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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another birthday in 8,760 hours...

Today's card is one I made for my brother-in-law, whose big day was the 29th of August.

I cut out a pocket watch using an unbranded die set. It's actually cut out of shimmery gold cardstock, but it looks like kraft CS in the photos. In retrospect, I wish I had used some black or dark gray CS, because it would have stood out more.

I embossed my rounded rectangle with a Darice EF and then lightly inked the raised areas to give it some definition.

Finally, I used a couple of stitched banner dies for my sentiment, which was printed with my computer.

The two little square faux-brads are really self-adhesive embellishments, which I'm quickly running out of. Guess I'll need to keep my eyes open for some more of these. They're great for masculine cards.

The inside of my computer is pretty plain, with just a computer-generated sentiment. Men like "plain," right?

This post was written and scheduled a couple weeks ago, because right now I am gallivanting in Europe. Wherever I am, I will raise my glass to all of you, because I am so grateful that you continue to read my blog and encourage my crafty efforts!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My grandson's birthday card...

I have a couple of grandsons who are veteran Minecraft players (both with birthdays in August), so I decided to use that theme for their birthday cards.

I searched online for a Minecraft paper pattern that I could print out. There are lots of different free printables available. I wish I could point you toward the exact one that I used, but I'm afraid I can't find it anymore.

I also looked at Pinterest posts for ideas to create the front of my card. I found the look I wanted, but had to guess a bit at the size of the black facial features. I used 1" squares for the eyes, which I've scored both ways in 1/4" increments (doesn't show up in the photo). For the nose and mouth, I cut a piece of black cardstock that was 2" X 2", scored it both ways at 1/4" increments, and then used my score lines as guides to cut away parts until I had the shape you see here.

On the inside, I used a pop-out idea that I found on Splitcoast Stampers, modifying it to fit the size of card I like to make (4 1/2" X 6").  It takes some patience, but I did eventually get it all to work properly. I happened to have a die that cut out little squares to form a lattice shape, so I used those little squares to decorate my Creeper pop-out.

As you can see, I first lined the inside of my card with a black layer, then the pop-out was on a green layer, and finally, I carefully measured and cut two printed layers to cover any of the green that was NOT part of the actual Creeper.

My sentiments were computer-generated and cut out with some pierced rectangle dies.

While these cards took a little longer than usual to make, I think my grandsons liked them. At least it was a theme they totally "got."

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Let's Craft and Create challenge #129: Child's Play...

Today we start a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create, and it's one we can all have fun with, I think. After all, who doesn't like to make a card for a child?

I decided to use some fun word play with my card.

My cute little fish, plants and water lines are all unbranded dies.

I inked up my little fish and even added some lines and dots on a couple of them. I wasn't the least bit worried about making them look realistic--I just wanted to have fun.

My sentiment was computer-generated.

I also added some clear half-rounds that I had in my stash, thinking they looked a lot like bubbles.

Because this card is for a child, I decided to have a little more fun on the inside.

 I die-cut a whale using another unbranded die, and then inked it up and added some spots to his belly.

Isn't he cute?

My inside sentiment was also computer-generated.

Now it's your turn to have some fun making a card for a child. I know some of you regularly make them for non-profit organizations, so here's your chance to join in our challenge fun with your creations.

Check out the Design Team's fabulous projects here, today AND midmonth. Then be sure to post yours on the Let's Craft and Create blogsite. I'm so excited to see what you make. I know you will inspire me, and I'll use that inspiration to make lots of cards for my 10 (yup, ten!) grandkids.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Quick gift embellishment idea...

Today's post will be quick, quick, quick! I am traveling, so I've scheduled some posts while I'm away, and this is one of them. :)

I always like to make gifts for kids fun (if I have the time). And I know that boys don't give two hoots if they have ribbons and bows on their gifts. So, when my grandson had a birthday recently, this is how I decorated his package:

I draped some baker's twine across the top of my package and secured the ends with enamel dots. Then I added some die-cut flags and popped some die-cut stars up on them with foam squares.

I die-cut my grandson's name and added a few more of those stars to his card's envelope. I'll show you the card in a later post.

This is such a fun way to use up some of those paper scraps we're all inundated with.

One little aside...someone who had never seen my handmade cards before, saw one of them recently and said, "You made this? And you don't sell them? This card would cost $10 in a store!"  I thanked him for his kind words, but thought to myself, "If I sold these, I'd actually be making $2-3 per hour, because I'm such a s-l-o-w crafter."

I think I'd rather just give them away and enjoy the process of making them!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

First Halloween card of the year...

I send Halloween cards to a few adults in my family, so I need some that aren't quite as juvenile as the ones I make for the grandkids. Here's what I came up with for my first one:

The dies for my cup and spoon are from an unbranded set. The spider web border was made with a Martha Stewart punch, and the bigger web in the lower left corner is a section of a spider web doily from a package of orange, gold and black web doilies from Michael's.

I created my sentiment on the computer and printed it out before cutting it out with a stitched oval die.

I have several Halloween stamp sets, so I used the hanging spider from one of them. It's one of my older sets and has lost its packaging, so I'm not sure of the brand.

To create the steam coming from my coffee cup, I used a stamp from a Fiskars coffee-themed stamp set and some gray ink. Then I filled in the stamp with a glitter pen. I think it gave just the right affect.

This is the inside of my card. My "happy Halloween" die is also unbranded. The nice thing about this die is that I can carefully snip the words away from the frame and use them--or the frame--by themselves. In looking at the photo, I just realized that there is space for a little something beneath the words. Hmmmmm....what could I put there? Another spider? I'll have to give that some thought!

We are currently packing our suitcases and getting ready for the big trip across the pond. I'm always concerned that I'm going to forget to do something important - like put our mail on hold - before we leave. I do make lists and check things off, but that doesn't keep me from worrying!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #128: Hey, Dude!

I always appreciate a masculine card challenge, because, like most of you, I struggle making them. This month at Let's Craft and Create, our challenge is "Hey, Dude!" The Design Team has come up with so many great ideas, I hope you'll click on over and take a look. But be ready to be inspired!

Here's my contribution to the DT line-up:

This card was made for my brother who wears cowboy boots every day. He loves the western look, and having grown up in Montana and North Dakota, he comes by his fashion sense honestly.

This card was made with mostly unbranded dies.  I've used pens, alcohol markers and Viva D├ęcor pens to add some color and dimension..

My fence posts were made with some craft cardstock that has been stamped with a wood grain background stamp.

Here's a side view that better shows my little twine rope. I have to say, I really loved how that looked once I had adhered it to my card.

Here's a close-up of my cute cowboy boots. I love all the detail on them, and it's so easy to highlight it all with a little bit of coloring.

Finally, here's the inside of my card--a computer-generated sentiment and another horseshoe.

Now it's your turn to create a masculine card and post it here. There is a prize to be won, so make sure you're in the running for it. You've got until the end of the month to enter.

Once again, be sure to check out all the wonderful DT creations on the Let's Craft and Create blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Have a magical day...

This card is perfect for a young girl, don't you think? I love fairies and have three different fairy dies (all unbranded). This one is my favorite of the three.

My starry sky background was also cut with an unbranded die, but my moon was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die. The sentiment was computer generated.

My background was made by first cutting the starry panel out of blue cardstock and then inking the edges with some navy blue ink. I love how that looks!

The inside of my card was simple with just a stamped "Happy Birthday" and a few heat embossed stars, made with some sparkly white embossing powder.

Well, my computer is STILL at the shop...and it looks like it will be there for several more weeks. In fact, they said the local techs can't find the problem, so they need to send it in to the manufacturer. There is the chance that when the manufacturer has their people work on it, they will wipe all the data off of it!!! They asked if I wanted a back up done before it was sent in. Um...yesssss!
I'm a little worried about the programs that are on it, like Photoshop, Silhouette Designer Edition, Microsoft Office Suite, etc. I've told them these programs are all important to me and I want them back on my computer when they return it to me. Guess we'll see how that goes.
I think until I get my machine back (in good working order), I will be posting only once a week. We will be traveling for the month of September, so it will be really hard for me to do more than that. I hope you'll continue to hang in there with me until I have returned from my travels and have my computer back in good working order.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.