warm fuzzy felines

bc-warmfuzzycatsThis was a fairly quick, easy card that started out as a way to use up some patterned paper I was struggling a bit with.  I am currently trying to use up some of my older paper.  (I have a bit of a hoarding problem in my craft space.  Ummm… maybe more than “a bit”, LOL.)  I’ve found that when all other ideas fail, I can usually just cut it all up into strips and glue them together like I did here.  As long as they aren’t wildly incompatible (these were all from the same collection), it usually looks okay.  Here, I took the extra step of inking all of the edges in brown, which helps to make the design a little more cohesive.  To go with the brown ink, I matted the paper-pieced piece, die-cut the sentiment and matted the image with brown paper.  I also added a small bit of brown ribbon.

The two cats were stamped on white cardstock, colored with Prismacolor pencils, fussy-cut out, and adhered to a die-cut “wavy” rectangle.  The whole piece is adhered with foam adhesive, giving the card a bit more dimension than you can really see from the photo.  The most time-consuming part of the whole card was actually cutting and gluing the sentiment.  I love little die-cut letters, but any sentiment longer than “Hi” can seem to take forever.  And the floor around my craft table always ends up looking like a big bowl of alphabet soup… letters everywhere!

Sending warm thoughts – and warm fuzzies – out to everyone on this cold, snowy day.  Thanks for stopping by!  🙂

Supplies used:  brown and white cardstock from stash, Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste 6×6 patterned papers (from Simon Says Stamp’s November 2013 card kit), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Tim Holz Walnut Stain distress ink, Prismacolor pencils and OMS, Simon Says Stamp’s Furry Kisses clear stamp set (Kristina Werner design), Die-Versions Tide Pool alphabet die set, Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles Large die set.

happy thoughts

bc-watercolor_flourishOkay, I actually hesitated to share this card because… well… I don’t really think you’re supposed to do this with this ink, but I was curious and tried it anyway, and really liked how it came out.  But if there are rules to card-making, I probably just broke one of them.  😉

I started with plain ol’ regular white cardstock, and used a border embossing folder to get that swirly design on the bottom.  (Actually, that’s not quite true – I really tried something different first and it didn’t work at all, so we’ll just skip that part.)  Then, I used a technique that I’ve seen done with Tim Holtz distress inks and watercolor paper… only I was using regular cardstock, and Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I pulled out my handy-dandy craft sheet and just blotted a bit of ink straight from the ink pad onto the sheet, and spritzed it with a bit of water.  Then, I took a paint brush and painted the ink onto that swirly design.

Now, distress inks react well with water and give you a real water-color effect, and using watercolor paper means it will hold up to the water.  While my ink colors didn’t really soften with the water, and the paper did pill up just a tiny bit, it still sort of worked because I was only dabbing it onto the small bit of embossed design.  I was able to get the colors I wanted, just where I wanted them.  The butterfly and sentiment were done using the same technique I used previously, here.  The flower is from a single thin die.  I just cut it three times (well four, if you count the leaves) in the three colors, then trimmed down two of them and layered them to get that mufti-colored flower.

I just love these shadow inks, and just like the last time I pulled them out, I ended up making several similar cards with the same technique.  Here’s one with a different embossed design:

bc-watercolor_flowersThanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock (various colors), Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover (white cardstock), Darice Flourishes 3 Pack Embossing Essentials (borders), Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Butter Bar, Soft Canteloupe, Bubble Gum, Tide Pool, Pool), Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Poppystamps Cecila Flower Outline die.

smile :-)

bc-redwhitecirclesSome of my cards are elaborate, some are easy, but interestingly, the level of difficulty usually has nothing to do with how much I like a finished card.  (That should tell me something about not doing things the hard way, I guess, LOL.)  This was one of the easy cards.

On a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Kraft cardstock, I just randomly stamped different circles, some in red ink and some in white, until I was happy with the result.  I also made sure that some of the circles went “off the edge”.  A bit of Baker’s Twine and the die-cut sentiment, then some foam adhesive to attach the piece to a standard (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″) red cardstock card base, and it was done.

Sharing a smile, and wishing you all a wonderful day!  🙂

Supplies used:  The Paper Company Kraft cardstock, Bazzill cardstock (red), Sizzix Sizzlets Cherish alphabet die set, Hero Arts Pale Tomato mid-tone shadow ink, Memories Unicorn pigment ink (white), and a bunch of various round stamps from different stamp sets.

tea time

bc-tea_card1For this card, I wanted to do a bit more than just send warm wishes.  It’s so darn cold right now, so I created a pocket card, and sent a bag of my favorite tea.  Here’s how it looks, opened:

bc-tea_card2This was actually very easy to do, and the method could be modified to create pockets of any size (though this is the largest you can easily make with a 12″ piece of paper).  For this one, I wanted a finished card that would be 3″ square, so I started with a 3″ x 12″ piece of cardstock (your width will need to be four times your height).  I scored the cardstock at 3″ intervals, giving me four 3″ square sections.  On the two end sections, I folded one corner down at a 90 degree angle, and then folded over the section and glued just the very bottom, to create those diagonal pockets.  (It’s probably pretty easy to figure that out from the picture… I’m making it sound more complicated than it is.)

I will add a couple of tips I learned (you know… those “don’t do what I did” lessons):  First, while it’s easiest to start with even measurements, it helps to slice off just a tiny bit of each long end, *after* you score it.  It will make it easier to close.  Second, you’ll want to use a really heavy-duty adhesive to hold that pocket down – mine kept wanting to come unglued when I put the tea bag in.  You can also cut the paper at a diagonal, instead of folding it, to cut down on the bulk (I just preferred the clean edge).

You could also make this with double-sided cardstock and save a lot of time.  I chose to add patterned paper (I wanted to run that ribbon under the piece of patterned paper on the back).  I just cut three squares about 2-3/4″ square – two for the front and back, and one that I cut diagonally for the two pockets on the inside.  Here’s a better look at the little tag I put in the other pocket:

bc-tea_card3I hope y’all are staying warm and cozy, with your own cups of tea or cocoa.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock, KI Memories “Alpine Moguls” patterned paper, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits, Paper Smooches “Warm Hearts” clear stamp set (mittens, heart cup), Hero Arts “Tea” clear stamp set (spoon), Offray ribbon.

happy new year!

cascadecard010114Yes, this isn’t much of a New Year’s Day card, but “Once Upon a Time” seems like a good way to start a new year.  This was one of my 2013 attempts at a tri-shutter card.  I made a few of them for a few very special birthdays, and this one was one of my favorites because I felt like I managed to convey the message I was going for.

I have an adult friend who still loves fairy tales, but thinks she’s too old for them.  Well, I happen to love fairy tales, too, and I’m convinced that you are never too old.  So I pulled out my DCWV “Once Upon a Time” paper pack, found a nice digi-stamp of a castle, added a little “Pixie Dust” (and a little Pixie!), some gold glitter (because fairy tales need a little bling), and put it all together.

This paper pack was already perfect by itself, but I did embellish it a bit.  Most of the “gold” images are heat-embossed (as is the word “Celebrate”).  I wrote a nice message in that middle section, but I’ve blurred it out because y’all don’t need to see that personal stuff.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and lots of “Happily Ever Afters”.