Posts Tagged "roses"

2014-July-16a

This card is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge – Becky chose soft suede (brown), soft sky (blue), pear pizzazz (green) and crisp cantaloupe (orange). The first time I saw these colors, I had a hard time envisioning them together, until I saw Becky’s card –  simply stunning, right? This card is also a case of a case, LOL – Dockside’s card, which is a case of Sandie’s card – I love the layout and flowers of both cards!
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2014-May-26a

***Please scroll down for updates on this post***

This card is for a very special couple. I met the bride through the PCCrafter message board about 10 years ago, and even though the message board is gone, we have kept in touch. She is beautiful and kind, generous, courageous and strong, a person who deserves to be happy. I hope that someday, I will meet her and her husband in person.

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Rose Tag Card

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects
24
May

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***Update: This card is a Color Challenge Favorite at SplitcoastStampers. Thank you for choosing my card Peggy(pegmac71)! ***Color Challenge Favorite

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A Single Rose

Posted by: Gemin General, Projects in General, Projects
22
May

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I’m excited to post this card and share how I did that rose, but… I’m afraid that I’ll just have to update this post later because I don’t have a lot of time. (*** Update: this post is now updated, LOL! Just scroll down.***) This card is for Ann’s challenge this week at The Paper Players, which is Clean and Simple floral theme. I like how Ann says that if it’s CAS to you, then it’s CAS to us – that is my kind of definition, LOL!

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Remember my struggles with the DU2DS  challenge last week? (Scroll down to last week’s post if  you weren’t around, LOL) Well, no such thing this week – this card came together like a dream!  Thanks to your comments and encouragements, I did not have to throw a mountain of crumpled paper in the waste basket, LOL. Before I started on this card though, I’d like to thank the ladies at Split Coast Stamper’s Forum – they were the ones who set me on the right path. First, Meg (WAXYO) gave this link for those who were asking how to color with odorless mineral spirits. The instructions were very clear, so I went to Michaels and bought the Prisma Color pencils, looked for odorless mineral spirits but they didn’t have it.  I did more searching and Estelle (mamahowe) suggested using baby oil, because it’s what she uses! I forgot to buy the blending stumps, and my DD, who attended an art class when she was in the elementary grades, said that they make their own (you can see how here).  I was all set, and I chose to color the rose digi-stamp I was so frustrated with last week (scroll down and you will see it, it’s free!).  The result is the image above – it was so easy and satisfying to do – I was surprised! With the coloring done, the rest of the card came together quickly. I used a MS border punch for the “doily” frame – instructions on how to do this are here (scroll down to Jay’s  April 15, 2009 post – thanks Jay!).  I even managed to put bling again – yes, I think I am getting addicted, LOL! Green cardstock is from Martha Stewart,  light pink paper (antique bubble gum) is from The Paper Patch, all the rest is from my stash, sentiment is printed using Albemarle Swash font.  Thanks again to the design team of DU2DS, specially Chris and Sandra, for the challenge. Oh, where is the sentiment you say?  The rose motif swings away to reveal the sentiment:

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Bling Challenge on DU2DS

Posted by: Gemin Projects in Projects
15
Apr

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The second challenge at DU2DS is bling – and I struggled, for two reasons. First reason is, I am not used to putting bling on things I create. It’s just the way I am, if you meet me in person, you will notice that the only jewelry I wear is my wedding ring, and it translates to my craft. I have nothing against jewelry or sparkly stuff, again, it’s just the way I am. The second reason why I struggled is coloring stamped images. Taking the advice of Kim Fee (note her comment in my first DU2DS), I got the watercolor pencils out, chose a digi stamp (line art of Snookie)  then started coloring. Arrrrgh! After printing several times and after coloring several images, nothing came out the way I wanted. Sooo, not willing to give up easily, I thought maybe I should use another digi stamp.  I created this line art for a rose – see end of this post and for you digi stampers out there, you are welcome to snag it if you want, no restrictions in its use (just right-click on the image and save in your disk). But then again, same results as before, nothing came out the way I wanted.  At this point (note that I’ve been working on this challenge for several days already), I’m throwing in the towel temporarily. Maybe working with watercolor pencils is not for me, next time, I’ll try using what most stampers use – Prismacolor pencils or Copic markers. I went back to the colored digital images of Snookie and used  her in the card I made above.  The card is pretty simple, but I do like how the small rhinestones complemented the paper-piercing at the corners – I guess that’s a small victory for me, at least. Thanks to the people at DU2DS who come up with these challenges, I got out of my comfort zone, LOL!

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Rose Cupcakes!

Posted by: Gemin Projects in Projects
1
Mar

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More often than not, I come across a project using my templates or graphics and am really bowled over by how creative Gem’s Cottage customers are.  The rose cupcakes pictured above is a very good example – my gosh, those cupcakes are simply fabulous! These were posted by tootie0809 at cakecentral.com and you can see her original post here. My dear husband remarked, “I’m sorry, darling, but what really made these cupcakes stand out were the cupcakes themselves, not your cupcake wrappers.” I have to agree – the cupcake wrappers here just took a supporting role, but I still felt so honored! Thank you so much for posting these pics, tootie0809!  Here is another picture of the whole ensemble – I was simply blown away by this picture!

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