Thursday, February 7, 2008

...And Then There Was Light!

While at Target picking up a prescription for DS (ear infection and flu!), I stopped by the lighting section to see what kind of bulbs they carry. I have been complaining about the lighting in my craft room and contemplating buying an expensive daylight lamp. Instead, I tried some new bulbs and sure enough, I can see what I'm doing now!!! Gotta love an easy fix. Turns out the bulbs in my ceiling light were only 40 watts. Fine if you are on the computer, or paying bills, or something. But NOT when you want to see color and detail.

So with sunshine this morning and my new lightbulbs this afternoon, here is what I created. The first card is the Monday Lunchtime Sketch by Mary Jo at Techno Stamper. This is a fabulous sketch and you really should go check out what everyone is creating with it! I used the Soft Sky cs, brown and cream scraps, and Alpine Socks dp which has the greatest little shimmer in it. The cupcakes are from Stampendous, available at Eclectic Paperie. I paper pieced the cupcake papers with the matching dp, and put microbeads on the frosted tops. (I love how the microbeads reflected the light in the photos - IRL they are a shimmery brown). The cherries on 3 of them are red glitter glue and the fourth is a red jewel brad from Target. The square brads on the sentiment are Making Memories.
This next card is for the challenge at Sarah and the Stampstars, No Stamping Required! Also, if you look closely, I SEWED on my card! Yes, this is a first, and clearly there is a problem with the tension on my bobbin thread (see photo of back of panel), but that is easily fixed. Sewing has been on my "techniques to try" list for so long, I finally tackled it today. And it was fun! I used microbeads on the heart. DP is from CTMH. The sketch is Di Hickman's newsletter. A great way to use up scraps.

I'll be home tomorrow afternoon with DS again, so will probably get to stamp more while he snoozes on the couch watching Thomas the Tank Engine. Thanks for looking!

10 comments:

Sarah Moore said...

Terrific card! Thanks for playing in the challenge!

MJ said...

This is wonderful! I love the cupcakes and the paper piecing. Also the punched holes in the scallop are a great touch. Super card, thanks so much for playing.

Cindy Vernon said...

I really like how you paper pieced the cupacke wrappers. How cute!

Rachel Webber said...

Brilliant blog! I'm trying to join the Sisterhood too (sorry I haven't been in touch with you sooner, but things have been a bit odd for me the past few days) Hope we get to know each other better soon

debby4000 said...

Wow fab cards, love the colours you've used for Di sketch but those cupcakes are gorgeous.

Rosanne said...

Lovely cards! The cupcakes are very cute!

Heather LeAnn said...

Congratulations Melissa! You were my blog candy winner of my 2000 hits! I really enjoyed that story about going skiing for the weekend, my hubby isn't that creative...lol. He tries though! Please email with your choice of SAB set, or send me your email address so that I can email you the brocure if you haven't seen all the sets yet. My email is:
hlr976@hotmail.com

Hope you had a great weekend and Congratulations once again! Oh, and cute cards too by the way! Now that I know you are here, I can check back often!
Heather

Ruby Claire. said...

WOW i LOVE your cards! They are so BEAUTIFUL! Love the lil cupcakes!
<3 Ruby.xx
[SBS-12]

jo said...

Great cards!!!!

Di Hickman said...

whoa look at you go! So fun to stitch on cards! Don't worry it gets easier! And once you get your tension right WRITE IT DOWN, can't tell you what a timesaver that is! great card! TFS!