Friday, November 15, 2019

Over the Rainbow - A Set of Encouragement Cards

As I have explained in other posts, I am trying to utilize my crafty stash more often by combining manufacturers and this card today is packed with that idea.

I love rainbows, I think they just make things brighter.  I have a few folks in my life that could use a little of that brightness, so I decided to make a few rainbows cards using the Over the Rainbow stamp set from Clearly Besotted, clouds from. Hero Arts card kit from quite a while ago, the Rainbow die and sentiment from Waffle Flower's Rainbow stamps and die set. The rainbow gets its brightness from being stamped in Electro-Pop neon inks from Gina K Designs and the black and white striped paper is by My Favorite Things.

This card is simple, but I think it packs a lot of punch.

Have a bright day!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Around and Around We Go

I have been on a mission to minimize my crafty purchases not only by using what I have, but by combining manufacturers and using up scraps.  This is not an easy task as I am sure most of you know.

A while back I bought what I thought was a set of dies from Altenew to cut circle frames, what I didn't realize is that it is only one die that cuts quite a few circles of different sizes at the same time.  Honestly,  I was disappointed, but it was my mistake so with lemons you are supposed to make lemonade,  right?  Anyway, I thought I could figure out a way to make the circles into rainbows,  didn't workout so the remaining pieces went into the die cut stash (yes, I keep die cuts that I think should be good for something at some point) for well over a year that is where they were.

Recently, while going through my scrap stash I cam across some 3×6 scraps of paper from who know what project.  These were the perfect size to make enclosure cards.  Looking for what to use on them I got into the above mentioned die cut stash and found those circles.  I married the two items by simply scoring the paper in half and gluing a circle from each color of the rainbow in different sizes on the front of the card.  To make it somewhat more finished a simple "hello" or "thanks" sentiment from Waffle Flower's Label Greeting stamp set and these are done.  I have no idea if they will ever get used, so for now they are in the finished card stash.

What do you do with your leftover scraps/die cuts?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Making Beautiful Cards From Scraps

I have realized that I am a scrap hoarder.  I keeps pieces of paper from projects thinking I will use them on some other creation in the future, but inevitably the next new thing or idea comes along and the pile of scraps keeps growing.   What to do?

I decided I would makes some baby cards with leftover printed papers from paper bag albums I have made over the years and these are the result.

I used a Taylored Expressions die for (don't remember the name, but definitely a TE die). I cut the stork and rocking horse with  a baby set that I don't remember where it cam from, and then pieced the papers into the frame.  You can obviously tell which ones are for boys/girls even without a sentiment.  Relatively easy.

However, what I started as way to use up some scraps, really only generated more as you can see by the pieces in the plastic bags.  I estimate 20 more cards could be made from these alone.  If I never bought another piece of patterned paper I would never run out.

What crafty treasures do you hoard?

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Peace On Earth - Using Polychromos Colored Pencils for Christmas Tags

I've made an effort to create quite a few Christmas tags this year.  Not sure they will all be used, but I do intend to attempt to sell a few at a local store.  We'll see how that works out for me.  I just love my Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp and die set, so I pulled it out to create these tags using the angel and the nativity images.  The tags were die cut using a Studio Katia tag die and Distress Oxide ink blended with Barn Door.  This creates the lovely fade from a purple maroon color to the deeper red version.  I love how the base turned out.

The images were colored using my Polychromos colored pencils.  Easy to use and a great effect.  I couldn't capture the sparkle I added to the angel wings - I think it had to do with the contrast of that dark background, but it is sparkly in person!

I tried a red-dressed Mary to see how it looked with the maroon background - not so great.  My husband even commented - that looks wrong.  Well, I colored it so I made the tag.  That one might not make it out the door though.

All in all, a very fun day of coloring - I think this might count for one of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin.  Hooray!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Christmas Greetings - A Small Card Set

I had a few more pieces of stamped and die cut images made using my The Greetery With Love At Christmas stamp set.  I wanted to use them with a slightly different design and this card was cobbled together using the frame stamp (fussy cut out) and a old elegant Christmas Greetings sentiment stamp.  I edged the kraft cardstock mat with some Antique Linen Distress Oxide that gives a softer look in person, but was difficult to manage to get a nice photo.

This last card was my first attempt.  I didn't like the stark white background - something I love when other's use it, but in this case it just didn't work for me.  Not a bad card, but definitely not my favorite made using this incredibly beautiful stamp set.