The Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is foiling. They are featuring Gina K Designs and I have lots of her great products. Sadly, I did not bring any of her foil products to Phoenix. I did, however, acquire quite a few “hot foil” products while down here so I am going to enter the challenge using those.
I think that foiling is particularly suited to sympathy cards. On sad occasions, it is not “about the card”, it is about the person we are missing and foiled cards always manage to look elegant without taking over.
The dandelion in this card is from Picket Fence and the sentiment is from Spellbinders.
I had a boo boo on this card as I hovered the Heidi Swapp gold spray over the card one second too long after dripping on some dandelion fluff. This resulted in a spot of faint gold where I did not want it, but the card was too nice to throw away.
Today’s card for the blog uses a Spellbinder’s die that I have used before in a post. I was thinking about how the farmers in South America get their coffee beans to market and that made me think of this die. I decided to use the Andes mountains as a backdrop courtesy of a Lawn Fawn die. Of course, because I am ridiculous, I decided to have the llama carrying ready to drink hot and cold coffees, rather than beans. Turned out rather well, I think.
It is kind of funny how images of certain animals suddenly become popular. They pop up on everything from clothes to home decor and , of course, cards. Recently it has been llamas that have been in the trendy spotlight.
I saw this llama die from Spellbinders, and it was too cute to pass up. I don’t usually like die sets without stamps, but this guy had all the details to look great on his own. Paired with the Paprika paper collection from Photoplay, it was perfect.
When checking out the correct colours for llamas, I found this interesting warning sign. Photo is by Lutty Moreina.
It seems like Creativation is already a distant memory, but I wanted to do a post showing some of things I made in the classes I took at the show. There are some that are missing as they were unfit to be shown.
I have sorted them in my head into “must haves”, “Wish list cute” “cute but not for me” and “unfit (you won’t see these as the garbage man has already erased them from my life)”. You can decide which is which.
Here they are:
Here is a “poor cousin” version of Dawn’s beautiful card from our Day 2 lessons.
I rarely use the colour purple and I even more rarely use dark purple from my copic markers as it usually turns out too dark. Not so when you are colouring behind vellum as in this technique. Only dark colours show up well enough.
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
I have mentioned before on this blog that I have a weird relationship with Candy Corn. I love the look of these candies especially in large quantities in a bowl, BUT I dislike the taste of them.
Today, I decided to indulge my fondness for the look of Candy Corn by making a large shaker box shaped like Candy Corn. It also helped facilitate a drop in the guilt o meter as I had bought this Candy Corn die a few years ago and NEVER had it out of the package before. BONUS!
The second picture illustrates that if you had more ambition than I have, you could use the Candy Corn Box as a napkin holder for a fall or Halloween dinner. If you were extra ambitious you could also add your guest names to the space between the yellow and orange sections. Go ahead and do it……………Martha will be proud!
Supplies: Spellbinders Candy Corn die, Recollections card stock, Bo Bunny and Teresa Collins patterned paper, Dollar store Sequins and seed beads, 3M foam tape and Scor tape.