Thursday, June 18, 2009

Swirly Bird

Just a card tonight, friends! No wild stories. Couldn't tell it if I had one. I'm too darned tired and so glad tomorrow is Friday.

The other night I colored a bunch of images for no reason other than I felt like coloring. I put this card together with one of those images and stuff that was cluttering my desk. Not much to say about the card, but I do have a couple of tips. While both have been offered before, someone might have missed one or both and find them useful. Although I love Close To My Heart's white-core cardstock, I don't necessarily always want the white core to show when its Cuttlebug embossed. To keep the cardstock from cracking I sandwich it between two 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch pieces of text-weight (copy) paper. Depending on the embossing folder, it works most of the time. In the event that the paper cracks anyway, I either sand it or add some same-color ink with a round sponge.

About the little heart, it's what I call "faux" chipboard, five punched hearts that when glued together are the same thickness as chipboard. I find this last tip particularly useful when I want a chipboard circle in a particular size. Oh, and if you're wondering about the placement of that heart, it was strategically placed there to cover up a little boo boo. Freehand paper-piercing was not a good idea this evening. LOL.

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue, Tulip, and Chocolate cardstock; Black and Chocolate ink pads; Whipper Snapper Designs Pete stamp and Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics stamp set; Ribbon from Wal-Mart; Prismacolor colored pencils; Gamsol odorless mineral spirits; Autumn Soft Chalks; EK Success heart punch; Cuttlebug w/D'Vine Swirl embossing folder; Corner rounder; Sanding block.

It's been a long week with some rather grueling deadlines. On a different note, I might just have talked myself into a different job this week. I made a suggestion to someone in upper management, who evidently sees the same need as I do (or did when I brought it to his attention). We'll see. It involves the creation of a new position, something upper-upper management might not want to do - at least not right now. My interest in the job is dependent on several factors. Stress is one. Another is opportunity. There are others, and I reiterate, we'll see. In the meanwhile, I have more than enough work to do.

For tonight, I'm off to take a peek at a few more blogs before heading to bed. Have a good Friday! I know I will - simply because it is Friday! Until then, take care!


Sarah said...

My BFF came over tonight to stamp with me...and what did we do all night together...color! LOL It is such a stress reliever to just sit and color an image.
I LOVE your tip about the copy paper and have used that method ever since I first read about it on your blog!! Thank you Thank You!
I think your card is so super cute! and what a great idea your faux chipboard!
I am sorry you are so tired and hope you get some rest.

P.S. I am SUPER impressed you are a certified national scout camp director....Go Kathi!

Sylvia said...

Love the card and thanks for the tip about sandwiching CTMH cardstock.

Laurel said...

Aw, he is such a cute little bird! The heart is perfect!

Lori said...

Very cute. Love the little bird.

Penny said...

LOVE this card. Thanks for that tip. I just bought a cuttlebug and I was wondering how to emboss without the white core showing thru!!! I'll have to try this next time

Jeanne said...

Adorable card! Love the coloring, the tip about the "faux" chipboard and well, everything.

I sure hope things work out in a way that works best for you. Tough work weeks are no fun!

Here's to a Happy Friday!

Scrappingamma said...

TGIF Kathy! Love your card, love the tips. I never even thought about layering for that faux chipboard look. Great tip!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and rest...sounds like you need it!

mE said...

Super CUTE! I love it. Kathi - I totally admire you for crafting nearly every day! I wish I had the motivation/mojo to do that. You ROCK.



Sparkle said...

Your card is darling!