Today was one of those days where the idea of what to do came quickly but the said execution of the idea was rather difficult. The video today was presented by Jennifer Mcguire and a second set of cards was showcased by Andy Granick . I decided to make a card that incorporated the design ideas of both Jennifer and Andy. This is where the trouble started. I like to be able to “eyeball” things rather than do the meticulous measuring, but like it or not, this card required measuring. It took a while to do, but the real problem was that I got some graphite marks from the pencil I used on my card front, that left some dirty looking smudges. This took some work to erase. I even had to do stamp surgery on the sentiment I used, to make it fit the way I wanted. Finally, the card came together, however. and the end result is nice.
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.
We have a wonderful neighbour and friend who looks after our golf cart while we are at home in Canada. We found out the hard way a few years ago, that electric golf carts don’t really like either idleness or hot weather. Seven new batteries later (that is how many you need to run these things), we didn’t need a repeat of that lesson. I decided to make a Thank You card for our cart caregiver.
People often ask, “What jumpstarts your creativity?”. Now people usually reply with answers like an inspiration photo, or a challenge sketch, but not me. I am motivated by the desire to feel less guilty about my stash, by using something that has never come out of the package. Such is the case with today’s card. I had to have that die of a toaster and toast, but really, it lacks the versatility of the dies I usually gravitate toward (thank you, Captain Obvious!). I found it in my stash, and decided it had to be used…… today. I paired it up with a coffee cup from some Stampin Up paper that was sitting on my desk. The hunt was then on to find a sentiment that captured the feel of the little breakfast scene. I like the look of the metallic toaster and it just might show up again paired with a metallic looking expresso maker or a French press coffee pot. Look at that, that little toaster is versatile after all.
JAVA NICE DAY, EVERYONE!
I thought I was finished making cards for this blog hop, but wouldn’t you know………..another idea popped into my head and just wouldn’t leave. Mercifully, the card came together much as it looked in my head with no real hitches.
I started thinking about a coffee card.. card (?) for three reasons. First of all I am going on a cruise and was in the process of pre-ordering a coffee card so I would not have to drink the swill that they offer in most ship buffets. Secondly I was thinking about turning several of the coffee cards I have made into gift card holders just to use them up sometime in my lifetime. And finally, I had just gotten the Flip Up dies from Lawn Fawn’s latest release and wanted to take them for a test drive.
It took three photographs to show all the ways this card works. Take a look:
Inside the Inside:
Supplies: Memory Box Window Quad die, Woodgrain cardstock Paper and More, Doodlebug patterned paper, Feed Your Craft Flair buttons, Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap die, Lawn Fawn Push here stamp set, Impression Obsession Adirondack Chair and Flipflops. Worldwin cardstock, Mystery washi tape, Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.
Today’s card started with a desire to use the cute stitched frame die shown on the card. It is a Creative Expressions die that comes with a plethora of little dies to fill the frame windows. Mine has a garden theme, but they have a variety of themes and frame designs. I wanted to make a coffee card instead of a garden card, so I went on a stash search. Somewhat amazingly, I was able to find enough coffee die images to fill the frames.
I was falling a bit behind both in posting coffee cards for this blog hop and in making my Christmas cards, so I decided to combine tasks for a few cards.
Here is the first one. It is a card for a friend whose friendship was built up mostly by the occasional coffee in a local coffee shop. This will be her Christmas Card.
I had so much fun making my light up card yesterday, that I wanted to make another one. This time I made a card that fits the criteria of the Wild Card class and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge so I could link it to both.
Simon Says Stamp is featuring Memory Box this week and the theme is Halloween. I have a great Bat Cave die from Memory Box so it was great for the theme and lent itself to a light up card as well.
I think the card turned out really well.
Memory Box Bat Cave Cutout, Tim Holtz Halloween Cutouts stamp set, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Unknown orange embossing powder, Recollections vellum, Scotch 3M foam tape, Papertrey Ink LED light, micropore tape, Simon Says Stamp top folding card base, Scor tape.
Sandy Allnock has done a class of seven FREE cardmaking videos this week entitled Going for the Gold. You heard me right………….FREE. I have been watching all week but it is only today that I thought about uploading to the Gallery for Fun and Prizes. I have to hurry as the gallery closes today.
You are allowed to upload using either the products or the techniques presented in the videos. Well, I had some of the products and know some of the techniques but today something I hadn’t tried was showcased with a product that I had on hand. This is my version of “working out”…………….none of that sweaty stuff happening here!
So I cased Sandy’s shaker card using a different Memory Box die and a different style frame. I also decided to leave the outside trees white instead of gold. Don’t ask me why………I just did. So there!
The technique that was new to me was using a Gold Wink of Luna Brush like it was a watercolour brush (which I guess it is). For some reason I had only used it full strength to make embellishments or to colour things like the house in this card. The line of trees in the far background was created using the Luna Brush with water. This was a perfect place to try freehand watercolouring of trees. As Sandy showed in her video, all I had to do is paint in a soft line and add some hash marks for trees. It doesn’t look too bad for a first attempt.
The other neat thing that she used was Polar White Flower Soft. Dang if I didn’t have this in my stash too……………It was a long ways down in my stack of storage boxes but I was able to pluck it out of the box without turning the stack into a miniature Pompei.
Supplies: Wink of Luna Gold Brush, Memory Box Winter Cabin Landscape die, Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Card stock, 3M Foam Tape, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Paper, Flower Soft, Mama Elephant Rectangle die and Scor tape