Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thank Yous Galore

Hello Everyone! I can't believe another week has flown by. I had intended to do a midweek post but I just didn't get there. I even had the pictures taken but by the time I get home, get dinner going and finally sit it's almost time for me to hit the hay. Anyway, last weekend I spent a great deal of time on some much needed thank yous. I was so excited about all my birthday gifts and wanted to express my gratitude to everyone. Of course, I couldn't do it the easy way and create just one, that gets boring, so I made a few different ones. Some were mailed last week the rest will be this week. You won't know which one is coming your way so I'm not totally spilling the beans.

Tranquil Turquoise

Silke Ledlow does alot of white on white cards. I was inspired by a card I saw on her blog to give it a try. I love the result. It's simple looking, not a lot of layers or colors, and yet there is alot going on. First, I used my Scor-pal to create the indentation lines at the top of the card. Next, I used my paper piercer to create the line at the bottom. I used a vintage brad inside a one hole button to create the embellishment at the top. The flowers were all hand cut and placed on dimensionals. Not a lot of coloring for this one - yet there is color. I purposely used a flower stamp that would fill with color rather than me coloring since I knew that I would have a great deal of cutting. And that's the jist of this one!

Grapefully Thankful

This is another Silke inspired card. I again used the Scor-Pal to create the embosed weave at the top of the white insert. I used this tuitorial from Amy Sheffer and it made this daunting task VERY easy. I used my Fiskars leaf border punch for the bottom. I little stamping for the grapes and sentiment as well as a little coloring with my Copics brought your eye full circle between the background, ribbon and main image.

This was my first try at doing a decorative hat pin. I loved the way they embellish a card, bought all the parts a while ago, but just never found a project that it fit with. I thought it would be great with this one. Besides, Silke used one on her card and I thought it looked yummy! It's pretty easy to do. You just layer beads and silver accents and clip it with a bead crimper so that it doesn't slide apart.


This is a duplicate of the previous card but I used fall colors and an EK Success punch. The pendant image is from Hero Arts and I just stamped it three times - once in Memento Tuxedo Black, once in Pumpkin Spice Versa Magic and the top layer is ColorBox Amber Clay Chalk Ink. I then cut the top two to layer this and make it look more like a real flower. I simple brad is holding it all together. The Thank you sentiment is from a larger SU sentment stamp. I simply inked only this portion and stamped it using my Stamp-a-ma-jig. (First you stamp on vellum, place the stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ) up to your stamp, remove the stamp and mark the outline of it so you'll know where to place the SAMJ the next time - then place the vellum over the area you want, put your stamp-a-ma-jig down over the stamp outline, slide the vellum out and place your stamp down. It should fit perfectly. Ok this sounds pretty easy but executing is a little tricky! I had never actually done this before but again had all the tools to do it. Yesterday was a day of trying new things. I've learned that I am great at buying so that I have all the latest and greatest tools but I'm frightened to try them out. It took me three times before I got it somewhat right - don't look too closely. Linda, I know that you will anyway so this excludes you. But at least I tried and am happy with the result.)

Ok - this is way longer than I intended. See, I should have had the mid week post. I'd like to get to some more stamping so I'll return to update all the supplies a little later.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.



Janine said...

These are all so pretty!! Thank you for sharing your work..

ScrappyLin said...

Cath, I love the tone on tone white label on the white background. It looks so clean. Loved that you used a texture in the bkgrd. I LOVE that flower. It is beautiful. I don't think that I am following you on the the SAMJ. I thought I knew what it was but I am just a little confused. You will have to show me next time you are here. I love the hat pin and can't believe you made it. How much time did you spend on these these weekend? I am sure that everyone who received them loved them.