Thanksgiving weekends were spent decorating the house for Christmas. I never let anyone else decorate the Christmas tree…it’s mine, it’s always all mine, I decorate it however I want. Well, except for when I can’t reach then my brother would come into the picture :). My mom always sat on the couch watching us turn a box full of tangled shinny stuff into a beautiful tree. Then we put the fake beautifully wrapped presents at the bottom of the tree. I came up with it because I didn’t like looking at the bottom of the tree without any presents from Thanksgiving weekend until…well Christmas time… I miss that. Mom probably won’t have the tree up this year because I’m not home. It’s the little thing like that makes me miss home so much! It’s that warm, comfort feeling that I try so hard but fail to find here on a beautiful tropical island. It’s called HOME!
Okay…sorry! Here is some info about the card
Red cardstock from We are memory keepers Cardstock pad
Pattern papers from the Jolly by Golly collection from Cosmo Cricket
We are memory keepers’s Urban Window collection of alphabet chipboard letters
Hum…what else? White gel pen and my own handwriting :)
If I were home, I probably would eat a lot of great food made by the awesome women in my family. I would come over to celebrate grandpa Gennadiy’s birthday! - HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA! and of course would join my cousins for Black Friday shopping tomorrow. Instead, I had hot dogs for dinner and a super thick packet of material to read. I’m not complaining at all, just miss everyone very much! I’m thankful for everything I have now and hoping to forever hold on to them.
One thing i’m proud of: I’m not spending a penny on this Thanksgiving shopping madness, woo hooo me :)
Here is a card i made for this kind of mood: a little sad, a little nostalgic but elegant at the same time. It’s my first time playing around with acetate on a card. I stamped the clear part of the card (the acetate) with white Stazon ink, I wouldn’t say it’s the best stamping job but hey, it’s my first time. It’s definitely not the same as stamping on paper, I can tell you that much! :-P
I hope you like it!
Continue to enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend everyone. I’m off to bed as I have an 8:00 class tomorrow morning and an exam on Monday!
First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who not only stopped by to check out my work but left me comments!!! Woo hoo! It really means a lot to me!
Thanks to your comments, I know that my magazine cut-outs card was loved…I decided to go more into that directions. I actually have so many interesting things coming up for you guys so be sure to come back to check them out!
I know I have been posting more than 1 project a day which totally defeat the purpose of “project 365- 1 project a day”. I’ve just been too excited and want to share with you everything I have made.
Here is the 2nd card of the magazine cut-out card series that will be posted here. Most of these cards are 3”x3” depending on the size of the cut-out piece. Most of them are simple and clean. I feel like these cards actually transformed a piece of almost nothing into something super cute. These projects are very easy to recreate if you are thinking about putting these cute little cards into the gift box together with the presents this coming holidays. You can also simply use them as gift card holders, the possibilities are endless! The idea of recycling old magazines excite me :-) Be green!
Hope you like them, and don’t forget to leave me more comments and feed back!
Super simple card with the beautiful fall colors back home!
The butterfly stamp from the Anna Griffin’s Flora collection is super cute! This butterfly reminds me so much of the old days when I was working on the entomology research project. So many memories on how we tried so hard to catch these beautiful butterflies and put together our collection of more than a thousand insects. I stamped the butterfly with Stazon ink, colored it with color chalk inks using a blender pen for the water color effect, waited until it dry and covered with diamond Stickle.
The greetings on the card as well as the butterfly’s trail mark is hand written by a white gel pen.
There you go, I was trying to capture the shine on the butterfly :-)
I want to clean out my tiny little living room. It’s getting out of hands b/c I have been using it as my craft room. So, I started cleaning and guess what I found, a bunch of Magazine cut-outs that I did a while back…so instead of cleaning, I was making…this card!
I guess I’m still not over the 4 bright colors challenge I did a few days back. I have the urge of going back to neutrals, as you can see with the last few cards.
This card makes me feel like a real artist :) It involves, heat embossing (using Tim Holtz distress embossing ink and Ranger’s copper embossing powder) on Kraft card stock; stamping (using only one flower stamp); cutting; faux stitching; and I’m especially proud when I color the ivory tag with Antique Linen Tim Holtz’s distress ink :-) see, doesn’t it all sound technical? It feels like the first time I figured out what the word “anastomosis" means :-)
Anyway, here it is, let me know what you think!
I tried to capture the shine that the copper embossing powder gives…this is the best I can do! It’s really pretty! :)
I was intimidated by these colors at first and I guess I still am but there sure was a lot of fun putting this card together. Definitely out of my comfort zone but also a very good thing.
Green and red remind me of Christmas while blue and yellow bring Summer to mind. All the sudden it’s me :-) It’s cold and Christmasy back home but here I am living on a tropical island with the burning sun day in and day out. So, i thought it would be interesting to put a bright blooming flower on top of green snow flakes. All the elements are out of place and rather uncomfortable but together, they make sense. Or do they? what do you think!?
Brads, I am not too familiar with brads and the only ones I have are gold :-) well, they’re on the card :-)
Ok so, story of my life, I found this contest at the last mins and I couldn’t resist because O.M.G the color scheme is P.U.R.P.L.E. :-) Lately, I feel like I’m totally color blind for other colors except purple. I’m totally drawn to anything purple and play favoritism to that certain object than anything else. I’m pretty sure it’s not because I have chosen purple to be my favorite color and been using it as the main theme color for my up coming wedding. Yea…pretty sure that’s not why! :-)
Anyway, let me stop yapping and show you the card and go enter the contest before it’s too late!
Hope everyone is having a great night!
This card takes much longer than the ones i have made to visualize…I sat there and thought of how I shouldn’t destroy the opportunity to let purple shine. Dramatic, I know…hehehe but what I meant is that I couldn’t get started. Once I started though, I put together the whole thing in 20 mins. I almost felt like I was over way too soon :-)
I used that weird looking flower I came up with at 4am this morning as the focal point on this card…
Just a side note, the purple paper I used to make this flower was punched out from our wedding invitation envelope :-o no joke, here is proof
What? I live in Antigua, there is no craft store around here…gotta do what I gotta do! :-) oh and btw, I used some distress ink for the edge of each petal to give them some interest.
I have Google analytic installed in my blog. I know you stopped by ::busted:: :-D. I know you saw my work and I know some of you like them ;-). One thing I don’t understand, why don’t you leave me comments? :-(
A few friends came up to me and asked what I do with my cards, whether or not I’d like to sell them or send them somewhere… A few awesome individuals even contacted me through facebook and suggested a few places I could send my cards to. Someone asked me if I would like to join her in selling my cards online. Some friend also want me to make video tutorials of how these cards are made so they can re-create them. For now, I don’t have a recording camera that would give high quality videos, so I’m a little hesitant but I would really love to do that someday. Please be patient! :-)
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Time to reveal what those ninja’s dart looking like thingies are:
Yup, Dean guessed it right :-) Of course they’re for cakes..bunch of cupcakes. Don’t they look super cute? well… they’re not exactly pastillages because they’re made out of paper so people will have to pick them out before eating but they’re still super cute, right? :)
Oh yea, I made the piece in the center too :)
The whole arrangement is for a friend whose BD is today…that’s why I waited so long to tell you…I hope she’s going to like it! :-)
I made this card and the envelope for my mom’s birthday coming up next week. Knowing that it takes a long long time to get a piece of anything from Antigua to NY, I won’t send it through the mail…I’ll bring it home for her when I’m home in Dec. I already arranged for her gift to get to her on the day of so a missing card wont be too bad!
Last year, we went to see Mama Mia together. It was my parents’ first time seeing a Broadway show so the experience was totally worth a birthday present :-) I miss that a lot! It kindda sucks being away and missing her BD but…I’ll make it up when i’m back…
Anyways, hope you like the card. Have a great day!
After a while of playing around with different design elements, I ended up going with the simplest, fastest way of creating escort cards for my wedding. Here they are:
1/ small (trying to be green, knowing that most escort cards are being discarded anyways) 2.5in x 2.5in square shape
2/ easy to read (knowing that there will be at least a 100 of them on the table, I want to help my guests spot their cards as quick as possible)
The last name initial is especially larger than the rest of the name and of course the cards will be arranged alphabetically
Table names (yes names, my fiance and I are coming up with names for our tables out of places that are significant to us) will be written right underneath the guest’s name
The guests can have these tent shape escort cards at their seat as their name tags, if they happen to sit with some new people, the people can read the names from across the table
3/ All escort cards will be hand written by me :-)
4/ They’re all in different shades of purple, to add some interests…I have dark purple, wisteria and some metallic shimmering purple too
5/ You see how I put my (broken..hic hic) Corner Chomper to good use? All corners are rounded
Sorry for the crappy background…I had to get near the window to get some natural light yesterday. It was rainy and grey!
Max’s grandma gave us a beautiful box filled with many different types of tea…I kept the box and it makes beautiful container for our escort cards. This is how the cards will be transported back home. Ta da!
ok that’s it for now…Program cards and menu cards are up next. Stay tuned!
A great friend is someone who makes you feel warm thinking about them.
Found a new year card sent to me last year from a great friend. Looking at the card and reading her message made me feel all nice and warm, remembering how I was hanging out with her around this time last winter. We were talking about med school. She gave me a stack of sketching pencils and a book :-) In the card, she told me that med school will be over soon and that I should never let go of my artistic part.
I thought it would be cool to recycle the card she gave me to make a card that I will send to her this year. I wonder if she will recognize it? We both love being green so this idea is def. a plus. I think she will like it!
My fiance asks to have the groom-men’s cards tucked away until the day of…he wants to see the look on their faces as each card has a story behind it…their inside jokes :-) I’ll respect that and of course i will share them as soon as the cards were revealed.