Sunday, March 16, 2014

A shaped tag

Hello everyone,
Spring is beginning to arrive here...ever so slowly (2 degrees below zero tonight they tell us) but it's getting sunny now and we get up to mid 30s...and have even hit 40 this last week.  It feels so wonderful to feel the sun and  the warmth. I know, it's not that warm to some of you who live in the warmer climates, but for us here in these colder states...40 is AWESOME!!!

I love tags, and I had seen a set on one of the sites that I visit...I thought it was awesome. It was cut in a shape instead of just being a rectangle. And also it was EMBOSSED IN POLKA DOTS. I loved it!!!
So, I had to make some too. I don't like my shape as well as the one I saw, I'll have to try a different one from the Cameo designs. But it looks good and they came out nice anyway.

Here's the tag:

I colored this one in lime green, with darker edges.
Then I stamped it with a Hero Arts postcard stamp in StazOn dark brown ink.
I added some darker green stamping along the left edge. I knew it would be covered anyway, but it gives some interest if there is any of it sticking out underneath the embellishments.
I used my CuttleBug and a Swiss Dot folder to dry emboss the tag. It didn't cover the whole tag, so instead of trying to match up the embossing, I left it bare and used that spot to show off the antique car.

All those little dots are covered with white acrylic paint because I wanted them to really show up from the green. It really wasn't much of a job, I just dipped the wood end of a small brush into a glob of paint and touched the top of each dot. A few of them got a little more paint than they should have, but when it's all together it really doesn't show very much.

The embellishments started out with a some leaves, flourishes, eyelash yarn and other stuff I had around.
The leaves and flourishes are die cuts with my Cameo.
The butterfly and that beautiful circle are Memory Box dies.

I love that little car. I bought the stamp from a friend who wasn't using it and I was just waiting for a chance to use it somewhere. This seemed like the perfect place for it. And that red polka dotted paper is from a cheap $1.00 jewelry card that a necklace was attached to. I buy cheap jewelry to use in my scrapbooking whenever I see something that I like. I am sure we all do that.

Challenges I entered: Vintage or Retro Green or St. Pat's Day with a die cut Just for you...The red car for my journey Luck of the Irish green Paper chase (lots of paper) Spring colors

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cutting with my Cameo...

Hello everyone in blogland,
It's been a while again, but I have missed sharing my little scrapping space with you all.
I've been down with migraines again and that makes it very difficult to get the blogging going.
I still spend as much time as I can working on projects, but I don't get them on my blog.
My God provides me with comfort and healing and gives me peace to get done what I can and let go of the things I can't.

Enough of that...I want to share this little card I made for my hubby.
I really like the way it turned out.
I wanted to use my cameo to cut out this great looking tree from their cut files. This is almost like a tree I have as a stamp from Hero Arts, that I bought a long time ago. I've always loved that tree but, being a stamp, I couldn't change the size AND it couldn't be used as a die.

I had seen this technique on several blogs, where they cut two dies and inserted half of it into the negative space and then left the other half overlapping a different paper. I just loved the look of it and knew that the tree would be a perfect die to use.

The other thing I wanted to do was to hang a heart from the tree. I used thin twine. I just love how it hangs there and can be moved around freely. The heart I used was a heart leftover from a batch of clay embellishments I made one day. I'm running out of those and need to spend another day making up some items to use on my pages & cards. They're so nice to have because they add a different look. They are thicker and look different then the items I cut out of paper and I love to have them around. AND they cost just pennies as opposed to dollars that I would have to spend in the store.

Ok, so I chose an antique white Neenah paper to cut the tree out of.
I removed the tree from the paper and colored it with alcohol markers.
I cut the antique white paper down the middle of the tree and measured the placement on my card. I didn't want it right down the center of the card, so I kept it to the left. Then I found this gorgeous plaid paper and I adhered it to the card base to just match up to the cut on my base off-white cardstock.
Next, I took the off-white out and lined up the tree into the negative space. It was easier to put the tree back in with the paper out of the card...there was a little more wiggle room.

I adhered the off-white cardstock (with the tree in it), butting it right up next to the plaid. and the rest of the tree just laid right over that plaid paper.
Next, I tied the heart, and adhered the red nail heads. I love those. I don't see them around anymore, but they are really nice for a man's card.

Here's the challenges I have entered with this card Special  Birthday something that flutters

We are still having very cold weather here in Michigan...but at least it's sunny now and feels better, even if it is in the single digits.
Hope your coming week is wonderful!
Be blessed,