Sunday, May 30, 2021

Moving into May's kit of the month, finally.


Spellbinders' May kit of the month is "Beach Day" and is beach and tropical flowered themed.  It comes with a LOT of premade hibiscus die cuts, as well as a bunch of philodendron leaves. For this first card I used the dies that came in the kit to make the anchor and its chain, and filled in around the "ground" with various premade die cuts of shells and plants. Then I slapped on the seahorse in the upper right corner to indicate this whole thing is under water.

In this next card, a mini slimline, I used a mermaid with a beach umbrella and one of the many hibiscus flowers included, as well as 2 kinds of patterned paper and some of the plastic "gemstone" embellishments. This one wouldn't stay shut for a flat photo, even with a tiny glob of adhesive in it, so that's why it's a standup picture.  Funny story, I couldn't bend over far enough to get a more direct-on photo. I take these photos on my little screened in front door area, which isn't very wide.

The sentiment reads "Wonderful, Fresh air & sunshine, Summer life". 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Catching up with April's kits and such


So, I made a couple of mini slimline cards with the small die  of the month from a while back, and haven't done anything with April's yet. These are quite intricate, but I still haven't seen many different ways to use them.  Some dies lend themselves to many different possibilities, but this one, I don't see.

I did another couple of A2 sized cards with the March kit "Sincerely Yours". I made another collage card and a scene card with the horse and tree die cuts included in the kit. The horse and the trees didn't seem to "go", so they made their own little scene. Spellbinders gets these kit components from a company in New Zealand called Rosie's Studio, then adds dies, cardstock and supplies, etc. I'm ready for them to go back to some brighter colors again.

May's kit came around the middle of the month and is beach themed. Coming up!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sincerely yours, part 2

Spellbinder's April card kit of the month is all about correspondence and flowers! 

The little white flowers with yellow centers remind me of tiny, tiny fried eggs. This month's kit includes puffy sticker words. I like them a lot, but not as much as the tiny images we got last month.

Funny thing, I had a lot of tiny gold hearts left over from last month's bunny frames, so I put a few on these cards, including the bunch of blue flowers above. 

These flowers were a lot of die cutting. I loved putting them in the bunches, and I love the way they look, but it's a darn good thing I don't have trouble with my hands like some crafters do.

After making 10 cards with this kit, and using up all the card bases that come with it, I decided to do a bonus mini-slimline. This one is about 6 /14 wide by 3 1/4" tall.  

Here's a funny story. Well, maybe not so funny. I donated a bunch of my cards to the Friends of the Library to sell on their May junk table. In theory these are to be Mother's Day gifts, but OMG the stuff, most of it, is yard sale junk.

Except for the cards, of course. The cards made by library staff with the Cricut are priced at $2, and mine are priced at $4, a real bargain.  Most of them probably cost me more in supplies than that per card.

These kits from Spellbinders, however are a good value at $38.50, so if I make 10 cards the cost in materials is $3.85.  And they sell for $4 on the junk table. A whopping big fifteen cents more than the materials.

I'm not complaining, because I've been making cards and couldn't use them up or give them to my friend who wanted some fast enough. Just in case anyone thinks they can make a living making and selling cards, really you want to think it through first. It's a good thing I love my day job.

Friday, April 23, 2021

It's a pile-on!

The April Spellbinders' Kit of the Month is called "Sincerely Yours" and features a correspondence theme, with a dimensional envelope die with daisy-like flowers.  Here are my first few cards from this kit.  I have used an old butterfly circle die to get the little butterflies here, as well as a border die from my stash.  I'm not spending much time in the craft room these days, but I hope to make at least the minimum of 10 cards from this kit. We'll see.


Friday, April 9, 2021

Celebrate spring, one more time


So, I decided to try making some mini slimline cards. These are 3 1/4 inches by 6 inches.  I'm getting down to the point where I don't want to work with this kit anymore. This is 17 cards, and I think I'm done.

The card below features an alphabet set from last year (Spellbinders' How Does Your Garden Grow), and I found a little bird in my little image cup. It is from Lawn Fawn. I didn't even try to make the letters straight across. 

The last two are regular A2 sized. This one is a pile-on card, also known as collage.

Now, this last one was copied directly from Jackie at Jackie's Craft Table, a channel on YouTube that I follow.  Thank you Jackie, this one is my favorite.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

More Easter cards


This bunch of flowers is from the Spellbinders' kit called "Life is a Party", which was last June's kit of the month. I just got it recently just because of these flowers.  There are a couple of sprigs of greenery that were in my spare diecut cup, so in they went!  The sentiment is from Honeybee Stamps' "He is Risen" stamp set.

These butterflies are part of the "Celebrate Spring" card kit. They are very dimensional, and made from stiff plastic so they will stand up to the mail. Here's an angle shot to show how fluffed up the wings are.

This last one is a combination of an embossing folder, premade diecuts, and another sentiment from the Honeybee Stamps set which is fussy cut. Of course the inside reads "He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!"

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Still celebrating spring


Keeping it simple here with the Spellbinders' small die of the month called "Spring Flower Card Creator". The die comes with connectors to make a square or rectangular frame. After working with the clover vine frame, I have had it with lining things up so precisely for a while, anyway.  This one I kept very simple with corner pieces and a simple sentiment.

And then there are more from the Spellbinders' Celebrate Spring card kit.

I had one more bunny created and plenty of stacked flowers, so why not?

And last, for today at least, is this simple interior window scene with the cute squirrel portrait. 
For the record, I dropped as many of those faceted "jewels" on the floor as I got on the card. They really didn't want to come off their backing with the glue dot, so when they did, they bolted for it!  I probably shouldn't admit it, but I haven't cleaned the floor under my craft desk since the pandemic began. Maybe when my feet start sticking to the floor?