Happy Everything

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I really enjoy the graphic style of Hero Arts stamps.  They were my favourite stamps before discovering Whipper Snapper and now that they make so many great clear stamp sets I can’t resist buying some from time to time.

The images used on this card are quite typical of Hero Arts’ style.  Their designs are whimsical and cheerful so I decided to use some cheerful patterned paper to guide my colouring choices:

I do regret the choice of mat colour on the card – it seemed fine until I put everything together but I think I should have gone with a yellow instead.  The sentiment is perfect for a dog…they are just so happy about everything!

My cute puppy is cut out and attached with foam squares.  The tail was a little tricky as it’s a bit fragile – it started to curl a little as I cut it and I liked the look so I rolled it on a pencil to keep that curl.  It was a fun card to make and there are quite a few images in this set so you should see more soon!


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I have been (im)patiently waiting to use my “Just Swimmin’ By” stamp set (by Anna Wight…have I mentioned that I adore Anna Wight?) and had a cute idea for a simple gift set.  It also helped that goldfish crackers were on sale last time we went grocery shopping.

I made the card last night and quickly decorated a small Ball jar (mason jar) this evening after filling it with crackers (filled my mouth with them too but that’s another story).  It’s simple but I think it turned out rather cute!

The ribbon embellishment was a happy accident.  There is a flaw in my roll of certainly celery grosgrain ribbon.  I was slightly annoyed at first as I consider SU ribbon a luxury item but I realized that I could still use the frayed section as a cool embellishment.  I even found a checkered button in my limited button stash – I have no idea where it came from – it’s one of a kind.

You can’t really see the jar very well in the picture so here’s an ever so slightly better shot:

…and here’s a slightly better shot of the card:

I used glossy accents on the bubbles and stamped the middle fish twice so I could pop it up on the card.  I resisted the urge to add ribbon as it makes a decent masculine card and I didn’t want to make it frilly.  Now I just need to figure out who gets the gift!

Happy Day

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A rainy day card in honour of Hurricane Bill

This is an image I recently purchased from Stamping Bella – it’s my first order from them.  I’ll probably do a little review on their service/products in the near future as my last stamp review was surprisingly well received.

I used some K&Co patterned paper on this card and it’s quite a cheerful card – much more colourful than most of the cards I make.

Since making this card, I have performed a small operation on the stamp and removed the wings…it’s a stamp from the Huggabugs series at Stamping Bella and, while cute, I don’t think the general public will “get” the wings on the image.  Perhaps I’ll show a before and after in my review.

I’m glad the water droplets are visible in the picture of the card.  I highly recommend having some glossy accents or similar glaze on hand for card-making.  It’s great to add dimension and it makes a great glue too!  Mine is Ranger brand but there are several types out there including one that SU! makes. (crystal effects, I believe)  I got mine at my LSS but I would imagine it’s available at Michael’s too.

My embellishment is two primas from a Dave’s Deals bundle I got at eP and a random button from my stash.  The image is stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with SU markers and an aquapainter.

I’ll be back tomorrow (I’ve got a few cards left to share but haven’t been in the craft room much lately…)

Love Pack…

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Love rules in the lo-o-o-ve pack…

I don’t know about glitter on the mattress, highway, or the front porch but each one of the cards in this little wedding shower card pack does feature some Martha Stewart glitter! (you either get where I’m coming from or you think I’m on crack…either is fine with me!)

Another super-quick post tonight (it’s not too warm today but I have a HUGE headache and the monitor is not kind to the eyes).  Here are the four 3X3 wedding shower cards I made yesterday:


…and last, but not least, the quickly-made tote to hold the cards:

Time to take some Advil!

Baby Showers

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A few more 3X3 cards to add to the collection.

This is a baby shower ensemble using a TAC stamp set that I’ve had for a couple of years.  I also have a wedding shower set done but have to make a tote to put them in.  Hopefully, I’ll get to share that tomorrow (still too warm to spend much time in my craft room)

I don’t have a lot of time tonight so I’m just going to quickly share the pictures and call it a night:

and the last shot is the tote bag that I made to store the cards in…it was just a quick tote so there are no fancy embellishments etc.

I think the hippo and the elephant are my favourites.  Must go…lots to do before bedtime!

Thoughts Of You

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As so many of my fellow card makers comment, nobody likes to make this type of card but sometimes it is necessary to make cards to support, encourage and sympathize.  In fact, these cards probably mean more than any other type of “greeting” card.

My card was a request for someone who has a seriously ill (male) family member.  She just wants the family to know that they are in her thoughts.  I thought my Lovely As A Tree stamp set would be appropriate for this card.

I went with strong, masculine colours and used a lot of distress ink. (I only have two colours…I usually stick to basics rather than buy every colour available…I learned this fairly early on when I started card-making though sometimes the happy colours do call my name)

I wanted as much of the striking Basic Grey patterned paper to show through as possible so I mounted the image a little lower on the card that I’d usually do.  I think I like it…at least it’s a little out of the ordinary.

I used SU markers and an aquapainter to colour the tree.  It’s a little more vibrant in real life though I did go over the image with Antique Linen distress ink (and a little vintage photo too…now you know what colours of ink I own)  The strip of cardstock the twine is wrapped around is basic grey by SU. (not to be confused with Basic Grey brand paper)  I spritzed some black ink randomly over the card…I love using my spritzer but it’s easy to get carried away.  I was fairly good tonight so there’s just a splatter here and there.

I’m off to “meditate” for a little while.  I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately and it’s starting to wear me out.

Showers Of Love

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How appropriate that I’m using “Showers” in my post title as it’s so humid here today all I can think about is spending the whole day in the shower.  Yuck!  It’s actually much cooler this evening (it’s about 10 pm as I write this) than it was earlier today and the humidex is 28 degrees Celcius.  Doesn’t sound like a lot to you?  Well, in Newfoundland we call that really freakin’ hot!  I wouldn’t last a day in Texas in the summer.  It’s also a lot warmer and stickier in my little tiny craft room with the lights on and the computer running. 

Anyhoo…on to my card.  I had to make a quick and simple card because I’m wilting away in the heat.  I’m not totally thrilled with it but I don’t really have any wedding shower type stamps (as always, a work in progress but I did just order a cute wedding stamp from Stamping Bella so I’ll have one soon!)

I used a Hero Arts clear set (Elephants, I love elephants!) and some Basic Grey paper.  The card colours are rose red and old olive.  Not very traditional but I don’t know the bride’s wedding colours and at least my card will stand out!

So there you go – a quick and easy shower card.  The paper might look a little incongruous as it’s much more elegant than the stamped image but hey, it’s just a card, right?

Hopefully back tomorrow but maybe not…my “little” brother and his wife are coming for a brief visit and they are staying with us.  We’ve been working like crazy to redecorate our rarely-used guest room plus I’ve been on a mad cleaning spree.  The room was begging for a redo so I was glad for the excuse but I’m very glad it’s finished!  I do have a project in mind that I want to make for my sister-in-law before they arrive tomorrow evening so it is slightly possible I’ll be back to share it with you very soon.

A Boo in Review

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Lots of people on SCS are talking about the new lines (yes, lineS) of clear stamps that Michael’s is carrying.  One of the lines is called “Recollections” and seems to be a Michael’s brand – they’ve been carrying some Recollections brads for a while and now these stamps have made an appearance.

I managed to keep myself from buying more than one package of stamps the last time I was at M’s because not all clear stamps are created equal and I wasn’t sure they would stamp cleanly.   After a lengthy debate I decided to buy the package of “My Little Monsters” stamps and inked some of them up over the weekend.

The stamps do take ink nicely.  My dye ink SU spots did bead up slightly but not nearly as badly as they do on Studio G stamps.  My go-to ink (Palette Hybrid Noir) worked perfectly with the stamps and also came off the stamp easily when I cleaned it (Other clear stamps such as Hero Arts and Stampendous tend to absorb some of the ink colour when you use them – especially red and black.  The Recollections stamps did not retain any of the colour).

Here’s a shot of one of the cards I made:

Apologies for the patterned paper redux…I still had some scraps out from my 3X3 card project and decided to put them to good use.  In the above picture you can see that the “Boo” sentiment did not stamp solidly – that was using my Pumpkin Pie stampin’ spot.

The monster’s “real” eye is probably cuter than the google eye I glued to the card but I couldn’t resist after adding the eyes to the “O”s in Boo…

More deets – American Crafts “Everyday” PP, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip cardstock, the balloons are not part of the Monster set.  They’re from an SU set an I just drew the strings with a marker (but I’d probably use real string if I did this again – my hand-drawn strings bite!)  The image was coloured with SU markers and an aquapainter.  I don’t have many reinkers so I just scribble with a marker on a plastic lid and use the aquapainter to pick up the colour.  If SU prices ever become affordable to Canadians again I might pick up some reinkers. (I’m currently boycotting due to the ridiculous price hikes two years running.)

So there you have it – a Boo and a review!

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