Saying Goodbye

I had to have a private funeral for a friend today.  That friend is my Misti stamping platform.  It was one of the very first Misti’s available and it has been a faithful friend for years, but today it died.  A whole chunk of the lid broke off in my hand and it is no more.  Goodbye friend and hello to my new friend.  Anybody want to guess how long it will take before my new friend looks as well used as my old friend?

 

Today’s card set a new record for do-over’s.  Everything that could go wrong did go wrong with this one.  First of all, if I followed the instructions on the packaging, the giraffe’s were not merely hugging, but rather were strangling each other.  It took several attempts before I realized that indeed, the measurements were off.  Then, there were several more attempts to stamp the Giraffes in just the right position on the card.  There is an “L” shape guide on the bottom of the stamp but with long necks and a floppy stamp, it can end up being out enough that the dies don”t fit on squarely.  Chalk up three more attempts when I put the gatefold card in the Misti upside down and stamped the long side stamp on the short side and vice versa.  Wouldn’t you know that I coloured and it intertwined perfectly……………….before I noticed that the whole thing was off centre.  More attempts were discarded due to ink smudges from my fingers, as I had just re-inked my black ink and it was a bit too juicy.   The “piece de resistance” was when I finally got nearly the whole card finished and one of my copic markers “blooped” all over the image.  This almost never happens with my copics…………….are you kidding me?   This card is actually one of the ones where it ended up off centre, but I liked it that way, as I could add the long grass embossing on the wider side of the card.

Things with Wings

I have been playing with some super fun products from Gina K.  One of the sets starts with a butterfly stamp.  Now, I am thinking that a butterfly image is probably one of the first stamps I ever bought.  There has been a few more purchased over the years.  After all, you can’t use a frilly lace butterfly on a Tim Holtz masculine tag can you.  No of course not.  There has also been a couple of “buyer’s remorse” bug/butterfly images that I have bought over the years.  One such stamp set includes some really botanical looking moths and dragonflies.  Are you kidding me?  I hate those things.  I hate the time of year where the moths take up residence in my newspaper that has been placed in my mailbox.  I mean really, they must be hovering about, just waiting for the paper person to put the paper in my mailbox at 6:00 am, and then they dive in for a snooze.  It takes me a while to get over a buyer’s remorse item, so it takes a special stamp set to get me to buy that type of image once more.  The Gina K butterflies stamp set is just such a stamp set.

This is a card that looks difficult but isn’t.  It is easy to line up the images for stamping  and super easy to add the foiled backgrounds.  You just need an inexpensive laminator to adhere the foil to the cards.  If you want instant elegance, with a “How did she do that?” look on a card, give Gina K foil products a try.

I will be entering this card into the Stamplorations THINGS WITH WINGS challenge:

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Llama Llove

It is kind of funny how images of certain animals suddenly become popular.  They pop up on everything from clothes to home decor and , of course, cards.  Recently it has been llamas that have been in the trendy spotlight.

I saw this llama die from Spellbinders, and it was too cute to pass up.  I don’t usually like die sets without stamps, but this guy had all the details to look great on his own.  Paired with the Paprika paper collection from Photoplay, it was perfect.

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When checking out the correct colours for llamas, I found this interesting warning sign.  Photo is by Lutty Moreina.

Papertrey Ink- Make it Monday #321

The challenge in today’s Make it Monday, is to do some ink blending on coloured cardstock.

It seemed simple but I did have to round file my first attempt.  I used a sponge dauber that was too old and it started to crumble and leave streaks in my blending when I tried to use it.

This is my second attempt and while it is much better, the water mark forks that I stamped in the background look somewhat dirty, rather than just being a deeper tone of the paper.  I thought about giving them a clear embossing finish but I had already removed the stamps from the Misti, so that wasn’t going to work.    Hmm……………….maybe try again with white embossed birthday candles in the background.

 

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.