Thanks a Bunch

I have to say, I love today’s card! The color combo for today was two shades of brown, a blue, and purple. Hurray for purple! I did realize there’s not much purple in my paper stash, which is odd considering I really like the color. I am rather particular about my purples, though. That’s probably why I have so little. I do have some great purple inks and, “when in doubt, stamp flowers.” The flowers are from the new Wplus9 “Fresh cut Florals” set. The sentiment and vase are from Penny Black’s “A Bunch.” The vase is actually a jar that I stamped on brown then cut out. It makes a great earthenware vessel for flowers, I think.

The circle in the background is a small doily with the outside lacy part cut away. So that I could add dimension, I mounted the doily on a piece of dark purple card stock that is barely visible. It does add a little color and great support for the doily.

The twine was fun, but I had some trouble threading it through the holes in the card-front. Rather than fight the unraveling, I threaded it through a needle. It was much easier to thread the twine through the needle once than to try to get it through each hole individually.

Between working with my favorite color and having a new stamp/die set to play with (the WPlus9), this was a fun project. Stamping all those flowers is therapeutic. I needed some quiet time the other night, so after I got Lexie in bed, I went on a retreat to the craft room. There was no creativity left in me, so I cut out a few sets of flowers and spent 45 minutes stamping. It was great fun! I emerged a new and (mostly) agreeable person. Much cheaper than therapy and better than whining at my husband. At least, he thinks so.



Holiday Supplies for an Unholiday Occasion

Today’s card class challenge was to create a non-holiday card using holiday stamps and/or dies. The primary reason I found this challenging is because I have not been stamping or die cutting long. Last Christmas, I ordered a card kit. Everything was already pre-cut and stamped. I have one die, the flowering Christmas Tree by Memory Box. I took another look around. I had a couple Valentine’s Day stamps I’d picked up for a dollar apiece and the fireworks from the July Simon Says Stamp card kit. The sentiment is from the Valentine’s Day set and the top of the candle is actually a firework.

This exercise will certainly help me look at the holiday stamps I purchase differently. Now I will be able to see what other wonderful, non-holiday, projects can be created with holiday items. It definitely will help get more use out of stamps that would otherwise sit around waiting for me to forget about them the next time the holiday rolls around.

Turn holiday supplies into a holiday-free card.

Turn holiday supplies into a holiday-free card.

Just a quick note. . . My cards always seem to be missing something. Texture? Layers? Any ideas?

A Beautiful Mess

Well, I tried to make a shaker card for Summer Card Camp 2. It was a great idea and a valiant attempt. Unfortunately, all I got in the end was a beautiful mess. Since I did not have any foam to use as a spacer, I tried cutting out several layers of cardboard from a microwave popcorn box. An epic fail. The die cut through the packaging beautifully, but somewhere between layering and gluing the finished spacer onto the card, things got a bit wonky. Those beads all over my desk? Yeah. They started off inside the shaker. There was just too much warping from the wet glue on the cardboard.

I will try this again. Next time, though, I will be patient. I started this project and adapted to supplies on hand, which could be considered creative. This time I was impatient to give it a try and knew I wouldn’t get to the store for foam, so I gave it a shot. I learned a lot about materials and technique through this attempt. Though my project is a disaster, the experiment was not. It was frustrating, rewarding, and overall just plain fun to try. When I get one right, I’ll be sure to post.

Now. . . off to the grocery store. I’d rather be crafting, but my husband says eating is important, too. Go figure.



Week 2 Day 2 Summer Card Camp 2

I’m running a little behind this week. We spent Monday taking Tyler to the train station in Eugene, Oregon. It’s a 5 hour round trip and we had some errands to do while there. I didn’t get to play with cards, but I had a great day with my family. Well, most of it was good. We took the car to the dealership for service. We’d arranged for a loaner car and the dealership set us up with a car that would fit all four of us. Unfortunately, it was a Cube. Not that a Cube is a bad car. The problem was that Lexie thought the Cube looked like an ambulance. She was inconsolable. I eventually had to force her into her car seat. The only thing that lightened the mood for her a bit was that while she was howling, we noticed she had lost her first tooth! We bribed her to get buckled by promising to take her to the bathroom in McDonalds to look in the mirror.
Lexie lost a tooth

Isn’t she adorable? Just for the record, she rarely howls. In fact, the only time she usually cries is when her hair is being brushed. As soon as the brush is put away, the tears stop for the day. The price we pay for beauty.

Though it’s Wednesday already, I am posting Tuesday’s assigned card. I decided to try tone-on-tone embossing. The rose and leaves were stamped on ivory and green cardstock, respectively, then embossed with clear embossing powder. The banner was done in the same way. It was a quick card and I’m happy with how it looks. Today, I am working on a shaker card. I don’t have any foam, so I’ll share my solution (even if it doesn’t work) later today or in the morning. In the meanwhile, happy stamping!

Friends Always

Day one of week two for Summer Card Camp2 brought new sketches and a different color combo. I liked the sketches immediately. I must admit, though, the colors did not particularly inspire at first. Enter this week’s videos by Jennifer Mcguire and Kristina Werner. Those two could make burlap look good. wait a minute. . . They have.

Once I caught on, I really enjoyed the colors and am happy with my finished project. The background is a Hero Arts dahlia stamp clear embossed on Bazzill brown cardstock. The Delicate Dahlia die from Simon Says Stamp came in the mail a couple days ago and this was the perfect project. I placed the die cut piece over some cream cardstock then fussy-cut around the edges. It needed a little sparkle (what doesn’t?), so I painted some Perfect Pearls on the cream background with a water brush.

Once I got started, I enjoyed working with colors I would not have chosen on my own. I did not expect them to look so gorgeous together, but they do! I’m learning so much from this class. . . and it’s the perfect excuse to create something new every day.DSC02363

10-Minute Card Challenge


Today’s Summer School card challenge is to make a card using the week’s colors in under 10 minutes. I came in at just under 9. The card looks great. Week 1 Day 4

My desk . . . Not so much! Image

I did finally get my desk cleaned up and am going to work on cleaning up my new blog. I want to personalize it a bit and figure out some of the widgets. I’m having fun looking at several other blogs and deciding what I like. Bear with me a bit and it will get in shape soon.

By the way, Lexie refused to make a card today. She is way too busy playing her guitar and pushing around a toy fire engine. So many toys, so little time. I know the feeling.


The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit

This is the card created for the Simon Says Stamp summer card camp, week 1 day 3. Tyler and I worked on this one together. It was his first time to play with the Big Shot. He’s hooked. Good thing he’s only here for a week or we might have to take turns! Tragedy!

The pretty floral background is from Martha Stewart; I bought it pre-cut. It was perfect for this challenge. I just trimmed some Bazzill cardstock in teal to place behind and it really stands out nicely. Following the same idea, I used the Taylored Expressions butterfly, layering blue over orange. That’s not usually a color combo I like, but I might have to reconsider after seeing the results. It’s such fun when a project flows so nicely. All fears of having to share the craft room aside, it was a treat to have Tyler (my 18-year-old stepson) working with me. It helped me see my tools, embellishments, and papers with fresh eyes and get creative with what I have.

Last night when I was falling asleep, I had all these great ideas for blogging. Today . . . nothing. I do know that over the next few days, I will introduce you to Lexie, a spectacular 6-year-old who sits on me while I make most of my cards. She is also a pro with the Big Shot and making finger prints with my inks. We get craft almost every day. She has her own stash of inks and cling stamps. Of course, she prefers mine. Maybe tomorrow I can get her to create a card for you. My guess is it will have a cupcake. Until then . . .