I had brought my foiling supplies down to El Mirage, AZ when I dropped off my car in November, so I haven’t been able to do any foiling projects for quite a while.
I love the look of foiling, although the process can be nerve-wracking. This time, however, the process, for the most part, went smoothly. I found a relatively new foil plate and a nearly new frame foil plate in my stash that I wanted to use. I also just got a gorgeous new foiling sentiment die set, designed by Yana Smakula that I wanted to put into action. This sentiment set is unique in that the sentiment words are basically a single line stroke. This makes the sentiment so dainty and elegant.
I was pretty happy with the results ( I must have been as I have a whole little bag of sentiments in every foil colour). Anyway, Take a look.
Today I am showcasing a card that I will be teaching at Pueblo El Mirage Resort next Monday. I recently ordered a card kit from My Favorite Things for the first time. The theme of the kit is Message in a bottle and it is uber cute. The word “uber” is top of mind with me right now, as we “Ubered” our way back and forth from our BnB to Creativation. LOL I think I could really become accustomed to having my own driver. It was uber convenient for sure. Ok back to the card.
It is a great kit but the components are also available separately. It has a stencil to create the background waves. It has the dies to cut out the shape of the bottle and its’ cork top. It has a stamp set of messages to go in the bottle and even three flag dies to cut out three messages at a time. All I had to add from my stash was a few seaweeds from a Hero Arts Kit I have, sequins from Lucie’s Little things, iridescent bubbles from Studio Katia and Sand from Brutus Monroe and ink. So ok, that is quite a bit from my stash, but I love the result.
Once again I sit here in disbelief that I haven’t done a blogpost since December 8th. At least it adds to evidence that I feel like I have been in a non-stop tornado for weeks. It should be slowing down now, but I am gearing up for my trek south for the winter, so it is still a whirlwind for me.
I wanted to make a few cards as samples for Scrapendipity before I left. It felt good NOT to be making a Christmas Card. I thought I would make a couple of cards with the add ons from the December Hero Arts Monthly Kit. The main kit while lovely, would not be on my personal favourites list. I did like several of the add ons and had a hard time just picking a couple to be sent with my kit.
The one I am showing here is the World Window Fancy Die. I wanted to make a Valentine’s card that wasn’t too “pretty” or mushy. To achieve this, I stuck to earthy colours and reined in the bling (ok just a bit). I really like the outcome.
I recently bought the Layered Floral Alpha Set from Waffle Flower. This stamp set is comprised of two 9 1/2 by 12 stamps sets. It is by far the biggest stamp set in my collection. It may also be amongst the most clever stamp sets I own. With very little room for error, I can make a floral alphabet in any colour scheme I choose. The stamp set contains lining up guides that ensure that the various floral elements are stamping in exactly the right spots. Additionally, it stamps out the whole alphabet at once and cuts the letters out with just one die.
I wanted a floral alphabet mostly for titles on scrapbook layouts of flower gardens and parks that I have visited, but I have some ideas forming for some birthday cards using these letters as well. This is why I have formed the word “cake” in the samples below.
The first image shows what the stamp image looks like after it is fully stamped but before it is cut out with the die. The second image shows some of the individual letters after the die-cutting, done in two different colour combinations forming the word cake.
Take a look:
I finally got caught up enough on things I had to do and cards that I had to make for one reason or another, so I could finally take a look at my Hero Arts kit for November. It is once again a Christmas kit but more traditional than the 50″s theme of last month’s kit.
I started with what appears to be the most scene-stealing piece of the kit, which is the Fancy Die Door Front. Holy intricate Batman…….it took me hours to painstakingly colour all those bricks with my Copic markers. When that was done, the door swag required some fine colouring as well. Then I realized that I had really just begun as the door opens and needs a full scene behind as well. I decided that since I had spent so much time on it already, a few more minutes to pop the whole thing up to add some shadow and dimension seemed to make sense as well.
I am happy with the final result, but it was so much work, that I will find it difficult to actually mail it to someone this Christmas.
Simon Says Stamp has a stencil for the insanely popular Gnomes. While I have already made some cards with the “sold out” large Gnome die, that I ordered for and stole from Sandra, this time I wanted a one-layer rather than pieced Gnome.
Using the stencil involved some extensive masking. I may end up making my own layered stencil to avoid having to do all this masking in the future. In the meantime, after a couple of ruined cards with some stray ink on them, I got it right.
This card is just so stinkin’ cute, that I am sure I will be making more.
I used the Swirls background die from Concord and 9th which just tucked around the Gnome perfectly. Sequins from Lucie’s Little Things and some glittery Nuvo drops complete the card. His nose is made with transparent pink Nuvo drops and gives perfect colour and dimension.
A funny thing happened on the way to making this card. On the weekend I attended a local Scrapbook Crop. As usual, I took away too much stuff for a one day crop. Anyway, I must have pulled a muscle in my neck loading and unloading totes full of supplies. When I got up the next morning, my neck was incredibly stiff and sore, but hey, the cardmaking must go on. I took a muscle relaxant and applied a heating pad and began crafting this card. Well, don’t you know, I fell asleep with a full cup of coffee in my hand. The coffee fell out of my hand and into my box of coffee stamps and dies. Needless to say, that was quite a mess to clean up. On the bright side, I do have a large box of authentic Coffee “scratch n sniff” crafting supplies now.
I am happy to report that no cards were injured during this card-making session, and I was happy with this one.
Inside of card:
I apologize for the poor photography.