Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thanks & Hello

Today I'm sharing some cards I've created for the 100th Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge. I love their challenges! I've been MIA as far as creating cards, blog posting and participating in challenges. There just isn't enough time in the day or week. I hope to get back to it more regularly because it's something I love to do and it keeps me sane. 

Thanks

For my first card I tried a technique that I saw Gina from Gina K Designs do a tutorial for. Quite awhile ago I bought an card class from the site Online Card Classes that Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner run. The card class is called Crafted Kindness and there are 30 card making videos in the bundle. It is well worth the price. There are tons of technique tutorials. I'm all about technique video tutorials!

For both cards I used distress oxide inks. I used bundled sage, broken china and vintage photo for the thanks card. I used hickory smoke, fossilized amber and blueprint photo for the hello card.

Other products used for these cards were the texture fade lace and roses embossing folders by Tim Holtz for Sizzix, the double stitched rectangle dies from Our Daily Bread, the Simon Says Stamp painted thanks and hello dies and the Simon Says Stamp Thanks For Being There stamp set. I also used my Big Shot, waxed paper and an iron.

I die cut my sentiments three times and adhered them together to add dimension. 

Thanks

Hello

Hello

I have two more cards that I created because you get two for one with this technique. I'll share them in another post. 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Floral Cards


You Make Me Smile

It's been a few months since I've posted anything on my blog.  I had this crazy idea that I was going to purge my craft room and then I was going to do the same to all the rooms in my house. Well, my project started out gangbusters but petered out just as quickly. I also told myself I couldn't craft until it was finished. Ha! 

If I had time to just work on my purging project without interruptions I probably would have finished it by now. Too many things get in the way and I've found I only have time to work on it in chunks. I don't get much done during the week. I'm just too exhausted when I get home from work and going through things is the last thing that I want to do! 

So, I just decided enough is enough and I miss crafting. It's my therapy and helps keep me sane. I'm just going to craft and slowly work on my project in between craft projects. Someday I'll get it finished. 

For my card projects, I watercolored some flowers last night and let them dry naturally until I could die cut them tonight when I got home from work. I used distress oxide inks and Zig clean color brush markers for my color. The stamp and die set is one of my favorites from Gina K called Painted Autumn. I just love this set! I did some stenciling for the backgrounds. The stenciling on the card below is very subtle and on the card above the stenciling stands out more. I'll list the product names below. 

I'm not sure where the stencil for the card below comes from, but I think it's from Stampin' Up. I didn't pay attention to the names of the ink colors I used, I just played around until I found three colors for each card that I liked together. 

Life is Better Because of You

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Products used:
Enamel Dots
Sparkling Clear Droplets
Sentiments from: Concord & 9th - Dahlia Turnabout Stamp set & Gina K Designs Wreath Builder set
Flowers: Gina K Designs: Painted Autumn Stamp & Die set
Oxide Inks
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 
Stencils - Tim Holtz

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Vintage Blessings Mini Album

Vintage Blessings Album 

This was such a quick, easy little book to make!

I made the cover one evening last week. The pages were made another evening. I can only get a little done in the evening after a stressful day of work. Thursday evening I matted all the pages and yesterday I put it altogether. 

The collection I used is called Vintage Blessings from Simple Stories. I bought the collection kit and the chipboard sticker pieces. 

I followed a tutorial from Ginger over at My Sisters Scrapper. I cut my paper for my cover a little different than she did and I leave a bigger gap between my cover and spine. I have issues with cracking cardstock if I don't leave a big enough gap. I also added an extra flap to one of the pages. 

I love Ginger's tutorials. When you've been making books for awhile you can customize what you like. Over the years of being inspired by all my favorite book makers I can usually look at one of their projects and know how I want to customize it. I take bits and pieces of all the things I've learned from all of them and put a little of this and a little of that in my books. There are so many people out there that share their knowledge and I'm so grateful for that! I can now adjust sizes for my pages, covers and spines to create almost any size book. I tend to stay toward the smaller sizes. I like those best. 

On the front and back covers above and below,  I used some of the chipboard stickers and some of the stickers that were included in the kit. I matted the wording and used foam tape to adhere to the book for some dimension.

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

I left the spine blank, just using patterned paper. 
Below are all the photos of the inside pages. 

For my mats for the pockets I cut apart images from the collection and matted them on black cardstock. There are two side pockets for a photo mat. I used patterned paper from the collection and left the backs plain. 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album 

Vintage Blessings Album

This is a very cute collection! I believe I have enough paper left to create another small book. 

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