Colourful bugs

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I made a card not too long ago using this same image but I coloured a few at that time and whipped this one up using some scraps and that pre-coloured image.  I’m trying to make more of an effort to take a second stab at using papers that I cut into.  They’re mostly 6X6″ so it’s not a huge amount of scrap but it’s much better than leaving the half-used papers on my desk until I’m sick of looking at them.

I believe this is Echo Park paper on PTI cardstock and the stamp is Whipper Snapper (my fave brand).  When I use my two oval punches for a sentiment I like to skew the top oval for a little added interest.  The image was coloured with Copics and if you are reading this post on the day I posted it, note that I am taking a Copic class today to help me better utilize my investment.

No plans to make cards for the next day or so but I will have a “non-card” post in a few days.

Thanks for dropping by!


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Super quick post today due to time constraints.  I also won’t have access to my blog for 4-5 days so things will be a little light content-wise. 

Here’s a quick little card I made for my Aunt’s birthday…I used a Hero Arts stamp that I love but haven’t been using.

I used some Echo Park paper that was in my scrap pile and cased the layout (again) from Alice Wertz.

Gotta jet…check back around Thursday for another card.

You’re So Sweet

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Not so long ago, I was playing with Everyday Button Bits again and made a couple of cherry-themed cards.  Nothing fancy but I’ve got two more cards for my birthday card stash so I can’t complain!

I just made a few adjustments to this simple layout to give my cards slightly different looks. (it’s just more fun that way)

I believe the patterned paper is My Mind’s Eye (I’m guessing Fine & Dandy – darn, blogging cards needs to be done in a timely manner if anyone wants *me* to remember the names of the papers I used.  I can hardly remember my own last name sometimes!)

If I was going to re-work the card on the right, I’d reverse the patterned paper so the ribbon has the plainer pattern behind it…I think it’s a little lost in this picture but these cards look quite cute in real life.

Gotta jet…planning a little trip in the not too distant future and I’ve got LOTS to do!

A Bicycle Built For Three

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Well, it’s not really a three-person bicycle, it’s three cards featuring the same stamp and layout. 

I was in a Papertrey Ink kind of mood – the style of stamps requires a different style of card so I don’t play with them too often.  I love their stuff but I haven’t quite found my comfort zone with them just yet.

Anyway, I was inspired by some really cute Jillybean Soup paper to use the bicycle from Everyday Button Bits and thought I’d mass produce a few cards (the mass production turned into exactly three cards, btw).  Here’s what I came up with:

Card One:


Card Two:

Card Three:

I think the cardstock is all PTI as is the ribbon.  These were fun to make.  I must try to dust off the PTI stamps more often so I can get the hang of them.

I should be back tomorrow with another little project if I get time to blog it.

For The Little One

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Baby cards – I seem to need them in clusters.  I can go months without needing one and suddenly I’ll need 3 in the same week. 

This little girl card uses up some scraps that were piling up on my desk.  In fact, I’ve been trying really hard to keep the scraps down to a minimum.  When my little tray fills up, I weed out the smaller stuff and give it away to a friend’s daughter.  It’s doing me no good buried under dozens of other scraps.  This system works for me in a way it wouldn’t have when I first started making cards (when every scrap was precious and you were looking for one sheet wonders so you could squeeze every last square inch out of a sheet of patterened paper).  I now have so much paper that if I never bought another pad of it I would never run out (but that won’t stop me from adding to my collection – after all, I don’t smoke and a pad of 6X6 is cheaper than one package of cigarettes).

Anyway, on to the card…it uses Basic Grey something or other…Urban Prairie?  Yeah, I think that’s it.  I used a Whipper Snapper stamp (baby gaga) and I was HEAVILY influenced by a card I saw a while back by Alice Wertz.  She is an amazing card designer!  Love her stuff – she embellishes her cards in a much better way than I do but I like to keep my cards fairly clean in design.  Her cards are very inspirational.

Cute, no?  I don’t usually “fussy cut” my images but I was in the mood for something a little different.  I made another card using the same image with a very basic layout that I’ll share at a later date.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Getting Piggy With It

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I must confess that I got a Cricut for my birthday um, almost 3 years ago, and I have never used it for more than a 2-day period before abandoning it for months on end.  I don’t know why.  It’s a clever little machine and is normally the kind of thing that I think I could be really creative with.  I suspect I just don’t have the patience to fiddle with gluing all the little bits and bobs that you have to cut out in order to create your focal embellishment.

Having said that, the more recent cartridges have layers which makes it a little more pleasant to create a critter…which is what I’ve done with today’s card.  This was a birthday card for my cousin’s partner.  The pig theme is a bit of a private joke that I took the liberty of borrowing for the special day:

I think the paper is Echo Park.  It’s been a while since I made the card so it’s not fresh in my mind but I’m pretty sure this is EP.  The pig is from “Create a Critter” which is a great cartridge.  Lots of options on it and most of the mainstream animals are represented (no llamas or camels to the best of my recollection).   This is a bigger 5.5X5.5″ card.

I also made a matching tag (and dressed up a brown lunch bag) for the gift…here’s a shot:

If you’re still reading and your curious about the contents, I found some pig-themed goodies at Michael’s to go with the coconut-lime verbena stuff I ordered from Bath & BodyWorks:

See you soon!

Back In Business

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Ahhh!  That was refreshing!  A nice summer break.  I know it’s not good for the blog but it’s good for the soul and I’m glad I did it.  I took pictures of some of the things I made over the summer and now I have to edit them and will weed out the garbage.  Hopefully, some of the projects will be blog-worthy.

I was actually going to get back in the swing of things right after Labour Day but I got the ‘flu and I’m only just getting over it.  Luckily, there’s a backlog of cards to show you so I’ll have something to share for the next week or so.  I’m keeping this hobby under control other than seasonal rushes so I won’t be posting every day but I will post when I’ve got something fun to share.

Today’s card is a wedding card and it measures 6X6″.  I used some pretty Echo Park paper on the card and a retired Elzybells stamp (one of um, two wedding stamps that I own – I really need someone to design some stamps that appeal to me for wedding cards…)

I broke out my colouring pencils and OMS for this card as I wanted a softer look to the image.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to get the empty space I wanted on those bears if I used my markers.  I haven’t mastered that technique yet. (but I’m hoping to soon!)

I did lots of edge distressing on the paper after stitching around the edges and I used some linen ink all over the card to give it a nice antique feel.  I love vintage looking wedding cards.  Don’t ask me why.  I guess it’s my interpretation of “romantic” (I am NOT a romantic person).

Back tomorrow with a card I made using my Cricut.

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