Today I am showcasing a card that I will be teaching at Pueblo El Mirage Resort next Monday. I recently ordered a card kit from My Favorite Things for the first time. The theme of the kit is Message in a bottle and it is uber cute. The word “uber” is top of mind with me right now, as we “Ubered” our way back and forth from our BnB to Creativation. LOL I think I could really become accustomed to having my own driver. It was uber convenient for sure. Ok back to the card.
It is a great kit but the components are also available separately. It has a stencil to create the background waves. It has the dies to cut out the shape of the bottle and its’ cork top. It has a stamp set of messages to go in the bottle and even three flag dies to cut out three messages at a time. All I had to add from my stash was a few seaweeds from a Hero Arts Kit I have, sequins from Lucie’s Little things, iridescent bubbles from Studio Katia and Sand from Brutus Monroe and ink. So ok, that is quite a bit from my stash, but I love the result.
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)
Today is the reveal of the new Hero Arts Monthly Kit. This month’s kit is so appealing to me because it has a lake, a dock, a forest and mountains. All of these images describe my life for many years, so I am anxious to have this arrive in my mailbox in the near future.
In the meantime though, I am also taken by the June kit which has already arrived in my mailbox. It has a jungle theme, which clearly does not depict my life in Canada, but it is equally appealing. I started out intending to make a card with the Leopard image, but in the end, opted for a few of the smaller images, and made the card more of a Hawaii card. I am always happy when I am able to use something from my “new” drawer as well. In this case, it was both my small and large Wreath Builder Templates from Gina K.
I think the card turned out well, even though there is no Leopard anywhere in sight.
I am also contemplating making a card with the snake that is in the June kit, but I hate and fear snakes almost as much as I hate and fear “dust bunnies”! (Really, “dust bunnies” totally creep me out and I can’t touch them without a paper towel in my hand). I could give the snake card to my granddaughter as she actually has a snake as a pet. Ok, it is settled………………………..my next card will have a snake, a leopard and maybe a “dust bunny” on it. I will face all my fears in one go! LOL.
I wanted to use the June 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. The card I came up with does not resemble the card I had in my head when I started out. Truth be told, I now have about ten background pieces made with Tonic Shimmer Powder none of which ended up on this card. They are very nice backgrounds, just not the look I was going for in a jungle theme.
In the end, I opted for a savannah sunset using oxide inks and blender brushes. I stamped the grasses using Versamark. This resulted in a faded image of the grasses on the green background. I liked this look as it made the grasses appear further back in the scene. The tiger was painted with Arteza real brush markers and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I used thin strips of foam tape to attach the jungle border to add more dimension and depth to the card.
Today’s card is a variation of the one I posted a day or two ago. I just received my Hero Arts Monthly Hero Kit and it occurred to me that I could combine my Falling from the Clouds die from My Favorite Things with the Jungle Border from the Hero Arts add-on die and make it rain in the rainforest.
Originally I was going to make a “Save the Rainforest” sentiment, in honour of my so environmentally responsible friend Michelle K., but I opted in favour of the less noble but highly useful Happy Birthday.
Just so you know………………….stringing those little beads late at night with my Expired Best Before eyes was no easy feat. I will be vacuuming up seed beads until July. But hey, the card is so cute.
I thought I could make a quick card before breakfast………………………ha ha ha. I don’t think I have ever made a “quick” card in my life. I can manage to hem and haw over the tiniest of details and even simple cards take at least an hour.
This card is watercoloured and uses a frame border die from Hero Arts. This means that I not only had to decide what colours to paint but also where to paint and what to leave white. I am sure if I re-did this card it would be different, but overall, I like it.
Being someone who absolutely loves to travel, this month’s Hero Arts Kit was calling loudly to me. The images of Venice transported me back to that wonderful place. The laundry line reminded me of Naples and the background building reminded me of the view of Florence from a viewpoint over the city. I was done for when I saw the add on die set called European Village. It reminded me so much of Canterbury in England with its’ cottages and cobblestone streets, it had to go in my cart.
The card turned out well. Once more my Dirty Sand embossing powder from Emerald Creek came in hand to give the cobblestone road some texture.
Here is my second post of the day. This time my card uses the negative or leftover piece of hot foil as the background in this shaker card. It took a couple of tries to get the right combination of heat and pressure so that the background was smooth and fully adhered to the cardstock. It looked great though when complete. The frame is from Hero Arts.
Here is the second card: