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March 30, 2011

Yay! New Job Congrats!



This is one of those personal achievements in life that needs to be recognized with a special card. What could be more important than landing a new job!


I am the #1 cheerleader when it comes to people achieving success in life, especially if it's been a long grind for them. So when I discovered the cute little cheerleader on the Paper Dolls cartridge, I just had to use it. And for fun, I gave her a hairstyle similar to my own. Even added the golden highlights. What? You're surprised?! I am a creature of detail, remember.

The card itself came with the hole already punched. The trick was to find a sentiment... the right sentiment that would fit the hole.  Nothing worked so I created my own, using my Gypsy and the Alphalicious font.

The boy and girl silhouettes are from Beyond Birthdays.
The stylus in the above photo is a hint that the Gypsy helped create the card.

The cheerleader is attached to the card with dimensionals. I used thicker ones under the pom-poms, placing them so that they look like she is really holding them. Once adhered to the card, I fluffed the pom-poms this way and that. The pics don't clearly show the detail of the pom-poms.

I used MS gold glitter pen to sparkle up the skirt and pom-poms. The cheerleader's dress has pleats so I highlighted them with white gel pen, and outlined other cut spots on her top and shoes, adding laces to the shoes.





Inside

The inside took some fiddling around to get the poem (home made) and my logo (on the back) to fit just right. I ruined one card in the process. Have you ever done that? But I think it all came together nicely.

I made a second set of pom-poms to emphasize the "YAY".  I added turquoise glitter over the blue cuts. The "Congrats" phrase is shadowed in black and the aqua star layer is glittered to match the "Yay".

Cartridges Used

Everyday Paper Dolls - Cheerleader, cut at size 3
Alphalicious - "Yay!", designed on Gypsy, size about 1.5"
Beyond Birthdays - Boy and girl silhouettes and Contrats, sized at 2.5"

Using a Q-tip, I gave the cheerleader rosy cheeks, eyes, mouth and shading around body, shoes and outfit.



March 29, 2011

Bunny's Basket of Eggs



Here is my first Easter card for this year. This 5" x 7" yellow base is complemented by dark purple and lilac frames. The lattice edging was done with MS lattice punch. For the bunny scene background, I sponged sky, clouds and grass over white CS.

Bunny
The bunny is cut at size 2.67w x 2.63h three times (cut at 2-1/2 if not using Gypsy); once from cream artist's cardstock and two from white on blackout. Artist's paper has a wonderful texture to it that really looks fluffy. On the white blackout bunny, I sponged his right ear with pink and shadowed it a bit for depth. The top bunny layer cuts away that part of the ear so the pink underneath shows through. The two layers are glued together, then popped with dimensional dots to the remaining white bunny. I tied a mauve bow around all layers of his neck. The finished bunny is then popped again to the card.

I lightly sponge shaded around the bunny in the appropriate places, being careful to make sure his haunches showed up nicely. You'll see the detail better by clicking the above image.

Tip
For shading the bunny, I didn't want anything too dark. I used a soft brown eye shadow, applying it lightly at first, blending and adding more until I achieved exactly the look I wanted. I used this technique inside the ear too, over top of the pink sponged paint. I love how the bunny looks!

Eggs
I had to use my Gypsy in order to make eggs at 3 varying sizes, and small enough to fit several in the basket. Eggs are arranged in the basket, taped at the back.
Egg sizes: 0.75w x 1.0h, 0.64w x 0.85h, 0.53w x 0.70h.

I cut the eggs from white cardstock and sponge painted them in pastel colours. Then I added some shading and glitter paint dots for sparkle.

Basket
The basket is from Everyday Paper Dolls. I cut mine at 1.77 x 4.09 using my Gypsy. It sounds big but really isn't. The finished basket of eggs is "popped" to the card.

My Latest Favourite Cartridge
I had a hard time finding the right kind of Easter basket. I searched through all carts on my Gypsy and it only came up with one that was kind of flat... used more for gathering flowers than eggs.

Then I did a detailed browse through every page and accessory shown in the Everyday Paper Dolls book. It's amazing how many great items can be found in the accessories! If you haven't paid much attention to what the accessory feature keys can cut, do yourself a favor and take a look. I'm sure you will be inspired with ideas for all kinds of cards. I know I was!


Inside

A dark purple panel was used for contrast. The inside poem and Bible verse were prepared on my computer, printed on white cardstock (not paper). I punched the lattice fence on the top panel then added some brackets to enclose the quote. The three eggs were from the same bunch made as described above.

I'm so glad I was able to use a stamp package I purchased long ago. There are four different designs and I purposely made them faint so as to not overpower the page. I used the same inks as for the cut eggs. The panel then received a mauve inking all around the edges.

Here's another pic in different lighting.

Cartridges Used
Easter 2010 - Happy Easter phrase, eggs and bunny
Everyday Paper Dolls - basket
Storybook - brackets

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~ Grace
March 10, 2011

High Flying Birthday!



This birthday card features the recipient's favorite pastime... flying. Working on getting his pilot's license, this young man often has his head in the clouds.

The card size is 5"x7". The base is a wonderful argyle CS with a little shine at the junctures. The plane and banner are cut from New Arrival. The sentiment "Celebrate" is from Celebrations. Makes sense, right?


I don't need to give a lot of narrative about this one because it's self-explanatory. Both plane and banner are cut at size 3. I played around with trying to extend it in length using my Gypsy but the layers were just not matching up properly. After wasting far too much time trying to elongate the plane, I went with the shape, as is.


On the front, I used real cloud paper. But inside, I created my own cloud background using ink and masking a cloud shape. The verse inside was created on my computer, printed onto white cardstock and then inked as described. Hope you like it! Note: My camera lighting is not very good today as it's a dark rainy day and I couldn't get it right. The first pic is more true to colour.
March 1, 2011

Precious Daughter Baby Card



I have a brand new baby niece and this card is for her. It features a sweet little girlie outfit surrounded by a bevy of adorable shoes. If this baby girl is like most of the women in my family, she will love shoes. When I found the baby girl shoe paper, I knew it was just perfect for this card.


The card base is 5" x 5" white Gemstones by Core-dinations. On top of that is pearlized aqua, then pink CS by Cloud 9 Design (plain side). The adorable shoe paper is by "Me & My Big Ideas".

Using my Gypsy, I cut the aqua frame from Storybook at 3.8 x 3.8 cut on blackout. The inner frame (shoes) is 3.5 x 3.5. The baby's outfit is from New Arrival cut at size 2.5.  The cardstock already had the look of fabric which I loved. I embossed the pieces with dotted swiss for definition and to make it truly babyish. The baby outfit is adhered to the frame using pop dots and the frame is attached to the card using thicker dimensional squares. The sentiment is puffy stickers.

Inside 
The little feet are cut at 1.5  from vellum then mounted onto a square of the same pink used on the front. For the lace background I used my MS punch-around-the-page punches and layered the finished piece over light aqua. I inked around the inside shoe panels as well as the baby's outfit on the front in petal pink.


The verse is printed directly onto the shoe paper before splitting it in half. The right inside pink panel is 4-5/8" x 5". It used up the remainder of pink from the 12x12 piece.

Finishing Touches
Since I always love a touch of ribbon somewhere on my cards, I trimmed the shoe background strip  on the front with satin eyelet ribbon and added 3 tiny pearls to the baby's dress. The hanger is cut from shiny foil CS. The inside left panel needed a little something so I made corner pieces from the same aqua pearlized CS, punched with my MS lace punches. This card took quite awhile to complete but I love how it turned out!

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