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I signed up for an online card making class on Tuesday (one day after the classes started) and have only just started my homework for day 1.

The class was a very reasonable $25 USD for two weeks and is taught by several women that are well known in the card-making world (including guest designer limedoodle – who is the Queen of CAS in my opinion).

I’ve been watching the videos on my lunch break and am always dying to try out some of the things I’ve learned but I don’t always have time to spend in my craft room in the evenings.

Tonight, however, husband (and me!) was fed, the dishes were washed, laundry done, and I even got to unwind from my busy day by watching a tv show with my dog by my side.  I realized that if I really, really wanted to, I could probably spend an hour working on my homework instead of waiting until this weekend to do the full first week of assignments.

Day 1’s lessons included tips on craftsmanship and there were sketches to use as inspiration for the homework assignment.  I chose to go with Julie Ebersole’s sketch and made the following card in far less time than I’d usually spend putting a card together:

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I think it turned out quite cute though I’m dying to splash some Mr. Huey mist or some sort of ink splatters on the card to eat up a little more of that white space.

I used Washi tape along the top of the card and pulled the colours from the tape to stamp my telephone.  If I had a subtle background stamp, I probably would have used it on the background but I think ink spatters will do the trick (I’ll have to do them later as I don’t have time to take more photos tonight).

Tomorrow night, I’m hoping to spend some time on my other homework assignments because I’d like to be caught up for next Monday’s class.

Check back tomorrow for a vintage Valentine (Design Team project!)

Alien Invasion

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I had a very productive card-making day yesterday using a $1 ($1.50 CAD) stamp I bought at Michael’s a couple of months ago.  As soon as I saw this stamp I knew it would be perfect for quick cards (solid image – no need to colour!) and I loved that the image gave me the potential to use “googlie eyes” on my card.

While making some “boy” cards, I decided to make a girl card too.  I thought to myself that this was a great non-gender specific image and started mulling over the uses it has.  I came up with a few:

  • Get Well Card – makes a great alien invader or a germ!
  • Birthday – (obviously, as that was what I started out with)
  • Halloween – the alien could be a monster
  • Good Job card for either a co-worker or a student  – You’re out of this World
  • Valentine – yup!  you read that correctly.  It’s all about the sentiment…you’ll see at the end of this post.

So, back to my cards – first I made a couple of boy cards:

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(of course, they could be girl cards too)

…then a more “girl” colour scheme:

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…and then I cranked out some mass-produced Valentines (I made 4):

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I ended up making 7 cards all using the same stamp but I didn’t feel bored as there wasn’t any colouring and it was fun to cut out the banners and add the eyes to the images.   I think I got my money’s worth out of this stamp!

Cupig

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In the spirit of giving some neglected stamps a little love, Cupig is making his 2013 appearance on my blog.  I got this stamp from High Hopes several years ago and it’s probably been 2-3 years since it was last inked!

I channeled Alice Wertz for this card.  She is so good at adding little scraps of paper to her cards – of course, I can’t pull off the look quite like her but it’s fun to try!

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I didn’t want my pig to be too pink so after colouring the pink sections, I went over the image with my blush copic to tone down the colour a bit.

I used some Bo Bunny paper and rose cardstock.  There’s a little scrap of Washi tape just above the sentiment, a Basic Grey button and some Doodlebug twine.  I also stuck on some rhinestones and pearls here and there – including a rather large heart on the upper right hand corner of the card.  You might not be able to tell in the picture but the rhinestones are heart-shaped.

I added a little glitter ritz to the wings for extra sparkle.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.  I’m off to visit my mom in the hospital.

Valentine Headband Gift

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I’m sending my niece (who turned 1 in December) a little Valentine gift next week so she’ll have it in time for the 14th of Feb.

Since she’s a bit young to send chocolate, I thought a couple of baby headbands would be a cute little gift and I know they’ll come in handy as her mom loves to take pictures of her little girl.

I found a cute set at Claire’s for $6.25 CAD but they were on really UGLY packaging so I decided to repackage them to send along with the card I made for her.

I couldn’t make a box because I want the gift to fit in a padded envelope and any cardstock box I make would be crushed by the time it made it halfway across the country so I decided on a glassine bag and a cute tag:

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The paper on the tag matches the card I already made a week or so ago and I found some bits and bobs in my stash to embellish the tag with.  The metal tag is from Making Memories that I got on clearance at Michael’s – I peeled off the backing and stuck it to my arm several times to remove most of the tackiness and then I used some dimensional foam to adhere it to the tag.  I also found some felt hearts left from last year and some Maya Road stick pins that were perfect for the job.  A clear Basic Grey button found its way onto the tag as well (perfect with the sheer ribbon!) and the finishing touch was some Washi tape along the bottom of the glassine bag.

Here’s a closer look at the tag:

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Of course, I didn’t want to just place the headbands in the bag as they might have gotten wrinkled or crushed so I cut a piece of red cardstock, rounded the corners and slipped the headbands over it:

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…and here’s what it looks like all packaged up:

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Happy weekend!

Stuntman

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I had a request for a unique Get Well card yesterday – one of my coworkers needed a card for her brother who had a snowmobiling accident.  From the conversation we had, I surmised that he was doing something foolish at the time of the incident so when I came across this sentiment from Whipper Snapper, the concept for the card came together rather quickly:

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The image was borrowed from the internet but didn’t print very well on my basic HP printer (I only have a black ink cartridge) so I outlined it with a Copic and then filled the rest of the image in (using W9 – it’s my favourite “black”).

The patterned paper is fun but manly if that makes sense.  The yellow is the reverse of the dark polka-dotted side so it was an easy match.

I did a little distressing and added some black Kaiser rhinestones that I just purchased at onecrazystamper.com (you may have noticed my new guest designer blinkie…stay tuned…)

The card went over well so I’m glad I went with my instincts on this one!

Rocking Horse Duo

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I’m trying to use a few stamps that haven’t seen ink in a while – I’m ashamed of the number of stamps I have that have only been used once – or not at all!

The stamp I chose today was a favourite of mine when I initially purchased it.   I have a few stamps of this brand from a couple of years ago – the brand is Inky Antics.  While the company is still around, their stamps have gone in a different direction – as have I!

This sweet little stamp is called “Rocking Horse” and it’s great for baby cards or younger children’s birthdays.  It’s suitable for a boy or a girl – just change out the colour of the bridle and saddle.

Here’s my girl card:

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…and here’s my boy card:

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I kept the layout super simple but popped the horse head and body up on each image and scattered some pearls here and there to give the card a little extra oomph.  Without these little touches these would be very basic cards (but they’d be great for mailing).  A little dimension goes a long way.

Enjoy your Saturday!  I’ve been looking forward to mine all week!

Monster Party

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I just have a few moments to spare for a blog post this evening.  I had about an hour to spend in the old craft room (aka, the imaginary children’s university fund) and picked out an older Stamping Bella image from my collection.  Didn’t need a birthday card but wanted to make something bright and cheery for no particular reason.

I actually swapped out my original layout so I had to change patterned papers as well.  The new paper I picked had a different shade of blue than the first so my blue monster doesn’t quite match but that’s okay!

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I “sca-blinged” my card again (made up my own portmanteau for scattering bling) with pearls that I customized with copics – after all, I didn’t have monster green, monster orange or monster blue pearls in my stash.

That’s all I have time for tonight.

Leftover Heart

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Yesterday morning, we lost our power again due to the huge blizzard.  While the snow had stopped, there were still thousands of homes without power this morning and we were added to the list (though we did have power through the evening and overnight).  It was restored again this afternoon for a while and came and went but we seem to be back up once more.

In addition to the power issue, our street still has not been cleared and most of the inhabitants of our little cul-de-sac are house-bound until the plows come by. 

I spent the majority of my day huddled in a blanket in our living room because we got the most natural light in that room.  I read for a while and played a game on my iPod until the battery ran down.  No craft time in the cold, dark basement Saturday morning!

The power came back on in the afternoon but I wasn’t sure how long it would last.  I decided to take advantage of electricity and made a quick card using some scraps from recent projects – including the heart cut-out from yesterday’s card.  Here’s what I came up with:

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The base was left from another card, the white banner was a leftover strip from the cardstock I stamped my Lawn Fawn valentine images on and the button was accidentally left out of the jar when I put away my buttons last time.

This card was super-fast to make and would have been even faster if I hadn’t sewn around the edges of the patterned paper.

Once I finished the card, I tidied up my room and just have to clean a few stamps and put them away so I can take care of a few sewing projects (some hemming plus I bought my mom a nightgown and have to alter the sleeves as whoever made the pattern designed it for an orangutan).   Guess I’ll be spending Sunday’s craft time cursing sewing.  Bummer!

You Make Me Smile

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I’m not actually happy with today’s card – though I am enjoying the scattered bling.  Wonder if there’s an official name for randomly adding a few rhinestones here and there?

We did have a snow day yesterday – I’m not sure how much snow we got – maybe just over 60 cm? (it was supposed to be more)   However, we had winds gusting up to 130 kph so that was a great way to stay awake all night!  Poor Jack wouldn’t go outside to do his business and held it for over 16 hours.

We woke up to a power outage which lasted all day.  The house got pretty chilly (down to about 13 degrees Celcius) before the power came back on around 4:3o pm.  I couldn’t spend any time in my craft room without the ability to turn on a light as it’s in the basement and the window is covered in snow.   Here’s the window view right now:

Anyway, power was restored, the house got warm again and I managed to make a card about 11:30 last night.  I’m hoping to get to play again later today but chores come first!  Here’s the card:

Enjoy your Saturday!

Punny Valentines

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I unexpectedly carved out an evening of “me” time as it’s very stormy outside so that removed some of my obligations for the night (my Mom is still in hospital and I visit her every other day).  DH did the laundry, supper was leftovers from last night and that all added up to 3 free hours for me!

I got a Lawn Fawn set of stamps for Christmas (thanks, Dad!) and finally got to ink it up tonight.   I chose some Carta Bella patterned paper and cut a sheet of pale pink cardstock in quarters to make a set of punny Valentine’s Day cards:

Here are the 4 cards individually:

The banana is my favourite image and it was the most fun to colour.

Each card measures 4.25″ X 2.75″.  Of course, I didn’t have envelopes that size so I made some to go with the cards using some K&Co patterned paper that was in my stash.  I had to use 2 sheets because I needed a 6.75″X6″ piece of paper for each envelope.  I could have made smaller cards in order to get 4 envelopes out of one sheet but I’m not exactly short on patterned paper so I didn’t mind cutting into a couple of pieces.  I used scor-tape as a closure:

The cards are embellished with some Doodlebug twine and a small plastic heart that was in my stash (probably from Dollarama but could have been Michael’s).

Off to enjoy the snow…we’re getting between 70-80 cm in the next 24 hours so I’m hoping for a snow day tomorrow!  If I do get to stay home, I’d better wake up with some crafty mojo.



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