Saturday, February 28, 2009

One Stamp - Two Looks

Just wanted to show you my cute new stamp by Hero Arts, and show you the difference that changes in colors can really make in the look of a card. The first card is my favorite. I like the softer look. I used the same cute "Tweet" pp by Fancy Pants on both cards. You can tell by the pp that the true colors of the cards aren't showing up exactly anyway. Something about my camera. I'm clueless....Oh well, on one card I stamped with a lighter blue chalk ink, and on the second, I stamped with a darker blue Brilliance pigment ink. Of course, as you can see, there are other differences in the cards such as the embellishments, but I think the choice of ink makes the biggest difference. So go and get your inks and a fav stamp and see if you can't come up with some different looks. Let me know if you do. I'd love to see them!

Btw, keep watching my blog. We will be having a blog hop challenge very very soon at The Attic. It should be lots of fun, with some blog candy for you, of course!

Also, if you haven't signed up for our ATC swap, today is the LAST DAY to sign up. Remember, this month everyone is making 4 cards - 2 with a Valentine theme and 2 with the theme Sassy Sayings. We have quite a few swappers and beginners are welcome. So if you are interested, stop by and look under Swaps for more info!

A reminder, there is still time to win all that awesome blogcandy from Never Enough Rubber Stamps (go back a couple of posts and have a look at it here!). If you participate, you will also be making a lonely person happy by thinking of them with a card. I will be sending my cards this weekend (I hope).
Before I close, I will brag on myself because I added a new gadget to this blog - a slideshow of my lo's, cards, and altered items. The reason I am proud of myself is that I had trouble adding it, and finally got it to work! Yay! But I am disappointed, cause I wanted to have one of those cute slideshows that open like a book. In fact, I have one on here on a post made a year or so ago. Didn't know how to move it to gadgets. Oh well, I'll think about it tomorrow....... lol

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

3D Altered Composition Book

Can't believe that I am here again so quickly! How unlike me, but we are very busy at the Attic perfecting our new kit formats. So we have been looking through the store, trying to decide what might go on sale so that we can get in some new goodies. Jaime suggested that it would be fun for the DT to make some new creations using our store stash.

At the same time, Stamp Something Friday Challenge Blog (the link is under my fav Scrappy Places) is having a challenge this week to make something 3D. So I decided I would use my stash from the MFTA store and make something 3D for the challenge. So first, here is my "before" pic, a plain ole composition book.

As far as my "after" picture, I covered the front with Cherry Arte pp from our store. The swirls and butterfly are Grungeboard, also from our store. I used a clear embossing pad on the Grungeboard, and then used Perfect Pearls on the butterfly, while I inked the swirl with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (also in the store!). The flower is white paper by Making Memories, the lace ribbon is Rusty Picklem and the chipboard crown is by Heidi Swapp. I am unsure where the "create" label is from. I inked a cardboard square with green Distress Ink. I stamped it with an Autumn Leaves "Let it Be" single stamp, also (you got it - from the store!) Wow, I had honestly forgotten how many goodies we had in there! I am ready to shop some more. I guess I need to so that I can keep completing the challenges at the Stamp Something blog! They have some wonderful blog candy if your creation is picked. So get over there and try out this week's challenge.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Blogcandy at Never Enough Rubber Stamps!

Get right over to Never Enough Rubber Stamps. The link is under My Scrappy Places. Look at these goodies given away by Dorothy if you are good enough just to snail mail a card which will be sent to the homeless or the elderly! You can also leave a comment for another chance to win, plus put these blog candy pics on your blog for even another chance! So you could win this awesome blog candy and do a good deed for someone or several someones . Again, click on the link in my sidebar for all the specific info!

Are you all drooling NOW? lol
Btw, i am not sure of the deadline for this, so get over to Never Enough Rubber Stamps now!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Another Basic Grey Challenge!

Here I am again with another Basic Grey Card! I made this one for my son's gf's birthday.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CASONDRA! Hope you have a happy one and love your card! Wish I had the cash to buy you a beautiful gift, but alas, that's not in the cards at the moment. : )

I also am sending this card in for Challenge 23 on the Basic Grey Challenge Blog I mentioned before. There is a link to it under my scrappy places. Challenge 23 is to use a 2 color combo plus white or cream. There were 3 choices, so I choice brown and pink. Of course you also had to use a BG product. I had a terrible time editing the pic of my card. The solid brown pieces just don't look brown to me, but believe me - everything in the card is pink (different shades, but pink) or brown or white.

The background paper is from the BG Bittersweet Collection (brown and pink), the base card is pink (Bazzill), the solid brown cs is from the Bittersweet Card Kit. The white paper ribbon is K & Co Smitten. Various pink flowers and brads. A few faux diamonds for bling. The sentiment was stamped with Close To My Heart Dasiy White and then embossed with Antique Pink embossing powder. I love the stamp. The extra tall cake is from a company I am not familiar with - Outlines Rubber Stamp Co. I stamped with brown and embossed with a sparkly brown ep. I colored it in with various markers - pink and brown. Also chalked a couple of sections of the cake with pink. Hope you enjoyed stopping by. Please leave comments. I love to read what you have to say!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Basic Grey Card

Had to take a minute to post one more card made from the MFTA January Card Kit, which as I told you before is the Basic Grey Bittersweet Card Kit. This card is another made without following the directions that come with the kit, but it is ALL Basic Grey - which I LOVE! The hearts on the card are from a Two Scoops die cut sheet. I inked the edges of all the pieces and used foam dots under the hearts.I added pink Stickles on two hearts and part of the top fold of the card, just to give it a little bling!
I am also sending this card to a great blog I found. It is all about making projects using Basic Grey. It is not affliiated with Basic Grey itself - it's just for BG lovers, like me! I am adding it to my fav spots, so ya'll need to check it out! You'll find lots of BG inspiration!

Oh, by the way, don't forget that MFTA is having an ATC swap for February with the themes "Valentines" and "Sassy Sayings". That means everyone will make 4 ATCs - 2 of each. I have posted about our swap on Willow Traders, so I hope we have a GIGANTIC swap this month! Be sure to go by the Attic and sign up!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Another Valentine's Card Sketch

Wow! I have been on here 2 days in a row! Amazing. Actually, I think this is the same day - it was so late last night when I was blogging! Anyway, I just had to show you one more card I made for Scrapmania and More's Valentine Card Sketch Challenge. My card is almost exactly like the sketch. I used Me and My Big Ideas Paper. Can't remember where the lace or forever stamp came from. Shame on me. I need to ALWAYS remember to keep the packaging so this doesn't happen. I am getting better about it, but still forget. The flowers are Prima and the fabric brad in the middle is from K & Co. Scrapmania and More is a really cool blog done by Ingrid in the Netherlands. So even though she has a world clock on her blog, I am still not sure if they are behind or ahead of us, so I don't know if I even made it in time! She is drawing for really nice RAK. I love the shabby chic look of the paper I used. I crumpled it and inked the edges to make it even more so. So, if I am too late for the drawing, I still have a shabby chic card to give to someone. Hmmmmm..........

Have you seen Card Patterns blog?

Card Patterns is a blog with a new sketch every week for all of us card makers. Here is the first sketch for February. Great start, I think. Below is my take on the sketch. I had to make a Valentines Card! I couldn't help myself. I think I could make them year round. I am really looking forward to making more cards from the sketches from appears to be an awesome blog!

Btw, pardon my poor photo of my card. I usually scan them, and my computer with my scanner is down, which means Matt will have to get busy today! Obviously, my picture taking skill when it comes to cards and lo's still needs improvement. Practice, practice. I will get better, I will get better......

January Basic Grey Card Kit at the Attic

Let me start by saying that I have not followed up on my promise to keep my blog up to date. I am sure you are in a complete state of shock over this! ha ha Nevertheless, here I am, and it hasn't been THAT long! Just had to let you in on some changes going on at the Attic. Jeri has decided to change her kits to make them different and exciting. Some will have a class or tutorial format. All of them will have challenges, awesome ideas and examples, and the kits themselves will be really cool and affordable! Please go have a peek and pick up a kit while you are there! lol

I really promise to give you more info about the kits by this weekend. It's just that it is 4:00 a.m. or something right now, and I just don't have time to tell you about it all. I will say that I will be doing the tutorials, challenges, RAKs and all of those good things for the Card Kits. The January Card Kit was the Basic Grey Bittersweet Card Kit. It comes with instructions and materials for 8 gorgeous cards that you can make in a jiffy, plus there is extra material if you have the time and inclination to be creative. Here are a few of the cards from the kit made following the instructions:

I thought these turned out so cute, and believe me, all I did was follow the easy instructions. Even the chipboard pieces have adhesive on the back. Here are I couple of cards I made adding some of my own stamping. The SWAK card has "love tickets" made from stamps by Inkadinkado. The "Some Birdy Loves You" card has a stamped image from Magenta. I cut out the middle of it, and also embossed it with clear embossing powder after I stamped it. Btw, the stamp was given to me by my "stamp buddy" Michelle in a Stamp Swap we had at the Attic! She also gave me another birdy stamp I had been drooling over! Thanks, Michelle! Anyway, here are those other cards. Remember, most of the materials are still from the kit. How versatile can you get?

You can see I also added some paint and some feathers to the last card, plus a clear journaling square from Maya Road. Those cute lips are rubons from the Basic Grey Kit. Hope you have enjoyed looking at a few of the cards I made from this fabulous kit. Yes! A few! There are more! You see why you NEED this kit? lol Anyway, I promise to be back soon. Lots to share with you!