Sunday, January 7, 2018

Clothes Make the Man Christmas Card

So, yeah, I've been missing and this is sooooo late but I promise I'll work on being more attentive to my blog!  

At the last Stamp Show I went to, I found the "perfect" stamp set to do my Christmas Cards and I really do love it.  This was last June-ish.  Now, I make 60+ cards each year to mail out.  The company I bought from said they had just placed a huge order for dies that they would soon be selling on their web site.  Great!  60 cards, no problem!  I'm not sure if the die deal went through or their web site is just difficult to navigate - but for the life of me, I could not find dies anywhere.  Now this may be operator error for me and I am in no way blaming anyone!  I was now on a cut it out by hand mission!  I started in September, and kept a "cut it" pack near me at all times.  In my spare time, I cut; on a road trip, I cut.  I don't mind cutting so my hands stayed busy - busy hands can't snack!  I figured the the die probably wouldn't cut everything the way I wanted so hand cutting was in the plan.

All paper was purchased at Hobby Lobby (on sale, of course).  The clothes were all stamped on cardstock and cut and pieced back together, felt like paper dolls lol.  The "fur" has Wink of Stella for shine and all the buttons and metal elements is done with a Signo Uniball Gold Pen.  The sentiment was printed using Magnolia Sky Font and another standard font (sorry I no longer have the file).  This card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and I did not want to pay double postage on that size envelope so I went to Office Max and bought A9 Greeting Card Envelopes.  This size fits a 8 1/2 x 11 paper folded in half.  There was extra room, about 3 inches, but I did not hear of any problems going through the mail.

Thanks for taking a look.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rainbows and Unicorns Birthday Card

My middle daughter, Katie turned 30 this past weekend.  Since it was a biggie I thought she deserved Rainbows and Unicorns plus flamingos (her favorite), but last years card had flamingos.  I purchased the Mama Elephant Over the Rainbow Stamp and Die set at Joanns using a coupon, a while ago.  I loved coloring those little unicorns with my Tombow Markers!   

Loved the Avery Elle Horizontal Strips Die Set and thought it would go perfect with the small images.  My card has some shimmer with the Wink of Stella and crystal Stickles.  The light pink circle was inked with Guava from The Stamps of Life.

Hope you have a great day and keep on crafting!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July My Monthly Hero Card

Hero Arts July My Monthly Hero Club sets are Awesome!!  If you are like me and adore flowers, this one is for you.  I paired this set with the Avery Elle's Horizontal Stripes Die.  It just came Saturday and I couldn't wait to use it.

The Flowers and containers were stamped with Versafine Black ink  on Canson Multimedia paper.  Coloring with Tombow markers on this paper is fabulous!  It was very easy to blend.  Topped the flowers with Wink of Stella and added Glossy Accents on the butterfly.   The sentiment was stamped by curving the the stamp on a block and using Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink then die cut with a Spellbinders banner die.

This card's sentiment was stamped and embossed, then cut with a punch.  Also both purple pieces were raised with pop dots.

Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sympathy Cards with New Technique

First of all, I love watching new technique videos on Youtube.  Jennifer McGuire is my favorite and today I'm showing you my take on her technique.  The link to her video is here.  I highly recommend visiting her site, you could spend days watching all her crafty goodness!

So, I love making cards, but it's very sad when the reason is loss.  A family member passed and a very good friend lost her husband, both were very unexpected.  Instead of struggling to design a card, I poured my love for these people into making the cards.

Here's my card, I made two of these...

The stamps and dies are a flower building set from Altenew called Camillia.  The prayer sentiment is from Hero Arts called Prayers Stamp and Cut.  I chose to use the new Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violets for the flower and three different colors of green from my stash.

Keep on crafting and have a great day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Hero Arts Kit AND Yes, Color Of Pop Dots Matter

So the June My Monthly Hero Kit is Amazing!  Something I would never have picked out but absolutely love!  I have three daughters so everything I gravitate to is pink, flowery and glittery, so this challenged me.  

I stuck with Kraft card stock for four cards, but first used Bristol Smooth and three colors of Distress Ink - blended like butter on this card stock!  Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey was applied with a blending tool and I was able to continue moving it around for quite a bit.  Choosing which animals was hard because there were sooo many to choose from and in different sizes, but all were inked with Memento Tuxedo Black.  Here they are:
The kit came with some cork and I added a strip and buttons were from my stash.

The moon die cut is sprayed with Shimmer and Shine and raised with pop dots.

Loved that little Momma and Baby Elephant image!  The paper cord was from the kit and the little wooden heart was from my stash.  The tree is raised with pop dots. 

And finally, the brown shimmery paper was also included in the kit.

Now for those pop dots - I first found black pop dots at a Creative Keepsake Convention and it opened my eyes!  It really does make quite a difference when you are adhering black or dark color card stock as opposed to white or light color.  Here's a better look:

 Here is a photo of the black dots I used.
And there you have it.  Keep on crafting and have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fathers Day Card with Hero Arts

My last cards were made with Hero Arts Monthly Kit (May) and featured mermaids and other underwater goodies.  I had all that sitting out still, (yes, I'm lazy and hadn't put it all away) when I reached for another new Hero Arts Stamp that I haven't used yet called Color Layering Octopus.  These two went together perfectly and I made three cards with them.  Bonus:  Got the Octopus Stamp on sale 40% off at Joanns.

Again, I used the monthly kit stencil and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for the background.  One used the stencil and the next one I turned over the wet stencil onto fresh paper for the background.  The octopus was stamped with Prussian Blue Palette Ink for the base layer and then Versamark for the second layer and heat embossed with Zing Silver Embossing Powder.  Loved using my MISTI on the octopus as I was stamping over the misted background, four layers of ink was all it took to get really good coverage on the base layer.  Some coral was stamped and others were die cut along with seaweed.  The starfish was stamped with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide and really covered the background as well.

For the sentiment I used Justrite Stamps All In The Family and TAC (The Angel Company) All-American Blue ink.  But wasn't paying attention when I stamped the starfish and covered it partly with the sentiment strip.

Hope you have a great day and keep on crafting!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

3 Cards with May Hero Arts Monthly Kit

I've seen several talented artists create wonderful creations with this card kit!  Here is my try with these three cards.  

The backgrounds are some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists with the included stencil and the backing card that the stamps and dies are mounted on - it was too pretty to not use it!  Each card has images popped up and two of the sentiments are heat embossed.  I had quite a bit of fun coloring all the stamped images with my Tombow Markers.  I'm pretty sure I'll be getting lots of use out of this kit!

Hope you have a great day!