Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Back on Cutsie! Tomorrow, Vintage.

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Back to posting cutsie cards tonite. These cards were spawned from a creative memories cutting system that was available to us at the retreat center. There were different sizes and shapes of circles, ovals etc. that we had access to while we were there. I used my regular procedure, where I cut 2 pieces of coordinating cardstock to measure 5 1/4 x 4", then laid them on top of each other, cut out circles or ovals from the center, and swapped the patterned paper to make 2 coordinating cards. So if you notice, the "Celebrate" card and "Happy birthday to you" cards are exact opposites, but cut from the same 2 paper pieces. (For instructions, see my post here.)

Before the retreat, we did a sign up for an image swap, where we each brought stamped images of 2 different stamps, and swapped with each other. We each ended up with about 60 different images to play with. The beautiful thing is, the ink was already dry, so they were ready to color and attach to cards. These Stampendous "Patty Chicks" are from Eclectic Paperie. If you're looking for a fun new line of Stampendous Stamps, check out "Ollie and Olivia" at E.P. These will definitely be in my next order; they are the cutest!
Joy from Eclectic Paperie brought a bazillion Copic markers for us to try...all of the images here were colored with Copics. I was emphatically anti-copic for a long time, because I mainly use watercoloring on my cards and there is a huge learning curve to using them successfully. But after quizzing so many of the talented artists at the retreat, and getting everyone's technique, I'm going to dip my feet into the Copic water and purchase 12 of them, to see if I can get the hang of them and start using them regularly. I think they work great if you mainly color in line art images. The jury is out on that, I'll get back to you on this one.
The floral patterned paper is from EK Success "Lauren" Collection, Funky Fresh. The Orange stripe is Scrapworks skinny cathode bungalow. The brown polka dot is from "Overton House Designs" Mint Espresso Dotty flowers and mini dots. The blue polka dot is very old Anna Griffin 2004 Blue dot paper. I was digging deep in my paper stash, for sure!
Here are some more card layouts using the Creative Memories cutting system. I have not added images to these yet, but you'll be seeing them soon!
Have a great night!


Flossie's Follies said...

Great cards, love the papers and that image is too cute, I have that cutting system and love it.

Dottie K said...

These cards are adorable. Love the chick and that paper - so cute. Love what you did with the different shapes. :)

chelemom said...

Well, you sure did great using those Copics! I love these cards...they are soooo cute! By the that vintage Santa! I will be ordering him very soon!

Jason Sampson said...

these are all so cute, love them, colors are so vibrant and all the layouts are cool

Viv said...

Love your cards! That paper is adorable and so is the stamp!!

Beth said...

Wonderful cards. I just love orange.

debbie y said...

OMG these are adorable! You make me want to give up any pretense of card designing myself and instead just print out your designs to use as inspiration and guidance to see what I can come up with.