Thursday, October 7, 2010

French Manor

   What a wonderful cartridge French manor is! I finally got around to using this and boy does it help you get creative. First I started with my cricut Imagine and chose my background paper  using Imagine more cart and used Plantin Schoolbook for my card base. I love to use PS for cards because I love the dotted lines on the bottom. I also cut the frame from Imagine More but then added Tim Holtz crackle paint to the frame and distress it. The card base was distressed with the Distrezz It All for a nice grungy feel.
   Bet you can't guess where the curtains came from. Ok, it's from Paper Doll Dress Up. Yup, I used the headress layer with pig tails cut at 4" and cut them apart to make them look like curtains with a swag. Since I cut them out of glitter card stock I guess they don't look too much like hair huh?
   Next I got to use grunge paper for the first time. Oh do I love this stuff!!! The Imagine cuts it like butter and really makes the details stand out. I did the same with the "mirror". The dress form was painted gold with Ranger dabbers but the mirror was cut in black with the print and cut feature on the Imagine. For the mirror I covered it with foil tape.
   I finished it off with prima flowers, pearls for a necklace and of course a touch of ribbon and MS punch for the leaves. I know the person who is going to receive this is going to LOVE it!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Praying Hands

   Sometimes we just need to take a step back and take a moment for reflection. I had bought this stamp a while ago and finally got up the nerve to try my copic markers (they are alcohol based) so I needed to practice a bit. I really love the texture of this paper too. It's from a spring pad I got on sale at Walmart and it is awesome to work with. It has a really nice sheen to it as well. The gradient jewels came from creative charms and they were in the boy set but they went perfect with this project. I think with the holidays coming I might keep this card in front of me to remind me to breathe!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

More Thanksgiving Day Cards

   This was the first time I used Celebrate With A Flourish + my Imagine. It did not go well!!! I couldn't get the shadow and layers to match up so I had to design to using CDS. Everything looked fine so I went back and entered them in the Imagine and the cuts were way off! I recalibrated my machine and the same thing happened. Since I have orders for this particular card I gave up and used my Expression. I think I will have to play with this cart some more. I truly wish they had the Gypsy and Imagine talking to each other, life would be so much easier.

Thanksgiving Day Cards

   I recently received orders for some Thanksgiving Day cards and I really got kind of fancy.I just love this stamp so I used memento ink in cocoa and colored in with Spica copic markers. The glitzy leak is from some embellishments I picked up @ M's.
   I used some colored prism vellum for the leaf which I cut with my cuttlebug die cuts and then used a metallic permanent marker to add the vein details. Of course it wouldn't be complete without a wonderful satin ribbon.
   I finished the inside with a strip of matching card stock and the same leaf die cut out of a co-ordinating paper.

First Imagine Project

   I just love what the possibilities are with this awesome machine! For this first card I used Nursery Tails and found this image under the bonus section. This is like taking a canvas that has the picture already painted and you get to add the dimensions! I added stickles to the clouds and the sun as well as the flowers. The house was set so far in the distance that I really wanted it to stand out more soooo I added glossy accents to the image. The ink didn't even smudge and it dried perfectly, just like a little epoxy sticker.
    The sentiment is from  My Time Made Easy and stamped on a nestabilities and was finished with a felt flower from Creative Charms.
   This lower image was also from Nursery Tails. This cart gives you several versions of this house image so I just had to play some more! I used stickles again on the clouds but this time I chose the layer option and decided to raise the sun and house with pop dots as well as the white picket fence sections. The sun has the 3/8" pop dots whereas the rest have 1/8" pop dots to give a variation on the dimensions of the "landscape".The small flower embellishment is one I had left over from a previous project (I have lots of left overs, lol) Hope you like my first project there are more to come!!!!