Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspire...

I have been dying to get this little fairy all inked up since she
arrived in my mail the other day!
I used the challenge sketch at Craft's Meow who makes this
amazing little stamp!

When I make cards, I usually even make a larger size card, but this week I decided to try something new. At least one thing...every week... so this week it is to make an ATC card!  Not easy for me. Normally such a tiny canvas in with which to work!  But, in this case, the folks at Simon Says Stamp & Show stated that it need not be a traditional size ATC.  (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") Whew!  So I added less than an inch each direction and went with a 3 1/4" by 4" card base. I know! Not a lot of difference, but baby steps, baby steps....


I had already stamped the second sentiment in the center when I realized the sketch calls for the sentiment on the bottom. (I also noticed several of the DT had used more than one sentiment...just sayin'....)
If you look closely, you'll see my tiny, wee sentiment along the bottom of the card.
I also flipped the sketch a bit, but stuck to the basics of it.

For my next trick of the week, this is the first time I have ever stamped and heat embossed on vellum! Yea, I know...under a rock...
It turned out really nice! I stamped the little fairy with my Momento black ink, sprinkled it with black powder, and carefully heated it up! Not so tough! It melted properly and never even looked like it would melt or burn! Love it!
So, in a nutshell, I have learned several new techniques this week and all because of a few wonderful blog challenges!

Supplies used:
Paper;  Graphic 45, "Renaissance faire Collection"
Stamps; Craft's Meow, "Butterfly Kisses"
Dies; Cricut, Art Philosophy
Rub-on; Scenic Route paper Co.
Pearls; Recollections

This little creation will be entered into the challenges at:
Craft's Meow Shop Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Stamp and Show (ATC card)
Crafty Creations (Fabulous Fairies)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge (Dies to die for)

Verve CASE-A-DIVA Card!

The September challenge at Verve is to CASE a DT member! (CASE means to copy and share everything.) And that is just fancy talk for copying! 
Well, when I decided to use my Kindred Spirit stamp set for a birthday card,
I went straight to the
Verve Design Team Gallery for inspiration!
And I found this gorgeous card!

Kindred Monogram
by Susan Liles

I changed it up a bit by leaving off the bow and adding a few more
trim pieces and the black pearls.
I also used a sheet music print paper rather than the solid black.


Supplies used:
Paper: 7 Gypsies, "Avignon"
Stamps: Verve, "Kindred Spirit"
Dies: Cricut, "Art Philosophy"
Bling: Want2Scrap
Others: Momento black ink, Stampendous embossing powder, Helmar 450 Adhesive

This card is entered in the challenge at:
Verve (CASE-a-Diva)
Simon Says Stamp (Use a die or punch)
City Crafter Challenge (Let's face the music!)
Stamptacular Sunday (Just Sayin')