My goal for 2012 is to post more than once every 2-3 months. I'm actually hoping to get back to post every week.
Here's to hoping.
Anyway, I've also been sucked in Pinterest. If you don't know what that is, it's a website where you can create virtual pin boards of your interests (get it: pins + interests = Pinterest?) I've been a pinning crazy person over there - it's so easy to get stuck on that site for 2+ hours.
Well, the first project I want to show was inspired by something I pinned - a lollipop card. Here's the link to the blog it was originally found on: http://daydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/07/cas-ual-fridays-challenge-11-sweets.html I thought it was absolutely adorable and I needed to do something like it because I had some baker's twine on hand. I was originally thinking of doing hearts because of Valentine's Day - which I might still do because it's a cute idea. I had these star shapes in red line tape that I'd bought from Texas Jody Lynn (her blog's in my blog list) and since I've had them for 3 years and not really used them, I figured that was a better choice than running a sheet of tape through my Cricut.
So after I got the baker's twine taped down and ran my backgrounds through my Cuttlebug, I realized that they weren't very Valentine-y. More birthday-y, especially with the birthday sentiment I had. So they became birthday cards.
OH, running the orange background through the Cuttlebug was an adventure. It's Impressability plate - which needs the tan embossing mats to actually make an impression into the cardstock. Well, they went missing and I had to tear the Dungeon apart to find them. Or rather, clean up. My work table is cleaner than I think I've ever had my work table since rearranging. I found them on the corner of a table - the other table, not the one I cleaned off. *shakes head*
Supplies: Stamps: PTI - Everyday Classics. Paper - Georgia-Pacific White, PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold. Ink: Palette Noir. Embellishments: Cuttlebug embossing folders, Impressability plate, red line stars, baker's twine, lollipop sticks, Diamond Glaze, PTI ribbon.
While on Pinterest, I came across a pin that linked back to Nicole Heady's blog (she's one of the owners of PTI.) It showed a technique where you stamp an image in white ink on colored cardstock, then outline the image with Copics. Which looks really elegant. So I decided to try it last night with the leftover cardstock from the lollipop cards. The issue I discovered is that you need to do this on darker cardstocks - Harvest Gold is too light of a color for the white to show. I liked how this looked so much that I made 15 more cards today in most of the other PTI cardstock colors I own.
Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers Morning Glory and Lily of the Valley. Paper: GP White, PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf and Orange Zest. Ink: SU White White craft. Embellishments: EK Success punch, Copics.
So that's it for right now.
I'll be back hopefully later this week with a tutorial on how to make a snowflake wreath (another Pinterest find that I tweaked.)