Monday, July 11, 2011

Border-Punched Medallion Card

One of my favorite EK Success border punches was used to make this card for the Moxie Fab Beautiful Borders Challenge.  We were to use border strips in an innovative way, and I've played around with this particular punch in the past to create a sort of medallion.
With  a little experimentation, many border punches could be used to make multi-sided embellishments.  I found that a square of just over 2.25 inches is needed for the edges of the border to match up, then it is quite simple to punch this 4-sided shape.  The patterned papers are by K and Company and the chipboard flowers are by Cosmo Cricket.  The sentiment is a sticker.  I added a little gold metallic pen and ribbon.

And here's the border punch.

PS - I missed the deadline to enter this one, so don't look for it in the line-up :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Buon Appetito ATC

The lovely little scenic card above is this week's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger.   I took my inspiration from the scene itself and not the colors to make this interpretation: it's an Artist's Trading Card showing a table in an Italian restaurant.   

Here are the details:
1-PC-label over olive green ribbon over patterned paper.
2-Bottle punched from blue vellum with stamped and colored-pencil label (Rubber Stampede).
3-Glass punched from mottled tan c/s, liquid is pink paper w/ Crystal Effects on top.
4-Oval-punched 'plate' w/spaghetti of packing straw embedded in melted sealing wax...on an oval of gingham paper.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Congrats Card x 2

The winners of Papercrafts Magazine 2011 Gallery Idol contest were announced this morning, and neither of my entries made it to the Top Twenty.  But I'm pretty happy with the way these turned out.  The "Clean And Simple" card above consists of the word cut on my Cricut, two layers of cardstock over the base (to achieve the pink frame), and store-bought confetti carefully selected and attached. 

The "magnifying glass" card came together as I'd imagined it.  I thought it would be fun to print the tiny "Congratulations and Good Luck" and one large "Congrats" that appears to be magnified - for that older reader, ha ha!  The magnifier was made with metallic cardstock that I inked up a bit.  The round layers were either punched or cut with a Martha Stewart circle cutter and the handle was shaped by my round punches along a straight piece.  For the lens, I added a circle cut from a sheet of plastic.
I added a tiny tag in the corner: it may have come from the packaging :)

Monday, July 04, 2011

***Happy 235th Anniversary of Independence Day! ***

I hope you are having a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  On this, the 3rd day of a 3-day weekend, I'm staying cool inside my house, making a few cards, doing a little laundry (laundry stops for no holiday!), and generally relaxing.  The sibs and I were at Mom's yesterday for a picnic on her deck, followed by a round of "chickenfoot", our favorite domino game.
Saturday, I walked along the promenade behind the Edina Target and saw this new sculpture.  The City of Edina changes the artwork periodically and provides ballots for passersby to vote on their favorite.  On a cooler day, I'll try to walk the rest of the way over to Centennial Lakes and look for other new submissions. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

In Like A Lion

I guess there's no adage for July like the one we use in March - "In like a lion, out like a lamb", but the first day of July came in rather ferociously.  These two pics looking west from my house show a storm gliding ominously over Minneapolis
We had some strong winds and brief rain, and then it was over.  The temperature dropped at least 20 degrees from the humid mid-90s.  Relief.