Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cuddly or Maybe Buggy

I made these cards last night - all using the Cuttlebug. I loved embossed paper before the bug existed but didn't necessary get a big charge out of dry embossing. I still love embossed paper and thoroughly enjoy the easy of the Cuttlebug.

My first card was inspired by this card on the No Time to Stamp? blog. Sharon does some of the most amazing things with embossing folders. I particularly liked the way she combined folders on this card, and I'll have to admit that I haven't used the small Fancy Corners folders as much as I thought I would when I bought them. For my card base, I used Chocolate textured cardstock. The lighter brown color that I used to mat the embossed pieces is the reverse side of the Chocolate paper. Isn't it pretty?

Materials & Tools: Chocolate textured cardstock; Heavenly Blue cardstock; Cocoa ink pad; Say it in Style stamp set; Cuttlebug w/Leaf Branch and Fancy Corners embossing folders; Chocolate Bigger and mini brads.

My second card features the Pumpkin Harvest embossing folder. I received the prettiest card using this folder from my friend, Jeanne, who had chalked the images. I tried that earlier yesterday, and I'll just say it didn't go so well. Sanding worked out better for me. LOL. I can't think of too much to tell you about this one. Stamping my sentiment on the pumpkin image worked out well. Additionally, the stamped image was mounted with mounting tape.

Materials & Tools; Colonial White, Cocoa, and Autumn Terracotta cardstock; Abundance paper packet; Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Cocoa, and Bamboo ink pads; Papertrey Ink Spooky Sweets and Verve Stamps So Happy stamp sets; Stampin' Up Mellow Moss grosgrain ribbon; Sanding block; Sponge dauber; 3M foam mounting tape.

This last card was made using the Cuttlebug Ice Crystal Combo Embossing Folder and Die. I love the shape and size of this snowflake. With regard to the card design, it was a bit of an experiment. I wanted to make a card with an opening that showcased the snowflake. Everything else just kind of happened and was, at times, rather hit and miss. For example, I embossed my card front before cutting my opening. I had intended to use a Nestabilities circle die until I realized that running my paper through the Cuttlebug with the die would squish my embossing. Moving on to Plan B, I used my Coluzzle cutting system. The circle could have been a hair smaller. As it is, I had to be really careful with the glue when attaching the snowflake. The Stickles on the snowflake (it's sparklier in person) started out as well-placed dots. That was until I bumped it after which I used my favorite paintbrush (my finger) to smear it around. The card finished, I only which the cardstock was heavier. If I try it again, I'll probably used textured cardstock next time.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy and Heavenly Blue cardstock; Moonstruck ink pad; Festive Thoughts stamp set; Stampin' Up Whisper White taffeta ribbon; Cuttlebug w/Swiss Dots embossing folder and Ice Crystal Combo Embossing Folder and Die; Sparkles; Diamond Stickles; Empressor tool and mat; Coluzzle cutting system; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive.

With a post already so long, I'll keep the jabber brief. I've already been in the shower. I'm dressed (compared to yesterday when I never got out of my pajamas). I've sorted my laundry and given the rest of the place the eyeball with regard to what else I need to do today. I don't have any specific plans for stamping, just to make something . . . after I've tackled at least some of my chores. I hope you have a good day. I'll catch you later!


Alanna said...

All 3 of these cards are absolutely perfect. I love each one of them. The last one with the snowflake is especially impressive. Thanks for sharing all of these.

Oma said...

I really like the snowflake card.

Tiff said...

I love all 3 cards!!!! Gotta love that bug!

Tickle Me Pink said...

These are all lovely! I often forget about my embossing folders lately! It's so nice to see some different ideas with it :D I'm loving your snowflake card!

Jeanne said...

Wow oh wow! These cards are terrific! I love 'em all! I have the snowflake die and haven't used it yet...I've got the first card printed off to try (before I saw this one) and you beat me to it. LOL I'm sorry to hear the chalking didn't work out on your card, but the one you posted is perfect.

I always feel inspired to create after checking out what you have shared. Thank you!

Laurel said...

Fabulous cards! Like you I love the embossed look but could never be bothered to do it before! I love the cuttlebug folders too!