Sharing the Love

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Things are looking up!  My cold is gone and I’m back on track with the Valentine’s Day Cards.  We also had a very successful raffle at work (with the stuff I made in THIS post).  We raised $128 dollars towards our goal and I was so glad that the tickets sold.  You really put yourself out there when you make any sort of handmade item and if we hadn’t sold any tickets it would have been a kick to the psyche.  Luckily, my fragile ego is still intact!

Today’s card is a boy/girl version.  I made a card using a layout by the talented Kim Hughes and then I made a “boy” version by simply removing the patterned paper and the bling.  It actually looked fine without the diagonal row of hearts but I HAD to add something to the card.  I’m sure a man could handle some brown hearts and just one tiny little heart-shaped rhinestone on a Valentine’s Day card.

Here’s my CASE of Kim’s card (I even used the same PP as it’s so cute and I actually had it):

Kim had pleats on her paper and I did try to reproduce that initially but I’m not that patient a person so I crumpled my paper for some added definition on the card.  The stamp is a High Hopes freebie that came in my birthday/Christmas order.  Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  The sentiment is actually a stamp from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  It wasn’t intentional but it was a perfect choice for casing Kim’s card as the name of her blog contains all three words in the sentiment!

Here is the “boy” version of the card – it’s not brilliant but it just goes to show that you can get a completely different look from the accessories you use (or don’t use!):

While my picture taking hasn’t improved, my husband helped me with a little resizing issue I’ve been having so hopefully the pics are a little less wonky these days.

I’ve had a productive day so check back tomorrow for another post!

Supplies used: Kissy Face Frog – High Hopes, M’s $1 stamps, River Rock, Confetti White and Basic Black cardstock – SU!, Aquapainter and dye inks, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, rhinestones, ribbon, Basic Grey “Bittersweet” patterned paper.

Tiny Valentines

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A day late but here are the four 3X3 Valentines that I made to go with the bundle in my last post:

You can click on any of the pictures to get a better view.

3X3 cards are a great way to get in a creative mood when you are experiencing “card makers block”.   They are so quick to make as there is very little space to fill.  It’s also a great way to use some of the smaller stamps and punches in your inventory.  

Supplies used: Love Owl-ways stamp set by SU!, pretty in pink and real red cardstock, stickers, punches, K&Co seasonal paper, rhinestones, $1 stamps from Michaels.

Canadian Idle

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(not a typo!)

Well, germs have struck again!  I was barely over the bout of bronchitis I had in December when a nasty cold decided to visit.  It started on Monday with a sore throat and was a full blown COLD by Wednesday.  As a result, not much has been done in my craft room.  All I did each night when I got home from work was lounge around trying to store up enough energy to meet the next day.  I was so tired of napping and reading (pretty much all I had the energy for) that I started crocheting a blanket so I’d feel a little productive while lounging on the sofa.

Just before my cold took over, I started a Valentine’s Day project.  I worked on it for a couple of hours yesterday and finished it up today.  It’s for a little fundraiser for a very worthwhile cause.

I made a set of 4 tiny Valentine’s Day cards, altered a mailbox to package them in, altered a frame and stamped a decorative insert for the frame, covered a wooden tray and made a beaded pen and covered a mini composition book.  I also quickly decorated a heart shaped plastic box and made a beaded bracelet to tuck inside.  It was quite a bit of work but I think it turned out rather cute!

Here is a (bad) shot of the whole ensemble…you can scroll down for individual pictures…I’ll share the cards in a separate post tomorrow as 1. there are already way too many pictures in this post and B. It’s not fair that I made all this stuff and only have one post to show for it!:

The mailbox (my favorite part):

The frame:

The tray, pen and notebook:

The heart box and bracelet:

That’s it for now.  Stop by again tomorrow if you want to see the cards!

Supplies used: Season of Friendship stamp set by SU!, K&Co Seasonal paper, metal mailbox, beads and bracelet findings, foam hearts from Michael’s, composition book, wooden tray and heart shaped box from Dollarama, RSVP pen, primas, rhinestones, ribbons, various punches, microbeads, super tacky tape…

Clowning Around

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I can finally play with the remainder of my High Hopes set thanks to a wonderful woman on the SCS forum named Amber.  I had mentioned the forum the mistake that was made in my order (received bare rubber instead of foam-backed rubber) and she offered to send me some EZ Mount (foam with one sticky side and one “cling” side) so I could use my stamps.  The sheet of EZ Mount arrived late last week (came all the way from Las Vegas) and now all my stamps are mounted and ready to use.

To thank Amber for her kindness, I made her a card using a High Hopes stamp that I will send along with a little stamp set that I just happen to have two of. 

While clowns have no particular association with thank you cards, I was just dying to colour this big boy so I decided to use it as the starting point for my card. (tip: usually you should do the opposite of what I’ve done with this card.  I coloured the image using the colours that I wanted to use and THEN looked for paper to match.  It’s much better to select an image, chose a piece of patterned paper that you’d like to use and then colour the image drawing from the colours in the paper.)  Here’s the result:

I was rather pleased with the watercolouring but I went a little crazy with the doodlebug glitter afterwards.  I should have shown some restraint and left the overalls glitter-free.  Oh well, he’s certainly a cheerful little guy with all that colour and bling!

You’re probably getting tired of the doodlebug glitter talk but this stuff is addictive.  No wonder they package it in those little vials.  Candy-coloured crack, baby!

I took another shot at using ribbon on a card and originally just had the red ribbon with the knot to one side.  I thought it would look good with a knot on both sides but didn’t have enough of the red left so I tied on some orange and I think the effect is rather cute!  It certainly works for a circus clown!

My sentiment is très simple.  Just a scrap of the saffron cardstock and a couple of red rhinestones to mirror the circles on the pp and the balls that the clown is juggling.  I didn’t want to use a circle-shaped sentiment as I thought it would detract from the cute Nana’s Kids embossed PP I used on this card.

I just have to get this in the mail ASAP – it will require a trip to the post office as the card is too thick to send in a regular envelope and I don’t know how much postage I need.  Let’s hope it brings a smile to Amber’s face – it can be a little nerve-wracking to send a hand made card to a fellow cardmaker!

Supplies used: High Hopes stamps, SU Family Phrases, Nana’s Kids PP by DCWV, So Saffron and Certainly Celery cardstock, dye inks (SU), doodlebug glitter, rhinestones, nestabilities dies, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie ribbon (SU), rhinestones.

Meet Albert

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This is one of the High Hopes stamps I received for my birthday…it’s a really cute dragon stamp and, like all the other High Hopes stamps, is fun to colour.

Once I’d finished colouring my image with dye ink and a watercolouring brush, I added some glitter (because I’m on a kick and doodlebug has the funnest glitter colours in the world) and mounted it on pink cardstock to match the pink flowers in the bouquet.  That was my undoing…pink is not my friend.  I really struggled to make a cute card but it wasn’t happening for me.  I put it aside and worked on another project and came back to this card today to see if I could figure out what the card needed.

I’m not sure if I came up with the right solution but I decided to distress the card to make it a little more my style.  I used walnut ink on the edges of the image and the patterned paper and ran my little cutterpede tool around the edges for some added interest.  I also glued the “XOXO” sentiment on an angle instead of centering it on the larger oval (which is what I usually do).  I added a flower and a rhinestone to the empty space on the outer oval and here’s how that turned out:

I’m still not crazy on the pink and would have used black instead of brown (close to cocoa) cardstock if I hadn’t run out back in October but I think the distressed version is way better than the “cute” version I started out with.

EDIT: Funny story – I was just on Anna’s blog and she “gave away” the secret of her faux stitching.  She uses a seamstress tool to faux stitch around the edges of her cards…guess I subliminally picked up the idea and I don’t even know how I never noticed how much she uses this technique before.  I’ve noticed it on her cute tags but I was using a paper piercer to achieve that look.  I can’t use her snowflakes for a while so the faux stitching will be my newest copycat move!

BTW, I am TOTALLY pawning my Albert card off as a Valentine’s Day card.

Supplies Used: Albert’s Gift by High Hopes, XOXO (M’s), Eclectique Strip PP by Chatterbox, Regal Rose and Close to Cocoa cardstock, dye inks, watercolouring brush, doodlebug glitter, oval punches, nesties, prima flower, rhinestone, walnut ink, sponge dauber

Versatile PP

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Note: PP = Patterned Paper

I’m trying not to purchase too much PP as I can’t even count the number of sheets I already own.  I’ve just purged hundreds of sheets but there is still way too much in my stash.

I don’t hoard the sheets – I have no problem cutting into them.  I just buy more than I need for the number of cards I make.

However, I got some M’s gift cards from my brother and SIL for my birthday and Christmas.  Of course, I HAD to go to Michael’s and buy something with all this “free” stamping cash.  While I was there I bought the new K&Co Winter Seasonal Pack.  It’s actually a smart choice as there are multiple seasons in one package so you get about 18 sheets of PP per holiday instead of 72 sheets for one event which is way more than the average card maker or scrapbooker needs.

One of the holidays in the pack is Easter (naturally, it does occur in Winter) which is not a holiday I make cards for.  This is where the extra versatility comes in…a lot of the Easter paper makes great baby paper.  The colours are really soft and the paper is double-sided so you might find something baby-worthy on the flipside of an Easter Egg pattern.

Here is a 3X3 card I made using some of the Easter paper (once again, the picture is horrible so the colours are a little funky):

I made 13 of these little baby thank-you cards last night.  I used some celery grosgrain ribbon and also used up 13 buttons in my neglected stash.   I really need to get back to the Valentine’s though…maybe this weekend.

Supplies used: So Many Scallops stamp set but SU!, scallop punch, so saffron ink, certainly celery ink, buttons, embroidery floss, grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, dimensionals, K&Co PP, textured cardstock, so saffron cardstock, white cardstock.

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers

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…aka “Still not a Valentine’s Day card”.

It’s not my fault.  I needed a baby card.  Honest.

Yet another High Hopes stamp.  I chose this one more for necessity than anything as I’m light on baby an wedding stamps and probably always will be.  They’re just not my thing.

Luckily, this stamp was cute enough to make me want to own it.  I will have to give it another try on a standard card as today’s card is a larger 5X6.5 inches.  Quite a challenge for most of us 4.25X5.5 cardmakers.  It can be intimidating filling all that empty space on a larger card.

Oooh, bonus.  You can see some of the glitter in the picture.  A post-Christmas miracle!  The photo corners, wheels on the carriage, border of the image circle and border of the sentiment all have been glitter-fied. (glitterified?)  I also blinged up the sentiment by adding pale yellow rhinestones to all the larger letter “O”s. 

You can also see another one of my unusual ribbon additions – I made a loop of ribbon and sandwiched it between the matted sentiment and the largest mat.  I’m not good with the ribbon so mine is usually incorporated in a different way on a greeting card.  I think I like it.

Background paper is SU patterned paper – I think it’s called Petals and Paisley or vice versa.  It’s the only SU patterned paper I own.  I am always tempted to buy their paper but I always bail in favour of more stamps.

Nestability rectangles were used to cut out the sentiment and mats and my new circles were used for the stamped image.  I think I’ll try a large rectangle the next time I use this stamp. (a smaller card too – these large cards are hard on the nerves!)

I wonder if I’ll get to make another card tomorrow? 

Supplies used: High Hopes stamp, SU hostess set, Nestabilities rectangles and circles, SU photo corner punch, white cardstock, SU bordering blue and so saffron CS, SU grosgrain ribbon in old olive, SU patterned paper, yellow rhinestones, glue dots, doodlebug glitter (clear and bumblebee), Martha Stewart glitter (onyx), Sakura Quickie glue pen (for adhering glitter), SU dye inks, watercolouring brush.

“Dragon” my heels

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I’m SUPPOSED to be making Valentine’s Day cards but this girlie dragon was begging to be shared.

The layout is cased from a card I saw on SCS – it had a dinosaur or a dragon on it and caught my eye a few days ago (EDIT – the card I cased was made by artystamper on SCS) because I was anxious to make a card with the image I had already coloured.  Once I was done I knew I needed a little more bling and I’m trying (once again) to use more of my flowers.  These are actually poinsettias but they are pink so I think I can get away with using them on a birthday card:

I used the Family Phrases sentiment set for the “Happy Birthday” on the bottom of the card.  I don’t own the actual family stamps but I love the childish font in this set and I think I will use it a lot.  I also used Pink Pirouette cardstock as I had a half sheet left from the Valentine’s Day card I made a few days ago.  I’m running short on pink and red cardstock but I’m trying to hold out until sellabration to order more. (if you buy SU! products you know what I’m talking about, if not, you won’t care anyway!)

The green cardstock (old olive) strip was punched using an MS punch that also embosses the diamonds on the punch.  I’m not overly impressed with the job it does so I won’t be buying any more embossing punches.  I think the SU cardstock is too thick for these punches.

The patterned paper (green square) is Basic Grey.  The card probably would have been better with a more noticable pattern but I have a lot of “plain” BG sheets that need using up.  I’m sure they’re great for scrapbooking but I find them hard to use on a card. 

I added some stickles to the dragon’s wings and hairbow which goes nicely with the sparkly poinsettias but you can’t see it in the picture.  I’ll have to work on taking some close ups to show off any glittery card parts in future.

TIP:  When purchasing glitter glues or pens don’t buy EVERY colour the manufacturer sells unless you have big bucks burning a hole in your pocket.  Stick with clear glitter or “neutrals” such as gold and silver.  You’ll be able to use them on just about any card you want.

Supplies used: High Hopes stamp, Family Phrases by SU, Pink Pirouette and Old Olive CS, BG pp, SU dye inks, watercolour brush, ribbon (dollar store), Primas, brad (dollar store), MS border punch, nesties, Palette Hybrid black ink, stickles.

Most Valuable Player

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How I wish I could take a decent picture of a card!  This is such a cheerful, colourful card in real life.  I was going for a Montreal Canadiens look to the uniform and found this Cosmo Cricket paper that was just perfect for the background. (I think it’s the Cogsmo line)

My little dude is another High Hopes stamp called “Greg the Goalie”.  Like many other stampers I am seriously lacking in the masculine stamp department so I bought Greg as well as another “manly” stamp that I’ll be sharing once I’m out of Valentine mode. 

This is a 4.75X4.75″ card but I haven’t mounted it on cardstock yet so the actual picture is a little smaller than that.  I usually print out my sentiments on cardstock before I start the cardfront but this time I did it the other way around simply because I was more in the mood to colour than to make a card. 

Greg doesn’t have much in the way of embellishment as I am assuming the recipient is going to be a young man and the card will probably be “filed” in the garbage once the big day is over.  Of course, in my fantasy world every card that I make is lovingly preserved under and archival quality mat and fade-resistant, UV safe glass and then hung in a place of honour out of direct sunlight.

I’m still working my way through the High Hopes stamps.  I thought it was a huge order when I made my wish list but a few of the images are Christmas stamps so they will be put away until I start Christmas cards MUCH later this year.  That brings the current play list down to about 9 stamps.  I’m also waiting on some EZ Mount to arrive from a certain SCS Angel (thank you!) so a few of the images are not quite ready to come out and play. 

See you tomorrow!

Supplies used: Greg the Goalie (High Hopes), Cogsmo paper (Cosmo Cricket), Star punch (SU!), dye inks (SU!), watercolour brush, GP white cardstock, Nestabilities rectangle dies, cuttlebug.

Cupig

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Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here (seriously!) and once again,  I will not have made enough cards for the occasion.

However, my first card has been made incredibly early because I have a new Valentine’s themed stamp – Meet Cupig!

Of course, now that you’ve seen Cupig I will also have to admit that I have some new patterned paper as well.   The paper is from a K&Company Occasion pack – I can’t remember the name of it but there are Valentine’s, Christmas, Halloween and Easter themed papers in the pack.  The papers are heavy weight and double-sided.  

The stamp is from High Hopes and is one of several I received as a late birthday gift from my husband.  You’ll be seeing several stamps from High Hopes over the next few weeks as I plan to ink all of them as soon as possible.

I feel like my water-colouring is improving and I was really happy with how my pig turned out.  You can actually ALMOST see the glitter on his wings in the picture too.  Once I feel I’ve mastered water-colouring, picture taking will be next on my list of things to improve.

Oh, I also got a Making Memories Desktop organizer for Christmas.  I got Rich to wall-mount it for me and it will now be my inspiration station.  Many of the more organized card-makers out there (Michelle Wooderson for example) use them and it’s a great idea – you can see what you actually already own for making cards for a particular holiday.  If my room ever looks clean again (I’ve been purging older supplies) I will post a shot of the inspiration station.

Must jet…work awaits.

Supplies used: High Hopes Rubber Stamps – “Cupig”, SU “Love” from Short and Sweet set, pinkpirouette and regal rose CS by SU!, K&Co patterned paper, SU ink and water-colouring brush, nestabilities, cuttlebug, Making Memories heart-shaped tag, prima flowers, silver brad, square punch (for end of “love” tag), quickie glue pen, doodlebug glitter.



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