Quick Sketches

The weekly sketch challenge on CardMaker was to use one of the previous sketches.  The board with the sketches is here.  As we are celebrating my grandmother’s 83rd birthday tomorrow, I wanted to give her some cards and figured I would make a few of the sketches.  I only got 5 done, but that was pretty good with my time constraints.  Here’s what I came up with:

Check out the sketches and see what you come up with.  The last card was also used in the Stamp TV color challenge for this week.  You can also see that I did another pinwheel.  I like this one much better.  There is plenty of time to participate.

Spinning Thoughts

The weekly challenge on the CardMaker Magazine Forum this week is to make a pinwheel.  I came up with so many different ideas for how I wanted it to look.  What I wound up with didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped.  I will have to try this one again, soon.  The ribbon I used has glitter embedded in it, which means I have pink glitter all over, now.

Taking the time to try something new is usually worth it.  Even if it doesn’t turn out, I have ideas for ways I can do it differently so it might work better.  I like the idea of blue paper behind the pinwheel, but using a lighter blue would probably look better, maybe with some white ink sponged on to make it look like a sky.  I think even brighter papers for the pinwheel itself would look better.  Probably paper with a small pattern would look better, too.  I tried the corners by eyeballing it rather than measuring.  They aren’t too bad, but to make me feel more comfortable, I’ll measure next time.

What would you do differently?  Besides just telling me your ideas, try them out and then post your card in the challenge thread I have linked above.  Who knows, you might win a small prize!

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere

Okay, there isn’t glitter everywhere, but it does fly when being used.  I also rubbed my hands all over the dog when I was done to give her a bit of shine.

This card is a combination of two challenges.  The first one was a sketch challenge on the CardMaker Magazine Forum.  The second was a color challenge from StampTV.  I had fun figuring out what I wanted to do.  The card is for my uncle’s birthday, so it couldn’t have ribbon or flowers on it.

To make this card, I figured out what order I wanted to put the colors in, then cut out my pieces.  After I had all my brown and turquoise pieces cut, I tried something different and adhered the strips of brown to the strips of turquoise before running them through my Cuttlebug to emboss them.  It worked quite well as the embossing lines up perfectly without even trying.  It saved doing it twice, too.  I knew I wanted to layer my stamped image on turquoise, but wasn’t sure whether to stamp it in brown, or turquoise, so I did both and decided the brown looked much better.  I used a glue pen to cover the elephant in glue, then poured on the glitter and pressed down to make it stick.  After it dried for a few minutes, I flicked the back of the card to make sure all loose glitter was off, then blew on it to remove stray bits of glitter.  I had to use my finger to wipe away a few stubborn pieces.  I wound up with a fun, guy birthday card.

Thanks for sharing some of your time with me.  Please check out the challenges as anyone can enter, and they are quite fun.

Have Some Cake

I just wanted to share what I was working on this weekend.  This is one of the most simple baby shower cakes I have done, but it should taste good and was fun to do.

Here’s another one I did a while back for my nephew’s birthday.  He was very into bugs at the time.  It was a lot of fun, as I made the cake itself green and it had chocolate sprinkles in it for crunchy “bug guts”.  Most of the adults were a bit timid about eating it, but the kids and I had fun!

Fun Finds

One thing I like to do when I am making a card is see what I have that will work.

Following a sketch challenge this week, I decided to make a birthday card for my cousin.  Thinking about my cousin, I looked through my papers to find something that reminded me of him.  When I found a “travel” paper that had relax and adventure on it, I knew it was the start.  Then I looked for another paper that coordinated with it.  The hard part was trying to determine what embellishment to use.  I had some flowers that would have gone well with the papers, but I didn’t figure my cousin would appreciate that.  Looking through my brads, I found a really cute alien one that I got from a friend at the CardMaker Magazine Cardswap Forum.  What I wound up with was a card that reminded me of my laid back cousin and wasn’t girly at all.

I haven’t found the best way to take pictures, yet, so you get this one taken out in the afternoon sun.

1 Card for 2 Challenges

Stamp TV had a color challenge to use Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango and Red Hot for a card.  You can see the challenge here.  CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap had a challenge to make a gatefold card here.  So, I started thinking about what I could do to meet both of those challenges.

First I looked through my embossing templates to see what I thought would make a fun card using those colors, then I found my paper.  I used turquoise, some mango paper I had from Lasting Impressions, and some red shimmer paper.  The red is a bit darker than called for, but I really liked the shimmer.

Next I cut my red paper to 5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″ and scored it at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″.  Then I determined I wanted an 1/8″ border around the turquoise pieces, so I cut those to 5-1/4″ by 1-7/8″.  Then I used my Cuttlebug and embossed those pieces.

Next I dry embossed the hat (Lasting Impressions L9058) and heart (LI L9461).  Then I cut those pieces out and used a scuffer to bring out the white a bit.  I don’t really like adding any other colors to a color challenge, but figured the white was part of the mango paper and it isn’t much. These are my finished pieces.

After that, I used some double stick tape to adhere the turquoise pieces to the panels.  I put the hat on the heart with some Scotch mounting tape and added a piece of turquoise ribbon that I knotted a few times to the hat.  Then I attached the heart piece to one of the panels, not putting any adhesive on the other half so the card can be opened.  Here is my finished card.

Check out the challenges, as you still have time to participate in them!  Thanks for taking a look.

Hello world!

My name is Golda Peterson.

I started making cards when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  Back then, it was all about the words and just putting some clip art on the card.  Now, it’s all about the card and I often have a difficult time coming up with the words.

I started making candles when I was first married and we didn’t have much money.  I needed something I could make several presents from that didn’t cost a lot.  There was a craft store coupon available, so I went and browsed.  A candle kit was my choice and boy has my love of the craft spread from there.

Thanks for taking the time to visit me.  I plan to share what I’m working on in both cards and candles, as well as a bit of encouragement here and there.  Please be patient with me as I adjust this blog and figure out how to make it do what I want.