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For this card, I started with a piece of cream-colored cardstock, and heat-embossed it in gold with a French text background stamp.  (I should have paid more attention in French class sophomore year – I can only pick out a few words.  Is it terrible that I’m sharing this and I don’t even know what it says?)  Then, using a blender tool, I rubbed Vintage Photo distress ink over it, trying to make it heavier around the edges, lighter in the middle.  Once I was happy about it, I wound some gold ribbon around it and adhered it to a brown card base.

The title is just die-cut with my Sizzix.  The stars were cut from gold glitter cardstock.  A few were adhered as-is, and a few more were “layered” first.  (I cut out four or five additional stars from brown cardstock, glued them altogether, and glued a gold glitter one on top.  This made them thicker, more like chipboard.)

I still feel like this card is missing something… but I’m not quite sure what.  But I like the “dreamy” look.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

(I am in the process of deciding whether to list the supplies I use for each card, or not, either with pictures and/or links, or not.  If you have an opinion on this – either way – I’d love to hear!)

the rainbow will come

Kit-U2So, ever since I started using PrismaColor pencils, I’ve been avoiding a particular type of stamp. I love coloring flowers, and animals, and all sorts of inanimate objects… but I was completely intimidated by the idea of coloring *people*.  Well, now that I’ve tried it, I’m wondering why I waited so long.  🙂

Okay, so this particular stamp probably barely qualifies (the girl’s so skinny, she’s barely there), but something about this design caught my fancy.   Once I started, I couldn’t stop… colored a whole bunch of these.

Kit-U3Kit-U1I know I don’t have the coloring skill of some cardmakers out there, but gosh, I sure have fun doing it.  Don’t be afraid to give it a try.  Even just a few of the cheapest colored pencils can produce some nice results without a lot of skill required.  (And it’s a great way to indulge your inner child.)

The umbrellas were all stamped on patterned paper and carefully fussy-cut out and added to the image.  Everything else was colored with my pencils.  I cut out the image with a deckled rectangle die and matted it at an angle, applied the image and the sentiment with foam adhesive, and added a few shiny sequins.

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(“The Rainbow Will Come” clear stamp set by My Favorite Things.)

a little chevron fun

Kit-P2So, I was going through my stash and saw this pile of Bazzill Swiss Dots paper in red, white and black – three of my favorite colors!  It seemed high time I did something with it, and I’ve been seeing all these chevron designs everywhere.  Well, I’m guessing that if I’m just trying them now, then chevrons are probably “so yesterday”, LOL…  I’m not exactly known for being trendy.  But hey, better late than never, right?

I started by cutting up a bunch of 1/2″ strips.  Then, I just adhered them diagonally to a piece of scrap paper.  For my first card, I just left the stripes like that, matted it on some black, adhered it to a white card base, added a big “hello” (covered in Glossy Accents) and a tiny bow:

Kit-P1But like I said, I had chevrons on my mind, so for my second card, I started with the striped design, cut *that* into strips, and then created a bit of a zig-zag by adhering every other one upside-down.  A die-cut “smile” and a big bow finished this one off:

Kit-P3I still wasn’t completely happy with it, though.  For card number three (the one at the top of this post) I cut the final strips smaller and managed to get five on a card, and this time I left a little white space at the bottom for the sentiment.  A few buttons and a bit of Bakers Twine finished that one off.  That one’s my favorite.  What do you think?

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sunshine and rainbows

bcc3-3-14I am so excited about the Simon Says Stamp’s March 2014 Card Kit!  All sunshine and rainbows and happy, cheery colors!

I just couldn’t wait to play with the rainbow stencil, but I’m a bit stencil-challenged.  I wasn’t quite sure how I would get five different colors of ink just where I wanted them, but then I remembered a technique that Jennifer McGuire used.  In her example, she had a much larger stencil, and used a bunch of different-sized “dot” stamps to fill in all the space.  This stencil is really tiny, but I decided to see what would happen if I just used my smallest circle stamp.  The first attempt was… well, it’s not going to make it to a card, LOL.  But eventually, I got a result I was pretty happy with.

I decided to keep with the dot theme by pulling out my Simon Says Stamp Make a Scene stencil set.  I was just going to add the grass below the rainbow, and a cloud, but wanted the card to have a bit more dimension, so I stamped them separately, cut them out, and adhered them with foam adhesive.  The sun “outline” (rays) was done with one of the stamps from the card kit – I just added yellow dots to the center, cut out a “smile” and added some googlie eyes.  While the dots took a little while to stamp, it wasn’t as bad as I expected.

I will be adding a message to the inside about sending sunshine and rainbows (there are some great sentiments with this stamp set!), and sending this to a buddy who could use a little cheer.  Wishing all of you sunshine and rainbows, too!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

bashful cat gets organized

KitDR2Today’s post is a little different.  I’m not sure if this will interest everyone, but I’ve noticed something about paper-crafters:  many of them are addicted to office supplies.  As for staying organized, that’s probably more of an OCD thing, but it seems that day planners are becoming popular again, so I thought I’d share mine.

I’ve always been addicted to office supplies.  And I’ve always enjoyed being organized (not that I always *am* organized… just that I enjoy it when I am, LOL).  I’ve tried a few different types of calendars and planners over the years, but recently I have been relying mostly on electronic versions.  My computer seems to be doing a decent job of making sure I don’t miss any appointments, but I needed something more.

As I become more active with Chemo Angels and other card-giving-type charities, I need a way to keep track of it all – who I send to, what I send them, when I send… ideas for future things to send, etc.  And the computer just wasn’t doing the job.  Plus, it just somehow seems fitting that I track my paper-crafting and letter-writing on *paper*.  So I started checking out all the cool organizers out there.  The Erin Condren Life Planners are cool – lots of fun patterns and bright colors.  They totally appeal to the crafter in me.  And Filofax makes some really nice, detailed planners that appeal to my organizing gene.  But both options have their problems, neither one really fit what I wanted to track, and both are very expensive.  So, I decided to make do with what I already have.

A long, long time ago, I bought a nice little Day Runner knock-off.  It’s a three-ring binder that holds paper about 5-1/2 x 8-1/2.  The binder itself is still in amazingly good shape (it’s at least 15 years old… maybe 20?), so I just had to come up with pages for the inside.  I found some old, blank calendar pages – but I should be able to print up some of my own when these run out.  It’s not that hard to put something like that together in a spreadsheet:

KitDR1(Okay, I did splurge on some cute little magnetic clips, and some new labels.)  There’s not much here at the moment, but I will definitely be using it to keep track of birthdays and such.

I used my Brother P-Touch label maker to come up with new categories for the tabbed dividers:

KitDR4I keep my “to-do” list in the front, followed by the monthly calendars, a complete list of important dates, a place to track what I send to my buddies & when, a place for card/gift/letter ideas, wish lists for all the paper-crafting supplies I’m currently coveting, and a misc. section for things like postage requirements and color charts (matching ink to paper, etc.):KitDR7

Then, I put my crafting skills to use.  The papers in these planners seem to hold up better when you have a sturdy cover sheet – one in the front, and one in the back.  I cut some pretty sturdy cardboard to size, and mod-podged patterned paper to both sides (and added some stickers to the front).  With a couple of coats of mod-podge, these should hold up well for a long time.  And they’re just pretty to look at.  🙂

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Last but not least, I made myself a bookmark, using patterned paper, stickers, and more mod-podge.  You can’t tell from the photo, but I cut small slits where the holes are so I can put it in and take it out without opening the three-ring binder.  KitDR5(That pen is the coolest thing – a gift from the Allears.net web-master.  Pen on one end, highlighter on the other, and tiny little post-it tabs in the clip.)

With pockets in front for stamps and labels, and an extra pad of paper at the back, I’m all set.  For now, this is staying on my desk, where I work on my cards and letters – but it’s small enough that I could carry it with me for notes on the go.

And now that I’m all organized, I can make more cards.  How do you stay organized?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

(All patterned papers and stickers from Basic Grey, butterfly punch by Martha Stewart.)