Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cardabilities Sketch #109

Hi all!  Here's another card for you inspired by Sketch #109 at Cardabilities!  

I had the idea this time that I'd like to incorporate a stamp, a die AND an embossing folder!  I'm sure there's a more accurate way to accomplish this, but for now, I'm pretty happy with the results.  Yes, the stamp overlapped the top card stock (it was supposed to stay on the bottom layer of card stock only) but  I decided to embrace imperfection.

On that note.  Did you know that the Amish quilters purposely stitch a flaw into their quilts??  Because "perfection belongeth unto the Lord".  Not even kidding about that!  That's some awesome confidence in your own skills.

Aaaanyway…  Here's the sketch we used.  And you can too!

And the cards I came up with using that sketch.  I still can't decide which I like better, so you're getting to see them both!

So, I positioned the die onto the card stock and cut it out, then ran that piece through the embossing folder.  I accented the brick design with lightly brushing a sponge applicator and distress ink.
 The tricky part is to stamp the image below EXACTLY where it should be, so that the top layer perfectly surounds, but doesn't obstruct the image.
 I like this technique so happily I'll be trying it a few more times and in the process, hope to figure out how to achieve perfection.  In card making at least.  
 The stamp and die are from Papertrey Ink, the wood veneers are Recollections from Michaels and the gold foil leaf was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  As well, the "hello awesome" sticker is from Cosmo Cricket.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to jump over to the Cardabilities blog to see what the rest of the team created, and to link your card too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sketch #108

It's the first day of a new month and that means we have a new sketch for you at Cardabilities today!  

Here is the sketch we worked from…

And this is what I made with it.

Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the rest of the DT have created and to link your own creation made from this sketch!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Almost caught up….

Um, so I kinda let the blogging fall off there for awhile this summer.  It might have been the (insert list of improbable, unlikely, unconvincing, questionable excuses here) that prevented me from posting with any regularity.   Or it might have just been good old-fashioned laziness.

But, today we are caught up!  I did these cards back in the early summer, and because they didn't really fall into any category, I let them languish in the "to post" folder.  

For the most part, they are from my experimentations with watercolor.  This first card was inspired by a stamp set I ordered from SimonSaysStamp, and then decided I couldn't wait for it to arrive to play with it, so I pulled out the Sharpies and attempted my own.  I saw what Shari Carroll did with it and tried my own.  

 Then I tried some brush tip lettering to create this Graduation card.  (See?  I told you…old projects!)
 And these ones were just plain fun!!   A lightly penciled word for a guideline, and a mix of watercolor paints and you can get the most amazing results!!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love playing with watercolor??

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


A week ago, I taught a stencil class in Winkler, MB for a lovely group of ladies and we made quite a few pretty cards using some fun techniques!  Be sure and check out the Love is in the Details blog for more of the how-to details.  But for now, here are some photos.  

Actually, quite a few of them…! [ embarassed grin ]

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stash-busting at it's best...

I'm pretty sure I'm not a scrap-supplies hoarder.  I DO plan to use all these supplies UP someday.  Eventually, if not soon.  So when I managed to make a dent in the supply, I hang a medal around my neck and give myself a trophy!!  This was one of those days!  

I love wood veneer.  And I don't like to use it too liberally in case it all goes away and there is a wood veneer shortage in the scrapping world.  Same with rub-ons.  (Sadly though, some rub-ons have a "best before" date.  Buts that's for another post.)

Anyway.  When I got the bright idea to layer some rub-ons on wood veneer shapes I knew I'd need to be finding that medal and trophy!

Check them out.

 This card I made for my son as he left home to move one state over.  I didn't want it to be all maudlin and sad, so I thought these Ali Edwards/Technique Tues stamp sentiments seemed perfect!

 I used a couple more Lasered Edge card sentiments in the process.  
This post was recently posted on the blog at Love is in the Details.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

More Placemats

Remember that layout I showed you a few days ago?  Using the Jillibean Placemats?  Well, they were too fun to stop at just one layout, so I made some cards too.  They were posted at Love is in the Details a bit ago too.

This first one, I did the same as the layout, popping up the placemat, and layering patterned papers behind.

Then I did one with the placemat die cut layered onto the dotted paper and sewn along the edge.  
 And then, rather than have to put away all of the random bits of stash scattered over my desk, I decided to make one more card.  And I stuck to the baby theme for this last one.  So bring on the babies folks!  I have cards ready!!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time for a layout!

I love making cards!  All the fun techniques you can try on them.  I love that they're quick, because the canvas is so small, and goodness knows I'm a busy person with all these toddlers running around needing my attention.  Ha.  Gotcha.  No toddlers anymore.  But I still do appreciate a quickly finished project.  

But my first love is still scrapbooking.  So it's time to show you a layout I did a few weeks ago, and am only now getting around to sharing it here!
I made it for the Love is in the Details blog, and wanted to showcase those fun Placemat papers by Jillibean Soup.  I layered a variety of patterned papers behind all the holes in the kraft paper and then popped it up for some added dimension.  I also typed some strips of journaling and tucked them into and over the holes.
As well, I used one of my own chipboard designs from Lasered Edge for the title.  Only thing is, I have many more pics I'd like to use this title for, so I may need to be ordering another dozen of them!
But ok!  How cute and tiny is this little bubba, trying to fit into a camper sink for his bath!!  He's 24 now and cute in a completely different way but these chocolate eyes just melt me!!

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