Some weeks are just better than others, and this week was just the best! I was blessed enough to have another perfect grandson added to our family! Now I know I sound like Captain Obvious when I say this, but the birth of this amazing little child is truly a miracle! One can’t look at those perfectly formed little fingers and toes without tearing up at the wonder of it all. No fancy degree or lofty career or zeros in a bank balance can compare to the creation of this little life.
So you probably think I will post a baby card today………………….nope! I have been playing with my Hero Arts May kit and decided to post the card that resulted from the craft session.
Ocean backgrounds always seem to work. Whether I try for a realistic or cartoon like look, they seem to avoid the big round file. On this one I used the stencil included in the kit and Ombre Inks that I sponged on.
I see that I should not have been eating greasy Cheezies while photographing my card. Please do not adjust your screen, there really is smudgy fingerprints on the card frame, but this week nothing is going to bother me.
Sometimes my best card ideas come out of a desire to put in to use, something that I just bought. Sometimes it seems to have absolutely nothing in common with the task at hand. Sometimes it just seems to evolve into something that works. Sometimes is today, I think, as I love this card. Maybe it is just that it was a lot of work and I am saying that it works when it doesn’t. No matter, I love it, and someone is going to get this card in the mail.
Supplies: Hero Arts March 2017 Kit, Doodlebug patterned paper Sugar & Cream, Rubbernecker and Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea sentiment stamps, Simon Says stamp cardbase and Scor tape
I am really loving all the new layered stamps from Hero Arts. In fact, I am loving the whole release. It was hard for me to pick just one or two stamp sets to add to my collection. In a stroke of luck I was able to get the Layered Peacock from SSS. It had been saying “out of stock” almost from the moment of release, but one day when I was checking out the website, it was showing “in stock” I added it to the cart and checked out before they changed their mind about its’ availability. Sure enough, right after I checked out, it went back to showing “out of stock”.
I have already created three cards with it. Two are in traditional peacock colours and the other was based on a white peacock I saw at a zoo in Australia.
Here are the cards:
These all look better in real life than they look here sitting weirdly on the seat of the golf cart. I was trying to have full sun, otherwise the pictures look very bluish, and yet not have a shadow from the camera showing. Glitter rarely shows well on camera but looks great in real life. The white one is embossed with both white and iridescent embossing powders and is my favourite.
Here is a couple more Valentine cards:
Card 1 Supplies: Ellentina Coyote die, Crate Paper Kiss Kiss patterned paper, DCWV foil cardstock, Coredinations cardstock, SSS cardbase and Scor tape.
Card 2 Supplies: Hero Arts February Monthly Kit, Copic markers, Stickles, Pico Embellisher, DCWV glitter cardstock, SSS cardbase and Scor tape.
Sometimes the best ideas come when you think you have no idea at all. Such was the case today.
I had a new little stamp set from Waffle Flower that was comprised of a number of tiny little drinks. I think it is meant for planners, and the only planning I ever do is to try and get dressed by noon. Nevertheless, it caught my eye, and I wanted to make a card for the blog with it.
Anyway, I think the result is cute and I also got to use one of the new mini sized Action Wobblers behind the Octopus.
The Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink this week, is to make a layering card using white ink on kraft cardstock.
This challenge couldn’t come at a better time. My almost new Colorbox Frost White Ink pad had been turned a pretty, but not what I wanted, pink from using a stamp with residual red dye on it. What to do? I scraped off a top layer of ink, but it was still looking really quite pink. I decided to just go ahead and make the card, hoping that the pink would disappear on the kraft cardstock. It actually worked. More and more of the white ink buried in the pad came to the top and diluted the pink with each image I stamped. The card turned out well, and I think I salvaged the ink pad from going to the garbage.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers stamp set, Colorbox (slightly pink) Frost White pigment Ink, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts Dye Ink, Teresa Collins and Craft Medley sequins, Neenah Desert Storm cardstock and Scor tape
I have had this idea for the current Avery Elle Tag Challenge rolling around in my head for a while. The problem was I didn’t have an Avery Elle stamp with critters on it. My mailman came to the rescue yesterday with my order from Simon Says Stamp. Not only was there a stamp set with critters on it, but also, they were wearing toques! To add to the fun, there were plenty of small sentiments that I could use together on the matching tags. Perfect.
Here is the resulting tag pair. You have to picture how cute these tags would look together on the top of a present with something like the background paper as the wrapping paper. Stinkin Cute, I’d say.
Avery Elle Snow Much Fun and Seasonal Sentiments stamp sets, Avery Elle Snow Caps die, Hero Arts dye inks, Creative Imaginations Shimmer Spritz, Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher, Judikins acetate, Unknown velvet brads, Neenah 80 lb cardstock, Tim Holtz tag die, Tombow and Zig e way adhesives.
Today was an inspiration day at the Online Card Class-Holiday Style. Didn’t have too much time to play today but did make one card. This was a card that ended up very different than what I had in my head at the beginning. I just recently got some miniature pom-pom ribbon that I thought I would use for berries on the wreath on the flamingo. But try as I might, the idea had problems. When I cut the pom poms off the ribbon, that they came on, I could see that the interior was white instead of red. No problem, I thought, I just painted them red. When I put them on the wreath though, the pom poms became the focal point, because they were just too big. Time to abandon ship and try something else. In the end I used red seed beads that gave a tiny bit of dimension without taking over. The rest of the card evolved as well. While putting lights on the palm tree with liquid pearls, I thought of a past trip I had taken to Miami at this time of year. I was thinking about how weird it felt to be in shorts and flip flops sitting on a cafe patio, surrounded by Christmas lights, music and trees. It seem like the world stopped, though time went on, and it was July and no one had moved to take the decorations down. (That actually does happen here in Canada but it is because we are still frozen and can’t move 🙂 ). In the end, I decided to mix traditional Christmas colours with the sunset colours of South Beach. Then I made the whole thing a snow globe, cause really………….how else does a flamingo get to experience snow.
I wish I didn’t have to use the flash, as it really washed out the vibrant colours.
Today’s online card class was about creating Cute and Whimsical cards. This often translates to creating cards with little critters or little cartoon characters, and this more often translates to creating a scene with lots of masking and minute details, and this most often translates to much time spent on making such cards.
All is well, however, as I am pretty happy with my cute and whimsical result, created mostly with an Avery Elle die that was on my “most wanted to use” list.
Supplies: Avery Elle Snow Caps die, Inkadinkadoo Winter Wonderland Stamp, High Hopes Rubber Stamps Team Canada stamp set, Lawn Fawn Snowy Day patterned paper, Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Pico Embellisher, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Simon Says Stamp card base, Simon Says Stamp and Hero Arts dye inks, Copic markers and Scor tape.
Today is Day 4 of the online Card Class Holiday Style. There was one last card technique though from Day 3 that I wanted to try out. I have always maintained that cardmaking is good for exercising one’s brain. The experts say that doing Crossword puzzles can help ward off dementia and I think that doing cards like this must have the same effect. It is a challenge to “fit” all the pieces onto the card in a shape and to do it with pleasing co-ordinating colours. Add to that the challenge of stamping that many little images with no smudging or stamping errors and I think you have a fun and effective brain exercise.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink All Through the House kit, Simon Says Stamp Merry Kissmas stamp set, Spellbinding Tree die (used as stencil), Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp dye inks, Neenah cardstock, Corner Chomper