I made this card this morning for Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday. The theme was to colour vellum. I actually really like the design of my card, but it is really only a first attempt. I have ideas in my head that would improve it greatly, but I have to go to work this morning so I have no time to start over. The next few days before Christmas are going to be a blur, so what is here will have to do.
I was sitting at my computer today when an email came in, informing me that my stamp sets from Gina Marie Designs had been delivered. I laughed out loud because 1) I just ordered them last week (I am in Canada and delivery is routinely two weeks) and 2) it was Sunday. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox and there was a shiny foil envelope from Gina Marie Designs. I have never received an emergency delivery of stamp sets ever before. It was really a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, I immediately started thinking about how I could use them for the bloghop. It was Amy who posted about these amazing stamp sets and did warn me that they were somewhat snarky and off beat. Some of the sentiments are a bit out there, but I love them. I picked out the more moderate stamp set and made this gatefold card.
I was going to add my own sentiment to the front of the card that would have said, “Morning grounds rules” but it was too late at night to pull out the gazillion tiny pieces alphabet stamp set that I would have needed to do so.
I mentioned that there was unspeakable issues with my first attempt at this type of card. One of the issues that I could not overcome is that the design of the cover die resulted in very small pieces being left at the point where the lacy design folded over to the back of the card. There was no way it was going to lie flat and look nice. I may try it again using acetate behind the lacy parts to have something to glue the bits to, but for now that is a no go.
Happily though I did a variation that will definitely get mailed to someone. As in Jennifer’s card there is a blank top folding card inside that a photo could be tucked into, or be used for the annual highly anticipated holiday letter where seemingly everyone but you has earned a new degree, went around the world or discovered the cure for cancer.
This card acted like many watercolour cards I have done. It was ugly, until suddenly it wasn’t. Probably still wouldn’t be the one I would choose to send to the Queen or even Prince Charles 🙂 , but it does have some charm. Funny how I needed triangles as my stamp again, but at least this one from Concord and 9th was adaptable to the task.
It is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, so you would think I would make a Thanksgiving card to post today. Nope, I pull out a Christmas image from High Hopes Rubber Stamps and start to make something with it. The stamp is a Holstein cow shown from the backside…………..not the back side…………the backside. It is not as easy as one would think to colour a Holstein cow. It is a black and white image on white cardstock, so there is not a lot going on. Luckily the cow is wearing a Santa hat and has a ribbon tied to her tail that I coloured in traditional red. Design theory states that the “eye” prefers things in odd numbers. That meant that I needed a third touch of the red to appease the “eye” gods. Because the image shows the backside of the cow front and centre, I decided to get my third pop of red from a trail of red “road apples”. I am still wondering why I can’t see the “udder” piece of anatomy in this image, but with this image view, I am sure glad the Holstein is not a bull. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians.
It seems that I haven’t posted anything for a long time. I have been posting but I traded posting on my blog for posting pictures of my trip to Europe on Facebook.
When I saw that the challenge was to make a slider card, I almost gave up before starting. I have always found slider cards to be quite challenging. Truth of the matter is, I am not much for measuring and slider cards call for careful measurements, if they are to work smoothly.
In the end I decided to go for it. I encountered a fair number of do overs in getting the card made. Everything from stamping on the tag instead of the bottom of the slider, to choosing too light and too heavy of a cardstock which caused issues. Finally, I decided to design a slider card template on my electronic cutter so that I could create slider cards of varying sizes more easily in the future.
In the end, the card turned out well.
Supples: Papertrey Ink Warmest Wishes stamp set, Authentique patterned paper, Neenah 110 lb Solar White cardstock, Scor tape, Hero Arts Acetate, Copic markers, Tim Holtz Adornments-Pine cones, Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz, Casual Friday tag die, unknown silver cord.
Where does the time go? When the Summer 2017 Bloghop was announced, it seemed so far away. Now I look and there is already 169 cards linked up on the bloghop started this morning.
So much for my intention to start making coffee cards a few days early. I did do something in anticipation of the bloghop. I looked through my stash and gathered up everything that was solidly coffee themed and put it in one storage box. I am hoping this prevents every storage box I own from being scattered all over the floor in the craft room.
Today’s card is a simple one layer card. When I saw this bunny from Honey Bee stamps, I decided he really looked like he needed a coffee to get him going. The bright colours of the rug and cup have a summer feel.
Supplies: Honey Bee Blah Bunny stamp set, Heidi Swapp woodgrain background stamp, Inky Antics Coffee Time sentiment stamp, Copic markers, Simon Says Stamp cardbase and Scor tape.
The Lawn Fawn Summer Release is now available and I definitely have “full set” syndrome about it. Virtually every product in this release is awesome, and I have been snapping up whatever, I have been able to grab.
I had a sneak peak of the stamp set and die that I am using today back at Creativation in January. I knew it was going to end up in my stash when it came out, as it was just SOOOOO cute.
You will note that just like in real life, it is virtually impossible to actually get the bear into the exit tube, but isn’t it fun to spend time, money and effort in trying to anyway!
Supplies: Lawn Fawn You’re Clawsome stamp set and die, Kaisercraft Teddy Bear’s Picnic patterned paper (a match made in heaven but no longer available), Scotch foam tape, Simon Says card base, Lawn Fawn Slider dies, Scor tape, Copic Markers and Recollections heart enamel dots.
Today is bloghop day at Papertrey Ink. It is also the day that I decided to clean up and re-organize my craftroom for about the hundredth time. My current idea is to have the room look better while remaining organized and still having stuff “at the ready” should I wish to craft. It just so happens that changing the way I store my Papertrey Ink stuff was first on my list.
I can honestly say it looks much better now. The question is will I be able to actually find what I need, and will I be able to keep it neat. Time will tell.
The bottom shelf is all Papertrey Ink stamps and dies with the exception of the two book-like pink boxes. Subsequent to this photo, I added discreet labels to the boxes to tell me what type of stamps/dies are in each box.
During the re-org I came across the Doodlie Do stamp set, which I thought would work well with the Inspiration Photo. I like the look of the card……….the big question now is did I save a spot in one of the boxes to put away the stamp set.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Doodlie Do stamp set, Copic markers, Nuvo drops. Stickles, Simon Says Stamp card base, Scor tape.
Today’s card is the card where I cut out tiny Starbucks Logos out of some washi tape and pasted them on my coffee cups. I used Starbucks Spring cups colours in keeping with the “Spring” theme in the bloghop.
Supplies: Simon Says Stamp Coffee & Tea stamp set, Tim Holtz Slatter Stencil, Copic markers, Hero Arts Ink, Woodgrain paper from Paper and More, Simon Says Stamp card base, Alideco washi tape and Scor tape.