Friday, November 18, 2011

Caterpillars and Old Cars

Well I am SO excited! A friend of mine from high school has asked me to create "Thank You" cards to send out to those who attended her baby shower. She asked specifically for them to have a caterpillar on them. This is what I came up with!

This is my very first time that I have sold my cards to someone so I can't even explain how ecstatic I am! These will take a good 8-12 hours to create, but that's okay! To make the caterpillar I used a small square punch and cut out light and dark green squares from papers. I then rounded the corners of all of them. I darkened the edges with brown ink so they would stand out from one another. Then I overlapped them and adhered them with a tape runner. I drew the eyes, mouth, and antennas. I used a small hole punch to punch out the red circles on the ends of the antennas. And voila!


Okay, also my boyfiend's dad celebrated his birthday Nov. 12th, so I made this card for him.

This is my first attempt at creating a masculine card. I think I did alright. I used a Tim Holtz stamp set, because it can't get any more masculine than that. I did a lot of stamping on this card. I think it is one of my favorite cards ever. =]

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Freshly Made Sketch #10: winter wonderland

well, i'm back to crafting finally. i have been going through a few weeks of sickness, still am, but my creative energy has built back up. yesterday was my birthday. i just turned 25. yikes. i need to finish college, get married, and have some a child or 2 before i turn 30. how can i find the time? this was the best birthday i've had though, primarily because i have the best boyfriend ever. i just got a little lucky i suppose. =] anyways, this week's sketch inspired me, however, i got a little carried away with being creative with the sketch and now it is almost unrecognizable as the sketch. OOPS! i still like this card though. hope y'all like it too. here was this week's sketch over at Freshy Made Sketches.

here is my take on the sketch!

i started with blue card stock. i cut out the piece of glitter blue paper and used a scallop punch on the bottom of it. i then cut out the polka-dot paper and rounded the corners. i placed that on dimensionals. then i cut out the snowflake from some really beautiful patterned paper with a circle scallop punch. i did not place it on dimensionals. i added ribbon and stamped the "winter wonderland" sentiment in black pigment ink.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

im way too into the holidays lately. (Freshly Made Sketch #7)

so lately i can't get enough of christmas music, the idea of christmas, the smells of christmas, etc. i have decided to create christmas cards for everyone this year. i have planned to do this the past 2 holiday seasons and bought supplies to do so, but didn't follow through with it. so, this year i am starting early and i am excited about it. i have been walking around campus (i go to college) listening to christmas music through my pandora app on my phone. i just finally entered into the fancy phone world and purchased a samsung galaxy s2 epic 3g touch. that is the longest name for a phone. anyways i am in LOVE with it and my favorite thing about it is my pandora app heh. so last night my pal casey and i joined forces to create cards for the freshly made sketches sketch of the week. here is the sketch layout.

here is what i came up with!

let me start by telling you that i have never used ivory cardstock to make a card. i always use black or kraft. i was sooooo out of my element with this ivory cardstock but i am overall pleased with how it looks. i used diagonal striped patterned paper for the strip down the middle. i attached green polka dot scalloped edges to that. i cut out the peppermint scalloped circle from some patterned paper and placed it on dimensionals. i cut out the stocking, snowman, and tree from patterned paper and placed those on 2 dimensionals so it would stand off the paper twice as much as the scalloped circle. then i stamped the merry...merry... stamp in gold ink along the edge of the scalloped edge. finally i tied green ribbon around it and thats it! i cant wait to start making more christmas cards. this one was rough for me but i have so many ideas for the next one! i want to thank all the ladies from freshly made sketches that have already began to support my blog. it makes all the difference to know that people are actually looking at my cards and making positive (or negative) comments. it is nice to be a part of this community of paper crafters!

Friday, October 14, 2011

my very first card challenge.

i have been creating cards for about 2 years now.  i have not created a blog to post photos of my cards, however.  my friend casey motivated me to begin this blog and to start entering my cards in card challenges.  i spend a large amount of time looking at card blogs and observing card challenges, however i never actually entered one myself.  i am so very glad that she has gotten me to do this.  now i believe we will make this a habit and gather for a card-making night once a week.  anyways this card challenge is at freshly made sketches

here is my take on the sketch.

i used kraft cardstock as the base of the card. i used a bird patterned paper and antiqued the edges with distress ink. i then placed polka dot patterned paper over that. then i stamped a birdcage image in pink ink onto periwinkle cardstock. i cut out the heart from patterned paper with a heart punch and placed it on dimensionals. i used a small circle punch for the orange half circles border on the bottom and used a scallop punch for the top orange border. i cut the bird out of the patterned paper and placed him on dimensionals as well. finally i wrapped twine around the bottom of the card and a silver dot border sticker. i am really pleased with how this turned out. yay. =]
i can't wait to enter more card challenges. thanks for stopping by.