Saturday, March 31, 2012

Scraps Card #24 Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop & techniques

Welcome to the Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop.  If you are coming to my blog from Jessica's, you are in the right place and WELCOME.  If not, why not start at the beginning with Georgiana's Blog found here.
I have been an avid scrapbooker for years, but since the summer of 2010, have been obsessed with card making.  I have been doing dry embossing for a few years and this year my hubby bought me a heat embosser for Christmas!  What a smart man. I didn't know what embossing was until I took a mother's day scrapbook lesson on embossing and "new techniques" and immediately bought my Cuttlebug.  I am still learning new and wonderful techniques and my new challenge will be on Embossing Resist.  A You Tube channel that I have found many techniques and ideas from is Stamp TV.  The one I found on Embossing Resist can be found here.
For this card, I chose to use a dry embossing technique.  I used the Musical Flourish embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  When I emboss, I love to use Color Core Cardstock by Co'ordinations. After I emboss the image, I use a file and lightly file the embossing to reveal the other color.  It makes the work really stand out.
My card base is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and is cut from Recollections Cardstock.  The mat was cut from white cardstock at 5 1/4" x 4".  The patterned paper mat is cut from Recollections and is called Blue Ditsy and is cut at 5" x 3 3/4."
The scrap embossed strip is cut at 5 1/4" x 1 1/2" and I used Co'ordinations Color Core Cardstock in Celesta Blue.  I then used a nail file and gently filed across the top so the lighter blue would come through and bring out the white and lighter blue on the card base. The underlining white mat is cut at 5 1/4" x 1 3/4".
The onesie comes from the Cricut Sampler Cartridge and is found on p. 32 of the manual.  I cut it at 3 1/2" and chalked the edges to give it more dimensional.  I added some foam tape and a star sticker from my stash.  I also added 2 blue buttons.
The sentiment was stamped using my Studio G chocolate brown ink and both sentiments come from the Stampin' Up Occasional Quotes set.
I have also added some projects I have used in the past using my dry embossing method and the Divine Swirls embossing folder.

I am also going to be giving away a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder called Victoria.  Don`t forgot to leave me a comment for a chance to win.  Please include your name and your email address so I can contact you!  I will draw for this prize on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 and the winner will have one week to claim their prize.  After this post, be sure to continue on by stopping at Colin`s blog found here. In case you get lost along your way, here is the line-up...

Georgiana ~
Carri ~
Karen ~
Jessica ~
Anita ~ (you are here!)
Colin ~
Sabrina ~
Kate ~
Gwen ~
Pat ~

Musical Flourish Baby Boy Card

There`s No Business Like Snow Business Divine Swirls embossing

Peace Card Heat embossing using White embossing powder
Cupcake Happy Birthday Divine Swirls

My Blog Candy!!!!! Victoria Embossing Folder
I entered this in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge Blog:  Dry Embossing
Party Time Tuesday:  Anything Goes
My Creative Time#366:  Use Cricut on any project
Hiding In My Craft Room: Anything Goes

Monday, March 26, 2012

Scraps Card #23 Deer Man Card

I find it so hard to make male cards that are not for children!  I think a lot of crafters have this problem.  A friend of mine let me borrow this Stampin' Up set and I wanted to make a birthday card with the large buck but make it very bland.
My inspiration for the design came from Tuesday Morning Sketches #138.  My card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The mat is from my scraps collection and measures 5 1/4" x 4" and the dark wood-like strip measures 4" x 2".
For the ovals, I used my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge and cut a 3" and 3 1/2" oval from my scraps.  I inked the edges with my brown Studio G ink.
The image is from a retired Stampin' Up set and I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I didn't shade it in as I liked the "old" and worn out look with the black against the inked edges.  I used some twine and brown rustic buttons to finish off the design.
I entered this card in the following challenges...
Cards for Men#7: The Great Outdoors
Totally Stampalicious:  Card with Animal
Karen's Doodle:  Card for a Man
Cute Card Thursday #209:  Anything Goes
Card Makin Mamas:  Buttons
Crafty Calendar Challenge:  Spring Cleaning
Hiding in My Craft Room:  #39 Use Hideous Paper
Opus Gluei: Animals on Card

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Embossing Blog Hop

Join me and many other talented crafters for the Carson's Creations Embossing Blog Hop on March 31st, 2012.  I will be showing 2 cards and also giving away some blog candy!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Scraps Card #22 Wishing You an EGG-cellent Easter

Although it's a few weeks away, I wanted to start my Easter cards early.  EVERYTHING for these cards have been from my scrap pile except for the card base.
The card base is from a pale pink cardstock and is cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The first mat is cut at 5 1/4" x 4", mat 2 is a light pink scrap that I had and is cut from 5" x 3 3/4" and the top mat is cut at 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" and is a scrap of patterned paper that had little pink flowers on it (perfect for Easter).
The grass was cut at 1" from a scrap of green card stock and is from the Paper Doll Dress Up p. 78 and is found on tab shift.
The chick is from the Simply Charmed cartridge and is found on p.35.  I cut the chick at 2 1/2" using layer 1, 2, 3, 4 all using shift and then of course chick shift.  The base was cut from black scraps, layer 1 from ryellow, 2 is cut using a scrap of dark pink scrap, layer 3 orange scraps and layer 4 a scrap of pink polka dots! I popped him up on some foam tape. I didn't like the eyes so I chose to use a medium size googly eye that I got at the Dollar Store.
I printed the sentiment from my computer and the inside says "May your Easter be as bright as the eggs in your basket.
To finish it off I added 4 hot pink buttons.
I entered this card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash Challenge #44:  Buttons and/or bows
The Cuttlebug Spot:  Child's Card
My Sheri Crafts: Easter Card with Pastels
BBTB-Bunny or Chick
All Sorts Challenge:  Three in a Row
Celebrate the Occasion:  Challenge #55 Welcome Spring
Crafty Calendar:  Spring Clean (Use scraps)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Scraps Card #21 A Child's Year various

I got an amazing deal the other day on Kijiji, 3 cartridges for $30.00!  The cartridges I got were A Child's Year, Stretch Your Imagination and Paper Doll Dress Up.  Talk about your huge deal!!!!!
I love the images in  A Child's Year cartridge.  An image for everything and so simple to use.  So I knew for my next scraps card I wanted to make a birthday card using this cartridge.
For my inspiration on the birthday card with the fairy, I used a little inspiration from Mary at Cardz TV.  She has such beautiful stamp sets, cards and is a huge inspiration for the new card maker to the more seasoned.
For the card base, I used white cardstock cut lengthwise at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The mat is a purple-pink color and was cut from my scraps at 5 1/4" x 4".  The patterned paper is from my stash of scraps as well and is cut at 5" x 3 3/4".
I used my Lacey Labels cartridge to cut a frame and used the "Hugs" image using shift and normal feature at 4".  Using A Child's Year, I cut the tooth fairy image on p. 77 at 3" from black cardstock.  I used foam tape to add dimension to her.  The sentiment is from All Occasion's from Stampin' Up and was stamped using Memento Black Ink.  The inside sentiment is also from Stampin' Up and is from the Birthday Greetings set.  I also added some bling to the card and also on the fairy's wand.

For the Just a Note Card, I used white cardstock cut at a normal A2 size card of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The mat is a blue-grey color and was cut from my scraps at 5 1/4" x 4". The patterned paper is from my stash of scraps as well and is cut at 5" x 3 3/4".  I also used Lacey Labels Hugs Image but cut it at 4 1/4".  The image of the boy fishing is from A Child's Year and is the Outdoors boy found on p. 38 of the manual.  I cut him at 2 1/4" and added some Glossy Accents to the water to give it a shine.
The sentiment is from a new set I got at Michael's and is by Hero Art Clear Stamps.  The set is called Everyday Sayings and was also stamped using Memento Black Ink.
I entered this card in the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays #93:  Go Green or use Recycled Material
My Craft Spot #47:  Manly Man Cards
She's a Sassy Lady:  Any Project
Creative Cutter Room: Use Scraps

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saint Patrick's Day Card

I love celebrating my Irish heritage.  I love the songs, the stories, poetry, and of course the beautiful history and picturesque but magical place it is.  This week, there was so many challenges on Saint Patrick's Day cards so it was hard not to be part of it!
I got my inspiration from the sketch this week at the Cards for Men Challenges.
Here's what I came up with.  My card base is 5" x 6 1/2" from white cardstock.  The dark green mat was cut at 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  The green patterned paper mat measures 4 1/2" x 6" and is called Green Faux Canvas by Recollections. The shamrock patterned paper mat is also by  Recollections and was cut at 5 1/8" x 2".
The sentiment is the Irish Blessing poem by Audrey Jeanne Roberts and I printed it out from my computer. The white sentiment mat is 3 1/4" x 5" and I used the same dark green paper as before for a back mat measuring 3 1/2" x 5 1/4".
The shamrocks were cut using Cricut Craft Room and was cut using three hearts from the Craft Room Exclusive, and welded together.  For the shamrock stem, I used a "J" from the Craft Room Exclusive and elongated slightly to what I wanted.  The green that I used for them comes from Recollections and is a sheet of .99 cent cardstock that looked like a metallic bronzed green.  Hard to see by very shimmery and perfect for this card.
I added 3 pearl bling to give it a final look.
I entered this card in the following challenges:
Cards for Men: Challenge 5 Sketch
Paper Sundaes Challenge #110:  Green or Good Luck!
Sentimental Sunday's: Words of Encouragement
Bitten by the Bug 2:  Shamrock
Fantabulous Cricut #101:  Shamrocks
Krafty Girls #2:  Feeling Lucky
Scrappy Mom's Terrific Tuesday:  St. Patrick's Day
Paper Crafty Star #87:  St. Patrick's Day
Whimsical Wednesday: Going Green
Creative Cutter Room:  St. Patrick's Card

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Scraps Card #20 Baby Card

Did you think I disappeared?  The pregnancy is slowly going and I've lost weight instead of gaining.  But I finally had some energy tonight to make a new card for my scraps series!  11 to go....slowly their going but my pile of scraps is getting smaller and smaller!
For this card I got some inspiration from Momo.  If you haven't checked out Made by Momo you really should. She has some very simple but gorgeous cards!  I love her work.
I chose a baby theme as a friend of mine is having a C-section on Friday and I needed to make her a card, plus 7 of my co-workers/people I know are expecting.  Must be a small baby bomb.
The card base measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" the long way and is the baby blue from the Trucks & Trains cardstock by Recollections.  The mat is cut from brown cardstock scraps and is cut at 5 1/4" x 4" and the patterned paper is also cut from my stash of scraps and is cut at 5" x 3 3/4".  I only had enough to make this size of patterned paper mat so the other mat is 2 1/4" x 4".  I also used a baby blue strip of ribbon on this card.
The giraffe is cut from the Create a Critter cartridge (my favorite cartridge) on p. 48 and is cut at 4 1/2".  I used the giraffe in brown, layer 1 in a dark yellow and layer 2 in an ecru.
On one card I used hemp string that I got in a pack at Walmart.  I paid about $3 for the whole pack and there is enough there to do many cards.  The other card, I used a baby blue ribbon.
The sentiment on the outside and inside are stamped using Chocolate Chip Stampin' Up ink and both sentiments come from the Occasional Quotes Stampin' Up set.
I added some baby blue and brown buttons to give those "empty" spaces a boost.