Sunday, November 17, 2019

It's finally cool in Florida, so sweaters it is!

Yay, we got a cool front here in South Florida, and temps are down to the '50s. It won't last long, but it really gets me in the Christmas card mood! 
All of these cards were inspired by Mary Polanco and a Youtube video she did a few weeks back about not overthinking your designs. I was going to follow her idea with my own dies, but I needed this sweater die that she used. 

A couple of things I don't remember Mary mentioning are that when you ink-blend onto a finished card base you will get ink on the back of the card. Well, I did, anyway.  Also, I used these kraft card bases and they warped, a lot.

I used some white acrylic paint watered down for the white splatter, and the paint picked up some of the Distress ink and turned beige or pink. I kept it.  I also cut the warped fronts off and attached them to some cream colored card bases that also have been in my  stash a long time.

Most of this paper is from "Say Freeze", new paper packs I picked up at Michael's last week. I especially enjoyed fussy cutting some of the images for the inside.  I used some washi tape that's been in my stash for a while, also.

The outside sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp and Concord & 9th.  

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Sweaters on cards, none in real life.

I am loving this sweater die from Hero Arts. It has tiny round and heart shaped punch-outs as well as a tree that can be punched out or left in place.

I cut a second sweater out just so I could get the tree in striped layers, and embellished the card with snowflakes cut from mirror gold and glitter card stock. The sentiment strip is from a 6x6 paper pad I got at Michael's.  Sigh, yes, I bought more patterned paper. So sue me.

The red background layer is textured card stock from DCWV, and was recently given to me by my sister-in-law. She's de-stashing craft items that are not quilt-related. So, even more paper for me.

The layered poinsettias will be featured soon on another card. 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Getting merry, part 2

OK, seven more cards using the Spellbinders' Merry Everything kit.  So much cool stuff in one kit, I'm just a little overwhelmed.  So I'm trying to keep it simple. I use some of the patterned paper as a background and select from either the journaling cards or the ephemera for the focal points.

The main character in this kit is the die that creates a car that looks suspiciously like a Volkswagen Sedan (aka VW Bug, Beetle, etc.)

So, I finally put one of the cars together. Oy vey is that fiddly. For my next one I will not attempt to attach the vehicle to the card over an uneven surface.  I thought it would look better to pop up the forward snow bank. No, I won't be doing that again.  Another thing I won't be doing is using double sided silver paper for the bumpers and other detailing.  It was very time consuming to put the bumper bits back on, over and over.  Bet you can't even tell the windows are velum, either.  With the windows being mostly over "snow" it hardly matters.

Still, I am enjoying taking a break from coloring.

Fun fact about my family:  Back in the late 70s or early 80s (dim memory for time) everyone in my family drove a VW, except my sister.  At one time there were 3 Rabbits, a sedan (bug), a van and a Karmann Ghia. No, we didn't own stock in the company, it just worked out that way.  My dad started it. Funny, at no time were they all parked in my parent's yard at the same time, since none of the "kids" were living at home at that time (well, maybe one brother was left). That would have been a photo op, right there.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Getting merry with it!

I'm working with the new Spellbinder's Merry Everything special edition kit.  This kit is huge,  and comes with enough paper and bits to make 25 cards, minimum. So I have another goal, 25 cards from this kit.  It comes with that many card blanks, so I'll know when I've reached my goal.

I used an embossing folder for the background of this last one.  I couldn't ever become a Youtube card maker because I am dreadfully slow at this.  And I have so much admiration for the design team members who stick to the kit contents.  For example, on that top card I used dies from my stash to cut out the XOXO, and on the cat card I used a sentiment from Sunny Studios that read "May your Christmas be purrfect".

The very idea of doing 25 cards with this similar color theme already has me breaking into a sweat and wanting to do something else.  So I will be doing other cards between batches of Merry Everything cards.

One more editorial comment : the adhesive tape and the dimensional foam that comes with the kit are very inconvenient. It's like using a tape runner without the handy applicator.  And the foam squares are tiny. How stingy. I would rather use my ATG any old day.

Friday, August 16, 2019

GOAL! I reached 10 cards from one kit!

Yay, I did it! I made 10 cards from the kit. This is the Simon Says Stamp monthly card kit for July 2019 called Be Yourself. Well, my self is a very slow card maker.

I had stamped a full sheet of bees in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut them out with the Brother Scan and Cut, and colored them with Copic markers.

For these two, I looked through my big old die stash to think of some backgrounds. The first card uses the My Favorite Things' Absolutely Fabulous die set. The bee on the bottom right is wearing a fabulous crown! None of my crown dies were the right size so I cut this one freehand.

Finally, the last of the 10!  The sentiment was printed on lightweight card stock and cut into strips with an orphan sentiment strip die. Orphan because it fell out  of a set and I can't remember which one.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Buzzing by to say, HI.

I'm going to make 10 cards out of this kit. Here are numbers 7 and 8! I have another kit and another "die of the month" waiting to be played with, so I'm determined to bring it home!

The first card used the Honey Bee stamp's embossing powder in the darkest color, Bee True. Both the bee image and the sentiment are embossed with the sparkly dark powder. Too bad I couldn't photograph it better. Speaking of photographs, there is no coloring on this card but I left the Zig markers in the photo. Oops.

The next card uses an alcohol inked background, cut into a honeycomb. The sentiment is a combination of an old Lawn Fawn set that said  "Flying by to say Hi". I stamped the word "Buzzing" using an old Alley Way Stamps' alphabet set called "Express Yourself". Ugh, now I remember why I'm not excited about alphabet stamps anymore.  This set had 3 fonts and only one Z in each.

These bees are stamped in Versafine Sepia ink and colored with Zig markers. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Happy Bee Day

I am hoping I can make 10 cards from this kit before I move on.  By my calculations, this is card # 7.  It's the Simon Says Stamp card kit of the month for July, 2019 called "Bee Yourself".   I am using a teal colored card base that has a white interior. I dry embossed another piece of the teal, and added it to some of the patterned paper from Honeybee Stamps, and put a couple of the hexagon die cuts and bees for a focal point.  The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things' set that came out last year called "Meant to Bee".

I don't know, I'm thinking the bees should be wearing party hats, what do you think?

I used some bee themed washi tape on the inside. I don't pull out the washi tape often enough and this one is perfect for these cards.

Side note : yes, those are 2 of my favorite Fiesta plate colors. In real life the plate is more yellow than orange. I still haven't figured out how to edit the colors right in Photoshop. I really do love this color combination.