Monday, January 28, 2008

Cards Galore

Ok I have been a bit busy. However it is the kind of busy that I live for. Explanation: I am a partner at an Artisans Web store that sells all Handmade cards. There are 8 of us and a possible 9 very soon. We all get to list are cards there and there is no charge. We list for the price we want and the owner, Amy, adds a small amount to cover off shipping etc and maybe ends up with a teeny tiny bit leftover. I think most of us there have other stores as well so we all have an agreement that our cards are not to be listed in both places at the same time. Now lately I have been lacking in my contributions of listings and needed some motivation to get back into it. Recently the owner appointed one of our members to Manager and has allowed her to implement some new activities to get us all fired up.

Let me tell you she's good! Her very first act as Manager was to start a challenge between al us members to create and submit as many Valentine's cards as we can. The winner would recieve a small box of Scrapping goodies. Well am up for a good challenge and possibly prize too. So instead of just pulling from the oodles of cards already have I have been creating new ones left right and center. It feels SO good. Normally I make one design and make it over again several times to add to inventory. This time I am just making one and moving along. I like this much better because I can get so much done in such a short time.

So here is a little preview of some of my favorites!! This first one was made using Chatterbox Valentine's Stripes paper. It is double sided and I LOVE it. Since I love both sides of it I used both. The little pocket that is on there is actually the other side. Also I tried a new technique that I saw on someone's blog (sorry I can't remember whose it was) and the tutorial was using the aqua painters to custom coordinate your ribbon with any project by dying it with your re-inkers. Cool, Eh? This ribbon was the 1/4 inch white SU Grosgrain ribbon and now it is groovy Guava, my new fav color btw.

Almost naked! this card almost has it's birthday suit on but yet it holds such elegance and style. I used kraft, applied Some Snips of Stampin Ups new rub on line (to die for) and again added some faux stitch holes and voila!! I generally dont like to use rubons but these go on with almost no effort at all and add a great new element to any card. I think I may go broke because they do have a great selection of them...These particular ones are Chocolate chip in color and are included in a package debuting in this years Sale-a-bration. The set has four matching sheets in white, black, old olive & Choc. Chip. each sheet is HUGE and will only ever be available through the sale-a-bration promo.

This last set is pretty cool. I made 2 complete sets like this for my friend Marlyn, to give to her daughters teachers this Valentines day. She loved them and I am certain the teachers will as well. I have been wanting to try the cris-cross card for a long time. No finer time then the present.

I used the new Berry Bliss Paper from SU along with the happy heart day stamp set. The "Happy Valentine's day" sentiment came in the sweet love set from Papertrey Ink. Then to make the Nugget tin I stamped my labels with the great set Limitless labels and wrapped them up. Such a great and easy gift idea. Both the set and nugget tin are from Papertrey Ink. Love them!!

Speaking of Papertrey, I got a new order from them today so I must go play. My DH has been giving me "days off" in the evenings and this past week end. Its great, he gets extra time with the girls and I get to lock myself up in my design room all weekend. I think I only came out for coffee nad pee breaks...LOL

I will be back with a post later, I need to show you some more pages I did last night and the ones I am going to do right now. :)
Edited:I removed a few pictures that were previously in here as they have been submitted for possible publication....cross your fingers!!