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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CC&M February Blog Hop - Movement Cards

Hello everyone & welcome to the February Creative Cuts & More Blog Hop!!!
We are all super excited to share our ideas using the amazing MOVEMENT CARD dies available through CC&M!

Hopefully you are joining me from Chris Dickinson's blog (doesn't she do BEAUTIFUL work?!), but if not, you will want to begin at the beginning - the Die Cut Diva blog - so that you don't miss any of the ideas our talented design team has to present to you today!!!

Now, let's get, well, MOVING!!
It's Becky here this month & I picked two of these great Movement cards to work with...the Standing Pop-up Card & the Twist A2 Card (Which is an exclusive card to CC&M!).  (You can check out all the other options here.) 

I ordered the Standing Pop-up Card in a shades of greens thinking I would do a St. Patrick's Day card, but then changed my mind & decided to do a Birthday card for my MIL (her b-day was yesterday! Happy B-day!) using a fun vintage-style image of birds/flowers from my stash...
I LOVE how this card will fit in the envelope all folded up so that the recipient doesn't even know what they've got until the pull the tag up!!
Give the tag a gentle little tug & viola!
A sweet little standing card to enjoy on your special day!

For the fun Twist card, I went along with my original St. Patrick's Day theme...
It comes out of the envelope like this...The recipient grabs the corners & gently pulls...
And as the card spins around...
The back of the card is revealed!
I used a vintage image on the front, smudged some Walnut Distress Ink all over the card & then on the back, I dry embossed swiss dots onto a white Small Filagree Square & roughly embossed it with green powder & used my Dymo labels for the sentiment!

That's it for me today!
Now it's time to hop on over to Noelle's blog for some more fun Movement Cards!

Don't forget to check out Creative Cuts & More for a ton of other card options as well as themed dies, boxes, adhesive & more!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bathing Beauties Tag Set

I just finished this set of Shabby Chic Gift Tags & I am super proud of them, so I just had to share 'em!
Here's a closer look at the Black & White one...
So, each tag revolves around the image of the two Bathing Beauties that I stamped in various colors for each tag. (For those of you who know us, don't you think the image looks a lot like me & Kim?? Weird, huh!)

Then I got out the Glimmer Mist & went to town! I sprayed the tags, the flowers, the ribbons & lace all various colors to coordinate with the stamped images. Each tag has similar elements & a smattering of crushed sea shells from Maui!

I had such a blast playing with all the mists, lace & flowers! It's so awesome how you can create your own colors with these things! I used so much of it I now need to replenish some of my basic colors! HA!
(You can see more images in our ETSY store if you are so inclined!)

Tomorrow, I hope to get a little work out in, clean a little bit & then play with my new Marie Antionette stamps from Oxford Impressions! Once again, I have so many ideas running through my head that it's overwhelming me! Hopefully I will have something share with you soon!

Glimmer Mist; Tattered Angels
Fibers: various from stash
Tags: Avery
Shells: Mother Earth!
Paper Flowers: Hero Arts
Ink: various
Stamp: "2 Bathing Beauties" I will have to get the name from Kim...

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quirky Masculine Altered Playing Card

Happy Saturday Morning to y'all!
I am in a super good mood because my work-out buddy suggested a yoga class today & now I am in my "happy place" as she would say!

I just wanted to share this fun altered jumbo playing card I did this week for the shop...
I started by sanding the card & then adding some of my Tim HoltzArchival Ink stamps on the background of the card in black from Ranger (this ink stamps exceptionally well on slick surfaces - even better than Stazon!).
I then used a sepia toned Archival Ink pad for the photo-image stamp of the 3 men on a piece of photo paper (from what I've read online, "professional stampers" recommend a low gloss paper for stamping images like these. Since I didn't have any of that paper, I used some old 4x6 photo sheets I had on hand. It worked pretty well, but you do have to let the ink dry for about 20min - you can't heat set it or the paper will melt. AND, I tried it first with Stazon & even after 20 minutes the ink was smearing! USE the ARCHIVAL INK on these papers!!)
I decided to pop the 3 men to give the card some fun dimension as well as the gear & photo holder (I cut small pop dots in half & doubled them under these elements to raise them up so as not to bend the photo image).
The quote I found online & was originally said by Bruce Willis! I thought it was kinda fun & quirky!

I am hoping to do a couple more with this image, but maybe a little more simple so that they can be used as ephemera pieces or added to collage art. I do have another one in the works with the Joker cards!! Check back soon for more images!

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!
- Becky

Jumbo Playing Cards: Bicycle
Inks: Archival Ink by Ranger
Clock & ticket stamps: Tim Holtz
Men Stamp:Lost Coast Designs
 (another project with LCD stamp here)
Labels: Dymo