Sunday, September 13, 2009
I really like this card! It is a departure for me. I am usually hesitant to grunge up a card with smeared ink, but I think it really adds dimension in this care. I really pushed myself when I smeared black ink on the paper flower and added a button to the center rather than my standard brad. Probaby my biggest surprise, though, was the butterfly sticker by Martha Stewart. They were on the clearance rack at Michaels. I never would have paid full price for the pack as I thought they were pretty "flat." Was I surprised when I opened the pack to find that the butterfly was dimensional. Maybe I will go bak for more of them. This card will go to one my husband's staff for their birthday. Hope they like it.
My son's birthday is just around the corner. Since he is a musician who loves the Lord, I thought he might enjoy a card with images of a singer playing an instrument and the quote by Hank Williams. Since he has a September birthday, I decided to pick warm earthy colors for the cardstock. I could have forgone the ribbon at the bottom, but decided to add it just to break things up a bit. Hope he likes it!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
As for this year, I selected a beautiful stamp from Artistic Outpost, and stamped it in Sienna ink on various soft pastel colored card stocks. Since the stamp has such a beautiful border, I chose not to add another mat, beyond leaving a quarter inch around the stamped image. I contrasted each image with another pastel card blank and decided to add a chocolate satin knotted ribbon and some copper or brown brads for dimension as an embellishment. Though the card does not say "Happy Easter" I think the birds and pastel colors emulate the Easter season.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I made this card for one of my husband's friends who is recovering from heart surgery. Masculine cards are always a challenge for me. I find it easier to make a pretty card! For this card, I choose earthtone colors for the cardstock. The horse stamp by Inkadinkado is stamped in septia ink. I used black photo corners to soften the white card stock against the brown mat. For embellishments, I chose neurtal tone buttons in multiple shades to keep the card from getting too dark, and rafia for a more rugged look than ribbon.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Welcome to my blog!About 13 years ago, I was invited to a rubber stamp party and fell in love with the concept. Years before, I had a small craft stand at a local market, and as part of my inventory, I made Valentine and Easter Cards. (I'll post them when I find them.) They were made out of construction paper, vintage-reproduced postcards and sewing notions I had on hand.
Fast forward twenty-five years to a plethora of gorgeous card stock options, thousands of rubber and clear stamps, inks in every color of the rainbow and fibers and embellishments that continue to evolve and multiply. The sky is the limit with what is available to card makers. How fortunate I am!
Shortly after marrying my husband, Jack, I decided to take the plunge make all my cards from that point forward. Jack is my biggest supporter!
Once in a while I find an occasion that is challenge, but I push through it determined not to go out and buy a card.
In 2008, I pushed myself again and, after faithfully savoring every stamp magazine I could put my hands on, I took the plunge and submitted my first cards to a Take Ten magazine challenge. I cannot tell you how elated I was when I opened the mail drop and found a complimentary copy of the magazine staring at me. I was hooked! I was published three more times in 2008 and have been published once, so far, in 2009.
My next goal in pursuing this "Journey of Artistry" is to document the birth of launching my website. My dream is to be able to design and create cards, tags, invitations, and announcements for those who are looking for something a little more unique and personal.
I have the privilege of having a dear son-in-law who is a gifted graphic design artist, in addition to being a wonderful husband to my oldest daughter and a fabulous, stay-at-home daddy, to my two precious grandchildren and a daughter with a degree in marketing who are helping me with my website.
I hope you will check back often as I take this journey into this new world and share my hopes, fears, and joys. ~Until next time ~