Thursday, April 13, 2017

Special birthday

I was recently reminded that a very special brother-in-law will soon turn 80.  I wanted to help him celebrate across the miles.
This card has the appearance of a lot of texture, but is quite flat in real life.  The background is from DCWV and has small glossy dots.  The sentiments are unmounted and stamped with red Colorbox ink and embossed with Ranger Chinese Red embossing powder.  This powder has small bits of gold mixed with the red.  Pinked circles are cut with Spellbinders Nestability dies.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ink Smooshing

Recently, I needed a sympathy and decided to try ink smooshing for the background.  I had seen this technique recently on this blog.  I didn't remember exactly how it was done, so I just put distress ink on a piece of acetate, spritzed it with water and placed watercolor paper on top and peeled it off.  In case you're tempted, don't use regular cardstock for this.  I tried that first and had a big fail.  After the background was dry, I stamped the image and sentiment onto background with Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I cut it out with a die and added a frame, then mounted it on white card base.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fruit challenge

Once again, a challenge from Karen on Gingerwood Bulletin Board inspired me to make a card.  The challenge is to make a card using fruit.  Strangely enough, I have very few stamps of fruit.  I did find this one and decided it would make a good birthday card for a female relative who works hard and would like nothing more than a day to relax on her birthday.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Why make cards?

I've often wondered what motivates others to make cards, when they are available to purchase.  I make them for several reasons:
  1. I like to personalize cards for the recipient.  I like cards that appear to be made especially for me.  I assume others do also.
  2. I enjoy creating artistic things.
  3. I have so much 'stuff' accumulated that I want to use it up so it doesn't get thrown away when I'm gone.
Why do you make cards?  Do you keep them or mail them?  I've heard others say in their blogs that they don't like to part with their art after creating it.  I avoid this by thinking of the recipient when designing cards.  Besides, my creations aren't that spectacular.  I make cards to make others happy and thought about.

I've been fighting health issues and not making many cards lately.  Here is the latest card that I made.
I made this for a male relative who is working on health issues, with diet and exercise.  He is seriously working on improving his health and I think he will understand my message for his birthday.  I looked for a sentiment for the inside of the card and chose this one:
Since I'm trying to use up my supplies and not add to them, I used very old stamps that I've had for years.  I know the stamps will outlive me, but I have to use the perishable supplies.  I still have lots of cardstock and ink, but the ink pads are gradually ending their use.  Even some reinkers are no longer usable.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring birthday

I made this card for a special female relative who lives in Colorado.  The columbine is the state flower of that state.  While the card was in progress, there was a challenge on Gingerwood Bulletin Board to make a card with texture.  I decided to use a Darice embossing folder on the background paper.  I added some Brilliance ink to the raised tree and stamped the birthday sentiment on the tree trunk.  The butterfly is made with a Martha Stewart punch.  Only the body of the butterfly is glued to card and pearls added to body for more texture.  The butterfly wings are free to be raised.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Man's birthday card

Since I was in a creative mood, I made a card for my son's upcoming birthday.  To create this card, I pulled out some very old, long unused supplies.
I used some tan cardstock and placed it in the wood grain embossing folder, then patted some Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto the raised areas.  Using the old original Sizzix die, I cut out an ancient document from the same cardstock.  I placed this die cut into a very old Sizzix Happy Birthday stencil. 

If you've never seen these, they came before the embossing folders were invented.  The brass stencil was glued into a plastic folder and another piece of plastic, embossed with sentiment, is inside back of folder.  I then removed brass stencil from folder and used it to add color to raised letters.  I added some of same ink to edges of sign for the distressed look

The hammer and nails were cut with the small Sizzlet die.  I used both silver and brown paper.  I cut the handle from the brown paper and glued it on top of silver handle.  I then glued the brown hammer head under the silver head.  I placed the nails through small holes in the corners and glued the 'sign' onto the woodgrain paper.  I used tiny brads in the lower corners, with heads painted silver.  I attached the hammer onto card with foam tape to give it some dimension.

I added a dark brown frame and adhered it to a cream cardstock.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sparrow birthday

I have had a serious lack of mojo this winter.  Karen's challenge on Gingerwood Bulletin Board inspired me to make a bird card for her challenge.
This stamp is unmounted with no name on it.  I used a Misti to stamp it onto the white cardstock.  I pulled out my neglected Prismacolor pencils and colored the image, then blended it with odorless mineral spirits.  My stamped outline was partly obliterated in the coloring process, so I put it back in the Misti and stamped it again with Memories Artprint Brown ink.  The Misti sure is nice for this purpose.  I cut out the image with my stitched rectangle dies and also cut the yellow paper with a larger size die.  I cut the green frames with my trimmer to give a narrow border.  This was mounted onto a white card base.  The image and the sentiment are mounted on dimensional tape.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2017, we need to reflect on this past year and make plans to correct our mistakes.  I always feel that I must count my blessings, as my life is much better than others that I know or hear about.  I try not to feel sorry for my own circumstances, but to work on ways to improve them.  I don't really make New Year's Resolutions, but prefer to just make positive plans for the future.  We must take each day at a time and do the best we can with what we are facing.  I make no promises, just try to do the best I can.  I always want to make my dog proud of me.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Changing seasons

Since I live in the southern Nevada desert, our seasonal changes are different than in many areas.  We had beautiful fall colors until yesterday.  These photos were  taken 2 days apart in my front yard.  We had a small amount of rain during the night and lots of wind.  A few of the leaves are piled against the fence, but most are being shared by neighbors down the street.



While the wind was blowing and leaves were flying outside, I decided to make some cards that will probably arrive at their destination after Christmas.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Seasonal cards

We have each been raised with our cultural differences.  I was raised to believe that we celebrate Christmas because of our Christian beliefs.  I realize that others have different beliefs, so I do make seasonal cards for people who do not celebrate the holiday season in the same way.  Here is a card I made to send to others during the winter season.
I embossed this glossy paper with a snowflake embossing folder, then patted white Brilliance ink onto the raised snowflakes.  Glossy paper does not photograph well.  The color is really much closer to the other colors on the card.