It is the time of year for the winter version of the Coffee Lover’s Bloghop. It is also a busy time of year with Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas card making time all on the heels of each other.
This lead up is to explain my excuse for it being Day 3 of the Bloghop and I am just posting my first card. It is also Crop/retreat time and yesterday I attended one. I bought what I thought was a regular collection kit from Photoplay called Kringle. Once I ripped into it, I realized that it was actually a Christmas Card kit. That was an OOPS as I rarely buy card kits and my intention was to make coffee cards of my own design. Oh well, I found that it was a very cute collection and after making a few cards, I actually purchased the matching collection kit and ephemera so that I could make some additional Christmas cards.
Anyway, I think the coffee cards turned out well, and they will come in handy for giving out some coffee gift cards at Christmas time. The sentiment set is from My Favorite Things and is called Sassy Pants Holiday too. The original stamp has the word wine and I just substituted coffee for this occasion.
Here is the card:
I keep thinking that I have all the stamps and dies that I could possibly need, and yet I buy more. There is a reason that crafters refer to this hobby as their addiction, and think they will stop buying as soon as they add this or that to their collection.
Today, I thought I would share some Halloween cards that I recently made. For the most part, they were made with stamps and dies already in my stash, but I confess to buying a couple of new ones.
I liked the crazy sentiments in the stamp set from Cathy Zielske called My Zombies, so I had to get that. I also liked the oval Spider Web from Hero Arts and even though I resisted buying it with my recent Hero Arts kit, I caved in and bought it when it appeared at Scrapendipity. I also had to have the Tim Holtz Stamptember exclusive stamp set, but have yet to make a card with that one (Stay tuned)
Once more, I really like the theme that Hero Arts came up with for the October 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The theme is Retro 50’s Christmas.
So far, I have made a few variations of three cards. The first two use the main kit and the third one uses the Television fancy die which is an add-on to the kit.
Note the tin foil on the “rabbit ears” and the RCA test pattern. Only people my age will remember these things. The memories of our first TV brought a smile to my face while making this card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.