2/17/14

Hello Again

While I was browsing my Pinterest boards the other day, I kept being drawn to this card. I love bright colors and the contrast on this card just kept calling my name.

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I don’t have any of the stamps she used, but I got out my Doodlebug Design 6 x 6 paper pad and came up with this. I really like the “Hello” stamp on her card, but this one from Hero Arts works, too. I could have cut out the letters with my Silhouette, or used some of my alphabet dies, but I didn’t think of that until this very moment. Excuse me while I make a note of that for next time. Be right back.

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Ok, idea duly noted. This looks like a fairly simple card, which is another reason I decided to try it, but it took me almost an hour to complete. Lining up the banners and keeping them straight was no easy task. I applied some adhesive to the back of the stamped strip and carefully laid it down over them once I got them all straightened out. But they didn’t all stick because they are overlapping one another. Sigh. Another layer of adhesive over the ones that were already stuck down did the trick. I suppose I should have used some liquid glue - I certainly have enough of it - instead of my ATG and it would have given me a little more wiggle room to get them straight. Another note needed for next time.

Then I needed to trim the off the excess strips of patterned paper hanging over the top of the strip, so I grabbed my little scissors and started trimming. I keep telling you I am no good with scissors but no one believes me. About halfway down my scissors took on a mind of their own and decided to cut away the black strip, too. Brilliant. Stupid scissors. I like the Fiskars trimmer with the wire that Jennifer McGuire uses because it makes it so easy to cut exactly where you want, but I hate the blades. Even when they are brand new they aren’t sharp enough to cut cleanly through medium and heavyweight card stock without leaving a fuzzy edge that needs to be sanded off. We can send a man to the moon and a robot to Mars, but we can’t make sharper trimmer blades? Really?

Anyway, I gave my headstrong scissors a firm talking to and successfully (and slowly) trimmed the rest of the black off of the top of the strip. Then I added a little strip of black on the back to make it even. Yes, Leslie, stamping is hard! To keep the banner ends popped up a bit, I added some rolled up glue dots underneath them. I just take my pokey tool (the official name escapes me) and grab the glue dot, lap it over onto itself and slip it under the paper. That was actually the easiest part of this card!

I still like her card better than mine and maybe I will make another run at it later. I’ve also cut some designs using my Silhouette that may work as stencils, so stay tuned for that episode, coming soon(ish) to an interweb near you.

2/16/14

More Washi Tape

I know you’ve all heard about the latest snowpocalypse in the southeast, and we got our fair share of it here. This is what it looked like outside last Thursday:

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Lots of big puffy, wet flakes of snow clinging to every branch. I think we ended up with about 8” of snow here. Brrrr. The snow finally ended later that day, but a lot of it is still hanging around in the yard and on the driveway. It melts a little during the day but hardens to ice again at night when the temperatures fall, so walking down the driveway and across the road to get the mail is a little tricky. Fortunately it is supposed to warm up this week so it will all melt away. Is it springtime yet??

Since we were snowed in, I decided to play in my craft room a bit. I couldn’t get interested in making anything too complex, so I went for the simple washi tape designs again. I browsed my Pinterest boards for inspiration and came up with these.

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Both hello dies are from the same My Favorite Things set, and I still prefer the cursive font. For one thing, it’s connected, making it easier to apply, and I just think it’s prettier. The little bird is from a small Hero Arts clear set and I colored him with a Copic marker.

I hope you are all well and staying warm. Maybe our snow days are behind us now!

2/8/14

Washi Tape Cards

No stamping this time, just showing off some more of my washi tape cards. I love this stuff! It’s so easy to use and I can make a simple card in less than 5 minutes.

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You probably recognize the die cut as my favorite My Favorite Things hello die. The rest is just card stock and washi tape.

My plan for these is to use them for some Month of Letters letters very soon.

2/4/14

I stamped again…and stenciled, too

It seems that stencils are back in style again, I’m seeing them everywhere these days. I have one stencil that I bought several years ago. I tried to use it a couple of times with some Distress paint and made a mess, so I tucked it away in a drawer and forgot about it. Thankfully, I did not toss it because Lin used it on several beautiful cards and I wanted to give it another chance.

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I used Hero Arts Butter Bar and Bubble Gum inks and I love how it turned out! I will be using this one again very soon and hope to find some more cool stencils to try. I really like the look and it was so easy to do.

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I added some gems and pearls to the flower centers for a little sparkle. I wish that the enamel dots were easier to find, they go through the mail better than the gems do.

I made a paper stencil using the Hero Arts Triangle background die and hope to get something put together with that soon, so stay tuned. I’m going to try my hand and making some designs with the Silhouette, too. Wish me luck!

2/1/14

I stamped!

At last, Diane, right? :-) Inside, joke, sorry.

I was inspired by several bloggers to buy this die. The last one - the one that put me over the edge was this post by Laura Bassen - Hero Arts Triangle Background Die. Brenda at Stamper’s Alley was kind enough to order the die and also the coordinating stamp, Tiny Flags, for me and today I made 2 cards using this wonderful die. If any of my readers are local, there may be a couple of dies left in stock at Stamper’s Alley!

The first rendition is done exactly the same way as the inspiration piece. I colored the background with Copic markers and layered 2 of the die cuts together for a bit of dimension. In retrospect, I should have made the sentiment a bit smaller - next time I will keep that in mind.

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For the second one I cut strips of card stock and layered them onto a piece of white card stock, then added the die cut on top. Just one layer this time, though, it was already thick enough. I popped both sentiments up on foam adhesive - and again, I should have made the sentiment a little smaller. It totally blocks the orange row.

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You can see the different between one die cut (on the left) and 2 of them layered together (on the right). It does make a difference.

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Next time I may try her other version, cutting lots of different colored triangles and placing them into the die. Dixie has made a beautiful card using that technique on her blog - What’s Next? I would also like to thank Ms. Dixie for inspiring me to find and use my Perfect Layers tools. I bought them several years ago (ok, more than several) and they lay unused in a drawer until just recently. They make getting an even edge of layering really easy. I’m not sure who sells them now, but Google it and buy them - you won’t regret it.