Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Baby Card

Just because I have former elementary school students that are now married and having babies does not in any way suggest I am old. No way. That being said... a former student of mine that has remained in touch over the years recently added a baby girl to her family.

The last card I sent her was a Mickey card, and she wrote me back to say her young son carried the card around the house with him all day. So my first inclination was of course to use Mickey again, but I decided Minnie was maybe more appropriate for a baby girl. Besides, I love her TA-DA! posture, and decided it was appropriately congratulatory. The sentiment, at least, is in Mickey font. (What can I say? I've always been a Mickey girl.) 

Supplies: white & pink cardstock, Disney (EK Success) Mickey stamps, Brilliance graphite black ink, clear embossing powder, Prismacolour pencils, Stampin' Up scallop border punch Pin It Now!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Talented Friends

I wanted to share cards I received -- before the Canada Post lockout! -- from talented friends.

I love how Angela used the pale blue Stickles to tie together the branch and the flower. Such a pretty spring card. (I guess a realistic spring card would have been all about rain, but what fun is that?) With this card, Angela shared some blog candy goodies she won (amazing patterned paper and awesome stickers), some Unity stamps and a washi tape medallion similar to this one. Thank you, Ang! 

Meg recently treated herself to a Silhouette. Oh, envy. She used my favourite colour, my favourite activity, and a mutually favourite phrase to create this masterpiece. The photo didn't capture the dimension, but the red layer is pop-dotted, which means placing all those little bits (inside the A's, for example) on teeny pieces of dimensional tape, too. Finicky and fabulous! (Check out the trio of similarly themed cards Meg created here.) Thanks, Meg!  Pin It Now!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Few Facts About my Brother...

1. He likes dogs.
2. He enjoys the occasional glass of wine.
3. His name is Jim.
Now that you know these attributes, you will understand how I could not resist picking this up for him when I saw it recently:

The only slight problem... he prefers red wine to white. So I decided to make a tag for the bottle that would help explain it:

I used the four little bottles in the AmberINK set "Hope, Popcorn and Wine" as well as the two little "hics" to make the background layer. (Note to self: be VERY careful when cleaning such teeny stamps -- they're easy to lose! :P) I printed the sentiment on the computer, except for the word "wine", which I inked up and embossed from the sentiment in the set to make it stand out. 
P.S. Thanks for checking in on my little blog when I've been so quiet lately! I think I'm discovering that I'm not so inclined to blog during the summer. I'm going to try to post more often, though, so stay tuned!

Supplies: manila file folder (for the tag base), white cardstock, AmberINK Hope, Popcorn and Wine stamps, Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red and Versamark inks, clear embossing powder, $ store ribbon & eyelet Pin It Now!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A thank you

Finally, after a trip to Montreal (fun) and a hard drive meltdown (so not fun) I'm back with a card:

We had a wonderful time attending convocation at McGill (I even got to meet WILLIAM SHATNER, who received an honorary degree) and needed to send a thank you to a friend who helped with all the details. I kept the same colours as I used for this card, and used a similar layout to this one inspired by a Hero Arts sketch. I already had the rose from Fifth Avenue Floral (Stampin' Up) coloured -- if you use Prismacolour pencils, check out this tutorial on the Hero Arts site, it has some excellent tips. The text panel is an excerpt from American Notes for General Circulation by none other than Charles Dickens. (Thank you again, Google Books!) I made a faux brad to add to the intersection of the text and the vellum panel, but decided I liked it better without.
And can you tell that once again, the weather defeated my photo-taking abilities? But the card needed to go in the mail...

Supplies: white & black cardstock, vellum, Fifth Avenue Floral (Stampin' Up), Thank You (Hero Arts), Versafine grapic black ink, clear embossing powder, Prismacolor pencils, dimensionals Pin It Now!