Thursday, January 29, 2009

Celebrate In Style

I recently bought a couple adorable stamps from In Style Stamps: an up and coming stamp company. I just love the characters so much and they are well priced too!

Here is a birthday card I made for a dear friend of mine using the Marti stamp. I hope she has a wonderful birthday and knows that she is adorable and so LOVED! Live it up on your bday, Girlie!!
Oh, and for inquiring minds; the PP is Basic Grey, the sentiment is from Gina K (Retro Boutique) and I don't know if you can see it that well, but I used Diamond Stickles on the rim of the glass and on her choker.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Oh, Baby!

It's the beginning of another fast paced week and I hope that I'll be able to fit in some card time and (crossing my fingers) hopefully get back to the Cullen collection.

Here is another card that I made last week for my dear friend, Briana who's baby shower I attended on Saturday. She's having a little girl. Ah, sigh...little girls are so sweet to shop for!!

I apologize for the horrible pictures but I was stranded without a camera and all I had was my phone!! So bad!!

Hopefully, I will get to recreate it sometime for a better picture. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dear Friend

I'm taking a small break from the Cullen cards to make a few other very important and necessary cards. Here is the first one that I made to encourage a friend that very much needs to be lifted up right now.

I used my beloved Stampin up! DP's that I've been hoarding since the last catty came out. Shame on me! But I'm glad I got to use them for this friend. Hope you all have a great Wednesday and remember to encourage someone in your life today!

I also have been extremely encouraged in my gift of friendship with my SCS gals. I recently received these awards from Carolyn and Susan. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Dearies!

Monday, January 19, 2009

She's Got Spunk and Style

It's Monday morning again! Ah, how the weekend flies by so fast. We had a pretty eventful weekend at my house and in the midst of it all I made sure to make time to work on (drum roll please) Little Alice Anya!

I had a blast altering the Rockstar Anya image that my dear friend, Sandra was gracious to send me. And also going into the Dress Me Anya "closet" and altering some of the clothes to fit Alice's style. I really love how Alice turned out, although I'm sad that you can't see her 3-D hair in the photo (I tried, I really tried) because it's jet black.

I must be honest though and say that while I LOVE how Alice turned out and I love the PP I chose---as soon as I saw it I thought this is spunky and stylish, just like Alice Cullen---when I stepped back from the finished product I was slightly (just a tiny bit) disappointed. I am happy with all the elements (layout, embies, paper, colors) but it looks a bit too Anime to me. Regardless, I hope that it screams Alice and that you knew right away that it was none other than. She tends to stand out from her family anyway as far as style and boldness, so I think it's okay.

Hope you enjoy today's Cullen Trading card!

Hugs to you for stopping by.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Quiet One

Hi Friends! It's time for another Cullen card. This one is Little Jasper Ian. When I first saw this stamp (The Greeting Farm's, Hello Ian) I thought of Jasper and his background story. I don't know, it may be more appropriate for Carlise, but I really think of Jasper as a gentleman and the strong silent type, which are two things this stamp brought to mind. And I also envisioned him bringing this flower to Alice.
I have tried to tie all the cards together in a couple ways. The first is with distressing. I want the cards to seem from a different time; aged a bit with history, as we know these characters to be. The second is with this misc. stamp that I have sort of envisioned as the Cullen Family Crest. I have tried to incorporate it somewhere in the background of each card. Unfortunately, with today's card I used 3 PP's and 3 textured cardstocks, which left little room for me to include the crest. I decided this time to use it on the inside of the card.
I'm not sure if you can see it very well, but there is a sentiment on the front of this card. Also, I welcome any thoughts toward whether or not I need something else along the edges of the circle that outline the Ian Image.
I hope you enjoy today's card and thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

No card today

...but a quick update. I haven't been home the last two nights even though all my thoughts have been there and continuing this little collection of cards. I can assure you though that Alice and Jasper are in the making. Stay tuned.

In other news, check out The Greeting Farm's new digi stamp that was revealed today! Pretty cute! And I'd also like to direct you to a few new blogs that were started in the New Year. Here is my friend, Susan's cozy craft spot (today's card is so cute!!) and my gal Gael's page. Also, sweetie-pie Kelly and darling Jeanette just joined us too with their blogs called Sandcastle Stamper and Creative Play is Cheaper than Therapy (so cute!). Welcome to blogland, Sisters!
I also took note that there is blog candy somewhere...thanks to Michelle pointing us in the right direction-- we can all enter in a chance to win the 4 new shades of Shimmerz over at Shimmerzpaints . And as if that was enough, pop over to here and enter to winter a Whiff of Joy Elisabeth Bell stamp kit!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cullen Trading Cards

My Friend Mary suggested that I was making Cullen trading cards and I thought that was pretty funny. I suppose I am and I can't think of a funner way to spend my card making time!
Here is Little Rosalie Anya. I know that Rosalie is supposed to be really hardcore as far as her attitude and interaction with others, but this is how I imagined that she longs to live. In her human years she had wealth and status and longed to be a wife, a mother, and all that went along with that in that day. So with that impression, I created a light card as opposed to a dark card. I struggled with the layout a bit but I was truly delighted in the end. And it gave me the perfect opportunity to use the new Martha Stewart punches I got for Christmas! I have also done the insides of all these cards but this is the first one I remembered to share with you. Edward's card also says "Thinking of You" inside, but Bella's says "All you need is Love." Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Tuesday.

Oh, I meant to mention that I don't often list the supplies I used for my card, but feel free to ask if there's any supply or technique you're curious about.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Little Bella Anya

Here is Little Bella Anya. I wished this pic showed the PP from Basic Grey's "Boxer" better. I just adore it! The Full card is a bit washed out due to bad lighting, but then again, Bella is supposed to be pale, right?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Edward's Bella

As mentioned in the previous post, I can't help but see Twilight characters when I look at these Ian and Anya stamps made by The Greeting Farm. So I've decided to try and make the Cullen Family in cards. Here is a sneak of Little Bella Anya. Thanks for looking...hopefully these cards will help feed your Twilight fetish as well. Viva la mojo!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Twilight Inspired

My friend, Sandra recently posted a fantastic card using The Greeting Farm's Hello Ian. In fact, she's been creating adorable cards with their stamps for quite some time now. And as it turns out TGF now has an Ian and Anya set available that is Twilight-esk and feeds my recent quasi-obsession with everything Twilight.
And wouldn't you know, all it took was a little bit of Edward to unleash my mojo.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Did I miss Christmas?

Here's my card from the other day.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

O where o where o where is my MOJO???

Hi Friends and Happy 2009!
I'm not going to post a card today, although I do have one. I may post it tomorrow depending on how I feel. Today I think I'll just BLAH-g about it.
Have you ever sat staring at your stamp supplies for hours? And not in an adoring fashion?
Have you ever colored the perfect image and then could not for the life of you come up with papers and layout?
Have you ever gotten to the point when you glued your image to the paper and then made a bad cut or messed up some other facet...rendering your perfect image useless??
Have you ever finished a card and just hated it even after one or all of the above?
If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, perhaps you are a perfectionist like I am.
I finished coloring an image 2 days ago and loved it but then it took me until yesterday to choose the right color combo. And then after I got the basics of the card down I kept thinking to myself, "it needs something else." Sometimes I can start with the embellishments and let them inspire the card. Other times the image or the paper are my muse. But often I have the hardest time figuring out what goes with what and where it all should go! For those of you who don't believe me, thank you kindly. :) But it's true. Sometimes the ideas are endless but when the mojo is missing, it's REALLY missing. Thanks for listening to my card making woes.
Hope you all had a great vacation and I look forward to see your creations throughout this new year!