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:
Anyway, long winded post. I'll post pictures of my camping trip in the Rockies when I get back.
Have a nice day everyone!