Sunday, September 14, 2008

Birthday fishes and some craziness

Well, as promised, I got a bit more work done crafting this weekend! Finally getting back in the groove a bit, just in time to have to put away my craft supplies a little bit. Oops!

During my request that my friends give me some work, one friend asked for a card for her dad's 50th birthday. I thought about it, and I pulled out a bunch of paper to see what I could find. When I pulled out some Creative Imaginations fish paper I knew what I was going to do. Everyone kept doing such cute birthday fishes cards that I had to do one. Seeing the picture I can see it doesn't quite do justice. I cut the fish out of the original paper to pop them up on dimensionals. I took some plain cardstock and stamped some white wave-like designs on it in white and used detail clear EP to give them a little more something. Then some water dots. The window actually has acetate in it and the green layer is popped up on higher dimensionals. A little bling, and voila!

border stamp by Fiskars
Ink: white by ColorBox
Papers: fish by Creative Imaginations, green Bazzil cardstock, blue cardstock, acetate
Accessories: green and blue ribbon from Michael's, white Sakura pen, orange bling by me & my big ideas, Rain dots by Cloud 9 designs, dimensionals, detail clear EP

My other finished project is one that made me a bit crazy. I had gotten the idea to decorate a notepad in a roundabout way when a male friend complained about how hard it is to find masculine notepaper. I thought of the idea of just buying a plain pad and decorating it, although not necessarily for him. So when I offered my friends some creative projects one other one requested a pad, especially one she could stick to her fridge. I bought a stack of 5 plain notepads from Walmart, 50 pages each, for about $4. Not a bad deal, right? So I thought about my friend and the colours she likes: browns and earthtones. So I started out thinking I wanted to put a design at the top of each page. That's right, EACH PAGE! I grabbed some studio g stamps, one "just a note" which I inked up in brilliance coffee bean, and a little flower and flourish stamp. The flower and flourish stamp was my silliest idea: I decided to ink the middle flower in one colour, the outside two in another, and the flourishes on the outside in yet another colour! Well, that was great for the first couple pages. By page 20 I was really starting to think I was nuts! I did it though. Unfortunately I had to press each page up flat to stamp the next page, so the pad started to fall apart a little with the glue not holding the pages together. After I finished stamping the top I looked at the pages again and realized they weren't done. So I grabbed my brilliance coffee bean again and stamped 6 flowers on each page. Yup, that sure was alot of stamping. To hold the pad together I decided to put some clips on each corner at the top. Easily removable if the pad is holding and they want to pull sheets off, or just rip them off and not worry about the pages looking pretty. I just have to find magnets strong enough to hold the page to the fridge. Worth it in the end I hope.

plain pad from Walmart, 50 pages.
Stamps: "just a note," flower and flower flourish by Studio G
Ink: brilliance coffee bean DewDrop, cocoa, brown and merlot by Colorbox
Accessories: peach clips from Michael's, magnets (eventually)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!


Carolyn King said...

Very cute card---love the water!

The notepad is great too (u stamped EVERY page---go girl!)

Janine said...

Great card and the notepad is a wonderful project!! I agree with Carolyn - you stamped every page!!