Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Small Packages

I'm starting to shop online the way I shop at Walmart, deviating from my list and picking up stuff on the end displays. Well, it's not quite the same. I haven't come across an end display online but rather little things that look interesting that instead of tossing, I click into my cart. Today's cards were made using two of three Inkakdinkadoo Clear Mini Stamps sets that I added to my card during a recent online shopping trip for supplies. At $1.99 a piece, they didn't break the bank or anything.

This snail is so ugly he's cute, isn't he? I colored him with markers and even added a little Liquid Glass to his eyes. While I use Liquid Glass as an adhesive frequently enough, I don't use it much otherwise. I like the idea of the stuff but find it hard to control. Used on a large area, the paper beneath it buckles when it dries. I don't like that either. Two little dots I could handle, and it really does add something to the silly looking little guy. The snail comes with two sentiments, the "Better later than never . . ." stamp on the front of the card and the "Happy Belated Birthday" that I stamped inside.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Black, and Citrus Leaf cardstock; Black ink pad; Citrus Leaf and Topiary Markers; Inkadinkado Belated Happy Birthday Clear Mini Stamps set; Hero Arts Art Flowers Summer Collection; White Daisy Bigger Brads; Cuttlebug w/Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and Nestabilities Classic Circles set; Liquid Glass; 3M foam mounting tape.

My next card, a fun "Spring" card, was inspired by my very talented friend, Jeanne, who posted a video tutorial on her Creative Bliss blog recently. I so admire those who do these tutorials. I'm not so brave. I'd spit and sputter, and if things didn't go right, who knows what would come out of my mouth. . . I'm joking, but seriously, there are reasons why I write! Anyway, it was a very enjoyable card to make using the aptly named "Sleep Like a Baby" set. If you can't read the large sentiment, it says, "People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one." True, and cute. I paper-pieced the new mommy's robe, the ruffle, and the baby's tiny blanket. Paper-piecing appears to be becoming quite popular again. It's one of my favorite techniques. To finish off the card, I added a few paper flowers to the base. Folded flat for sending, the card fits in a 5-1/2 inch square envelope. I think this card would be as enjoyable to receive as it was to make. Thanks for the inkspiration, Jeanne!

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Baby Pink, and Breeze cardstock; Sweet Pea paper packet; Black and Breeze ink pads; CTMH Baby Pink and Brown Bag markers; Tombow Flesh marker; Inkadinkado Sleep Like a Baby Clear Mini Stamps set; Hero Arts Art Flowers Spring Collection; White Daisy Bigger Brads; Pink mini brad; Black My Legacy Writer.

Today was another busy day at work. If I can say one thing about my job, it's that it is unpredictable. Things frequently crop up, changing the course of my day and often, changing my plan all together. While I'm slightly annoyed at times, I think there are other personality types who wouldn't be able to take it. For me, the interruptions and different personalities I deal with are what keep my job interesting. Marv left a few minutes ago to go "hit some balls" at the golf course, leaving me to my own devices. I'm game for a little stamping before hitting my pillow early tonight. Thanks for stopping, and have a wonderful Wednesday! Later . . .


Jeanne said...

Something must be going on in cyberspace today. I see the snail card (cute), but not the other one (small red x). I'm going to have to come back later and see your wonderful creation.

You are funny and sweet! Thanks for the mention and I'm tickled to know I might have inspired YOU for a change. Ü


Jeanne said...

Looks like the problem got fixed. I was seeing lots of red x's on posts this morning. Anyway, I hightailed back over here and LOVE your card! I love the addition of the flowers on the base. I love the contrast of the pink and the patterned paper. You kicked it up a notch for sure.

I'm so glad I was able to see this. You've inkspired ME once again! Ü