Monday, March 30, 2009

"Little Cupcake" Blog Hop

It's time for another TAC blog hop! This time the stamp set that we are suppose to use is from the new Serendipity Magalogue called "Little Cupcake" a personal favorite of mine!

So, without further ado, here's my cards.

This pink & brown one was my favorite of the three! I tied the ribbon through the holes in the button. Loved how that turned out. I used watercolor pencils to color the image and then added stickles on top of part of the frosting. The pink polka dotted paper is from the TAC Catelynne collection. I love it!!

The cupcake image in this card was colored using Prismacolor colored pencils & gamasol odorless mineral spirits & then popped up with pop dots. The pink Mia paper was crimped with a paper crimper. The polka dots on the bottom are from the TAC "Linear Sentiments" stamp set.

This was my least favorite of the three. The patterned paper is TAC Cha Cha. I also tied the ribbon through the button holes on this one. The yellow paper is from the new Scalloped paper pack that TAC is carrying.
These were all cards that I had entered into the TAC Terrific Trio contest but they weren't winners! Oh well, maybe next time! I hope you enjoyed them!
You'll want to be sure to visit the other Angel Company Angels who are also participating in the blog hop:
Melisa -
Laurie -
Maria -
Barbra -
Stacy -
Christina -
Chelsea -
Suzanne -
Angela -
Jany -
Carol -
Shirley -
Gloria -
Trudy -
Diana -

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Roundup Swaps

I attended an event in Salina, KS last weekend called Kansas Roundup for TAC Angels. I wanted to share some of the card swaps that I received and the one that I gave out.

The card shown above was the swap card that I started to make. I soon realized however that attaching 60 yellow buttons (and finding 60 yellow buttons of the correct size proved difficult too!) was going to take a while! So, I opted for version two, shown below.

The stamp set is none other than the "Victorian Elements" that you've been seeing a lot of on my blog lately. The sentiment is from "Little Things". This card measures 4x4.

I received about 50 or so swap cards from other Angels, so there is no way that I can share them ALL with you but here is a small sampling of what I got.

Laurie Willison

Diane Hershberger

Elaine Winstead (Isn't her coloring gorgeous?)

Julie Griffith (This is made using the April Stamp of the Month)

Heather Scott

Marie Gruenberger (Card Closed)

Marie Gruenberger (Card Open--How Clever)

Beverly Rocky

Karla McConnell

Christine Bennett

Gloria Albertson

Debi Urbanek

Diane Hershberger

Aren't these swaps all great? I thought they were and I wanted to share them with you too! Quite a few of them were made from new stamp sets featured in the Serendipity Magalogue so if you don't have your own copy yet and would like one, they are $3. Let me know if you *need* one!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Beyond Grateful Card Sets

It's a snowing, blowing mess outside and so instead of doing much needed house work, I spent the afternoon at my craft table and worked on a set of cards. I have several thank you's to send out and after this weekend at the TAC Kansas Roundup in Salina I was inspired by one of the projects to make these cards.

Here is the outside of the original project designed by Heather Scott. It is a folio with a checklist on the inside.

I LOVED the design of the folio and so I adapted it for a card...or two...or eight. I basically used the same design and challenged myself to use the same similar pieces on each card but yet make each card slightly different than the others. Here's what I came up with (bare with me as there are A LOT of pictures!!).

Here is a closeup of the image popped up on pop dots.

The cardstock paper is TAC's Kraft Cardstock (GREAT stuff!!) and the patterned paper is from TAC's Toodle Loo & Angelee Paper Packs. The sentiment is from the TAC "More Abundance" stamp set and the circle image is from TAC's "Forever Family". Each of the pieces has been distressed using Burnt Umber Palette Ink & a sponge. The main image was stamped with either Spring Pansy or Aloe Vera VersaMagic or Seascape Palette ink. The image on the purple cardstock (from TAC Puples paper pack) is from the TAC "Victorian Elements" set and it has been stamped with VersaMark onto the cardstock. I LOVE this new set!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

March Angel Art: Think Spring

It's time for another blog hop! This time the theme is Think Spring. The challenge was to create a card, scrapbook layout, etc that has a "Springtime" theme. We used current TAC stamps and products.

I decided to share several cards that I had entered into a TAC contest (I didn't win) using the new Hoppity Skippity stamp set featured in the Serendipity magalogue. I LOVE this new stamp set! It is soooo fun! I forgot how much fun it was to color images but boy, it IS great!!

The first card, shown above, is my favorite! I love the paper pieced egg using TAC's Toodle Loo paper. I colored the bunny with watercolor pencils and a dove blender.

Here's the paper pieced egg. It uses 4 sections of the Toodle Loo paper.

This next card is one we made at my open house. If you were there, you probably have one or saw this one already. I used Fun Flock and a glue pen to make the lamb fuzzy. How fun is that?? What child (or adult!!) wouldn't LOVE to get a card with FUZZ on it. Did you know that one way babies brains develop is through touch and feel? So, send a fuzzy card to a child and by feeling the textures he/she will be developing their brain!

The swirls on the purple cardstock were made by using the top portion of the swirly tree stamp from the "Spring Time" set and VersaMark ink. Now that's versatility!

You can see the "fuzz" of the fun flock a little closer here.

This last card is a puffy lamb that I made using liquid applique. Another fun technique! After I puffed the lamb up, I took a paint brush and ran it over my burnt umber palette ink pad and then lightly brushed it on top of the lamb to give him a little more brownish tint. This lamb has been out playing! The patterned paper is TAC's Rustic Chic.

Here is another shot of the lamb's dimension and you can see how I "painted" him a little better as well.

Don't forget to visit these other TAC Angel's blogs as well. They are also featuring a "Think Spring" project today as well!

Laurie W
Laurie U

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Color Combo Challenge

This is a card that I made for a color combo challenge on Paper Wings (a TAC demonstrator web site). The color combo was pale yellow, burgandy & white. Using Bazzill papers, this is what I came up with.

I used VersaMagic Chalk Ink Thatched Straw for the main "Victorian Elements" image and then rolled the edges in Palette Bordeaux ink. I used VersaMark on the burgandy cardstock and VersaMagic Thatched Straw on the yellow to make the watermarks.

The main image is popped up on pop dots and the ribbon is attached below that. In this picture, you can see that there is a about a 1/2" white strip after the burgandy layer. I accidently cropped this off in the picture of the full card.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Damask, Damask Everywhere!

You can't help but notice that the damask prints are showing up everywhere! You see them in clothing, in bedding, in home decor, on china and even in patio furniture. How much fun then, to incorporate it into cards & scrapbook pages!

I have been excited to use the new "Victorian Elements" set from TAC's new Serendipity. What a fun and trendy stamp set that goes right along with the hottest fashions out!

Here's a card that I'm really loving that I made today with this new set. It was fast & easy to put together. The main image is one from the "Victorian Elements" set and it is stamped on the BACK side of a blue/green Bazzill piece of paper with Jumbo Java VersaMagic ink.

I cut the red DCWV strip with my cloud scissors--which I use all the time. The button is from the new In Bloom Buttons & Blossoms set. I learned this fun trick from Laurie. You take and thread scrappers's floss through the button holes and "tie" the ribbon on by knotting your floss around the ribbon. Fun, easy, simple & eye-catching! I attached the button to the card using my Designer Dries Clear Glue. It holds SOOOO well.

Hopefully, I'll have a scrapbook page to share with you using this same set soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Showers of Blessing

This is NOT my favorite card by any means! It didn't turn out anything like I had envisioned but it's done and I'll try again later.

The stamp set I used is from the new Serendipity magalogue called "Showers of Love". The sentiment at the side was placed at that particular spot because that was where I dropped my Noir ink pad and left a smudge of nice black ink. Not what I originally had in mind, but I worked with the mistake.

Also, apparently the wind is very still in some areas and blowing crazy in others because the raindrops look horrid! :)

I stamped the umbrella and cut out the top part and popped it up with pop dots. You can see that a little better in this next photo.

I think that this will be a fun set to work with, but hopefully next time I'll be a little more inspired! By the way, the border punch I used is by EK Success and I found it at Michaels. Isn't it cute! I think it'll be fun to use with TAC's new "Fishy Friends" set too!!

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