Saturday, October 30, 2010

Moxie Fab World: Tuesday Trigger

I may have mentioned, somewhere along the way, that fall is my favorite time of year. The weather, the smells, the decorations, the clothes... oh how I love a soft, cozy sweater! So when I saw that this week's Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World was this gorgeous Anthropologie sweater, you know I had to play along!

The texture caught my eye right away, and I wanted my card to have a similar appeal. I also wanted to amp up the "autumn" feel, as well as the homemade-chic details. A slight tweak of the colors, the felicitous discovery of the PERFECT sentiment, and here we are - all the things I love about fall in paper form:

I had a light-bulb moment by embossing my cardstock with two different embossing folders - first with a Cuttlebug "Herringbone" folder, followed by Quickutz "Rings." I was really pleased with the way it turned out - I was afraid too much of the detail would get flattened by the second embossing, but it held up pretty well! 

The felt leaf was cut using a Cuttlebug 2x2 die, and the window and label were cut with Labels 9 Nesties. I have to say, this has turned out to be one of my favorite fall cards yet!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts "Everyday Sayings;" Ink: SEI "Cocoa" chalk ink, Stampin' Up "Creamy Caramel;" Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug 2x2 Leaf die, Cuttlebug "Herringbone" embossing folder, Quickutz "Rings" embossing folder, Labels 9 Nestabilities, felt, corner rounder punch, button, embroidery floss, foam dimensionals

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

The days here have turned deliciously chilly, the kind of weather that simply must be accompanied by lots of hot coffee and pumpkin bread. I broke out the can of Libby's pumpkin puree I've been hoarding since my last trip to Hong Kong; oh my, was it ever worth it! (Fun Fact: Over 80% of the world's pumpkin is canned at a factory 10 miles away from my Illinois hometown!) 

Continuing with the pumpkin theme, I came up with this fun little trio of cards. The jack'o'lantern stamps are all from last year's Studio G fall release; I combined them with some SEI polka dot stamps and an Ellison tag die to create my own little Halloween tags. Here's a closeup of card #1:

Card 1 Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G (pumpkins, sentiment), SEI "Mimosa" (polka dots); Ink: black pigment, Brilliance Graphite Black, Ranger Tea Dye distress; Paper: My Mind's Eye; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swirls embossing folder, Ellison Scallop Tags die, corner rounder punch, Dymo labelmaker, foam dimensionals
Card #2:

It's hard to see in this picture, but the black layer under the tag was stamped with small polka dots using black pigment ink. The keyhole shape was created by centering a 2" strip of cardstock inside a circle nestie and cutting.

Card 2 Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G (pumpkin), SEI "Mimosa" (polka dots, small and large); Ink: black pigment, Ranger Tea Dye distress; Paper: My Mind's Eye; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swirls embossing folder, Ellison Scallop Tags die, Circle Nestabilities, corner rounder punch, foam dimensionals
Card #3:

Card 3 Supplies:
Stamps: Studio G (pumpkin), SEI "Mimosa" (polka dots), Making Memories "Spellbound" (sentiment); Ink: black pigment, Ranger Tea Dye distress; Paper: My Mind's Eye; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swirls embossing folder, Ellison Scallop Tags die, corner rounder punch, foam dimensionals

Even though I used  the same basic supplies for each card, I was able to create three very different looks. So fun!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ready for Fall

Whew! I'm a teensy bit tired. I was away Wed-Fri on a spur-of-the-moment solo trip to visit some friends in another part of the country. Seeing them was great, but the travel always wipes me out! My flight home ended up getting delayed almost three hours, made even worse by the fact that we boarded the plane on schedule and then proceeded to sit there for 2 1/2 hours waiting for takeoff clearance. But in the airline's favor, the drink carts came out right away, followed soon after by our meal (Chinese airlines still provide in-flight meals), which made the wait tolerable. Not to mention the fact that my seat-mate and I had the chance to become very well acquainted!

The rest of the weekend was spent in comfy clothes, watching dvd episodes of NCIS, eating taco chowder, and crafting. I'm a pretty slow papercrafter, but I managed to finish two cards plus brainstorm designs for a few more. This particular card all started with the felt leaf, cut with my Cuttlebug. {I've found that when cutting felt with my Cuttlebug, whether with Provocraft dies or Nestabilities, adding a layer of cardstock behind the felt (die, then felt, then cardstock) helps to ensure a clean cut.} After cutting my leaf, I chose a nice fall patterned paper, then used various Nesties to cut my layering pieces. The white circle was a little stark on its own, so I added some stamping and light distressing. The leaf was attached using glue dots, and the circle layers were adhered with foam dimensionals. 

Side note: Provocraft offered the same basic leaf dies in a set of four 2x2 dies (one leaf per square) or a set of two 2x6 dies; I opted for the 2x2 dies which leave a nice, even, "negative die" that can be used on other projects. So don't be surprised to see that negative piece showing up soon!

I'm off to set out a few more fall decorations around the house. Have I mentioned this is my favorite time of year? 

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Basic Grey "Fauna;" Ink: SEI chalk "cocoa," Ranger "Tea Dye;" Paper: My Mind's Eye, kraft; Accessories: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug leaves 2x2 dies, Labels 9 Nestabilities, Circle Nestabilities, felt, foam dimensionals, corner rounder punch

Monday, October 11, 2010

Long Time No Post...

So apparently I just took a 3-month hiatus from the ol' blog. Oops! I guess I just needed a bit of a break from all things bloggy/crafty. I finally decided that my desk had been tidy for far too long and pulled out a few stamps. A little music on the ipod, a cold diet coke, and 20 minutes later this little card was sitting on my desk. It feels good to be crafting again!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Prima Marketing "Cantaria" (small damask flourish), Studio G (sentiment); Ink: Brilliance "Graphite Black," ColorBox pigment "Amber;" Accessories: Corner rounder punch (small), adhesive rhinestones (black, clear), foam dimensionals