Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This week is about "Beautiful Things" and I've already changed my spread from Autumn's example. Many of the things I added were laying around on my desktop - I love the fact that you can use up lots of bits and pieces left over from other projects or use that one special item that you don't have enough of to make anything with. The beautiful postcard was sent to me with an order I purchased from a gal in Australia and was too pretty to discard. And the blue scalloped tag, also sent with an order, was something I'd saved. I didn't particularly like the paper on the left page so I dry-brushed some white paint over it to tone it down. The pretty pattern on the right page is a piece of a beautiful napkin and that cute little guy is my husband. This is so much fun, even though I'm still struggling with the written part...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
One of the few changes I made to the original - and not intentionally! I punched the holes on the wrong edge of the Sept/Oct page, so I had to add some ribbons to that edge. But I like how they stick out the side of the book.
Sorry for the washed-out photos. I just got a new computer and haven't figured out the photo-editing yet.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
1. When you design your projects, you think in terms of:
A. Simple and/or playful
B. Plenty of “white space”
C. Layers, layers, layers!
D. Sophisticated combinations
2. The patterns that draw your eye most frequently are:
A. Polka dots and gingham
B. Ones that are bold and geometric
C. Soft and oversized floral
3. Your sentiment text is usually:
A. Full of doodles and whimsy
C. Soft and scripty
D. Stately and formal
4. Your favorite embellishments are:
A. Buttons and hearts
B. Simple shapes and icons
C. Lace and found items
D. Glitter and bling
5. When you use fibers on a project, they are:
A. Pompom trim and rickrack
B. Bold ribbon and simple string
C. Jute twine and twill ribbon
D. Satin and velvet ribbon
Mostly A: you and your happy color scheme are definitely fun & cute
Mostly B: a little goes a long way with your clean & graphic designs
Mostly C: your soft comfortable style is shabby chic or vintage
Mostly D: your style pedigree is classy & elegant
This Shabby and Chic card, created by Melanie Douthat, has alot of texture (including frayed edges), patterns and soft colors.
And,, last but not least, a Classy and Elegant Christmas card by Charlene Austin with a simple, elegant image and frame and a pretty ribbon.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I recently bought this cute Laura Ashley notebook in the $1 bin at Michael's, mostly because I liked the color and design, it was cheap and I like notebooks! But then I got the idea to use it as a sketch notebook! I printed out many of the sketches I'd saved and glued them on the notebook pages, noting on the page where the sketch came from. I stamped a title on white cardstock and glued it to the cover. Here's my simple little reference book - hopefully this will help me find sketches when I run out of ideas for cards!
A few of the inside pages:
Friday, August 6, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
The first class was a collaborative effort with the two other instructors. This is a summer "twinchie" canvas. We used the back side of a large canvas and added 2" squares of foamboard for the little twinchie canvases mounted inside. The themes of the canvases from upper left are: grandmother's screened porch (screening, corrugated metal strip and bead "raindrops"); summer picnic (oilcloth "blanket", cork picnic basket and ants marching around perimeter); lightning bugs in jar; girl at beach; snowcone; pinwheel; baseball field (sandpaper bases and a white tack baseball); July 4th; beach (sandpaper, starfish and shells); pool (lifesavor sealed with acrylic spray on alcohol ink background); sunflower (felt, beads, fringed "grass" and a dryer sheet cloud); and a s'more (embossed cardstock "graham cracker", fun foam with Glossy Accents "chocolate" and inked spackle paste "marshmallow"). This was a fun piece to design as well as teach.
These were two of the cards for a patriotic-themed card class. The first has a resist background with blue Glimmer Mist and a scalloped border using a new EK Success border punch which also embosses the edge.
The background for this card is white cardstock stippled with Distress Ink. The metal stars were embossed with a Ten Second Studios mold, sanded and punched, then threaded with wire. I love the vintagey feel of this card.