About Me

I am a techno/gadget freak. I love almost anything that has to do with computers and software. I have an engineering background, but I haven't worked in that field for over 10 years. I married my wonderful husband in September 2004 and look forward to spending every single day of the rest of my life with him. I love cats and even call myself "Cat".


Monday, July 26, 2010

Busy, busy...

I'm heading off to Banff tomorrow morning to go camping for a couple days.  I wanted to get a few more prototypes done of cards for the craft show next month.  I made 2, but I may have to refine the first one.  I think the focal medallion is too big for the card.  I may take it down 1/2" and I think I'll stamp the sentiment parts separately - I tried to line them up on my block.  I think the little confetti stamps on the side kinda look lame too. I do like the image though - its cute.  The stamps are a clear set from Stampendous, the patterned paper is another free download from the Fuji flim website, the red paper is a digi freebie from the June 29/09 Colour Challenge kit by Jesse Edwards from Designer Digitals, the mint green cardstock is Recollections brand , and the white cardstock is Wausau 80#.  I used Stazon black ink and coloured the image in with pencil crayons & odourless mineral spirits and then added black stickles to the body and diamond dust stickles to the wings.  I used red stickles on the confetti designs.  The medallion is attached with pop dots.  Here is the card:

The next card I made is a very simple design.  I bought a couple Studio G stamps and wanted to try them out. The base is Domtar Cougar 130# cardstock, the green patterned paper is a free digi download from Designer Digitals (designed by Andrea Victoria), the second patterned paper is also a free digi download but I can't find which one right now on my computer (I have literally thousands of digi papers downloaded over the years), and finally the orange cardstock is SU! tangerine tango.  I stamped the sentiment stamp with SU! classic green galore ink, and the butterfly image is stamped with SU! classic tangerine tango ink.  I really like the clean lines of this card and I think I could change up the patterned papers and stamps to get a whole different look.  Here's what the card looks like:

So, the last card was an experiment and I think it looks like crap.  Last year I bought a block of rubber and some carving tools to see if I could carve my own logo stamp for my cards.  Well, needless to say, my carving skills leave a lot to be desired.  But I did make this bear stamp kind of in the Haida Indian style.  I just stamped it with Momento ink on the Cougar 130# card base (single layer card).  I then made a mask, and a template to look like snow mounds and one for clouds.  I used chalks on the background, then I mixed some irredescent perfect pearls in water in a little mister spray bottle, masked off the "ground" and the bear, and sprayed the sky so that it shimmers.  I then took frosted lace stickles and outlines the hills of the ground.  For the bear, I had originally coloured it in with chalks, but the colour wasn't deep enough, so I painted over top with gold perfect pearls and Future floor wax mixed together.  Here's what the card looks like.  Like I said, it looks like crap.

So finally, as I mentioned yesterday, I found a new solution for storing my ribbon.  I've been using a couple cd/dvd spindles and a lot of shoe boxes.  The cd spindes are ok since I can see through the cover and tell what ribbons are there.  BUT, the shoe box thing doesn't work at all.  I have to pull out all the boxes to find what I want.  Well, I went grocery shopping a few days ago at the Walmart super centre.  In the bakery section they have donuts - 6 for $1.  And they come in these cute little, clear clamshell type containers.  Well, I like to re-purpose/recycle containers.  I hate throwing stuff out.  I'm a pack rat.  So I was rinsing it out (cause we ate all the donuts - yummy) to put in the recycling bin and it struck me that the container would fit spools of ribbon perfectly.  Beautiful.  Now I'm going to have to buy donuts more often (like I really needed an excuse to begin with).  The one I have now, I was able to fit 10 spools of ribbon in it.  The max size of spool you fit in the container is about 3" in diameter and about 1" wide.  Here's a couple pictures of what it looks like:

They will stack nicely and fit nicely on a shelf in my bookcase and I will be see what ribbons I have without pulling everything apart.  I am really happy that I found these containers.  Too bad I couldn't just buy the containers.  I don't think my waist really needs all the donuts I'm going to have to eat to get enough containers for all the ribbon I have.  But for $1 a container, its a pretty good deal.

Anyway, long winded post.  I'll post pictures of my camping trip in the Rockies when I get back.

Have a nice day everyone!



Linda Beeson said...

I can see I NEED some donuts, how clever of you. LOVE your cards, the way you did the scallop edge on the first card is a great look.

Laura said...

OMG,I love that idea.And I love donuts.So here I come walmart!.Great cards they all look great.TFS

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards Cat!! that first birthday one is my favorite and just darling! great recycling too.

Patricia said...

1. The bee image is super cute!
2. I love butterflies. That automatically made your second card my favorite.
3. No, this does not look like crap. I'd say it looks primitive, in the sense of cave drawings. KWIM?
4. Very clever use of the doughnut containers!
5. No special reason other than I prefer odd numbers to even numbers. It's an odd quirk of mine. HA! Get it - an "odd" quirk? (OK, I'll stop now!)

Holly said...

holy crap, that is such a super idea on storing your ribbon!!! Kudos to you!
great cards too! the bear one is not nearly as bad as you think...i've gotten much worse in swaps from demonstrators in the past, LOL :)
Enjoy your trip!

runzalot81 said...

I love the donut ribbon storage! AWESOME!

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