I've loved making cards for years. Now it's nice to have a place to display them to look at when I want. I have been inspired by many and I hope to do so also. I try to give credit where it's due, please be as courteous. Thanks, dj
Enfys of Going Buggy suggested that we do our favorite cards for 2009, so here are mine. I actually only started doing cards with the Cricut in January. Prior to this I used software, and thought I did a good job, but I've since found this more challenging, and therefore more fulfilling. As you will see, I've grown considerably from my first card to the one for December. I hope you enjoy what you see and will leave a comment. I would love to see what you've done also. Enfys' friend, Kath's cards are here.
Click on any card to enlarge. January February March
This is card number five of the nine I've done and am working on. This is one of those cards that just sort of came to me. As well as giving this card for a friend's anniversary I'm entering it on the challenges at http://www.polkadoodles.blogspot.com/ and http://www.foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ and http://www.creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/ . The challenges were anything goes. I love the new images Polka Doodles is featuring, and plan to try some at a later date, but I wanted to use this for now. I used Cricut DS to cut the scalloped and plain ovals from SB and PS, the bottom white one I ran through cuttlebug. I'm not sure what all of the papers are, but the vintage red and white is making memories. The corners are die cuts from cuttlebug; and the roses are by Lily Boo Too, colored with prismacolors and gamsol.
This guy didn't take too much coloring with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. I used the Wild Card cart, red ribbon, red rhinestones and one of the clear stickles. There is a large snowflake inside the card for the message to my friend.
This is one of nine anniversary cards I'm making for my friends. I guess December was a very busy month. I'm entering this in The Play Date Cafe challenge, which was to use the colors, red, bright pink and lime green. These are some of my favorite colors, so this was not too difficult. The birds are by Lily Boo Too. I'm also entering this in the challenge at Moving Along with the Times, who had a sketch to follow.
I used my prismacolor pencils with gamsol to blend on the birds, various cardstock and one of the new Martha Stewart border punches. I used the new Pagoda cart to do the flowers.
I've been looking at the way the talented ladies on the design teams do their coloring and shading, and I'm trying to improve on the way I do so. Mine was done with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I found this sweet paper in a small pack in some of my paper searches so it was easy to pick out the colors for her dress, the "ribbons" are from a cordinating paper. I used the MS hydrangea punches for the flowers with pearls in the center. I haven't figured out who to send it to yet, or for what, so my sentiment is missing, but I will be cutting it with my Cricut.
This is another card I did along the same lines as the one above. I love the Precious Moment children, and this is one that I had colored a while back. I was able to find paper to go quite well with it, though. I really like purple and orange together so I was pleased with how the colors turned out together. The ribbon is actually a combination of two separate ribbons. The flowers are silk flowers that I took apart from M's and embellished with the jewels. The sentiment "Happy Anniversary" is cut from Sweethearts in two colors. I used a glitter pen to do my doodling.