Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Big Ol' Red Flower

I recently bought a new Big Shot die and absolutely love it!! It's called Flower Layers. I used it here with some retired SU paper and the Little Leaves small die. I love the look of the distressed flower. So I decided to flip the layout and make 2 cards! 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Quickie Christmas Card

I started writing all my Christmas cards and realized that I was 2 short! It's past midnight so I had to whip up 2 cards really quick. I did the same design but used different colors. I'm so happy that I got to use my Delightful Decorations stamp set and punch and my Big Shot! I sure haven't used any of them enough this season. And from all the blog photos I've seen this little spikey thing holding up people's cards. I've always wanted one of them but never knew what the heck they were even called. I finally figured out somehow that it is called a flower frog and was so excited to tell Jamie. He just said "Oh yah, they sell them at Lee Valley." So he came home one day and surprised me with my very own!! Now it's not cool and antique like most of the ones I've seen but I figured I can just leave it in the elements a bit if I want to weather it down a bit.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mojo 117 & SPCC 28

Well I'm trying to get back into the card challenges and man, you'd never tell by the final product but it took me an hour to finish this card!! I kept humming and haaing about what I wanted to do. And let me tell you, it's really frustrating when all I've got is a Coluzzle to cut circles with. I really need to get something to cut circles and scalloped circles of various sizes. I'm debating on the SU glass circle cutter or investing in some Nestabilities. And I think I need to invest in some Nestabilities for the scalloped circles because I scalloped that circle by hand with a corner rounder! Any suggestions on what you like/have?? Anyways I've combined this week's Mojo Monday and SPCC color challenge. Off to walk the dog now!

Stamp a Stack Card 4

This is the 4th card that I did for my very first stamp a stack! I CASEd Kristina Werner and loved how it turned out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

SPCC #27

This is my very first SPCC challenge (Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos). I wanted to keep the card simple since there wasn't a lot of variation in color to work with. Instead of obvious bling bling that I like to usually add, I opted for subtle details like an embossed bashful blue background and scored the edges of the kraft cardstock. You can't really see it in the photo but I like the look in real life. The bashful blue looks like a blue tree trunk!

Stamp a Stack Card 3

This 3rd card was inspired by Andrea Walford. I CASEd this card and loved how it turned out.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mojo 116

Well I finally managed to take part in a challenge. The last one was in... May!?!?!? As you can tell, I'm still a bit rusty. Here's my attempt at Mojo Monday 116.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Stamp a Stack Card 2

So I had my little mini stamp a stack yesterday and it turned out great! The cards weren't too labor intensive and it only took about 2 1/2 hours. Not too shabby for 10 cards! Here's the second card we did. We used the Big Shot embossing folder and the Top Note die with some popping pastels for this card. Hopefully the pictures I post get better and better because I'm really fiddling with my camera settings. This picture was taken with white balance adjustments. Instead of selecting incandescent light bulb, I chose a preset white balance and had taken a picture with a crazy increase in white balance so the white background I took was almost the perfect bright white I wanted. Then I just tweaked it down a couple notices on the preset white balance so I didn't have a super washed out photo. Let me know if you have any other tips for me!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Photo Frustrations

Man I just spent the last 30 minutes trying to take a good photo and let me tell you... It's flippin' hard. Jamie bought me this fancy dancy camera that I have no idea how to use. I'm trying to play with the white balance and even then, it's just not working!! Grrr. Here's 2 photos with different settings. Notice any difference? So here's a card that I'll be doing at my very first stamp a stack! I'm excited! It's a uber small group but I'm glad because I've never done a stamp a stack and it's much easier to manage with less people (at least that's what I hope!) Hope everyone has a good weekend! Mine will be filled with card making and snow shoveling!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Etsy Gift Exchange

I participated in this year's Alberta Street Team gift exchange on Etsy. We got a random member and got a little info on that person and had to make a gift worth approximately $15. I really didn't know what to make so I decided to do nothing other than more paper crafting! This is the first time I've made a full on recipe box and I quite enjoyed it! Now the info that I got on my secret santa was that she was very environmentally conscious and also liked royal purple, vintage buttons and wooden things. So those are the things I tried to incorporate.