Friday, November 20, 2020

Officially subscribed to a card kit

Another card kit! I purchased so many Spellbinders' card kits in the last year that I figured it was time to break down and subscribe. Now I'll be making stuff that's current, instead of last year's.  This month's kit is called Merry Wishes, and the die is a street light. Who knew they could be so festive!
So, right off the bat I came out copying other people's designs. The above is from Tina Smith at Cards and Coffee Time.  Several of the other cards below are heavily inspired by other card makers, but sadly I didn't keep notes when I saw them. If I copied yours without crediting you, I apologize.

I apparently threw the kitchen sink at this one. 

The street light on this one is a chipboard sticker that was included in the kit. I think the ones made with the die set are better.

Another kitchen sink target. Sometimes I don't know when to stop.

The white "doily" in back of the wreath is from Spellbinders' Elegant Twist" circles.  The green Christmas word is from one of the previous kits from last year that I bought this year. 

This one was a lot of fun, so much gold foiling on the pattered paper!  The paper combination was inspired by Jennifer Snyder. There is also glitter inside the sequins on the wreath on the street light. The "sparkle" word is part of the puffy sticker set that came in the kit as well.

The tree is die cut with the tree in the Small Die of the Month from Spellbinders, called Frankie Goes to the North Pole. The die cut gifts are from other sets. 

There is a lot of stuff left in this kit, and I am not even tired of it yet, so there will be more cards from this one coming.


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Gnome for Christmas, alone.

 The words to that old Christmas song, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" never actually made me laugh before, but this year I'll interpret that song as, I'll be home alone for Christmas, OR, I'll be home (with family in other towns) only in my dreams.  Ah, we are living in strange times, thanks to the pandemic.

I made a bunch of cards using the Little Gnome die from Simon Says Stamp. I used last year's "Say Freeze" paper from Michael's, and some very old 6x6 in the stash. I shall keep chipping away at it.

I made a lot of gnomes, and only a few cards, so I'll be back in the future with some more.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sparkling holidays, so sparkling.

 Another Christmas card kit from Spellbinders, this one is Sparkling Holidays, the kit of the month from October 2019.  Although the colors of this kit are not my favorites, I really did want the sentiment dies. The bonus is that the tiny poinsettia is turning into my favorite.

Here are the 10 cards I made with this kit. There is a lot of stuff left over, so there may be a few more in the future. After all I did 19 with the November 2019 kit.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Happy Halloween you all!

 I did it! I actually made and mailed Halloween cards to family.  Until I became a card maker I didn't know that Halloween was a card-sending occasion, but boy is it a big deal to the companies that market to us.

All of these cards were created with last year's small die of the month from Spellbinders called "Eek-a-boo". They were absolutely fun to put together and I haven't even scratched the surface of possibilities for the cute kids in costume.

Next up, I made 2 of these fabulous sugar skulls, also from Spellbinders, and promptly gave them away before remembering to photograph them. Luckily for me this one was given in person and my coworker allowed me to grab a picture. The other one is on the way to New York so will never be seen here.

Happy Halloween you guys!

Sunday, September 13, 2020

More cardinals!


Ok, so they don't need much explanation. The cardinals are from a die from Gina Marie Designs, the "Joy" is from My Favorite Things, the little "to the world" is from The Alleyway Stamps, and the greenery is from Spellbinders.  The background text is stamped with a red rubber background stamp from My Favorite Things.  And I'm not even done with cardinals yet. Nope, I'm not!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Cardinals for Christmas


Cardinals are quintessential Christmas birds, not only for the male's bright red coloring, but because I only see them in the winter here in Florida. 

These birds are created with a die from Gina Marie Designs called Layering Cardinal. I have to tell you, this didn't come with instructions and I had a real time trying to figure out how to do the wing layers and the legs/feet. I found only one example of this assembled on line so I took that one and ran with it. The card above is 5" by 6.5", larger than the usual cards I make. The wreath is build with various greenery from Spellbinders' kits. 

One of my pet peeves with art featuring cardinals is that there are often multiple males in the picture, but no females. What's up with that?   So for this card I took the die and cut it from some golden brown card stock and flipped it over to make the mirror image. I used a bone folder to smooth down the cut edges since the back side isn't as finished looking around the edges.

The greenery that the birds are perched on are from assorted bits from Spellbinders' kits, as are the script die cut sentiments.  I had the silver snowflake die cuts in a cup on my desk from several years ago. The card below was also inked around the perimeter of the navy base with black soot Distress Oxide ink, and finished with some baker's twine at the top fold.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Moosing you for Christmas


I'm still working through very old 12x12 paper pads and larger card bases from the stash.  These are 5 x 6.5 bases.

The moose is a die from Gina Marie Designs, and the frame and sentiment on the card below are from Spellbinders. I love this moose and I'm going to use it in several more seasonal cards this year. I guess I love the moose because we don't have them anywhere near here?  The seasonal animal we do see around here are cardinals, and they will be coming up soon!