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.