Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cheeky Gift Card Holder

I was looking through the Print Candee store, and I ran across some vintage advertising (love!). Old advertising always makes me laugh, and there was one image in particular that made me chuckle for days. So, I made a card incorporating it:

I kept it simple and cropped the image and changed the image to a grey-scale. Once I printed the image, I selectively colored it with colored pencils. Here's a close-up:

But it's not just a card, I added a gift card holder in the inside. How much easier is it to make money than to get free money? Ha! (I crack myself up.)  Here's the inside:

The Advertising Ephemera is from Fancy Dog Studio available at Print Candee. I paired it with some fab Pantone's Spring Color Polka Dots patterned paper by Head's Up Girls. Seriously, this paper pack is a must-have....all of the Pantone spring fashion colors...oh yeah! The damask paper for the gift card holder is from the Cabaret Pink Fun set.

In February, Print Candee will be releasing coordinated kits. Fun! I'll be back later this week to show my project.

Have a great week!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Friends With Flair

Happy Friday! We finally got snow last night....about 4" I think we're in for some sledding this weekend. Yeah (for about 15 minutes until I am totally over the snow)!

It's been way too long since I've linked up with Unity's Friends With Flair, and I really wanted to make a card this week using some of my newer Unity stamps. When I first saw the "Live What You Love" set, I instantly loved the little birdie, and I used her on today's card:

I started by shading the background with Distress Inks. Then I stamped the birdie, and colored her and the heart with my old Faber-Castell colored pencils (they're from the 1960s, and I swear they are more vivid than my newer ones...they're probably toxic). Here's a close-up:

I finished the card off with some washi tape from Chickydoddle and fussy cutting another heart from the stamp.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Love...Texas Style

Happy Sunday! It's been over a month since I've last posted--where does the time go?!

About 15 years ago, I lived in Ft. Worth, Texas. While I never saw any armadillos in Ft. Worth, I saw more than I could count on a few cross-state treks I made through west Texas. When I saw there was an armadillo in Hero Art's Menagerie digital set, I had to buy it. Here's what I came up with:

Even my husband laughed. All of the images are digital. I started off with the Hero Arts Modern Love stamps: 

Using Photoshop, I edited out the "O" from the L*O*V*E. Then, I replaced the "O" with one of the dangling hearts. I changed the colors, too. Then, I added the armadillos from the Menagerie set, paper pieced them, and shaded them with ink. I love these little guys! Here's a close-up:

Once I got done paper piecing, I thought it was missing something. I wanted to add a bow but didn't have one that size. Then, I realized I could use the kite tail from the My Favorite Things kite die. It looks a little wedding-ish, but I'm going to use it for Valentine's Day. I also wanted to join in on the Hero Arts challenge this month.  

I'm so sorry for being so absent from blogland. I feel bad that I haven't made the rounds. I miss everyone!

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