Monday, June 4, 2007

Saying goodbye.....




The retiring list is out and there are some GREAT sets on there! Here are a couple cards using some sets that I will miss! The first is a card using All Year Cheer. This set has been an awesome addition to my stamp collection. Words for every occassion. The top portion of this card is done using the Lattice cut technique. This is usually used along the fold of a card to look like a garden lattice. I saw Beth Daniels use it this way at the Tampa Regional a few months ago and thought it looked awesome! The patterned paper is from the Pattern stack SU offered last month. I love the daisy paper! If you would like directions on the lattice fold, email me. I layered the 'lattice' onto a piece of white cardstock and mounted that onto a card base of rose red. The black ribbon is snailed to the front and the Thinking of you is stamped in basic black. A single gold mini Brad is used to hold the first fold down.


The next card is one I really like. This one uses the Drawing on Nature set. It is a little set, but looks so great done lots of different ways. The technique I used on this card is the Polished Vellum technique. If you have done polished stone, it is the same basic idea. Instead of glossy paper you use vellum cardstock. Spray the VC with rubbing alcohol and then put drops of classic ink onto the vellum and use a cotton ball to pounce it about. After I pounced it all over, I sprayed it again with the rubbing alcohol and let it smear some more. I mounted the polished vellum onto white cardstock with the colored side facing the white cardstock. I ran the vellum through my Xyron to put adhesive over the whole thing so I didn't have to try and hide the adhesive. The focal point was stamped in black onto a piece of glossy cardstock I had wiped with my cotton balls after I pounced the vellum. I added a bit of marker on the hummingbird and flowers just to give them more depth. I also added a bit of bling with the dazzling diamond glitter.

This last card is a bit tongue in cheek...I wanted to play with my patterned papers some more. I also wanted to use a chip board letter. The only problem is I had used most of my letters. So, here is a "G...thanks!" card....does it work? I don't know. I used the pattern stack from last month for the green across the botton, the strip of daisies, and the polka dots on the G. After I glued the paper to the G, I used these cool tools I got at the scrap convention. They are a set of files for chipboard made by Basic Grey. They have little curved files, flat files, round files...and the best part? They have pink handles! Too cute! anyway, I filed all the edges and then brushed it all with crystal effects and let it dry for a couple minutes. Then I added some dazzling diamonds to it. I think next time I won't wait for it to dry. I'll just dump the diamonds on right away. The thanks is stamped with the Rough Edges alphabet. Does this card seem sarcstic to you? maybe... I took these pictures in front of one of my book shelves in my room. If you are a reader, these are some awesome books! Philippa Gregory writes some really great Historical novels about the times of Ann Boleyn and her family. The Time Traveler's wife by Audrey Niffenegger is wonderful too. Another book peeking out there is The Birth Of Venus, a book by Sarah Dunart that I picked up at a used book store. It was...interesting. I'm still trying to get the "point" at the end....

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