Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Washi tape card

I saw a video on YouTube showing how to make washi tape cards and this design caught my eye.  I used washi tape to make the diagonal line background.  I then added some gold heat embossing and I stamped separate flower images, colored with Copics, and adhered to the background.

I have lots of washi tape and I bet you do, too.  One of my goals is to use more washi tape in cardmaking.  I love it, but I seem just to collect it.  Hence, this card.

I also use washi tape in children's crafts, as you can see in my Father's Day post, below.  The kids love it, too!  And I bet you do too!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cricut-cut Fancy Card

I made this fancy frilly card for a birthday card for someone I know.  I used an Anna Griffin cut with my Cricut to cut the card and the center inset.  I put lots of frills and embellishment on this.  The inspiration for this card was on the Tsukineko website.  I didn't have any of the supplies the inspirational card used, so I substituted what I had.

          Here is the link for the original inspirational card:

           It was a lot of fun to look around my stash and see what I could use to get this fancy look.  The butterfly is a Cricut cut that I stacked about 4 or 5 thicknesses, filled with Glossy Accents and then filled with Martha Stewart chunky glitter bits.

           My rant:   There is so much new on the market that I want to buy, but first I haven't used the new stuff from 5 years ago!  It's too bad we can't eat craft supplies!  I wouldn't have to buy groceries ever!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

The kids in Children's Church made this cute tie card for Dad's Day this morning.  Even the littlest ones were able to make this, and the older ones really enjoyed making the card.  I saw the little ones making sure their cards were safely tucked in pockets to share with Dad when they got home (OK, maybe they were folded into their pockets, but it's the thought that counts!)  And hey, what are a few stamping smudges anyway?!

I had been looking at YouTube a lot lately for washi tape ideas, and one of the ideas was to use a cut-out to show off or display the underlying washi tape.  So I cut a tie shape from the center of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock with my Cricut Explore, one for each card we would make.  We then folded an A2 card and layered stripes of washi tape diagonally onto the card front.  The over-laying tie-shaped cut-out hides all but the tie shape opening, and voila, we have a striped Dad's tie!  In other words, we are using the Cricut Explore to cut out a "punched" shape, but no annoying hard-to-work punches.

Some of the kids further decorated the cards with markers and messages of love.  I suggested they decorate the inside of the card with a hand drawn heart.

This craft idea tied in nicely with last week's lesson on love as the first fruit of the spirit.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you are having fun with washi tape as well!  Happy Dad's Day!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Hello, everyone!  I am sharing a little card today I made from some new dies and some older stamps.  I needed to order from the Frantic Stamper (they seemed to be the only ones that had the stamp I wanted, not pictured here) and I saw their cute little Japanese girl die.  I love this die!  Here is the link:

It's part of a release called "Visions of the East".  So cute!  And let me tell you more--Even though it is a thin metal die, you don't actually have to cut it apart to use it.  It is tiny, so you are not wasting much paper by cutting the whole die each time you need a section.  I really hate cutting off and filing all the poky metal parts on thin steel dies that are on the market.  I would rather pay more and have each part pre-cut, smooth, and ready to go.

For these cards, I cut the girls from white cardstock, black cardstock for their hair, and washi paper I have collected over the years.  The washi was a little more difficult to cut because it is fibrous--I had to use a shim to ensure clean cuts.  Oh, I used my Vagabond to cut these pieces.  After all pieces are cut, it is fun to mix and match hair and dress colors.  (Remember playing Color-Forms when you were little?!)

I placed the girls onto my new weaving die cuts, the one from Inky Antics (see my blog post about my graduation card, below).  For the card on the left, I used quilling papers to do the weaves, but I only had 1/8" thick quilling papers, so this was a lot of weaving!  For the card on the right, I cut 1/4" strips from pastel papers to do the weaving.  Much less stressful, and easier on my hands!

The parasol stamp was one from an older Hero Arts clear stamp set (no longer on the market) which I colored with Copic markers, and the sentiment I picked up at Hobby Lobby on sale some time ago.

Very much fun using these dies!  I think they could make cards for any occasions.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Looking 'round -- Are you here?

Here's lookin' at you kid!  I made the center card, pictured above, some time ago to use as a "missing you where have you been" card to send to my Children's Church kids that don't show up for a while.  I needed some more of these cards, not in pink (for boys) but I liked the design so I re-did in shades of orange and added an owl motif.  And I decided to augment the circle designs for each card with dimension.  I used a lot of circular "gem" rhinestones I had about and then went with my Ranger enamel accents for extra dimension.  I think the kids will really like these.  (Hopefully they won't in theory get one of these cards!)

The sunglasses images are cut from cardstock with my Cricut Explore.  The sunglasses image is available with the Cricut Access subscription (so handy--I never buy so-called cartridges).  The owl images and circles are cut with punches from scrapbook papers.  Such a fun design!  Oh, and I used metallic paper for the sunglasses lenses.

Thanks for looking!  When did you last play with your circle punches?  (I know you have them!)

Friday, June 2, 2017


For this past Tuesday's art project, my group made 2 8" x 8" layouts for recipes.  And one of the recipes was mine--the cheese quiche, which the group had eaten at my house a couple of weeks ago.  Yummy!

Here is a pic of the layouts, designed by Carolyn:

So much fun!  And thanks, Carolyn, for these layouts and for keeping us organized!