July 20, 2010

EBTKS + Embellish = Fabulous

Hey Everyone!  Today's day at work went very well and I'm happy to say it won't keep me up at night with worry.  Lots to learn but the ladies I work with are really fabulous and patient. 

This card was made for three challenges: EBTKS, CAS-tastic, and Embellish.  The current CAS-tastic challenge was to use three of several techniques on one card.  I chose image stamping, paper piercing, and inked edges.  This card really was simple but it packs a punch with those colours and paper piecing and piercing.

For the piercing bit I stamped and cut the leaf image, placed it on my cardstock and pierced the outline.  It give's a much more subtle affect than paper piecing or stamping but still defines the image.  Neat hey?  Those terrific patterned papers are from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite collection.  Love it!  I bought it for my birthday a month ago and finally got it in the mail last friday.  Haven't had much time to play around with it but I'll try to make some time this weekend.

Tomorrow I'll be working a full day and won't be home for dinner but fortunately for me (or probably more so for my hubby) my mother-in-law plans to have dinner ready for him when he gets home.  Today I'm grateful for a supportive family...what are you grateful for? You might be grateful to hear about Ann's Blog Anniversary giveaway.  Just head on over to check out her wonderful CAS creations and a chance to win!  You won't be disappointed.


Paper: Kraft, Fly a Kite dp (October Afternoon)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Small Ric Rac die (PTI), Hawaiian Shores button (PTI), paper piercer, dimensionals, large corner rounder
Stamps:  Feel the Sun (Verve), Signature sentiments (PTI)

July 19, 2010

Courage is the Key

Hello everyone!  I managed to get a couple of cards done this weekend and both of them are for the current Kitchen Sink Sketch Challenge.  I have even a couple more ideas for this sketch that's how inspiring I found it.

Anyhow, the card I'll share with you today kind of ties in with the courage I'm having to find in myself as I enter the work force again after 7 years!  Today I had my second day at my bookkeeping job and man I feel so overwhelmed with all the things I'm worried I'll forget.  Tomorrow I start my regular 9 to 3 job as an Accounts Receivable clerk and and I'm on pins and needles waiting to meet my new co-workers. I'm anxious to know how well I'll jive and how long it will take me to get in the swing of things again.  If there's one thing I can say I'm not afraid of learning and I'm determined enough to do it right.  

The sentiment of this card I had to make myself and the line actually came from a Barbie song on my daughter's ipod.  It's funny where we tend to find our inspiration isn't it?  It holds so true though, without courage we fail to see the possibilities in life.  I know I should have used the printer to make the sentiment instead of using a combo of stamps and freehand but I didn't want to fiddle around with the layout (plus I did the ribbon ruffles first and couldn't exactly run it through the printer.)

Well I hope you have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by.  Today I'm grateful for my family's health and strength during stressful times.  What are you grateful for?


Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Black, Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Nesties Labels 1, Black Gingham ribbon, Black grossgrain ribbon
Stamps: Key to My Heart (PCD), Fanciful swirls font (Hero Arts)