Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

What better way to celebrate Valentines Day than to post a Christmas Card.

The current challenge at Jingle Belles is "text me" - to use text in your Christmas card.  

This challenge reached right out and grabbed me; I knew exactly what stamp I was going to use and miracle of miracles, I knew where the stamp was.  I had bought it last fall and never used it.  It is from Hero Arts.  I also have another stamp which is perfect for the inside:  Sending you peace, love and joy for the holidays.

I made my own background paper.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper.  I put one shade of distress ink and water on a piece of acetate and then squished it onto the watercolor paper.  I kept doing this with this color until I had this shade of blue all over the paper.  I let it dry.  I then repeated the process with another shade of blue distress ink.  Here is a look at the piece of paper I made and yes there are two shades of blue on this paper.

I inked my stamp with VersaMark ink and used Silver embossing powder.  I then cut out the design with a die cut.  This was matted with a dark blue metallic paper.  Silver thread was wrapped around the card and a bow was added.  The image is pop dotted on top of the card front.  A couple silver glitter dots were added to the opposite corner.  A very simple but beautiful card (In my opinion).

The inside is finished also.  Yeah Barb.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Lazy Blogger

I have been such a lazy blogger.  I have been making cards and projects but just don't blog.  You would think with retirement I would be blogging my heart out - no - I am lazy.  Today I will share one of the cards I have made for the Collins Home in Seneca, SC.  I have asked some of my card making friends to make cards to send to the staff at the Collins Home so they can be used for the children.  Sometimes card makers need a purpose for their card making or an outlet for the cards they make.

I have been using my supplies that I possess (just a few).  One of my favorite things for children are my Stampendous monkey stamps.  I am reinking them and making some fun simple cards.  Here is one to inspire you today.

Isn't she the sweetest little monkey?

It is cold here in Wisconsin - a wonderful day to hibernate and create.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine Card

I could not resist this moose stamp when I saw it.  My daughter lives in Alaska and they see moose all the time so I had to have it for a valentine card for her.  I made a total of 4.  Two I left with my friend Mary in South Carolina to send to her grandsons.  The other card I kept I sent to my Ganny baby along with a book I bought for her in South Carolina.

Isn't he the cutest moose in the entire world.

The post office will be kept in business for a couple more days since I was there.  Two packages and many valentine cards - $21 later.  Ouch.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love to your old supplies.

I have a wonderful collection of monkey stamps so decided I wanted to make a somewhat non traditional valentine card for a little boy in my home town who is battling cancer.  Every couple months I try to send him a card to maybe bring a smile to his face.

The paper is a 6 x 6 pad from Basic Grey called pb&j.  It is from 2011.

I used my Silhouette to cut the heart and the banner.  I was attempting to do a sketch challenge but it was not working so I went off on my own design tangent with my card.  If you look closely, I did some embossing with clear powder on the heart with a new background stamp I bought from Hero Arts.  The heart was a little blah - but this dresses it up.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  The monkey is colored with Copics.

Remember to show some love to your old supplies.  They still make wonderful projects.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day Ensemble

So you may ask, what is a Valentine Ensemble.  My ensemble consists of a card, a candy jar (which is a recycled dressing jar) and a small bag which could be used to hold treats or a gift card.

The bright pink dots paper, solid pink paper and white paper bag are products from Canvas Corp.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the circles, scalloped circles and hearts for my ensemble.  I used my Cuddlebug and a dot embossing folder to dry emboss the bag, background on card and white centers on the pink scalloped circle.  Isn't that bag cute embossed.  The embossing dresses it up.  The sentiment is a stamp from Simon Says Stamp that I won commenting on a blog hop.  I have used it so much this year on my cards.

I am entering this set in the Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is "heart".  There are a few hearts on my project.

Well I must confess the candy jar is almost empty.  Those M&M's taste wonderful.  I hope the remainder of your Friday is awesome.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Christmas in February

I am trying to make Christmas cards throughout the year so I have enough in December to mail out to everyone.  I have even decided to do some multiples of cards.  This is a card that will have 6 made just like it.

I like to buy gift tags at the end of the holiday season  to use on cards.  I have many that have not been used yet but this particular gift tag was just bought this year at Tuesday Morning.  I believe there were 12 in the packet so I will get my money's worth out of my 99 cent investment.

The paper is from a new American Crafts 6 x 6 I bought when I was in South Carolina.  I only bought three 6 x 6 pads while I was there.  It was my first time in AC Moore and they had quite a few but I only got one there.  The two Christmas ones were bought at a scrapbook store in Seneca, South Carolina.

I am playing along with the challenge at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge.  The challenge is to use Santa on a card.

Isn't he the sweetest looking Santa?  The cord I used on the card is the cord for the gift tag.  It matched perfectly so use it.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The card is also fairly flat so should only cost me the extra for being nonmachinable.  I have 5 more cards to make just like one.  I also have all the insides ready.  I am going to be "somewhat" prepared for sending my Christmas cards in December.  Maybe I will even get them addressed in November.  Wouldn't that be a novel idea.

Have a wonderful day.  I am recovering from my vacation in South Carolina.  I am having lunch with a friend today.  I am looking forward to that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pretty In Pink

As the cold winds blow in February and the snow falls, I start to think about flowers and spring.  Canvas Corp has a beautiful collection called The Watering Can.  I used the sheet of paper from this collection called The Watering Can:  Seed Packets on Ivory.  There are six images on the sheet that called out to me to make cards.

The images are beautiful in the black and cream but I wanted to highlight the flowers with the color pink.  Pink is my Mom's favorite color so I am very partial to it.  I colored the flowers with the Plain Jane Baseboard paint (Gerber) which has been mixed with water to make it more transparent.

The images are matted with black.  The images have rounded corners so I rounded the corners on the black mats. 

I colored seam binding with the paint.  I wet the seam binding and then put some paint and water in a small container with the seam binding.  Once I achieved the color I wanted, I scrunched it up in a ball and let it dry.  Once it is dry it keeps this crumpled look and makes the most beautiful bows.  These bows are very easy to make and because of the crumples, they hide any mistakes in your bow making.  (As an afterthought I wish I had added some Tattered Angels mist to the ribbon when it was wet to make it sparkle.) 

I wrapped a small piece of the ribbon around each of the matted card fronts.  After this was done, foam tape was added to the back of the fronts and mounted on the card front.  

Bows were then tied and adhered to the front of the card.  

Do these wonderful images make you think of spring and flowers?  I am looking forward to having some time to work on my flower gardens this year.  My Mom loved her flowers and so I plant lots of pink flowers since she is no longer able to have a flower garden.