Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I made this card for my darling and long suffering husband. He loves birds. I decided I wanted to be very clean and simple and focused. And yeah, that is ribbon on a guy card - that is how I roll (so 2008! Bwahaha)... ok I think I need less caffeine when I blog because it is getting a bit random in here... so I will just list the supplies as I think it is pretty self explanatory and yeah he liked his card *wink*
And yeah, I have the Memento markers and used them on the image and sentiment and the pad to stamp the texture on the row and the heart to ensure it "matched" the rest of the card.
Card size 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth, Recollections Red;
Stamps - Gina K Designs: Heartily Yours, You Say Goodbye, and I Say Ello;
Ink - Memento: Tuxedo Black; Lady Bug Red; Cottage Ivy; Angel Pink; Dandelion;
Accessories - Spellbinders: Hearts Nestabilities; Brads; Dimensional tape; Ribbon;
Sunday, May 19, 2013
So this card started out as a technique challenge for me. I saw this card by uber talented Julie Ebersole. Now I did do the covering the cardstock in glitter part, um and I was rather sparkly for a while. You have been warned if you use this technique. I decided that I would risk using a rainbow Big Juicy pad as I wanted to use this owl image for the card. Nothing ventured nothing gained right? So I stamped and would have crossed my fingers but was afraid that would affect my stamping.Then I wanted to create a panel with these rounded squares from Gina K Designs, Lots of Letters set. I stamped and embossed them with clear embossing power to add another texture to the card. Yeah, the stamping isn't perfect, but I kinda like it like that. It seems mosaic-y (a good ol made up word by me).
I really like color with black and white. Maybe I should have been a cartoonist. But it always makes me smile in a grabbing the Sunday "Funnies" out of the paper before handing it to dad sort of way. Am I the only one that used to do that?
It was about at this point that it struck me that this would be a good card without the main image and a great masculine card so I should snap a picture when I assemble it. And yeah, I did contemplate just not using the image, but the whole point of the card is that my mom like's owls...
So then I got to thinking... this would probably make a great Masculine card.... so I decided to take a couple of pictures of the card assembled without the main image. So here is the card without the owl image:
And here is the card with the main image as I completed it. I think it could have worked either way.
Card size - 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth, Wassau Textured paper black
Stamps - Gina K Designs: Lots of Letters; Kitchen Sink Stamps: Ready 4 any Holiday; Inkadinkado: Birds Galore;
Ink - Big & Juicy rainbow pad
Accessories - clear embossing powder, adhesive sheet, glitter, brads.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
So if you follow my blog (or wish to take a quick look) you can see I do a wide variety of cards. Lately I have been coveting (there really is no other word) white space and CAS. I was even thinking these are the "Perfect Masculine" cards. So imagine my surprise when I collected my eldest from university (which is a 3 day event, two of those being travel) and the conversation goes a bit like this...
"Petal, have you been really busy?"
"a bit, why?"
"I can tell"
"How?" (me racking my brains to wonder how he can tell when he is so far away and I know I have dropped everything at a moment's notice like every supermom is supposed to in order to ensure he would have a relatively uneventful run into finals and no worries about home... oh my... my insecurities are running rampant... how did I fail this time... and yes this is a stream of conscious run on sentence in my brain)...
"well, its your cards"
"they are really plain"
well knock me over with a feather...."oh I thought you would like them really clean"
all is quiet queue tumbleweed..."I like every card from you"
Nice save there kid, cancel the tumbleweed, you know who is still funding your life! *wink*
So what does this have to do with procrastination - it really isn't that obvious except that I didn't want to blog about the card until I knew he received it and then life got in the way etc. So procrastination meant I wrote a completely different post about this card than I would have written even just a week ago.
So CAS and Masculine - I love both. I love CAS and Masculine because I do masculine all the time and I adore the white space of CAS. I think however, I have to find a comfort level so my son doesn't read anything into my one layer stamped card with few embellishments and doesn't take that to mean that that card took me less time to make than one dripping with embellishments.
Oh and BTW I was completely inspired by this post Taheerah for the inside image- however unlike her I just colored the flag in on the stamp itself rather than using a kissing technique. With all the empty space of the phone box it was pretty forgiving to just wing it.
Card size - 4.25 x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Solar White;
Stamps - Gina K Designs: You Say Goodbye. and I say Ello;
Ink - Memento: Lady Bug Red, Danube Blue, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky;
Color - Marvy Le Plume Markers
Saturday, May 4, 2013
So Tuesday night before Derby my mother asks for Red Derby wreaths that she can change the decorations on. I told her that they won't hold up because the decorations really need to be glued. So our plans evolved as we went shopping on Wednesday and talked...
On the trip our plans evolved into we don't want to change the wreath (nor store them) every couple of weeks and once we saw a mesh wreath made up with this stripe mesh and the stars and foil (those sticky out bits) and another beautiful white wreath with red roses the creative juices started flowing. The striped wreath had a dense red bow which we both agreed was too "heavy" for the wreath so I got white organza ribbon with silver dots.
We discussed a blue based wreath but felt it would look odd on the door color (yeah that needs to be considered).
I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out considering my first and second attempts at these wreaths. My Easter wreaths, which were ok but not great, really taught me that deco mesh needs to be "regimented messy" color needs to appear regularly but not in such a way that it creates a life of its own.
- Wire frame
- Chenille wires
- 21 inch red, white, blue metallic striped Deco Mesh
- 6 inch red deco mesh
- 6 inch white with silver dots organza
- foil and stars table decoration
- Red silk roses.
- Floral tape.
- Hot Glue gun.
Friday, April 26, 2013
To be honest I am having one of those one step forward a bazillion steps backwards weeks. I know we all do. So imagine my shock when I logged into my blog and found this for my last card.
Good thing I was sat down!
Seriously - it really was. I still think you could knock me over with a feather.
Thank you so much for the selection it is great to play along at CASology
BTW my eldest loved the card!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I'm doing a two for one today which considering I have trouble doing a one for one challenge I'm somewhat pleased with myself. So I am doing the CASology cue card - Word AND the OLW A-OK
I will be totally honest, I stamped this card and then saw both of these challenges. Shhhh that's just between you and me right? I'm just glad to be cranking out some cards again and posting them.
Second confession - I changed this card after I took this picture. To be honest I was quite happy with the plain black on white but I just kept niggling that I wanted another step to it... some color. So I got out a modern square border and inked it up and UGH! It pretty much obliterated the sign language! I will be honest, I sent it anyway as I had already written the note on the inside and my son won't care it is a note from home. Of course I *cough* accidentally *cough, cough* forgot to take that picture!!
Part of the inspiration for this is that my eldest attends Rochester Institute of Technology which is also the National Technical Institute for the Deaf with 10% of the student body being deaf, so he has learnt his alphabet so far and a few choice words that I'm probably not going to share in polite company. It really does add an extra, unique dynamic to an already great school. So that is my "A" = American Sign Language for the OLW challenge.
ETA - and yes it does say "hello"
Card Size - 4.25 in x 5.5 in
Cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White
Stamps - Viva LasVegastamps: Sign Language Alphabet
Ink - Archival Ink: Black
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
That was pretty much the request I got toward the end of February from my uncle.
Umm...Yeah...I can do that....I sat down and wrote out a plan of action and planned big and then pared it down.I really wanted to hide the walls. You see we had the party in "our" karate school. In the end I settled for covering the windows with long sheets of plastic table covering. *sigh* I just didn't have the manpower or time to do it.So realizing that wasn't going to happen I set about to hide the "ugly" spots. Now don't get me wrong I love our karate school but it has awkward angles and things like punching bags hanging down and a makiwara board jutting up, older televisions sticking out.... yeah... I needed to optically hide things.The plan -
- cover the windows to keep the surprise as long as possible. One whole wall is windows.Clear the "school clutter" such as punch bag etc out of sight/access
- Make balloon towers to cover the awkward angles in the school visually and create an entrance which means making stands too.
- Hang decorative elements from the wall of mirrors (oh I didn't mention that we had a wall of mirrors too) and ceiling.
- Use table cloths and skirts in my supplies and hurricanes and candles (another of her favorites) with hurricane holders.
- and 50 pink roses
- and DON'T PANIC!
I realized pretty quickly I need to be able to decorate in a way that I could set up in less than 6 hours which ended up being 3 1/2 with just two helpers - we did call a friend and I roped in my mother so I ended up with 4 helpers and we were still decorating when people were arriving early!! for the surprise party. OK they weren't early but they were. I told people 6 pm to surprise at 6:30 - somehow that got turned into 5:30 to surprise at 6?!?!?!?!?!
And that is why I don't haven't "pretty" here it is all set up and nobody here pictures. I was still assembling the last balloon tower when everyone came pouring in.
And lets not even talk about the food. I did most of it but not the desert table (isn't that beautiful *points to the left of the page)- a beautiful cake all those handmade flowers at the bottom of the table were off the cake, chocolate dipped strawberries, and chocolate 50s and cupcakes!
So honestly I don't know if we made it or not. I do know I am not a caterer. Oh that was nearly a disaster!
My pulled pork was tough so we had to BBQ it up. ACK! The chicken tenders we got from the local restaurant were a bit meh! The mac and cheese solidified! The Mashed Potatoes had to be redone. I will say my meatballs were wonderful and I could just about kick my mother who talked me out of country ham (I wouldn't have stressed so much about the pork then!!!). And green beans went down well.
And all this had to be transported out of town... hmm I wonder why I didn't get a card made for a few weeks...
Oh and you can't tell but that 50 on the wreath is sparkly Krylon glitter paint on it! And there were 5 mesh ball puffs hanging from the ceiling.
I made two more wreaths the traditional looping mesh way but TBH they weren't that special but we put them up anyway.
Well I hope you like what you see. Next time I'm letting someone else cater.
I purchased my wreath and puffs supplies from Mardi Gras Outlet after seeing their tutorial for wreaths and puffs http://blog.mardigrasoutlet.com/2012/07/curly-deco-mesh-wreath-tutorial.html and http://blog.mardigrasoutlet.com/2012/07/diy-party-puffs-topiary-with-deco-mesh.html
and this is the video I used to learn how to make the balloon towers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQL5lJegmHc