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Monday, August 19, 2019

Nautical-themed cards with one that's neverending...

August 20 is my grandson Patrick's birthday--hope you have a happy day, Patrick!--and I made him a neverending card with a nautical theme. I also made one for another occasion, just so I could enter into the current (pun intended) challenge over on the Twofer Card Challenge Blog.

Crafting friend Shirley of Glittered Paws inspired me to also join in the challenge over on The House That Stamps Built, a Repeat Impressions Blog.

The dies I used on this card are unbranded. I did a bit of shading to create clouds behind my little sailboat. I also added some shading in a darker blue for the water and then put a portion of a scribble line die over the shading.

My little seagull was cut from white CS and I shaded the tail and wingtips with a bit of gray ink.

This is what is revealed with the first "opening" of the card.  Once again I used some ink blending to create my water and added some white gel pen to indicate the waves. I used an alcohol marker to color in my sand. After I did that, I poured a bit of rubbing alcohol onto a piece of terry cloth, raised the nubs of the cloth a bit and then gently pressed it against my brown coloring. It created the textured look of sand.

Here is what is revealed with the second "opening." I used the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder by Cuttlebug for my blue CS. The anchor die is from the same set as the sailboat.

Here is the final reveal of my neverending card. I left the bottom rectangle blank so that we have somewhere to write a personal note and sign our names.

If you want to see the card in action, here's a little video:

Finally, here is my second nautically-themed card. Just a quickie, thinking of you kind of card that is blank inside.

For the ocean waves on this one, I cut a piece of cardstock with one of those old decorative edge-cutting scissors that had a big scallop pattern. Who knew they would still come in handy! After masking off the edges of my rectangle, I used this scalloped piece of CS as a stencil to add three shades of blue ink for my waves. I used a torn piece of cardstock to create my clouds in the same way.

The red dots on this sailboat and the blue ones on the previous card were made with Nuvo Drops.

I want to say a special thanks to Lynette at My Stamping Addiction for sharing with me the instructions for making the neverending card. She also gave me a sample so that I could see how it all went together. Thank you, Lynette!

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

Ink blending fun...

Ever since I got some blending brushes (makeup brushes, really), I've been having fun blending inks in all kinds of ways on my cards. For this post, I'm sharing some ink blending over stencils. I love how this looks on cards.

This card is my favorite. The stencil really lends itself to ink blending in a spectacular way. I only added an enamel dot to the center, a black mat and a die-cut "Thank You" to finish it off. The inside was left blank.

This card actually looks better IRL, but it just didn't turn out as nice as the first one. I don't think my ink blending was as smooth as on the first card, and I think I used the wrong number of different inks--either more colors or fewer would have had a better result. Once again, I added just the enamel dot in the center, a black mat and the same die-cut "Thank You."

I lost my sunshine by the time I took this photo, so it's a little dark. I tried a new stencil, placing it directly onto the front of the card base.

The sentiment was cut from some purple glitter cardstock, but it looks almost black in the photo. I backed my sentiment with a vellum mat to give it a bit more definition. The sequins are some clear ones from my stash.

All of these cards were so much fun to make. I will definitely be on the lookout for more stencils. I'd like to get some pretty doily or lace stencils and give them a try.

If you haven't tried the makeup brushes yet for ink blending, I highly recommend them.

So have you seen the home insurance commercial on TV about "Cheryl's she-shed" being struck by lightening and burning down? Every time it comes on, my husband looks at me and laughs. I am always telling him that I NEED a she-shed. And since my name is Cheryl, I should get a "she-shier she-shed" like the woman in the commercial. My current crafting space is a dark little unfinished corner of our basement. I'm not ungrateful for it, believe me! But I do covet the cute little she-sheds I see online from time to time.

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

What happens when you're 10...

My grandson turned 10 years old today (Happy birthday, Oliver!), and this is the card I made for him:

Oliver has a big, happy personality, so I tried to make his card to match. I know that kids like to manipulate cards, too, so this one has a twist and pop mechanism on the inside. The number 10 was cut out with my Silhouette. I cut the numbers three times and layered them for some extra dimension.

Here's a peek at the inside.

All the sentiments on this card were computer-generated. The fourth sentiment in the pop-up part was included because we sent him some money for his birthday. It seems all kids want nowadays is electronics, and I have absolutely no idea what they would choose.

I found a little banner stamp in my stash--I think it was from Michael's dollar bin--and used that above each sentiment. Then, I colored it in with alcohol markers, using the colors from the DSP on the front of the card.

This Happy Birthday banner was one I die-cut at my sister's house when I visited there a couple of weeks ago. Because the letters are simply cut into the little flags with single lines, they're a little hard to see on this cardstock. That's why I outlined the letters with a gold metallic pen. It looks better IRL.

Ollie is my youngest grandchild. It's so hard to believe that they are ALL now in double digits. In fact, it won't be long and we'll start attending their high school graduation ceremonies.

Well, I need to go outside and pull some of my plants into the garage. The TV weather people are saying it could storm here this afternoon. They've even forecast the possibility of hail.

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

Friday, August 9, 2019

Reworked Christmas card...

When I was visiting my youngest sister a couple of weeks ago, she gave me a pile of partially made Christmas cards that had been included in a stash of cardmaking supplies which she had purchased from someone who had decided to give up cardmaking.

The cards needed some serious TLC, so I went to work on one of them. Here's the result:

All I kept from the original on this card was the card base (with two holes punched at the center top) and the stamped sentiment. The sentiment panel had to be squared up, as did its dark green mat.

I found this dark red DSP in my stash. I only added some gold metallic highlights to the centers of the flowers. I thought this tied in nicely with my gold ribbon.

In the original card, the two holes had been used to create a faux bow, so I did that again, but with a different ribbon.

I stamped a red poinsettia and a dark green sentiment on the inside, using my stamp positioner.

I thought this turned out to be a rather nice CAS Christmas card after I was done with it. Hopefully, I'll have a few more of these "reworked" cards to share with you between now and Christmas.

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


Monday, August 5, 2019

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #150: enTWINEd (use twine) or Anything Goes option...

Today is the start of challenge #150 at Let's Craft and Create, so dig out some of that twine you haven't used in forever and create something fun.

I decided to use some twine as a kite tail on a birthday card. I'm always trying to come up with ideas for masculine cards, and I thought this layout would work for that purpose.

I made my kite from two 1" squares and two 1" X 2" rectangles of DSP. I cut them diagonally, each piece making two triangles, and glued four of the pieces onto some brown cardstock to create my kite. I kept my triangles spaced apart a tiny bit to create the illusion of the kite frame.

I used a circle mask to create a partial circle of clouds. Once I had my mask in place, I created the clouds by using a makeup brush to lightly sponge some pale blue ink against a torn piece of cardstock. Note that the cardstock was purposely torn into a sort of scalloped edge which helped create the fluffy look of clouds. I kept moving and changing the angle of my torn cardstock until I had the look I wanted.

My baker's twine was taped to the back of the kite before the kite was adhered to my card front with foam dots. The tail is kept in place on the card with tiny amounts of glue in a just a few places.

The little bows were hand cut, and I gave them each a red Nuvo Drop "knot." They also help hold the tail in place.

The sentiments on the front and inside of my card were computer-generated. I used the "Fresh Start" font for the black words and "Adios Amigos" for the red words. "Adios Amigos" is a fun font that fades out certain parts of letters. I thought it worked well on this card.

Now I hope you'll head right over to Let's Craft and Create to see what the rest of the design team has created. I think you'll be inspired to join in on the fun. Who knows? You may be our next prize winner!

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

Friday, August 2, 2019

Gatefold shutter card...

Last month was my DH's birthday, and I decided to make him a gatefold shutter card. I love the interactive element of these cards.

This is the front of my card. It doesn't close tightly as there is a lot going on inside. I could have added a belly band, but decided against it, as I really wanted to add the four hats.

My DH almost always wears a hat whenever he leaves the house, and one of his hats looks surprisingly like the hat die-cut. After cutting my hats, I inked the edges and colored the bands with different markers to coordinate with my DSP.

My sentiments--here and on the inside--were computer-generated.

Here's a little video that shows what happens when you open the card:

Isn't that fun? He sort of snorted at me for showing his age behind the shutter mechanism. And, yes, he robbed the cradle when he married me. LOL

The noise you hear in the video is a plane going over our house. We don't live far from the airport, and when I have the windows open, it can get a little noisy at times.

I happen to have an unbranded die set that cuts out the shutter elements for me, but these can easily be created by hand. I've made shutter cards in the past and have always cut everything out myself without dies. Just do a search for "gatefold shutter card tutorial" and you're sure to pull up several.

This is a photo of my shutter fully open. My die set happens to cut a round shutter shape, whereas most of the videos will instruct you to create a diamond shape as your shutter opens.

I hope you'll give this card a try. It really is fun to make. I think I'll make a few Halloween cards using this technique with the work "Boo!" behind the shutter.

I had a great time last week visiting my sisters. We all four attended a family wedding (my oldest sister's grandson was married), and then I spent some personal time with my two younger sisters. I even got to spend an entire day in my youngest sister's crafting space, using some of her dies to make some cuts to bring home.

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some shaker fun in a jar...

I love shaker cards, and these two were so much fun to make. I have an unbranded die set for the jar. I cut the frame out of Dollar Tree Foam Core. It's just the right thickness to make a perfect shaker.

The little tag comes with the die set, and it fit my stamp perfectly. The leafy flourish is a Cheery Lynn die, and the flower dies were also unbranded. I used a piece of leftover packaging to make the clear front on my shaker jar.

I decorated the inside of my card with a couple of scalloped borders, I made them with my largest scalloped rectangle frame.

My sentiment was computer-generated.

My second shaker card was made exactly the same way with different DSP and cardstock.

Here's a peek from the side so you can see how thick the Foam Core is. The sequins have enough room to easily move around.

The centers of all my flowers were made with Nuvo Drops.

Another computer-generated sentiment finishes off this card.

I think this shaker die set will be fun to use for Christmas, Valentine's Day and even Halloween. Wouldn't it be cute as a black, green or purple jar with a bunch of little pumpkins or spiders in it? I can't wait to give that a try.

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

Friday, July 26, 2019

Pretty coneflowers...

I always admire pink coneflowers (Echinacea) when I see them. Their color is vibrant, and the fuzzy-looking centers are very impressive!

When I received a coneflower die set (unbranded), I decided to try my hand at making a card that featured them.

I cut the coneflower petals from pale pink cardstock and then used my Promarkers to add some depth of color to them.

The petals of the flower on the left look a little discolored because I have a smudgey scratch on the lens of my camera (arrrrrgh!). We are ordering a new camera this week, so I'm hoping my photo quality improves once it arrives. I like using an actual camera rather than my phone.

I'm not sure you can tell, but I applied a layer of glue to my flower centers and then covered them with dark brown flocking. They look quite fuzzy IRL.

Do you ever use flocking on your cards? It really is fun stuff, but I tend to forget I even have it.

The inside of my card has a stamped sentiment. Sorry, but I have forgotten the brand name for this stamp, and I am much too comfortable on the sofa to get up, go downstairs and find it.

As you read this, I am having fun with my sister who lives 500 miles from me. We are probably in her craft room sharing our dies so that we can each have a few new cuts to play with.

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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

A few forgotten cards...

As I have mentioned many times on the blog, I make cards for a local thrift shop to sell to help support their community outreach programs. Around holidays like Mother's Day, I often make so many cards for the store that I forget to share them all.

Here are three cards that I made back in April:

I love this curved stamp and die set that makes a card look really special. This stamp set, along with the flower dies and letter dies are all unbranded. The papers are from Stampin' Up.

After cutting out my layers of flower petals, I inked the center of each layer with a little darker pink ink. Then I added some tiny dots of Nuvo Drops to the center. I loved the dimension this added to my flower.

I see my picture is actually upside down (oops!), but you can still see the detail on the flower.

My inside sentiment was stamped, using a couple of different sets. I also stamped a leafy flourish which I embellished with some pink Nuvo Drops.

This card started with some pretty Stampin' Up paper. I stamped and heat embossed the word "happy" (unbranded) and then added my flower and leaves. "Mother's Day" was also heat embossed on some coordinating cardstock.

My flower die set is also unbranded. The center was made with white Nuvo Drops.

The sentiment in this card was computer-generated.

This rose image and leaves was created with a layered stamp set. I had to stamp my rose first and then mask it off in order to stamp my leaves "underneath" it.  I used two fine point pens--gold and black--to add the stamens in the center.

A heat-embossed sentiment and a few sequins finished it off.

I added the same computer-generated sentiment to this card as was used on the previous card. I think you can see that I've inked around the sentiment panel with a little pink ink.

I'm happy to say all these cards sold. Customers seem to buy a lot of Mother's Day cards at the store. Maybe they think moms will appreciate a handmade card.

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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

It's your birthday, make some noise...

This was a card for one of my grandsons last month, and I discovered today that I had never shared it here on the blog.

Boys probably don't need to be told to "make some noise," but as a grandmother, I figured it would be fun to do just that!

My sentiment on the front of the card was computer-generated.

On the inside of my card I created a pop-out mechanism for a die-cut drum set (unbranded). I cut the drum set a couple of times and glued them together to give it more strength and stability. There are some pretty skinny parts on it!

If you look closely, you'll see that I even added his name onto the big base drum with some letter stickers. My sentiment here was also computer-generated.

I used a black glitter brush pen (Spectrum Noir) to add some sparkle to the cymbals and to highlight some of the lines on the drums.

This is a simple card, but one that works well for boys. I have five grandsons, so I love it when I can use the same card design for more than one of them.

We've had a stormy morning today--rain and wind with dark clouds making it seem more like it should be early evening. I guess I won't get any gardening done today.

My little single-cup coffee maker has bitten the dust and crossed over the coffee-colored rainbow bridge. It was one that used regular coffee grounds, not the K cups that so many of them require nowadays. I will be using my French Press coffeemaker until I can find a replacement. Any suggestions on a good one?

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A new home is so exciting...

We were invited to my niece's housewarming recently, so I made a card to give to her along with a bottle of champagne to toast the occasion. And while I was at it, I decided to make two cards, since another niece had also just moved into a new home.

Here are the two cards--same design, but slightly different.

For this one I used a distressed polka-dotted paper as well as a green floral paper to create my landscape. I'm always a little hesitant to use distressed paper, especially when the rest of the papers used are not distressed. Do you hesitate in using distressed papers?

My house, trees and fence came from an unbranded die set and were easy to cut out and customize.

The clouds are by Impression Obsession and the "Congrats" die-cut is by Hero Arts. I printed "on your new home" on my computer. I know it looks crooked in this photo, but I think that was just the angle at which I took the picture. I have a TERRIBLE time taking good photos.

I used a different house from the same die set and some different papers for this card. I also embossed the roof, but I'm not sure that was a good idea.

All the grassy areas on the two cards were cut with stitched border dies from Paper Smooches.

Speaking of homes, my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter left this morning to go back to their home in the Pacific Northwest. It was so much fun to have them here and very sad to see them go. I had a bit of a hard time saying goodbye. They are so far away and we just don't get to see them often enough.

Now I need to look ahead, though, and get things in order for a trip to visit my sisters and attend a family wedding. My nephew's son is getting married on July 27, and I'll be driving about 500 miles to go to the wedding. My DH is unable to go because of business reasons, so it'll be just me on this trip. I don't mind though. I rather like a trip now and then by myself.

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Commissioned card...

A friend who has a twin sister was turning 70 and asked if I would make a card that she could give to her twin. I dug into my trusty "mature adults" stamps and came up with this card:

I thought this image was perfect for "mature" twins. In fact, it won't be that many years and my own twin daughters (whose 42nd birthdays were yesterday) will fit the profile for cards similar to this. he he  [Don't get upset with me, girls, for saying that!!]

This is another easel card. I rather like making this type of card.

You can see that my stopper is a rectangle raised up with some double-sided foam tape. I've added a die-cut "Happy Birthday" to the rectangle.

You can't see it when the card is in its easel position, but there are three die-cut candles above the happy birthday rectangle.

Here's one more look at these glamorous gals. The white-looking glasses are actually silver, done with a gel pen.

I'm getting a little better at coloring these images, but I still need to work on my skin tones. One of my problems is I don't have a full set of alcohol markers--only a couple of each color. Without a full range of skin tones, it's hard to get proper shading. Luckily, there are more brands of alcohol markers available these days, so maybe the competition will bring the price down.

We are looking forward to my son, his wife and our granddaughter coming to visit this weekend. They live in the Northwest, so we don't get to see them nearly enough. I'm so excited to have them here!!

Have a great weekend, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sympathy in blue and silver...

Today's card features another die that my friend Lynette let me use when she and I had a little crafter's playdate recently. This die is beautifully intricate, and I thought it made for a lovely sympathy card.

Usually, I would have placed this die-cut vertically on a card, with the lacy ends at top and bottom, but I thought it looked so pretty this way. I only added a stitched oval with a heat-embossed sentiment from MSE! Stamps.

My enamel dots were made using a silver Viva D├ęcor Pen.

Here's a look from another angle at this pretty die-cut.

My interior sentiment was also heat-embossed and is from Stampendous. I love how this card turned out, and it has inspired me to look through my own dies to see if I have anything that will work the way this one did.

When you read this we will just be returning from a week-long RV trip to Illinois. Both my DH and I LOVE taking off in our RV on little (or big) adventures. This year we will only take short trips, but next year we'll plan another 6-weeker.

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