Saturday, April 24, 2010

Play Date Cafe Card

I made this card for the Play Date Cafe. It was interesting to do because being a color challenge, I wouldn't have normally chosen these colors. They ended up being pretty together and I am happy with what I created.
For this card I used:
Unity Stamp (pixie lane) Stampin' Up Stamp (sentiment) DCWV Cardstock and Pattern Paper, Cuttlebug Folder, Sizzix die, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Random Embellishments from stash, Glimmer  Mist (on flowers)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vintage Challenge

This is my first attempt at making a vintage card. For my birthday I got my distress pads because I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I really enjoyed making this card. It was a nice break from copics and I love the aged look.
For this card I used:
Rubber Stampede Stamps, Sizzix Dies, Glimmer Mist, Paper Lace, Core'dination Paper, Embossing Powder, Ribbon, Patterned Paper from Stash, Distress Ink

This card is for Die Cut Dreams Challenge : Vintage

 I found out that this card made it to the Top 4 of the challenge I entered it in! Thanks so much Die Cut Dreams!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Homemade Glimmer Mist

So this is my first attempt at home made glimmer mist. I have seen a few tutorials on it so I decided to try it. I have a lot of alcohol inks that I have bought to dye clear dewdrops. Tim Holtz makes wonderful colors of inks in Earthy Tones. So to make the glimmer mist, I used Alcohol Ink, Mica Powder, a drop of Crystal Glaze dimensional glue and water. The mica powder is heavy duty stuff, you really need only a tiny bit. I had a bit of trial in error in making the green. I used quite a bit of the Mica Powder in gold and that sorta over-rode the green ink. The cranberry color came out really well though. I used a pearly mica with violet undertones
I still have 9 more colors to make and will put up a pic when I am done..

***EDIT*** (4/14/10)
I have contacted Tim Holtz about using alcohol inks in the homemade glimmer mist. He wrote back to me and explained why Alcohol inks should NOT be used. The ink contains a resin that when in liquid form if inhaled can stick to the lining of your lungs. And if by accident you spray yourself in the face, the alcohol ink could blind you. And knowing me, that is something that could easily happen. I just wanted to clarify and let everyone know please do NOT use the alcohol inks but by his video tutorial you can find, use the Distress Ink refill. 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Birthday Card

I made this birthday card for my future sister in law, Jen. I love her! We live 3000 miles away and wished we lived closer. I will be finally be able to see her next month, it has been about a year since I have last seen her so I am so excited.
For this card I used my new cupcake stamps from Hero Arts. I also used my new spellbinders and I am really loving them. I almost wished I have gotten my big shot before I got my cricut expression. I would have a better collection of dies then. I am getting them slowly but I think it's because I have been so picky. With cartridges, there is so much in one where with the dies, you have to love the one you buy. I would love to get the new Tim Holtz ones. They look amazing!
For this card I used:
Unknown Patterned Paper and cardstock from stash
Hero Arts Cupcake Stamps
Copic Markers, Spellbinders, Handmade Die Cut Felt Flower and Handmade Button with Stickles on top.
Ribbon and Raindrops from Pink Hedgehog, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

This card is for these challenges:
Hope Stamps Eternal- Cupcakes #52
Stamping for the Weekend-Ribbon and Bows
Your Next Stamp Challenge-Purple

Baby Boy Card

I made this card for my Fiance's cousin, Lisa. She is having a baby boy! I am so excited for her. There is nothing more life changing then having a baby. I had a bit of trouble actually making the card. I am not used to making cards for men or boys. I always make girly pink cards and this was a good experience for me. I did use a copic marker to color the white paper lace. I love to be able to match the color by using the markers.

For this card I used:
Basic Grey Patterned Paper
Stamps- Unknown
Colorbox Pigment Ink w/ Ala mode Embossing Powder
Buttons, Ribbon and Raindrops by Pink Hedgehog, Paper Lace