Author Archives: DebSelby

Simon Says Stamp – Monday Challenge

The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling.  They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products.  Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix.  I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.

I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards.  On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.

The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.

I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff.  This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.

IMG_1023

Riverbank Collection

I had said that I wanted to try another Riverbank Collection card so that I could showcase the wonderful paper in the collection a bit better than I did in the last froggy card.  Well, as usual,  “a funny thing happened on the way to the forum” and it didn’t really go as planned.  Just so you know, that quote is from a 1966 movie of the same name, so I am really dating myself.  Usually, crafters quote the more modern, “I was distracted by something shiny” when describing why something didn’t go as planned. Now, back to the cards.

I had a problem with the swan card.  I had decided to use Copic markers…………but wait………….we are talking about a white swan here.  It didn’t take long to colour!  I did use light grey markers to provide shadows, but I still didn’t think it stood out enough to look like a focal image.  I decided to cover the whole swan with glossy accents to make it stand out more.  The problem was that my bottle of Glossy Accents had turned quite yellow with the Arizona heat.  Interestingly though, I found that the yellowish shine matched the yellow-green in the background paper quite well, and I decided to go ahead and use it.

Here is the card:

IMG_1020

 

On the second card, I was also distracted a bit from my mission to show off the beautiful paper.  I had just bought a set of rectangular dies from Penny Black and it occurred to me that they would work really well for a stacked mat style.  That is a style where the image is continuous over three different sized mats with varying degrees of depth. Sounds confusing but you will understand when you look at the card.  I love how the squiggly lines in the mats provide interest without overpowering the image.  Anyway, it turned out really well and the background paper did provide a nice enhancement by repeating some of the elements.

Take a look:

IMG_1019 (2)

Scraps of Love – The Riverbank Collection

Scraps of Love (scrapbook store) here in Phoenix recently moved to their new location.  It is only a couple of blocks from their old location but is much larger.  I went there bright and early on opening day wearing my Scraps of Love T shirt.  This qualified me for a 20% discount which I used with gusto.

Amongst my many purchases was a pad of patterned paper from a UK company that was new to me.  The collection is called The Riverbank and I bought it along with two matching stamp sets.  The company is called the Craft Consortium.  Anyway, the paper is thick and double sided which is wonderful.  I think this may be the first time that I ever bought a pad of paper where I loved every page.

I made my first card using one of the stamp sets and one of the papers.  I had to make the card larger than the usual A2 size to have any of the background paper visible.  I am thinking the images are sized for a typical UK sized card which is bigger than A2.  In any case, I am about to try again with a second card designed to showcase the wonderful paper better.  In the meantime take a look at this card.

IMG_1018

Hero Arts Monthly Kit

Today I am posting cards three and four from the Hero Arts March Monthly Kit.

IMG_1007

I was reminded of the best crafting advice I ever received, while I was making card four.  The late great Christy Riopel once told me, “If you don’t like it, it just isn’t done yet.”  I can tell you that card four in its’ original 6 X 6 size was a hot mess…………….. I thought it was just plain “done” and destined for the big round file.   Just like Christy predicted though, it just “wasn’t done YET.”  When I trimmed it to a narrow panel and added a  complementary background, it was a keeper.

IMG_1008 (2)

Hero Arts March Kit

I am loving the Monthly Hero Arts Kits.  The large stamp set, that is just one part of the kit, provides a lot of inspiration.  When you add in the dies and the add on selections that are available, the possibilities are endless.

I have a goal of making at least 10 cards in quick succession from each kit.  While I haven’t finished yet, the first two cards turned out quite well.  Take a look:

IMG_0998

IMG_1004

Happy St Paddy’s Day

Wait it is a new post on Maverick Muses!  I cannot believe how time is flying these days.   I have already started to think about going home to Canada, and yet, I also think I haven’t fully unpacked yet.

I always send St Patrick’s Day cards to a couple of my friends and so I thought it was a great opportunity to get a new post on the blog at the same time.

I failed to bring any St Patrick’s Day stamp sets with me and so I was limited to using the  Wooly Lucky Stamp set that I recently got from Simon Says Stamp.  It is a cute little stamp set with an Irish Llama and some punny sentiments.

Take a look:

IMG_1837

IMG_1835

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thank goodness that it is Valentine’s Day, because I couldn’t use “Where doe the time go? …again…….even though it is very appropriate.

I once again had big plans to send some Galentine cards to my gal friends………..even bought two stamp sets that specifically said “Happy Galentine’s Day”.  Alas, it did not happen.

I did make this card for my male Valentine friend but did not get it in the mail on time either.  The stamp set is a layering set from Hero Arts and the yummy looking chocolate sauce is Vintage Nuvo drops from Tonic Studio.  The waffles and strawberries are so realistic looking, it is making me want to head out to IHop.20190208_211422656_iOS

 

Where does the time go?

I cannot believe that my last post was in December and now January is almost over.

I did not get anything posted on this blog, but I did have a busy January.  Taking Christmas decorations down and packing to leave for Arizona seemed to take more time than usual even though I didn’t have as tight a schedule as last year.

Creativation was on here seemingly before I got a chance to unpack.  Had an unbelievably fun week with most of my pals from Scrapendipity.   On Thursday and Friday, we were all busy with classes, which were without exception simply wonderful.  It is really a special treat to see crafting celebrities in person and to watch them work in class.  Included were classes from Altenew, Lawn Fawn, Gel Press, Dyan Reavely and Faber Castell.  Then on Saturday, Sunday and Monday we drooled over all the new products coming out.  Sandra flitted from booth to booth,  sitting down to make dozens of Make and Take projects.  It was all I could do to keep up with her.  We hung around the Ranger booth, learning about the new alcohol inks and Oxide sprays from Tim Holtz.  We were clearly visible in our Canadian buffalo plaid shirts in several of the different companies’ videos being made of Tim’s demonstration.  Shameless, we were.

Here is a photo of some of the loot we received in the classes and some of the Make and Takes we did.

 

I did have some time to do some crafting including this layout of us with Tim Holtz…………………………………I know…………………shameless

 

 

Hero Arts December Kit

Sometimes in life, we get a surprise.  When I began to work with the contents of the December Hero Arts, it was one of those times.  At first glance, I was thinking “yuck” ………………fairies…………..mice………….and dandelions as the theme for the kit.  Clearly, none of these is on my favourites list.    I ended up being surprised to find that I liked the images and the ideas for cards just kept flowing.  I had been watching a few tutorials that were of the “10 cards 1 kit” variety and I decided to see if I could replicate this.  You are going to think that I can’t count as there are only seven cards in this post.  Truth is, I had to stop, not because I was out of ideas, but rather because I needed to clean up and pack up my stuff for the trip to Phoenix.

I ended up being very happy with the cards.  They are all different and yet all seem to evoke smiles and happy thoughts.  Enjoy!

IMG_0730.JPG

Cute and Different Christmas Card

Simon Says Stamp wants to know what Christmas Cards we are working on and there is a $100.00 gift certificate up for grabs.  I had just finished this fun card using products from Concord and 9th, so this is the one I am linking.

IMG_0684.JPG