3/21/13

Pattern Play Homework - Day 2

So, here we are at Day 4 and I am 2 days behind in my homework. No worries, I will get caught up. I have learned a lot already and found ways to use things I already have, but wonder why I bought.

Jennifer showed us how to tone down the look of patterned paper by clear embossing a large background stamp and adding color with Distress Ink. It took me several tries to get it right, I used a couple of papers that just didn't work. But these worked just fine and I really like this technique! The background stamp is from Hero Arts, as is the sentiment. I added a Papertrey butterfly (colored with Copics) and a couple of Hero Arts pearls.


This was actually my first attempt. I thought it was a bit too busy at first, but I let it sit overnight, and when I came back to it this morning I liked it a lot better. Same Hero Arts background stamp, and the sentiment is from JustRite. The decorative circle was cut using a My Favorite Things die. The paper is from a really old Papertrey paper pad - really old.


So there you have it. Homework completed for another day and time to move on to Day 3.

3/20/13

Pattern Play Online Class

I have always been a little patterned paper challenged when it comes to mixing patterns on a card, so when I saw this class I jumped at the chance to improve my skills. This is the first online class I have taken and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have a LOT of patterned paper, both 12 x 12 and 6 x 6. I use a sheet now and then for a background or a design element, but I have seen so many beautiful cards that have multiple colors and/or patterns on the same card and try as I would I could not pull of that look to save my life. This is day 3 of the class and I have already learned quite a bit! I am, of course, behind in the homework, but here is my card for the first day:

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I made it last night and wasn’t all that crazy about it, but when I took a second look at it this morning I quite liked it. The paper is from the new Knee Highs 6 x 6 paper pad by Basic Grey, the edge is a Martha border punch, and the sentiment is, naturally, from Hero Arts.

I am off to do some Day 2 homework!

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3/17/13

A couple of birthday cards

I usually have a stash of birthday cards, but the stash has been depleted. My sister and a pen friend both had birthdays recently, so I fired up my mojo and got to work.

I love these Girlfriends stamps from Art Impressions! I made this one for my sister in Ohio. It’s colored with Copics and although you can’t tell from the photo, I added a little bit of glitter here and there with the Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen.

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This was a belated birthday card for a pen friend. I had no idea when his birthday was, but in his last letter he mentioned celebrating it recently, so I thought I’d send him a card, even if it was late. I used the new Watercolor Wonder set from Papertrey Ink with Hero Arts Butter Bar and Green Hills Mid-Tone inks, and Memento Tangelo ink for the orange brush stroke. The sentiment is an old one from a Stampin’ Up set.

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Nothing terribly fancy or fabulous, but I did actually stamp something for a change!

Please stop by my other blog, Addicted to Pens and Paper, when you have time and leave me a comment now and then. I love hearing from you all!

3/14/13

Firmoo.com Glasses Review

I was contacted by the nice people at Firmoo.com and asked if I would like a free pair of glasses in exchange for doing an unbiased review here on my blog. As we all know, glasses can be expensive and I wasn’t about to turn down a free pair, so I said yes. I found the frames I wanted, sent off the order to them and I was quite pleasantly surprised with the glasses I received. To be honest, I didn’t expect a lot, based on their low prices, but I was wrong. These frames are very well made and really good quality. They fit perfectly, I didn’t need to make a single adjustment to them. They are lightweight and very comfortable to wear. I am quite pleased and will definitely be ordering again soon.

The arrived with everything you see here – a hard case, a very nice cleaning cloth, a drawstring bag for carrying, and even a little toolkit which has a screwdriver, 2 replacement nose pads and 4 teeny tiny screws.

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The glasses are beautiful, I love the detail on the sides.

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I am supposed to add a link to the glasses, but when I checked the website these particular frames have been discontinued. They have lots of other beautiful frames available, though.

Yep, that’s me wearing my pretty new glasses, really short haircut and all.

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I also did a short little video review:

Firmoo Glasses Video review

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some pretty new glasses at Firmoo.com!

3/5/13

Clean and Simple

Ok, maybe more clean and simple-ish. I don’t think I have posted these before, I’ve had them in my “To Be Posted” folder for a while. I have previously posted them just remember than with age comes forgetfulness, and please be kind :-)

I was playing around with my Fiskars border punch, the one that makes slots for threading ribbon – I don’t know the official name of it, and actually got one piece right. It can be difficult to get the slots to line up so that both ends of the ribbon go over the edge of the card stock at equal distances. What usually happens is one end goes over a little and the other one is way off. I got lucky this time, and I may have even kept a short piece to use as reference the next time. I wonder where I put it. I’m sure it will turn up someday. OR, and this thought just occurred to me as I was typing this… what if I punched the slots on a slightly larger piece of card stock and then trimmed it so the slots were equally spaced? That might actually work. I will give it a go and report back. Anyway, the bow was made using the Bow Easy and adhered with a glue dot. The butterfly is a Martha punch and I think the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

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Jennifer McGuire posted a card made with the die cut inlaid like this quite some time ago and I really loved the look of it. I added some double sided tape to the back of the negative piece and placed the die cut into it. I don’t have the card anymore, but it looks to me like I cut them from different colors and paper pieced them.

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Here are a few more Jennifer McGuire inspired cards, made with a Hero Arts clear stamp set, the name of which I can’t remember. I have thrown away the original packaging, too, sorry. The cards are Hero Hues – color on the outside and white on the inside, which I love. This was a fun and easy set to do, and since clean and simple seems to be my style lately, I’m sure I will be making more like this.

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Speaking of Fiskars (in the second paragraph, in case you’ve forgotten), I have the new Fiskars ProCision Trimmer and will be doing a review soon over on my Product Reviews page. I ordered mine from Amazon and had a bit of a problem with it, but Fiskars has excellent customer service and they are sending me a new one. As soon as it arrives I will fill you in on the details and let you know how I like it. Jennifer McGuire had a review on her website a last month and it looked like the perfect trimmer. Wow, maybe I should have titled this The Jennifer McGuire inspired post!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I’d love it if you would leave me a comment.

3/3/13

An Owl Card and a Month of Letters Card from Germany

My darling daughter had a birthday last month and, as usual, I procrastinated about making a card. I finally decided to just buy a card and take the heat for it. I found a musical card at CVS which played the immortal Hamster Dance tune, and I knew it would make her smile – and perhaps call me bad things at the same time. Then I felt like such a slacker, so I whipped up this little gem. And by that, I mean I spent several hours choosing colors, shapes, punching circles….you know how that goes. As my friend Leslie says… stamping is hard, people! Even when there’s no stamping involved.

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She loves  owls (ok, maybe she’s a little obsessed with them) and I found this owl shape in my Silhouette software. Perfect! I cut out two bodies and made a score line near the top of the back piece so it would open like a card – but I didn’t take a photo of that part, sorry. You get the idea, right? I punched out L O T S of circles for the “feathers”, a couple for the eyes, and cut a little yellow triangle for the beak. It turned out to be a pretty cute little card, don’t you think? I cut a slightly smaller shape out of white card stock and attached it to the inside for the sentiment. She liked it. And yes, she liked the musical card, too, but she will be glad when the battery dies on it, I think :-)

This gorgeous card was sent to me by a Month of Letters participant in Germany. She made it! The outer layer is acetate and I have no idea how she put all of those beautiful glittery gold and green deigns on it, they don’t look like stickers. It’s just stunning in person.

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Here’s a close up of the main image. I tried to get a good photo to show how three dimensional it is, but I’m not sure it shows up very well. The lines you see are where the layers line up. It’s thicker on the left side and tapers down to the right. They are all perfectly aligned.

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Here’s a how of the other side – it’s layers of clear acetate printed with the images. It is so much more beautiful in person. I wrote back immediately and thanked her for this lovely card. I haven’t heard back from her yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another of her fabulous creations to arrive in my mailbox one day soon.

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Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear what you think!