Sunday, April 24, 2011

Flowers & Birds

Some people say spring, and mean bright pastel-like colors.
Others say spring and mean bloom, flowers, birds, butterflies.
To me it's all of those things. It's a time where there's lots of light, early in the morning till late at night; where the weather is mostly fine (except for a heat-wave now and again), where all flowers poke their littke heads out of the ground and feeling the warmth of the sun start growing to beautiful bloom; where you can hear all sorts of birds chirping even in the city; where trees start getting color again. It's as if the world is waking up from it's winter sleep.

When I make flowery cards, I especially love to create those twilight scenes, where all the flowers are in shadows against the colors of the sunset.

These are the challenges I entered this card into:

AiFactory - Flowers in bloom
Case Study - Inspiration card - flowers and birds
CRAFT - Flowers
Cute Card - No Text
Digi Doodles - Glitter & Glitz
Frosted Designs - Birds or butterflies
Polka Doodle - 3 patterned paper
Fairy Fun - April showers bring May flowers
Stamp Something - recipe: Flowers + Buttons + Sparkle


Friday, April 22, 2011

Let's take time to enjoy the... bloom

A recently new love of mine is combining stamps. Mostly I do that with sentiments and borders. Take one sentiment and add another to it, to create a whole new meaning.
In this case, I used only a part of a sentiment and than added another, as you can plainly see by the different font used.

Here is my spring card:

These are the challenges it's entered:

AUD Sentiment - Anything goes
Karen's Doodles - Lots of layers
Aly's - Baker's twine
Ann's Ceative Nook - Anything goes with technique
Cupcake Inspiration - Photo inspiration
Pile it on - Smells like rubber
Stamptacular - Magnolia-licious
Kaboodle Doodle - Spring/Easter
The Pink Elephant - color combo
Fussy and Fancy - Spring
Pixie Dust - Spring

Here's how I made it:

1.  Choose your papers and cut them to size:
In my case - the blue background paper is 14 X 11 cm (5.5" X 4.3")
The yellow paper is 9.5 X 6 cm (3.7" X 2.4")

2.  Choose your image, stamp it, color it, and cut a rectangle around it. Round the corners and distress around the edges.

3.  Choose a third paper for the punched border. Punch the border and cut it to be 2.5 cm wide (1")

4. Stamp your sentiment. Mine is composed from two different stamps. Draw a circle around it, cut and distress.

5.  With very sharp scissors cut small lines all around the circle

6. Now we put it all together - Unglued - just to see what it looks like. This is the time to make any changes you want.

7.  I liked my result,  and especially the circle being inserted underneath the other papers a little bit. So I held it firmly in place with one finger, while taking off everything else, and then marked the place with a pencil:

8.  Adding glue to the middle of the circle (careful not to glue the little slits we cut earlier), and glue it in place.

9.  Put glue on the yellow paper (the smaller one) and glue it in place, covering a bit of the circleed sentiment.

10. Add glue to the punched border, and glue it on top of the yellow paper. Make sure both tops are aligned. Cut off any excess of the border.

11. Add tiny dots of glue along the punched border - where you'll want your string to be.

12.  Attach your string and hold it in place for a few minutes, so it would stick.

13. Glue your colored stamped image on top

14.  Now tuck the edges of the string to the back side, and glue them there for a cleaner look

15. Almost done... Now fold up the tiny slits around the circle - where you an see them

16. And add glitter or dimention glue (or both) to those red shoes. I wanted to make them seem like lacquared shoes.

Now you're done. Glue your card on top of a folded card.


Birthday Card

Isn't it great that we have holidays now and again? Finally I find the time to sit and create, and the results are cards for challenges in a row...

So here's my card, and after the list of challenges It's entered into, I wrote a little tutorial to creating it.

Here are the challenges it's entered:

AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes
Etsy Inspired - Creating is fun
Ann's Creative Nook - Anything goes with a technique
Cupcake Inspiration - Inspiration photo
Stamp With Fun - Birthday
The Pink Elephant - color combo
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's celebrate
Hanna And Friends - Pink & Brown
Colour Cretae - Pink, Blue & Brown
Pixie Cottage - Birthday

And here is the tutorial on making this card:

1.  You start by choosing the papers, and cutting them to size.
In this photo - from left to right:
14 X 10.5 cm (5.5" X 4.2") (paper A)
12 X 6 cm (4.7" X 2.4")  (paper B)
8 X 6 cm (3.1" X 2.4")  (paper C)

2. Ink the edges of the two smaller papers (B, C)

3.  Stamp your image on a white or cream cardstock, cut around it in an oval shape, and ink the edges.
Make sure it is smaller in width than 6 cm (2.4") and no more than 8 cm (3.1") long.
(smaller in width than paper B, and no more than 2/3 B's length)

4.  stamp youe sentiment on the same cardstock, cut around it to a rectangle shape and punch-circle the corners. Ink the edges.

5.  Take another coordinating paper, punch it's border and cut it to be 1.5 cm wide (0.6")

6. Now we have all our components, it's time to put it all together.
Take paper C and glue it onto paper A, in the center.

7.  Take paper B and glue it on top paper C, again - centered.

8.  Add your stamed image. Position it like in the photo.

9.  Add the punched border. Make sure to position it below the stamped image, but not too low. We want to glue the sentiment a little over it...

10. Now add the sentiment, a little over the punched border, and a little over the stamped image:

11. Now it's time to finish the card: Trim the excess of the punched border at the sides of the card, and add your blings.
Glue the whole thing onto a folded card, and you're done.

If you decide to create your own version, please share it with ne in the comments section. I'd love to see what you did.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's been a while

It's been a long time since I found the time to create according to other challenges (other than the ones I set up for Tuesday Trio, that is). I finally found some spare time to go over other challenges and was able to create something for several of them.

Here's my card:

The flower embelishment is made with a stamped flower, stamped three times. The first I cut a little larger, to have those pink endges, whoch I colored with ink, the second I glued as is, and the third I glued in the center, and curled the petals upwards. all that was glued onto the pink bow, and then I added a few leaves to complete the look.

The sentiment is a combination of stamps, a rather new love of mine.

These are the challenges I enterd this card into:

Tuesday Trio - Sketch + Birds (My challenge blog, where I'm DT coordinator)
Charizma - Pink, Black & Green
Color Create - Pink, Black & White
Frosted Designs - Handmade Embelishments
Lili of the Valley - Birthday Card
Meljen - Recipe: 3 colors, 2 patterned paper, 1 bow
Paper Romance - paper flowers
Pixie Dust - "Say it out loud" - add sentiment
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge