2/18/12

A few more Valentines

This is the last of them. Nothing fancy, just a little stamping, a couple of paper punches, and some ribbon. Oh, and an MFT Die-namic die (on the first 2 cards).
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I added a little Stickles to the flourish thingie for a little extra sparkle.
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That’s it for Valentines, now I guess it’s time to move on to other themes. I don’t do Easter cards or Mother’s Day card, so I think I will build up my stash of birthday and all occasion cards. That will give me something to do and hopefully keep me out of trouble.
I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

2/16/12

Variation on a Theme

Sometimes, when my mojo has taken a hike, I look at previous cards and change them up a bit, so this is actually CASE of a recent CASE. It’s not even changed up a whole lot.

You remember this card…

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Well, here it is again, in a slightly different version:

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I used all three dies from the set this time. I’m not terribly happy with the placement of the flowers and if I make another one I will probably stick to using the same size flower for all of the cuts. The dots in the centers of the flowers are made with a black Pearl Pen because I used the last of my epoxy stickers on the last card. Those Pearl Pens are awesome! They settle right down into perfect rounded domes - I love it!

I also used the Pearl Pens and some Beads in a Bottle by Tulip (from AC Moore a while back) instead of gems because I didn’t have the matching colors in gemstones. Here’s a little close up of the lovelies.

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The red, green, and purple dots are Bead in a Bottle, and they are actually in a tube. The blue and yellow are Pearl Pens - Light Blue and Sunny Yellow. The stamp is the same Penny Black background and I cannot get it to stamp solidly on Bazzill paper to save me. But I love the texture of the paper so I just fill in the dots with a marker. It’s all good.

2/14/12

Happy Valentine’s Day

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I just had to get out the Glitter Ritz one more time and do a little fancy schmancy glittering. I used the Marvy scalloped heart punch again and punched 3 hearts along the bottom of the card. I would like to tell you that I measured very carefully, but the truth is that I just got lucky. I did mark the center of the card and punch that heart first, then just eyeballed the other two. There were 2 other attempts that didn’t make the cut, but this one turned out pretty well.

I put Scor-Tape behind the openings, die cut small hearts (Cuttlebug Die) from some of the protective liner of the Scor-Tape and placed them in the centers of the hearts. I applied the red glitter (Glitter Ritz Fire Red), burnished it down really well and then removed the small hearts and added the Cool Highlight glitter. Here’s a close up of the glittery goodness. While I was editing the photos I could see that a tiny bit of the red glitter got into the centers, but it isn’t very visible to the naked eye, so I’m cool with it.

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The sentiment is an old dollar stamp from the Big M that I’ve had for a couple of years, at least. I added some red and white ribbon, a black layer behind the while and stuck it all down to a red card. And so another one bites the dust.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

2/12/12

Another window card

Yep, I did it again.

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I had punched out the heart circle with the intention of using it on another card, and I already had the white piece cut to use on the previous card but it didn’t line up, so I die cut another brown scalloped rectangle and they lined up perfectly. No glitter on this one but I did use a couple of heart gems here and there (shiny things!). The shape behind the heart circle is a Memory Box die, I think. The heart circle was punched using a Martha punch and an EK Success circle punch. Popped everything up on foam tape, added the gems, and Voila! Another Valentine’s card. I don’t send many Valentines, so I do try to make each one a little different.

I expect there is more glitter in my future, and more Valentines, so stay tuned.

2/10/12

I just couldn’t resist

I had to have another go at that card… the one I said I wouldn’t be making another of in the foreseeable future. This one - remember? So I made this:

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I glittered up some hearts with my new favorite glitter - Glitter Ritz - and I didn’t have to cut up as much paper to get the window right this time. Each time it gets a little easier. Anyway, the procedure was the same as it was for the previous card and I take back what I said about making any more. You might see some more of these pretty soon.

The sentiment is a Verve stamp and the scalloped heart is made with the yellow Marvy Clever Lever scalloped heart punch. The 2 smaller hearts were done with some old Cuttlebug dies I had forgotten I owned.

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I do love shiny things.

2/8/12

Happy Birthday!

To my wonderful daughter, who turns 27 today. Where does the time go?? It seems like just yesterday she was running around in just her little ruffled panties and playing with Barbie dolls. Fortunately she doesn’t run around that way anymore and I have no idea what happened to all of those Barbie dolls!

Anyway, I made some cupcakes and a card to celebrate. Devil’s Food cupcakes with peanut butter frosting, and a card I CASEd (what?? you’re surprised??) from here.

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It took several hours between the punching and the gluing, and the measuring and the cutting… and the removing the grass from the back of the card because I put the inside piece on upside down - with Scor-Tape!….sigh. Luckily the grass was the only piece I had stuck down and I was able to remove it, but I did have to add a blue piece of card stock to the back to cover the parts that came off when I removed it. It was actually a fun card to make and since I was only making one, and it was for my baby girl, I didn’t mind how long it took.

I used the SU owl punch, some shredding scissors, a Hero Arts wood grain stamp, pom poms for the party hats (stuck on with Glossy Accents), googlie eyes on the owls, and an SU Sizzlet die for the leaves. I had cut the birthday sign and I didn’t have the right color or size of brad from which to hang said sign, I coated one with Versamark and embossed it with some copper embossing powder. Of course, I had already adhered the tree trunk to the front, so I cut the legs off of the brad and stuck it down with several glue dots on top of the twine - which was already stuck down with another glue dot. All this was done while trying to keep my darling kitty, Mr. Sheldon, out of the way and off of my work table. Fun was had by all!

Happy Birthday, sweetie!

A lesson in patience

This is another shameless CASE of a card from Lisa’s blog, I’m In Haven. I could, and do, spend hours pinning cards from her blog to my Pinterest page! This card took much longer than I had anticipated. My fault entirely. Before cutting the circle for the center I stuck the brown and white pieces together - good idea. I then proceeded to cut the largest circle first. Not such a good idea. Sigh. I tried again and cut the right size circle, but it was off center. Sigh. One more time and it was STILL off center. Big sigh. This went on for a while longer. Pay no attention to the fact that the sentiment is slightly off kilter - by that time I was SO done with this card. The only thing that was easy was die cutting the flowers. Sheesh! I have to say that I do love the way it turned out, though. Will I be making more of these? Probably not in the foreseeable future.
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There are slight differences between my cards and hers, but very slight. I left off the twine on the sides of the center circle, used a different sentiment and the placement of the leaves on the corner flowers is different. I did finally discover that Colorbox Creamy Brown Chalk Ink is excellent for stamping an image on Kraft card stock. I tried several different inks before I got a look that I liked. Let’s hope I can remember that next time!
The flower and leaf dies are a set from My Favorite Things, the circle and scalloped rectangle are done with Spellbinders dies. I just punched circles from the same brown card stock as the rectangle for the flower centers. The sentiment (Hero Arts, of course) is stamped using Brilliance Chocolate ink. The background image is by Hero Arts, too.
I have some ideas percolating in my overcrowded brain and hope to have more to show you later this week. Please feel free to leave me a comment below, even if you just want to say Hi!

2/6/12

Punching holes

Who knew that an ordinary hole punch, like the kind we used to use in school, could be used to make a cool card?

I saw this card on SplitCoastStampers.com and thought I’d have a go at creating an A2 version, since her instructions were for different sizes.

Here is her version:

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Very pretty, clean and simple. She has instructions with both metric and standard measurements, but the cards were smaller than a regular A2 card.

Here is my version:

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I did punch the circle at 1/4” in from the side and bottom, and the small holes are punched at 3/4” on center (meaning the center of the hole is 3/4” of an inch from the side of the card) in from the side and bottom, spaced 1/2” apart. Because I am not a huge fan of white space, or in this case, pink space, I added a big flower with a polka dot brad for the center. Looking at it now, I think I might try one with the side holes punched at 1/2” in, leave the bottom holes at 3/4”, and see what happens.

I am going to try to use more flowers on cards, simply because I have so many of them and I’d rather use them up than toss them out. I enjoy making my own flowers from punches and dies, but I have got to pare down my stash of silk and paper flowers. It’s beginning to bother me - adding to my overwhelmed-ness. I was scoping out my craft room yesterday in hopes of finding a way to rearrange it all so I could put a comfy chair in here somewhere, to have a place to sit and read or write a letter, or write in my journal. I’d have to get rid of quite a bit to be able to do that, and even then, I’m not sure it would fit comfortably. There has to be a better way! Or maybe I am just feeling too overwhelmed by life in general and taking it out on my craft room. Every time I think of paring down my supplies I find a reason I need to keep this or that… I’m sure you can relate. I am sure if I get rid of something I will wish I had it back next month. Haven’t we all done that a time or two?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the card and are having a good day.

2/2/12

Sending More Smiles

Well, we’re back to other peoples ideas again. Shocking, isn’t it? Just when you thought I was on a roll, had my mojo back…..not. Oh well, I’m ok with it. As someone recently mentioned, there are very few, if any, original ideas left out there. Most are inspired by other peoples designs, just changed up a bit. Some of us don’t change them up as much. Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery? I’m just a good flatterer (yes, that is a word now).

Since discovering Copic markers I have neglected my other coloring mediums, especially my colored pencils. I didn’t really care for the look of colored pencils and Gamsol, at least not the way it turned out when I tried it. Colored pencils are to Copic markers as Wal Mart is to Macy’s. Or so I thought, until I saw this card on one of my favorite blogs, I’m In Haven. Gorgeous! Colored with pencils and NO Gamsol. None. Nada. Zip.

I don’t have the same stamps, but I did find some that would work. I really thought I had more open flower images that would be suitable, but I guess that’s another thing I will have to add to my ever growing wish list.

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The flower stamps are from Papertrey, the Delightful Dahlia set from a couple of years ago. After embossing them with white embossing powder I colored them with orange, yellow, and white pencils. The orange pencil is a Kooh-I-Noor and I found that it sticks to the embossing powder sometimes. The Prismacolor pencils did not. Hmmm. Interesting. While editing the photo I also discovered that the embossing powder had gotten in places it wasn’t supposed to. I used the little anti-static bag, too. I think my powder may be past its prime, it has an odd odor to it, too.

I was very surprised how much I like this technique and I will be doing it more often. I think it resembles stained glass, and it is so easy. I will need a few new stamps, though. Yes, I said need. I plan on using these again and just coloring the flowers with different colors for the time being. She used some Hero Arts flowers which I had convinced myself I did not need, and now Stamper’s Alley does not have them. Isn’t that always the way it happens??? A day late and a dollar short, the story of my life.

I am off to find more cards to CASE inspiration.

2/1/12

Sending Smiles

I love the new die from Memory Box, Modern Landscape Border. It is similar to the Country Landscape that I used on some Christmas cards but it isn’t as seasonal. The trees on this one could be colored for Spring, Fall, or Summer…..or Winter, too, I guess.

Anyway, after another rousing round of tossing and turning the other night, I came up with this idea. Yes, you read that right, *I* came up with an idea. I know!! It is not-so-loosely based on my Christmas card design, but still.

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The trees and house are colored with Copics - YG23 and YG25 for the trees, E25 for the tree trunks, and E33 for the house. The clouds are die cut from suede paper adhered to card stock using Memory Box and PTI dies (I think - one may be done with the Silhouette). I also have some clouds that I made using Scor Tape and white flock, then die cut - those are pretty cool too. The trick, I found, is to adhere to the Scor Tape to a piece of white card stock first, peel off the protective backing (or fronting?), apply the flocking, then die cut. Same goes for the suede paper. You can apply the flock directly to the Scor Tape and die cut, but it was a little too transparent for me and when I added the foam tape on the back I could see it pretty well. No bueno.

The sentiment is Hero Arts and I added a green gem to the left of the words after I took the photo, but was too lazy to drag out the camera again. I cut the arrow-like end of the sentiment piece using the corner of a square punch. The sun is punched using a Punch Bunch die. I glittered some yellow card stock with the Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight glitter but it wasn’t yellow enough, so I colored over the glitter with a Y38 Copic marker. Popped everything up on foam tape, and made 2 more of them because I loved it so much. The other 2 are almost identical so there was no need to post them, too. You know me….if it works, make lots of them.

I experimented with cutting some green card stock to use for grass, adding Stickles for grass, coloring grass in with a Copic marker, etc., but none of it made me go “Woohoo!”, so I quit while I was ahead. I like the contrast of the white and colors on the trees and house. I am not necessarily through experimenting, though, so you may see this die several more times. If you have any suggestions for variations of new versions or cool things to try, I’m listening. Oh wait, I just thought of using white felt for the clouds! Brilliant!    I have to go now….thanks for stopping by!