Monday, January 16, 2017

More sympathy

Once again, I'm doing a sympathy card. This time I'm using my My Favorite Things Fancy Flower Card Kit. I stamped the flowers and leaves on Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The kit included the dies, but try as I might I couldn't line the stamps up on the back of the connected dies like Amy R can. To save time I cut out all the flowers and leaves with my Brother Scan N Cut. Maybe next time I'll use the dies, LOL.

I used my new (to me) rectangle dies from Gina Marie designs, and hand cut a banner for the sentiment from a scrap of the lavender paper.

I'm loving these flowers, but doing sympathy cards is getting me down, and I don't even need one at this time. I guess it's better to do them in advance.

On a happier note, I finally got a stamp for the back of my cards with my name on it. When I was primarily making cards for Operation Write Home, I only stamped the name of this blog on the back. I actually got 2 stamps, one whimsical with a hand
print, and one a little more sophisticated with a dragonfly.  Which do you like better?

Friday, January 6, 2017

With sympathy, and flowers

So today I decided to break out the stitched flower dies I got back in, I think, November. I had to have them, yet Christmas cards took priority, you know?

Anyway, I cut these cute stitched flower dies from My Favorite Things from some Bristol smooth card stock, and colored them with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in shades of blue, pink and purple, with yellow centers. I layered them up using glue dots, and decided to do the sketch challenge at MFT. After I piled on all the flowers you really couldn't see the bottom of either rectangle, but it's there, really. The yellow leaves had been in my images cup for over a year. They were cut with a Spellbinders die from a watercolor experiment gone very wrong. Save!

 Anyway, flowers seem to always seem appropriate for sympathy cards, and I need them more often than I wish I did. The sentiments are both from the MFT set called Deepest Sympathy. I used a linen background stamp on the front of the pink card, using a light pink ink for a tone on tone look.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beary good greetings!

In keeping with the theme of using up images I've already created, here are 2 friendly bears waving you a beary good birthday!

The bears are from My Favorite Things' Polar Bear Pals set, and are colored with Spectrum Noir and Copic markers. The card base was stamped with the fish bucket in Versamark, and the sentiment was heat embossed for a little texture. Everything is flat to send through the mail.

I have a bunch of these bears pre-colored, except for their scarves. I decided to do the scarves after I chose the other card colors. I'm glad I did, because I never would have thought to do a brown scarf on a polar bear, LOL.

Even the snow was pre-cut and hanging out in my desktop bowl of miscellaneous stuff. I wonder what will get my (short) attention next?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy new year, and clean off that desk!!

I have a lot of colored images waiting to be used on cards. These dinosaurs have been patiently waiting since some time in 2014. No kidding.

The are from The Alley Way Stamps' Livin' Fossils and Stomper. I remember coloring them and fussy cutting them, but then I put them in the plastic box. You know, the one with divided sections so 

I can categorize all the cut out images I have to use. That's how bad it is.
Here's a few of the images I haven't even gotten into the box yet:

I envy those paper crafters who keep their colored images in a bowl on their desks and actually use up the images in a timely manner. Maybe that should be my New Year's resolution, to use up or FILE away images in the same month I make them. That chef has been hanging around since at least August.

Friday, December 23, 2016

More cats, and dogs

Just another bunch of cats and dogs from Sunny Studio's Santa's Helpers set. This time I colored them with Zig Real Brush markers. The box and the cat's head piece are covered in shimmer, too. The dog's hat has a little white Prismacolor pencil, because, well, Santa hat.

Super quick cat tags!

Wow, I did these cat tags in a last-minute panic-driven moment.

Seems, all the women I was giving gifts to at my library are cat people. Cats and librarians, go figure. Anyway, these came together very fast. As a matter of fact, the thing that took me the longest was lining up the letters on the block for the names. Plus, I dropped the "I" and lost it, AGAIN. Flashlight at an angle to the floor to the rescue, again.

The cats are from Sunny Studio's Santa's Helpers set. I heat embossed them and quickly colored them in with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. The names were created with Lawn Fawn's Violet's ABCs, and the tags were cut with My Favorite Things' Tag Builders Blueprints 5. I didn't have appropriate ribbon, so I used baker's twine. I have 4 giant spools of twine from The Twinery that I probably will never use up.

If I had had more time, a few sprigs of holly stamped in the corners would have been nice. But this did the job!

I made tags out of these two guys earlier this week for the cookies I brought to work. Too bad I didn't take pictures of the tags. The back read: Christmas Calories don't count. Oh how I wish that were true. These are from The Alley Way Stamps.

Monday, December 19, 2016

There's a cat on my Christmas tree!

So, one last Christmas card, at least for today, LOL. My cards for this year are almost all in the mail (finally) and I still have a few left over. It's a good start for next year, right?

This is another card using the tree die from Kat Scrappiness. The star atop the tree is a cookie from the Sunny Studio's Mug Hugs set, and the cat is from My Favorite Things' Cool Cat. I have been experimenting with my new big set of Prismacolor pencils. I've got to get them out of that big can, it's impossible!!