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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"C" swap


Today's card was made for a card swap.  The focal had to start with "C" so I went with a CAT!  The card front has the bottom cut away & tucked behind the "I miss you!" sentiment to hold it closed.  The cat focal is just glued to the card front but extends beyond it.  

FOCAL: The stamps & dies used for the cat, bow & basket were from a Stampendous set called "Pop Up Kitties".  I just love them!  The basket was stamped onto a linen-look printed card stock, the basket cover on a scrap of patterned paper (old one from HOTP), the bow on a holographic cardstock (HOTP), and the cat on a dark brown printed card stock.  I added color to the cat using chalks and smooch ink for the cat's eyes & nose before attaching the head with a wobble spring.

The sentiment came from a North Coast Creations stamp set called Floral Sentiments 8.  It was stamped on white paper, the corners rounded, and the edges inked.  I attached it to the card with foam tape on the lower edge, aligned so it would catch the edge of the card.

The corner treatment was cut from a mulberry paper using a Spellbinders die from the "Botanical Swirls and Accents" set.  I cut away the triangle frame so I would have a more organic vine look.  

After I took the picture, I decided it would look better if I rounded all the corners - so I did! :)

Monday, December 24, 2018

Tag Swap


I've never done much with tag making, but made these for a swap on the Paper Wishers message board

Tag Base: I cut the base tag from white card stock using a die from HOTP (Tags & Trims).  Next, I colored the tag with Distress Oxide inks (Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Faded Jeans) - starting with the lightest color all over, then adding the other two colors, covering a smaller area each time, keeping it more and more to the edge of the tag.  

Decorations:
  • Ribbon - a sparkly velvet ribbon from my stash
  • Deer - Cut with dies from Heartfelt Creations (Woodsy Critters) out of lavender glitzy paper (DCWV)
  • Christmas Trees - cut with dies from the same Heartfelt Creations set from white glitter card stock (with silver glitter in it).
  • "Snow" cut from the glitter card stock & edged with Broken China distress oxide ink
  • "Winter Greetings" stamp from a HOTP small stamp (Winter Wonderland) stamped with purple ink from my stash
I made six of these - all similar, but no two exactly alike.  Four went for the swap:


And I kept two:







Friday, December 14, 2018

Zebra Cards


Today's set of cards come a Hunkydory Kit called "Wild at Heart" - the zebra set from there.  I also used adhesive backed zebra faux fur (from the dollar store!), zebra striped faux fur ribbon, greetings from the HD Essential book of pearl greetings, metallic gold tag board, and a couple small paper pieces from my stash.

This first card is a center step card - angle makes it a little hard to tell that.  I love the feel of that faux fur!


Next up is an easel card.  I had to cut the inside greeting so the card would stand up correctly!  Here's what the inside looks like:


This card was an A2 size.


Next up is a long card - 4" x 9".  Once again, that faux fur feels so luxurious!


This one is a dual center step card.  


This last one uses the faux fur ribbon.  The texture is nice - though not quite as luxurious as the other faux fur.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

UpCycled Cards



Every year when I get Christmas cards, I save some parts for my "scavenge pile".  If the card front is pretty & isn't a specially hand made one and doesn't have a message on it, I save it for card making later so it gets double duty.  This year as I was preparing my cards, I found I needed another 6 cards.  So, I went through my scavenge pile and found some pieces that looked interesting to make the remaining cards I needed.  For this first one, I embossed the front of the card base & then added the scavenged embellishment (and a sentiment from my HD "Essential book of Christmas Greetings").



This cut-away card was quick to make.  Embossed the card front & cut it away to add HohoHo on the inside so it could be seen when the card was closed.



Again I embossed the card front before adding my scavenged topper with a greeting from my HD "Essential book of Christmas Greetings".  On the inside, I added a HD die cut from an older set.



I loved this framed bird, and thought it went well with the background paper.  To make the greeting stand out, I attached it to a piece of fun foam.



This scavenged topper was already embossed, so I just matted it to a simple plaid design & added a greeting.


This beautiful topper was a paper tole style scavenged piece.  I added a piece from a HD deco set - and another to a patterned paper border on the inside.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas - Christmas Choir Part 4


Most sets only had 2 pictures from the little book that coordinated with it - but this one had 3.  Here are 3 cards I made using the 3rd little book picture.

For this first one, I created a fancy frame using Spellbinders "Radiant Rectangles" dies with gold metallic tag board & red holographic card stock.  The picture was also cut with a die from that set.  The sentiment was once again from the Hunkydory Essential Book of Christmas Greetings 2016. 

I cut a piece of the remaining scrap of the picture for the inside & matted it on the holographic card stock.


The next card uses the same idea, same card stock & dies, but obviously done a bit differently.  I embossed the front of the card using an M-Bossabilities folder (Spellbinders - Imperial). 



I used some of the leftover part of the picture to create this oval for the inside.


The last card was pretty straight forward - a tall one.  I did trim it a bit to make it more narrow for the card - then finished it top and bottom with a border cut from the coordinating card stock from the set.  A sentiment from the Essential book and this set was finished.

So - that makes a total of 13 cards from the Christmas Choir set, bringing the grand total of cards made from this half of the set to 79.  One more set to go!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas - Christmas Choir Part 3


Part 3 of a Christmas Choir (Hunkydory) set - is once again actually from a little book.  Three different cards from three identical little book pictures.  The last card you'll see in this post was made in a pretty straight forward manner, but the other two - not so much.  By this time I was REALLY getting tired of just "same old" cards made with a little book picture & pushed myself to come up with some other ideas.  I thought this picture lent itself well to being cut in two pieces, but having learned from the one I showed in the last post, I decided to make this a cut away card!  

I found a piece of tan card stock in my stash, then cut and scored to make a 5" x 7" card.  I then embossed the front (Decor Circles embossing folder from Craftwell) - inking with distress ink (walnut stain).  Next, I cut away the section on the right and glued it to the inside of the card.  As you can see, I matted the right part of the picture on red paper.  On the right side, I didn't mat the picture, but used the same paper to cut a border strip on which the greeting was placed (from Essential Book of Christmas Greetings 2016).


On the inside, I have a piece of white paper that I cut using a Spellbinders Labels One die.  I inked it with Distress ink (walnut stain) using the die as a stencil.  

By this time I was getting desperate to do something really different.  So, I decided to do a mosaic look:


I cut the picture in pieces, inked the edges, mounted them on tan squares, and inked those edges before gluing them to the front of the card.   It seemed to take FOREVER!!!!  Then I simply cut a strip from the same tan card stock used for the squares & inked those edges before adding a red ribbon down the center & a star shaped greeting from the Essential book.


For this card I made things easier on myself.  I inked the edges of the picture and matted it on a piece of coordinating paper (which I also inked).  Then I cut a border strip from the coordinating card stock & added it on the left.  A greeting from the essential book finished things off.

Friday, December 7, 2018

A Very Merry Christmas - Christmas Choir Part 2


Continuing with the Hunkydory A Very Merry Christmas - Christmas Choir Set - these 3 cards were made from pictures in the coordinating "Little Book".    As you can see, for this first one I made a frame from a piece of red paper - cutting out the center with a Spellbinder's die (Labels Four).  I used some border stickers to edge the frame & glued all to the card front which had been embossed with an embossing folder from Craftwell called Decor Circles.  Sentiment is from the Essential Book of Christmas Sentiments (2016).


This one is really straight forward - I simply framed it with a frame I cut from tagboard using a Spellbinder's Card Creator Basics die.  Sentiment is once again from the Essential book.


This final card did not turn out the way I envisioned.  I cut the picture in half.  I figured the left side was my focal & framed it with gold.  The other part was put on foam tape.  I wanted it to look like they were going down steps into the church, but it just ended up looking "different".  Oh well - live & learn!  Oh yes, the pieces were first matted on red paper that had been embossed with a M-bossabilities folder from Spellbinders (Venetian).