onsdag den 18. august 2010

Aspiring to Creativity's 2nd Glimmer Challenge!

Hi there!
Its still raining here in Denmark. It is unbelievable how much water the sky can hold. Eventhough it rains a lot in Denmark it is always "moderate" - at least compared to what we see right now. Denmark doesn't have any rivers so flooded streets and houses are very unusual for us. Normally we have 67 mm of rain in August - but just today fell 70 mm in 2 hours - and worst is right now in the city Billund (maybe you better know it if I write it is the city where "LEGOLAND" is located) - 140 mm of rain the last 24 hours - and it is still raining !!!!

Anyway - enough about rain.

Dana from Aspiring to Creativity mentioned that there was a new Glimmer Challenge and of course I want to play along. You can play too - just read more here.

The challenge is to find inspiration in a pretty picture of Dana's daughter - that wasn't hard at all - she is super cute! More difficult was that I also had to use a tool or supply which I never used before. You can see the photo here.

I found some Embossing powder from Ranger which was unopened - so I settled for that, also because it was green! (Look at the Picture at Glimmer Challenge and you will know why that was good ;))

Here is the card I ended up with:

Here is a close up so you can see the embossing powder - it is a distress embossing powder, I am not sure I used it correctly. I thought there would be more crystals in it. I heated it and then rub lightly on it as indicated on the little plastic tin ... well maybe my expectations were too high for that powder.

Cardstock: standard white card from a local supplier, PTI Vintage Cream (for the butterflies)
Ink: Versamark watermark (for embossing), VersaColor Split Pea, PTI Smokey Shadow
Stamp: PTI Butterfly Dreams, Sentiment from PTI Mega Messages
Tool: PTI Butterfly Die
Other: small perls, Distress Embossing Powder Shabby Shutters

tirsdag den 17. august 2010

Happy Birthday again

August is a month full of birthdays for my family. So here is yet a birthday card.

When I started working on this card I only knew that I wanted to use my new Pure Poppy buttons, and since I really like cards with stitches I wanted that too. But 1: I don't have a sowing machine, and 2: I have always been really bad at sowing. So I ended up just "imitating" stitches - not too sure how well that turned out....
If you have a good suggestion / technique of how to make the stitches look more real / better I would love to hear that from you.

Then I tried a new technique "masking", so my area for the frame was free of background stamp. It seemed to work ok - but I don't think you can see that on the photo.

Supplies for this card are:
Cardstock: standard cream card from local supplier, PTI Pure Poppy
Stamps: PTI Text style I, PTI Everyday button bits, PTI Fillable Frames #1
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Sand, PTI New Leaf, VersaFine Satin Red, VersaColor Bark
Tools: Martha Stewart Doily Punch