stamping!!