Saturday, February 21, 2009

Two Cards & Don't Blame Me if you are Enabled...

Happy Saturday! We had a dusting of snow overnight, but the skies are clear and sunny today. We may hit the 60s tomorrow...

100_5600I went to Archiver's so I could redeem the coupon I had for a free stamp set (for being such a good customer...), but I didn't do either of the make and takes. They didn't impress me all that much. There was a $10 project I could sign up for if I wanted, but I didn't want to make that either. So I wandered around for a bit. I was able to get two free studded stickers from Imaginesce, but I didn't take a picture of them. I guess I was within the first 50 customers that showed up this morning, LOL They are clear stickers with little tiny gems on them in a shape. 

 100_5599I did find something new that I think is very neat, though. These are from Bo-Bunny and are called Chunky Charms. I bought them in clear, but you can also get different colors. I bought it for the label-y looking items on the left side, although the swirls are fun too. You are supposed to use them ON projects, but I'm going to use them as stencils as you will see in one of the cards I am posting today. They come nested together like that, but they are individual pieces.

Since I was close by, I went to Joann's again (for the yarn for Wubbzy...sigh). Wandering around there I saw a card by the Cuttlebug items and fell in love with the sample. I decided to make it, but couldn't find the focal piece, which was a butterfly. I discovered the butterfly is a two-step die that they only sell online! Grrrr. I didn't know that while I was out and I stopped by Michaels to see if they had it, but no luck. I did find a super cute die of a turtle from the Cuttlekids line on clearance, though and used that instead. You'll see it in a minute. While I was going to the register to buy the die, I passed a brand new display of EK Success punches. I mean the ones that were introduced at CHA. AND one of the punches was just like one I've only seen through Stampin' Up100_5601

This is the kind that you can lock closed and it's supposed to take up less room for storage. I think they even have storage cases for them at Michaels.

I'm tickled to have found it and yes, I used a coupon.


Now for the cards since you've been so patient reading through my jabber.


You can see how I used the Bo-Bunny "charms" as a stencil here. The cardstock is orange but I wanted some shimmer so I painted over it with Angel Wings Shimmerz. Then I sponged orange ink on the edges. The image is a digi one I got from Pink Petticoat. I colored it in using Koh-i-noor pencils and I didn't use any odorless mineral spirits on this one. I was inspired by this video on the Hero Arts blog so I thought I'd try it and this is the result. I added  a bit of Shimmerz to the image, too. I pop dotted the frame for dimension. Oh and the ribbon is an Archiver's Hot Spot find (ie, $1.99). It's Making Memories ribbon, probably an old set and they want to get rid of it. I think the package said MM Kids/Max on it. I'm too lazy to go check right now. The "label" for Happy Birthday is a stamp set from Joann's that is by Lah-di-dah and it was in their dollar bin! Cost me a whopping 97 cents for 8 stamps! But I really liked this one to go with the frame shape. Those images are stamped in Orange ink (CTMH). The dp is from the DCWV Citrus matstack.


And finally, here's my version of the card I saw on display at Joann's. I hope you can see the black cardstock is embossed, and the sentiment is embossed. I actually don't own the 'thinking of you' folder that was in the sample, but I like 'just because'. I added the punched frame using Fiskars' Apron Lace border punch (which is now being sold at Joann's-shoulda waited, darn!) I added a bit of a black mat to set it off. And of course, a little bling. You can see the cute little turtle die I found. I never paid attention to the Cuttlekids stuff (maybe no one did, and that's why they are on clearance?). But looking for that butterfly die made me 'see' them for the first time. I used Citrus Leaf and Clover Meadow cardstock in addition to the black. You get the solid body die and another die for all the pieces. The solid die has little cuts in it so you know where to put the edge of the pieces so it all lines up. Pretty nifty.

Okay, did you make it thru this huge post? I hope so! I'm gonna close for now without credits (I think I covered it all in the post & if I missed something, please ask) because my fingers are tired.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Don't forget, I'm just a messenger of what I find...don't go blaming me if money leaves your wallet...ha, ha!


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stampmonkey said...

OOHHH! Looks like you had a lot of fun today! ;) I LOVE the froggie bday card --everything about it! The turtle card is really cute too! Your work is so diverse --I love that!

I've got a question about the Chunky Charms...did you use an exacto knife on colored paper when you used them as stencils? Or did you use it as a stamp and then cut out the shape? I've never seen them before and can't quite figure it out.

Kathi Carlson said...

What? Blame you? Heck no. Usually, I thank you for showing me what's in real stores, the likes of which we don't have in the frozen tundra. LOL! I love your cards. I'll have to check out Pink Petticoat. Lost the digi images I had in the Crash of '09 )-: Great idea to use those Lucky Charms as stencils.It looks like you're having a great day. Good for you!

Cindy Haffner said...

Great finds, so cool. Love your cards so darling.

Kim Burmeister said...

Okay, Jeanne! My wish list is growing....I love the cards you made. Wow! Thanks for showing these great products.