Monday, June 15, 2009

Baby Shower Invite - Hero Arts Quikutz Challenge

Oscar's little sister is having her first baby. So I thought it was a great way to break in my new - used Silhouette. You know that I am always a bargain shopper, and found one listed on ebay and I thought o.k. $100 I will give it a try. Here is my first full blown project. All the parts were a lot of work but assembly was quick. 20 invitations later. Here is the first one, the info has been changed to protect the hosts. Enjoy!

20 invitations to make... Lets play with my new Silhouette.

I used Stampendous CRE 171 (baby overalls) American Craft markers and blue flock for the “jeans.” The ink, my favorite Ranger Archival Ink in jet-black.

The polka dot background is by Hero Arts called Raindrop Background. I used Versamark ink with white embossing powder.

The Baby header was a die cut bookend from the Quickutz store (attached to my drawn box). The rattle is from the Quickutz store. The scallop circle can also be a die cut but I used a punch.

The “shower” die cut was the challenge. I've had the Silhouette for less than a week and the font of the die cut matches the invitation text! This took a bit of time and persistence and help of Photoshop… but I did it!

The text card was printed on my Oki LaserJet. (I changed the personal contact info for the web picture…)

The base of the card is a die cut and the blue is a die cut attached via the Xyron machine.

I also did another version with the little bear... this is from the Hero Arts Clear stamp set, see other pix. The card is the same the lighting is different, one with flash and one without...

Finished card is 8.5x5.5”

Here is a link to the Flickr Hero Arts Blog with some
very nice comments. They are a great group.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Pink Elephant Challenge

Here is a gift card holder for a new baby that uses pink, brown and white.

The brown stock is a rich chocolate brown textured cardstock from American Crafts. The pink stock was white on the reverse, so you have space to write a personal greeting.

The small blocks were made with nestabilities dies.

The scallop edges are from Fiskars and Martha Stewart.

White faux stitching - Uniball white pen.

The stork and Congrats are the same stamp, I just trimmed out the stork, prismacolored the "package" and stamped the congrats separately with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.


Here is a pix of the inside too. Click on the pix to enlarge.

Visit a new challenge group for me called The Pink Elephant.
Disclaimer: I made this type of card for another challenge too for the Stampin Out Alzheimer's website and liked it so much I thought I would share it again. I am going to make one in baby blue... traditional I know.

Mojo Monday from June 1, 2009

Here is the card and there is the sketch. I don't know why I struggled. But at some point you just shoot the pictures. I think because I tried a smaller finished card, I felt I didn't have enough room to embellish without clutter. Does that make sense?

Here is the card with the stamp set by Hero Arts. I don't have any stamps by Verve yet. The prisma color pencils and gamsol lend the color. Three red buttons and two circle punches and a butterfly punch. Let me know what you think.