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hot air balloon…inspired by

You never know where you are going to get your inspiration from.  While surfing the net months ago I came across a blog – Stephmodo – which is a food and lifestyle blog.  She was having a party for her daughter and chose hot air balloons as the theme. 

She made little gift boxes thata were so darling – I used them as my inspiration for this card:

The balloon is a $1 stamp from Michaels, the mountains are a stamp from Alexstamping and the sentiment and numbers are from Limited Edition.  The coloring was done with copic markers, with memento sky and paris dusk sponged in the background.

I used decorative scissors to make the stamp border, but I will be glad to get my hands on the new Spellbinders Postage Stamp dies – they are much better looking than my attempt here!

The gift boxes that inspired me are these – each one contained on small hot air balloon pendant – aren’t these just darling?

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clean and simple monday

The great outdoors!  That is the theme for this weeks clean and simple challenge at SCS.  Here in Florida we are getting some wonderfully warm early spring weather so I thought I would  take a cue from that.  Here’s my card.

That darling little bunny and flower image is a $1 stamp from Michael’s – sometimes you can find the cutest stamps in those $1 bins!  I stamped in black, rounded the corners and sponged Memento Angel Pink and  Summer Sky for the background.  I also edged the panel with black.  The pink card is from SU and the white scalloped mat was made using nestabilities.

The sentiment is from Mark’s Finest Papers Carnation set and it is the perfect size for this image.  In looking at the final card I realized that this could also work for a baby card.

I don’t know if you can tell from the photo but there is a little bit of embossing on the base card behind the main panel.  This was done with a letterpress plate from the Letterpress Baby collection.  It’s subtle but but adds just a little bit of something.

I hope you will join us this week at SCS for the challenge!

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clean and simple monday

Sometimes “clean and simple” becomes “clean and not so simple“!  Such is the case with today’s card.  The challenge is to make your own background and I’ve got this covered two ways with this card.

The “simple” background is the black and white base card.  I started with a black card and simply used rub-ons to create the mottled look – like the composition books used for school.  The rub on is from EK Success called Confetti and I bought a large sheet of it at a Big Lots store over a year ago for less than a dollar.  I knew I would get some use out of it and it works perfectly here  to make the look I was going for. 

The “not so simple” background is the notebook paper.   It’s a digi image that I made.  It’s only the second time I have attempted to make anything digi and it took much longer than it should have. 

Look at it – all it is is a bunch of blue horizontal lines and one vertical red line – how hard could that be?  For someone who knows what they are doing it would have taken them less than a minute to create this.   For someone like me it took about 1/2 hour, which isn’t a huge amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but considering how simple this ended up being it should not have taken that long. 

I started out by creating a file in Photoshop Elements  about 5.5 x 6.5 – thinking I would use this  both as a journal page and card front.  I flipped on the rulers and grid feature and started to draw the horizontal lines.  Well, first I had to find the “line” tool – that took a few minutes.   Then  I drew a few lines and realized they were black, not the blue I wanted.    I thought I knew how to change colors – seems I forgot the specific steps and after several minutes of  trial and error ended up going through the “help” feature to find out the correct way to do this.  Now I’m on a roll – I changed the few lines to blue and realized – duh – I can just use the “duplicate layer” feature and copy as many lines as I need.  (There may be an even simpler way to do this but it is beyond my expertise at this stage!). 

So I get all my blue lines done and create one red vertical line for the margin and print out a sample.  It looks weird because it has no border.  So I go in and add  black lines around the edge and print out another sample.  Perfect….or so I think.

Since the file is 5.5 x 6.5 it is too large for my card front – so I just resize the file down to the size I want and print it out. Easy, right?   It looks terrible.  Because of the smaller size it makes the lines look very narrow – the scale is completely off.  Sheesh!!!

So I make a copy of the file and set out to remove half the lines!!!    Finished with that I print it out and – yes!!! – it looks perfect!!!    I can continue on with my clean and”simple” card!!

So…I now have two “notebook paper” digis and I have posted the files for you to have and use to your hearts content.  They are posted over at SCS on this thread HERE.

The card is a birthday card for my hubs –  whose birthday is Wednesday – and he’ll probably see it on here first (happy birthday honey!).  Two of the images have special memories for me.  First is the corvette image – it has no company name on it so I don’t know its origin.  But I purchased it at one of those little roadside shops on Route 66 – how appropriate is that!  We were on vacation in the southwest and traveled part of the way on this famous road and using the image brought back memories of that trip. Plus hubs loves corvettes.  The “keep the shiny  side up” sentiment is typically a motorcyle saying, but can work with sports cars as well.  It from Our Lady Of Rubber and was purchased during a trip to Santa Fe (another favorite vacation spot of ours).  The shop is called Guadalupe’s Fun Rubber Stamps and it is near the plaza in historic Santa Fe on the second floor.     The happy birthday is one of those $1 Studio G stamps.

The car was colored with prisma pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  I punched three circles from black cardstock and glued them on to the side of the notebook paper to make it look more authentic.  The panel was mounted on red cardstock to make it stand out a  bit more.


Thanks for stopping by today – I hope you join us this week for the CAS challenge at SCS – and I hope your card goes much faster than mine!

snow day

I grew up in New England and each year we usually had one big snow storm – big enough to close the schools for the day.  My brothers and sisters and I would wake up, look out the window and then listen to the radio with Mom and Dad to see if we would have a “snow day”.    As kids we loved it…and my Dad was a school teacher and although he never said it, I’m sure he was happy to have a day off from work as well.  My Mom on the other hand probably hated snow days!

So when I saw this weeks clean and simple challenge on Splitcoast was “a day in the snow” I immediately thought of those days long past of not having to go to school and getting to play in the snow. 

In keeping with the challenge I kept the design and color scheme simple.  I’ve been doing so much coloring with copics that it was very refreshing to simply emboss – and I love the look of white embossing.  Here’s my card:

The cardstock is Kraft/Crumb Cake, with the darker brown behind the embossed image Bazzill textured.  I stamped the sentiment (from JustRite Times New Roman Font) with Palette Burnt Umber ink.  The small spray of snowflakes is one of those $1 clear stamps from Michaels.  The tree image (from Stamp Zia) was stamped in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  The twine and brown button were added because I felt it went with the “natural” look of the card.

So, how is your new year going?  I hope well!  I taught a copic class on Saturday at my LSS and it was a wonderful success and I have another class scheduled next month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will join us over at SCS for the clean and simple challenge this week!

what can you do with those $1 stamps?

Over the years I’ve accumulated a bunch of those inexpensive $1 stamps you find at Michael’s and JoAnn’s.  At that price they are hard to resist, but I usually forget about them, instead reaching for my larger stamp sets.

Well, while working on some christmas cards I was looking for some snowflake stamps and came across a couple of my dollar stamps and decided to put them to work on this quick and easy card!

Since I already had created three holiday cards with a traditional red and green color scheme, it was time to work with another color.  This card is a simple layout and color scheme using PTI’s aqua mist paper and ink.  I love this shade of blue/green, although the photo does not really show the true color.  The snowflake stamp is a small (about 2.5″ long) rubber stamp that I just repeatedly stamped on white cardstock.  The sentiment is from a $1 clear set that included some other snowflake images that were not used.    The edges were sponged with the same ink and a silver cord (from SU) finishes it off.

I like how it turned out, but think I will tweak the sketch a bit, showing more of the cardbase and making the main panel smaller.    Either way, this was and easy and quick way to put together a holiday card!

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