Author Archives: DebSelby

Making a Curio Cabinet

Anyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I have a fascination for little drawers.  I love them in furniture and in home decor items, so imagine my delight when a Curio Cabinet was the focal stamp image in the September Monthly Hero Arts Kit.

I am not going to lie.  It took forever to put this card together.  There was lots of Copic blending to make the wood cabinet.  There was lots of picky arranging of the handles on the cabinet and then the time-consuming embossing of the handles.   After that there was the job of deciding what to put in the Curio cabinet.  I had decided that I was going to find “real” little treasures to place in the cabinet rather than just stamping images, so that gobbled up more time.  This also necessitated that the cabinet be turned into a shaker type card to manage the dimension of the “treasures”.  Then the tiny sentiments had to be lined up with the cabinet doors which was also time-consuming.  Then the little cards in the door pulls were painted white and some teeny tiny black writing was put on the cards.

In the end, I loved the resulting card.

Joy Die – 2 Ways

I usually like creating my own arrangements for the fronts of my card, but when I saw this die set from Spellbinders I thought it was too lovely to not purchase it.

I got the inspiration to use the die as a foil plate as well as a die from the internet, but I can no longer remember exactly where.  Anyway, this was another set of cards that looks exactly like I envisioned it in my head.  The rose gold colour worked well for both versions. I used the Gemini Foil press to do the foiling.

These two cards were made to be samples for Scrapendipity at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival which is on next weekend at Spruce Meadows.  Crossing my fingers for lovely fall weather at this amazing facility.  Who knew that a Scrapbooking Carnival would work so well with an iconic equestrian location like Spruce Meadows.

 

A Saskatchewan Stamp?????????

via A Saskatchewan Stamp?????????

A Saskatchewan Stamp?????????

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would own a crafting stamp set with the word Saskatchewan in it.   But thanks to Wild Whisper designs, I now own one and just had to use it.

What better way to use it than on a double page layout about the Wheatland Express Excursion Train than operates out of Saskatchewan and has some enthusiastic involvement by my brothers.

My brothers are pictured in this layout in more ways than you would think.   For example, take a look at The Joker and even Spike, the Mascot for the Wheatland Express Safety Train.  Yup!

My older brother, Barry, has been “murdered” and had been the “murderer” in recent Murder Mystery excursions.  He is the proud owner of a paycheque from the acting company who present the murder mysteries.  Who knew my brother would find fame and fortune in such a way!

I am posting this today, on the occasion of my Mom’s 90th birthday.  Next weekend, the whole family will be attending a birthday party on the Wheatland Express Train.  It is so fitting, as that in addition to the two brothers pictured here, my Dad and my late brother, nephew, cousins and uncles were or are also railroaders.

More Fantasy Cards

The August Monthly Hero Arts kit is all about Fantasy and Fairytales.  The theme is fun to work with as your imagination can run wild.  After all, no one is going to insist that your dragon be a particular colour, or that it has scales of a certain shape or indeed scales at all.

The Paper Layering Dragon is even more versatile than I first

thought.  You can add dimension just by using your flower moulding tools while keeping the overall shape in the card front.  You can take the dragon out of the background entirely, and poke up the scales for dimension.  You can die cut it out with or without the matching border die.  I ended up doing all of these techniques and liked all of the results.

Here are some of the other dragon cards that I came up with.

 

Hero Arts Monthly Kit August 2019

The images in the main kit of the Hero Arts Monthly Kit August 2019 are great but pretty tiny.  If colouring teeny tiny images is not your thing, then this kit might drive you crazy.  I don’t mind as I am more interested in scene building cards than in getting three shades of Copic colours on one image.

The castle die on this card is a Fancy Die and is included with the main kit.  What I really like about this die is that it is not a closed die.  This means that you can make the bottom of your die cut as long or short as you wish.  In this card, I left the bottom quite long so that the castle looks like it is in the distance and it also allows for adding several small images in the foreground.

I love the sentiments in this kit as well.  My co-blog partner Sandra would say that this is because of my love of Shakespeare.

Welcome to the Middle Ages

Sadly, the Middle Ages have come and gone for me, but I loved this sentiment so much that I just had to make a card with it.

This card is one of few that actually turned out how I imagined it in my head!  I usually get distracted (by something shiny, perhaps) before I finish the card that is in my head,  and go off in a new direction.

It is made with a sentiment from the August 2019 Hero Arts Monthly Kit and the Paper Layering Dragon from the available add on products.

Hero Arts also has a scroll die in the available add ons, but I had a similar one from Penny Black so I used that.

The dragon is done on watercolour paper with Ken Oliver’s Colorburst.  I think it is pretty cute!  Take a look:

 

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.