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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Tux...for that Special Man

So, I've been seeing these cool cards that look like men's suits, shirts, and tuxes.  I have to say I was intrigued.  They looked simple.  
Also when I saw them, I instantly thought of several uses for such cards.  The one I made I am going to use for an Anniversary card for my husband.  It has such class.  It just has to be used for a special occasion.

I started out with a 5 1/2 x 6 inch base by Recollections.  I then covered that with a Black piece of cardstock in those exact measurements.  I then made the pleats with white cardstock.  I did score them on each end to make it look a bit more like the pleats on the white tux shirt.  For the buttons I hole punched 3 circles out of black cardstock.  I then rounded them out on foam with at dry erasing stylus.  This makes them pop up and look like buttons.  Then to make them shiny I added Ranger glossy accents.  I just added a bit on top and then let them dry.  I attached them to the pleats with a glue dot.  The bow I made using my Cricut Explore in red cardstock.

Not a very hard card and now that I have the hang of it I could mass produce this.  Not that i could think of an occasion I would need that many of this type of card.  But it would be fun to give out to grooms, maybe your son before his prom, or any other black tie affair that you want to make special.  I am glad this turned out so well.

I am entering this in The Craft your Passion Challenge Blog # 259:  Anything Goes

Monday, April 27, 2015

A simple sketch...is all you need

This week's card comes thanks to CAS(E) this sketch blog. # 120.  It's such a great sketch.  I just had to try it.



Also I have many cards I need to make.  I can tell with my new job responsibilities, that a stash of Thank You cards is going to be needed.

So this week, I used some Ranger distress inks in scattered straw and mustard seed.  I then added a focal image from Unity Stamps that is a dandelion.  (I used to love blowing dandelion seeds to the wind when I was a kid.  As an adult, I realize, that just make more dandelions in your yard.)  This was stamped in Stampin' Up's calypso coral.

Then for a bit of sparkle I added some Recollections sequins in gold and red.

On the inside a simply stamped Thank You by Unity Stamps in Black Staz On ink.

Simple and quick...my kind of card.

Also folks, I apologize for the poor quality of my photos. Since moving I can't find the right place with good light to get my photos taken.  It is a work in progress.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hiding Mistakes to Save Your Card

I don't know about you but I make boo-boo's quite often when making cards.  Sometimes they are bad.  There is nothing to do but throw it out and begin again.  Then there are easy fixes, like adding an accent such as a sequin will help cover up the mistake.


Well, while I had my supplies out this weekend, I decided to make another card using those supplies.  I used the Recollections Baker's Twine, papers from my stash, a Studio G dry embossed card base, and stamps by Stampendous and Papertrey Ink.  However, I made a mistake.  The second part of the sentiment that I used by Pepertrey Ink I did not stamp well.  I ended up smudging the sentiment a bit.  

I thought I had a fix that would be easy and no problem.  I placed another piece of washi tape down and decided to stamp again.  Here's the thing:  the washi tape was light so my first sentiment showed through.  Washi tape is low tack, so I thought, no problem, pull it up and try a different piece.  It pulled up some of the card however.

Ugh!  That's when I added another piece of cardstock and it had to be large since the mistake was pretty large.  I decide to round the corners of the cardstock and add a couple more pieces of washi tape.  For some added interest I added some clear gems as well.

Whew!  Another project saved!

Hope are having a great week!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Working on the Mojo

I tried again to complete a card.  This time I used Pintrest to help me find a simple card to try to get my mojo back.  I wasn't really ready to try a challenge yet since last week's try went so sour.




This card is a Thank You for a co-worker who has such a heart for what she does.  


I started with a Studio G card base that has some dry embossing around the border.  The card base measures 5 x 5. I used some scrap papers and washi tape to make some banners that I then strung on some Recollections baker's twine.  I combined a couple of sentiments.  The thank you sentiment is from Stampendous. 

On the inside the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

It was nice to complete a card finally in my new digs.  Hope you too get a chance to get inky.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ready to Stamp

I am back.  Moved.  Ready to stamp!

I just got things all organized and ready to go....only one problem....I think the card I made today is, well yucky!  :(

I think in the move, packing, and unpacking I lost my mojo!  I am serious.  The time I had to stamp was less than satisfactory.

I kept messing up.  I kept trying to figure out how to fix the card.  In the end, it was a total dud. 

The good news is I am settled in and ready to stamp.

Only, one catch though, with my new job, I am so busy I don't get time to stamp.  I hope I will get more comfortable, figure out how to get all the things done I need, and then carve out some more time for my creative time.

Wish me luck!  When I get a card made I think I can live with I will be back to post, though I feel it won't be as often as before.

See you all soon!