Sunday, September 24, 2017

Birthday Cards

Here's two special birthday cards I made recently, one for the young girl who leases my horse (Wrangler) and one for my grandpop! They both used the same sentiment stamp set (one of my favorites) and have similar color themes, so I thought I'd share them together.

Our barn's color theme is black/white/red/gray, so I based the card's colors off of that. Fortunately I had the perfect ribbon! I die cut the horseshoe from gray cardstock that I'd turned metallic with Nuvo's embellishment mousse. I am addicted to that product! The horse shoe was kind of a humorous inclusion for me, because Wrangler is kind of notorious for losing shoes close to the end of his shoeing cycle. He wears corrective shoes and can't be ridden barefoot.

Here's a better look at that horse shoe. I really loved the shine! I used Nuvo drops to add the dimensional white dots, which I used to tie the kraft colored panel back to the white card base color. The top panel was raised up on foam tape for some more dimension, but it's not super visible in these angles. Sorry!

Inside the card was a stamped die cut horse that I colored to look like Wrangler.

Next up is the card for my grandpa!

I stamped a plaid pattern onto red paper to make the background, my inspiration was thinking of old plaid work shirts. My grandpa is a practical, handy sort of guy, so I wanted to do something reminiscent of that.

I used a small plus-sign border die to add some interest to the panel with the sentiment in on, because it reminded my of the tops of Phillip's head screws. My grandpa is very handy! I sprayed the whole panel with a shimmer mist to give it a more fun, cheerful feeling. I wanted to make the card masculine but not too drab, so hopefully I was successful there.

Inside the card is a stamped red plaid heart, to tie into the patterned paper I used on the front. You can see the stamped heart peeking out from this angle.

The birthday sentiment panel is raised up on foam tape, and there's some baker's twine running perpendicular to it.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Color Throwdown #461

This week's colors and purple, orange, yellow, and green!

I used a solid purple background, and on top of it is a panel featuring stamped hearts in the challenge colors. I added two vertical stripes of Washi tape, one is a lovely glittery orange and the other is green and white striped. The next layer is a yellow circle with pierced edges, and sitting atop that is the gold embossed sentiment, popped up on foam tape!

This week's colors were kind of challenging for me, but I think this card came out really fun! This is only my second week participating, and it was a blast.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Color Throwdown #460

For a few months now I've been following the Color Throwdown challenge, but this is my first time participating!

This week's colors were navy, green, and white. I added a neutral (black) and used a gray card base to make this work as a sympathy card.

The main panel gets its color from strips of scrap cardstock, and then I cut the panel out with a JustRite stitched die. The sympathy die and stamp set are by Avery Elle.

I finished it up by adding Nuvo Drop embellishments.

Outgoing Fan Mail!

 Here's some fan mail that I send out recently to Emy, the author of a fantastic webcomic called Trying Human. When I got the idea for a UFO abduction slider card, I knew just who to send it to. The little cow is on a track, and if you tilt the card or push him, he'll slide up and down the tractor beam. I created the spacey background panel on the card using Distress inks, and then I scanned and laser printed copies to die cut from, as this was my first slider card and I was afraid to mess up the original work.

 I even embellished the envelope and picked out a special stamp to match the space theme.

The ATC features fanart of two of her characters, Hue and Dog. Just before I sent it out, I added glitter to the two big hearts in the background with a Wink of Stella pen.

Emy was kind enough to send me a reply letter that included a fantastic original drawing, as well!