Saturday, February 25, 2012

Newest card

This turned out well...enjoy! I used green cardstock and some pretty ribbon I bought that has shamrocks on it...glued the ribbon to the bottom of the card. Printed out the "erin Go Bragh" on my computer and cut out a little banner. I used a green sharpie to color the edges of the banner. I glued the banner down on one end with a large shamrock, then glued the other end of the banner down after raising it at bit to give it a curve so it would stand away from the card a bit. I then made a small bow from the same ribbon and attached it with glossy accents. I added some bling to the right side of the card and it's done! Simple, but pretty. If I had it to do over, I would probably ink the edges of the card to give it more depth, but I'm happy with it as is.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hi everyone. If you are here because I closed my pinterest board...a short explanation. By having a pinterest account, you give them license to whatever images you post...and they can do as they wish with them. There is also the possibility that you could get charged with copyright infringement by posting images from around the web that are copyrighted. If you read Pinterest's Terms of Use, it even implies that if Pinterest is sued for copyright infringement, Pinterest could turn around and sue you for what you have posted. Granted, I don't feel at this point that anyone would want my images, but that is not the point. These are things I have created...they belong to me and no one else. Nor do I want to be caught up in a lawsuit over copyright by pinning things from others. Very few of us really read the Terms of Use or Terms of Service when we sign up to use a service. Flickr has a similar Term of Service. The content you put on Flickr becomes their intellectual property, so I also closed my Flickr account. This may seem like it's of small importance, but to me it's vital. Theft is theft in my eyes, no matter if someone breaks into my home or if someone uses an image of something I created, and I cannot condone it by continuing to use that service. So...enough rant....welcome to my site no matter why...feel free to comment or just take a look...and come back soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

valentine and my personal challenge

I made myself a personal do at least one card for every holiday/season. Well, I almost lost the challenge already. I tried several things for a valentine card...didn't like any of them. I am not really sure why Valentine's day is such a challenge for me, but it is. I ended up making the card below. I consider it just okay...but I did it!
I think I figured out my reluctance to make a valentine card. For some reason, I thought a valentine card had to be pink, and I hate pink. I have no idea why I thought that, but I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and I do believe that is the reason. Time to challenge myself to make something pretty in pink??? LOL

Newest card

Here is my latest card, and I am very happy with it! I cut the card from blue cardstock, used the Sizzix Build a Flower #3 die to cut the flower from a couple of scraps I had. I used the Build a Lilac die to cut out only the leaves. The stem was cut out with a pair of scissors. I then glued the flower layers together with Glossy Accents, put some twine through a button, and glued that to the center of the flower. Then I glued leaves, stem and flowers to the card, again using Glossy Accents. I used the computer and printer to make the little saying (Creativity, like flowers, must be nurtured in order to GROW!) and cut it out. I used Evergreen Bough distress ink to ink the edges of the leaves, and Tea Distress Ink to ink the whole saying. I attached the saying to the card with pop dots, and then added a pretty washi tape to the top and bottom of the card. The photo doesn't really do the washi tape's several shades of shiny blue and a pearl white. The lesson I learned from making this card? I should have put the washi tape on before I glued the flower down... But all in all, I am really pleased with this one!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Changed my mind

My first card (see below) was disappointing to me. I didn't like the way the memo pin deformed the front, so I decided to start over. This is a birthday card for someone special, so I didn't like being unhappy with it. I got a piece of really wild and colorful paper, and cut out a card. I then stamped a "Happy Birthday" on the front. This doesn't show up too well in the picture, but looks fine on the actual card. I then took a charm that says "Live your dream" and attached it with a small amount of blue raffia, and the card is done. I am much more pleased with this one, and will be proud to give it to him with his presents. (I still have problems getting decent photographs of the cards...any suggestions would be appreciated)

St. Paddy's (sort of) Card

Why sort of? Well, my daughter has a coworker who is getting married on St. Patrick's day, and they are giving him gag gifts at work. She asked me to make a card and I found this pretty paper. I cut the paper to size, glued on a couple of shamrock embellishments, used some chipboard letters I had to make his name (after coloring the letters green then spraying them with Perfect Pearls). I then attached a charm that says "live, laugh, love" with a gold bow. Inside is stamped congratulations. The paper doesn't show up as cute as it really is in the photo, but my daughter loves the card!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012