April 27, 2007

Pink Black White x 2

I've got 2 cards for you today, to make up for my absence earlier this week. Slight problem -- my camera isn't working properly -- all my pics are coming out too dark, and even my photoshop editing isn't fixing them. So, please take your computer and stand by a sunny window when looking at my blog! Or, use your imagination.... Also, these cards are borderline "blog worthy" -- meaning that when I first started my blog I had dreams of posting only cards that I loved. Fast forward, and I'm grateful when the ink doesn't smudge! How I made this card: Stamped the flower from the SU set Made From Scratch (last year's hostess set?) in SU Pink Passion Classic ink on white paper. Using my nifty Japanese screw punch, I punched a hole in the center of each flower and inserted an SU Vintage Black brad. Cut the edge with a Fiskars scallop scissors and then, using a very small SU circle punch, punched just a tiny piece of the white paper to make room for the ribbon to knot and lie flat. (By the way, the Japanese screw punch is hands down the best $50 I've ever spent.) I wrapped some SU black gingham ribbon as shown. "Love You to Pieces!" is from Gina K's Love You to Pieces Autism Set and I stamped it using Palette Noir ink from Stewart Superior. This next card --- uses the same Pink Passion paper. I stamped each petal from Technique Tuesday's Love Me Still large set (get the small one if you want it for cards) in White Craft ink from Stampin Up. Frankly, the whole thing was a mess, but I kind of didn't want to give up on it, so I edged the petals and the notes in black marker, added glitter with a glue pen and some SU dazzling diamonds and stamped Take Note (from Papertreyink) in Palette Noir ink. ****** To answer a comment -- Yes, Angie -- I live right outside Washington DC and my office is just a couple of blocks from the Capital.

13 comments:

  1. Oh how I love the second card. It's a big wow. I am so enamored of big flowers.

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  2. You're too hard on yourself I think they are both lovely. I really like the music one, if you unfocus your eyes a little, you can see that some of the squiggles of the lines form flowers in the centre of the petals. I know I'm weird.:)

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  3. I like the first card, but I LOVE the second card! It is super cute!!

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  4. Boh cards are great Joan, as usual!! I love your style!
    Gina K.

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  5. Karen (Karen Stamps! on SCS)4/27/2007 11:24:00 PM

    These are really great cards! I did chuckle though at the bit about being grateful when the ink doesn't smudge. It's good to have lofty goals, it's what gives us something to aim for. But it's good to know when something's good enough, it's what keeps us moving forward. I love your blog - thanks for your postings and your candour.

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  6. You do such wonderful work as usual. What you did with the flower is pure genius. Great style on both, TFS.

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  7. Oh, isn't that clever! So, now I need to know: Do you have to twist your wrist to operate the Japanese Screw Punch? Do you just push down? And, what else did Mr. Brown bring you, girlfriend? I heard he's been makin' deliveries to yo' house! Time for Show & Tell!!! *chuckle*! Smooches, Jules

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  8. Just wanted to take this chance to thank you for your blog! All your cards are wonderful (don't be so hard on yourself!), but what really keeps me coming back is your honesty and "how to" commentary. You inspire me artistically, and I sooo appreciate that!

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  9. I love how you made the scalloped edge on the end of the first card. Its the perfect finishing touch

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  10. I really like the flower card alot. The music is so nice on there. Great job!

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  11. Love them both! Pink and black is just the best! I'm gonna have to check out the flower petal set!
    ~Angie

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  12. Love your pink cards!!!!! I love the simplicity of the designs. Striking!

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  13. this is gorgeous! Love the music on the flower... great job!

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