Sunday, October 10, 2010

Finding the Joy

Morning People!! The weather has decided to be perfect here. Decided to start the day right and went for a nice long walk with the Toad.  Windows are opened and the dust is gathering on my furniture!! Love it! hehe

I have spent my weekend creating.  I have several more of these cards that go to the teachers/staff of the school for their birthdays in the process of being assembled for this week's birthdays.  I also squeezed in a couple of other projects that I actually liked the final outcome!! About time, if I do say so myself!! Today I thought I'd share a clean and simple card that came together really quick!


Oldest DS had the nerve to take his camera (the one I usually use) yesterday and left it at his grandparents.  I have NO idea how to use the Toad's camera.  And this picture show it!!

I started with a A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") top folded base made of Gina K's Pure Luxury cardstock (have I ever mentioned how much I love this paper?!).  Then using one of my new favorite tools, the Fiskers Stamp Press, I lined up this totally cute Unity Itty Bitty stamp, Find the Joy, on the press grid and inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I pulled my colors from the Nikki Sivils Flaming Butterfly 6x6 mini pad.  I colored in the Christmas bulbs with various copic markers.  I traced over the toppers and bows with a metallic gold pen.  I then covered the bulbs in glossy accents to give them some shine and dimension.  To "ground" the bulbs, I custom cut the elements that I wanted from one of the mixed collage sheets from the Flaming Butterfly pad   This was done with another one of my new favorite toys~the Fiskers Sure Cut paper cutter.  This cutter has a wire where the blade will cut.  Using the wire as my guide, I was able to cute EXACTLY along the fine lines of the different collage elements that I wanted to isolate for my bottom border.  The portion with the 1/2 circles was one element.  Then the stripes came from another portion of the paper.  This would have been so incredibly frustrating to try and line up my blade perfectly on my other cutter (which, btw, is also a Fiskers), but with the wire, I could see exactly where my blade was going to cut!

I have to say I really like the non traditional colors on this card!!  Kind of a fun, funky, retro look. 

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Blog layout question for you all:  What do you prefer in my post layouts~~a)  listing all the supplies in the post body with a link  b) listing all the supplies at the end of the post with a link or c) list supplies in the post body and again at the end with link?  I would really appreciate you letting me know what you prefer.  Thanks in advance!!

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I appreciate you dropping by again!!  Remeber to make time for some type of creativity in your day!! I'm going to work on a year book layout for the oldest kiddo!! YIKES! I haven't "scrapbooked" in, ohhhh, about 10 years!!
Till next time~~~~

5 comments:

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Hey girl! Love the card! Very well done and shhhhh...if you didn't draw attention to it, no one would ever know you don't know how to use the camera. Yout photo looks great to me! Glad you were able to get out and about for a walk. It always does me so much good to stomp around a little! If you could see how broad my butt is getting you would know I've not been stomping much! Have a wonderful week and keep up the good work!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh I love love love this!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee how you used Nikki Sivils Flaming Butterfly for a Christmas card! :):):):):):):) I am on Nikki's DT and every month, I showcase projects made with her products on Nikki's blog. I would loveeeeeeeeeeee to showcase this this month!!! Please send me an image of your card and a link to your blog to me at bmwgirl@cox.net :):):):):):):):):):):):):) Hope to hear from you soon! :):):):):):):):):):) And PS ... I always put my products (when I remember lol!) under the image of what I am showing! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sylvia said...

I don't know why I wrote owl? Could be my headache, which I woke up with, could be your word hoot,but any way whatever it is it's cute and this Christmas card is very clean and simple, which means you are exploring your creativity! I love your card. Glad to stir some memories as well. I was almost five when we left Penn. But I also lived in Virginia in between. and yes, I really remember!

Sally Atkins said...

Superb card Starla - what a stunning design! I love the circle elements on the bottom strip - it's inspired! Love the colours too, they make a really nice change.

Oh and for your poll...I think I prefer option b...hope that helps!

Dawn Mercedes said...

Ooh..I love the peppy colors you chose! Outstanding!