Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baseball Birthday Card in a Box by Becky

Wow, isn't that title nice and almost alliterative! *Ü* 

My friend Becky liked the idea of the Valentine Card in a Box that I shared last month and wanted to try her hand at making one for an Angels baseball fan friend of hers. That's why we went shopping the other day. She wanted to pick up some goodies to use on this card (Well, and it's just plain fun to shop in a scrapbook/stamping store). She worked hard on her project yesterday and shared what she created with me. She gave me permission to share it with you. There are so many fun things to look at.  I think you'll agree she did a fantastic job! I'm sure her friend will be thrilled at the time and effort she took to create this awesome card. 

The particulars: baseball 3-D sticker and paper by Karen Foster; Angels stickers by WinCraft; All Star stamp set, Happy Birthday stamp set, Cranberry, Desert Sand and Outdoor Denim inks, Champagne, White Daisy and kraft cardstock by CTMH; scrap red cardstock

Thanks for letting me share, Becky! It's a terrific example of how versatile this card in box idea can be. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Hope you have a great day!
(and Becky)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Scooting By to Say Hi

The latest newsletter for Paper Smooches hit my inbox yesterday morning and I was instantly smitten with a card created by Emily Leiphart. It used a scooter from Spiffy Scooters and a couple of super cute critters. I went shopping with my friend, Becky, yesterday and picked up the scooter stamp set just so I could make this card! Well, no, I've had my eye on this set for a while, but this card pushed me over to the "must have it now" side. I am so glad I was able to create this card! I came out just as cute as I'd hoped. 
This is the card that inspired me.

Here's my version.

I used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the images. Paper Smooches now carries a die to cut out the scooter image, but I don't own it, so all of the images are fussy cut. you can also see my very first real attempt to sponge clouds using a mask. I stamped the cloud image in the Spiffy Scooters set, cut it out and used it as a mask for sponging Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the background. I used foam dots to pop up the images to give them some dimension. The "road" was eyeballed and cut. And while you probably can't tell at all in the photo, I did use my Wink of Stella clear glitter ink marker to add a little sparkle to the head lights on the scooter. 

I have to say this card got a thumbs up and oh how cute from Jessica when I showed it to her after we got home from school. Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy day.

Thoughtful Flowers Card

I came across this pretty card on Pinterest this morning and immediately wanted to see if I could make a version of it. I had the Hero Arts cling Garden Bouquet stamp, but I didn't have the Distress Inks. That's okay, I had some new to me Close To My Heart ink pads that I felt would work instead. Here's my version of the card:

The colors from top to bottom are: Creme Brulee, Sunset, Smoothie, and Pear. I just sponged the colors onto the one inch strips I cut after I heat embossed the image with white. Then I adhered the strips to a scrap piece of paper and foam dotted that piece to the card base. The sentiment is from a Hero Art clear stamp set about friendship. It doesn't have a name on the packaging. Looking at it now, though, I might have to change it because it doesn't really make sense now that I see it this way!

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.