Thursday, September 22, 2016

Finally finished!

Above is a picture of a card I made years ago, but never felt it was finished.  I finally decided what to do.  I don't have a before picture, but imagine the card with just the backgound papers and the center die cut image.  Very plain surround!

So, after all the playing around with my peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and my new Tsukineko Memento inks, I finally have the right idea and right equipment to finish the card.  I used some of my peg stamps and inks in Morocco, Tangelo, and Potter's Clay to stamp tiny images like wallpaper all around the pretty blank yellow surround.  Pretty cool, huh?!

BTW, you probably can't see the center image very well.  It was an early attempt to use glitter with packing tape placed over a stamped Hero Arts flower image.  And after all these years, the glitter is still intact on the packing tape!  Pretty strong stuff!

I think this would now make a perfect all-occasion, thinking of you card.  A few of which I could kind of use right now!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Envelope booklets to make and share!

I found this envelope booklet structure online and am having so much fun with it!  I have made four booklets for friends so far and hope to make each of the children at Children's Church a birthday booklet this coming year.

The above example shows how I've decorated the outside of the attached envelopes.  I made this booklet for a friend who loves feminine vintage imagery.

The image above shows the insides of the attached envelopes.  Lots of pockets to place goodies you want to share with your friend.

I found the idea for these on a site that promotes snail mail via a Facebook group.  I thought, why share with strangers when we all know so many people we rarely see anymore?  I thought these would be a good way to show people we are still thinking of them.  And what fun--to receive such a gift in the mail!  And plus I am tired of hoarding my stash--time to use it up and share the goodies!  I even added a clear stamp set I never use to one of the gifts--maybe someone will finally show it some love!

Will you be getting one of my treasures?  I have four addressed and ready to go!  Such fun!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thank Ewe!

Many of you will recognize (I hope my picture didn't turn out that bad!) the image above from Cricut. Simple Pop Up Cards.  And trust me, this card is simple!

And it turns out, this card was perfect for our Childrens' Church today!  I pre-cut all the pieces for the card, pre-folded the pop up portion, and even a four year old could put it together!  (I did cheat a little and put the glue onto the sheep's legs from my small glue applicator, so glue wouldn't get everywhere!)

We were examining the story of God going to find the lost sheep, and after we exhausted the ideas in the provided curriculum, I let the girls (yes, all girls today, aged 3-6) have some real fun and make a card they could give someone to let them know how much they care, like God cares for us.

One thing this card does not provide, however, and that is a design for the front of the card.  (You are of course looking at the inside pop up portion in the photo above.)   So with the help of Cricut again, this is what I came up with for a simple front design:

I purchased the BAA from the Animal Kingdom cartridge (yes, I know I could have made it myself, but after several flubbed tries I went with this pre-made image--easy peasy!

We layered the BAA onto a white shipping tag, added some very fun feather-boa like yarn, and layered all onto a red and white background piece.  The kids had some farmyard themed red and white checks.

Whenever I am in a quandry about a craft or project we can do in Children's Church, I often turn to Cricut for ideas.  Booklets, stickers, pictures--all are in easy reach.  Thank Ewe, Cricut!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stop and Smell the Roses!

Still playing with Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  After reading about using partial diecuts and playing around with this technique with the Aloha set, i decided to turn to my new Roses peg stamp set.  This card uses the same Cricut generated die cut center but I stamped roses all around it before cutting it out by hand.  I used some of my new Memento inks, including Love Letter.  I also used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to add highlights to the roses.  And I had fun choosing the pink sequins for the shaker part of this card.  I wanted it to seem as if the stamped girls in the background, which I colored with Copics, were taking a walk in a rose garden.  I am going to use this card as an all-purpose card--I think it could be birthday, or get well, or just thinking about you.  Bright and colorful!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Button Heart Wreath

I had these printed pattern notecards I got at Hobby Lobby years ago.  They make a super background for this card idea.  I layered up some papers and die cuts than stamped a button heart wreath from my Rubber Stamp Tapestry set.  I heat embossed the button hearts in the wreath with clear powder so they stand out a little from the other stamping.  This wreath was so fun to make!  I jazzed it up with some leftover stickers.
     Thanks for looking!  This wreath's for you!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Candy Box for You!

Above is my cute candy box card I made from Inky Antics "You're Sweet" clear stamp set, which I picked up at Hobby Lobby.

Here is a link to see the set online:

I actually got the idea for the 3D box from Yainea.  Here is a link to her wonderful card and video:

She used the"Donut Worry" stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  (Very yummy--I have purchased this also.)

I decided to make a box for candy.  I used her instructions to make the 3D box and then stamped the candies in shades of pink and brown chalk inks from Clearsnap.  I accented the candies with Stickles and decided to make it a Get Well card.  

This Inky Antics stamp set is part of a series that feature a "scratch-off" motif.  While I didn't use this feature on my card, I think it would be very fun to receive a "scratch-off" card.  

Best of luck to you all, and may you all be well!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tropical Shaker Card

Sometimes you just need a little bit of color in your life!   I made this card (idea from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and Lindsay Weirich) with just that in mind.

First of all, to give credit to Lindsay, here is a link to her card and video:


  Here are the details of my card:

1. I used my Cricut Explore to cut a shape that I could use as the window of my card.
2. I traced around the shape with a pencil onto the center of a 5 1/4" x 4" white mat.
3. I stamped the troical flower and foliage images using Memento inks and the Aloha peg set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, stamping some of the images around the penciled shape and some of the them extending into the penciled shape.
4.  Following Lindsay Weirich's advice, I used color dusters to add in shades of blue and yellow around the penciled shape.
4. I cut out the shape, cutting around the images that extended into the shape opening.
5.I then made my basic shaker card with acetate covering the window.  Sentiment at top is from Hero Arts.  The colorful birds (Inkadinkado) were stamped in the center of the folded white card and colored with Copic markers to match the colors of the Memento inks.  
6. The shaker is filled with some fun tropical confetti I found in the party section of Hobby Lobby.
7.  Lastly, and I don't think you can see it in this photo, I went over the stamped flowers and foliage with Spica glitter pens, matching the colors of the flowers.

The main difference between my card and Lindsay's is that I used my Cricut to cut my shape, rather than using a physical die.  I love using my Cricut whenever I can when I die cut.  I have the Cricut subscription so I have access to thousands of images.  In this way I don't have to purchase lots of expensive physical dies to get variety in my cardmaking.  Here is more information about the Cricut Explore:

I am sending this card to someone who needs a little cheer in her life.  Wouldn't it be fun to get this card in the mail, along with the bills and junk?!!