Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Super simple with a die cut!

Today I went super simple with a die cut. It's a no-name cut from China. Most of these cheap-O dies are copies from real designers, but I could not figure out where this one was copied from. I avoid those that are outright copies of designer dies. Google search keeps pointing back to it or a stock image.  For as intricate as it is, it cut beautifully.

Anyway, simple is the key. The stamp is from My Favorite Things' Gratitude set. It's embossed in white right on the black card panel.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Halloween Hello

Hello all!  Here's just a little card using the bat from My Favorite Things' "Witch Way Is the Candy" set. I haven't used the townscape from Sizzix in years. The houses are still funny to me.

The oval panel behind the bats has been lightly brushed with Wilted Violet and Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink. The bats were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.

And to think, before I started making cards I didn't know Halloween was a card-giving occasion. Silly me.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween candy? Witch way?

OK, it may be hard to believe, but I got this set for the frog, and the pumpkins. So, the first card I made with the set was with the cat and the little girl. Go figure.

The witch, pumpkin, and cat are from My Favorite Things' "Witch Way is the Candy?" set. I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and cut them with my Brother Scan and Cut. (Which needs a new blade. I ended up "helping" the cuts with my scissors.) I had previously embossed the spider web and had applied Distress Oxide Ink.

See those googly eyes on the cat? That is totally covering up where I smeared the enhanced eye dot with the black glaze pen. He had golden eyes before I wrecked them.

Edited to add: This card was featured on the weekly "You've Been Spotted" feature on the My Favorite Things Card challenge website. 

I'm so thrilled!

Next up: The Bats!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Starting early on Christmas, for once.

Yes, for once I'm going to have at least some of my Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving. That last minute scramble may mean cool things coming out of the craft room, but it also means the cards go out the week before Christmas. That in turn means they will spend less time on refrigerators and get trashed even sooner. I'm realistic enough to know they don't get saved like precious works of art, so there you have it.

These cards have very little coloring and no fussy cutting, so they go together quickly. I did several of each design.

The green card features the dog from Avery Elle's "Happy Howidays" set. 

The red card below features the snowman from The Alley Way Stamps' Melt Your Heart Out" set from a a couple of years ago.

Both also feature My Favorite Stamps' "Hand Lettered Christmas" greeting in gold embossing. 
Believe it or not, my new Halloween stamp is coming via FedEx later today, so I may even get a few of those done before the spooky holiday, too. Shh, don't tell anyone, I only bought it for the frog and the pumpkins. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Yay for you! Here's a Hug!

Aren't these bears the cutest in their little Polaroid frames? These are almost the last of the My Favorite Things "Bitty Bears" that I had colored up a couple of weeks ago. Only one more left!

Both patterned papers are from My Favorite Things, and the Polaroid Frames are from Pretty Pink Posh.  The colored backgrounds behind the bears are inked with Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

Small card, big thanks!

More of the Bitty Bears from My Favorite Things. When I stamped them, I did all of them, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, and cut them with my Brother Scan and Cut. Would you believe I still have a few of them to use?

I mounted them onto the white tags, then onto the patterned paper, which is also from MFT, called Roses All Over. I had no idea when I bought this paper that it would be so hard to use. I need more solid white panels to go over it, I suppose.

I put one of the little bears inside, too. 3 more bears to go to use all of them!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thanks a Ton!

I love this little elephant from My Favorite Things' "Sweet Safari" set. Why they retired this set is beyond me, but I was happy to get it in the big retirement sale a few weeks back!

This guy was colored on heavy watercolor paper with Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers. The background was water colored over a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop Designs by Jaime, with watered down Distress Oxide ink.

I discovered, when I made the banner, that the heavy 110 lb cardstock from Michael's cuts fine with a die, but maybe doesn't emboss and fold so well. Yes, the greeting is crooked, and I don't care.