Monday, February 10, 2020

For someone special

I made a center-step card that included my favorite color, purple, and one of my favorite styles of paper, polka dot (I wonder why it's called that???). 
The white doily is actually a sticker I had in my stash.  I added some simple paper flowers and the "for someone special" sentiment plush the white lacy strip across the bottom which you can barely see in the photograph.  Inside the card is a happy birthday greeting.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Quilted squares

I have had some Dazzle stickers called quilted squares in my stash that I decided to do something with yesterday afternoon.  They are gold filigree designs of two sizes, one about 4 inches square and the others are about 2 inches squared.

On this first card, a "best wishes" card for a widow friend who just became engaged to a widower friend.  I used a large square and placed a small one in the middle, popped up.

Adding some fancy gold edging on the top and the bottom completed the look and I think it turned out very nicely!

I also made two cards that have a similar design but look very different because of the papers and colors I used.  One is a thank you card and the other a birthday card. 

I have another view of the thank you card that I need to include for a totally different reason.  Take a look ...
I took this angle photo to show how I raised the middle square up but in the process I got a snap of my "Christmas cactus."  I say "Christmas" in quotes because this late bloomer just popped out in blossoms this week, a mere seven weeks late!

I have enough quilt square stickers left to make one or two more card and I think I'll try other color combinations just to see how different it can look.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Fun with windows

I really like my newest set of stamps and die cut from Simon Says.  I can make three little windows in any card with the die, and the stamp set has three different surround-stamps, one with balloons, one with hearts, and one with flowers.  And I am learning to color and shade with my new alcohol ink markers, which I have thought about using for a long time but never had the courage to try and was nervous about spending the money on the markers because of my lack of courage.  When I found a set on sale a Tuesday Morning last week, I decided to take the plunge, and I am so glad I did! 
I've been practicing my coloring, and the results are on this card I made yesterday:
Yep, I actually painted the flowers and leaves on this card!  I know it is a first-timer's effort, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

The middle window is covered up by the extra leaves and sprigs and the two word additions, but the other two windows show the happy birthday stamp included in the set.  All in all, I won't be ashamed to send this to someone for their birthday.

This second card does not have any of my coloring on it, but I like the February-look of the card with the windows.  These windows have shaker hearts in them... the kit of stamps included the plastic window with which I can add sequins or something like the little hearts on this card.  Cute!
P.S. The cute papers all came with the stamp and die set, as did the little hearts for the shaker card.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Green and yellow

I really enjoy following the Retro Rubber Challenge blog even though I have not joined in as much as I would like to in the future.  This week they have an really fun challenge in the form of a tic tac toe board.

RRCB 127It captured my attention and I decided that this was the week to get back into the swing of things and enter their challenge!   I chose to use the first column, green, 4 x 4 card, sympathy.  Here is what I made:
I had some marbelized paper with the green swirls that I thought would look nice as the background then added some small butterfly black and silver stickers backed with yellow card stock to add just a touch of another color.  I like the looks of the card ...  somber but not so much so as to be depressing for the recipient.  The stamps I used are from a set I got back in 2012 or 13 and I had never actually used the wreath stamp before for some reason!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Birthday balloons

Oh, my goodness!  Two posts in one day!  And after such a slim offering the past several months, this is quite an accomplishment for me.  I have been working on a new schedule to help me get into my craft room more often, AND remember to photograph my activity, which I am notoriously bad at doing.  I've made sooo many cards in recent months and just never seem to get around to (i.e., remember to) take pictures of the cards before I mail them.  I think it is a result of being brought up in the pre-computer, pre-cell phone era!!  Whatever, I am trying to adjust my thinking to accomodate my blog.

But a new year and some new ideas for planning my work and activity have created a new resolve. 

I love keeping up with several challenges and seeing what ideas the challenge designers come up with, but I often have trouble coming up with a creative card that follows the idea from the challenge.  However, when I saw the challenge this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, I knew just what I wanted to do to enter my card in that challenge.  Here is the sketch they gave us:
Tuesday Morning Sketches

I recently purchased a kit from Crafty Companion full of stamps and papers and dies with a balloon theme.  I have really enjoyed playing with the materials and made this card that goes right along with this TMS sketch.

Fairy hellos

I suppose I should make a different title for this post, but my creativity level in the title-making area is less than ideal this morning!  In any case, I had this Dazzle sticker I got from Paper Wishes several years ago and had never used it.  Then when I saw the sketch from  Freshly Made Sketches
I knew right away how I wanted to use my Dazzle fairy!

 Here is the card I made with this challenge in mind.
I used some beautiful blue mirror-like paper that I have had for a while as the background for the black and silver faity and I really liked the effect.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

An everlasting bouquet

In preparation for visiting an elderly couple in an assisted=living facility in town, I made a "bouquet" of  flowers that they can enjoy without having to care for them.  They are in the memory unit so this 3-D card will hopefully be something they can enjoy and touch but not have to be taken care of in any way.

I did not try to make it too elaborate and it ended up being straighter lines of flowers that I originally planned but I thought that for this particular purpose this might be better.  The room the couple lives in is quite small so this will have a smaller footprint of space.

This is a labor-intensive project (I've done several through the years) but I always feel especially good when it is completed!