Category Archives: Crafts

Splitting the paper (2 cards)

One of my favorite ways to be instantly inspired to make a card is by doing a “one sheet wonder” challenge (where you cut a piece of 8.5×11 or 12×12 patterned paper into various sized pieces).

These cards weren’t specifically from a one sheet wonder, but I did get the idea to cut the pieces in half this way from that kind of challenge.

The pink-ish paper is one that was given to me in a swap (it’s hand colored and embossed).

I love the juxtaposition of the really bold background papers and the very vintage/muted styling of these Tim Holtz die-cuts.

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By the way…The shadows underneath the dress-form are real. You’ve seen cards I’ve made where I’ve only glued down the center and rolled up the edges of the die-cut to give it dimension. This one is essentially in this style, but it wasn’t done on purpose.

You see, the die-cut had fallen on the floor at some point and I rolled over it with my chair (on carpet). It was practically boat-shaped, but neither torn nor dirty. So, I glued her down and I’m thrilled with the result! Waste not, want not :-).

Since the Simon Says Stamp challenge for this week’s Monday Challenge is “Birds of a Feather”, I’ll be submitting the second of these cards there.

I really enjoy looking through the submissions to these uber-popular challenges and seeing submissions made to look specifically for multiples (such as the MFT sketch with the SSS theme). If I were better at planning, I’d totally do this, but my reality is that I’m working with a lot of really random bits and bobs and I’m lucky if I can find the right stuff to make a card that works for a single challenge. In this specific case, I made the cards without any thought to the challenges running and it was all luck that I made a card that fits it :-). And I’m very cool with that, haha.

By the way, don’t forget that my Giveaway is still open until Jan 31, 2018!

Also, I’m starting to think about which 3 cards I’ve made in January to offer for my February Giveaway, so leave a comment if you have a favorite!

MFT Sketch #368

Hello!

After 2 weeks of school work where I wasn’t sure which way my head was going, I decided to take a solid Saturday to myself. The cards I made today were either inspired by this week’s My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #368 or were the result of me sorting through my scraps bin. I’m quite happy with the results :-).

Here is my first card, the one most directly inspired by the challenge:

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This image is from one of the random sets of Tim Holtz die-cuts I got via a swap or act of kindness. It’s amazing what adding just a tiny bit of a frame with the dark paper behind the image does.

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I really liked how this card turned out!

Though this photo is really fuzzy. Yikes!

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Anyway, I only recently learned the trick for cutting paper into flags, so I was pretty excited to try it out. You just cut up the center to how ever much you want the flag to be, then cut diagonally from the corners of the paper to the top of the cut you made. Easy Peasy!

I made the rounded corners using my envelope punch board. I had considered purchasing a dedicated corner rounder a few months ago, but the punch board has a perfectly good one!

I’m entering this into the My Favorite Things Sketch #366

January 2017 Giveaway

Because I’m a slow letter writer, I have many more note cards made than I will ever be able to use :-). So, this year I’m planning to have a Giveaway each month to clear out some of my stash!

Enter by providing your mailing address using this Rafflecopter form.

You can get a second entry by letting me know in the comments section of this page which of the 3 cards you like 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

I will choose 3 winners on February 1, who will each receive 1 card, an envelope, and 2 sheets of blank stationary,  and I will try to accommodate your preferences if they’re mentioned in the comments.

Good Luck!

The cards being offered this month are:

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MFT Sketch Challenge #365

So apparently My Favorite Things does 3 different kinds of challenges! I made this is for their Sketch Challenge this week:

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So…I was definitely more interested in playing with the background than matching the sketch for this week’s challenge (I told you I was going to be having fun with Ombre and my free fancy paper).

Funny enough, before I made that last card, I’d scribbled a bit of the marker on some scrap paper to see what would happen if I added some water to it. Pretty much nothing, so I was kind of bummed, but still happy with my markers. Well, I guess I’m a messy drinker or something because while I was coloring the background, I saw a splatter appear where the paper I use to protect my workspace from glue and whatnot had a drop of water on it. Apparently, water does affect these markers at least a little bit while they’re wet. Since this paper is so thin, I actually did most of the water splattering on the back of the paper and got some really pretty results. I added a few more to the front of the paper and was less happy, but that might be the difference between the lighter and the darker markers.

I wasn’t going to add the Happy Birthday at first, but the card seemed really bare without it. This card is a bit too girly for me as it is, but there’s so much potential in the techniques that I’m loving it!