hang in there

bcc113013I love making cards, but some are just more fun than others.  This was one of those fun ones. 🙂

If you know me (and even if you don’t), it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that I like cats, and that I’ve managed to collect a few cat stamps.  >^..^<  This one by Meljen’s Designs is one of my favorites, called Hanging Around Kitty.  It’s actually a digi-stamp, with a cat hanging from a wire strung from two hearts.  The full image is adorable, of course, and I’ve used it as is… but this time I had a different idea in mind.  Hopefully, Melissa will forgive me, but I just saw this furry feline dangling from a tree branch.

So, I took some Kraft cardstock, and added some walnut ink using a wood-grain background stamp.  I took that and die-cut a branch.  Then I printed out the cat stamp (on cheap copy paper), quite a few times, in varying sizes, until I got it just right.  I then print several of this size on good white cardstock, and colored them with Prismacolors and OMS, and fussy-cut them out.

It took a bit of experimentation, and I had to cut off a twig to make it work, but I managed to position the cat behind the branch.  I put this on a nice piece of patterned paper.  Then, I fussy cut just his paws, rounded them a bit and attached them with rolled up glue dots – giving dimension to the back paws, and putting the front paws over the branch, so it looks like he’s hanging on.  I also put a tiny bit of dimensional adhesive under this tail.

This piece was glued onto a piece of grey cardstock, and the sentiment was added with die-cut letters.  Hopefully it will bring some cheer to the recipient.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (grey), Bo Bunny Isabella patterned paper, Meljen’s Designs digital stamp “Hanging Around Kitty”, Memory Box “Woodland Branch” die, Sizzix Sizzlits “Hunky Dory” alphabet decorative strip, Tim Holz Walnut Stain Distress Ink (on tree branch), Hero Arts “Designer Woodgrain” background stamp, Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  (Kraft paper from stock.)



cheery balloons

bcc111413Balloons and puppies just make me happy… and hopefully they will do the same for the recipient of this card. 🙂

For this card, I started with some paper from Simon Says Stamp’s March 2013 kit.  I folded the card base from that nice blue-ish cardstock (more like a teal in real life… I’m still working on getting accurate color with my camera).  I added a slightly smaller piece of white cardstock, with a bit of patterned paper on the bottom.  (I just drew a wavy line on the back, and hand-cut.  I wanted a sort of “ground” for the puppy to sit on.)

Using a Sizzix die, I cut out three balloons from various patterned papers (including the one I used for the ground, to tie it together).  I ran a black marker around the edges, to give the balloons a bit more definition, and then adhered them to the card – one flat on the white base, and two popped up with foam.

Then I added a cute little puppy stamp by Kristina Werner – colored with Prismacolors, fussy-cut and added to the card with a bit of foam adhesive.  I took some black thread, tied it to the bottom of the balloons, tied them in a small bow, and used a rolled up glue dot to make it look like the puppy is holding the balloons.  A simple die-cut “Hi” and it was done.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Simon Says Stamp March 2013 Card Kit (teal cardstock, Lawn Fawn Daphne’s Closet patterned papers), Sizzix originals Balloons #1 die, Simon Says Stamp Circle Friends clear stamp set (puppy), Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits, DMC black floss, Sizzix Sizzlets Cherish alpha set.

a little organizing

pencilsOkay, I just have to say it… I am married to the most absolutely amazing guy.  🙂  So, due to a shortage of new cards to share (I’m working on it, I promise), I thought I’d just brag about my hubby.

Now, I’ve mentioned this before… my darling husband has absolutely no interest in card-making (or card-receiving, for that matter).  He doesn’t really get this passion of mine.  But he loves me, and supports me, no matter what I might want to do.  And he has a nack for making things (and fixing things).  That first photo is the cool colored pencil holder he made me when I first got into Prismacolors.  I showed him a couple photos on the net of other pencil holders from PVC pipe – simple things.  He took it a step farther, angling the cuts so the pencils would be easier to get out.  And that second row is up a notch higher, so I can access it easier.  Brilliant.  🙂

But this week, he outdid himself.  I had been hinting that I could use some more shelves.  I had purchased some new baskets, and I was making headway organizing all my supplies, but I had nowhere to put the baskets.  I was hoping maybe he’d hang a couple of plain, simple shelves for me… or even just cut a big piece of wood that I could place over some crates… anything, just to create a little more storage space.

Well, my most excellent husband doesn’t like to think small.  He figured out the maximum amount of wall space I could free up, and he went crazy.  Instead of a couple of shelves, I got the mother of all shelf-units:

scraprm1There’s an old wood entertainment unit on the left (way back from when TV’s were tiny and would fit on a shelf), and a white cabinet on the right (the one that used to hold ALL of my craft supplies… way back when), but all those white shelves in-between?  That is all one GIMONGOUS shelf unit.  Seriously, it’s so tall that I have to use a step-ladder to put things on the top. It’s specially designed to hold my sterilite plastic drawer units on either side, and plenty of shelf space for baskets and boxes and everything else in-between.  Here’s a close-up of some of my baskets:

scraprm2(Yes, there’s a bit of red, yellow and black in my decorating.  That might have something to do with a certain mouse.)

So now I have lots and lots of room to organize lots and lots of craft supplies.  (Hubby thinks that will be all the shelf space I will ever need… hahaha… he really has no idea that there is no such thing as “enough craft supplies”.

For everyone else who has ever posted pix of their scrap-room / craft-room, thank you!  I’ve gotten so much inspiration from them!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!



happily ever after

bcc090113Hubby and I were recently invited to a wedding, and I found myself stressing more about the card than what I would wear… which is saying something because I’m definitely a “jeans and t-shirt” sort of gal.  But I can put on a dress and appear presentable when I have to.  The question was:  could I make a card suitable for a wedding?

Most of my cards probably run a bit on the “cute” side, but for this, I wanted something elegant.  Originally, I was going to go with all white, but it just didn’t have enough impact.  So I went with a cream base.  The white cardstock was cut with a Nestabilities labels die to create the frame, and another Nestie to cut the oval in the center.  The designs and sentiment were all heat-embossed in gold.  I used a piece of heavy vellum for the center, adhering it to the back of the white piece.  I then popped it all up with foam adhesive and adhered it to the cream base.

Some people appreciate hand-made gifts and cards… and some don’t.  There are really people out there who think that hand-made means “too cheap to buy a card”.  I know – that’s just crazy, right?  (Gosh, if they only knew how much money I’ve spent on card-making supplies, LOL.)  I’m okay with that, though – to each his own.  If I know they prefer store-bought, I go to Hallmark.  The dilemma comes when I don’t know their preferences.  For this event, I took a gamble and tried to make a card that wouldn’t scream “cheap”.  Did I succeed?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!