I know that Christmas has come and gone, but I was still in the mood to do something "Christmasy" for fun! I'm a bit behind with entering this for the challenge over at Magnolia-licous Highlites, but here it is. The theme was letters. I hadn't done a Tilda in a long time and had a lot of fun with this. She is colored with Copics, the letters and scallop frame were cut with my Cricut, and the little cookie shapes I cut out by hand from some patterned paper and glued on. Tilda and her frame and the letters are all raised with pop dots, then the finishing touch is the big bow.
Monday, December 27, 2010
A new year and a new beginning! A January wedding is a wonderful way to celebrate! This is for a BFF that is such a special friend and I wanted something fancy. I was way out of my normal comfort zone on this one - lots of flowers and glitz. But hey, like I said, a new beginning, so why not just jump into it and try something out of my normal realm! The background paper was from Micheal's, Bride & Groom stamp is by Stampendous, little flowers from a prize package I won quite some time ago and hadn't yet used. I added a bit of Stickles on the dots of her dress and added the silver ribbon. The scallop circles were cut with my Cuttlebug using my Spellbinders and were raised with pop dots. Let me know what you think - is it too overboard, lol?
The inside Congrats stamp and champagne flutes stamp I picked up from Micheal's dollar bin!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This card is for a wonderful gentleman that visits my Dad. Yesterday he had surgery to insert a pace maker. He and his wife are missionaries. One afternoon my Dad was sitting outside in his wheel chair on the front porch and they stopped and spoke to him. It's been 5 years since then and they have both become a blessing in my Dad's life. As it was a card for a man, my mojo is always a bit slower! So I looked through my pictures of card layouts and this one caught my eye - but I tweaked it a bit. I had recently bought a paper stack by DCWV called "Linen Closet" that fit the bill perfectly. Such nice soft hues of color. I raised the two front layers with pop-dots, added a few dew drops and a bit of ribbon. The stamp was from Micheal's dollar bin (you know how much I love a bargain!)
Saturday, December 18, 2010
WOW! What a WONDERFUL turnout we had for the The Lime Light Blog Hop! Thank you so much to ALL of you who stopped by, became followers and left such LOVELY comments! It warmed my heart to read all the great things you wrote, not only here, but on all the blogs involved. They are a great and talented group! Be sure to stay tuned for all the projects we will be working on this coming year. It's sure to be a great adventure! Again, Mahalo for all your support! Joanne
Friday, December 17, 2010
As we say in Hawaii, "E KOMO MAI", which means welcome, come in! I'm Joanne, and I am so happy to have you here and am so pleased to share The Lime Light with you. I am a "newbie" on the team and it's my first time to be on a design team and am VERY excited! I can't wait to see what wonderful projects we will be designing. I am so honored to be in the company of such a great group of creative ladies. If you arrived here from Sue's Cricut and Crafts amazing blog, you are on the right track. If not, be sure to go back and start from the beginning at The Lime Light so you don't miss out on any of them!
On to the fun! I have two lovely tropical themed note cards (pictured below) that are 5 x 7 and are blank on the inside. Please become a follower of my blog and leave a comment after this post to qualify to win these note cards or any of the other SUPER GOODIES that are being given away!
On this first card I used a fun technique. On the brown paper background you can see a light colored design. This was made with the pineapple stamp stamped randomly all over the paper, BUT, I used a bleaching technique not ink! Use a piece of darker paper for the best results. Fold a paper towel several times, then lay it on a ceramic or glass plate. Pour just enough bleach on the paper towel to fully saturate it. Use the paper towel as if it were your stamp pad to do your stamp. Let the paper dry, or hurry it along by using your heat embossing tool. VERY IMPORTANT - IMMEDIATELY WASH YOUR RUBBER STAMP WITH WARM SOAPY WATER! The bleach can damage your stamp if you do not! Try various types of paper for interesting results, I used plain brown construction paper. It's fun to see the image suddenly start to appear as the bleach dries! I then used a corner punch for the rounded edges and stamped the lighter paper with the pineapple stamp, taped the layers on the card and VOILA!
On the second card I used the same brown construction paper but no bleach technique. I tore the edges by hand and did the same to the light colored paper with the stamp on it. Then all I had to do was tape the layers on, very simple.
I hope you enjoyed your visit here as much as I have enjoyed you stopping by, come back again soon! And be sure to keep up with all the great projects we will be doing on Lime Light. Now on to the next wonderful designer who is one of our honored guests on this blog hop. She has tons of ideas for your Cricut that are sure to excite and inspire you! It's JOY at everyday Cricut. ALOHA!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Well, again I have to give a big MAHALO to my blogging buddy Christine for this wonderful idea. She made several of these and they are beautiful! I have one friend that I bought a gift card for, so I wanted to try making one. It has a paper band that slides around the card to keep it closed so the gift card is more secure. The ornament I drew and cut out by hand because the glitter paper was so thick my regular Cricut blade wouldn't cut it. The ovals were cut with my Cuttle bug using Nestabilities. I added the gold rhinestones and snowflakes which were all stick-ons ready made. The colors are much prettier than in the pictures, I wish they showed up better!
Friday, December 10, 2010
This card is for a challenge over at Creative Inspirations. The challenge is to use only white. I used the Cuttle Bug and Swiss Dots folder for the background, cut the tree with my Cricut using a SCAL file with nice layers. Used glitter for some bling, then added the ribbon for a final touch. Voila, simple and all white!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I am SOOOOO EXCITED! I have been select to be a Design Team Member for "Lime Light Scrappers"! They make and donate projects for all branches of our military, and various charities and organizations. I will have to do 6 projects over the next year, making 15 each time of whatever the item is we are to design. Something so worthwhile to occupy my time! They are having a Blog Hop on the 17th of December at 8 pm central time. Come join in on all the fun and prizes and visit all their talented designers. I have always wanted to be on a Design Team, but to do it for such a great purpose is so wonderful! Wish me luck!!!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
My cards have been done since way before Thanksgiving, now I just need to get them in the mail~! The tree is up and the houses is decorated so the cards go out tomorrow, then the baking begins, oh joy! These two cards are very simple ones. Some gold embossing fitted into a pre-cutout card and a stamped message. I have not made as many layered cards this year to keep the postage $$ down. When you send 40 cards it starts to get a bit pricey! I try not to think of myself as "cheap", just thrifty!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
I am sending out a big Mahalo to my good blogging buddy Christine! I saw these posted on her blog, they are too adorable! She got the pattern from Laurie who has it on her blog where you can download it for free! They are very simple and fun to make. My Dad is a complete chocoholic so I bought the large size Hershey chocolate bars and made one for him and also for 3 other friends. The hat and scarves are made from some soft socks I got at the 99 cent store, how I love to find all kinds of goodies in that store! Just cut off the "foot" end of the sock then tie the end shut, voila, a cute hat! They really are a great idea for a nice little gift.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
When I saw this beautiful pack of papers by "The Paper Studio" it was definitely love at first sight! From the rich colors and textures to the glittery designs. The paper has a bit of fabric texture to it that adds such elegance. I immediately thought of simple, elegant Deco designs and my Martini Christmas stamp! It was also a fantastic deal at the Hobby Lobby, 50% off, how could I loose?!! I bought the little Christmas trees - they were buttons and I cut the loops off their backs, and glued them on. The stamps are done with silver embossing powder. Oh, and notice, I didn't even add any bows, lol! The first card was entered into the challenge at One Stitch At A Time for "Celebrate in Style" (a martini is always a way to do that!), and the second at the challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges for their "script" challenge.