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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wedding mini album for a colleague


Once same sex marriages became legal in Florida, I knew it wasn't long before my friend married his true love.  They were married last week and I created this little mini album for them.

All products used CTMH except the Vellum Quotes and liquid glue.
Most of the products I used are already retired and no longer available, but I wanted these products and the blue color was specifically requested.

For the cover, I used my Silhouette to cut out the names attached to the blue oval. I typed the text and attached it to the oval path.  I learned how to do this by watching videos by CleverSomeday on YouTube. Her videos can be found here.  I also created an offset to place behind the names.  The date was cut on the same mat with the other items.
The first page has a Vellum quote that can be left as is or placed over a photo. I left it for the couple to decide.  Once they do, I'll help them finish the page.

The next two pages are the left and right side inside the album.  They have places for a photo on each page.

The last page has a Vellum quote with a torn edge that can be placed on top of another photo.
The front and back cover are cut from black chipboard. I don't remember where that came from.  It is lightweight chipboard.  I punced holes that line up with the 6" page protectors and tied it all together with black Tulle.  I wanted a binding system that can be expanded for more pages if desired.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine cards

 First card was made using the old CTMH Smitten My Originals Cardmaking Kit.  These kits came with preprinted card bases and a coordinating sheet of MyStickease.  I layered the I Love You onto a cranberry rectangle and layered both onto some black cardstock.  I also ran some black cardstock through the Hearts Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.  Then I sanded off the raised heart edges with some emery boards.  I added gold Glitter Gems and raised the I Love You with 3D Foam Tape.

Again, this was a preprinted card base from the same cardmaking kit.  I added a strip of black cardstock that was run through the Hearts embossing folder and sanded off the hearts. I added the strip of Gold Shimmer Trip.  Then I added the 3 Hearts.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Valentine Card

This card was made using CTMH Black, White Daisy, and Cranberry cardstock.  The stamp is from the D1560 Happy Time stamp set.  It was embossed using White embossing powder.

The hearts were cut using a Simon Says Stamp Heart die. The black background was cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die Set.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some really cool ornaments I'm going to make with my Firsties.

I created some ornaments using clear glass ornaments purchased from Michaels.  First I used a technique from a YouTube video by Ranger.   They sprayed alcohol inks into the ornaments and then shot some canned air to move the ink around inside the ornament.  I left them to dry and they looked cool, but I really wanted to do the insides with glitter.  After drying a couple of days (which isn't necessary because alcohol inks dry almost instantly)  I added another technique.   I poured some Mop n Glo into the ornament and made sure the entire inside was covered.  I quickly poured out the excess.  A very tiny amount of the colored ink was reliquified, but not enough to make a difference.  

After about a minute or two, I poured in some white glitter and shook it around covering the opening with a paper towel.  These are some of the ornaments drying. 



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank you card in Lagoon


I made this card to use with my group of ladies from the Assisted Living Facility Rehab group.   The focal image is black cardstock cut into a scalloped circle. The Lagoon Glitter paper was cut with a die and Cuttlebug.   I cut a small oval to stamp the Thanks sentiment and layered on with 3-D foam tape.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

2 Cards using new CTMH papers

I am so in love with this color called Thistle. It coordinates perfectly with the Confetti Wishes papers.  I decided to use this color as the basis for these cards.

I had seen someone do a video where they used wafer thin dies to create an inlaid border on their card.  I thought I could do the same thing with my Silhouette Cameo.  I created a rectangle 4"x 5.25".  Then I made an internal offset.  I made another internal offset and they became the inlay piece.   I cut one from Thistle and the other from Black cardstock.  I attached them to White Daisy Card bases.

The Happy Birthday and Thank You are typed into the silhouette and welded together, but I don't remember which font I used.  The Happy Birthday was cut in one layer and attached to the card.  The Thank you was cut four times and glued together to make a thicker image on the card.

The flowers were cut from Confetti Wishes paper and White Daisy cardstock. I stamped the dots onto the white layers using an older stamp set called Celebrate Life C1287.  I stamped them in Pacifica, Thistle, Canary inks.  The vine was inked with Topiary ink.

Between the layers of the flowers, I used Thin 3D Foam tape and they were attached directly to the card with Bonding Memories Two way glue.









 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Christmas Card 2

I made this card using some older CTMH paper and stamps that I have in my stash. 

The Santa and sleigh were stamped and scanned into my computer.  I imported them into my Silhouette Cameo software and traced them.  Then I cut them out.  I also created shadow pieces by making an offset of the images.

Embellishments include Red Shimmer Trim and Black Epoxy Bubbles.


Monday, August 4, 2014

6 Masculine cards using the same pattern

I am on a roll. I just made 6 more cards using the bulk B&T Jubilee paper and chocolate cardstock. I used the fancy Thanks A1125  (Retired) and the May SOTM (another reason to buy the SOTM when you can!). Sorry I used stamps you can't get, but these cards can be made with almost any stamps.

For these cards, I tried to keep a masculine feel and didn't really use embellies. I used my spellbinders dies to cut the ovals and scalloped ovals, and the labels tags. Once again, while the paper was still in the spellbinders die, I used ink on a sponge to sponge in the center leaving a border all around on the top left and top right cards.

For the top left card, I cut two frames and then cut them on the diagonal. I pieced them together with a strip of cardstock on the back to hold them together. I aligned the points of the focal image so all three lined up perfectly.

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