Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Head in the sand!

This ostrich is so cute!  It's a perfect image of a clueless person suddenly realizing they missed something!   A larger ostrich can be found at Eureka, and if you prefer not to use google eyes, I recommend you go with this one; the eyes are a bit hard to discern in the smaller image, the lines are just a little to thick at that size (hurrah for small google eyes)!  I used the oops text, but Eureka also has a "who ... me?" text or a "I forgot your bird day" that would be great as well.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day already???

Once again, I forgot until last minute that I needed a Father's Day card ... even though I gave my existing ones to my husband to choose from for his dad!

I needed a really simple design, and somewhere in my searches for inspiration, I saw a card with leaves.  My husband is not into sports, cards, hunting or golf, so a basic nature card seemed right.  I had not yet used the gorgeous white wood-look cardstock, and was really pleased with how it looked.  The brown behind the Father's Day text is the same pattern, it just did not show up in the photo.

I love these skeleton leaves from Biblical Impressions!  I usually emboss them, but for a masculine card, dye ink seemed a better choice!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simple Scripture Card

I love when elegance and simplicity come together in a card! The background is a darker beige than what you see here, and keeps the card from being too dark. The Romans 15:13 scripture was embossed in gold. The gorgeous, dimensional background is from a wallpaper sample book. Our local Sherwin Williams is always happy to pass these on to customers. I think someone has an "in" with one of the employees, because certain themes have always been gone when I get there, and I usually get there immediately after they say they remove the books from the shelves! Fortunately, the really elegant themes, and sometimes really amazing textured themes, are usually left. I have made journals as well with this particular pattern, and they've been the first to sell. I also have covered shoe boxes with wallpaper. It strengthens the box, as well as making it a decorative item, and one that easily wipes clean.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Eureka June hop

Welcome to the last stop on the June Eureka Blog Hop! If you are following the Hop, you should have arrived here from Roxie at "Paper Scraper"! If not, but you would like to start at the beginning, hop over to QKR Stampede for the entire hop! This month's theme is summer and the beach, so the shell background was a natural choice! I embossed the image in clear; I just wanted a little texture. I then used chalk to add subtle color. I stamped the image again in rose, stamped the thank you (which also comes in a larger size), then cut a circle out, and lined it up to fit with the original background image. I stamped once more, just enough to get the shell I wanted, embossing as I had the first time, then chalking it a little more heavily for distinct color, and attached it to the circle.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ornate Scripture

I thought this card was going to be extrememly difficult to make, especially having to cover up the original "L" at the beginning of Eureka's 1 Corinthians 13 verse so that I could use the (Garden Square) alphabet cube.  I took a post-it pad and cut tiny strips to place over the L while inking. 

I colored the cube with pencils, and lightly chalked the background and the filagrees with a light yellow.  After stamping the L in black with versafine ink which is gives nice dark coverage, it still seemed a little light, so I added on a little black embossing powder.  By the time I did so, the ink was partly dry, but it still did the job.

All images (besides the verse) are located on this same page.  The whole alphabet is present, as well as several other cubes.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Geometric Fun II

As I mentioned in my last post for Biblical Impressions, I have two more designs made from the suncatcher images. I love doodling geometric designs,so despite not being into suncatchers (Native American religious symbols), I find the design wonderful for playing with.

The first thing I made with the 16 pt. suncatcher image was this flower. If you look at the original image, you can see where I cut for the petals, and where I cut for the leaves. You'll need to emboss it four times to come up with enough to cut from. Each petal layer is a single piece (2 total), though certainly you could cut out individual petals (though you'd need additional embossed images)for a more layered and perhaps more elegant look. I placed the thank you on white mulberry paper just because the card "needed" something.

The idea of making a butterfly is what motivated me to order the 8 pt. suncatcher. It certainly could be made with just one pattern, but I liked the idea of using the more angled image for the lower wings. I thought I would just create my own butterfly body, but I really am hopeless when it comes to forming shapes with pencil or scissors, so I simply used the body from Eureka's 3-D butterfly pattern. It's a little short, but the best I could do! The Proverbs 3:5,6 image is a bookmark stamp; Biblical Impressions carries a number of scriptures in this great style.