Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Card Class 2013 - Day 4

I loved the card ideas shared in class, especially the idea of stamping the same stamp multiple times in different inks.  I also liked the idea of using non-traditional colors - who knew "orange" was a Christmas color?

I do have to show the back of the card - which was supposed to be the front of the card, but I failed to overlap my first few stamps.  I do not know why I feel the need to show my mistakes, but it turned out to be a cute card back.  I cannot wait for tomorrow's class!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop - Day 3

It is the end of the weekend, and I have finally caught up with the week of online card class.  I love the new pacing - I feel so "accomplished" when I can keep up with the class.

Today's card is copied from Shari Carroll's lesson - reminding me to use the stamp positioner that I have stashed in the closet.

Now I am off to watch the end of the last football game tonight - so far every single one of my teams has lost today - but I still have hope!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Holiday Day Card Class 2013, Lesson 2

I am so glad I have never made a card video – the words I used making this inlay card were not for public consumption!  Jennifer McGuire made it look so very easy, but as I inlaid every little teeny tiny green piece in the bow and getting my fingers stuck to the adhesive or turning the pieces sideways, I could not help but think - I made the wrong card.

It is a sweet little card, and appears so harmless now, but do not let it fool you!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Card Class - Day 1, Card 2

Here is the second card I made for the first day of the Online Card Class.  This time it is a z-fold card - with a light gold stamping on the navy cardstock.  I love how the banner looks like it continues to the inside.  This card is from the template/project presented by Jennifer McGuire - plus she suggested using ornaments in her video, so I did.  I still cannot believe that I will be mailing these cards in a few weeks - however, this class is making it easy.  Too bad the teachers cannot help with getting my shopping done!

Holiday Card Class 2013 – Day 1, Card 1

I am taking another Online Card Class – hoping to get in the holiday spirit.  This is my first card, technique and layout taken directly from Kristina Werner.  It is a cute little gift card holder using a Darcie’s stamp set along with the “tin pin” embellishments that cover the faces (such a time saver)!

Here is a picture of the inside, to show the gift card holder made with washi tape and vellum card stock:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

I took a class and made enough Halloween cards this year – meaning the next holiday I need cards for is Thanksgiving.  I started with a sketch, and basically kept to it except for the perfect pearls technique I was going to do with the turkey.  The card turned out more “country” and the perfect pearls just looked out of place. 

Since I make eight copies of each holiday card that I do, I start by cutting all the paper, then stamping all parts.  My final step on this card was cutting out all the acorns from grunge paper and painting them with crackle paint.  They really turned out so cute (all sixteen of them)!  Bonus: while the acorns dried, I got to watch some football!
While it is a little early to mail the cards – I am sharing the card now in case anybody needs ideas for their turkey day cards.




Cardstock: (Cocoa, Champagne) CTMH

Patterned Paper: (Huntington Paper Packet) CTMH

Stamp:  (Perfect Fit – Thanksgiving Holiday, Poster Tidings) CTMH

Ink:    (Cup O’ Joe, Pumpkin Pie, Orange Soda, Just Rust) Hero Arts

Dies: (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders, (Mini Acorn and Pumpkin set) Sizzix

Other:  (Earth mixed elements) Hero Arts, (vintage photo, walnut stain Distress crackle paint) Ranger

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer Card Class 2 - Week 1 Day 5 Part 2


As mentioned in the prior post – I had to try out a technique that leaves a pattern (pencil marks) behind your stamping.  Naturally I used another optional color combo – using up two pieces of cardstock that I have no idea where I got it.  Plus I used three stamp sets that I had not used yet – woohoo!



Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Stamp:  (Aspiration, Perfect Fit Birthday, Perfect Fit Frames 2) CTMH
Ink:    (Stone Wash, Raspberry Jam, Soft Pool, Iris) Hero Arts


Summer Card Class 2 – Week 1 Day 5 Part 1

Big title for a little post – but it makes sense, if you know me.  There was one sketch this week that I had not used yet (and new optional color combos), and there was a new technique I learned that I had to try.  So I had to do both (had to), but not on the same card.  It is just me being a little obsessive.

This card is the third sketch one – and would have been done in the 10 minute challenge window except – stickles take forever to dry when it is slightly humid outside.  Does the card count as being done if nobody can touch it yet?  I guess it is one of life’s mysteries, lol.


Cardstock: (Outdoor Denim) CTMH

Patterned Paper: (Sarita) CTMH

Stamp:  (A True Thank You) CTMH

Ink:    (Midnight Muse) Stampin Up!

Dies: (Window Frames Collection Framelits) Stampin Up!

Other:  (paper piercing patterns) Stampin Up!, (Orange Peel Ice Stickles) Ranger


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer Card Class 2 - Week 1 Day 2

The class today focused on techniques – including finger-painting! Well, painting in general and using your fingers to make a base on the paper for stamping (or in my case a detail stencil of a butterfly). The banner is actual the front of the card, which lifts up at a fold under the brads. The black cardstock was doubled to add stability, and to cover the back prongs of the brads.

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Black) CTMH, (Baja Breeze) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (First Edition) Stampin Up!
Stamp: (Perfect Fit Birthday) CTMH
Ink: (graphite black) brilliance, (vintage photo distress ink) Ranger
Other: (brads) Stampin Up!; (snow cap, salmon, sandal, cloudy blue Adirondack dabber) Ranger

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Card Class 2 Week 1 Day 1

The first day of class – and I get to tear the plastic off and open all of my neon ink pads that have been sitting on the rack for 6 months or more. Today is about using a color combo and a sketch, and making a birthday card for a friend who is turning 21 (that last bit is my own assignment). Turned out to be too many challenges at one time, the project took too long and the card turned out very simple but I love the graphic look to it. Now I just need to get it in the mail!

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (Black) CTMH, (pink) unknown
Stamp: (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Neon Orange, Neon Yellow, Neon Pink, Neon Blue) Hero Arts
Other: (Merry foam letters) American Craft Thickers, (peppermint twist rhinestones) K&Company

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Welcome Back

My online card class starts on Monday – and I thought I would do one more card before it starts and I have "homework" to do.  A very sweet and kind friend starts back to work tomorrow after being out on maternity leave.  Tomorrow will be the first day that she will leave her little cutie home while she heads back to the office, so I wanted to make her a card letting her know that we are thrilled she is back even though it will be rough on her for the next few weeks.

The style of this card is a Joy Fold Card – sort of a card within a card.  Very simple and it gives you the opportunity to use five different coordinating prints – I really feel that I am using up a 6X6 paper pad! 

I also used my Distress Markers – and did a little wash over white embossing (Kristina Werner just did a similar technique on her blog).  You can see the one I used, but below is a picture of the first attempt – I really wanted to fit all the colors of the paper into the wash, and no amount of water could wash it all away (I tried, trust me).

I cannot wait until class – I am always so inspired by the teachers and fellow students!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (fresh 6X6 paper pad) Authentique
Stamp:  (Quick Cards – Shell) CTMH, (Tilted Banner Sayings) Simon Says Stamp!
Ink:    Versamark, (pumice stone distress ink) Ranger
Distress Markers: tumbled glass, broken china, pumice stone
Dies: (tilted banners) Simon Says Stamp!
Other:  (baubles) Tim Holtz Ideaology, Embossing Powder (White Zing) American Crafts; (twilight ribbon) CTMH

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pre-Class Challenge 2

For the second pre-class challenge, the goal was to create a card using a sketch.  Instead of circles, I decided to make windows in the card.  I changed the size of the card to a 6X6 so that my circle windows would fit.  Then I went to my “never used” craft stash – and found a gnome stamp set, and gnome paper and gnome sayings stamp set.  Who knew I had that entire gnome thing going on, and had yet to use any of it?

Out of sheer laziness, I did not want to drag out my Copic markers, so instead I did a lot of paper piecing and basic marker coloring.  Although the sketch did not have the buttons, I had to use the ones I found in my stash that matched the mushrooms (I think they were old Christmas ones but they match the card perfectly). 
I am having so much fun with the challenges; I cannot wait until class starts!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (Gnome Sweet Gnome 6X6 Paper Pad) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Gnome Sweet Gnome, Critters in the Forest) Lawn Fawn,  (Gnomenclature) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Vintage Photo Distress Ink) Ranger
Dies: (Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Other:  various Stampin Up! markers, white gel pen, buttons

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pre Class Challenge 1

This card was done for the first pre class challenge for the Summer Card Camp 2 online class I am taking.  It has been a long time since I took an online course, and I decided that I needed the creative reboot.
It was a color challenge, and I pulled out a stack of ink pads that I have never opened.  The coral color was a bit dark for the peachy color I needed so I inked up my stamp, stamped off on scratch paper, and used the second generation color which worked for me. 

After I finished the card, I thought it looked a little flat, so I fussy cut some flowers and foam squared them over their flat counterparts. 
 I did up liking the look of the card, but it really took some brain power and that was just the pre class activity!
Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Life of the Party 6X6 paper pad) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Pocket Full of Posies) Technique Tuesday
Ink:    (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Grey Wool) CTMH, (Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral) Stampin Up!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Summer is here, the warm weather (or really warm weather in California) is finally here and it is time to give a shout out to all fathers!  I wanted to make my father a card that would appeal to the sports fan in him - no flowers for him. 

I have never colored grey hair before, and I found the color combo I used during a search online.  I think it looks too blue with the blue and red paper combo, so I will try a different combo next time.  I paper pieced the shirt, and cut off the sleeves to make a vest and t-shirt combo for a little more of a dad look.   Then I finished up the card with white faux stitching on both the chair and the postage stamp die cut.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Real Red) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper:  (Dots & Stripes Metropolitan Collection) Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamp:  (Sitting Casual) The Greeting Farm, (All Men Sentiments) AmyR Stamps
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Graphite Black) Brillance
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E59, R20, C00, C1, C3, B34, B37, B60
Dies: (Small Folded Banners) Simon Says Stamp!, (Postage Stamps, Classic Squares Small) Spellbinders
Other:  (harvest baker’s twine) CTMH, buttons, (white uniball gel pen) Signo

Saturday, June 1, 2013

First Wedding Card of 2013

I received my first wedding invite this year, which means summer is approaching!  This card is a bit bigger than the usual ones I make because I want to stick a gift card into it – it is 8.5 X 5.5 (basically an 8.5 X 11 sheet of cardstock folded in half).

After surveying the wedding stamps (especially sayings), it looks like I need a few new stamps (that is my story, and I am sticking to it).  I used two stamps that are old 2004 Stampin Up, ones that I have not used in years, and cannot find the names or which stamp sets they belonged to. 

I laughed when I completed the card, because I lost complete focus on the fact that this card has to be mailed across the country.  Between the flowers, butterflies and puffy bow, mailing is almost amusing – fortunately, there is a picture of it prior to “flattening” by the postal service. 

Cardstock: (Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzaz) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Fresh 6X6 Paper Pad) Authentique Paper
Stamp:  (A Word For You) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Graphite Black Brilliance) Tsukineko, (Pumice Stone Distress Ink) Ranger
Markers: (Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzaz) Stampin Up!
Dies: (Apothecary Accents Framelits) Stampin Up!
Other:  (flowers) Prima, (seam binding) CTMH, (star dust) stickles, (Rouge Sparklets) Kaisercraft

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Birthday Monkey / Birthday Girl

I bought a great assortment pack at the Scrapbook Expo full of all the Happy Day collection by SEI.  I decided to make a stack of birthday cards with the pack, so that I would have a stash of birthday cards on hand.  I choose the two image stamps so that I would have cards that would work for both genders. 

I stamped the monkey and the birthday girl several times, and colored the images in (along with a little paper piecing).  However, I could not come up with one idea for a single card layout that would let me utilize all the pieces in the kit.  I turned to my craft magazines; I always try to tear out layout templates and ideas from my various magazines and keep a file of ideas.  I found the perfect layout in the Quick Cards Made Easy magazine – a large square card with lots of layers of cardstock and patterned paper.

Once I matched the layout with my images and paper – the cards came together very easily – leaving me with a stack of 6 very different cards.  Thank goodness for the ideas that the art pros share with us mere mortals!

Cardstock: (White) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Happy Day 12X12 collection) SEI
Stamp:  (Birthday Monkey) CC Designs, (Birthday Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches, (A Word for You) Stampin Up!, (All Occasions Messages) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: RV52, RV02, RV06, R05, YR02, YR68, Y38, YG95, YG02, BG15, BG10, B12, E30, E33, E35, E37, E39, E57
Dies:  (Large Squares, Lacey Squares) Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Other:  (Happy Day glitter sprinkles die cuts, rhinestones, ribbon) SEI

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thank You To Mothers

Last year I bought all the makings for this card in order to make a Mother’s Day card this year for my mother.  Unfortunately, we lost my mother late last year – so this Mother’s Day is a bit bittersweet.  However, I try not to dwell in the sad places in life for too long at a time, so this Mother’s Day, I want to focus on a few mothers who have been in my life for a very long time.  While they are not my mother, they are the mothers of my friends and cousins, and they have always opened a place in their hearts for me.

So this year, I would like to thank all the mothers for the tough job they have, and for making a little time to mother children who do not belong to them!

Cardstock: (White) CTMH, (Pear Pizzazz) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Victoria Gardens 6X6 Paper Pad) Echo Park
Stamp:  (Sew Pretty) Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine, (Circle Around) CTMH, (All About Mom Sentiments) AmyR Stamps
Ink:    (Onyx Black) Versafine, (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Dies: (mini sewing room) Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix
Other:  (oval scallop punch) Stampin Up!, (Letterbox Ribbon) American Crafts, (sewing machine charm) CR Trimmings

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cinco de Mayo

Living in California – we celebrate many different holidays, even if it does not always jive with our nationalities, religion, knowledge of the holiday etc.  Cinco de Mayo is such an event, and the Vallejo’s, Emma’s and Chevy’s bars/cantinas nearby are always hopping on that day. 

So for my friends who like a good celebration, I bring you the Cinco de Mayo cat card.  It is a sorry little card as far as my “creativity” is concerned, but I cannot tell if it was the poor choice of colors, stamp set etc. – strangely, the inside should have been the outside when all was said and done.  However, it was made with joy – and sent with love – so Happy Cinco De Mayo,  and I would like my margarita on ice with salt!

Cardstock:  (Juniper, Sorbet, Vanilla Crème) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Sunshine Broadcast Wee Bundle and Flag Banners) Sassafras
Stamp:  (Guitar Cat) The Cat’s Pajamas, (tequila) Art Impressions, (happy everything) Amuse Studio
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  G05, Y23, YR02
Dies:  (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders
Other:  (Lagoon Stickles) Ranger, (Claire petals and brads) SEI

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Birthday Accordion Card

During the retreat last October with Krazy Kreations, we received the pattern for an accordion card – and naturally we made a really amazing Halloween card.  I kept the accordion card pattern (naturally, as I am a professional craft hoarder, lol) and decided to make a bright and cheery birthday card.

The only real challenge to these cards is to ensure you know which “way is up” on your pattern paper in relation to the template you are cutting out.  Half of what I cut was upside down even when I reminded myself to pay attention.  My mother, who was an amazing seamstress, could match patterns and plaids in her head and to my knowledge rarely made a mistake.  Apparently, this is a gift that just bypassed me at high speed!

Cardstock: (Desert Sand, Cocoa) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (Ocean Dot, Passion Fruit Dot, Sweet Tooth Collection) Bo Bunny
Stamp:  (Birthday Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Appetizers) Gourmet Rubber Stamps
Ink:    (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Graphite Black) Brilliance
Copics: E55, E57, E71, E77, BG13, BG15, RV13, RV14, RV17, skin (E11, E00, E13, R20), hair (YR20, YR21, E34, E35)
Dies: (Window Frames Collection) Stampin Up!,  (Mini Tattered Floral Set) Tim Holtz
Other:  (Magenta stickles) Ranger,  (Happy Day brads) SEI,  (glitter tape) American Crafts, (flowers) Prima

Saturday, April 6, 2013

The Journey is the Goal

Over the past year, I have attended (either in person or online) three classes related to working with canvas frames.  I really enjoy these classes, working with paints, textiles and techniques that I have never had experience with.  I cannot say I like the “works of art” that I create, but I love the creative process building them, plus I enjoy meeting the amazing people – both teachers and the students.  So I decided to share pictures of those canvases, to remember the fun that I had.
My class last week in Berkeley at Scrapbook Territory was a wonderful experience – I had incredible tablemates who really made the class fun!  My kudos to the teacher as well, she was patient (we broke the stapler and we do not know how we did it, but I am pretty sure that was not an “extra spring” we found) and encouraging, urging us to get inky and covered in paint!  The top canvas in the picture is my work and the others below to my tablemates (they are a talented lot)!

The previous class to this was with the talented May Flaum at Stampers Corner in Elk Grove.  She brought a ton of paints, doodads and whatnot to the class – gave us the basic instruction and let us go.  It was amazing how different each of the students work came out – each unique but made with the same materials.

Finally, going back in time is the first class, a technique canvas I made through Online Card Classes with Jennifer McGuire.  This class is still available, although not “live” anymore – but it teaches you how to use a variety of inks, paints and techniques.

These classes have taught me that the finished art is not the goal, but the journey to create is!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Butterflight

I bought the Tim Holtz die Butterflight – and decided that I wanted to recreate the look on the package – individual painted butterflies in a row.  I picked the paper pack I wanted to use, then the paints to coordinate, and then stashed it away in the craft closet for over a year.  Flash to a year later, and I am trying to decide what to use for Easter cards (since I completely missed Valentine’s Day – and took flak from my loved ones – I was not missing Easter).  I found the Butterflight die (with paint and paper), and thought what the heck, that looks like spring.  I also made some unsavory comments directed at the mound of stuff still piled in my crafts’ closet of shame.

The flowers are made with lace and Glubers (giant round glue dots) and were not as easy as I remember from class, I ended up constantly pulling the thin lace up and trying again.  I think the satin ruffle trim is much easier to do.  However, it is done, complete, and now I can wish my family a very springy Easter! 

Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin Up!
Patterned Paper: (Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks) My Mind’s Eye
Stamp:  (Celebrate Everyday) Hero Arts
Ink:    (Rich Cocoa) Memento, (Tea Dye) Distress Ink Ranger
Other:  Embossing Powder (Silver) Ranger, Paint Dabbers (Sandal, Cool Peri, Salmon, Cloudy Blue, Brown Sugar) Ranger, Die (Butterflight) Tim Holtz for Sizzix, grungepaper, misc. bling

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birthday Cat

Hello!  With all the stress of implementing a new automated system at work, I was surprised to find myself feeling a bit creative suddenly.  The project at work has gone on for several years – and it has been a drain on everyone involved.  However, the first phase has gone live, and apparently, my mind has gone to the artistic.  I grabbed the Dill Blossom paper stack as a starting point (it helps when everything coordinates), and a few older stamps that had never been inked up.  I even managed to use 3 dies that have been sitting around my craft room waiting for a little love. 

I found the little cat buttons at Stampers Corner, my favorite craft place – all you have to do is snip the shank off of the back of each button before you glue them down.  I enjoyed building the little chair tableau – starting with the “rug”, made with an old Stampin Up! background stamp, and drawing the fringe and stitching with a coordinating marker.    

I used the leftover paper scraps to decorate the inside of the card – no waste!  I know a few cat lovers, and this is just the perfect card for one of their birthdays!

Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (Dill Blossom 4X6 Paper Stack) SEI
Stamp:  (Wish You Were Here, Find Joy) Hero Arts, (Letter Patterns) Stampin Up!
Ink:    (Desert Sand pen and ink pad) CTMH, Versamark
Dies: (Apothecary Accents Framelits) Stampin Up!, (Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders, (Mini Tattered Floral Set) Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Other:  Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (Coral Sparklets) Kaisercraft, (Burlap Ribbon) CTMH, cat buttons