Well, anyway, onto something happier. I made two cards yesterday. The first card is made with digital papers. I love digital papers. You can scale the pattern if its too big, you can change the colours, and you never run out if you screw up and need another sheet at 4am. Here's what the first card looks like:
The patterned paper is a free download from the Fuji film website, and the solid dark paper is also a freebie. Its from the June 29/09 Colour Challenge kit by Jesse Edwards from Designer Digitals. They are both printed on Staples brand matte finish brochure paper (I love that paper for printing digi papers - the best I've found so far). For the light coloured panel, I took the shade of orange on the patterened paper and lightened it and printed a solid panel on 130# coated cardstock. I cut out 3 different sizes of the flowers from the patterned paper, shaped the petals a bit with the round end of pen, put Star Dust stickles on the edges, and glued them together. The sentiment is from the So Sweet set by CTMH and stamped with SU! Bravo Burgundy classic ink (which surprisingly matched the colours in the patterned paper and the dark solid very nicely). I used the EK Success Fleur de Lis edge punch on the papers for both the front and inside of the card.
The second card I made is for Rob's birthday next week. We're going camping and I wanted to get it done before we leave. Here's his card (he doesn't read my blog - too boring for him - so he won't see it):
For his card, I used all SU! cardstock. I'm not sure of the specific names (and I'm too lazy to look them up) but I think they're navy, kiwi kiss, and egg plant. The sentiments are computer printed, the border stamp is by Stampology for which I used a purple craft ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. The navy satin ribbon is from the dollar store. The main image is by Inkadinkado and stamped in a bluish-purple ink (Kaiser Kraft ink) on Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock and then I coloured it with copics. I used a gold felt gel marker to line around the outside of the image panel. Its mounted with pop dots on the front. I used the Marvy Southwest corner punch on the inside kiwi kiss panel. The eggplant corners were cut with a pair of Fiskars corner scissors. I printed the inside sentiment on 32lb super smooth Domtar bond paper (love this paper too). I like the simple design of this card. My husband does't really oooh or awww over any of my cards, so he wouldn't know the difference really between a simple card or an elaborate card most of the time. He does like my cards though.
I forgot to mention that all my card bases are either Staples brand 110# cardstock or Wausau Exact Index 110# cardstock from Office Depot. I have some Domtar Cougar smooth bright white 130# cardstock that is the best for card bases and for copics, but I want to use up the Staples and Office Depot cardstock first. I also like the Wausau cardstock (both the 110# & 80#) for stamping on. I like it better than the Staples cardstock - its smoother and the fibres are tighter - so its better for colouring with copics.
I have an interesting storage solution for my ribbon. I'll get some pictures up in my next post - waiting for the batteries to charge. I'll just say that I've re-purposed something.
So that's it for today. Talk to you later....