Thursday, May 1, 2008

VEGAS, here we come!!!!

Ok, it's not for awhile but we just booked the tickets today!!! I CANNOT wait!! I've never been there - mind you, I've never really been anywhere - except Disneyland when I was 10! Tim's sister is getting married there on Oct. 23 (a Thursday...odd eh??) so we are heading there Wed. night and coming home Sunday!! I am so excited!!! Tim did some searching for things to do & he found this tour - self- driven Hummer tour to the west end of the Grand Canyon - with a stop at Hoover Dam and a bunch of other places, lunch and a FREE COOLER BAG!!! WHHHHHHEEEEE HOOOOOOO!!!! LOL Anyways, it sounds totally fun - it's what I want to do and it's what Tim would like to do (amazing we found a compromise, seeing as he didn't even want to go!)....and it is $160/person, which isn't too bad for a day long trip! It was either that or an ATV tour for 3 hours in the desert for $300! EEK!!! I just want to SHOP!!!!! Just thought I'd share my happy news - Tim is grumbling about the whole trip but DAMN, I'm excited!!! He is such a home body!! ARGHHH!!!! We haven't even had a honeymoon yet!! sniff sniff :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

First Communion cards

Tommy, my friend Tracy's son, just had his First Communion last weekend, and my neice is having her's this Sunday, so I had to make a couple cards. I have the perfect Magnolia stamp for girls - Tilda wearing a cross - but was stumped for a "boy" card!! So, what I did.....don't I cut Tilda's head off, stamped Edwin's head and cut it out and glued it onto Tilda's body! I thought the outfit could suit a boy or girl regardless of the "head" that is on top!! Anyways, I think it turned out pretty well....what do you think??? The card base is River Rock and the DP is Apple Cider. I coloured his pants with OMS and prismas. The "celebrate" stamp is from Hero Arts and the clip is from SU's Hodgepodge Hardware. It is pretty plain but I really struggle with masculine cards.....usually ribbon or flowers do the trick!!! I think Magnolia should make a boy stamp just like this!!! Here is the card I made for my niece with the "real" head on the stamp. The card base is Elegant Eggplant & I used a piece of DP that I found in my scraps bin that was quite pretty and "heavenly" (LOL) I coloured her with OMS & my prismas & attached a tag with a silver clip. I didn't make it too religious, I probably should have, but I don't have any good sentiments for things like this! And normally little girls where frilly white dresses for their First Communion, but Tilda isn't so I figured I'd colour her in Darby's favourite colours! She looks like she is standing in a field of flowers! I cut her out and pop dotted her on the DP!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Faux Suede Father's Day card

I made this card for my Daddy, who was a mechanic (he's retired now!) He used to come home and his work boots, clothes and hands would be so greasy, I can still smell it to this day!!! I wanted to "dirty" it up a bit so I crumpled the image and used Walnut Ink to distress it. I distressed the edges of the white and Close to Cocoa with my Heidi Swapp Edge Distressor (scissors work just as well though!) I coloured the puppy with Gamsol (OMS) and prisma's. I used some scrap leather string I had for "man ribbon" (LOL) and attached it to the faux suede background. That is then layered on Close to Cocoa and then on Chocolate Chip. The image is from a SU set called For Father. The sentiment is from A little birdie told me (SU). Now, for the technique!!! FAUX SUEDE - so fun, so easy and the texture IRL is amazingly "REAL"!!! The photo doesn't do it justice so TRY this technique & you'll see for yourself!!
What you need:
wax paper, a brayer, liquid applique (I used brown here but I have all sorts of colours), heat gun, cardstock cut to size that you want to be "suede" (I used Vanilla), scrap paper to lay down to protect your work surface
What to do:
1. squirt some liquid applique (LA) on the wax paper (be generous)
2. roll your brayer in the LA & get it nice and covered
3. place cardstock piece on scrap paper and roll brayer onto cardstock covering it all up - it doesn't have to be evenly distributed just cover all the paper; add more if you need it; make sure there are no big "globs" or they will puff up and you want this fairly flat
4. Using your heat gun, heat up the LA - you will see the colour change when it is "done"
5. FEEL the texture - it is glorious!!! I LOVE this technique!!!
6. You can stamp right on the LA if you want or use it as a background base
That's it....easy eh?? Let me know if you try this - I'd love to see what you come up with!! There are lots of other great ideas in the SCS gallery if you want to check them out - I just did a search for Faux Suede and got pages of cards!!! HAVE FUN!!!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Penny Black birthday card

I made this card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #13 (TECC13) I used a card base from Michael's that was too cute to pass up (trying to USE up the things I have....and I have 3 boxes of the premade card bases!!!) and Groovy Guava paper and ribbon. The stamps are the new Penny Black clear sets that I just got and LOVE!! They are sooo cute!!!! You will see more of them from me!!!

This is another image holder card that I made to send with the Curious George images I'm sending to my good friend Donelda!! They are on their way to Innisfail, Alberta as we speak (well...maybe not, don't think the postal workers are at work today!!) I used Close to Cocoa paper and Close to Cocoa DP as well. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set. I wanna see what you make with these images!!! Hope your son loves them!!!

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