About Me

I am a new empty nester, and I love to make cards and ATCs. I am always looking for ways to use the product I have, to learn new techniques and ways to do things, and most of all, to have fun with the creating of my art.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Moving Blogs

OK, this morning, I did it.. I moved (well, still getting there) my blog from http://froggietalks.blogspot.com to HERE  All that I can say is that I LOVE the control you can have with Wordpress, although I'm the first to admit, it's a learning curve, but there are a lot of tutorials to help.  The one thing is, for what I wanted in my blog, there weren't tons of options, but IMO it did have more options than Blogger.  Not that I hate Blogger or anything, but with so many other people having such issues with Blogger, I thought it was a good time to move.

Any comments or feedback on the new blog would be appreciated.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lily Pad Giveaway!

“I became a Member of Lily Pad Cards today! Go become a member for a chance to win a collection of Hero Arts stamps. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, July 15!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Jay Gee's Nook Challenge 8 Card

This is my first time doing Jay Gee's challenge.  I found it a nice challenge from what I usually do.  I started with a kraft card base, and stamped Hero Arts Cling Dots in Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I cut a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock 1 inch wide and 4.25 inches long, and stamped Hero Arts Friend Definition in Shabby Shutters distress ink. I adhered the Certainly Celery piece to the base cardstock.  With the circle, the flower image was originally stamped in Victorian Velvet ink, but it didn't show, so the flower (Hero Arts) was stamped in Chipped Sapphire ink on pink bling Bazzil cardstock, and I used a 2.5 inch circle punch to punch out. Once I knew where I wanted the flower to sit, I adhered some Sookwang tape to the card base, extending to the edge of the card.  Taking some Ribbon (Michaels) I attempted to do some ribbon pleating.  This was my first time doing that, and I am pretty happy with the result. I cut the end after I was done pleating, and taped it to the inside of the card.  I foam mounted the flower on top of the beginning of the ribbon to hide the other end.  I finished the card by stamping Hero Arts "Congrats" in Chipped Sapphire distress ink on the bottom right hand corner.

I realized a little too late that I had missed the entry deadline for this challenge, but it was still fun to do.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Challenge Card

This card fulfills three challenges: the CAS-ual Friday challenge 8 card, which was to do something edgy with your card, The Play Date Cafe challenge 87, which was to use slate blue, barn red and grey on a card, and the current Hero Arts challenge, which is to do a congratulations card.  I started with a slate blue (as close as I had) base, cut folded and scored to a standard base card.  I then had fun, and tore the card to give an edge.   I inked the torn edge in Stormy Sky distress ink.  I used some gingham patterned paper in slate blue and barn red, cut it to length, and taped it to the underside of the card.  I tried to do a different edge again, but it didn't work.  I rounded the bottom corners.  Using Pumice Stone distress ink, I stamped the butterfly (Hero Arts) twice, once on the base cardstock, and once on the reverse of the gingham paper. I cut out the butterfly from the paper, and foam mounted it to the card.  I tucked just a touch of gingham ribbon in red from the tail of the butterfly.  I stamped "you did it!" (Hero Arts) in Pumice Stone ink. I finished by adding some grey pearls to the butterfly.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Playing with Watercolour Pencils

I was able to buy some Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils for a great price a couple of weeks ago, and on the weekend I finally had some time to play with them.  All stamps are Hero Arts.  I started by stamping the flowers from Peeking Posies onto watercolour paper with Black Onyx Versafine ink.  I used a variety of colours to colour in the flowers (hey, it's a good excuse to see what each colour actually looks like :) )  Once I was happy with the colouring, I used a small paintbrush that I dipped into water, and smoothed out the colour.  I was happily surprised to see that the colour did indeed intensify with the water added to the pencil colouring.  I trimmed the images to size, then cut some black cardstock to be a .25 inch bigger all around, and mounted the flowers onto the black cardstock with foam tape.  I took some cardstock in coordinating colours and cut to a 4.25inch square card base.  I adhered the black squares onto the cardstock, then used the Just My Type set from Hero Arts to add the sentiments.  As tempted as I was to add some detail onto the background of the card, I resisted, because I really wanted the flower image to stand out.

I am now officially loving watercolour pencils :)  I think that Faber-Castell has 60 colours available, I will have to do a hunt to collect the other colours.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

PDCC86 and CFC#7

This is my entry for The Play Date Cafe Challenge 86 and the colour block challenge for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #7.  I started with some Making Memories League Varsity cardstock, that I've had for ages, and made a quarter fold card base with the orange side.  Taking the flip side (the hollyhock colour), I cut a one inch wide strip from it, stamped the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern on it in Worn Lipstick Distress ink, and mounted it to the top of the card base.  I used a 2.5 inch square of the sky blue on the Varsity cardstock, and stamped Hero Arts Musical Walk in Weathered Wood Distress ink, and foam mounted it on to the card.  The pink seemed a tad overbearing, so I cut a .25 inch wide strip of the pale blue, and adhered it to the middle of the pink strip. I used the Hero Arts stamp Enjoy and stamped it on the right hand block in Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Baby Cards

These are the cards that I am doing as a set for my oldest, who has several older friends who are expecting.  I used my all time favourite sketch, and just changed up the images, paper and orientation of the cards.  For the boy cards, I used a blue striped card base, for the girl cards, I used SU Pink Pirouette cardstock as the base.  The images are all LawnFawn, stamped on a 2 inch circle and coloured with markers.  The patterned paper is DCWV "The Blossom Song" stack.  The sentiments are LawnFawn and Inkadinkado.