Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘card’ Category

I have been trying to practice my Copic coloring whenever I can, and lately, I’ve spent a lot of time learning for other roles in my life from audio recordings of talks.  When it’s just audio, I like to have something to do with my hands so that I don’t get distracted, and coloring is an ideal occupation.

IMG_9890

I used some of the techniques for blending that I’ve been learning in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class to color these flower clusters stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp set.  I colored two of the clusters with reds, and I ventured into the blues for the third.  I don’t own a very light blue marker (yet! :)), so I used the colorless blender for my lightest areas.  I need practice, but I am happy with these attempts!

IMG_9893

IMG_9896

These are flat notecards, and I added a simple banner with a white heat-embossed sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set (it is one of my all-time favorites!) to finish them off.

IMG_9894

P.S. I’m entering this trio of cards into the April 2 Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Otter class Valentines

In my last post, I showed the first of two big Valentine projects that V did this year.  Of course, if we have a Valentine mailbox, that means that Valentines were exchanged– and V and I came up with a plan for her to make her own: all twenty-four! (enough for all of her classmates, her teacher, and a few extras)

20180211_classvalentinesfinished04

Otters are one of V’s favorite animals, and so for Christmas, she received a set of otter stamps by My Favorite Things.  I have loved watching her reach for them again and again to make cards for friends and family, and she used them again for this project.

We decided on a circular design, and I use the print-and-cut feature on my Silhouette to create a card front that had a sentiment inspired by the stamp set (and a little more kindergarten-classmate friendly :)) and left room for the otter stamp.

V did all of the stamping herself:

20180207_valentinestamping04

She used a practice piece to work out the colors she’d use for each part of the otter.  All on her own, she realized that it would be most efficient to batch-process her coloring! She first colored the otter’s heart, then the pink cheeks, and finally the two colors for the otter’s fur.

On the back, V wrote each classmate’s name and her own on the print-and-cut scalloped circle.  She adhered the layers together, and we attached them to a little packet of candy hearts.

2018-02-07 10.55.00

This was also a really cool opportunity for us to see some of the power of prayer.  The day before, my Silhouette had simply not turned on.  On this day, it turned on and started to work, but it was still giving me trouble.  The machine even turned off in the middle of one of the cuts!  As I expressed my concern to my kids (we were all together working in the craft room), we stopped and prayed together that the machine would work long enough to finish the class cards!  And it did!  Finally, it got through the last sheet of card backs, and we all stopped again to thank God for the gift of a working machine!

2018-02-07 11.02.55

Here are the finished valentines!

20180211_classvalentinesfinished05

20180211_classvalentinesfinished01

20180212_classvalentinesfinished01

Read Full Post »

Floral baby card

I made this baby shower card for a friend of mine who just had her baby girl!

I went looking for inspiration on my “Scrap” board on Pinterest, and in browsing through my pins, I saw several that heavily influenced my design:

You can see that I took the ideas of floral clusters around the sentiment as my inspiration…

20180113_babycard

I had a floral sticker sheet that had orange, yellow and pink blooms on it, so I chose a patterned paper that brought out the pinks in the flowers that were more predominantly orange.  I made a little cluster, adding foam behind some of the blossoms for extra dimension.

I added die-cut feathery leaves for more texture, and I put everything on top of a doily  that I stitched onto the white background in a spiral.  The sentiment is actually another sticker that I trimmed to be more narrow and then clipped into a banner shape.

20180113_babycard_close

I really like how this one turned out, and based on the number of cards that I’ve pinned with a similar design, it seems to be something that my eye gravitates toward!  I will definitely be using this design idea in the future!

 

Read Full Post »

I’ve been doing some more coloring with the Copic markers that Husband bought for me for Christmas, and this is the first completed card (aside from some lunch box notes for V!) that I’ve made.

20180125_outofthisworldbday

I used the Space Cadet set from Paper Smooches to make the cute little alien ship and the planet, and I white heat-embossed the starry background for inside the window.

That set doesn’t have a birthday greeting, so printed my own onto the card front, which I created with my Silhouette SD using the print-and-cut feature.  I used the fonts Hiragino Sans GB and Nightly Poem (the brush script).  I also added the detail of a thin black line around the circle window by using the offset tool and changing it to be a non-cut, printed line.

20180125_outofthisworldbday_close2

I assembled the card using a lot of craft foam for dimension!  I like how it gives the look of the cute little alien flying right out of the opening!

20180125_outofthisworldbday_close1

 

I’m linking this up to the Paper Smooches’ January 2018 “Anything Goes” challenge!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

Read Full Post »

For Christmas, I wanted to do something special for the teachers of our kids’ classes at church.  They give selflessly to teach our children, and in addition to a small gift card, I wanted to do something a little more hand-made.

The design of these cards was inspired by Laura Vegas’ project HERE.  Even though the design on my version is actually fairly simple, it took me a surprisingly long time to get it right, haha!

IMG_4787

The wreath was a cut file Kerri Bradford offered this year during her 12 Days of Christmas, and the “Joy” in the middle was another, much older cut file from Kerri Bradford, too!  I added some extra branches from an oldie-but-goodie fern-ish looking leaf file to which I seem to come back over and over again.

Because I wanted even more dimension and texture, I mounted the wreaths on a rectangle of textured white cardstock, which I sprinkled with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!).  And then I added a little lift to the rectangle by adding a smaller cardboard piece underneath.  I didn’t want the cards to be too thick, but I definitely wanted some emphasis on that center piece.

IMG_4794

Did I mention that we have just over 20 teachers?  I made a lot of cards!  After I worked out the design, I really enjoyed putting these together.

IMG_4801

 

Read Full Post »

A dear friend of mine is embarking on a new career, and I wanted to send her a congratulatory note!

IMG_3685

I just can’t get enough of this Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds set, and so I decided to use it again on this card.  I stamped both of the large clusters onto cardstock with blaxk pigment ink and heat-embossed them with clear powder.  I borrowed my daughter’s markers and colored in the flowers (it was so fun!)

IMG_3692

After I cut out each of the clusters with a small white border, I layered them onto the card front with some foam behind the upper cluster.  I used a very old Hero Arts sentiment set to stamp the “Congratulations” greeting and used some foam to pop up that paper ribbon.

IMG_3693

It’s a very clean-and-simple card, and I really love how it turned out!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

P.S. (<–no pun intended!)  I’m linking this card up to the Paper Smooches October challenge to use pink, and also to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” challenge!

Read Full Post »

Saturday was World Cardmaking Day!  For maybe the first time ever, I was able to participate in a hobby holiday: I had a quiet weekend at home, and I made it a priority to set aside some time to do some paper crafting.  Not only did I get to make a scrapbook page with V, but I worked on these cards, and she planned a card, too!

These cards are based on two specific challenges I saw: the October Paper Smooches challenge to use pink, and the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge for WCMD.

20171007_wcmd2017_thinking01

They both are based on the first sketch at the Jillibean Soup challenge post…and this first one uses patterned paper from the older Jillibean Soup “Blossom Soup” collection 6″x6″ paper pad.

20171007_wcmd2017_thinking03

The featured stamp is from Paper Smooches’ “Blossoming Buds” set, and the greeting is an older stamp from KaiserCraft.  I colored the flowers with colored pencils before mounting them on foam with a little yellow banner underneath.

20171007_wcmd2017_thinking02

 

These are fairly plain-and-simple cards, but I hope that they will bring sunshine to their recipients!

 

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »