Just when I thought it was safe to put my foiling stuff away, along comes Gina K.

That may be my longest title for a blog post ever.  It is true though.  A while back, I was foiling up a storm and made several cards using various techniques with and without a laminator.   I thought I was done with foiling for a while but…………….. Gina K, smart lady that she is, has come up with a method to combine stamping and foiling in one image.  Now that is very clever in itself, but she has also designed a way to make us cheerfully pay for a stamp set, a die set, a pre designed card for foiling the images and a pre-designed card to use for the background and some great new textured foils , just to put together one card.  She must be a graduate of the SHARK TANK school of marketing.  This one is clearly in the “Why didn’t I think of that?” category.

Anyway, here is the resulting lovely card.

 

Although this card does look nice in this picture, it is twice as nice in real life.  The camera just can’t capture the wonderful sparkle and shine of the foil.

Make it Monday #319 Graffiti Word Art

I am afraid to look back and see how many Make it Mondays I have missed.  For some unknown reason, I did not take any Papertrey Ink supplies down to Phoenix for the winter, so I could not participate in the challenges for the last three and one half months.

I didn’t want to miss out on this week’s challenge, but at first glance, I came up empty.  When that happens, I really have to go through my stuff again with a “think outside the box” mentality (a cliche I know but it does work).  Second time around, I saw the Wave stamp and it reminded me very much of the grafitti swirls that I see, so I picked that out.  I put some of the painted words together to form a motto that might find itself on a graffiti wall.  I used some Ombre inks and some embossing powder on the words to achieve the look shown in the video.  To show the nature of graffiti being where it is not supposed to be, I made the swirl not quite  fit into the rectangle mat.  The patterned paper from Kaisercraft’s Basecoat provided the cement like mat.  Another patterned paper from Basic Grey provided the colour scheme and again emphasized the graffiti look in the background.

Thank You Card

We have a wonderful neighbour and friend who looks after our golf cart while we are at home in Canada.  We found out the hard way a few years ago, that electric golf carts don’t really like either idleness or hot weather.  Seven new batteries later (that is how many you need to run these things), we didn’t need a repeat of that lesson.  I decided to make a Thank You card for our cart caregiver.

Not a Winner

One of the themes for submissions for the next issue of Creative Scrapbooker was recycling a cookbook. Because my roomies here in Phoenix are enthusiastic garage and estate salers, I asked them to be on the look out for an old cookbook that I could possibly use for the submission.  It wasn’t long before they came back with a perfect one that was in my price range of a dollar.  It was a 1953 Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, complete with old fashioned pictures and life lessons.

I set about making a layout using it.  I admit that Vintage is NOT my strong suit and not my favorite style, but I did like the resulting page.  So my friends, the operation was successful, but apparently the patient died as my layout was not selected for the magazine.

In order to justify the $1.00  investment, I am publishing it here instead.

 

Heartfelt Creations Card

I have a scrapbooking friend here in the resort who has been experiencing some health issues lately.

She is a lover of all things elegant and girly, so I wanted to make her a get well card in this style.  Nobody does this style better than Heartfelt Creations, so I decided to use their stamps and dies.  My friend had asked me specifically what I would do with the Decorative Medallion dies, so I wanted to use them on her card.

I wanted the card to be dimensional and elegant but no larger than a regular A2 sized card.  I think it turned out well.

My friend will going to rehab soon………………………………No not that kind of rehab silly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the kind to rally her strength and get her on her feet again.  I am hoping for a steady and smooth recovery.

Game of Thrones Fans

Last summer I was lucky enough to go on a cruise around the British Isles!  Okay Okay, I admit it, I wasn’t merely lucky…………I was SUPER LUCKY.  Anyway, one day we took a tour from Belfast, Ireland out to Giant’s Causeway.  On the way back, the bus stopped for a bathroom break.  Those of us opting out of the twenty minute bathroom line up, were treated to an add on to the tour.  The tour guide led us over to the Fullerton Arms pub where we were able to see one of the ten hand carved doors given by the Game of Thrones production company to pubs around Ireland.    The wood from the doors was reclaimed from fallen trees (courtesy of Storm Gertrude) located at the “Dark Hedges” location of the show.  The scenes carved on the doors  are from scenes of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones.  In the interest of full disclosure,  I am not a Game of Thrones fanatic, but I am a Scrapbook fanatic and I thought there might be a great layout in the making here, and besides, I didn’t have to “pee” at that moment.

I already had the background paper from Ella and Viv and knew it couldn’t be more perfect for the layout.  I even reclaimed a feather pen from my reject pile  of embellishments and fixed it up with Indigo Blu guilding flakes.   So, I too, did my part with some recycling of my own!  The small picture of the “Dark Hedges” was taken from the Game of Thrones website.

 

 

 

Using the Pivot Pop Up Die from Lawn Fawn

 

If you are a “Friends” fan you might be interested in how this die from Lawn Fawn got it’s name.  Kelly Marie Alvarez  told us at Creativation, that it came from the Friends episode where the friends were trying to get a sofa up the stairs in the apartment building.  Ross kept yelling “Pivot” and because the die pivots around just like the sofa was supposed to do, it got the moniker “Pivot Pop Up”

The card we made in class, using the Pivot Pop Up die, was one of my favourites from Creativation and so it was the first to go into my “cart” after the show.

I found the great constellation paper  from American Crafts at Scraps of Love here in Phoenix.  The Beam Me Up stamp set was included with the Lawn Fawn class.  Incidentally, the WOW  “glow in the dark” embossing powder I found in my scraproom here in Phoenix may be the same one I accused Sandra of borrowing and not returning.  Not sure……. just saying. The star die is Sketchy Star and is from Simon Says Stamp.  The amazing monster eyes are from Crackerbox Palace.

Anyway, the card turned out super cute and I am about to start on another variation of the same card.

Hope you like it.

Card Front:

 

Inside:

 

Cross Stitch cards – Altenew

I recently purchased the Sewn with Love stamp set and die from Altenew.  This is a layered stamp that mimics the look of Cross Stitch. What is totally amazing about this set is that the matching die is not a die at all but rather serves to add pinpoints to the image.  The result is a stunningly realistic cross stitch looking image.

Now for the bad news.  I must be cross stitchally (?) challenged, as I did not find this set “easy” to line up in spite of many reassurances from tutorials on the internet.   In fact, my craft room could now be wallpapered in a slightly askew cross stitch pattern as I have that many rejects.   All is well that ends well though, and I did get the hang of it eventually.

Take a look at these two great looking cards:

 

 

 

Creativation Cards

It seems like Creativation is already a distant memory, but I wanted to do a post showing some of things I made in the classes I took at the show.  There are some that are missing as they were unfit to be shown.

I have sorted them in my head into “must haves”, “Wish list cute”  “cute but not for me” and “unfit (you won’t see these as the garbage man has already erased them from my life)”.  You can decide which is which.

Here they are:

Lawn Fawn

 

 

 

 

 

Waffle Flower

 

 

 

 

 

Sizzix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Impressions

 

 

 

Wendy Vecchi

Spellbinders

 

 

 

Concord and Ninth

It is no secret that I am a Concord and Ninth fan, but I seriously want everything in their February release.  I continue to be amazed at how they build in extreme versatility into every set.  I had to get the Birthday Stacks set.  Who can resist a stamp set with images that can be a balloon or an ice cream cone, a banner or a party hat, a flat card or a 3 D card, an outline or a solid image.  It is truly an outstanding stamp set.

I am making more cards with this set, but these two examples show how versatile it is.