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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vintage Postcards and CTMH

It's been awhile since I made anything with vintage postcards, so I made a few tonight, and I'm happy with how they turned out.  Both cards' main pictures are cut from antique postcards that were otherwise in such poor condition that they were of no real value.  On the first card, I added stamping from the August CTMH Stamp of the Month, "Something Splendid" and a few mocha opaques.  On the second card I added CTMH ribbon and clustered miscellaneous embellishments.  I distressed everything (that wasn't already distressed by almost 100 years of wear) with cocoa ink.

Girl Cards with Be Yourself and Just Because

This card is Tulip, White, and Black.  I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug and sanded it to show the white core of CTMH's cardstock. The stamped images are from CTMH's "Be Yourself" stamp set.  I stamped the girl once in black and then again in Tulip.  I cut out the tulip dress and glued it over the black image.  The flower is a "Tim Holtz rose," although I used a different six-petal flower punch I had on hand.  The flower sticks out from the card a long ways, so this card will have to be presented by hand without an envelope, or included in a gift bag or box.
I love using CTMH's "Just Blooms" flowers and cutting them up to make skirts.  I paperpieced this image just like the one above, and I used CTMH's "Cherry-O" paper for the mat.  The image is from the stamp set "Just Because."

Heart Flower Card

The large flower was made with heart punches by folding the hearts and attaching the folds together until they form a ring.  I used CTMH's "Sweet Home" paper and Barn Red and Indian Corn Blue CS.  The stamps are all from the "Just Because" stamp set from CTMH.

Cards with Ruffles

This card was inspired by Tresa Black's blog, Fabulously Artsy, where I also learned to do the paper ruffles at the top and bottom of the card.  Check out her blog--it's awesome!  The CTMH stamp sets used are "Legendary Moments" and "Live Inspired."
I used the ruffle in a different look for this card made with CTMH's "Sweet Home" B&T papers.  The stampset is from SU.

Pinwheel Card

The pinwheel is super easy to make.  I got the idea from Sheila Bennett's Creative University segment.  For instructions and a link to that video, go here.  I used CTMH "Sweet Home" B&T papers with Buttercup and Indian Corn Blue CS.  "Happy Day" is from CTMH's "Fringed Phrases" stamp set.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Olivia "Congrats" card

The striped background paper is from the CTMH Olivia paper pack.  The pretty autumn scene silhouetted at the bottom is from a new CTMH stamp set, "Captured Moments."  The leaves are stamped from the Olivia Workshop on the Go stamp set, "Timeless."  Finally, the letters are stamped in my current favorite alphabet, "Delightful Alphabet."  Everything is distressted with Cocoa ink.

Something Splendid with Olivia

This photo doesn't show the autumn colors of this card very well.  It's made with CTMH "Olivia" B&T paper, and Smoothie and Cocoa inks.  The stampset is the CTMH August Stamp of the Month, "Something Splendid."  The background leaves were second-generation stamped.  "Dream" is from the CTMH stamp set "Live Inspired."  All the edges are distressed with Cocoa ink.
The flower and "Dream" are raised with dimensional adhesive.  To give the flower extra texture, I used my piercing tool to poke lots of holes from the back to the front.

Circus Baby Card

Another card with CTMH Animal Cookies B&T papers.  I learned to make the bottom ruffle from a video by the talented Tresa Black.  The giraffe is from the CTMH birthday set "Nursery Bash," but I cut off the party hat.  The letters are from the CTMH stamp set "Designer Alphabet."

Birthday Boy Sailboat Card

I used the CTMH stamp set "Birthday Boy" and the "Animal Cookies" B&T paper for this top-fold birthday card.  Dimensional adhesive under the sales make them appear to "billow."  I used new CTMH mocha opaques on the boat and at the top of the mast. 

Merry Monsters Birthday Card

Merry Monsters is a CTMH Halloween stamp set, but I think it works great for a boy's birthday card.  I  used it with Animal Cookies B&T paper and Dutch Blue cs.  I added some new CTMH blue sparkles, a few punches, and a bit of ribbon.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bridge Park Layout

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?--this layout is of the Eastbank Bridge Park in Destrehan, Louisiana, where Jess played softball in 1997 and we re-visited in January 2010.  The bridge spans the Mississippi River and most of the park.
I used the 12-inch Flip Flap Memory Protectors so this layout folds out on the second page, showing more pictures.
A close-up of the first page.  I used cocoa and barn red CS, and the new Olivia paper pack from CTMH.  The letters are from the CTMH stamp set "Delightful Alphabet," and the fleur de lis is from CTMH's "Legendary Moments" stamp set.

The top and bottom halves of page two, folded in.  I circled the fleur de lis at the top right with the new CTMH mocha opaques.  The crescent and start on the bottom left are from CTMH's "Fright Night" stamp set.  All the stamping was done with cocoa ink.
The inside of page two. All the papers and photos in the layout were edge-distressed with cocoa ink.
The top of page two folded out.  (pics from the park in 1997)
The bottom of page two folded out.  (pics from the park in 2010)
The finished layout inside page protectors.
The top flap on page two.
The bottom flap.
Daisy approves.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Flowers

Last week I took a class at a LSS on making paper flowers.  Here are my finished projects from the class:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shadow Box

I made this shadow box for my mother-in-law for a Christmas present.

The shadow box is from 7 Gypsies, and I bought it at my LSS.  To view 7 Gypsies products go here.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Niagara Falls Layout

I should be making cards.  I should be finishing the scrapbooking from our New Orleans trip.  Instead, I felt like scrapping some of our Niagara Falls pics.
It was overcast for most of the time we were at Niagara Falls, so I needed coordinating papers with muted colors.  I chose the Felicity paper pack.  There's no title, but the bottom left photo clearly states that it's Niagara Falls,.

I printed the main picture BIG--10 x 8.

Enjoy Every Moment card

I made this all-occasion card with the CTMH Enjoy Every Moment stamp set.  The b&w paper is from CM.