Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Is it too early for fall?

Or more specifically, Halloween? There is a real nip in the air here in Florida, in fact the weather man said it would "only reach the high 80's today) so you can see how my mind would turn to fall....
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And not because of the trick or treating, because growing up in Scotland, there was no trick or treating (we had our own version although I understand things have become more Americanized in recent years)
No, I just love the colors, the papers and the imagery, I guess. I'm drawn to all of them and own more Halloween stamp sets than one person really needs. I fully expect to add to that collection this year, because I have NO willpower.
This card was included in the Cards For Heroes package because, obviously, they need to work ahead of the major holidays so they get shipped out to the troops in plenty of time for them to mail them home. It was so easy to make - some DP (that I didn't look at the maker of before I used it all up), silver ink on the sentiment (Inkadinkadoo, I think) then finished off with MS drippy goo and bat punches.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chirp, chirp!

No card this weekend......... because I got a Cricut Expression this weekend! I've been eying up an electric die cutter for some time now and couldn't decide which of the multitude was the best for me. I did a ton of online research and decided on the Expression. Only time will tell if it was the right decision, but boy, I hope so! I don't spend that type of money on my little hobby lightly but I had come in to a little windfall which made it feel a little better :)
Of course, I had to try to find a space for it in the stamp room - there went an afternoon of my life I I won't get back! Moved everything around and ended up moving it back again because it didn't fit where I thought it would but I managed to get rid of a big bag of trash that was just taking up room so I suppose it wasn't all for nothing!
Then I spent a fair amount of time surfing around looking for blogs/tutorials/tips on how to make the most of my investment. What about you, my friends? Any of you have a Cricut? I'd love some tips if you'd like to share!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

With or without?

Here is another of my Cards For Heroes, taken before I sent the package obviously. Given my new obsession with CAS cards, the question for today is "do you think the card is better with or without the bow?" Because of my embellishment obsession, I initially liked the bow, then I changed my mind and decided against it.
What do you think?
The background was made with a Cuttlebug folder, and the sheep is from one of TAC's Stamps of the Month, colored with Copic markers. The sentiment is from SU and the tiny little heart came from one of the $1 Michaels punches. It didn't show too well in the photograph, but the sheep was mounted on silver mirricard. I love that stuff but it is so expensive I tend to hoard it. Can't think of a better reason to stop hoarding than to share with our heroes!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Anyone seen my mojo?

I think it's still on vacation, because I am so NOT inspired right now, BUT I had to go in to the stamp room this weekend because the pledge I made right here has been nagging away at me. I started off well, then the lead up to the vacation sort of side tracked me, then the actual vacation derailed me totally! Which isn't fair at all when you consider how much these cards are needed so I got over my whiney self and got on with it.
120 cards is a lot of cards! I sort of froze with the responsibility of it all because I wanted them to be great, but I needed them to be simple so I could produce slightly faster than my normal rate of one card per weekend! I do subscribe to the "more is more" theory of card making, so it has been a real challenge for me to simplify. But the internet never lets me down! Thanks to the CAS gallery at SCS and this card from one of my favorite bloggers, I was off and running and all the cards are sealed in their box ready for shipping.
And I've found a new style of card making! I'm kind of liking the CAS style.

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