Friday, April 12, 2013

Roses and Big Shots

You know,  I really need to get better at post titles.  I just get to simple and uninspired when I do my titles.  But anyway....   The AZ Scrapbooking store owner, Debi, asked me to make some samples using a paper pack by Pebbles called Basics.  It has 18 designs, 36 pages of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" card stocks that are prescored to make the standard A2 sized card.  I used a stamp set by Inky Antics called Rose and another set by Hero Arts called Say It All....

It's hard to see the rose in the second card.... I embossed it with white embossing powder then used sponges and inks to color.  I should have taken a close up but it's already in the store to promote the paper.  I did use a tissue to get some of the ink color off the embossing but the color was just too vivid.

And recently I purchased some intricate dies by Cheery Lynn Designs.  I have had a horrible time getting the French Lattice die to work in my Wizard.  I've been in contact with Dave Dywann of DieCutsCentral who made the dies for Cheery Lynn (he's the guy in the video on C.L.'s website) and he couldn't get the dies to work in his Wizard either.  Needless to say... I had to purchase a new tool...

I love my 2nd generation purple Wizard but now I have to learn this brute.  I got it yesterday but have yet to play with it.  Guess I need to go to their website to get the correct "sandwiches" for my dies.  I still have some of the original little red Sizzix dies that I just love!  They do work in the Wizard so I doubt that I'll try to sell it at this time.   I purchased my Wizard back in 2006 when my favorite stamping store in Casper, WY closed.  I got a good deal on it and had a buyer for my little red Sizzix machine.  The Big Shot was just getting popular about then, to my knowledge anyway, but the Wizard was then in my price range.

This weekend I need to complete a bunch of cards as I have about 6 birthdays between now and May 15 to prepare for.  I have many cards done but without any sentiments inside of them.  And the store needs some more cards to sell.  Guess I better get it in gear!  I didn't get anything done yesterday but my 2 hour job as I had a horrible case of insomnia Wednesday night and my brain was in such a fog all day.  Gotta make up for that now!


Shelly N. said...

I have two Wizards because they have discontinued them and there are certain techniques and projects that only a Wizard can do. I have a Cuttlebug and a Big Shot as well. (got the Big Shot for $35 at a garage sale). Each has the type of die that they do well. I do a lot of shimming. Have used others big new Spellbinders machine and it works great, just a little high on the price for me, especially since I have all these other machines.

Donna said...

Nice cards Carol!

Glittered Paws said...

Love the rose stamp - on the doily - doilies are so in now. I have the cuttlebug and love it - usually a few shims cuts just about anything I have to cut. Have fun with your new toy.

Anonymous said...

Carol, glad you have less challenge from the naughsty spam kinder level minded. Always a good days when those hands stay to themselves.
Super cloud deck and turf level coloration card! DH is a smart dude! All those years on red, green or orange implements! The four square with moving flower effect seems happy from the first glance. Diamonds, ssquares, pleated center pinwheels, all are great card embellishments. You have (had) small word stamps. Put them four to a square which has been extra fine line divided N-S, then E-W displaying four smaller squares on a solid color bg. Then ink four words in the same color ink. Stamp each black line divided square in the same ink for those four works one in each smaller square inside the larger cs square. Clean stamps and change ink to stamp each word in a smaller square. Have word in compliment bg paper. Accent dotted i letter dots with a small rhinestone. If you want the rhinestone to match the word ink in each square gently swipe an inked dobber over the gem's top surface. Let thoroughly dry before touching.
Stop over at Julie's massively colorful site. Not as fiery as you site, just sayin'. Her mom, rubbermaid.blogspot displayed a pear card using bleach method...been a while here. Good ol' household goods!
You'll have lots of ideas with the new CD techniques.
Use what you are able and stash/ trash .
Eyes are burning. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZtime.
Keep Looking UP!