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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Striped Valentines...

I had a couple of black-and-white striped card bases left from last year, and I was determined to use them.  They're a little smaller (3 1/2" X 5") and had heart apertures on the front, so they were perfect for Valentine's Day.

For my first card I added a pink insert and some tiny little heart borders. The border die and the stamp are both unbranded.

The inside is very simple. The sentiment stamp is an old one that I have cut into two pieces to better fit my card.

I also added another one of those cute little heart borders.

I had heart confetti on my work desk when I was done die-cutting. I should have saved all those tiny hearts for a shaker card--but I didn't. Oh well, I know how to make more!!

Here's the second Valentine I made. I embellished the front with another heart border die-cut (unbranded) to which I added a few tiny red pearls. My sentiment stamp is by Recollections.

This card interior was made the same way as the first one. I had to use a color other than red for my little heart border, though, or you wouldn't have seen it.

Both of these Valentines were donated to the thrift store to sell along with several others that I have made. I have a great time making cards for the thrift store, as it really helps me see what kinds of cards attract customers.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Somebunny loves you...

I am now into Valentine-making mode. I first made some Valentines to be sold at the thrift store (I like to display them among the seasonal jewelry items in the jewelry cases).

This is the first Valentine I made using a From the Heart digital stamp called Bunny Love.

I thought this little bunny was so cute.

I printed three of the bunnies for each card. I used the extra two bunnies to create a layering technique that would give my bunny some dimension.

I fussy cut just the face, then shaped it with a flower-shaping tool and added it to my original image with a foam square to maintain the dimension. Can you see it?

Then I fussy-cut the heart and hands, also shaping them and adhering them with small foam squares.

Finally, the little feet were fussy-cut and given the same treatment, however, this time they were adhered with small glue dots that I had made with some Aleene's Tack It Over and Over glue. And that reminds me...I need to make some more of those today!!

My oval die is by My Creative Time and my loopy edge was cut with an unbranded die.

The sentiments on the front and the inside were computer-generated. The string of little hearts is just a leftover piece from a die-cut for a different Valentine. As they say, "Waste not, want not." Nah, that doesn't work for craft supplies. No matter how many scraps we keep and use, we still "want" more supplies.

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Cherries--one of my favorite fruits...

and one of my favorite images for cards, too!

I had this wonderful Stampin' Up paper in my stash and I really wanted to use it on a card. Since the back of the cherry design was the green  stripe design, I decided to use both as they were wonderfully complementary.

I dug out my wavy sentiment stamps and die (unbranded) and went to work. There are a number of very usable sentiments in the set, but I decided to make this card generic so it would work for a number of purposes.

My little cherries embellishment was also made with an unbranded die that was part of a cupcake set. I popped them up on some foam squares and added a little "shine" with a white gel pen.

The inside of the card is virtually blank, but I did add a scalloped rectangle so that it didn't seem quite so "bare."  Also, when I have more than one layer on my card front, I like to add a layer to the inside, too, so that the two halves of the card are more or less weighted evenly.  It just seems to add a sturdier feel to the whole card.

This card was so quick and fun to make that I actually made three of them.

I have stowed the Christmas decorations in the attic for another year, and, with DH's help, have cleaned the house. But the one area that suffered the most neglect and messiness is my craft area. I worked hours yesterday trying to get it back in shape, and I'm almost there. I had created such a big mess with my frantic Christmas card making. I have vowed to get more done ahead of time this year. In fact, I've already made more than 25 cards for 2019!

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

Friday, January 4, 2019

Time for thank you notes...

It's definitely time to write those Christmas thank you notes, so I made some simple thank you cards.

The pretty background paper came from a Christmas pack of cardstock that I bought last year at Michael's .  I believe it was Reflections or some other store brand.

I inked the edges of the center die-cut panel (unbranded die) and popped it up on some foam tape.  The pretty "thank you" was also cut with an unbranded die out of some heavy cardstock that had a nice sheen to it. It really is a lot prettier IRL and perfectly matches the red color in the background pattern.

When I have an intricate die-cut like this thank you die, I almost always use spray adhesive to adhere it to my card. I just have to be very careful in setting it down as the adhesion is pretty instantaneous. If I'm doing a lot of them, I will sometimes make a die-cut of my panel out of scrap paper, then center and cut the thank you out of that and use it as a sort of stencil-type guide. I lay this guide on top of the panels I'm using to help place the die-cut sentiment. Since this sentiment is all one piece, I don't have to worry about the intricacy of it. I just need the outer edge all the way around as a placement guide.

If this is as clear as mud, let me know, and I'll take some photos of the process and post them.

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

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Another forgotten card to share...

I am continuing to go through my photos, and I found this not-yet-shared card that I made to sell at the thrift store.

The flower stem was stamped directly onto my white panel, but the flower head was one that I had stamped a long, long time ago. It was colored with Promarkers, then I added some micro beads to the center and promptly put it in my card parts box. It languished there for more than a year--quite possibly more than two!

Finally, when I was making a few Mother's Day cards for the thrift store, I pulled it out and used it on this card.

I am not sure what brand the sentiment stamp is. I made this card way back in April 2018, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details.

The inside of my card was pretty plain--just a computer-generated sentiment on a white panel.

My card base was made with a double-sided cardstock that had a deep turquoise on one side and a light turquoise on the other side, which you see here.

We had a very quiet New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. We stayed home and watched a few of the festivities around the world on TV. We ordered some Chinese food on New Year's Day and avoided the cold temperatures outside. I even worked on some Christmas cards for 2019!!

I hope your New Year's celebrations were perfect for you--wild and raucous or something on the tamer side.

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

Friday, December 28, 2018

Forgotten Easter cards...

I was browsing through my files of 2018 card photos, reminiscing about some of the cards I had made during the year, when I came upon a file of forgotten Easter cards. They were cards I had made for the thrift store to sell--something I am planning on doing again in 2019.

I knew it was a never-used batch of photos, because I had not so much as cropped them to a more usable size--something I always do before posting them.

So anyway, here are three of the cards from that file:

These are very simple designs, but fun to make. I love making paper flowers, so I was in my element with these cards.

The flowers, leaves and oval were all made with unbranded dies.

The double-scallop edge was made with a Martha Stewart border punch.

This card features another unbranded die. I cut it out of green first, and then cut it again out of purple. I cut the purple flowers away from the rest of it and layered them on top of the green die-cut, finishing them off with a tiny pearl.

This card was made using the same tools as the first one.

These simple designs actually sold quite well last Easter. I hope my 2019 cards sell equally well. It's fun to help the store make a few extra dollars to support its food shelf and community outreach.

We are hunkered down this weekend as we steel ourselves for the cold weather that is coming our way. We may have a sub-zero day tomorrow. Brrrr!

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

Friday, December 21, 2018

A quilted Christmas...

Just a quick post today as we barrel through the last few days before Christmas. I had a quilted square (unbranded die) in my "card parts" box from last year. I pulled it out and decided to use it on a card.  I had the patterned paper lying on my desk, too, and it just happened to have the same shades of green on it as my quilted square.

My poinsettia was made with a Cheery Lynn Holly Leaves die, and I added some teeny, tiny metal gems in the center.

After taking the photo, I realized my sentiment was a bit off kilter. Oh well. It happens. I didn't bother to fix it. Too many other more important things to do. I'm hoping the person who received this card isn't too picky!!

On the inside of my card I used a scalloped piece of the patterned paper and a stamped sentiment.

With my quilted square all made up and ready to go, this card was finished in about 10 minutes.

We are heading to my daughter's home tomorrow. It will be so much fun to spend holiday time with her and her family.

I hope your holiday plans are coming together and that you're looking forward to time with loved ones.


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