Monday, August 12, 2013

What a difference a couple of months can make

There are many talented crafters that share their videos over at YouTube.  I've spent some way too much time watching
tutorials on various techniques.  While I still have oodles to learn, I'm pleased with my progress so far.

Card making is exciting to me because there are so many different techniques and styles.  And all of those toys tools.  It's amazing to see how the same papers, inks, tools, embellishments, etc. can be turned into completely different projects by different crafters.

I'd like to show the difference between two examples of the same Cricut cut made by me.  After I got my Cricut Art Nouveau cartridge I was really excited to try out the Rose #2 cut.  It's just so pretty and I knew it would work perfectly with one of the sentiment stamps from Papertrey Ink's Harvest Berries stamp set. (I adore that set!)

This first card is the one I made a couple of months ago.  I'm still quite proud of this card and, in fact, one just like it has already been sent to a dear Aunt of mine who is going through a very difficult time.  This one will be sent to someone else I think may need just a little encouragement.

And here is the one I just made.  The roses were cut using the same papers but this one was cut using the flip feature on my Expression. I cut the flowers out 3 times each so I could layer them.  They were given texture and dimension by using my McGill stylus set.  And all layers were inked with Tim Holtz distress inks.  I decided to forgo the shadow layer.  The hummingbird is also from Art Nouveau.  If you don't have that cart, I highly recommend it.

This card can be found at the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday -- Anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday -- Sketch #218
Digi Stamps 4 Joy -- Make your own embellishments
Inspire Me Fridays -- Anything goes
Amusing Challenges -- Paper piecing
Digi Sketch Challenges -- Make your own flowers
Challenges 4 Everybody -- Anything goes

Like I said, I'm pleased with my growth as a card maker.  I look forward to improving on what I've learned and continuing to study new techniques.  Thanks for the time you've spent here.  And I hope you have a fantastic day!


  1. Two beautiful works of art! I love what you have done with the sketch and all the shading with inks o the 2nd card with the flowers. Thanks for joining us this week.
    Hugs, Heide SSW-DT

  2. Wow, I am going to have to get this cartridge. Your card is stunning. I love yur color scheme and love the hummingbird and flowers. Beautifully done! Be sure to comment on SSW to be entered into our grand prize drawing. Thanks for joining us.
    NAncy SSW-DT

  3. Both cards are gorgeous, Roberta! Love how you've used the hummingbird and flowers for the second one!

  4. Just beautiful! Love the soft and serene feel of it. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

    Peace & Luv,

  5. What a fantastic card and really love those flowers whit humminbird, they look so beautiful. Thank you for joining in Digi Sketch Challenge, good luck.

  6. WOW, both cards are incredible!!! Of course though I'm partial to the hummingbird one, I love those darling birds. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


  7. Such pretty cards Robert. Thank you for joining us at SSW this week. Holly x

  8. Wow this is stunning! Such great depth and texture here and beautifully composed with those gorgeous flowers wrapping around the hummingbird. Gorgeous! So glad you joined us at SSW.
    Sharon, SSW-DT

  9. Gorgeous cards. Thanks for joining us at DS4J for this challenge.
    Margaret, DT

  10. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and the sentiment as well. Great job from top to bottom, and thanks SO MUCH for stopping by to share with us in this week's challenge. It's such a blessing to make new friends, and I really hope that you will continue to play along with us. Your art is just lovely, and I look forward to seeing more. Have a blessed week!
    Word Art Wednesday

  11. Magnificent layered flowers, Roberta! Love your color combo, too.

  12. Hi Roberta your card is absolutely stunning. I love this image and your wonderful colours and paper. Your added embellishments are amazing and the most perfect finishing touches to a wonderful card. Great card and thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and good luck.

    Kathie SSW-DT

  13. What a gorgeous card! I really like the way you layered the flowers and all the dimension the card has. Your hummingbird is sweet too. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Word Art Wednesday.

  14. Beautiful cards!! You have inspired me to start using my Cricut... For some reason, it intimidates me... Love your results!!
    So glad you played along with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday!!
    Blessings to you Roberta!!
    Sally SSW-DT

  15. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

  16. Gorgeous Roberta!
    I'll be featuring you this week @ Inspire Me Fridays, thanks so much for linking up!


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