Tuesday, November 26, 2013

U R #1 Racing Card - Fail?

I made my brother a birthday card again this year. Actually, a cross stitch design for him is what started me out on my card making hobby! Like last year, I think my card this year was kind of a fail... But he loved it! That's all that matters, right? 

My brother's a big Formula 1 fan, so I wanted to make him a card with a racing theme. 

I started out by using Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics B and cutting out rectangular strips with my Cuttlebug.

I cut a bunch of white and black strips. I trimmed the black strips so they were a bit shorter than the white ones.

I glued one white and one black piece together.

I attached more strips in a weaving pattern, gluing as necessary as I went. 

It got a little tight near the end, but it worked out! I trimmed off the excess pieces.

I made a 5x5 green square card base. It's supposed to be grass!

I used my expert drawing skills to sketch out a race track on light grey cardstock. I wish I had a die for it instead... Would have looked a lot cleaner!

I fussy cut the track and decided on a way to place it on the card front.

I used a white pen to trace a lane divider.

I decided to use Lawn Fawn's Quinn's ABCs for the text on the front of the card. It doesn't have a # stamp, so I thought of using the letter "l" four times to make it. I tested this on scratch paper first to see how it would turn out.

I decided on a general placement of the flag.

Whoops! I didn't take a picture after I finished stamping the sentiment on the card. You can see a bit of it in the bottom left of the photo below. Later on I coloured it in. The picture below shows how many foam squares I stacked onto the back of the flag to make it 3D.

Inside I used a simple sentiment from There She Goes Sentimental Birthday. I love that stamp set, so useful!

Here you can see that I coloured in the letters to make them stand out more. I also outlined the track with a sharpie and added strips of red and white liquid pears to give the effect of chicanes. 

Ta-da! The whole card put together. This card turned out "craftier" than is my personal taste.... But in the end, my brother still liked it.... I promise to do a lot better next year! lol

Sunday, November 17, 2013

OT - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Framed Cross Stitch!

Here's a look at my biggest cross stitch project ever!! It took me a long time to complete (I watched all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights while stitching, and that wasn't even enough!). I love how it turned out.

I got it professionally framed at Michaels. Even though I got it on sale, it was still pretty pricey.

Here are some close ups of the front and back of the design. It came from the Feb 2013 issue of CrossStitcher magazine :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Fishing Themed Birthday Card

A friend is big into fishing, so I wanted to incorporate fishes into his birthday card.

I started out with a sky blue card base.

At first I thought I would use four layers of "waves"...

I used a Fiskars border punch to make the waves.

I liked how it looked with two layers of waves. Four looked way too busy.

I used Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Sea" stamp set. I used a tiny Lawn Fawn acrylic block for stamping the fish. I loove this block. It's so cute and comfy to hold.

I used my Chromatix markers to colour in the fish. They were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black in onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Here are the four fish that I stamped and coloured.

I fussy cut the fish. I used Lawn Fawn's Harold's ABCs with white Hero Arts ink to stamp a sentiment on the front of the card.

Here is the sentiment that I came up with. I glued the fish to the front of the card and added some bubbles with the same white ink. 

I used another stamp and sentiment from critters under the sea for a simple card interior.

Here is the front of the card, all put together! I used glossy accents on the fish, which was a really nice finishing touch.