Author Archives: DebSelby

Snakes on a card?

Well, I said I was going to make a card with a snake on it…………………I am truly scared witless of snakes.

If a card with a snake on it can even be thought of as cute, well then, I guess this card is it.  Take a look:

 

 

You’re My Paradise

Today is the reveal of the new Hero Arts Monthly Kit.  This month’s kit is so appealing to me because it has a lake, a dock, a forest and mountains.  All of these images describe my life for many years, so I am anxious to have this arrive in my mailbox in the near future.

In the meantime though, I am also taken by the June kit which has already arrived in my mailbox.  It has a jungle theme, which clearly does not depict my life in Canada, but it is equally appealing.  I started out intending to make a card with the Leopard image, but in the end, opted for a few of the smaller images, and made the card more of a Hawaii card.  I am always happy when I am able to use something from my “new” drawer as well.  In this case, it was both my small and large Wreath Builder Templates from Gina K.

I think the card turned out well, even though there is no Leopard anywhere in sight.

 

I am also contemplating making a card with the snake that is in the June kit, but I hate and fear snakes almost as much as I hate and fear “dust bunnies”! (Really, “dust bunnies” totally creep me out and I can’t touch them without a paper towel in my hand).  I could give the snake card to my granddaughter as she actually has a snake as a pet.  Ok, it is settled………………………..my next card will have a snake, a leopard and maybe a “dust bunny” on it.  I will face all my fears in one go! LOL.

A Walk on the Wild Side

I wanted to use the June 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The card I came up with does not resemble the card I had in my head when I started out.  Truth be told, I now have about ten background pieces made with Tonic Shimmer Powder none of which ended up on this card.  They are very nice backgrounds, just not the look I was going for in a jungle theme.

In the end, I opted for a savannah sunset using oxide inks and blender brushes.  I stamped the grasses using Versamark. This resulted in a faded image of the grasses on the green background.  I liked this look as it made the grasses appear further back in the scene.  The tiger was painted with Arteza real brush markers and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I used thin strips of foam tape to attach the jungle border to add more dimension and depth to the card.

I think the card turned out quite well.

 

 

 

 

 

A New Take on my Rain Die

Today’s card is a variation of the one I posted a day or two ago.  I just received my Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit and it occurred to me that I could combine my Falling from the Clouds die from My Favorite Things with the Jungle Border from the Hero Arts add-on die and make it rain in the rainforest.

Originally I was going to make a “Save the Rainforest” sentiment, in honour of my so environmentally responsible friend Michelle K., but I opted in favour of the less noble but highly useful Happy Birthday.

Just so you know………………….stringing those little beads late at night with my Expired Best Before eyes was no easy feat.  I will be vacuuming up seed beads until July.  But hey, the card is so cute.

 

Falling from the Clouds

It has been a while since I saw a die set that was just too clever not to buy………………………………….in spite of its rather high price.

Such is the case with this die from My Favorite Things.  It is just so clever.  I just have to figure out how to add a video to my post to do it justice.

Take a look:

 

 

OMG, it has been a day of technology snafu’s, but I think that worked.

 

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2019 #7

 

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Oh my goodness, I was lucky enough to win one of the Flash Prizes from Super Sponsor Taylormade4U.  So grateful!

Today, I made a card with a stamp set from Concord and 9th.  Every time I make a “fancy” cup of coffee like this one, I am reminded of the wonderful Baristas on many of the cruises I have taken.  They make putting together a cup of coffee a work of art.

When I saw the “spoonful of sugar” sentiment on the stamp set, I knew I had an opportunity to use the wonderful ice cubes from My Favorite Things once again.  With the right card they are magically transformed into sugar cubes.

The patterned paper is The Daily Grind by Photoplay.  The coffee ring is  Turnarounds Set 2 by Seth Apter.  I stole the napkin out of the Karen Burniston pop up coffee card.  Just love the realistic crinkled edge on the napkin.

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Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2019 #6

I thought I could make a quick card before breakfast………………………ha ha ha.  I don’t think I have ever made a “quick” card in my life.  I can manage to hem and haw over the tiniest of details and even simple cards take at least an hour.

This card is watercoloured and uses a frame border die from Hero Arts.  This means that I not only had to decide what colours to paint but also where to paint and what to leave white.  I am sure if I re-did this card it would be different, but overall, I like it.

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Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2019 #5

Today’s card started with a little stamp set from Waffle Flower.  It is called Currently Drinking and I think it is meant for a Planner.  I bought it because I was always trying to build coffee drinking scenes with non-coffee themed stamp sets and it came in handy for that.  It occurred to me that Lawn Fawn’s Reveal Wheel could be used to represent the decision-making process of what type of beverage to have upon arrival at the local Starbucks.  The little images fit perfectly in the heart-shaped window.

I used patterned paper and stickers from Echo Park’s Coffee collection.  The background paper is Coffee & Tea from Reminisce.

 

 

 

 

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2019 #4

 

Once more I have used the Ciao Bella Paper………………………..I must be reformed…………………so often I am loathed to cut in to and use up my favourite papers.  This time though the focal image and sentiment are from Altenew.

The sentiment makes me laugh out loud, as I am very conscientious about never running out of coffee.

 

Coffee Lovers Bloghop Spring/Summer 2019 #3

 

Recently, I bought the impossible die designed by Christina Widemark at Scraps of Love, Peoria, Arizona.  It occurred to me that this card type is perfect for a gift card.  It also occurred to me that  the Ciao Bella paper collection would ensure that the recipient knew this card was about coffee.