just a note

bcc63013This is one of those cards that I had really high hopes for… and while it came out “okay”, it really wasn’t as amazing as I had hoped for.  But it has potential, so I thought I’d share it.

I started with a piece of cream-colored cardstock, and stamped the sheet-music background on it.  Then I tore the edges, to make it about a quarter inch or so smaller than my card-base, and inked the edges.  Then, I had this idea of using clear embossing powder over it, to add some flourishes.  I thought it would add just a nice, subtle bit of  interest… but it was too subtle, almost invisible.  So I carefully went over the flourishes with some Diamond Stickles, to add a bit of glitter.  At the right angle, in the right light, it’s actually pretty cool, but hard to photograph.

I folded one corner and added a black brad for interest, but wish I had done something different here as it left a bit of an empty space in that corner.  I rounded that one edge of the card-base to try and minimize that.

The roses were stamped on white paper, colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS, then very carefully cut out.  I glued the stems flat on the music background, but popped up the rose buds with foam adhesive.  The tag was also attached with foam adhesive, and the small bow was attached with a glue dot.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used: Hero Arts Music Background stamp, rosebud stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s May 2013 card kit, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, VersMark watermark ink, Stampendous Pearl Lustre Champagne embossing powder (always seems to dry clear, to me), Diamond Stickles, sentiment from Hero Arts Everyday Sayings clear stamp set, tiny musical note on tag cut from a Fiskars border punch, cream-colored cardstock from a Joann’s Value Pack, (black brad and brown cardstock are from my old stash).

 

herringbone thank you

bcc062313Just a short post for today… my “real world” job is keeping me busy these days.  A few weeks ago, I did a tutorial on this herringbone technique.  Today, I thought I’d just share another example, using very different papers.  Once you know how to do the background, this card goes together very easily.  And I’ve found with this design that I don’t like to over-embellish it – I like it best when you can see most of the design.

For this card, I just added a little black ink around the edge of the herringbone piece, added a bit of ribbon and a sentiment, and popped that whole piece up on foam adhesive before adhering it to the card base.  (You really can’t see that last part in the photo, but it’s an easy way to add some nice dimension to your card, and still make it pretty “mail-friendly”.)

I will give one little tip about that bow – I didn’t actually wrap the ribbon around the card and tie the bow.  Instead, I cut two separate pieces of ribbon.  One I wrapped flat around the paper and taped it to the back.  Then I took the second piece and tied a bow on the first piece.  Not only is this easier to tie, but the bow is much straighter.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (black), Basic Grey / K&Company 2-sided paper pack (old, from JoAnn’s), Memento Tuxedo Black ink (around edges), VersaMark watermark ink, American Crafts Zing embossing powder (metallic gold), Offray ribbon, Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banner Sayings stamp & matching die.

happy father’s day!

bcc061613Okay, sometimes I cheat.  While I do enjoy the challenge of a more creative card, sometimes I just want something quick and easy, and the craft world is now full of some amazing tools that can do all the work for you.  My new Sizzix Vintaj Big Kick is one of those.  (This version is marketed as more of a jewelry-making tool, but it’s exactly the same machine as the regular Sizzix Big Kick / Big Shot – just with a different paint job.)

This card was made with a Sizzix Bigz die by Tim Holtz, called Old Jalopy.  I figured it would be perfect for a car-loving dad I know.  I must confess that this die was a bit different – one that looks better with some embellishing.  I’d like to practice with it a bit more, but for my first use, I just added some brown ink to the lighter parts, to add a little “age” to it.  Manly “guy” cards are still a struggle for me, but Tim Holtz makes some great products for guys.  I added three brads for some interest – metal always seems to work on guy cards.  Some inking around a “rustic” piece of torn patterned paper, a simple banner with the sentiment, and it’s good to go.

One quick note about the sentiment… don’t be afraid to use your own writing.  If your hand-writing is less than perfect, try printing, or all caps.  And write it out lightly in pencil, first, to get your placement right.  Then go over it with a nice pen.  You can erase your pencil marks afterwards (*after* the ink dries… and yes, I learned that one the hard way).

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Father’s Day!

Products used:  Bazzill cardstock (base and car), Basic Grey Granola patterned paper, Sizzix Bigz Tim Holz Old Jalopy die, Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banners die, Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Memento Rich Cocoa ink, Sakura Glaze black pen.  (Brads from my stash.)

cards for Maddy

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About a year and half ago, I got this crazy idea in my head that if I gave up all of my other hobbies (okay, more like obsessions), and just concentrated on cards, that (a) I might actually get better at it, and (2) I might actually be able to give my life some meaning. Whether I’ve accomplished either of those things remains to be seen, but at least I now have a hobby I love, and something I can share with others…

… which brings me to Maddy.  She’s this amazing girl who is currently undergoing chemo for the second time.  Simon Says Stamp is encouraging all us card-makers to send her cards, to give her something to look forward to during this challenging time.  And as an added incentive, Simon Says Stamp is even offering a chance to win a $100.00 shopping voucher, if you send Maddy a card and post it to their blog.  How cool is that?

So, today’s card is one I sent to Maddy.  It’s a fun design that’s really easy to do, and pretty versatile.  It’s a good example of what you can do with a single punch – using both the “negative” (the strip of Kraft paper with cut-out flowers) and the “positive” (the punched flowers themselves).  A little Baker’s twine and some Stickles, and you have a pretty little card.  Change the paper, use a different punch, add different embellishments… the options are limitless!

Looking for more ways to share your creations?  Check out the Cards for a Cause thread on SplitCoastStampers.  Ready for a long-term commitment?  Consider signing up with Chemo Angels.  Or just send a card to Mom, or your best friend… your cousin… the cat-sitter… the UPS guy… Whatever you do, don’t let your card collect dusk.  Give it wings, set it free, and share a smile.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Kraft cardstock and red cardstock from The Paper Company, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, small flower punch from EK Success, “hello” stamp from Flower Chat set by Stampendous, diamond Stickles, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Baker’s twine from Amazon.com.