"Natural Beauty"

Monday, January 31, 2011

I have one thing to say, "I've had enough of winter". With that said, I'll start thinking about spring.

The card I made today is of a lily. The stamp is from "The Stamping Studio" and from thier flower of month series. Which I enjoyed very much.

It was a quick card, but interesting to make. The lily was colored with copic markers. The flowers on the left side were hand made using a punch and some remaining paper from the card. I added some Stickles to the center of the flower.

Here is the card;

"Natural Beauty"

I was trying something different with the grounding colors on this card. Instead of straight one color shading, I have used two colors to for the grounding. First I dotted the area to be grounded, then I used the lighter to blend the dots. It gives it a little different effect.

My question is, "Do you like the effect or not"?

Remember you comments and questions are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Count The Waves"

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's surprising how much stuff you have, that you put away and forget about. Yesterday I was going through some drawers, when I came across six corner,border punches by Fiskars that I honestly forgot about.

The punch I used on todays card is called "A Tisket,A Tasket Border and Corner Punch" by Fiskars. The limits on these punches is that the paper being punch needs to have even number dimensions i.e. 4.0"X5.0" or 3.0"X 4.0". The really do a nice job on the corners and borders. They are very simple and easy to use.

The card I am posting today was made using one of these punches and the stamp used for the card is from "Just-Rite Stamps".

Here is the card I made.

"Count The Waves"

I used the Fiskars punch mentioned above plus some "Spellbinders" dies. Here is a close-up of the image;

The orange diagonal stripe on the card was cut using the Fiskars punch. A few dots of Gold Stickles was added to the card to give it some bling. The image was colored with Copic Markers.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Using Acetate for Cards"

Friday, January 21, 2011

I was really surprised at the number of crafter's that were interested in the Pyramid card that I posted last week, it is inspiring to receive that many comments on a technique.

The cards that I am posting today are made using acetate. The acetate that I prefer to use is made by "3M" and is called "Transparency Film for Ink Jet Printers". The reason I use this product is because it folds nicely, without cracking at the fold. The other reason is because on one side of the film it has a coating that helps the ink to adhere.

The first card that I have posted is a full card body made from acetate;

"Like a Garden"

This the type of card that I make using acetate the most. It looks very airy and is very impressive. A few tips on making this type of card are;

1. Use the same size mats for the inside and front

2. Place the inside mat first, then line the outside mat to line up

3. Adhere the mats using small glue dots.

4. For the ribbon also use glue dots.

The second card that I am posting is a card that has an acetate sheet that has been stamped then adhered to the body of a card.. It shows the color of the card body through the acetate. You may also want to try using a patterned paper behind the acetate or stamp the with a "Hero Arts" collage series of stamps.

"Thinking of You"

As you can see from the above card, it appears to have depth behind the acetate. It's a very small effect but it is there.

Remember that using glue dots or Scor-Tape works the best to assemble these acetate cards.

The ink for stamping on acetate that I found to be the best is the "StazOn Opaque" series.

So, when you have time and want something new to try, try using acetate on your cards.

Remember all comments and questions are welcome and appreciated.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Pyramid Card"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Well the Jury Duty that I was chosen for last week did not happen. It seems like if it snows, very little, they take the opportunity to cancel every thing around this area of Georgia.

The card I have posted today is a card that I saw a couple of years ago on a blog. I saved the instructions, and finally got around to using them. The blog that I saw the instructions was "Stampowl". She gives very clear instructions on the assembly of the card, so, I won't go into a lot of detail for the card. Other that my impressions of the card.

Here are the pictures of the card;

"Magnolia Pyramid Card"

And here is a side view;

It's hard to see on the picture , but on the right side of the pink triangles is a small slit. This slit allowes the card to be assembled.

Here is a close up of the Magnolia stamp used to decorate the pyramid.

The card is very simple to make and makes a nice gift for the recipient to sit on his or her desk. The pyramid when folded flat will fit in a standard card envelope. So, no extra postage.

Give the Pyramid card a try, you will like the results.

Remember I love to hear your comments, and they are always welcome.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.

"Hedgehog I Love You"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Next week I have my civic duty to perform, Jury Duty. I'm not looking forward to it. The last times I had it, on all three occassions, before we were ready to render our verdict, the defendant copt a plea bargin. What a waste of time.

Todays card is a valentines card. The stamp set is from "The Angel Company" and is called "Hedgehog Happiness". It's a cute set that can be masked and used for several holidays, with the stamp elements that are in the set.

Here is the card;

"Hedgehog Happiness"

The first thing you will notice, is that it was not colored with Copic markers. I colored it with Prisma-Color pencils. You can see that I am out of practice using the pencils.

The second item is that I used one of the new Cuddlebug Embossing Plus folders to cut and emboss the frame. The Embossing Plus folders are very interesting in that they allowe you to cut, emboss, and chalk the piece all in one step. I think I will get a few more of these. I bought mine at "Cut at Home", but Hobby Lobby, and Joanns also carries them. So, I guess it depends on where you have a 40% off coupon for.

That's all for today, see you later when I have completed my Jury Duty.

Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Bob L.