Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Crazy 4 Challenges Flourish Bingo C4C101

I saw this fun bingo challenge on Jessie Rone's blog, sponsored by Fourishes. She's a great crafter and I love her designs. I decided to choose square card, embossing and brads. Here's what I made:


The cardstock is from Die Cuts with a View (DCWV), the alphabet stamps are from Inkadinkado, the black embossing powder is from Michael's, as are the cute little stud embellishments! Okay, they aren't technically brads, but they're close and I love the effect. I used Versa Mark as my embossing ink and Sticky Thumb foam dimensionals to prop up the orange squares, which I cut with my Cuttlebug square dies. I finished it off with some black grosgrain ribbon along the folded edge. I think the font is perfect for Halloween, and looks kind of spidery and creepy when it's embossed in black. The card measures 5.5 square inches. Hope you like it! 

This was a fun challenge! I hope to see more like it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blue Quilled Flower Card

Here's another card I quilled. I stamped a birthday wishes sentiment in the corner, and used the husking technique on the purple flower. I have on sale in my Etsy shop!

Paper Flowers

I made some cute little paper flower embellishments using my Spellbinders dies. You can't really tell in the photo above, but I used white glittery paper for the center of each! Check them out in my Etsy shop here!

Polkadot Snowman Card

This card features a few of the things I am loving right now: baker's twine (on the buttons), gingham and ruffled ribbon! I purchased the clip art image from an Etsy seller called UntietheRibbons. Visit this card in my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/almondcrafts

Purple Teddy Bear Card

I had fun making this card, which features a cute little girl holding a teddy bear. I used a DCWV pre-cut card base and my Spellbinders Labels Eight Nestabilities dies. I used a muted purple piece of Bazzill cardstock for some of my layering, and love how the embossed dots are spaced just about the same as the polka dotted background. I bought the clip art from Etsy, from a seller called UntietheRibbons. I stamped "thinking of you" on a small pennant which I placed at the bottom. Visit this card here in my Etsy shop!

Paper Flower Magnets

I wanted to make something other than cards for once, so I made these cute little paper flower magnets. I used my large scallop Spellbinders Nestabilities, and then did some cutting and embossing using my stylus tools to make them look three-dimensional. It gets a bit tedious to do every petal of every layer, but I guess the final result is worth it. I distressed each layer using Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo Distress Ink. If you want to see more photos, see this listing in my Etsy shop here.

A Quilled Snowflake Card for the Holidays

I tend to procrastinate, but I'm already making holiday cards! I quilled the snowflake using soft yellow paper, and though it's not perfectly symmetrical, I don't think it's a bad first attempt at a snowflake. The cherry red Bazzill cardstock is perfect! Contrasts well with the lighter shades and is just the perfect quality. No white core, just well-dyed paper with some fine embossing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Damask Inspired Quilling

These quilled designs turned out pretty well. Even though I'm new to quilling, I was somehow able to come up with these original designs. No sketches or anything, I just played it by ear and was surprised by the final result. I probably couldn't draw by hand such symmetrical curliques as I was able to create out of paper strips. You can see more photos in my Etsy listing here.

New to Quilling

Quilled pieces are so beautiful, and even the dullest among us can appreciate the time and detail that go into them. I've begun experimenting with quilling and while I'm no expert, I'm getting the hang of it. The butterfly card above (left) didn't turn out as well as I wanted to, but I'm satisfied with the floral card. I've added a couple of damask-inspired designs to my shop which turned out well and are pretty unique (whereas quilled flowers are pretty common). I plan to keep at it and improve and hopefully come up with some more intricate designs. My biggest challenge is remaining patient! The glue doesn't dry fast enough, the pieces won't allow me to manipulate them and my sticky fingers leave marks on the very pieces I want to perfect. I'm hanging in there.

Harry Potter Gryffindor Crest Cards

I made these cards a couple weeks after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I haven't watched all the movies, but have seen the last three. They've gotten better (linear improvement) over time, but still do not compare to the amazing book series! Snape is my favorite character and I always knew he was complex, and love that they delved into his story and background in the final movie. 

Cardstock, brads and black ink! I wrote "Gryffindor" on the banner by hand and think it turned out pretty well!

These cards are on sale in my Etsy shop! Visit them here.

Damask Print and Sunflowers!

Sometimes clean and simple cards can make more of a statement than my usual, heavily embellished cards. Somehow the elegance of the damask print just worked out well with the sunflower embellishment. The gold strip is made of cardstock, and the chocolate brown satin ribbon underneath helps pull the gold out. A couple of rhinestones and I was good to go! This pair of cards was my first ever sale in my Etsy shop! I'm so grateful to whoever that first buyer is!

Bright Flowers

When I first bought this cardstock, I had no idea how to use the bold, floral pattern. I finally decided to add a cherry red square panel and bright sunflower embellishment. Finished it off with some yellow rhinestones to help accent the warm tones.

Spellbinders Label One Dies

This is a set of cards I made with Spellbinders Label One dies. I love Spellbinders dies! However, I use them with my Cuttlebug which can be a hassle, and my B plate is so bent up and cut up from constant use! The letters are Cuttlebug alphabet dies in the typewriter font. This was one of my first attempts at sponging edges with in, and as you can see, it didn't show up very well on all of the cards. You can only really see it on the blue one.

Kraft Paper

So versatile and simple and organic in feel. I've been using it pretty often in my card crafting projects and just bought a new pack of it so I don't have to be so stingy anymore!

Both of the above cards are included in my Etsy store, Almond Crafts.

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

I used Tim Holtz' Vintage Photo Distress Ink to lend the edges of my North Berwick card a faded, rustic look. At first I wasn't sure how to blend or sponge on dye ink, but once I got the hang of it, I've been adding the effect to lots of projects.

Loving Baker's Twine

I've been seeing baker's twine a lot in craft projects lately and have been inspired to use it myself.

Chocolate Cake Card

I have recently fallen in love with the red and white color combination. Red and white baker's twine. Red and white gingham. Red and white ribbon...the two colors look so crisp when paired. I made this card out of linen-textured cardstock and added a couple of Martha Steward chipboard embellishments. I think the final result is pretty sweet!

For more details, click here to visit the card in my Etsy shop!