January 28, 2010

You've got 'Male'

My neighbor and friend, Fran, is turning 65 tomorrow. She is an avid collector...lighthouses, Elvis items, Coca Cola items and Nascar. She has a room for each collectible and her house is so neat and organized that it's a joy to visit her. For her birthday I wanted to make her something featuring her favorite Nascar driver, Jeff Gordon. I know he is a favorite because she even has a race car tire autographed by him in one of the rooms!

I had these little metal mailboxes from Target so decided to make her a Jeff Gordon mailbox. I downloaded several photos and made a cover for the mailbox, added two of his best photos to the front and back, then filled it with Jeff Gordon candy bars (mini Kit Kats covered with a wrapper I made). On the bottom I added a tag that reads...'Happy Birthday Fran! You've got 'Male'. I think it came out wonderful! I can't wait to give it to her.

January 25, 2010

Mardi Gras Card

I've always liked Fred She Said Designs, so wanted to participate in their first blog challenge. The challenge was to use the header and background on the challenge blog as inspiration. My mind is in a Mardi Gras mode, so the first thing I thought was that the colors looked like the Mardi Gras colors.

I decided on Fred's digital image (freebie) called Doodle Tiles from 2007. On a MS Word document I uploaded the tile six times. I made the first one 2-1/2" and decreased each of the others by 1/8th of an inch. I cut them out and layered them (making one square and the next diagonal) using pop dots to make a 3-D medallion. I added little holographic brads (stickers) to the top image give it a little sparkle.

For the background I stamped a piece of white card stock with the SU Baroque flourish in green. I computer generated the words Mardi Gras below the medallion. I backed this piece with some gold paper and added it to a purple card. Below is a close up of the layered medallion.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez"

January 14, 2010

Chocolate Inspiration

This week's challenge inspiration from Pals Paper Arts is a delicious looking piece of chocolate in a white crimped paper holder.

Of course Valentine's Day was my first thought...then getting in my car and going out to find some chocolate quickly came second. I decided I'd make the card first, then go get the chocolate.

I began by crimping a white strip to look like the paper the candy was in. I backed the white strip with a piece of brown card stock and a red strip that I border punched with hearts (Martha Stewart) at the top and bottom. I used a favorite Valentine rubber stamp from Stubby Stampers and stamped it in dark red on white. I die cut the image using my oval Nestabilities and backed it with brown. The last step was to round the card edges and add some tiny hearts around the Valentine image.

January 12, 2010

Birthday Card Challenge

I decided to make a card for the Mojo Monday Challenge. It's a cute and unique layout, so I thought I'd make a birthday card (which is this weeks challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges).

I decided I wanted to use the colors red, white and black. I had this pretty floral-embossed card stock so used that for the background. The Tulip Heart image is from PSX (an oldie, but a goodie). The birthday greeting is computer-generated and cut out using my oval Nestabilities.