Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Challenge #2 - Winter paper

This challenge was hard for me because I don't have a big stash of holiday paper and I had almost no scraps to choose from! As a scrapbooker, I also feel like it's too early to clean out holiday items because we haven't even taken the holiday pictures yet!

My first card just didn't seem to come together right. I tried a masking technique where I made a paper snowflake and inked over it. That part turned out OK and I will try it again on another card in other colors for a stained glass effect. I just don't think it looks right all together, but here it is. I wish I had inked and embossed the sentiment in white or silver. I thought the black would be a nice contrast, but it looks out of place.

My other card did have some heidi grace Christmas paper with mistletoe, birds, and pears. I used my circle punch and Cuttlebug for "thanks" and a piece of Offray ribbon to tie it together. Simpler and more successful than the first card, I think.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

First Spinner Card

I read a tutorial on the Stars and Stamps blog about making a spinner card and was intimidated. Then, today Sandy posted the first OWH Christmas break challenge and asked us to use a tutorial that we hadn't tried before. I hadn't done any of them (after all, I just learned about OWH this month) and this one seemed cool.

I didn't intend to copy their design exactly, but it's fairly similar. I incorporated another tutorial into the same card: using vellum.
Materials included:
Paper: black cardstock, heart vellum, pomegranate shimmer cardstock
Ink: pixie pink, pink passion, basic black, and versamark inks
Stamps: heart from Dollar Tree, "Love" by Inkadoo, sentiment by Studio G.
Other: silver embossing powder, foam mounting squares

I was SO rockin' the card making mojo this weekend that I decided to see if there was another tutorial I could tackle. I found a much simpler tutorial on an accordian/zig-zag fold card.
I changed it up a little bit by punching along the fold where the "thanks" stamp is (mostly because it wouldn't fit right without a tweak).
I was happy to use some materials that I hadn't given much time before, namely SU's Riveting set and paper flowers.

Papers: robin cardstock from DCWV, green cardstock from heidi grace, pale blue cardstock, patterned paper from Making Memories
Inks: Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: SU Riveting
Other: Paper flowers from Making Memories, brads from Dollar Tree, border punch by Martha Stewart, clear embossing powder

Can't wait to see what other challenges bring! I'm enjoying using my supplies that don't always see the light of day because my family occassions don't always include everything I have stamps for.