Friday, September 20, 2013

OLC Get Well

Still trying to get back into the swing of things after being away from the craft room for so long.

First, thank you very much ladies for selecting my card from last weeks challenge to ShowCASe.  I was thrilled when I logged on last night to see it.

So this week at Less Is More is, my personal bane, the one layered card.  If one out of 100 one my OLCs is acceptable, I'd be surprised.  LOL

I do not like this card at all but figured I've made worse.  I was hoping it would look better after I took the picture but low and behold, it actually can look worse!!  Oh well, I'm still working on finding my lost mojo so it may take awhile. 

I have another card I was working on as well, but I have to log on to take a CPE course right now so I won't be able to get it done before the challenge ends.  But I will be back on line later to leave comments.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lily of the Valley Pup and Kitty

Thought I'd join in over at Less is More where the challenge this week (lucky dip week at that) is:
We want you to use a
In addition if you could use watercolours that would be wonderful!
I made this little card using Stampin' Up markers and blender pen on 140lb water color paper.  The stamp is Lily of the Valley and was a great image to color. 
I didn't do much with this one; added a sentiment, a bit of pearls, trimmed it down and mounted it to a card base.  I tried to add some twine, then ribbon, then even a button or two, but in the end I think the cute image is enough. 
A bit about whats been happening in my life: It has been a pretty stressful year at work.  We were down to two people doing the work of four and the hours were pretty bad.  I was putting in as much as 120 hours a week, 7 days as week during the busy time of the month.  Well it is finally over, I turned in my resignation last Wednesday and begin my new position on the 23rd.  I'm super happy about leaving corporate life and getting back into the facility side of the business.  I will soon be able to reclaim my life and might even have more time to spend in my craft room again.  YAY!!! 

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Self-made SU Clear Mount case inserts

For a couple of years now, I have been trying to get someone at SU! to acknowledge an idea regarding blank inserts for the clear mount cases.  Emails, phone calls even one old fashion letter with a postage stamp!  But there has been absolutely no acknowledgement, not even a "your idea makes us laugh-out-loud... go away!"

The idea is to provide the Stampin Up header that is currently on the CM sets in a JPEG or PDF template so those of us that are removing our stamp sets from the wood, can make inserts that will blend nicely when stored with our new clear mounts.  I would even consider buying their software just to get my hands on a blank template. 

Well, this morning I pulled out one of my favorite old sets (All Holidays) to make a birthday card and decided phttt on SU, I'll make the insert myself.

I needed to scan an existing insert so I used Wetlands (just arrived yesterday) because the title is a single word; thought it would make the process easier.  The insert was scanned and saved as a JPEG file; pulled it up into Photoshop; cropped/copied the header (leaving behind the elements of the actual Wetlands set) and set it up in a different file.  From there I edited out the title in order to have a clean blank template and saved it as a Photoshop file (.psd).  I admit, it took almost an hour but I think it turned out pretty well. 

The next step was to scan the nasty insert from All Holidays that I had made when I removed the wood.  Again saved as a JPEG, then I cut out the individual sentiments in Photoshop; copied them into the blank .psd template; arranged the the sentiments in a more pleasing manner and saved the final back to a JPEG.  If SU ever comes out with a template (digital or paper), I'll buy it in a heart beat, mostly because this one isn't crisp and the color is off by a couple shades.  Until then, this one will do. 

Below are pictures of the set with the old handmade insert and then with the new computer generated insert.  The only change I think I will make, is to include the number of stamps and the year the set originated.

Its gorgeous out today so I'm off to enjoy it while it's still possible.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  ~ Carole

Front view - old insert

Side view - old insert

New All Holidays insert from old wood set
Side view for new label

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Dots and Stripes

It's the second Saturday in March so that means its a OLC challenge over at Less Is More.  The theme this week is Dots and Stripes. 

Below are my two submissions and for once I get to say I LOVE how they turned out.

I used Distress Stains Tumbled Glass and Shabby Shutters for the dots.  The stripes came from a super old SU stamp set called Perfect Plaids. I used the regular Distress ink pads to stamp out the lines.  The sentiment is PTI, but I lost the insert long ago so I don't know the name of the set.  On both cards I stamped out the sentiment and had clear embossing powder at the ready so that I could make the sentiment pop.  The green sentiment is actually Kiwi Kiss and the aqua is Tempting Turquoise.  In the picture the sentiments seem a bit pale but to the naked eye they are darker and of course have a wonderful glossy finish.  Maybe that's why the sentiments seem so light n the picture; the light is reflecting off the gloss.  Oh well. 
The dots were made using a 6x6 template by Crafters Workshop called Mini Swiss Dot.  I used repositionable tape to hold the template mask in place and then lightly dabbed the Distress Stains over the template.  I practiced on some scraps first and discovered that not a lot of pressure was needed or else the stain seeped under the template making awkward blobs and not dots. 

I think I like the dots on the Kiwi Kiss card more, but regardless both came out exactly as I planned.  Yay!!!

Now for some fun.  I struggled with last weeks challenge.  It was after making more than a half dozen cards that I realized that I rarely join in on color challenges because they are even harder than OLC!!!  I think it's the balance that I struggle with, maybe I try too hard to have an even amount of the colors when really, it only needs to be represented.  I think that is why the final card is my favorite, it just has a splash of each.   Anyway below is a quick shot of a couple of the work areas in my craft room.  I call the picture LIM109 Fallout!!  This is what happens when I can't get anything to turn out the way I envision it; disaster!  The only things that should be in that section are; the box of dies (behind the bigshot), the Bigshot, the paper cutter, the tall box in the corner and that little box to the right, under the wall shelf, which has some cling stamps in it.  Everything else you see there was pulled while I attempted to accomplish that challenge.  Some have natural talent, and some of us (me) have to work at it.  LOL!!!

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Less is More Color Challenge

This is my submission for this weeks Less Is More challenge which was a color inspiration utilizing one of Design Seeds color palettes. 

It's really overcast today so my pictures are not very good.  There is a bit of script in Pink Pirouette behind the sentiment die cut.  It looks really pretty in real life. 

Below are more than a few that are ok, but not really what I had envisioned.  The card I started with is the Thank You card using Lacy & Lovely by SU.  But there are about a million cards with that design, and I think I can say that with confidence even without looking in the SCS gallery.  :)

The next one was inspired by a Viva la Verve sketch challenge from a few weeks back. I used Creamy Caramel on this one but the stamped sentiment looks almost gray on my computer.  I think it's the poor lighting today.  :(


These last two were my first tries, but they didn't turn out very well.  In fact they look nicer in the picture than they do in real life.  haha

So that's it; or at least the ones that were actually finished and not tossed before they were completed.  I think there are three more in the trash.  I really liked the colors but just couldn't seem to make it work. 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Thank you in greens ...

This little card is for several ladies at work that bought me a lovely bouquet of flowers a pretty card to acknowledge my 40th Anniversary with the company.  I thought their nice gesture deserved a hand-made thank you card and I hope this one fills that spot.


In order to complete the card I decided I would play along with this weeks Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast stampers.  This weeks Star is Andrea Hayes, and this is the card I cased:  Birthday Texture by Andrea Hayes

Since I added some paper piercing (I always seem to forget about this nice technique and it can really add such a nice touch) I decided to include it in the Less Is More challenge as well. 

Thank you all for stopping by.

LIM107 - Up In The Air ...

This weeks Less is More theme is Up In The Air which is to incorporate things that fly.  The Diva's wish to see aircraft, rockets, balloons, etc. 

**  It might actually help if I "published" the posts I make!!!**

The felt air balloon has been in my embellishments box for some time so it's really nice to be able to use it ...... at last.

I'm not so sure this card will pass the test since my background is blue tissue paper.  The number one rule of LIM is there must be a lot of white space.  I'll have to wait and see how they rule on this one. 

***So this was supposed to be for LIM107, however after working up the post, I saved it and failed to publish it so I guess I'll never know if my lack of white space would have been called out. LOL!!***

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