Friday, June 15, 2012

Remaining cards for the Card Set

After a lot of searching through my stamps, and testing at least 12 different ones, I chose Hero Arts 'Three Flowers' CG128. I used the largest of the three flowers and paper-pieced them, just like the butterflies. Since the flower is bigger than the butterfly, I had to change the Spellbinders die I used. For 2 of the butterfly cards, I used the Reverse Wonky Rectangles, but for the larger flower, I used Labels 17 (my first die). It allowed for more room around the flower.

I also didn't have enough room to mat the flower, like the butterfly cards, so I had to find some other way. I must have spent an hour (or more) trying different ways to incorporate a mat before I decided to take a break. During my break I watched a video from the Hero Arts blog by Julie Ebersole.  I found inspiration in that video and went back to my work table to try it out. I made a larger strip of patterned paper than her card, but I really wanted some of that pretty paper to be visible. I did a sample first before trying it for real - I tend to make too many mistakes otherwise. :)
So, here are the remaining cards for the gift set I'm making. (All I need to do is make a box for them all.)

The paper is MME Miss Caroline Howdy Doody 6x6.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Card Set - Thank you

It seems I've been making a lot of Thank You cards lately. I know I should be making my dad's Father's Day card, but I'm not sure what to make him (he doesn't have any hobbies).  So I have been focusing on end-of-the-school-year gifts.

This is just half of the card set that I am making. I haven't decided what the other 4 cards should be yet. I would like them to use a different stamp, but I'm not sure which one. I've been experimenting with several different options and have not found one that I'm satisfied with. I originally had planned to make the Thank You cards with Hero Arts 'Newspaper Tulips', but none of the stores near me, or even the one I order from online have it. Simon Says Stamp carries it, but I wouldn't be able to get it before school ends. :(  So I used Hero Arts 'Artists Butterfly' stamp instead. I love this stamp and it looks great paper-pieced!

The fabulous paper is from My Mind's Eye, and the sentiment is Hero Arts Impression Obsession (sorry, just realized I posted the wrong company name)- which I picked that up at a more local store, Scribes' Nook. They told me they could order the Newspaper Tulips, but it would take a little time to come in.

I am entering several challenges, but not with all the cards. I just wanted to use one post for this to make it easier to set the whole (partial) set.

I am entering the last card  in Cas-ual Friday's #56 Sweet Spot. If you look closely, you will see the pretty pink polka dot paper around the edge. This is such pretty paper, I felt bad covering most of it up.

The inspiration for these cards came from CASE Study's challenge #94, with Joy Taylor as the muse. Here is Joy's beautiful card:
So I am entering my  first two cards for this challenge (as one entry though).

I am also entering my card (the first one) in DYSU challenge # 75 - paper piecing.

The last challenge I am entering the first card in is:

If anyone has a suggestion for a stamp that would work well for the remaining cards (matching with the Artists Butterfly though), please let me know!

Have a great day!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Thank you...

My youngest has just finished taking a course in Japanese (high school). She wrote the final exam last week. As a 'thank you' for the wonderful teacher, she wanted to give her a gift card. Of course I wanted to put it in a handmade card for her. So I had my daughter write the thank you in Japanese, print it out, and then I die cut it. Originally, she wanted to use the longer, more formal thank you, but we were running short on time and she wasn't sure of the spacing. I added the gems to help with some of the extra white space from the short sentiment. The images are Hero Arts.

At first, I struggled with what kind of card to make. Then, while looking through Lawn Fawn's Intro to "Make Lemonade", I found my inspiration - Latisha's amazing card!

I was originally planning to enter my card in a few challenges, but I decided that since the design wasn't my own, that I shouldn't enter it. But I still wanted to share it.

Have a great day!