3/27/14

Hello again

So, I got a new background die by My Favorite Things and in keeping with my resolution to not let things gather too much dust, I created these lovelies.

The die is called Polka Dot Cover-Up and one of the things I like about it is that it measures 5-1/4” x 4”, instead of covering the entire card front like so many other background dies. This allows me to put a layer behind it and mount it on the front of the card with a small edge of the card showing. Brilliant!

The label dies are also from My Favorite Things - Layered Labels. I don’t think I have to mention the name of the “hello” die again, do I? :-) I punched the border using an EK Success border punch on the first one.

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The next several attempts at punching that border were unsuccessful, so I went with a border die - Monarch Border, also MFT. I used the negative portion of the die, which has a more interesting design than the round part. I think. I saved the other part for another project. After I took the photos, I discovered that this piece wasn’t actually ON a card base. Oops. It’s on one now.

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This wonderful “hello” die is from Paper Smooches and I think I’m in love. It gives this card a sort of retro look, don’t you think? It was in the Quote Tags set, which also includes a “thanks” die.

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In an attempt to build up my birthday card stash, this happened.

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The background is colored with Hero Arts Ink Daubers in Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Green Hills, and Tide Pool. The tricky part was getting the sections laid down so that the solid part of the die covered the parts where the colors met. The Pale Tomato and Butter Bar blended together pretty well but the others, not so much. I wanted to add some Neon Purple but ran out of room. Next time.

The enamel dots are from the Collectable set by My Mind’s Eye, bought last year at Archiver’s in Colorado. I’ve been hoarding them for too long. Enamel dots are just so hard to find and ordering online is an option, but paying $6 to ship them is out of the question, I’m afraid. So, I use them sparingly.

The sentiment is a small clear stamp from Verve stamps and I was very pleased at how well it stamped right out of the package. No prep necessary.

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad to see something besides triangles for a change? ;-D

I have done a little reorganizing and clearing out in preparation for the semi-annual Used Stamp Sale coming up in May at Stamper’s Alley, so I might post some photos of my craft room soon. I still have to clean out the cluttered closet, but the rest of the room feels much lighter and brighter, and I feel more inspired to create in it now. A coat of paint couldn’t hurt, but my spring fever hasn’t gotten that bad yet. :-)

3/15/14

Lots of Notecards

I got a new stamp and actually inked it up the next day! My usual method is to drool over something, procrastinate about buying it, give in and buy it, then let it gather dust for weeks on end. Not this time, though. I’m proud of myself :-) I saw this stamp and knew it would be perfect for my letter writing. I used some patterned paper that is white on the opposite side for the notecard base. I have plenty of that, so there’s no reason I can’t make lots of these.

Hero Arts Hello Grid stamp and Green Hills Mid Tone ink.

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Same stamp and Hero Arts Orange Soda Mid Tone ink.

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I bought a package of kraft notecards at Hobby Lobby a while back just for the envelopes, only to find that they aren’t the right size for a standard A2 card. I can use them for letters, though. I had no intentions of using the notecards until I received a letter from a pen friend with a cute typewriter embossed in silver on the front. A light bulb went off in my poor little brain.

Since I’m too lazy to get out the embossing powder, anti-static pad, and the heat tool, I just grabbed my Hero Arts Black ink and went to town. Figuratively speaking, of course. I couldn’t actually stamp on the way into town, could I? That would be dangerous. No stamping and driving. Promise? Good.

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I’m not sure about the neon dots on this card. I only used them on one, and left the others nekkid - well, aside from the stamp. So maybe they’re semi-nekkid.

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Next time I will stamp this one vertically and add the “Hello” stamp from the card above, so it looks more balanced. I love this Kliban cat.

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This little kitty is just too cute. He would look better embossed in clear, but my black pigment ink pads may have dried up from neglect. I’ll check on that and report back.

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That was my project for today. I stamped several of each design so now I have a nice stash of notecards. I have some new things coming soon, so I hope to knock the cobwebs off of this blog and post a little more often.

3/13/14

You are My Sunshine

There are so many wonderful cards online, so many talented creators, and so easy to find ideas. I saw this card on the I’m In Haven blog and although I don’t have that paper (but I will soon!), I was able to create a couple of cards that I am quite happy with.

Here’s her card. She used patterned paper from the new Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6 x 6 paper pad and I intend to have 2 of those as soon as possible.

Here are mine:

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After I put this card together I realized  that I had only used four strips to her five. Sigh. I think it turned out fine, though. I used black card stock because I don’t have any gray. For once I did things the easy way. The black strip is one solid piece instead of strips. I adhered the patterned paper strips in a straight line on a piece of black card stock longer than it needed to be, angled the whole strip on the card and trimmed the edges.

The patterned paper is from the Doodlebug Designs Take Note 6 x 6 paper pad. The stamp is from a Darcie’s clear set, My Sunshine, stamped in Hero Arts Mid Tone Butter Bar ink.

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So, I made another one with… yes… FIVE (bwah hah hah) strips this time, using Doodlebug Designs Fruit Stand 6 x 6 paper pad. The sun was one I had cut with my Silhouette a long time ago and saved for future projects. Hoarding paid off for once! I tried Glossy Accents on one of the heart punches, but I rarely have good luck with that stuff and this was no exception. Luckily, I tried it BEFORE I stuck the heart to the sun. I can be taught :-)

I’m not crazy about the way the sentiment looks on this one. It’s from an older Papertrey set and I like the “Sunshine”, but not so much the “You Are My” part. It looks too plain and too far apart from the “Sunshine”. Next time I think I will stamp it so that it is spaced farther along the bottom instead of just in the left corner. Whatcha think?

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I love the bright colors that Doodlebug Designs uses in their papers and the Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine is right up my alley, too. This design is a good way to use up scraps that I couldn’t bear to throw away, so I plan to make several more soon.

3/8/14

More Triangles

I won’t promise this will be the last one made with this die, because it probably won’t be. I will try to take a break and make something else soon.

This one was made for my awesome daughter-in-law in Colorado and I wanted to wait until she received it before posting it here, just in case she happens across my blog.

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All of those tiny triangles are inlaid in the white background die. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The hardest part was cutting it 6 times and poking all of the little triangles out of the die because they tend to get stuck.

I just used some Aleene’s Easy Flow glue in each of the triangle spaces and just put glue in enough spaces for one color at a time. I figured that would keep me from messing up the color scheme - it worked beautifully.

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The “birthday” die is from Papertrey and it’s inlaid as well. I just used my ATG adhesive behind the word since it was all going to be covered with the die and the white pieces inside the word.

I probably won’t be making a heap of these, but they are pretty easy to do. I saved the die cut pieces that I didn’t use, so next time it should go a bit more quickly.

3/5/14

Triangles and Rainbows

Yes, I am a bit obsessed with this Hero Arts Triangle Background die…and rainbow colors. I’ve seen it done mostly in white, so I tried it in black. I really like the contrast of the colors against the black.

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I colored some white card stock with lighter colors of my Copic markers and layered the black die cut on top. The sentiment is from Avery Elle, the Framed Fonts clear set. They provide cut files for the stamps in several different formats, so I used my Silhouette to cut out a bunch of the matching shapes. I hope they will make a die to match someday, but the cut file works fine.

The sentiment doesn’t cover up as much of the background, either, which makes me very happy. I actually remembered not to make that same mistake again. Progress!

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I have one more version to post, but it just went in the mail today so I want to wait until it’s received. I don’t want to spoil the surprise in case she actually reads my blog. Slim chance, I know :-)

3/4/14

Incoming and Outgoing

During the Month of Letters challenge I received some lovely mail, some of which I posted previously. This one arrived after that posting and I wish I had thought to take a photo before I opened it, but I love getting mail so much that I tend to get impatient to see what wonderful words await me inside. I was careful with this one, though. I didn’t want to destroy her drawing!

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She knew I was missing the ocean, so she drew a seascape scene for me on the envelope! How sweet is that?! The letter is from a lovely girl that was in a car accident just a few days after this arrived. She is doing better now, after surgery for a broken hip. She will need physical therapy and the road to recovery may be long, but she’s young and the prognosis is very good.

I sent a letter on on of these 6 x 6 multi fold cards to a pen friend and she asked if I sold them because she wanted some. No, I don’t sell them, but I was more than happy to make some for her. I made matching envelopes that are 1/4” thick, because the cards are thicker than a normal card. The envelope for the first one has similar colors but doesn’t match the card because I got the idea for matching envelopes AFTER I made the cards and then realized I didn’t have any more of that paper.

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There are 12 panels in all for writing on and I couldn’t find a good way to photograph all of them, but this is one section. The other sections are the same. I cut 5” x 5” pieces from thinner white card stock for  the panels on all of the cards but one, which was plain green on the opposite side. You can’t really write a letter on patterned paper :-)

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I’m sure you recognize the “hello” die, and I used washi tape for the stripes.

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This “hello” die is from the same die set by My Favorite Things. More washi tape. The edge of the card looks like it’s dirty, but it’s actually part of the design in the paper. It’s a Basic Grey design and although I love their paper, I wish they would leave off with the “distressed” edges.

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This one is made from some Stampin’ Up patterned paper I couldn’t live without quite some time ago. I love the design, but never found a good use for it, until now. I don’t have any brown washi tape (oh, NO, Mr. Bill!), so I used strips of the same paper on the front of the card. I haven’t actually seen much brown washi tape, but I will keep looking. This situation must be remedied!

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The Month of Letters challenge was wonderful and I have found several new pen friends. I am still a little behind in replies, but I’m working on it. There are still several more people I want to write to, as well, so I guess I should get busy!

 

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