Sunday, June 1, 2008

Four Cards Today!

Better get comfy because I was able to complete four cards today! I also finished a card set I had started a week or so ago(but didn't take pictures, because the design of the cards is the same as you can see here).

The purse and cards will be given to Amy's teacher as a thank you for all her hard work this year. But here's the thank you card...completely different feel/theme from the gift, but oh so much fun.

I picked up these surfer/hula penquin stamps at Archiver's in their Dollar Section (well, $1.99 area). I thought they were adorable. You get two stamps in the duo...The surfer penguin has another image of popsicles. The girl has the word beach, I think. Amy's teacher grew up in Hawaii and I thought she might like the beach-y theme. At first I wasn't sure what to do with them, then I saw this card on Sparkle's blog (Sparkle is a CTMH consultant who is extremely creative-I just started getting her posts on my Reader). So I decided to use CTMH markers (Parchment-noses, Pink Carnation, Topiary, Buttercup, Heavenly Blue) to color these images in. The only marker not CTMH is a Tombow (#850) that Kathi recommended a while a go as a great flesh color. Then I pulled out some Inkadinkdo chalks and created the sand and added blue for the sky. Like Sparkle mentioned, I stamped the skirt in Topiary ink, on a scrap of Topiary, cut it out and then added some Crystal Stickles for interest. A bit of Crystal Stickles (on the shorts) and Liquid Glass (on the popsicle) finished off the image. The striped paper is from the DCWV Summer Stack. I layered some white wide grosgrain ribbon with Orange organdy and topped it with Dutch Blue grosgrain. The focal image mat is Dutch Blue, the Swiss Dot Cuttlebugged pink piece is Watermelon. I had some small pink rhinestones and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages set.

This next card is my case of this one on the Poetic Artistry blog. I've been trying to resist getting the most recent releases from Verve, but this card, along with Kathi's recent artwork postings are chipping away at my resolve to be "good."

I substituted with a butterfly set I picked up at Archiver's. The set is called Butterfly Counts and what I like the most about the set is there is a separate stamp for just the body of the butterfly, something I've not seen before. There is also a solid image, as well as the outline image. I can see a lot of versatility with this set. The paper is from Target (Making Memories). I used Grey Wool and Heavenly Blue as well. The butterfly is stamped in black on Heavenly Blue cardstock. Then I added some Liquid glass on the body to add a bit of shine. Of course, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages set (definitely a great set since I use it so much)!

Lisa's Creative Corner inspired me again with this card. She's also got some really great "simple" cards that she's been posting. Definitely worth checking out.

I pretty much cased the card, but had to use different sets. I chose Essential Alphabet for "hi," and Sunshine Thoughts for "sunshine" (both CTMH sets). I ran the Buttercup cardstock through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. Thanks, did it again! :o)

Finally, this card was inspired by this one on Oodabug Alley.

I used the patterned paper from DCWV's Nursery Girl pack. Then I picked coordinating colors of textured cardstock (from the DCWV Neutrals stack), The pink is Bubblegum. I used my Martha Stewart punch for the scallops. I had some orange looking satin ribbon (Michaels) that I layered with a narrow hot pink organdy (Hobby Lobby-I think). I used CTMH's Orange (second generation, or stamped off) and Bubblegum inks. I stamped the butterfly twice. Once on the white focal square and once on a scrap. Then I cut out the butterfly and glued just the body, so that I could bend the wings up a bit. (Guess I should have angled it better so you could see that....well, you can see it on the link I gave you. I stamped the sentiment from that set from Archiver's in black, but I noticed it must take a bit longer for the ink to dry on the textured cardstock, because it smeared just a bit.

Amy and Jessica were so interested in my two part butterfly images that I showed them how and let them create one for themselves. You know I'm feeling generous if I let the kids use "my" stuff! They were tickled pink and did a good job.

Tomorrow Amy gets to go on a special field trip to the bowling alley for earning enough "great slips" for good behavior in school. She's quite excited. She almost lost it due to some behavior things that had come up last week, but she made such a super effort the past several days that she kept the privilege. :o)

Okay, that's it! I'm done, at least for today. LOL Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a great week! Who knows if I will find my way back to my craft room before next weekend. If I do, you know I'll share.

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Kathi Carlson said...

Oh my goodness! What fun cards. Those little penguins are so cute. Glad you found that Tombow flesh-colored pen. Your case from the Poetic Artistry blog is awesome as are the others.We so like the same cards. You've had a busy few days - lots of special times with the girls. Glad you got time to stamp, too! It's a good thing I've got some stuff made up as after leaping around the yard like a frog with Bjorn, I may not be able to move for a couple of days. I can feel it already . . . LOL.

Maricar said...

You've been busy my friend. These are all great. I love the fun-ness of the first one.

Julee from Verve said...

All of your cards are beautiful. I really love how your CASE of my card turned out. I might be a "little" biased, but I think you NEED those Verve stamps! LOL! ;)

Clearly Inspired said...

Holy Moly! You have been busy and I can't pick a favorite. There are things I like about each one. Great job again!

Barb W said...

If there was a busy bee award out there, you certainly would have earned it! You have been very busy and super creative. Each time I look at that penguin card, it makes me smile. And anything with a butterfly on it, gets my vote! Thank you for sharing!

BTW-I left you a little goodie on my bloggie! Check it out.

Blessings to you~Barb

Angela2932 said...

Jeanne, I just love when you visit me on my blog! I tried to leave you a comment yesterday, but blogger was being ornery and ate it! I am so impressed with all the cards you make! You are so inspiring with these; I get just baffled when I think of cards and my mind goes totally blank, so I love how you share the details of the sources of your inspiration and explain how you come up with some of your ideas. They're always so cute!

stampmonkey said...

Wow you've been busy! Lucky you!! ;)

I LOVE these cards, Jeanne! They're all wonderful, but I'm really liking the butterfly cards. (I did bite on the Verve special for the latest releases, though they've yet to see ink. YET. lol)

The penguins are so cute, and I'm sure Amy's teacher will love this card (and what a steal they were for you!). Aack!!! It just occurred to me there's an Archiver's in Westminster...DUH! I should've asked you where it was and gone there on the way back from the Butterfly Pavilion. Would've been a perfect ending for an otherwise perfect day. Next time.... ;D

I hope Amy enjoys her bowling field trip. Good for her!

Felicia Fernandez said...

Ugh!!! Those penguins are so stinkin' cute! I actually made a card yesterday for the first time in months. Gosh it feels good. AND...I got another card from Mike today!!! It's so pretty, like it was made for me! wink, wink. I love you.

Jackie said...

Oh more great cards.....hum this thing of going backwards just to catch up....very creative of you :)