Saturday, September 24, 2016

Oh Holy Night - A Card Set

I had promised to make improvements to one of my Christmas card ideas and I did jump on that quickly.  Here's the result.  I left the black cardstock die cut made with my Die'Sire nativity die as the stand out on the card and backed part of the die cut with some gold glitter cardstock.  The gold ribbon is once again from the stash - a piece of recycled material that works very well as an offset to the centerpiece.  The sentiment is a Heartfelt Creation stamp onto a Stampin' Up Apothocary framelits die cut.

A few more cards to add to the card stash and I get to say that I've used some of those stored up supplies and tools.  Yay!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Oh Holy Night - A Christmas Card

It's no secret - Christmas season is on it's way.  I, like many of you, seem to collect craft supplies for making Christmas cards without actually using them along the way.  This year, I made a bunch of cards as my "main" card rather early and decided to dedicate myself to using these supplies to make a small amount of cards to supplement my card sending ways.  This card is one example.

This card is a win and a fail in a few ways.  Rather than detract from your experience, I'll just say that I intend to make some improvements and leave other foibles to remain in the card design.  The centerpoint of the card is the black cardstock die cut made with my Die'Sire nativity die.  I wanted it to stand out and I think that was accomplished.  The gold ribbon is from the stash - a piece of recycled material that I'm proud to have put to good use.  The sentiment is a Heartfelt Creation stamp onto a Stampin' Up Apothocary framelits die cut.

How about you?  Any Christmas cards in the future?  I've been seeing a few of you joining in the preparation.  I'll look forward to more inspiration.  Now, I'm off to plan the improvements to this card design and make a few duplicates for the card stash.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Another Birthday Shaker Card

I mentioned that I had a Queen and Co. foam shaker kit left over as a free prize at the CK Scrapbook convention earlier this year.  Brandy actually won the prize, but make a quick decision she wouldn't be using them anytime soon so she gifted two of the three to me.  I shared this card with you a little while ago.  I was pretty honest at the time that the kit comes with a few shortcomings - namely that the kit isn't precise.

This Foam Front Shaker Stars kit was a little better to get right - probably because there was only one way to bring the card together.  Still - That plaid patterned paper on the left is proof that the cardstock front provided in the kit didn't align with the die cut foam and so I evened everything out with a wrap around "binding".  I also die cut some additional stars and placed them on the front of the card to add a little more interest to the card panel.  The shaker element and sequins are all the same as the previous card.

All in all, I think the card fun and used it for my nephew's birthday - great for a young boy who isn't terribly interested in Auntie's card anyway?!  I'm glad I used this supply up and it isn't languishing away in the stash.  What supplies do you have sitting on the craft table on in your stash that you need to get out and use?  Let this be an encouragement - use up that stash!  You might be surprised at the use you can put those supplies to.  I was!


Friday, September 16, 2016

A Rose Hello Notecard Set

Jennifer Mcguire posted a video recently using a faux metal embellishment technique that she has used in the past.  I had used this technique with colored cardstock and clear embossing powder in the past posting about it here.  Her video prompted me to create this card set whcih had been floating around in my mind for some time.  I just love my scribble circles dies from Papertrey Ink, but I don't feel that I've used them much.  The idea to watercolor behind them has been on my mind and so I decided to put my idea to work.

At first, I simply die cut a bunch of the circles out using white cardstock.  I considered painting them with coordinating, but darker colors.  I dismissed this idea preferring to use white as the accent this round.  I tucked the idea of coloring them for a day in the future.

I then die cut some leaves using a Spellbinders leaf die.  This die left a slight impression of veins in the center of the leaves. My photography isn't the best, but I did capture some differentiation in color and so you can see the veins faintly in person.

I strategically painted in locations that made sense for the style I was after.  I used a wet on wet technique with very little color from my Mission Gold watercolors.

The finish was made by painting some watercolor paper with coordinating pink or purple and cutting thin strips to go with my gold glitter paper as a left side edge.  The Hello sentiment was created exactly as Jennifer describes in the video - using several layers of which cardstock die cut with MFT's Hello die to create a dimensional look and then several layers of embossing ink/powder combinations which ultimately melts to create this lovely metallic effect.  Any imperfections are a measure of my impatience - the technique works to create a wonderful effect for the card.  I didn't find it difficult at all to keep the back layer clean so that the embellishment ultimately laid down nicely on the page to finish this card with class.

I super love this card set and intend to send a few of these off with some of the butterfly cards made last weekend to a colleague in Ireland.  A small way to say how very much she meant to me during our time working together.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog Turning a New Leaf

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge Clean and Simple

Hope your days are filled with new and old techniques working themselves out into lovely creations.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Crazy Dogs Wishing a Happy Birthday

Good day!  I couldn't resist the urge to share this lovely creation which Brandy has so generously provided.  She used her Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set and a couple of birthday themed sets to create this panoramic scene.  There is a crazy amount of masking going on here along with some fantastic coloring (I believe this was Zig Clean Color markers).  Any of us dog lovers can probably name these creatures - I see Buster on the left there!  This stamp set works on so many levels - simple design, yet details to catch the eye and create interest.

Adding the balloons, bones and balls just makes this look like a celebration of Buster's big day, don't you think?

I've linked this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp It Up.  Come join the fun.