Monday, February 20, 2006
And this is the final card (as of right now) for those swaps I signed up for on Papercrafts MB. I used the new Basic Grey paper, as I thought it went fabulously with the Pressed Flowers stamp set. I'm wondering if it's too 'cheery' for a Sympathy Card, but it'll have to do! I used Watercolor crayons with a spritz of water for the flower, and the sentiment was printed on the paper using my computer.
I got the idea for this card from this month's issue of papercrafts. The original had a wedding (or birthday?) cake, but I thought the giraffe would be much cuter. I'm going to make a bunch of these in pink and blue to sell at the Woman's Exchanges that have my cards. It would be good for any tall, skinny stamp (which I always have a hard time with).
I absolutely love the "Precious Girl" set from TAC. I colored the stamp with watercolor crayons (LOVE THEM!) and gave it a quick spray of water. Then, I stamped it on white cardstock. The verse is from the "Scriptures" set... this is one of my favorite cards, even though it is very simple. I've got more like it using other stamps from these sets. I'll be posting them in a few weeks.
This is my first attempt at a spinner card, and now I am TOTALLY hooked! When you tilt the card, the soccer ball spins and rolls to the other side. It's VERY entertaining! :-) The patterned paper is from Basic Grey (they are discontinuing this line, I think, so I had to use it up!) and the soccer ball is from the "Sports Fanatic" set from TAC. The 'Happy Birthday' is from the Squiggle Ladybug set.
Another swap I signed up for on Papercrafts Message Board. This uses the Grand Birthday set from TAC (Thanks, Anita, for letting me borrow it!) The card actually looks much better in person, because I added Crystal Stickles on the cake icing, so it really sparkles.
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I have decided to branch out and do some swaps on the Papercrafts magazine sight. I have signed up for several of them this weekend. I made the ladybug card for a get-well swap. On the inside it reads "heard you caught a bug. get well soon." The patterned paper is from Basic Grey, which I am just loving right now. I stamped the jar and ladybug on vellum, then colored the ladybug using markers on the back side of the vellum. It's a cool look, and my favorite way to color images stamed on vellum (it just takes a bit to dry).
Today I taught a scrapbooking class for other Navy wives who live in military housing. I was expecting 9 people, but there were only 6 of us there. It turned out okay, since it gave up more elbow room. This is a picture of the spread we made. All of the materials came from Oriental Trading. I learned that it's really fun shopping for supplies when someone else is paying for them! (In this case, Lincoln Military Housing). Hopefully, we can make this a monthly get-together. Of course, I'd love to do a card class, too!
So, every month The Angel Company has contests for their demonstrators. The winning card-maker gets $75 worth of free stamps. I never win. It always seems to be the same people. So, I get frustrated. I hadn't entered in several months but decided to send some cards in for the January contests. One was called "Snow Glad We're Friends". I made this card, and although it didn't win, it WAS chosen for the TAC website. It was a little encouraging. I'll be entering next months contests, too. May be this time I'll win!