Puppy Kisses

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Last time I was at Michael’s I couldn’t resist this cute little Valentine stamp.  I think with a few hand drawn spots it would make a great beagle stamp!

In keeping with my plans to make multiple cards at a time this year, I coloured two of this image and simply reversed the patterned paper on the layout.

I coloured the image before I chose the paper which was a bit of a goof on my part so I decided to play up the little bluebird by adding a blue button to the bow.  I think it was just the right touch!

I dyed the wrinkle ribbon some time ago and it was the perfect shade for this card.  Love when that happens!

The sentiment is deliberately skewed on the oval.  I like to do this – especially when adding an embellishment – it gives the card a little more interest and leaves a little more breathing room for the little heart I attached at the bottom.

I don’t think I’ll have any more crafting time this week – we’re working on a little project with the house and I’d like to spend some time on that if I get any spare time in the next few days.

The One With The Goldfish…

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The title of this post is for Melanie…’nuff said.

This challenge card was made using a computer-generated sentiment.  I was trying to emulate PTI’s tiny treats last year.  I really want the stamp set because it’s freakin’ adorable but I simply don’t make enough Valentine/Love themed stamps to justify the purchase.

I had an airplane stamp in an SU! set so  I just stamped the plane over the sentiment after I printed it out.

I believe the scraps are from a Basic Grey paper pad – I don’t have that pad – the paper is from my friend Karen – so I don’t know the name of it.

I was pleased to use up THREE brads on this card but it was a bit boring so I stamped some postal themed stamps from Technique Tuesday all over the card to give it a little more interest.

I used a bit of a trend on the patterned paper by cutting inverted “V”s to make a banner end on the paper.  I just drew a little mark at the centre point of the back of the paper and cut the V out with scissors.  I have no idea how people usually do this.  I’ve used a square punch to notch the end of a sentiment before but my paper was a bit wide for my punches.

The card has a bit of a “collage” feel to it.  I used to be VERY into that style of card before I became interested in actually colouring the stamped images.  It’s funny how things can change.

Celebrate Good Times

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It’s been a busy, busy week for me – I had a lot going on at work and at home so I haven’t been in my craft room in over a week!

I have a couple of cards (from my January challenge) to share over the next few days but I don’t have any new projects in the works.  I’m thinking of doing a few Valentine’s so I might get something cobbled together.

This cute little lion stamp is from Hero Arts.  My mother in law gave it to me for my birthday along with a few other stamps a couple of years ago.  Hero Arts stamps are definitely on my list of favourites.

The button on the card was in the embellishment pile and was already attached to a blue bow.  I separated the button and bow and used the bow on (I think) a cupcake card and the button on this one.  I had a scrap of green seam binding in the embellishment pile so did green on green which I normally wouldn’t do.  It works though!

Back tomorrow with a masuline-friendly card that reminds me of my early days as a card maker.

The Final Count(down)

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Cheating on the banner today…the above banner is actually for the second baby card from yesterday’s post but I forgot to make a banner when I took my “group shot” of my challenge results and honestly can’t be bothered to do that right now. 

So, I made 21 cards with my scraps in the last week.  The rest of the patterned paper had already been sorted into trash and giveaway piles (there wasn’t a lot left really!) and the stamped images that were already coloured have also been sorted through and removed from my room.   There was only one pre-coloured image that I wanted to use and didn’t – a Whipper Snapper bee with a flower pot – but the image was too bright for any of the papers in the scrap pile.  Hopefully, my friend’s daughter will do something cute with it.

Here’s the group shot of all my cards – the detail is not great but you’ll see a few more of these cards on my blog in the next few days because I’m probably going to take a little card-making break this weekend.

Whew!  I still have to add sentiments to the insides and stamp my handmade by logo on the backs but it was a fairly successful week.

I think my next self-challenge will be a little less ambitous.  I *have* learned not to let scrap paper pile up for so long.  Use it or lose it!

Happy Friday!

Ooh, Baby, Baby

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Two more cards to show you today – baby themed and part of my ongoing self-challenge (which ends tomorrow!).  Be sure to check back tomorrow for a group shot of the 21 cards that I made since last Friday.  They’re not all amazing by any stretch but I did use up as much of my scrap paper as I could and even used some of the random embellishments scattered throughout my room.

Back to the baby cards:

Card 1:

Bit of a regurgitation of a baby card I did before (layout is different but the pop-dotted heads on this image was done the same way)  Finally, finally, finally used the crocheted flower that was gifted to me.  I also used one of my unloved brads so two bonus points on this card!

Card 2:

I really like how this one turned out.  The colours are nice and neutral and I love that sentiment.  The ribbon is seam binding that I dyed a couple of months ago.  The button was in that embellishment pile and the baker’s twine was wrapped around my Paper Smooches order so I’m giving myself 2 bonus points on this card as well (not that the points are worth anything but you know what I mean)

See you tomorrow!

Boy Oh Boy!

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I’m now at 18 challenge cards and it looks like I might be able to cobble together a maximum of 3 more without dipping into other patterned papers.  The challenge gets less fun each day (but I guess that’s why it’s a challenge!) but I’m almost done.  On the bright side, I’ll be more than happy to chuck any remaining papers in the garbage at the end of the week!

I’m going to share 2 “masculine” cards today (one is more suited to a boy than a man but you know what I mean):

Card 1:

This one was fun to make because the image was so colourful and I had the perfect papers in the stack to coordinate with the existing colouring.  I used some In Colour cardstock and TWO fabric brads from that embellishment pile so I’m happy about that.

Card 2:

This one was super easy to make.  It’s one of my “go to” layouts for masculine cards as it highlights the patterned paper really well and isn’t too fussy for a “man card”.  More bonus points for me – I used 3 blue flat-backed pearls from the embellie pile.

Back to the salt mines…

They Can’t All Be Winners…

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Today’s challenge card is not one of my favourites since I started trying to use up the images and scraps that are lurking in every available corner of my craft room but I wanted to show the not so great cards along with the ones that turned out to be favourites (it’s only fair!)

I bought this Greeting Farm image on sale (it came with another that I don’t believe has ever seen ink) but “ruined” it when I tried out some glimmer spray that I got in the same order (spray that has never been used since)…not sure why I didn’t toss the image but that’s how this challenge started in the first place.

Since the image was already coloured, it was obvious that I would be featuring purple and yellow on the card – and I like green with purple so there’s colour number three…I then needed a 4th colour due to the layout I created and decided to use some in colour cardstock that I don’t like…it kind of goes with the other colours and now I have half a sheet less of it!

I was originally going to use grey cardstock (which would have worked due to the grey cat in the image) and probably should have.  Too late now!  I also managed to use up 6 purple flat backed pearls on this card so I’m pleased about that!

The challenge is going fairly well.  I’ve made 12 15 cards as of this post and used up some of the embellishments.  I would say that a third of the cards are not remotely spectacular but they’re all useable.  One or two even turned out to be very attractive cards (in particular, a baby card and a couple of boy birthday cards) and my card stash just keeps growing!

I do want to work on other things but I’ll keep going until Friday and then there will be a little more space and a little less clutter in my craft room.

Hugs…

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The challenge continues…I really like how this one turned out.   As mentioned yesterday, the image was coloured last Christmas (pre-Copic days) when I only had a handful of copic markers (I got some for my birthday last December and more for Christmas but with the whole learning curve it took a while to get into them).

I know this Basic Grey paper was kept because it was just so darn cute.  I’m glad I got to use it on a card.

I used a sentiment on the front that wasn’t specific to Christmas.  I know the image and the paper is Winter-ish but you could totally give this to someone in January or even February – especially to a friend who’s having a bad day.

I embossed the red woodgrain paper with a snowflake cuttlebug folder just to give the card a little more dimension.  The edges of the paper was distressed for the same reason.

It literally took about 10 minutes to make this card thanks to the pre-coloured image.

I’m now at 15 12 scrap cards but it’s getting harder to motivate myself to make anything with the remaining scraps.   Some cards are better than others and it’s obvious on a few that I was just trying too hard.  Still, it is a good challenge and I’m glad I’m trying it but once a year is definitely the maximum for something like this.  Maybe this will teach me not to pile up so many unused images in 2012.

Cow’s It Goin’?

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Another card for my self-challenge!  This was a “reject” image from my first paper smooches cards – this is the first one I coloured but decided to go with less realistic colours on those cards to play up the bright papers I used on them.

I can’t even tell you how many months ago I cut this heart patterned paper from Basic Grey.  Not sure how it never went in my castoffs but maybe I had an idea for it some time ago.  Whatever that idea was, it’s long gone so here’s what I came up with instead:

More bonus points for me on this card – I used a sparkly brad that was in the embellishment pile and even managed to use two of my hundreds and hundreds of prima flowers!  I was so addicted to them when they first came out.  It was that darn cute milk bottle packaging that sucked me in.  I’ll be glad to see a few less flowers in my stash!

I’ve got a Christmas(ish) card tomorrow.  The image was probably coloured last Christmas (using colouring pencils – I hardly ever use them anymore!)

Project Update

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ETA: Yes,  Melanie, the image was cut using Nestabilities.  One of the Labels dies.  You absolutely CAN use Nestabilities in a Big Shot (though I use a Cuttlebug)  Note: They’re not as good for layering as the circles,  squares and rectangles as there is a larger increment in size in the sets.   Enjoy your Big Shot!

When I posted my self-challenge yesterday I forgot to account for blog content for the week I’ve given myself to make cards from my craft room discards.  That means instead of sharing my cards “en masse” on Friday, I’ll have to pick a few to share throughout the week (and THEN do the final reveal on Friday).

This is the first card I made (I actually made three today) with the scraps – They are getting progressively more difficult as I started with the most appealing scraps of paper and images first so the further I get, the less inspired I think I’ll be.

It’s obvious to me why I did this one first – the image is the newest so I’m not remotely sick of the stamp yet.  It’s from Paper Smooches and I coloured a few when I did the cow and dog cards.  Since the image was already cut and coloured, I figured it counted for the challenge.

I grouped all the papers together into colours that coordinated so I paired the cat with the bird paper as birds and cats go together (or the complete opposite of that if you’re worried about cats eating birds).  In any case, card number one turned out okay and I am giving myself bonus points for using some old American Crafts ribbon and three of the purple flat backed pearls that were in the embellishment pile.

Keep checking back.  I’m trying to do three cards per day so I should have plenty to share this week!



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