December 12, 2017

My 2017 Christmas Cards

Twelve days before Christmas and I am just starting on my Christmas cards. The design I had in my head (months earlier) came when I saw a set of tiny Santa and Mrs. Claus rubber stamps for sale. I bought the stamps then set them aside. The idea was to stamp Santa and the Mrs. in a circle and fill the circle with some type of round image. I just finished a commission job for a lady today, so decided today was the day I would start my own cards.

Using my light box and a circle template I stamped Santa and Mrs. Claus (what is her first name anyway???) in a circle, alternating them. I colored in their outfits and faces then cut the card stock into a square. Next I had to decide what image I wanted in the center. Did I want an image or a greeting? I decided on both...a tree image with a sentiment that circled the tree. Next I die cut a green layer to back the stamped circle and a larger red circle that would fill the inside of the Claus couple circle. The stamped tree image I backed with pop dots to raise it off the card a bit. Before adding the layers to the base card (red 5-1/2" square card) I added a few tiny white pearls to the tree. Once the layers were attached to the card, I added a tiny shiny metallic green brad at each corner.

Card Stock - Stampin' Up!
Santa and Mrs. Claus - Hero Arts
Ink - (Santa) Versafine Onyx Black
Ink - (Clothing) Red Le Pen
Ink - (Christmas Tree) Stampin' Up! Garden Green

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November 6, 2017

Decorative Layers - Quick & Easy Card

In a rush to make a last-minute card? A decorative background layer may be your answer. I recently purchased some decorative card stock in a 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" format that had butterflies, frames and swirls on it. I just thought it was pretty and wondered how I would use it. When I had to make a birthday card (that I had put off making), I immediately thought of that card stock.

With this layer all I had to do was stamp the happy birthday sentiment and add a die cut butterfly, which went well with the sparkly butterflies in the background. I attached it to a 5" x 7" base card that coordinated with the colors in the decorative layer then stamped a sentiment inside. I like quick and easy!

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September 7, 2017

Frightening Feline Halloween Treat Box

I love CD cases. Why, you ask? Because they are perfect little cases to alter. Remove the tray part (of a standard size case) and you have a clear case that can be decorated to hold goodies. I've made dozens of them to hold candy, gift cards, die cuts, embellishments, and more. This week I started on my Halloween treat cases.

I began by making a front and back cover for my case. On the front I attached a stamped image of the Stampin' Up! Frightening Feline, backed with a die cut black layer. Inside will hold 4 Ghirardelli chocolates as a treat.

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August 28, 2017

The Paper Players Sketch Challenge 359

With hurricane Harvey keeping us indoors, I've been doing a lot of die cutting to keep myself busy. Today I thought I'd participate in the challenge over at The Paper Players challenge blog. I started with a 5" x 7" card and a botanical paper layer. I then added a curved shape at the bottom then added a little punched butterfly (embellished with tiny pearls) at the top of the curve. To add more dimension, I added a die cut Monarch butterfly at the top. I added a second butterfly die cut (gluing only at the center), so the wings would lift up.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment on an oval and backed it with a green card stock. Sentiment was placed at the bottom.

Botanicals Decorative Paper - The Paper Studio
Large Butterfly Die Cut - Marianne Designs
Small Butterfly Punch - The Paper Studio
Sentiment - Stampin' Up!

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August 20, 2017

Thoughts And Prayers

This past week I was commissioned to make some greeting cards to send to church members. The focus of the card was to let them know they were being prayed for. I knew exactly which sentiment stamps I would use and had an idea of the type of card I wanted to make. Since I had been making cards with a curved decorative layer, I decided to use the same type of layout.

I sorted through my scrapbook paper and found this gorgeous paper in a light blue color. I cut the curved piece and attached it to the left side of a 5" x 7" card. The sentiment I wanted to use for the front was "Amazing grace will bring us through". I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card. I die cut a butterfly in a yellow contrasting color and attached it to the top. It needed just a little something more, so I found a berryvine flourish image and stamped it under the butterfly. The inside message read, "You are in our thoughts and prayers" and signed it from the church family at White Horse Revival Church.

Amazing Grace Sentiment- Verve Rubber Stamp
Berryvine Border Stamp - Stampabilities
Butterfly Die Cut - Marianne Designs
Stamping ink - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point

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August 16, 2017

Quick and Easy Birthday Card

I am making more and more cards with a curved decorative background paper because I really like the way it looks. Today I made the curved piece so it would fit the left side of the card. I had this gorgeous floral paper, so cut it using my curved template and attached it to an A-2 card. I used Orchid Opulence ink for the happy birthday sentiment, which I stamped at the top. I used one of my die cut butterflies (trying to match the color of the ink) at the bottom.

Happy Birthday Greeting - Verve
Butterfly Die Cut - Joy Crafts
Ink - Stampin' Up! Orchid Opulence

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August 8, 2017

Bird Song

I love this stamp set from Stampin' Up! It's the 1995 set Garden Collage and today I thought I'd make a few cards using the bird image. I came across a card I made years ago and decided to use the same layout. The set also contains a butterfly collage stamp that I really like. I think it is the collage aspect of the image that makes me like it so much.

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July 22, 2017

Something Wonderful

I was looking through photos of some of the cards I've made in the past and decided to re-make a butterfly card I came across. I had made the card for a challenge which used a single sentiment with a die cut butterfly and two types of decorative paper, one at the bottom of the card and one on the left side of the card. So I made a couple of white A-2 cards, gathered up the paper I wanted to use, then set out to duplicate the original. I carefully placed the first decorative paper strip at the bottom of the card...then I noticed I had the card upside down. Okay, do I start over or just see how this is going to work out?

I finished the card, continuing to follow the original design, and I absolutely loved the result. This card looks better with the strip at the top than at the bottom. So out of a mistake in design, a better design was accomplished. I liked it so much I made a few more cards (same design) in blue.

Butterfly Die Cut - Joy Crafts
Sentiment - Quiltfire Design (Canadian Company)

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June 16, 2017

Crafter's Companion Dies

I love dies. I'm always looking to add to my collection and decided I wanted to find some ornate butterfly dies. While searching for the butterflies I came across others that I liked. One such die was a die by Crafter's Companion. I already had a butterfly die from that company but when I saw the die set titled Antique Edge, I had to have it. The company is based in the UK, but I did find one online.

I received the die last week and today I made my first card using the die (following a YouTube video put out by the company).

The card is 6" x 6" and made of a shimmery pink card stock. I die cut the edge but was a bit surprised to find that the die didn't cut as well as other dies I have. I ran it through my Cuttlebug a few times and it finally cut through. Another problem I had was the release of the card stock from the die. It took a bit of work, but I finally got it to release without tearing (wax paper between the die and card stock helped).

I used some pink rose paper for the paper layer and die cut a couple of butterflies (Crafter's Companion die) in brown to match the little butterfly on the paper. For the inside message I stamped a sentiment from Quiltfire Designs (a Canadian company that I love). It reads "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen".

I do like how the card turned out and plan to make more. Regardless of the slight difficulty I had with the Crafter's Companion dies, I will continue to use them.

June 4, 2017

Estate Sale Treasures

It happened. An Estate sale of a lifetime. Treasures in every room...a full room of stamping and scrapbook supplies. Let's just say I went three times, spend a lot of money and had a wonderful time treasure hunting.

I've been a thrift store shopper, a garage sale shopper but just recently started going to estate sales. I do this (just about every weekend) to purchase items to sell in my EBAY store. On a recent search, one estate sale caught my eye. Three little words jumped out at me..."Scrap Book Supplies". One of the best things about listings for estate sales is that they have a bunch of photos, so of course I looked at what they had. I then contemplated if I would travel the 40 minutes to check it out. Photo showed a room with boxes and some scrapbook supplies...did I spy a few rubber stamps on a shelf? that convinced me to go.

We arrived early and were the first to enter. Directions were given that the scrapbook room and jewelry room were the back bedrooms. My first thought when I saw the scrapbook room..."what a mess". Then I entered and the mess became a room of beautiful treasures. A center table full of stamps, stencils, scrapbook supplies and more. A shelf unit of brand new scrapbooks, unopened mystery boxes, plastic cases and more. Making my way to the other side of the small room I find cases and cases of rubber stamps...many Stampin' Up! sets (with dies attached) and other brands.

Unopened boxes were opened and a trove of Anna Griffin folders and dies appeared as well as many Crafter's Companion items. The owner was a crafter who bought items off QVC and HSN continuously, as well as bought Stampin' Up! and CTMH items but never used them! Nearly everything was new! I not only found treasures of this type in the scrapbook room, but in other rooms around the home. My husband followed me around with a big box that I would fill, then he'd check out and find another box for me to fill. At one point he had to tell me to be quiet because I was making too many 'excited' sounds.

Two of the best bargains I got that day was a MISTI ($10) and a CUTTLEBUG ($15) new in the box. I've listed and sold the MISTI, a few SU sets and a few Anna Griffin items, but I have so much more to list. Oh...the best part was the second day when we decided to go back one more time (after hitting it twice the day before). Get ready to drool...everything left was $1 each and I filled another box with dies, stamps and more. This time I took a few minutes to hit the jewelry room...oh my gosh...why didn't I go in there on day 1??? HSN and QVC jewelry everywhere. I did manage to get a few good pieces that were left, so I was content. Let's just say...I will probably never come across another sale like that one.

See some of the items I found by checking out my EBAY store. More will be listed in the next few least the items I didn't decide to keep for myself. :)

May 4, 2017

More Die Cut Card Fun

I took another day off from work (you can do that when you are self-employed) and spent the morning die-cutting and the afternoon making cards. I got out a couple of dies and my Stampin' Up supplies and made a few red bird cards.

The corner flower die cut image is a Sizzix Tim Holt Thinlet that I just purchased. The bird and branch are Memory Box die cuts. I used my new pack of Stampin' Up! Real Red card stock for the red layer and the bird. The sentiment is also from Stampin' Up!

May 1, 2017

Where Have I Been?

I can't believe it's been 4 months since I've updated my blog. If you could see my studio you would know why. In February of last year I started a new e-commerce business and it has taken off. My studio has become overtaken with inventory, shipping boxes and more. I miss my nice clean stamping studio and am determined to find storage space somewhere else, so I can have my craft room back. My friends that I exchange cards with have not given up on me, so I think I need to get my priorities strait and get back to what I love...making cards. My husband keeps telling me "Make a schedule and take a day just to make cards." So that is what I intend to do. My new goal is to make time for business, crafting and occasionally take a day off. Tomorrow is card making day!