It appears that I am out of sync with the calendar. Today I made a couple of cards that would have been great at Stampede time, but somehow they didn’t get made. Actually, the longhorn skull was just purchased as an add-on to my Hero Arts Kit of the month, but I have had the cowboy boot for awhile so no excuse for that one. Anyway, I teamed up the two dies to make a couple of cards that turned out well. So well, in fact, that I am thinking of framing them as an Art Card shadow box for my wall.
I love the Authentique barbed wire paper so much, that I immediately began to think of where I have to go to replenish my stash of it. I also love the Tonic Soft Leather Jacket speciality paper I used for the boot and skull frame.
The challenge in today’s Make it Monday is to make a repeating pattern from Petite images. This is something that I thought would be super easy but it was not. For some reason, I am measurement challenged. This is how I measure things. This tag is 4 notches and a tad long…………really. So trying to find the middle of 4 notches and a tad really is not easy and then when you are stamping 20 of the small images all around this centre, then things get really iffy.
In the end, I came up with these three tags. I always like the result when I stamp those bottle brush trees. It is the background images that look like they are wandering aimlessly out in the desert, but at least I have a very early start on Christmas gift tags.
I just picked up the Tropical Suite from Stampin Up and I am already declaring it my all time favourite Stampin Up set. I love everything about it, from the colours to the versatility of the dies, and on to the great 6 X 6 patterned paper pack.
The other thing that is great about it, is that I was able to pair it up with images and dies from Heartfelt Creations and Sizzix. I have found that usually Heartfelt Creations does not play well with others. By this I mean that trying to pair stamps and dies from other companies, with stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations often results in failure. The card looks like a nerd dating a Kardashian…………………they just don’t go together. It worked on this card though.
Take a look:
My co-blogger is alive and well. She just continues to be the busiest woman I know. One of her many jobs is to create the Card Kit of the month for the Scrapendipity store. We have decided to post the projects here on the blog, as her spare time to cardmake just for the joy of it is pretty limited these days. At least this way, we get to see what she is up to. This card kit is available at Scrapendipity, but they always sell out, and many people just have a standing order to get the kit every month.
This month is especially cute, as it has many of the latest trends showcased. Underwater scenes, shaker cards, beaches and foxes are all trendy, so why not put them all in one card?
Life is a Beach – August:
Copic Markers used to color the image:
Stamp your image with Memento Black Ink on white
Copic paper. Also stamp the Towel portion of the image on pattern paper (don’t color the pattern paper) Then use the first Copic Marker color, listed below and the others that follow, to do the shading.
Fox White – W00 & W00
Fox Red – E97 & E99
Fox Eyes – at you Spica Black & Opaque White (use pin
for white dot in the eyes)
Fox Legs & Hands – E47 & E49
Cheeks – R22
Cup & Ice – BG70 & BG10
Around the Fox & Near Face and Glass – B000
Umbrella – RV29 & Opaque White (use pin to make dots on the umbrella)
Other items used:
-Fish Brad (Emerald Creek)
-Spellbinder Petite Ovals Small (second largest)
-Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Tim Holtz
-Faded Corduroy Distress Ink, Tim Holtz
Sometimes an old product put together with a relatively new product creates a wonderful new technique. Jennifer McGuire demonstrated this recently when she dug out an old product Perfect Pearls and put it together with the relatively new product of layered stamps. The resultant card is a one layer card that is easy to mail and simply stunning.
So far, I have made three cards all made with a single Perfect Pearls colour, but I really want to see what I can do with multiple colours of the Perfect Pearls in the near future.
Take a look.
I was thinking today how my very first shaker card was pretty much a disaster. I had sequins flying all over, mostly stuck on the foam tape rather than in the little shaker well, where they were supposed to be. The end result was a very crooked card that looked like an unmade bed. You know those times where you just throw the cover over your PJs and the book you were in the midst of reading and walk away. I have made many shakers since then, and they turn out generally well, so I decided to tackle making a card with Chibitronics.
In the interest of full disclosure, this is actually my second Chibitronics card. Making a circuit is not that difficult really, but figuring out where to attach the lights so that they light up in the right place for your card design is a tad tricky. I found that “haste makes waste” (in this case wasted copper tape). In the end, it was helpful to take the time to do a rough stamping of the design on the cardstock that the circuit is going to be adhered to. That way I could make sure that I had room for the lights and the copper tape to the battery and back without crossing each other. There is a real sense of satisfaction when you touch the copper tape and “voila” the lights come on.
This card is going to be a birthday card for my granddaughter who turns seven tomorrow. She is going camping this weekend, and even though fireflies do not exist in our climate, hopefully, she can find something equally amazing to look at on her trip.
I have been working on this Make it Monday card since about 9:00 AM and it is now 12:30 PM. It has made me realize that I am an unlikely candidate to be published in the TAKE TEN magazine. This is a magazine where the cards shown all take ten minutes or less to make. It took me more time than that to pick a colour scheme AND THAT part was essentially provided in the instruction video!
All is well that ends well, though, and I was quite happy with the result.
Concord and 9th is a step above most stamp companies in the way they design sets for extreme versatility. They are also trendsetters rather than trend followers. I have a large stash, as many of us cardmakers do, and it is not every day that a company comes up with an image that I not only don’t have, but also must add to my stash. The stamp set I am using today is an example of this. I definitely, did not have a geode in my stash of stamp images. I have always loved the look of geodes (If you ever get to Cave Creek, Arizona check out the ginormous ones in the rock shop), so this stamp set was an obvious choice. On top of that, it is an appreciation, encouragement, sympathy, love and get well card all rolled up in one stamp set.
I used alcohol inks on Yupo paper for these and it was so much fun to experiment with different colour combinations. I used Seth Apter/Emerald Creek Dirty Sand and Hammered Metal embossing powders to make the “skin” of the geode. It worked out very well as the “heat unstable” Yupo warped just enough to give the rock a more organic look.
The theme this week at Papertrey Ink is lots of dots. As I am a huge fan of the Nuvo drops, I wanted to make sure to link up something. In the end I chose “What the Doodle – Feather”, as I thought it would be a good image to leave mostly black and white as in the demo from Michelle. I decided to stick to Red, Black and White for the color scheme as the image and background were already quite busy.
Because the bloghop has whizzed past the record for entries, I thought I should try for a personal best as well. This card makes 10, which I believe is a record for me. I decided to make a loose uncontrolled background for this card. This means that I now have about 10 watercolour backgrounds for future considerations, as I am kind of OCD and had to try and make one with the right amount of splatters in the right place on the card front.
I wanted to use my new Altenew stamp once more as it is a large set with many images. There are still more unused images, so many I will find time for one more………who knows.