Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pierced....X 2!

No...not me...I am talking about cards!!!

But first, thank you so much for all the sweet and encouraging remarks left on my last post--It was so nice that so many of you left a comment to congratulate me on my publication. I so appreciate all of you!

I have two cards to share with you tonight:
The first one features one of the cutest images called "Lazy Days." I actually did another card with this image a few weeks ago but it was picked up for publication. I was just waiting a bit before I used it again. This image is by Penny Black and the sentiment is by Hero Arts, both can be found at Stamper's Dream.

For this card, I wanted to create a subtle background...to let the image be the focal point. I thought it would be a neat idea to try to emboss vellum. (Neat, yes..but also very loud!) As I ran the vellum through the cuttlebug, I was convinced I snapped a plate--but no, it was just the vellum.
Luckily, I liked the result and used it for the top of this card. I also seem to be into piercing a lot again and so I added a lot of piercing accents.

REMOVED FOR PUBLICATION

Materials used: Stamps-Lazy Days by Penny Black and sentiment by Hero Arts (both can be found at Stamper's Dream); cardstock-red, white, celery (Stampin' Up!); Prismacolor pencils; odorless blending spirits; slit punch (Stampin' Up!); gingham ribbon (SU!); jumbo eyelet (SU!); vellum; Cuttlebug and flower embossing folder; label punch (SU!); paper piercing tool (SU!); mat pack (SU!); oval punches (SU!); brads (SU!); dimensionals (SU!).

The next card is my version of today's sketch on Splitcoaststampers. I used one of the basket images (that I adore!) from Gina K Design's set "Baskets of Happiness" and paired it with this new paper I just got from Cosmo Cricket called "Little Girls." Too cute!

I used a Bling & Dazzle tag embellishment from Gina K. Designs. I adhered some of the designer paper onto it and then sanded the edges. When I was finished, it looked like a purchased embellishment. Then I used the sentiment "Thanks" from Gina K's "Rectangle Greetings" set to add to the tag.
The ribbon is more from May Arts---I love how soft and airy it is!







Here is a close up view of the image, which was colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.
Materials used: Stamps-Baskets of Happiness and Rectangle Greetings (Gina K Designs); cardstock-olive; Designer paper by Cosmo Cricket "Little Girls", ink-brilliance black, olive; sponge, Copics; Prismacolor pencils; odorless mineral spirits; oval punch (SU!); small circle punch (SU!); brads (SU!); eyelets (SU!); ribbon (May Arts); silver cord (SU!); paper piercing tool (SU!); mat pack (SU!); Bling and Dazzle tag (Gina K Designs); dimensionals (SU!).
Coming soon---blog candy, a new banner and a scrapbook layout!
Thanks for stopping by!

28 comments:

Dottie K said...

Wow these are stunning. Love your paper choices and colors. Enjoying your blog very much. :)

Molly B said...

Wow that embossed vellum is awesome. Beautiful cards. -Molly B

Rita said...

Wow! I luv both of these cards! I think I'm going to try embossing on vellum...the look is fantastic! I luv the DP you used on the bucket of flowers card, it's so pretty! Thanks for sharing

Carol said...

both of these cards are incredible! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite - they're both great!

Joanne B. said...

Both of these cards are so beautiful. Can you hear the Oooh's and Aaah's from my kitchen? That DP on the second card is beauteous!

Lee said...

Oh I love that adorable little Hedgie!!! And I'm absolutely going to have to put some vellum thru the CB....it's just beautiful!! Thanks for the heads-up about the noise so I don't have to have a heart attack!! The coloring is just beautiful.....still am unsure about the Copics.....but I DO have my Prismacolors!!! The dp is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful creations!! :)

Rae said...

LOVE the look of the embossed vellum... great cards girl!

Christina Fischer said...

Oh, these are gorgeous! LOVE the colors, and your details are perfect as usual! :)

I picked up Card Maker last night -- great card and envelope!!! The Father's Day preview is too cute! Congrats again! :)

Judi said...

They are both beautiful! Great job! If you dont mind, I think I'll scraplift your vellum idea, it looks great on the card. TFS

dpkennedy said...

I love PB stamps and this layout is adorable! I love the embossed vellum! The basket of flowers is gorgeous too...love both of these!

JAR said...

Wow, Carolyn - these are just amazing! I LOVE the CB'd vellum -- I will have to try that later this weekend!

Beautiful coloring and designs -- and you are some photographer!! Fabulous pictures too!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Both your cards are fabulous!!! I love the embossed vellum!! Congrats on being published, you must be thrilled!!!

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Both of these are wonderfully beautiful, but that second is my favorite! I love the soft colors!
Congratulations on being published. It's easy to see why they chose your design. They are awesome!

Bee said...

Oh I LOVE the embossed vellum! I wouldn't have dare put it in the Cuttlebug, thinking it would tear, this is really cool! :-)

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Both are gorgeous Carolyn, but I love the embossed vellum..I was trying to emboss all kinds of fun stuff last night...I am having so much fun with cb..

Michelle said...

Fabulous cards....both of them. Your creativity and amazing talent really shows here.

You've never made a card I didn't like...and these are no exception!

Angie said...

Great stuff! Embossing vellum, I never woulda thought about it.

Erin said...

both cards are beautiful! thanks for the heads up on embossing velllum!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Both are gorgeous! Love that embossed vellum!

Ila said...

These cards are both Beautiful!!...but have to admit I love that embossed vellum..gotta try that.

leenda said...

LOVE both of em!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Love your pierced vellum, and that sketch challenge card is just to die for -- wonderful colors/papers/accents -- beautiful ribbon!!! Fabulous work!!!

Bethany Paull said...

I love the bright colors and cute image in the first card. Though I must say, the second card is SO PRETTY too.

Amanda Sewell said...

LMBO! I actually ran some vellum through the cuttle bug the other day, but I found it cut it in places. I know what you mean about the noise though! Both your cards are super sweet -- as always!

Lauren (mytime) said...

I was catching up here-sorry I cant comment on every one :C But these are gorgoeus! And congrats on anohter PUB!! It NEVER gets old! LOL!

Your daughter is so cute-no surprise with a name like that!
And your basket is adorable

Rose Ann said...

Both of these are sooooo awesome! I love 'em both!!!

Lynda said...

Oh my gosh, both of these cards are FANTASTIC! I LOVE them both. You did a great job!

~Lynda

Kathy said...

Gosh, you are just SO good at coloring! I am jealous. This card looks fantastic. At first I didn't really want this stamp, but I've seen a couple great cards with it. Gorgeous.