Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cards from My New Carts

Sunnieday made some fun sketches for this week at RAQ's. I took the opportunity to play with my new cartridges, which I had gotten as an early Valentine present. I used brads for two of the cards, for the Practical Scrappers challenge. Although I am more of a Baroque Minimalist (..?!), I try to make cards that will best suit the recipient.

The cameo was cut at 2" using the Heritage cart. The word "Grandma", and the flourishes were also from the same cart, cut at 3/4". The 3 1/2" frame is from Sentimentals. The papers are from DCWV and The Paper Studio. I used pearl halfbacks and liquid pearls as embellishments. The lace paper is from an old stash.

My second card is my version of a nontraditional Mother's Day card. My mother is the consummate fashionista and she has this fun personality which makes people gravitate towards her. When I had seen this cart, I knew I had to have it since it reminds me so much of my Mom. I chose the lady wearing a pantsuit since I remembered Mom wearing one when I was growing up. She is in her 50's now, but she looks more than a decade younger. My mother is ageless, timeless and fabulous. If I can have half her joie de vivre, then I would know that somehow I got something right in my life.

The lady is cut at 4 1/2", and the lipstick, shoes and purse were all cut at 1 1/2". The papers are from DCWV. I doodled on the cut of the lady with metallic ink for emphasis.

The truck from Heritage was cut at 2 1/2". The word "Grandpa" and the flourishes were cut at 3/4". The background paper is handmade paper from India. It has the look of embossed leather in real life. The brads are from the paper studio and the sprocket gears for the wheels are from Tim Holtz. I used copper, silver, black and mocha colored ink on the truck to achieve a rusty, aged look.

I wanted something lighthearted and fun for my last card. I cut the chick from Once Upon A Princess at 1 1/2", and the clouds were cut at 2". The tag is from Sentimentals, cut at 4". The font is from Jasmine, cut at 1". Paper used is from DCWV, brads are from The Paper Studio, gingham ribbon is from Offray, and I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the tag pocket. My husband commented that the characters in this card "all look concerned". lol!


  1. Terrific cards! I love your truck card!

  2. Such great cards. Thank you for using brads this week and for joining us at Practical Scrappers.

  3. Wow...these are totally gorgeous cards!! Thanks for playing along with us at Practical Scrappers!

  4. Your cards are fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Practical Scrappers this week!
    Kim xXx

  5. Nice blog! I'm now subscribing!! I love your cards and the castle ROCKS!!! Awesome job!! (Did I use enough exclamation points in this comment?! LOL!)

  6. Lovely cards! That last little easter tag is too cute ;) Thanks for playing at Practical Scrappers!