Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jury Duty

The jury in my head is out on this card.  This is the type of card I have been making for years and there was a time when I would have liked it.  White space, pretty colors, and all that.


I'm bored by it.  My tastes have changed and I find myself wondering why I find this boring.  I like the Hero Arts Flower Dauber image.  I like the scribbled feel to it.  But there is nothing special or interesting or clever here.

I'm posting this not to whine or belabor the point but simply to share that I'm sort of at a crossroads with this hobby.  But not sure where the road is going!

MOOD WHEN DONE = I will not say bored.  I will say thinking and invite comments on how you feel about what YOU are making.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Speech Bubble Set

I like the speech bubble trend, but since it usually involves placing a bubble near a person or animal, I backed off, as I don't do "scenes" very well.  In fact, I don't do them at all.  But, then I saw a speech bubble in the Silhouette store and here we are.   I'll box these up and give them as a gift.

And on another note, thanks so much for the comments last week on the fruity stationery set.  I appreciate it.  I had fun making those cards.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Grateful to have a hobby that gives me so much pleasure.  Today, paper crafting lifted me out of a difficult mood.  I think I'm having a delayed reaction to my Mom's death in February of 2013.  Nothing like a little creativity and a lot of mess to settle down and get back my equilibrium ....


Cardstock:  Stampin Up Kraft (the aqua and purple are also SU, but I do not know the colors)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo and Memories Unicorn (white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Bitty Valentines (the heart) and Stampin Up Thank You Always
Other:  Silhoutte, adhesive, paper trimmer

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fruity Stationery Set, Inspired by Crate and Barrel

Paper crafting is a lot more fun when I just accept the fact that I need lots of inspiration must have something to copy and make my own.  I found these small plates in the Crate and Barrel catalog --

And that got me thinking....

Big vegetables
Big fruit

So I made these:

I Make I Talk  Fruity Stationery

 And all wrapped up for a gift (I may give this gift to myself.)

Some of the colored card stock is white, colored with Copics.  Other card stock is Stampin Up, which cuts beautifully in the Silhouette.

Next time I make something like this, I'll make sure that all the images are large enough to fall off the edges.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Birthday, Happy Style

It's just so darn easy to make a coordinating envelope liner.  I recommend not using cardstock, but cheap copy paper.  Easier to bend.  And cheaper.

In this case, after making the polka dots with some of the circles in the Hero Arts Flower Dauber set, I hand drew some lines on the one layer card.  And then on the copy paper for the envelope.  (Sentiment by Avery Elle)

Stripes and lines are a good combo and, by using the same markers to color both the dots and the stripes, I got a nice cohesive design.  Not very risky, but I'm a bit rusty!  

By the way, the dots carry over to the back of the card.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pretty Rose Flat Note Card

I love flat note cards.  I love not putting a sentiment on them and having just enough space to pen a short note -- need to make more of these.

Used the same fuchsia flat card that I used in my last post.   Love these -- I made a bunch of monogrammed note sets with these scalloped cards as Christmas gifts, but have a few (meaning lots) left over.

Stamped a rose, colored with two shades of pink Copics, ditto on the leaves.  Trimmed, matted, adhered and done.  Paired with an envelope I had already gussied up with a liner.

This has already gone in the mail with a quick handwritten note, and therefore is a success!


Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Best Mom Ever
Cardstock:  Paper Source Fuchsia scallop note, Neenah Solar White and A Muse Studio Onyx and polka dot
Other:  Copic markers, glue, Clean and Simple Stamps envelope liner die


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Heart of Gold

I Make I Talk    Gold Heart on Fuchsia Card

Someone I know has a heart of gold (not a thin balsa one from a package from Michael's, embossed with gold) but a genuine heart of love.  And since I need an anniversary card for this heart of gold guy, I thought why not.  I'll pen a sweetie sentiment.

Here's a close up of the gold embossing powder.  I embossed 3 hearts (and still have a ton in the bag) so stay tuned for more hearts.

And this was a perfect way to use the gold vellum heart paper I've been hoarding.


Stamps:  Hmm....not a one.
Paper:  Scalloped flat card and envelope from Paper Source.  Vellum from Stampin Up
Other:  Wood heart from Michael's, Versamark, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, Clear and Simple Stamps envelope die (that was sooo worth the money) and glue (dabbed a tiny bit under the gold hearts on the envelope liner).


Photoshop Substitutes to Make Simple Graphics

Made this graphic with a free program called Canva.  I just joined yesterday and within minutes could make some easy designs.  There is lots there available for free, but there is also content that costs $1.00 each.   Free is just fine!  It is similar to a program called PicMonkey.  I've never found the time or brains to master Photoshop. These are both great substitutes.

MOOD WHEN DONE = thirsty for a popsicle.