Friday, February 14, 2020

Maps make great masculine cards.

I used up the rest of the Florida map pages from my very old 12 x 12 paper pad. I even cut out one of North Carolina, since my brother owns a cabin there. Fun fact :  the mountains in North Carolina are so full of Floridians in the summer that it is sometimes referred to as "Upstairs Florida". 


I used up the last of the navy card bases from the Paper Studios card set, and cut both the maps and red mats using a Sizzix rectangle die with perforated edges.  The sentiment is from Spellbinder's Favorite Fonts sentiments which was from the December small die of the month.

I can always use more "thank you" cards.

The geotag die is from an old Mama Elephant die set called "Index Card".  It is roughly positioned at the small town I grew up in, Bartow.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Working in the archives

Just kidding, I only mean that I'm working with stuff so old that it could be in the archives.

In this case, I'm pretty sure I got the paper pad at Tuesday Morning in 2014 or earlier.  The front cover is gone, so I cannot say what brand or pad it is. I have been hording the sheet with the map on it.  The map is most of the east coast of the US but I'm only interested in Florida. The yellow background is from the same set.

I used a Mama Elephant die set called "Index Card" for the geotag, and Spellbinders "Favorite Fonts" for the sentiment. It is from the December 2019 Small Die of the Month Club.  Fun fact: I've subscribed to the Small Die of the Month Club for several months and have only used one of the dies before this. That was the snowflake die from November. The rectangles are from a set from Kat Scrappiness.

The card base/envelope set is navy blue, from a big box I got for Christmas in 2017 or 2016. It's from Paper Studio, so someone must have visited Hobby Lobby that year.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

I did a sheetload of cards, sort of.

Well, I did it, sort of. I created the base layout of the 12 cards using the guide provided by Alicia of Call Me Crafty Al.  This layout is the January 2020 sheetload.  I used more paper from the Jen Hadfield 12 x 12 pad that I did for my last attempt at a sheetload.

I failed a little when it came to doing the actual focal point.  I think you are supposed to do them all alike, or close to alike. I just couldn't stick a sentiment stamp in the white square and call it done.  Since I have a bunch of pre-colored and cut critters, I went through my boxes and pulled out the ones that went with the green and yellow backgrounds. Of course I had to go rooting around in the stamp sets to find appropriate sentiments for the images.

The first three images and sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp, Sugarpea Designs' Cuddly Cacti.  

These two are also Simon Says Stamp, only this time they are Picture Book dies. I messed around with the teeth a good bit to get them like I liked them.  The sentiments were in a dish I keep on my desk. I think they are SSS also.

Next up we have the die from Concord & 9th, "By your side". On the first one I used the outline that cuts with the birds, and on the second one I just used the birds. On the second one I also popped up the wings with a little foam tape. Again, the sentiment strips have been in my side bowl for a while.

These next two use bird dies from Paper Smooches.

The sentiment for this one is from The Alleyway Stamps, one of their bird sets.

This funny guy is from My Favorite Things' Monster Sized.  He's been in my critter box for years.

This dragonfly die is one I picked up in Michael's a while back and had never used.  It comes in 2 parts, one to cut and one to emboss. Both of the parts wanted to bend out of shape when I tried to get it off the packaging. I guess that's what I get for leaving in in there for so long.

Next up, the bee is from Spellbinder's The Laurel and the Bee set. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

So, what do you think, does this qualify as a sheetload?

Sunday, January 26, 2020

I couldn't do it -- a sheetload of cards.

I got this 12 x 12" Jen Hadfield Patio Party paper pad at Tuesday Morning a couple of weeks after Christmas.

I was going to do a "sheetload" of cards, using the instructions at Call Me Crafty Al's website.  The concept is great. Just cut your 12 x 12 papers per the instructions and assemble. Easy peasy, right? There was even a page of cut-apart tags that could be used for the focal element/sentiment.  Well, my paper selections weren't so appropriate for this style of layout.  I used solid card stock to layer some of the pieces, but I still wasn't happy with the results.

By this time I had started cutting into different papers for the background, looking for just the right balance of patterns.  Funny thing, that one green fern pattern looks exactly like sheets I had in the 70s and 80s.

After this I gave up and started just putting down paper as I liked, card sketch be darned.

On the last card I gave up using different papers from the set and just used one, cut with a wavy border die.  The gold birds are from Paper Smooches..

So, the cards on the navy card bases got tied together with their matching envelopes into a set I hope someone can use.  The others on white card bases, and the one pink one, got the envelopes fancied up with the rest of that last flowered paper. They too will be tied together into a gift bundle, as soon as I get more pink ribbon.  Who knew I'd run out of ribbon?

The part that has me laughing is that I bought that paper pad because I loved the sheet with the flamingos.  I'm hoarding it.  

Edited to add this last card which I missed in the last photo shoot. It belongs here, so here it is:

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Say Freeze Craft Smart paper pad

Just before Christmas I took one last trip to Michael's and bought several 12 x 12 paper pads. I know I shouldn't have, but the images on "Say Freeze" really called to me so I did it.  I already had the 6 x 6 version of the same paper, I just had to have the bigger one, too.

The poinsettias are from the smaller paper pad, and the outside sentiment is from Queen & Co's Special Delivery kit. The inside sentiment is from Avery Elle's "Comfort & Joy" sentiment set.  The die cut poinsettia on the front is a Sizzix die that came with a pillow box die. The inside of the flowers are embellished with copper colored Nuvo drops.

Here's the real reason I needed the larger paper pad.  There is this wonderful image of snowmen driving a red pickup truck.  It's larger, covering the front of these two 5 x 6.5" cards.  The "Merry Christmas" die is from Kat Scrappiness, cut once from gold card stock and once from cream card stock, and layered together, a little offset.

On the inside of the card I layered another piece of patterned paper and the same sentiment as above from Avery Elle. The inside sentiment is on a panel cut with a scalloped die from Gina Marie Designs.

This second truck card features the "Fa La La" die and shadow from Simon Says Stamp.  The little sentiment, "Make it jolly, so jolly" is silver embossed from a sentiment set from called "Make it Jolly".

The inside sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set CL359 from 2012.  It's embossed in silver, with a couple of snowflake stamps that I can't immediately identify. 

So, I don't need anymore Christmas cards, but I've decided not to stop making them because, I don't want to stop.

Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 was the year of the card kits.

I'm going to call 2019 the year of the card kits, since I bought 8 of them. 2 of the kits I never even made 1 card from, not one!

The above kit, the limited edition kit for Simon Says Stamp Stamptember is one of them. I really can't say why I needed to have this kit. I really don't know why I did it.  I have used the Gina K glimmer gel from the kit, but that's all.

The Tonic Studios Christmas themed kit that I got during the summer is completely unused also.  Tonic Studios gets me with their embellishment "goops" and their specialty cotton papers.  The main feature of this kit is a die that creates a box frame. I'm probably never going to use that, but I had to have it just the same.

A couple of kits were well used, most recently Spellbinder's Merry Everything, and previously Simon Says Stamp's Bee Yourself.  I consider a kit well used if I make the "recommended" number of cards with it.  Most Youtube gurus do "10 cards, one kit" with the SSS kits, so that's my standard for SSS.  The Spellbinders kit came with 25 card bases and envelopes, so that's my standard for it.

A big lesson for me is to look at the sentiments included and REALLY think about where I would use them.  I'll always need birthday, sympathy and Christmas cards, but I have enough "love" cards to last me to the end. NO more Valentines.  No kits for minor holidays like St. Patrick's Day, either.  Is St. Patrick's Day a card sending occasion for me? No.

I have, so far, managed to resist Halloween kits.  Yay, self control.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

GOAL! I made 25 cards from the Spellbinders Merry Everything kit

On the 4th day of Christmas I finished making the 25 cards from the Spellbinder's Merry Everything kit that I had set myself as a goal.  Here are last 3, all featuring the VW bug die that came with the kit.

Now I can box this up until next summer when I'll dig into it again.  There is still plenty of product left in the kit. For the moment, however, I've had enough of it.