Friday, September 28, 2007

Better Photos

I have been somewhat disgruntled about the images of my cards. After MUCH trial and error, I think I have found a decent solution. Here is my Thank You card that I made a little while back. The photo really didn't do the card justice. So, I reshot it. What do you think?

Here is a link to the original: Click Here

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It's a Boy

It is official. Some of our best friends are due in late February. It's a boy. We are so excited because it is their first child. :) I made this card for her just form me. They are contemplating another cross country move and I thought she needed a little encouragement.

Credits: All papers are the Paper Studio; Stamps - Michael's $; Inks are generic black; colored with Copic Sketch markers

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Oh, How I wish I could do it all!

Yes, that is me! I am the one who tries to do it ALL. I was just looking through all the pictures of my cards. Let me tell you how disappointing it is to realize that I haven't been taking pictures of my most recent things. I made over 30 cards last month and cannot account for a single one. I knew I was letting some go without photos, but I didn't realize I let them all go. Sigh!!

Anyway, here is another wedding card I made in the black and white swirls. Again, another fun and easy card. Enjoy!

Credits: Autumn Leaves Swirl Stamps, Congrats Stamp - JoAnn's; Black Brad - Paper Studio; Ribbon - Fabric Dept

Sunday, September 09, 2007

My All Time Favorite Cake

I know I haven't posted as much of my scrapbooking as I would like to. I am going to try to keep up my posts with all my projects. :) This is a fun page showing my all time favorite cake. It has lots of stamping (my favorite) and lots of swirls (my second love). I chose to cover up the journaling with some decorated vellum to keep it from distracting from my overall design.

Credits: Paper - MME; Flowers - Prima; Brads - The Paper Studio; Both cake stamps (Michael's $1); Swirl Stamps - Autumn Leaves; Beaded element - mine

Friday, September 07, 2007

Hitting My Stride

I am back to stamping for a few days. (maybe, we'll see) I have been busy with my current design teams for the past week or so. I have had some pretty fun things to do though, so I am definately not complaining. I really like the variety in my crafting adventure. I don't really feel as if I ever get bored doing something. Mostly, if I am losing my creativity with something, then I can pick up in a little different flavor and recharge. I feel as if I am finally hitting my stride. I am past all the learning curves and trial and errors. I really believe that I know what my style is and enjoy it. No more trying this or that (hey, I am talking style, not technique). It is a good place to be and a long time coming.

Here is one of the cards I came up with this evening. I just thought it turned out so adorable. It is a Thank You card that is definately girlie!

This is an A2 card on a white base. I cut the pink paper (unknown) on the side with a scallop. I then attached the pink flower paper and the pink paisily paper (The Paper Studio). I glued the ribbon on over the seam. I stamped and watercolored the girl image (Me and My Big Ideas) and attached. The "thanks" stamp (Michael's $1) was also watercolored but attached with pop dots. I tied a bow and attached at an angle.

Thanks for looking! Until next time...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

To Redo or Not to Redo . . .

. . . that is the question! I have really had a hard time with this. I have several scrapbook pages that make me cringe when I look at them. The scrapbooker in me says that I cannot let go of these awful pages. However, the artist in me says that they have to go. In the end, we need to do what will make us feel good about our books. For me that will be to take it page by page. I do not plan or intend to ever completely redo all past pages. However, when the inspiration hits me, I will redo a single page or double page spread here and there.

Here is a double page spread from photos a little over 2 years ago. I never really captured the memory of what we did properly. This 2 pager really gives me insight into the memory I want to carry forward.

Notes: This is my first ever digital 2 page spread (or at least that I can recall). The elements and paper are from Theresa Borntreger's Zoo Bound kit found at GDS. If you need to do some zoo pages, I highly recommend this kit. It is so fun!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hybrid Brag Book

I made a fun little project this weekend for my DH's birthday. It is a small 4x6 bragbook. This was super easy to do. I made the little layouts digitally and quickly with the templates from Amy Fenner's template set. I printed, cut and glued them to cardstock. I punched a hole in the corner and secured with a binder ring. I then went back and embellished each page. Simple, quick, easy, and fun!

Here are some closeups of some of the pages:

Credits: Amy Fenner's "You're A Star Brag Book Template Set" - found at GDS; Amy Fenner's "Grunge Princess" - found at GDS;
Overview Layout was made using a Template by Amy Fenner found as a freebie on her blog