Sunday, November 29, 2009

Adventures in Card-making..... Problem Solving

This is a card I made a few days ago. Originally there were no scrolls on it, but while trying to edge the white frame in gold, the marker splotched! Of course, there's no error you can't cover up with a well-placed embellishment, so now there are scrolls.
I couldn't get to my acetate sheets upstairs (I can't climb stairs, but that's a story for another time), so I cut apart the top of an old card box and used that for my window.
I don't have an icicle border, but I do have Martha's Dripping Goo punch, so I trimmed the goo to look like icicles!
The poinsettias I had planned to use were much too big, so I improvised and made my own using a five petal punch and punching out just one of the flowers from an SU! three flower punch.
After all that, my 'shaker' card doesn't shake! I only used one thickness of mounting tape when I should have used two. I wasn't about to bother fixing that mistake!
I had to overcome a lot of slip-ups in designing this, but I think it turned out okay....after all, I did use one of Mo's images!
I really like the non-traditional colors of Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses DP. It's so much fun to match your Copic choices to a pretty paper!

I decided it was about time that I started photographing my cards instead of scanning them after the scan of this card changed the colors completely. This isn't the best photo, but it's my first, so please be kind. At least the colors are truer.
This is one of Mo's newest images. Isn't it adorable? It would be good for Christmas or a birthday.
The little toy cat is part of my collection of miniature things

The supplies and tools I used:

Petite Oval Nesties
Embossing Folder
Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP
PTI White CS
SU! Pomegranate, Turquoise, & Wasabi CS
Martha Stewart Loop Border Punch
Satin Ribbon
Mounting Tape
Ribbon Flowers
Tiny Pearls

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Finding My Way

Please forgive me as I try to find my way around. I'm just blindly forging ahead, trying to get this the way I want it. I've changed the blog name from "My Hart's Desires", because I found too many other sites with very similar was even for adult viewing! That one was the deciding factor!
The new name has more to do with my interests. I started stamping years ago when my daughter decided to move all her stamping paraphernalia from her house to an empty upstairs room in mine, then never found the time to come over to use it. I started playing with all the goodies and got hooked! Her original stash has grown exponentially since then. I never met a tool or embellishment I didn't like!
I've always had cats in my life, and presently have two guys..... Nomar, a huge gray tiger that my youngest son named after a former Red Sox ballplayer, and Elijah, a blond tiger with fur like a teddy bear. They are both with me whenever I'm stamping or on the computer.
As for the collections...I seem to have a problem. Over the  years I have collected, Hummel figurines, salt glazed pottery, antique wood-working tools, miniature chairs, other miniatures of all kinds, porcelain dolls, teddy bears, Christmas decorations, hand carved paper mache molds, and STAMPS!
Aside from the bears and, of course, the stamps, most of my collections are small and manageable. The bears line the walls in our computer room, and the stamps fill an entire armoire, several other bureau drawers, and two under-bed storage containers in my bedroom!
Since I discovered digital images within the past year, my rubber stamps have been gathering dust! I love digitals.... they are inexpensive, can be downloaded on the spot, storage is not an issue, and you can do so much with them. Of course, when I found Mo Manning's images this past summer, I was blown away! Now I have another collection....over 100 of her images! It's just like eating peanuts...once you start, you can't stop!
Well, that's the story behind the blog name change. I'd love to hear the meaning behind some of the names you've chosen!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mo's DT Challenge # 8

 Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I'm full and happy after a day spent with family and friends.

This week we were to make a card merging two images into a Christmas scene. I used a card program to merge Thursday's Child with the door to create this scene. This is the equivalent of masking with rubber stamps. It's fun and fairly easy. You can also just cut the images out and create your card that way, too. Give it a try and come over and share your creations with us in Mo's challenge for a chance to win one of Mo's sweet images.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hello... and welcome to my blog! I'm so excited to finally have a blog, and glad you will join me on this maiden voyage.

I made this card for the 6th Challenge at Mo's Digital Pencil using the sketch created by Caryn, our November Hostess.

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