Epic Fail!

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Soooo…I dropped by Target on my lunch break yesterday and saw those little plastic bead kits in the dollar spot.  I’d seen a few articles on making your own enamel dots and decided to buy a kit to see if I could make 225 enamel dots for a mere $1.13 (HST)

One sheet of parchment paper and a super-stinky kitchen later and it was a fail.  Only the white beads (of which there were very few) melted properly.  All the other beads still had a small hole in the middle so they were more like doughnuts (donuts – I am bilingual!).

Yes, I know the stink in my kitchen comes from toxic plastic fumes and that my oven is now a ticking toxic time bomb.  Sadly, it’s still too cold here in St. John’s to leave a window open so I’ll probably wake up one morning with a 6th finger on my left hand or a third ear growing out of my cheek.  It will just make me that much more interesting.  Plus I have cute fingers and ears so it’s no big deal.

I’m sure the experiment would have worked better using a brand of bead noted in those blog posts but I don’t need a container of 22,000 plastic beads added to the inventory of my well-stocked craft room.

Moving on, today’s card used patterned paper scraps.  I’m not that thrilled with the layout but a circle of patterned paper from one of the cards I made in yesterday’s post was my jumping off point.  “Real” enamel dots were used on this card:

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It’s a shame my homemade dots didn’t pan out…imagine the fun I’d have loading my cards with as many dots as I’d like!

Monster CASE

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Last week, Lawn Fawn released a bunch of new stamps and dies PLUS Simon Says Stamp launched their summer release.  It’s really tempting to place an order but I am on a spending hold due to the new die cutter I got last week.

I saw THIS CARD featuring some of the new Lawn Fawn products last Friday and loved it so much that I made my own version (times two) a couple of days ago.

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I don’t have the new Lawn Fawn die but I made my own version on my Cameo – it’s the first cut file I’ve made and I’m hoping to make a few more as I get used to the machine. (I’m a total newb at creating cut files – gotta go back to my Corel Draw days from erm, the early 90’s!)

My monsters were also cut out on the Cameo (at the same time DH helped me with the golf carts).  I’m hoping to use that feature a lot so I don’t have to find space in my room for more dies.


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Bit of a change of pace today.  I have been wanting to use this stamp set for a while (I used it when I first got it but it’s been unloved for some time) and finally got around to making a card with it.

I wanted a bit of a break from the bright coloured cards and I also didn’t feel like colouring today so a solid stamp was perfect for my needs:


This card is more like the ones I used to make before I found my niche on the more “whimsical” side.  I actually like shabby and distressed papers but don’t like the stamp images that “go” with them.  It took me a long time to figure out why I was struggling with my card-making.

I still have a lot of trouble gravitating towards brighter papers and hope to find that middle ground some day.  Also, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this card.  Maybe send it to my best friend who lives in BC…


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I’m sure if you do an internet search for the Paper Smooches “My Guy” stamp set you’ll see that the golf cart is the most prominently featured image.

You’ll also note that my “hill treatment” on today’s cards is not particularly original.

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I didn’t use any scrap paper on this card as I was saving the cloud patterned paper for exactly this type of layout.

I don’t have the “My Guy” dies yet so I used my Cameo to cut around the images (with a LOT of help from DH – I still haven’t really gotten into the whole die cutting machine thing yet but I know I’ll be using it to make some crafty projects a little later on)

Reel Great Dad

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The best “guy” stamp set I have in my stash is the Paper Smooches set “My Guy”.

Last year I used the golf cart to make some Father’s Day cards and the sports car in the set is a bit of a “go to” for masculine birthdays but this year I tried not to overlook the smaller stamps in the set.

There’s a super-cute fish and fishing rod in the set that I’ve never used so I got them inky on Sunday and made a couple of cards using more scrap paper (I did have to add one sheet of uncut patterned paper for one of the cards as I’m down to smaller scraps):

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Hopefully you can tell that the blob in front of the sentiment is a hash tag.  Not sure if a Dad that receives this will know what a hash tag is but I thought it was a cute embellishment.  It’s wood veneer coloured with a W9 Copic.

I made a second card using the same image but a different layout:

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I like the second card better and was quite pleased with my little banners (hand-cut from scraps).  IRL the enamel dots match the card really well.  I probably need to put a little more energy into my photography but my room is in the basement PLUS I live in the foggiest, rainiest, least hours of sunlight per year city in Canada so using natural daylight is not practical.  I might invest in a light box some day but it would take up a lot of real estate in my craft room and I know I wouldn’t be bothered to put it away and set it up every time I want to photograph a card.

More Father’s Day cards tomorrow!

Paw Prints

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Bit of a “cheater” card today.  This was attempt number two at reducing the scrap pile and I simply used the same layout as yesterday’s card.  The only difference is the width of the papers.

It’s sad to think of a pet passing away (crossing the rainbow bridge as my local pet charity calls it) but it does happen and DH and I have certainly had our share of health scares with poor old Jack this year.  We don’t really know how old he is and have always leaned towards a more optimistic age but I think he might actually be a bit older that we thought.

Luckily, Jack has recovered from all his health issues that started in October.  He’s even lost some weight and, between that and the glucosamine we give him every night, he can hold his own when Jill teases him.

Hopefully, I won’t have to use this card any time soon:

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Back tomorrow with some Father’s Day cards.

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I took some vacation days last week and – while I didn’t do much from the long list of planned activities – I did get to spend some crafty time playing with my card-making toys.

Nothing I made has been posted yet because I had to do a little rearrangement in my craft room to make space for my new Silhouette Cameo which meant temporarily disassembling my picture-taking area and moving it to an area that requires an extension cord (which DH picked up last night).

Now that I’m back in business, I’ve got a blog backlog!

While moving things around to make space for the Cameo, I realized that the scrap pile was stacking up again.  I didn’t make much of a dent in it but have managed to make a few cards over the last few days that specifically use papers from the scraps.

Here’s the first scrap card:


I used an old Imaginisce stamp that had probably never seen ink up to this point as well as stamps from a variety of paper pads.

It’s not “the best card ever” but it’s certainly cheerful!

How Are You?

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I had a lot of trouble getting a decent picture of today’s card. (epic fail!)

This is the last of the watercoloured backgrounds I created on Sunday.  I’m sure I’ll be trying this again at another time but I’m anxious to cut into a stack of patterned paper so I’ll be surfing for some layouts conducive to using lots of papers!

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The blue is not quite so bright in real life.  I used distress inks just so you know any blotchiness (that’s not a word) is deliberate.

The stamp set is PTI.  I didn’t want to take away from the background so I avoided colouring an image with copic markers.

Originally, I had a baker’s twine bow in the same yellow as the telephone at the top of the card but decided it looked better without.  One pop of yellow is enough.

Time to put away the watercolour paper and get cracking on those layouts!

Watercolour Monster

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Bit of a misnomer as the monster wasn’t actually watercoloured but I’m sure having a fun time making watercolour backgrounds using embossing folders!

I did 6 of them yesterday as an experiment.  The third “best” (or fourth worst!) was used on yesterday’s card and I used my favourite today.  I have one more that’s card-worthy but the other three were not keepers.

Here’s today’s card:

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The monster was fussy cut and a second body was coloured and fussy cut, then adhered to the first monster with dimensional foam.  I had some doodlebug washi tape and enamel dot’s that were perfect for the card so I added them in the upper right-hand corner.

It was weird not to use any patterned paper – I have so much that I try to use it whenever I can.  That’s the main reason I haven’t totally converted to “clean and simple” cards.  I really like them but I’m addicted to patterned paper! (and enamel dots)

Now to work out what I’m going to do with that last watercolour background…


Bring it On (Mojo Monday Challenge)

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Didn’t get to play along with last week’s Mojo Monday challenge at my LSS but I’m back on track today – mostly due to today being a holiday in Canada.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a wet, somewhat foggy day in my neck of the woods so my original plan to either clean the winter dirt off my car or stain the front steps has been put on the back burner (boo, hoo…not!)

My LSS is celebrating its 10th anniversary – which I think is fantastic for a local small business and doubly so considering the evolution of paper crafting and “big box” stores since the Paperie opened.

I started papercrafting about 6 months after the Paperie opened – it’s moved locations 3 times since the original store opened its doors but I’ve crossed the threshold of all three stores. (not as much as I’m sure they’d like but I certainly am “pro local” and have been spending more there since they shifted into carrying more items that are my style)

Anyway, back to the card (did you fall asleep?)…

The challenge for their “10th Birthday” is to make a birthday card.  I actually made several cards this morning and one was a birthday card but  I wanted to make one especially for the challenge.

I’m not 100% happy with the way it turned out but I’ve been playing with watercolouring which is trending – again – so here goes:

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Happy Birthday Paperie!

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