Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mele Kalikimaka!

I was over on the Cricut message boards the other day and happened on THIS TUTORIAL. It's about adding a wobble motion to your card. Well, right away I thought of the hula dancer on Life's A Beach, but didn't get around to executing it right away. Then yesterday I saw this CARD and VIDEO--someone else had the same idea! I love hers, but I like mine too.The hula dancer is cut at 4.5 " and backed with thin chipboard. Colors used are Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Early Espresso, and Blush Blossom. I used an old SU set called Paint Prints for the flowers on the BG and printed my sentiment on the computer (Hawaiian Punk is the font--it's free). I also used Cricut markers to outline the dancer and added glitter to the centers of her flowers. I wish you could see the way she "hulas"--for that you will have to see the video tutorials I posted above. I like this somewhat different Christmas card--hope you've enjoyed it too. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration EVERYWHERE! Sometimes it's so overwhelming all the sensory input that this world provides. I was at Wal-Mart yesterday, buying groceries, but I also needed some ornament hooks, so went over to the Christmas decorations area. There I saw some unusual gift wrap--kraft with blue snowflakes and some rust or burgundy ones. I loved the non-traditional color combo, all the more so because the new SU color Cajun Craze is one of my faves, and let's face it, there's not a lot of opportunity to use it around Christmas. So last night between supper and a meeting I had to go to, I banged out this card.
You know, back in the day, before we had tons of gorgeous patterned paper flooding the market, we used to stamp our own backgrounds. And that's what I did here. I used PTI's Snowflake Serenade set and stamped Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, and Cajun Craze snowflakes on Crumb Cake (SU's new kraft). Then I ran into trouble. I wanted to use my Marina Mist ribbon and brads, but the ribbon is so thick. And I should have made my brads go down the long side of the paper. I distressed the edges of the Crumb Cake and mounted it on a card base of Cajun Craze. I stamped the sent., roughed up the edges, layered and mounted. I'm pleased with this color combo and plan to make some more of these. Gotta find some better sketches to use! Thanks for dropping by!