Saturday, July 25, 2009

Three Cards to Share Today...

Hi again!

Dinner's done so I can work on posting today's creations. Boy! It sure felt good to do some creating. This may get long and full of links, so make sure you are comfy if you want to read it all. Or just skip to the photos, if you'd rather. LOL

Amy went horseback riding, up in Estes Park today, with her Brownie Troop. She had a great time! She said her horse, Mason, pooped, peed and tooted a lot. The troop paid for the girls (including lunch), but if we wanted to go it was $35 a piece. Because of that and I want her to learn to be independent and learn to behave well away from us, I opted not to go. Steve took Jessica out for a couple of hours, too, so I had some quality time to play. Yay!

This is the third card I made today, but I decided to share it first. I pretty much cased this lovely card by Joanne of Mainly Flowers. I loved those little flowers with the pearls on them.
I didn't have the tiny flowers, but I have a small flower punch so I used that and I used a large balled stylus to rub the center and make the petals pop up a bit. They are adhered with glue dots. I didn't have a true vine type of stamp, so I improvised with this border stamp from the All About Borders stamp set by Inkadinkado. It's stamped with Sweet Leaf ink. The striped paper is from DCWV's Spring Matstack and the scalloped edge is from EK Success. Happy Birthday is stamped in Sweet Leaf and is from CTMH's Happy Birthday stamp set. I really like how it came out even though I decided not to add the ribbon like Joanne used.

This next card is cased from this one by Bonnie of The Lucky Clucker.
Hopefully, it's not too hard to see that I used my Cuttlebug to emboss an acetate card. I got the clear cards from Archiver's a long time ago and came across the package during the move. I don't know if they even carry them anymore. I used Basic Grey's new Lemonade 6x6 pad, Kiwi and Vineyard Berry cardstock (both CTMH). My Fiskar's scallop punch provided the edge. The flowers were a find at Michaels in the Designer's Corner. They are Prima flowers from the Nursery Collection. I think the store is clearancing them out now, though. The ribbon is American Crafts and the stamp set is Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink.
One has to be a smidge creative to create a space for the sentiment inside. I used a scrap piece of the same paper and cut it just a tad smaller than the front piece, so it wouldn't show when the card is closed.

It wasn't hard to emboss the acetate, but I found the card wants to curl after you do it. There may be a better way to avoid that, but I just rolled it in the opposite direction to try to straighten it a bit.

My final card is from a find I discovered on the internet a week or so ago from Stamping Mutt. Because I am so loving the digital stamps, I was tickled to see this resource list for digital sites. Anyway...if you scroll down toward the bottom of the list, you will see this Sarah Kay link for free printable coloring pages! Granted there aren't a ton of them, but enough to satisfy my urge to color Sarah Kay images. Here's my first attempt.
I am absolutely thrilled at how this card turned out! I used that same Basic Grey Lemonade pad (as in the previous card above) for the paper and that helped me decide which colors to use. I colored it with Kohinoor and Prismacolor pencils and oms (odorless mineral spirits). The background is also colored and blended with pencils and oms. My recently purchased and clearance priced EK Success border punch called GH Petals (found at Michaels) added a nice touch. The flowers are Prima, the glittered brads are Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby) with jewelry spacers (Hobby Lobby again), and the dangly flower is from Michaels. I feel a smidge like Sparkle in my creation of this card! *Ü*

I did a little bit on the inside, too, as you can see.

Whew...while typing this post I got interrupted by two phone calls from Steve. He and the girls took the bike trailer (with Buster in it) and rode their bikes over to the dog park (remember where I dumped those mice near the girls' school??). On the way home, they were caught in a downpour, so the second call was for me to come and get them. It took two trips! Where it was pouring rain over there, just a few blocks away at our house it wasn't raining hard at all. LOL Then I had to help make Amy's bed so she could go to sleep in comfort tonight.

I think I'm done...if you got this far, thanks for sticking with me! Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!


Sharli said...

Oh My Goodness! You've been BUSY! I love all of these cards - but the 1st one took my breath away! It's so sweet with those precious flowers all curled up (for dimension and realism)! I haven't tried an acetate card yet . . . I love the way your's came out. The little girl with the bell-bottoms could have been me as a yung'in. (tee,hee)

I've just gotten to the point where I can play! Gotta run!

mE said...

I am soooooooo casing that lemonade acetate card!!! I love it! I'm with Sharli... haven't tried an acetate card yet, but I have plenty o acetate :) I am sooo casing it.. with different paper cuz I don't have the lemonade set :)

Good job on coloring the Sarah Kay stamps, too! I'm feeling like coloring again, might have to go download a couple :)


Sarah said...

Jeanne! Of course I stay to the end! I Love to read your posts. I love all your cards. that first one is just precious. You know I love acetate cards. That Sarah Kay image is just beautiful and you colored it perfectly. It is like a Sparkle card!
Thanks for the Photoshop links. When my dad comes over to visit in Sept he is bringing a full Photoshop disc for me! He said I need to go back to school to learn it LOL.
As always is was a pleasure to visit!

Kathi Carlson said...

Wow! Obviously, you didn't lose your touch during your little hiatus. Every one of these cards is absolutely gorgeous! When I get brave, I'm going to try a clear card. I won't, however, try to outdo you cuz' I'd fall flat on my face. LOL.

Happy to see you creating again and will be waiting to see more!!

Kariberry said...

These are all gorgeous! Cased or not, They are beautiful!! Great coloring too!!

Sparkle said...

Wow, all of the cards are so pretty! I'll have to try the acetate one. Your Sarah Kay card is just gorgeous!

Sparkle said...

Wow, all of the cards are so pretty! I'll have to try the acetate one. Your Sarah Kay card is just gorgeous!

Kim Burmeister said...

Wow! Jeanne, all of your cards are beautiful! Love the new pics too. I am going to have to read that post on SCS. The jewelry you added to the last card is perfect. Love all of them!