I've been sitting on some exciting news!...
...and I'm still flippin' out, 'cause I can't believe I'm a Caardvark! Squeeeeeeek! (Doesn't that sound like a creature made of paper, who snarfles up beads 'n' brads instead of ants?) If I was a critter, that's the critter I'd be! (Wait a minute! I am that critter!) ;O)
A...Intro to cardvaarks!
B...A tree challenge (& prize) from Taylored Expressions & inspiration link list
C...digital paper freebies (with trees & tree text)
And 1...Ways to customize digital paper
2...cheap tricks for...
- rounded corners (no punch)
- distressing edges with scissors
- gutting strips from patterned paper
- making it rain
(where have you been? in an alternate dimension of time & space?) hehehe ;O)
You can check out the new Caardvarks Crew here.
(And I get to play with that insanely talented bunch. Somebody pinch me! I feel like the cool kids accidently let me join their clique!) ;O)
B) A Tree Challenge
The theme is trees. Wanna play?
You can play along by making any tree-themed card or project & linking it here
the challenge is sponsored by Taylored Expressions.
(Link up your tree creation by April 30th) to win this set!...
- By Taylor: A gorgeous tree scene & another soft n pretty one here
- a mind bogglingly cute one here
- sweet one with all the tree accessories here
- more cute branching out here
- Lovely leafiness here
- By Ana: Stunning gift set & Another sweet set & her cute birdhouse
- Sweet tree cards by Charmaine & her cute birdhouse on a branch card & her gorgeous gift set
- All of Donna's Branching out cards here DROOOOOOL! You rock Donna! :O)
- Jackies adorable owls
- Jami's stunning flowering tree
- Dawn's gorgeous owl card
- Denise's branching out beauty & another one
- Jen's You're a hoot card & pretty in pink one & a perfectly paper pieced one
- Jodi's sublime scene & a sweet swing and sky & You're a hoot & bird house
- Karen's pretty paper piece & miss you Owl & gorgeous flowering branch
- All Lynn's branching out cards here. Gorgeousness!!
Click to see yummy stamps at...
C...A digital paper freebie (with trees)
Need something to use for the challenge? Here's a digital paper I made with some trees & the text of the Walt Whitman poem Song of the Redwood Tree
click the pics to try the JPG out
if you prefer PDFs or you're having trouble try right click & save as
or drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
(I tried for hours to load the PDFs to splitcoast no luck. I need a degree in computers, lol.)
This digi paper uses very little ink in printing, since it's pale (which means you can also colour it...)
customize digital paper
White cardstock (this is neenah white)
Water colour Pencil crayons
Coloured thread & needle
Cuttelbug embossing folder
Gesso or white ink
Step 1) Print digital patterned paper (but save ink by printing in black & white)
Step 2) Get nice colour by colouring by hand
To make the textured strip...
I printed the coloured section of the Whitman text & embossed it while it was fresh out of the printer. It picked up a little bit of embossing powder...
(It smooths out cuts of corner rounding too)
Click the pic for a bird's eye view of the rain....
P.S. There'll be one more post today. The last sneak peek at the Little Paper Shop sets...