Thursday, August 21, 2014

Christmas in August!

My card swap group has run a few Christmas card swaps recently and I decided to participate in one. My best friend Brandy will tell you that I am not really big on Christmas.  I have a huge bin full of Christmas paper, embellishments, ribbon, etc. that stays hidden for ten and a half months out of the year.  I never feel the urge to pull it out, and as Brandy puts it, get started early.  

So the swap got me going.  Brandy and pulled out the Christmas bin and we started making cards.  This card design is actually a pretty pure scraplift from Pinterest.  I made ten of these for my swap group and Brandy and I made twenty of these for her to take and send to whoever her heart desires.  

She says she has to take advantage of my Christmas card making mood while it lasts.




There is more Christmas to come!  This is the first set of many.  And sadly, I still haven't put as much of a dent in that Christmas bin and I was hoping to.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Minecraft Birthday

Yes, I know it has been forevah since I posted.  I have no good excuse other than "It's Summertime!" Sadly my kids went back to school a few weeks ago so we are getting used to the school time rhythm again.  I have been spending a bit more time in my craft room working on a few things that I will be sharing over the next few weeks.  

This card is one that I made for a special little boy who is fighting a pretty rough battle right now.  He loves Minecraft though so I thought I would work with that a bit.  I could not find a Minecraft sword svg anywhere on the 'net which meant more work for me, but I had already committed to the idea of using the sword so I decided to create my own.  It took a while, and I don't think I've handled such tiny pieces of paper in a long time but it was well worth it.  I love the way this turned out in the end and I am hoping that Jacob loves it!



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Saturday, June 28, 2014

C & S Creative Card Swap # 2 - More Birthday Cards

As if you could ever get enough!  This card features heavy die cuts from my Cameo and a lot of embossing.  Card sets are fun for me because I get to use a lot more of my supplies to create different looks for the same cards.  I don't think I used the same embossing folder twice for this set.  






Again, if you're interested in joining a card swap group, please check us out on Facebook.  

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Friday, June 13, 2014

C & S Creative Card Swap Challenge # 1 - Birthday Cards

My very good crafty friend and I recently started a card swap group on Facebook. Our first two swaps are something that you can never get enough of - birthday cards.  My card is a fairly heavy scraplift of a card created by Jen Gallager that I saw on Pinterest.  I loved the die cuts and the simplicity of the card.  So cute, but not so cutesy that you couldn't give one to a girlfriend or a co-worker.  Plus, it's a fairly easy card to replicate and assembly goes really quickly.  I added some bling and a cut out Happy Birthday die cut that is a print and cut from my Cameo.  I'm really happy with the way these turned out.  I know I can make a bunch of these in a pinch if I need to.







These were so easy to put together that I actually made about fifteen.  I have two people regularly raiding my card stash so I'm already down to three!

If you're interested in a card swap group please check us out here - C & S Creative Card Swap on Facebook.  We hold a minimum of two swaps a month covering a variety of themes and techniques. We would love to have you join us!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

A Wedding Gift

Another home decor item featuring glass etching.  This one is for a family member's granddaughter who just got hitched!  Mirrors are notoriously hard to photography, but I did my best!



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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Butterfly Kisses

More modeling paste and stencils on this card.  This time I colored the modeling paste with my stampin' up reinkers.  It's a bit messy and you can't reuse the paste once it's colored, so it definitely takes a bit of practice.  That said, I am fairly happy with the card overall.  I wanted a more vibrant green, but I now know which reinker not to use next time.  





I am shooting photos outdoors as much as possible now.  It's so nice and bright on our back deck, and it's wonderful not to have to haul out the extra lights, background, etc.  So you'll be seeing a lot more of my backyard in the weeks to come!

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Home Sweet Home

My sister flew in to visit me this week.  I haven't seen here in almost six months!  So it was a well desired visit for me and my kids who adore their auntie.  She has a friend who just moved into a new place so I agreed to make her a housewarming gift.  Years ago I began etching lanterns as a home decor item and it still fits the bill.  I built up quite a stash so I actually had this lantern on hand.  For those interested, I bought it at IKEA a few years ago.  I know they still sell these lanterns, although perhaps not this specific style anymore. However, the ones they have are very reasonably priced as well ~ under $10 for this smaller size.






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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Happy Birthday Card

And another experiment with duplicating shapes with my Cameo.  Also a little print and cut with this one for the sentiment.  





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Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy Birthday to You . . . A Pinterest Scraplift

Sometimes I wonder what I did before Pinterest.  I have a really, really large general card board on that site.  Anytime I see a card that I like, or even one that has an element that inspires me, up it goes.  I know I could never come close to using the inspiration of all of my pins, although I'll settle for a few.  So occasionally I will pin something that will spur me into wanting to creating something just like it, a pure scraplift if you will.  I did that with this card I found a few weeks ago.  I didn't have the exact same tools, but I used what I had in order to create something I really like.  
 



I didn't have the exact chevron die, but used the one I had closest to it.  I also used Print and Cut with my Silhouette Cameo to get the sentiment on the card.  It took a few tries to get it in the right place but I'm happy with the results.  I like it when I can achieve pretty much the same look without having to purchase anything!

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

Happy June everyone!  It's the first day of this glorious month, glorious in that my youngest is celebrating a birthday this month.  Below is another card I made a few weeks ago but just got around to photographing.



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Monday, May 26, 2014

Just a Note - Instagram Inspired Cards

Are you as nutty about Instagram as I am?  It's one of the few social media sites that I really get into.  I love being able to follow people visually.  That said, there are quite a few cute instagram shapes in the Silhouette store.  I was playing around with them this morning, seeing what interesting patterns I could come up with.  I used the sketch feature on these cards, and added a simple "Just a Note" to finish them off.


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Butterfly Kisses

I have been experimenting with my Silhouette Designer Studio software welding shapes together.  This card is nothing special or groundbreaking but I do think it turned out pretty nice.




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Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Last Graduate

I really mean it.  It's another shaped card because I had run out of steam at that point.  So glad to finally get all of these cards completed.


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Another Graduate . . . Are we done yet?

Not quite, just a few more, I promise.  This one is for another graduating high school senior.  I pulled out my Papertrey Ink chevron stripes die for the first time and picked papers that matched her school colors. 

The stamp is from Verve and I stamped it no less than three times!  The first two times I did it perfectly, only to smudge it during assembly.  Drove me crazy!  So there are a few small smudges on the final one, and I just couldn't bring myself to do over again one.more.time.  Sometimes you just have to call it done.



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Thursday, May 22, 2014

With Sympathy . . . A Scraplift with a Twist

One of my favorite cardmakers is Laura Bassen.  I saw this card she recently made for the latest Papertrey Ink release on Pinterest and had one of those moments where I wanted to make the exact same thing I loved it so much.

Except that I don't really want to buy this stamp set.  I have too many stamps as it is! My solution was to play around using print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo to see if I could recreate the card.  

I think I did a pretty good job and came pretty close.  And best of all it didn't cost me anything!




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