Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feeling Vintage-y

I'm just getting over a whopper of a cold, so the narrative on this post might be a little short.  Hard to get my brain engaged.  But, I have been being creative.  I picked up some new Webster's Pages paper, and I'm in love.  Those plus some vintage-inspired digital art equals...

Some of the things that are hard to see:  German glass glitter on the gate and the clouds, gold leaf paint on the swirls, 3D multiple layers on the images.

I had so much fun making these, and am going to make some Easter cards next. 

There's something very nostalgic going on with my mojo.  Maybe wishing for simpler times when a certain elegance was expected in everything people did...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #41

HSE's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge hit me this week, so I decided to participate.

I took my inspiration from those great colors as well as the little tags on the top of the cakes.

There's a whole lot of K&Co going on in this card.  Extra Distressed Ink on the background paper to really "somber it up".  I couldn't resist the little teardrop bling.

Sorry I'm short on time today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lovey Dovey

I was having a good day today with my artsy mojo.  I installed a new piece of software today that has oodles of art graphics.  These two little birds really caught my eye and I decided to build a card around them.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder with some Basic Grey patterned paper, then brayed the design with distressed ink.  It created a ghostly mysterious-looking background.  Much cooler than I thought it would turn out.

The music paper is handmade, and when I painted the back with Diamond Glaze, it got very soft and pliant.  Then I just scrunched it a little and pressed it onto the front of the card.

The sentiment and flower die cut are from K & Co.  I popped up the birds and flowers, then used my Patina Stickles to circle the birds.

I don't know if I'll be able to put this one in the craft show next month, it's too cute!

Happy Monday, thanks for visiting.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cool Art Store Find

One of my favorite gifts this holiday was a certificate to my much-adored art store, Collage.  I re-stocked some necessities, but I also found these handmade polymer clay buttons.  I believe they were the result of one of their classes.  Just what I was looking for to make some non-traditional Valentine cards.

Isn't this great?  The button is about 1.5", so it really stands out on a card.

All I did to it was edge it with a Krylon gold leaf paint pen for some elegance.  I did the same to the metal word sticker (it was originally silver).

The finished card turned out pretty well.  Something suited to a guy, which is always a challenge for me.

That's it for today.  I'm hoping to get a bit of time this weekend to do more crafting.  So many ideas, so little time :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Hi everyone.  I took a little break over the holiday, but I'm back with some nifty new cards.  I'm preparing for a show in early February, so it's time to stock up on birthday, Valentine's, and general cards.

Here are some I made over this week:

I decided to experiment with being more minimalist.  At the same time, I've got a sort of shabby, artsy mojo going right now, so I wanted to indulge that too.

So, I've got some sparkly handmade paper scraps, and vintage French textbook pages.  All of the edges are inked with Vintage Photo distressed ink.

This bird card was really fun to make.  I used a German foil doorway and backed it with white CS.  I sponged on blue and yellow ink to resemble a sunny day.  The birdcage is Cavallini and Co, and the bird is Inkadinkadoo.  I popped up the cage so it has some dimension.

The ballon on this birthday card, as well as the sentiment are from SU!  A little copper wire for a string, and poof!  Easy card.

A little Valentine's action on this next one.  I cut a heart out of one of my Rockstar paper pad scraps with hot pink foil lips.  I look at these papers thinking how cool they are, and wondering where in the heck I'll ever use hot pink lips!  Well, here you go.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back tomorrow because I have some really neat things to show you - art store finds!

Enjoy the day!