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I knew there was going to be trouble today. The theme of the tutorial by Daniel West was to let your imagination wander and envision your stamps/dies/stencils in a totally different way. This is precisely what I like to do with my supplies, but it is this very methodology that turns what should be a 10-minute card into a 4-hour card. The funny thing was that even though I like to do this re-imagining of stamps and dies, I drew a complete blank at first. When I finally thought of something, I said to myself…………don’t do it……………..it is too stupid and “out there”. So of course, I set about doing exactly that. I don’t know if the card “works” but I think there is an “E” for effort in there somewhere.
I will show you first the two dies that I started out with. Take a moment to guess what I transformed them into.
Now you can see the finished product. So ok, I know it is a stretch……………..Glass Catfish in an aquarium. It is my imagination and so I can do what I want with it. The one outstanding problem with this project is that I put so much clear glaze over the fish (Pico Embellisher), that it is unlikely to dry any time today. That is ok though as my newly acquired Spring Card Camp friend Sue Ellen says…………..drying time doesn’t count when determining how long a card takes to make.
I took about 10 pictures trying to get one that sort of reflected the transparent glisten of the fish. This was the best of the lot, taken in bright sunshine while the card was sitting on my partner’s jeep tire. I know I need to get some proper photography backgrounds
Whew! I thought I was in trouble with today’s tutorial. It was presented by Kristina Werner. In the video, she indicated that it took her about 1 1/2 hours to do the faux dip painting. My immediate reaction was that if it took her 1 1/2 hours, that meant it was going to take me over my newly imposed 4-hour limit. I came up with a solution though…………………….I just didn’t do as good a job as Kristina.
All in all though, I liked the resulting card.
Today’s video was presented by Shari Caroll from Simon Says Stamp
Her 2 for 1 idea was to do some blending on a card front using cardstock masks and then use the masks themselves to make a second card. This technique is going to appeal to all you frugal crafters who like to use up every tiny scrap you have while continuing to hoard a lifetime’s worth of full sheet cardstock.
Shari managed to make her two cards look quite similar in the end even though they were made quite differently. My cards follow the same technique but I deliberately veered off in two slightly different directions. I enjoyed this technique as I want to practice the unstructured graphic style more.
I also got to use two new Photoplay word dies that I just bought yesterday! I love when that happens.
Oh my goodness! I thought I would never see the day where I did not want to spend another moment thinking about how to create another card or layout , but that day has arrived.
Today, I took part in a virtual crop to aid the tigers at the Calgary Zoo. The challenge was to do something crafty every hour on the hour for 24 hours. It wasn’t always a new challenge that involved making a card or layout, sometimes it was a tutorial or quiz or zoo animal jokes. Whatever it was, 24 hours of it is exhausting. I think I posted 14 projects.
Now I want to post today’s lesson in the Spring Card Camp as I don’t want to get behind on it. Today’s lesson was by Kathy Racoosin. She is the queen of colouring. Today she took an unusual method of colouring. It involved creating our two for one cards by allowing the Copic markers to bleed through to a second card front. My first attempt was a complete fail as cardstock of any weight was too thick. the only thing that worked for me was typewriter paper. We were to use the back of the first layer and the top of the second layer for our two cards. I did not care for the back of the first layer at all, so that was a no. The cards didn’t look tooooo bad when I dressed them up with a mat and some bling, but I have to say they are not my cup of tea. However, it was an interesting technique to try out..
Take a look:
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.
Well, once again it has been a long while between posts. You would think that I haven’t been spending time in my craft room. In reality, I am there every day making something, except for last week when I was travelling down to Phoenix and stopped to play in Bryce and Antelope Canyons. It seems that I have just neglected to make my projects into blog posts.
Today the challenge on Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday is to create a bag out of patterned paper. This appealed to me as I am starting to think about Christmas bag and tag ideas. In spite of this, I ended up making a Birthday bag and tag. I found some Papertrey Ink sequin patterned paper in the right size to make a bag, and so the project grew from that. I decided to make a matching shaker tag from Papertrey Ink paper and sequins (Shakers and Sprinkles). I used a MFT balloon die to make the shaker. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from Papertrey Ink’s Shakers and Sprinkles stamp set.
It was all pretty simple today and if I didn’t keep losing stuff in my messy craft room, it could have been made and posted in minutes. I am definitely going to make more of these bags, so thank you to Lexi for the instructions.
Wow where do the days go? I feel that I am in a movie where the months of the calendar are ripping off and blowing away in the wind to show the passage of time. I am extra excited to announce that I am a Grandma again to a sweet little boy. He gave his Mom and Dad quite the ordeal, getting ready to come “earthside” as his Mom noted, but all was forgiven with one look at his angelic little face.
Today I am posting a couple of tags. Day 10 features the sponsor Winnie and Walter. I am channeling the tag of Lindsey M-P, as I just received the Happy stamp and die from Winnie and Walter and it has the same look as the Merry die that Lindsey used.
Day 11 features the products of Studio Katia. The tag of Amanda was an easy choice as it was a shaker card, and the only Studio Katia product that I own right now is the beautiful sequins that I ended up using in my shaker tag. I also loved the bright colours used in these tags.
I am thinking it might be a good idea to do all my tag catching up on one Blog post, so that followers aren’t getting 3 or 4 blog posts in one day.
I will start with the Day 8 tag. The sponsor for Day 8 is Sunny Studio. I was inspired by the cute little single image scenes in Mendi’s tags. I was also inspired by my own desire to use this nifty little stamp set that I had not yet used. It wouldn’t be the first stamp one would think of, when making a Christmas tag, but I had fun making it work.
Here is a catch up tag from Day 3. Sponsor is Casual Fridays. This is a bit of an easy one as my tag dies of choice are from Casual Fridays. They just seem to be the right size and shape in a majority of cases. It isn’t hard to tell that the inspiration for my tag comes from a combination of Kimberly and Kelly’s tags. I used the exact layered tags as Kimberly did and I used the slice of a sleigh idea from Kelly. The To and From on my tag is hidden below the smaller tag. Unwrap the Magic sentiment is from Hot off the Press.
Next up is a catch up tag from Day 7. The sponsor is Birch Press. Unfortunately, I don’t own any Birch press stamps or dies. Using Tracey’s tags as inspiration, I substituted a Cheery Lynn die. I used my Scan and Cut to make an outline of the snowflake in red cardstock. I had recently bought a jar of Fractured Ice embossing powder from Emerald Creek Trading Co. and I was anxious to try it out. It is a thick clear, yet slightly greenish embossing powder with dark flecks that look like dirt particles or debris in it. Doesn’t it just sound yummy? It is actually beautiful, as it reminds me of the pond ice I used to skate on as a kid. That ice was not pristine either, but rather had small twigs and leaves suspended in it.
Heather’s challenge is to use the 7th anniversary material of wool on a project. Additionally, she used stitching and a bit of die cut surgery to achieve a layered look. I had to blow the dust off of my sewing machine, before attempting to try some stitching on my wool felt diecuts. In fact, when I turned the machine on, my pressor foot fell off the machine into a couple of pieces. It had been so long since I had my machine out, I had to dig out the manual to figure out how to put the pressor foot back together. Eventually, I got the job done. I also layered the diecuts I used, but limited the felt surgery to trimming the layers on one snowflake so that it appeared that I had three sizes of snowflakes instead of two.
I turned the snowflakes into embellishments on a sweater, using the Papertrey Ink sweater die. The lovely wool felt is also from Papertrey Ink. I am always happy with the way this wonderful wool felt cuts cleanly.