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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My blog has been live for a year!

I can't believe I've had this blog for a year now.  I am glad there are a few of you that come and check things out occasionally.  I appreciate it very much!

I wanted to share the swap cards I got from my stampin' club this month.  These ladies have been with me for a long time, and I am so grateful.  I am grateful for the time we get to spend together, that they have become dear friends of mine, and they haven't given up on me!
I look forward every month to seeing them, and spending some time stamping with friends.
**Ladies, I hope you continue to come and play with me every month forever! **  {hugs}

Here are the cards I got this month.  They make me so proud!

Robbie's card is so awesome!

Wendy V's card is lovely with the Fall papers and sweet pumpkin

Look at these sweet vines--she curled them!

Lou Anne was on the same wave length, and also did a pretty fall card. I love the colors she chose.  Such a clever way to make leaves, too!

She even used her wood grain embossing folder to make her tree.  Love the details

Linda did a gorgeous card using the Doily die.  I love purple and yellow together.  And the sparkly glitter she  sprayed over the whole thing!

She added Crystal Effects to the flower for dimension and shine

This is another card Linda made.  This was her invitation to her 60th birthday bash! She's amazing!

Thanks, Ladies, for showing me how YOU can 
~ be creative ~

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Class Projects

This month's class projects were inspired by need to have a card for an occasion I didn't realize I needed a card for, so I had to create something fast.  I thought it turned out pretty nice, and figured my classes would appreciate a 'back to basics' type of project.  Too often we're all caught up in the need to add more shtuff (spelled that way b/c that's the way I like to say it):  ribbon, buttons, brads, layers, bling, more ribbon, and, and, and...
So I wanted to remind my classes that less can be more, and simple, fast cards are just as beautiful as those that take 10 hours to complete.

The first card used the Mixed Bunch set and a few colors of ink.  I made two versions, the one you see below which uses several of the images, and one that just used the one line drawn flower for the background stamping and the punched piece.  I did that so they can see they can create this card with only one image or several, depending on which set they choose to use.

Paper: More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy (for the little flower center)
Ink: More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Cajun Craze
Accessories: scallop border punch, brad, dimensionals, sponge
stamps: Mixed Bunch, Sincere Salutations (retired)

The second card we made was just gorgeous.  I wanted to use a traditionally Fall stamp set, but in colors that aren't necessarily fall colors.  Of course, they could be if you added some Soft Suede and Tangerine Tango--bright, happy Fall colors!
In this case, we used Island Indigo card stock and ink.  I just LOVE this color.  It's so rich and a beautiful jewel tone. The neutral is River Rock, another great color that goes so unexpectedly with so many colors.

This is the same card, but I changed the direction of the bird (unintentionally, might I add) but this time, I took a step from one of the ladies in my group, Linda, and sponged the bird's body, too. It gives him such lovely dimension.

Here they are side by side so you can see the difference a little sponging makes

stamps: Autumn Splendor, Thoughts and Prayers
Ink: Island Indigo, River Rock
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories: Bird punch, pearls, sponge

And here's a picture of one my wild kitties that hangs around outside.  We named her Oreo, and she's a very sweet kitty.  She lets me pet her and pick her up for about a split second.  She has such pretty green eyes

So don't discount the simpler cards.  They are so quick to make, and can be any mood you need by just changing the colors you use.
Now, go out and 
~ be creative ~