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I only had a short window of “create” time a day or two ago so I decided to try a CAS (clean and simple) card purely inspired by a scrap of patterned paper that was sitting on my worktop.

My “artsy” border MAY have ruined the card but I think it’s a decent first try:

On the upside I’m pleased with the colouring and I unearthed a cute sentiment from TAC that I don’t think I’ve ever used.

Enjoy your Friday.  I’ve got more grown up stuff to do this weekend but I’m hoping to get at least a card or two whipped out.

You Quack Me Up

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ETA: I use Prismacolour pencils and Mona Lisa brand OMS when I colour with pencils.

I’ve certainly been in a colourful mood lately.  I guess my card colours are geared towards the newest papers (I’m an addict).  I’m enjoying the DeLovely paper from Cosmo Cricket.  I just have to remember to colour my images to match!

To make sure I had something to match this awesome paper, I whipped out my colouring pencils for this image.  I knew I wanted lots of shades of green and yellow and my copic collection is still about 35 markers short of where I need to be.

Behold today’s card:

This card is featured on the PWCO Blog today – I get to do free-for-all projects this month meaning I can make whatever I want instead of having to follow a sketch or use a particular project.  This will give me a chance to play with some of the PWCO products I just haven’t managed to get to yet.

I made a little something to go with the card – I haven’t made one of these little guys since um, Valentine’s day I think:

I just need to make a beaded pen to go with it, package it up all pretty and cute and I’ve got a great birthday gift for my stash.

If you haven’t checked it out already, you really should take in the details of a contest that PWCO is running this month…it’s called the Ultimate Summer Challenge and there are some great prizes to be won.   Go HERE for details.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a CAS (clean and simple) card…I think I need a little more practice with those!

Cutie

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ETA: The stamped image is “Bella” by Whipper Snapper

Well, today is an interesting holiday where I live.  Pretty much the rest of Canada had a holiday on Monday but until I woke up this morning I got the POTENTIAL of having a holiday today.  Luckily, the holiday is a GO!

That’s right, my holiday is based on the weather!!!  And where I live one does not peg their hopes on weather.  You can read about this holiday HERE or you can move on (I’m going to – at least until next year) and check out the card I made last night.

I need to bulk up the supply of baby cards so I’m trying to get a couple of images ready in case inspiration strikes.  Inspiration did strike last night but once I finished the card I realized the papers were a bit of a rehash…I think I even used the same ribbon as the last time I made a baby card…good grief!  At least the layout is different.

I used my Create a Critter cartridge for the background on this card (I don’t own the top note die…I think my friend Karen does so I might borrow it sometime if she doesn’t mind.  Maybe we could do a temporary swap on an item or two).  I think this shape works fairly well as a replacement.  I need to install my Design Studio software so I can play with the sizes a little more.  I would have preferred this to be a shade bigger but can only go up by pre-set increments on my Cricut if I don’t use the software.

Poor old Bella is sitting on a dark coloured surface because I didn’t like the colour I used originally and could only cover it with something darker.  Not ideal but at least I made a card!

Off to do some outdoor work – I would rather be making cards but sometimes you have to act like a grown up.

Enjoy your day!

Beary Best of Friends

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This is the companion card to yesterday’s blog offering.  I made it using papers and embellishments from the July PaperCard Kit at PWCO.  Did I mention that they are featuring Echo Park paper for August? (I know I did…I just really, really need some Echo Park paper)

I used another adorable RAM image for this card – I think it’s my second favourite from the release.  It’s hard to pick just one favourite.  “Hare’s” my “beary” best of friends:

See the HUGE embellishment in the bottom corner…that was made using stuff from the kit.  I had fun trying to use as many of the doodads in the kit to finish my last two July cards.   Incidentally, this is the card I broke my sewing machine on (not the card’s fault.  I switched to heavier thread to do this one and I think it was too much for my poor old Pixie).  I had to finish the zigzag stitching by hand.  Luckily about 3/4 of the stitching was done when the machine coughed out its last stitch.

Gotta jet…hope to get some crafting done tomorrow.

Weeeeeeeeee!

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…or in my case, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!

I’m trying to catch up with my blogging.  I might have a day off this week (crazy St. John’s holiday that is dependent on the weather conditions) so I’m hoping to get a post or two going.  I’m also hoping to spend some quality time fixing up my mess of a back yard – not a chore I enjoy.

Speaking of gardens, I still have a couple of projects to show you that I made using the July PaperCard Kit from PWCO.

The one I’m showing you today is my favourite only because it uses my fave image from the RAM stamp release.

I used the path under the bicycle as the inspiration for my card layout.   I went a little over the top with embellishments in the fluff factor – two rows of ruffled ribbon plus a multi-layered flower.  Everything on the card except the red layer of flowers was from the papercard kit and I still have some paper and one sheet of cardstock left over.  Pretty good  value for the money.  (the August kit has Echo Park paper in it – which I’m dying to get my hands on…so you should see that on the blog as soon as I can get my hands on it)

I’ve got one more July card to share so I’ll pop back tomorrow with that.  I’ve also got some details on a contest you can enter at PWCO so I’ll get that information on the blog for you tomorrow as well.

Thanks for dropping by!

Tutorial – think outside the die

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For those of you that left a comment regarding happy mail, you should have received an acknowledgement email from me by now – in fact, I even sent one to somebody who didn’t leave a comment! (I’m a bit too quick when doing things…oh well!)

The envelopes are a little heavier than a standard card so I have to go to the post office and get them weighed before I mail them…give me a couple of days, okay?

Anyway, I have been spending some time in my craft room but mostly working on DT projects – if you have ever thought about being on a design team, it is quite fun but it takes up a lot more time than you might realize.  This is my first DT and I do not know how people manage to be on 3 or 4 at one time!

(BTW, if you have noticed that I am not using contractions it is because my keyboard is doing something funky on the internet at the moment and I do not have time to shut down and restart the computer if I want to get this blog post finished)

I actually had two cards to share on Friday but just did not get around to blogging them.  I will do that tomorrow (when I sound less like a robot in type!) but for now I have a card to share and I have a quick die cutting tutorial as well.   I will start with the card so you can judge whether you are interested in the tutorial:

He is SO cute.  I love Whipper Snapper stamps…they are so happy!!!

Notice how my flowers spill over the side of my die cut image?  I am going to show you how to do that (please note, I never came up with this concept myself.  I have seen it on SCS several times and I am sure there are tutorials available – I am not trying to take credit for this)

Step 1:  Align the die with the image

Step 2:  Draw pencil marks on either side of the edge of the die where you want the image to overflow (I have made my pencil lines a bit longer and more noticable for the purpose of the tutorial – normally I just make a couple of very light and short lines)

Step 3:  This is really two steps – cut from the top of where the image will overflow right over to just past the inside pencil line (you need to go just a tiny bit past this line so there is room to properly position the die).  Repeat on the bottom of the part of the image that will be outside the die.  This creates a flap of cardstock that you will slip OVER the die.  Position the die and run it through your die cutter.

Step 4:  Remove the die and erase the pencil marks.

Step 5:  Trim the excess cardstock from around the image.

Step 6:  Make a card!

I will be back tomorrow – speaking normal English and sharing a couple of cards I made using Rachelle Anne Miller stamps and the July PaperCard Kit from PWCO.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!



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