Saturday, May 22, 2010
It's my sister's birthday. I started by making a birthday card and envelope from the Wild Card Cricut cartridge. I used the same Sweet Talk by Monenta designer paper and made a book mark to accompany the book that I bought her. I made my own tassle and added it to the bookmark. I then made a small purse using the Bags, Tags, Boxes and More Cricut cartridge with the same designer paper. I added a satin ribbon for the purse handle and pink button to the front. Inside she found a necklace that I made. She loved it! She is not only my sister, but my very best friend. We try to talk several times a week, try to have coffee at least once a week and I love her company. I am lucky that she lives close to me. Friends of mine have told me how lucky I am that we have each other. I think so too.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
It pays to be a member of crafting social networks such as Splitcoaststampers and Paper Craft Planet. Not only can you see fabulous projects of other members but you can also find out about Design Team opportunities. Tiffany Doodles needs several designers and the call is out until May 21st.
Tiffany Doodles creates fabulous digital images, some of which are offered as freebies. Check out the site yourself (http://tiffanydoodles.blogspot.com). I downloaded the image of two parrots which I colored using my Copic markers. Tiffany was kind enough to include a colored photograph to accurately capture the vibrant colors of the birds. Brown cardstock was curled around the barrel of a pen to create a 3D stand for the parrots. The background of tiny leaves was stamped on periwinkle colored cardstock using Versamark ink. The simple sentiment "I miss you" that complets the card.
I will submit this card and see if I can become a member of the Tiffany Doodles new design team. Wish me luck!
Posted by Barb Smith at 1:57 PM
Monday, May 17, 2010
I was looking at my acrylic stamps recently and came across a stamp that I have never used. Have you ever done that...purchased something with great intentions of using it but never gotten around to it? Well, this stamp appealed to me because each of the petals has a different pattern. I stamped the flowers onto different colored plain cardstock, cut them out and curled the petal. I took black cardstock and glued pieces of ercu embroidery floss for the flower stems. The three flowers were placed in an overlapping fashion to the top of the floss stems. Strips of designer paper containing similar colors as the flowers were added to the top and bottom of the card. A bumble bee dimensional appears in free-flight and looks like it's coming in for a landing to gather some nector. I added the general sentiment "thinking of you" so this card can be used for a multitude of occasions.
Here is my recipe:
Paper: Momenta, Specialty Collection - Sweet Talk
Stamps: Martha Stewart - Valentine collection,
Ink: Martha Stewart - Walnut, Versamark
Embossing Powder: Stampendous - Stampin Stuff
Posted by Barb Smith at 4:50 PM
I invite you to check out the website of Elaine at "A Technophobes Blog" http://atechnophobesblog.blogspot.com and see her fabulous offering of Hanglar and Stanglar stamps and designer papers. There will be TWO lucky winners picked on Friday May 21st, 2010. Good luck to everyone!
Posted by Barb Smith at 12:43 PM
Monday, May 3, 2010
Have you ever noticed that on the first day of really nice weather, you seem to notice that families take their new babies for walks in their new strollers or carriages? Were all these little ones purposely kept under wraps all winter waiting for their inaugural first journey in their brand new mobility paraphernalia? Don't get me wrong, I love babies. In fact, I'm a grandmother of one very large 17 year old high schooler who plays basketball, football and any other sport that involves playing with balls of various sizes.
One of my son's very good friends from high school and his wife just had their first baby last week so I thought I'd make a card for the occasion to go along with the small wooden toy box that I am giving them. I was inspired to make this card after watching the bird feeder in my back yard. The birds seem to come in pairs and while one feeds, the other one goes hunting around for nesting material. I found some embellishments from Martha Stewart - a collection of sparkling birds. That was my starting point. I cut freehand a tree branch and used my Copic markers to enhance the brown card stock to resemble bark. I then added a bird's nest from K & Company. Inside the card, I downloaded a digital "chick" from Digistamp Boutique, which I cut out and colored with Copic markers before adding glitter. I think the card turned out really well and I'm excited to give it to the new parents. I hope you enjoy it too.
I submitted this card to the All Sorts Week 50 Challenge "Animals".