Friday, September 9, 2016

What I did on my summer holidays....

I looked at my last post and couldn't believe my eyes:  June 29th?!?!  Where did the summer go?  It feels like it never got started and now its over.  To be honest, I don't believe I ever had to write a "what I did on my summer holidays" type essay when I was in school.  Besides, how do you write 2000 words on "I slept in, watched TV and ate a bunch of junk food?"

Well, here's what I did craft-wise.  Made a bunch of cards because a bunch of people did stuff in my life.  I'm happy to report I did use a lot of new stamps.  I don't know how it happens but these new stamps keep showing up at my house on an almost monthly basis.

The first two pictures are the front and inside of the birthday card for nephew #4 who is 17 this year.  More MFT dogs.

Another dog themed birthday card.  This time for my cousin.  I love this little nacho dog - I believe he's a stamping bella creation.  My cousin is a smoker and I thought I'd be able to draw a little cigarette hanging from his mouth but I didn't have that brilliant idea until after I had finished colouring him.  There's always next year....

Don't you just love my posh photo set ups?!?  Either my desk, my fingers or whatever flat snack food package is sitting around.  Yes, those are oreo thins - chocolate flavoured to be exact.  Those things are GREAT.  They also come in mint, lemon and original.  So. Good.  But I digress.

This last card was for nephew no. 1 who is a full-grown adult.  I thought the front was mature and whimsical but I really wanted to use my new faeries from the Greeting Farm so I used them 'covertly' on the inside.  Sadly there wasn't enough room for a flying unicorn, too.  I don't know if you can tell but the 'happy birthday' is stamped and heat embossed.  No matter how long I've been making cards heat embossing is the great equalizer.  I had to do the front three times before the embossing looked okay.  I know this last one isn't perfect but it was the best one.  It took me longer to heat emboss two words than it did to colour all three faeries on the inside!

Well, that was my craft summer.  I'm pre-contemplative about all things Fall.  Don't even get me started about Christmas.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More MFT goodness

Basically the same layout as my previous post but a much larger format - 8.5 x 5.5 inches folded.   I cut a regular piece of cardstock in half and stuck the pieces together with washi tape I bought during my last trip to NYC.

Goodbye card for my work BFF.  I had to make it large enough for everyone to sign.  All animal stamps MFT. Brush stroke stamps Concord and 9th.  I was inspired by a card Sandy Allnock did but she cut masks for all the animals she was using and stamped them all into probably the cutest animal border, ever.  I love my work BFF but not that much.  I figured die cutting and colouring was just the right amount of effort (yes, I'm that lazy).  Plus, I really love the window and wanted the animals peeking through from the 'front'.

The front.  Grass was again done with flicking a grouping of 3 G Copic markers using the negative of a MFT grass die.  Hey, I find something I like that works and I run it into the ground.

The inside.  Self critique:  Getting kind of tired but the time I got to the poodle so I just did pointillism inspired dots.  I think this last part is pretty funny. ..

Had to get a piggy in there somewhere.  Because of the what I thought was a weird, non-standard size I wasn't going to do an envelope but I looked at my WRM envelope punch board and there were measurements for an 8.5 x 5.5. board.  Go figure?!?  I made an envelope and affixed the rest of the uncoloured die cuts to the front.  Of course I didn't take a picture....

Trying not to make empty promises but there may be another post or two in the future....just sayin'.

Thanks for schtomping by.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New stamps - Hog Heaven

Did I ever mention that I have a thing for pigs?  Well I do.  When I saw this set I knew it would be mine...and the matching dies, too (of course).

I'm usually pretty happy with all my cards but this one just made me happy and smile broadly.  Wouldn't you agree?
This is the front.  Look at that little tushie!

And this is the inside.  So cute.  Hello, mama elephant pandas....

It's not really finished but I don't know what else to add.  I guess this little gem will sit in my stash box until I have a reason...or feel someone is worthy to receive it.  Conceded much?!?  LOL.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Not For Its Intended Use

Long time no post, right?!?

Love, love, love all these new brush letters stamp sets.  Okay, there are three that I'm aware of and I own all three.  I've had a few people ask me if I've taken up calligraphy.  Totally. Not.  Did I ever mention I love cursing?  Well, I do love to curse.

I made this card for friends who are going through some stuff.  If you can't ease a person's burden, you can at least make them smile and forget their troubles for a little while, right?  Mission accomplished.

Stamps and die cuts used:  Mama Elephant

This second card was actually my first attempt with the lettering stamps.  I gave it to a coworker who was having a bad day.  She got a real kick out of the sentiment.
All stamps: Concord and 9th.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by.  I won't make any half-assed promises to be better at posting.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Birthday Invites

EDIT:  Even though this post is dated the 24th it seems it was lost in limbo since mid-August and just showed up today when I doubled checked why my scheduled post didn't publish.  See next post.  


Invitations made for a friend's MIL's upcoming big birthday.  The house looks like the 70s threw up all over the living room.  Why the house and not my craft room?  Because my sister asked me to make these invites and offered to help with the process and, really, my craft room ain't big enough for more than one person.  So, production was moved to the living room and the glitter reigned (pun intended).

Card design came together relatively quickly - which is why I'm a firm believer of having a lot of craft stuff at your disposal (hoard on my friends, hoard on).  The card stock is SU Real Red (thoughtfully contributed by my sister).  Embossing folder is also SU but retired which I picked up at a garage sale.  I finally used my TH texture fades to create the flat oval in the middle of all the embossing and the "shou" (longevity) symbol is a Dreamweaver brass stencil that I've had, oh, probably, 10+ years.  I used matte gold Dreamweaver embossing paste and covered the wet paste with Glitter Ritz ultra fine gold glitter.

If you're unfamiliar with Glitter Ritz glitter, the colours are amazing but the categories are a bit mystifying:  ultra fine = chunky and a bit transluscent and micro fine = fine and opaque.  I have both types in different colours but for this card I used ultra fine because I wanted it to sparkle and stand up against all the texture.  Micro fine is the stuff for the burnished velvet technique.

Hard to believe this is a one layer card.  Absolutely no matting and a whole heaping serving of texture.  I did enjoy the challenge and it was fun working with my sister.

So that's how I spent most of last Saturday and at the end of the day, to quote the B-52s, there was "glitter on the mattress....glitter on the front porch....".


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Felted Ornaments

Happy First Day of Fall!!!

Someone posted on Facebook the other day about how many days were left until Christmas.  WTH?!?  Well, I'm proud to say that I've got a real jump on my holiday crafting:  two cards and two ornament.  For me, that's huge!

So thanks to my (cough) addiction (cough) to Memory Box and PTI dies I was able to make this lovely and hopefully first of many hand sewn felt ornaments for my friends and family:

I won't bore you with details of how long it took me to make this but it was a while and no one anywhere is in jeopardy of losing their sewing job to me.  The felt, star shape die and hanger die are all PTI.  The little Frenchie die is Memory Box.  I had to visit the local fabric store for thermal web and poly fil.  There was me and another guy and I'm not sure who looked more lost and confused - probably me.

Well, I was so happy with my initial results, I decided to up my game (as it were).  Woah.  So not the same experience.   I can say I whipped through the stitching really quickly this time but the beading?!?!  The. Beading.  This is the final results of having to cut out the beads twice and simplifying the design a bit.  I'm totally a beginner sewer and the beading AND sewing totally kicked my butt.  This beaut took me a few HOURS.  Thankfully the PTI dies were easy enough to follow or else everything would probably have been shoved into a drawer and duct taped shut forever.

I think I'm going to stick to the simpler iron design on the hand stitched shape and maybe only bead every two or three ornaments.  It's all about pacing, right?

Well getting this done was a real barn burner - sewing and ironing all on the same day.  Don't tell my husband.  Hopefully I won't be more blind and arthritic by Thanksgiving.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Memory Box - Butterfly Challenge

If there was ever a challenge I had to participate in, this would be it.  Memory Box is sponsoring a monthly challenge and the first theme is butterflies.

Memory Box dies - check
Butterflies - double check

the possibilities are endless but I made this card including my newest favorite technique laminator foiling on the butterfly.  I also used my newest favorite tool - the corner chomper. The leaves in the background are also Memory Box.   Here it is...

The washi tape is from Anthropologie, surprisingly, and the white panel is white dreamweaver embossing paste with a very light colour wash on top.

Thanks for schtamping  by.