Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Cards of all styles

I took a crack at making some cards for the upcoming eat-too-much holiday. I'm trying to get back in to some kind of schedule where I actually #sharehandmadekindness like I used to [note this is my 2nd blog of 2015. Yikes.] It's been stressful this year, so I really got off course. Most people only got their Halloween cards a day late... 

Although the holidays are usually chaotic, the lack of a reason to be outside helps keep me at the craft desk. The man and I did a little IKEA hackery to my craft desk: we moved a table leg so I could have access to a power receptacle, and drilled holes in the back of a drawer for cables. And now that the setup is 'perfect', I have no excuse not to make things. So here we go!

Both cards are watercolor over clear emboss resist. The embossing powder was ironed off after the watercolor dried. It doesn't come out of the Distress Watercolor Paper's thick texture as well as it does regular card, so I had to go back over the sentiment with pen to get the weak spots where there was leftover emboss. Idea from Case This Sketch #149. Sentiment from Lawn Fawn. Leaves from the latest Simon Says kit. I think the damask is from Inkadinkadoo. The watercolor has some metallic mixed in (thanks, gelatos) but it's hard to see.

Papers and stamps from Lawn Fawn. Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches #212. The "In To the Woods" papers haven't been touched for at least a year, if not longer... how's that for "in with the old?"

Papers and stamps from Lawn Fawn. My own layout, but I was remembering one of this nature I had seen before.

Some past cards that I made between blogs....

Stamps from Altenew. For the wedding of my friend, Ayako in Japan. I learned red and white are the best colors for weddings. I wanted to do a bunch of other symbolic Japanese things (the number 9, a special knot) but my supplies didn't match up to my ideas. Plus, I was still kinda recovering from surgery, so... this is what I ended up with.

This guy missed my Halloween post. I don't make enough distress ink backgrounds. White splats are from white Mister Hueys. Stamps from Lawn Fawn. (Anyone sensing a theme, here? No? Okay then...)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Cards: My first serious makes in forever!

It's been a long, long time since I have devoted some serious amount of time to paper crafting. This isn't to say I haven't done any, but that I've not given it a central focus for months on end. I decided to get back on the "holiday schedule" with cards for the loved ones outside of the immediate area. Here are the four I've made this past week. Lots of Lawn Fawn stamps, Spectrum Noir coloring, some We R Memory Keepers "Bewitched" papers, and some Wink of Stella here and there (both pen and brush). I think these all meet the "Too Cute to Spook" Lawnscaping Challenge. Maybe?

This is off of Get Sketchy #1.

This last card was a beast. I actually started the diagonal background stamping sometime last year. Gave up on the coloring because I didn't have the full set of Spectrum Noirs yet and it was getting a bit nuts to blend orange from the handful of colors I had. I also didn't quite know what to do with a sentiment. The small ones that came with the set were going to get lost. Found a bigger one from a different set, white embossed it, distressed it, and then added a dark purple "drop shadow" with a Sakura Micron to the lettering. That made it stand out enough for me to be happy with it. A few pop dots, and boom!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog? Who blogs? Here's over three months of stuff!

Basically, summer happened, Europe happened, and then I got viral vestibular neuritis. So I haven't blogged in forever  

But that didn't mean I haven't made anything. Here's everything I made (and took cell phone pics of) since the last time I blogged. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Classes and Challenges

I'm supposed to be taking Stretch Your Stamps 2, but I'm having a hard time playing along with everything I've got going on. Too busy to think straight, basically.

Anyway... here's three cards, two for class that are direct copies, solely for technique, and the third for the Always Playing with Paper Challenge #12, because I liked the color combo and thought it would go well with the Simon Says kit that I hadn't played with yet.

A Note: Glossy Accents is the devil. You will get it everywhere. It will bubble. You will put your thumb in it. It will fall on its face before it dries. You will hate yourself. Cards with glossy accents are like the hot buttered toast of the craft world -- you will drop it on the floor and it will be a disgusting wreck.

Another Note: Wink of Stella will re-activate your watercolor. Stella and this technique do not mix. <sigh>

Lastly, for the challenge. Love how I somehow wrecked the sentiment -- it was perfect -- before I got a photo of it. I blame the above watercolor cards. I was spraying a bit of water around. I know it's my fault, but it's still sucky.

ETA: This card was one of three runner-ups for the Challenge! I'm so totally honored!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Check This Out! Two Challenges in One

The current Lawnscaping Challenge is 'Back to School'. Well, I'm never going back to school again. [Grad school -- once is enough!] And since I don't have any human children, I wasn't sure what I would do for the challenge and thought about skipping it. But, thanks to a lot of the inspiration pieces using the Dewey Decimal kit, I decided to bust it out since I have it and take a stab at the challenge. I also decided to combine it with the current Freshly Made Sketch, #148. So, here's my creation.

Check This Out! One for the books library card.

I love the little library card. Stamped on ivory in brown to give a more worn look. I remember these things from grade school before electronic check outs. I used the Check It Out sentiment along with a few sentiments form a Studio Calico date/time rotary stamp. Really going for the "this is awesome" feel. And I added the month and year too. I love that the stamps are off-kilter, just like a librarian in a rush would do. I think it's a little busy overall, but I still really like it.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sending Lots of Love, Belatedly

I missed someone's birthday, so I am having to play catch-up with this card. I have been hyper-busy with extra work, extra volunteering, and oh yeah I tried to go on a week-long vacation. What ever was I thinking?

Anyway, this card is made from the July Simon Says kit. First time I got to touch it, actually! It's a super-cute kit and I really like it. Rather than put all of the navy paper in the back, I cut two small strips of it for the edges. I used a light patterned paper on for the mail panel. I don't often stamp on patterned so I thought it would be a neat thing to do. I cut out a bunch of envelopes and attached them on different layers. I kinda wish I clear embossed the sentiment for some shine and texture, but alas, I did not.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shabby Chic Thank You

Shabby chic is always lovely. Soft pinks and greens, a touch of the antique and rustic. I went for the Fusion Challenge and decided to combine both the sketch and the image. I thought the circles in the sketch were just begging to be flowers. I dyed some white ribbon with Distress Ink. I added shimmer to the flowers with a Wink of Stella pen. I distressed the papers with more Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough and Victorian Velvet (the color of which was spot-on). The papers are from Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Collection and they are perfect for this.