Thursday, August 6, 2009

Embossing and flourishes

I have really been enjoying a set of stamps called the Bonjour stamp set from Cavallini. There is a nice selection and they look gorgeous and old worldly. And you know how much I love flourishes so I added them on the corners. VoilĂ  - card done!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Charms are oh so charming, aren't they?

I love a three dimensional card ... I often add pop dots or layers. Lately, I have been taken by charms like this one. Sometimes I punch out a frame for it and attach it to the inside of the card and then stamp a sentiment on the front below, and other times, it's on the front of the card. How do you use three dimensional items on your cards?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Flocking ...

I know, what does that mean, right?! Well, I am looking forward to trying it out on cards ... it is almost like a crushed velvet embossing process. Here's what one of my favourite websites says (that's where I got this picture from):

Use pigment ink to stamp your image. Powder your wet stamped image with sticky powder and heat until shiny. Do not overheat! Spoon flocking over yo
ur warm sticky design and press down with fingers before you pour off extra flocking. Heat again to harden off the powder.

Can't wait for my package of sticky stuff and flocking powder to arrive! Here are the powders I ordered:

Have any of you tried this technique? Any tips?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Beads galore!

I have always loved using beads on cards ... they are great for embellishments even though they are so tiny you need tweezers to dip them in glue. But I am loving these alphabet beads I bought. They make fabulous baby cards!

Monday, March 23, 2009

How to make a quick card - my favourite GO TO designs

Ok, so as you can see from the last time I posted, I have not been posting regularly. Life simply got away from me and I haven't had a chance to write. I have made cards for friends and family as needed as per usual. But when I'm running around and need a quick card, here is one of my go to designs.

One simply layout - I'm all about ribbons as a backdrop whether it is a wide, transparent ribbon or a thin cute ribbon with some design to it. Then I add some sort of 3D object, whether it's a paint chip that I've stamped on (those are simply fabulous and the Ralph Lauren metallics don't have any printing on the coloured side so they're ready to go!) or a piece of vellum. Throw some stickles on as needed, or a pearl/bead element and you're done! Fast, quick, and easy! Give it a try!

What are some of your simple quick card ideas?