Author Archives: DebSelby
Before I left for the winter in Phoenix, I had ordered the Bee Bundle from Stampin Up. The bundle was waiting for me when I hastily returned early due to Covid-19. I can say that the bee designer paper from this bundle, is my all-time favourite from Stampin Up.
The stamp and die set was sitting in my “New” drawer screaming to come out and play. I know I am very late to the party as the new 20-21 catalogue is now out, but I still wanted to see what I could do with this set. The not late to the party part is that I designed a slimline card which is taking cardmaking by storm right now, and I used a brand new slimline wonky stitches die by Trinity stamps.
I had a tough time deciding which of the designer papers to use, so I set about making a second card so that I could use more paper and elements. It is unusual that I have actually cut into this paper without having a second collection to hoard.
It was Christmas in the Debbie drawer at work. I even tried to disguise the bag from myself, when bringing it into my craft room Yes, there was that much. I didn’t actually realize how much I had ordered when everything was held up due to Covid-19. Well, it is all arriving now.
One of the most anticipated arrivals was the 6 Feet Apart Collection from Wild Whisper. This collection is just brimming with great images and clever sentiments.
The idea I had with this card was to make the elements recyclable. I wanted to be able to make a sample card for the store, but I also wanted these great images for a scrapbook layout later when I document what a wonderful year 2020 was…………NOT! By putting the elements on a slimline tag from Pinkfresh Studios, I can just cut off the front of the card at a later date and add it to a Covid-19 layout…………..easy peasy.
It was a great day in the mailbox yesterday, as I finally received my April Kit from Hero Arts.
I feel like I am very late to the party, but set about making some cards with the kit. The theme is/was Australia and it has some wonderful stamps and dies to support this. These cards were all made with an add-on stamp and die set from the Heroscapes line. I love the realistic look of the beach and ocean.
This is the last day of the Coffee Bloghop. You would think that time would be dragging under the current circumstances, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. Maybe, I have just become so inefficient. As I told someone the other day, I am going to have to start getting dressed on Monday for work on Tuesday or I am going to be late. Yes, I am going back to work on Tuesday!
This card is a very simple one with a lot of assistance from the Ciao Bella paper. It also features one of my favorite animals at the moment, being the sloth. I probably like them so much because they make me look ambitious by comparison. I am telling myself that I am doing something quick so I can get outside to get some gardening done. We will see if that happens.
For today’s card, I decided to use the Magic Iris die. I had taken a class at Creativation using this die. I had some difficulty following Kelly Marie Alvarez’s simple instructions and my “iris” winked but did not close. LOL. I don’t like to leave a project in a not done right state and so I was anxious to make this one correctly. I am happy to say this one worked out and looks nice with the great Ciao Bella coffee paper.
I have had a fascination for Meerkats for a while now. I watch videos of them doing what Meerkats do……………….at least the version of what they do when they live in a zoo. A group of Meerkats is called a mob and if you watch videos of them, you will realize why. Social distancing is just NOT in their DNA! They do take turns being the “watchkat” for the mob. If they find anything interesting the “watchkat” alerts the mob and organized chaos ensues. On my card, the “watchkat” has discovered a little cache of tea forgotten about in one their tunnels, and it has created quite a stir in the mob.
Sitting on my desk this morning was a new die I got from Tutti Designs. It is called Twisted Rope but I thought it looked like a fishing net and so I decided to use it that way. It was a bit of a stretch to make a coffee card with a fishing net background, but I think it turned out quite cute.
For today’s card, I decided to do a slimline card with some rainbow coloured coffee cups.
Well, how about that? I have been through 40 days and 40 nights of cardmaking classes between Spring Card Camp 1 and Spring Card Camp 2. Somedays I feel like I should have used those 40 days and 40 nights to build the modern equivalent of an ark………………….maybe like a giant dog cone that fits on the top my head and goes down to my toes. Then maybe I could walk around wherever I want without fear of the scourge raining down on me.
Today’s tutorial was about paper weaving. I was afraid that it was going to be time-consuming and I wouldn’t like the result when it was all over. Luckily, I was wrong on both counts. It didn’t take that long and only one colour choice change, I was done.
Both cards turned out well. Take a look:
Today’s tutorial was presented by Dawn Woleslagle and was about Gel Press Printing. I admit my heart sank when I saw the topic. as I am very much a newbie when it comes to Gel Press. I was hoping to post a quick card and then get some housework done. Who am I kidding?……………………..but at least maybe get some weeds pulled in the garden…………………………………………or maybe at the very least get out of my Pj’s.
I had taken a class at Creativation about Mono Printing and came away excited about it enough to buy a full set of Gel Presses……………you guessed it………………the scourge came and I left Phoenix in a hurry forgetting all about my Gel Presses even though I did bring them home.
Well, I got them out and am I glad I did! Dawn’s instruction fit in well with my need for control. This method of using the Gel Press was not crazy messy and allowed me to use my Oxides and stamps and keep some degree of control over the resulting backgrounds. I ended up with many many backgrounds and I loved them all. I think I could make 20 cards in various patterns and colours. I will post here the 2 that make up the cards that result when you take images off the gel press for 1 card and then brayer over a blank piece of cardstock laying on the gel press for the second card.
I don’t think I have looked at the results of a technique with as much wonder since I discovered heat embossing many years ago.