Saturday, July 19, 2014

More dragons, and dinosaurs too.

I really love this dragon, he looks wistful without even trying. I think I colored him last week before the stupid ants came back to my craft table. Really, ANTS? I haven't even spilled any food in there yet.

Not an especially productive weekend, but I was determined to make that paper pieced dino work. I spent WAY to long messing with different papers for him. Seriously, that pattern is too busy for a critter, unless you want to consider him camouflaged.  That's the exact opposite of what you want when you are making a card, LOL. I think I will sneak on a birthday present for the dino, what do you think?

The dragon is from The Alley Way Stamps, and the dinosaur is from Lawn Fawn, as are both sentiments.
Ok, the more I looked at the dino, the more he needed more birthday party accessories. I don't have a stamp of a cake with candles, but I was sure I had some presents. I could only find this one. DOH! After stamping, lining some with black pen, fussy cutting and gluing down, I remembered most of my present stamps are in the Christmas sets.  How silly of me!  I piled the presents up so he can almost reach them with those absurdly short arms.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Dog dreams

Here are a few more cards I made a few months ago, uploaded for a furry critters challenge at Operation Write Home for their virtual card making party. All I did this weekend were feathered, so I found some old ones to feature!

All the stamps are from Lawn Fawn, Critters at the Dog Park and Critters on the Farm.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My birdies miss you!

These are quick, and they kind of look it. Sorry, not all my work is so sloppy.

I believe I don't like the pointy "grass" that was cut with the Cameo. That would be in the last 2 pictures. The grass in the top 2 pictures was punched using an edge punch.

The birds are from the Bird Brain set from The Alley Way Stamps, the speech bubble is an edge die from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiments were printed from my computer. The fonts include Girls Are Weird, Boys R Gross, and one other that I can't remember.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It's all about the blue!

My cards are mostly girly, so I decided to go blue. Not that a girl wouldn't love a cute blue dragon or blobby, but these are also suitable for little boys.

I went digging around in my paper and found some blue paper that wasn't the least bit green (hard to find in MY stash) so it wouldn't clash with the blue dragon I colored during the week.

 I've been concentrating on "missing you" cards, since that is what is most needed these days at Operation Write Home.

Then I did 2 more blue cards because I could.

The dragon and the blobby are from The Alley Way Stamps, and the dog, and the sentiment bubbles are from Lawn Fawn.

Maybe next time it won't be raining, and I can take pictures outdoors again. They are so much nicer in natural light.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Coloring birds "on spec"

First of all, I have a bunch of alcohol markers, but it seems I'm always looking for that ONE that I don't have. So I ordered 2 sets of Spectrum Noir markers online. They are reasonable and come in sets that supposedly blend well.

Then, because sometimes I can't help myself, I went to Jo-Ann's with my coupon, and what did I discover but Spectrum Noir marker sets marked down to $4.99 a set. So I got all the sets I didn't already have.

Aren't markers pretty?

So I colored a few birds that I had printed and almost cut through.  Now I have to decide how to use the birds. And, maybe it's time to buy a holder for the markers that won't crash and spill.

Now, confess, as a kid, who didn't like the biggest box of crayons? You know the one, that had a built in sharpener in the front of the box? Yeah, we know.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Really big thanks!

I'm still loving the funny birds from The Alley Way Stamps. These two are from the set Bird Brain. The big sentiment is from Big Chatter. The little quote bubble with the heart is from Lawn Fawn's Chit Chat.

Today's confession: I did it again! I cut out a whole page of birds with the Cameo on the wrong blade setting and they didn't cut through. Again with the scissors, she said!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Four blobby friends

So, what should I call these little blobby guys? This stamp is from a set called Buggin Out from The Alley Way Stamps, and represents some sort of infectious disease. Cute, but something you wish you hadn't caught.

Somehow I seem to have trouble doing multiples of the same card. Part of it is the limitations of the 6x6 paper pads. This one is a combination of Summer Fresh from Simple Stories, and something else I can't remember (the green circle). You can only get one of the pointy bottomed banners from one sheet, and typically there are 2 of each design in a pack. So, each of my sets seem to be variations on a theme, which is OK by me.

Anyway, these blobby boys were cut from plain white cardstock after a rather spectacular fail at cutting the same shapes printed on a texty background. It was, as I suspected, kind of a challenge to color them once they had been cut. This brings me to my next lament. OK, I'm full of it today, but here goes.

I'd love to have a file with the print and cut lines included. I bought a bunch of cut files for stamp sets before my Cameo arrived, and didn't realize they didn't include a printing file. The website did say there was a .jpg and a .png, but they are only for reference, not printable. I get it, that would preclude the sale of the physical stamps. So I went back and ordered the stamps. I would have anyway. But, once you have the physical stamps, you can easily make your own cut files from a scan of the image. And, as I mentioned before, they are a lot easier to color if they are still on the page, prior to cutting. Like last week's snakes!

The blobby is from Buggin Out (The Alley Way Stamps), the speech bubble and background dies are from Lawn Fawn. All these cards are going to Operation Write Home, where they are specifically looking for "miss you" cards at the present.

Here's my blooper picture. This seriously didn't work. First the registration failed, and when I finally got it to "work" it was completely off. I did stop the Cameo before it could shred the entire page.  Yes, I know I can hand trim them, but that was kind of the point of the Cameo, right?