Friday, February 27, 2009

Anniversary Card for Dennis

My friend Dennis will be married for six years in a couple weeks, and he asked me to make him an anniversary card to give to his wife. I really hope she likes it.

I've been doing some things recently that are French and Marie-Antoinettey, so I started off with by making the big white label shape and embossing it with Swiss dots. In order to make the "Swiss" dots "French" dots, I brayered black ink over top of them. Thanks to Mel McCarthy for this idea!

The owl and the swan are from the new Inkadinkado clear set Patterned Birds and Bugs. I am going to have so much fun with this set! They were embossed, cut out, and colored with Stampin' Up! markers.

Speaking of French things, have you checked out Oxford Impressions new Marie Antoinette plate? Fabulous! I understand Suzanne over at Oxford Impressions is going to be releasing another plate really soon that will complement this plate. I should probably make some of these polka-dotted labels for her!


Friday, February 13, 2009

Well, here it is! This is what Shelby and I came up with for our challenge (see post below). Unfortunately, you can't see the color on two of the hearts, but in real life this is a pretty cool looking piece of art.

What happened to the color in the two dark hearts? This is much prettier in real life.

Well Shelby, it turns out that copper (any metal for that matter) doesn't scan real well.

Why don't you photograph it instead?

I would have done that, but last night when I tried to do so, my camera wouldn't work. I checked the batteries and . . . there were no batteries in the camera. Do you know anything about that?

Oh. I might have needed them for something else.

Okay, so this is how we made the card: Shelby punched the hearts out of the copper, then I ran them through the Big Shot in Cuttlebug embossing folders. I colored them with alcohol ink to get a base coat, and then used StazOn pads to color the embossed parts separately. Then I popped them with Pop Dots onto another sheet of copper which had been run through the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. The sentiment is embossed in white. Finally I folded the corners.

The corner scrunching was my idea.

You, Shelby, are a creative genius.

Cyndi and Shelby

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I know, I know, I haven't posted anything in a long time.
I've been dieting and exercising though, and Shelby and I are looking better and better.
Instead of posting something I made, today I'm posting something I found in the Acacia Catalog. It's a piece of metal wall art, that I thought I would use as an inspiration piece.
I tell you what we'll do: I'll make a piece of artwork inspired by this wall art and post it to this blog. If you want to make a piece of artwork inspired by this, post it to your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comment section of my blog. Or, if you don't have a blog and you know me, email me your artwork and I'll be happy to post it on my blog.
I expect great things from my friend Becky who has recently purchased metal and tools from Ten Seconds Studio.