Dry Embossed Thank You

Happy Monday everybody!  Did you have a nice weekend?  Are you looking forward to the week ahead?  Good!  To get the week started, I’ve got another thank you card.  The design is pretty simple, so I dressed it up a little with some dry embossing.  I love embossing of all kinds!

thank you embossed

I hit the embossing with a little brown pigment ink to make it pop some and give it a little more character.  One of my favorite parts of this card is the dark green paper- it’s slightly sparkly 🙂

Here’s a closer view for you:

thank you dry embossed 2

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday!

A Non-traditional Valentine

Hey everyone!  I finally made Joel’s valentine today.  About time, right?  He’s really difficult to make cards for; he cares more about what’s written inside the card than what it looks like on the outside.  I guess that’s fair 😉  But it does make it difficult for me to make cards for him!  Anyway, I sat down to create his valentine and started to think about song lyrics that mean something to us.  I came up with a lyric and started going through all of my stamps, stickers, paper, etc to find each of the words in the lyric, and that’s how I decided on the color scheme.  I could have made it fit into a more traditional color scheme, but I really liked one of the stickers I found and figured what the heck?  Paper Crafts Connection recently had a post about “Fashion Forward Valentines,” so the idea was already in the back of my mind.

Anyway, here’s the card I came up with:

Joel's Valentine

The line is from “You and Me” by Dave Matthews, a song we considered for our first dance at our wedding.  The song has a funky meter, so we ultimately decided on something else.  I’m saving that one for our first anniversary 🙂  Sappy, I know 🙂

So, yes, the whole color scheme came about because of the “together” sticker.  What goes well with orange? I thought.  Blue, of course!  I stamped the “you & me” with VersaMark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  The “can do” I stamped in orange and clear embossed.  “Anything” I spelled out using bubble stickers from my stash, and “baby” was stamped with VersaMark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I knew I wanted a little extra something, so I added the brads in the corners and the twine across the middle.  The inside I left completely blank so I had plenty of room to write a sappy note 🙂 Sorry, you don’t get to read it 😛

Here are a couple close-ups for you:

You & Me Valentine for Joel

Joel's Valentine 2

What are your feelings on non-traditional or “fashion forward” valentines?

Mojo Monday 275 Contest

Hello, hello!  It’s time for another Mojo Monday contest!  (I’m a little late this week, but that’s not really what counts now is it?)  Here’s this week’s sketch:

Mojo Monday Contest 275

I saw this sketch, looked at a couple of cards done by the design team, and had an apostrophe!  (Hook anyone?)  Here’s what I came up with:

 

Here’s a slightly closer view for you

First, I stamped the background with VersaMark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then it was a matter of layering all that lovely paper.  I usually only have one border around whatever I’m framing (more like the sentiment), but I love the way 2 borders gives the card more depth and visual interest.  I stamped the sentiment and flourish with Tim Holtz’s peacock feathers distress ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then proceeded to fussy cut the flourish, layer it on the light brown paper, and fussy cut that out as well.  What’s that you say?  Why don’t I use my handy dandy new Cuttlebug?  That’s a great question!  The simple answer is that I don’t have any dies yet 😛  I’m working on it! Meanwhile, I’ll continue to fussy cut 🙂  As a final touch I added a few blue rhinestones for some sparkle.

What do you think?  Don’t forget to enter the contest yourself!  It ends on Sunday, January 13th, so get crafting!

Christmas Cards

Good Evening everyone!  I hope your Tuesday was fantastic.  Just a quick post today, to share a few more Christmas cards I made.  Things are getting a little hectic as I try to finish as many cards as I possibly can in one week…next Monday Joel and I head back home for a few weeks for Christmas.  I’m debating whether or not to take my crafting stuff with me.  3 weeks is an awfully long time to go without my craft stuff, but there’s no way I can bring it all home!  Maybe I’ll just make a “goody box” with various things and bring that home.  I’ll probably let you know what I figure out 🙂

And now to the Christmas cards, since you’ve been so patient 😛  The first is a snowman.  The blue cardstock is dry embossed using Tim Holtz’s Alterations Snowman embossing folder.  Each snowflake looks like it’s hanging from silver-edged ribbon and popped up to give the card some dimension.

This second card is simple and fun.  The ornaments were stamped using black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored in with markers.  The sentiment was the most difficult part; you see it’s stamped in different colors, but it’s all actually one stamp.  I stamped it 3 times, each time covering with tape the parts I wasn’t stamping.  There’s a tip for you!  You can’t see it well in this picture, but the background is dry embossed with stripes.

Finally, I brought the penguins back 🙂  They’re just so cute, one of my favorite stamps.  The background is dry embossed again with Tim Holtz’s Alterations Snowflake embossing folder.  The penguins are stamped in black and embossed with clear powder.  Small silver brads adorn the oval that’s popped up for dimension.

Tomorrow will be full of baking- maybe I’ll share something with you! 🙂