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Saturday, April 14, 2012

How Are Things?

 Good morning! Just here to share a couple of cards before I start the day. This first fun card was inspired by the Skipping Stones Design Sketch by Dina Kowal:
And here is my take on the sketch:
 While browsing through my stamps I came across this cute turtle image and sentiment and thought it would make a fun card paired with the sketch.
 I used white embossing powder for the image and sentiment . I like the way it really makes the turtle stand out against the blue.
The small blue squares are stickers and I backed them with white cardstock. The pattern paper, cardstock and stickers are all Creative Memories. I wish the photos had turned out better but I think it was just too much blue and not enough light to show the contrast. The colors are prettier than what the photos show.
 My second card was inspired by a sketch I found here: http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.com/2012/04/freshly-made-sketches-30-sketch-by-tui.html
 
I am starting to make 4th of July cards for From Our Hearts. They send the cards overseas to our troops for them to send home to their family and friends to keep in touch. I thought this sketch would be great to start with.
So please tell me do you think the star looks funny with part of it chopped off? I can't decide if I like it or not.
Sooo many things happened while making this card and I had to go in a different direction. I wasn't planning on going with an aged and distressed look but when I ran the card through to emboss the background it cracked the paper and it has a white core. So I just went with it and sanded the whole thing.
Next I was inking the sentiment when I accidentally put a crease right in the middle. I didn't want to start over so I crunched the whole thing, flattened it back out and inked it some more.
 Then I realized the blue star borders where too bright so I inked them too with Vintage Photo distress ink and roughed up the edges. Problem solved. I also had to age the white star with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.
I spritzed the star with Perfect Pearls to give it just a touch of glimmer. I ended up liking the distressed look just not sure about the star.
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

9 comments:

  1. Great cards, Teresa. The turtle card is so cute. Love the colours too. And your 2nd card is gorgeous. I think the star is uniquely quirky. Love the distressed look. So glad you stopped by my blog, 'cause it led me to your fab cards!

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  2. Teresa I think the star looks fantastic "chopped off". I love the distressing and all the texture you've achieved on the card. Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

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  3. Nice cards Teresa!!love how you combine everything in the first one! the background paper look like water, so clever!

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  4. Your turtle card is so fresh and fun and your other card is so gorgeous! Thanks for playing at Skipping Stones Design this week!

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  5. What a great card for 4th July celebrations ... I love the texture and I love the dimension it adds ... your star looks great too!
    'Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

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  6. Great cards! Love that turtle! And the second card is fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us at Skipping Stones!

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  7. The star looks fabulous just the way it is! Great card! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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  8. The star looks fabulous and the distressing is terrific!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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  9. P.S. I see that you live in Silverdale...small world! My family and I lived there for 7 yrs before moving to Alaska in 2008 :) We really loved that area and if I hadnt convinced my husband to move to Alaska we would have stayed there in Silverdale!

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