Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Adustments to cards

I was concerned that my cards were a little too simple in this post, so I used a die to create a star and added it to cards.  I'll only show a few, but I added the star to all of these cards.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

More quick Christmas cards

Following the same technique as previous post, I created another full sheet of watercolor background.  I also spritzed some gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water onto the background in both posts.
I cut this down into 2 pieces that would fit my dies and my die cutting machine (Big Shot).  I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to cut out 5 card front backgrounds.
I stamped the sentiment with an Art Impressions stamp in Versafine onyx black ink and clear embossing powder.  Next, I cut a slightly larger rectangle from black cardstock, using a Hero Arts infinity rectangle die.  I adhered all layers to a white card base.  Tip:  Use a strong adhesive to adhere the watercolor paper to others.  I used Tombow Xtreme tape.
I could continue to make more cards with this technique, but I think this will be enough for me,  Now to get them addressed and in the mai

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas cards

Since I'm now way behind schedule for making Christmas cards, I tried one using a watercolor background I had made earlier.

I was saved by a video by Sandy Allnock.  She showed how to make multiples of Christmas cards.  Boy, did I need this.  First I made a couple sheets of watercolor backgrounds.  Since I didn't have the same supplies, I used what I had available.  I used Arches watercolor paper and Peerless watercolor papers.

After allowing these to dry overnight, I cut out 5 card size pieces from each large sheet with a Sizzix die.
The next step was to turn these into cards by stamping a sentiment and then layering the cards onto gold paper and a white card base.

Only one is these has the sentiment embossed in white, the others are in gold embossing powder.  I'll show the one with white below:
Here is one of the gold ones below:
I had 2 pieces that weren't working with the previous treatment, so I stamped a different sentiment in black and added a black layer.

I have a start, but will need to make more.  I hope I can get them mailed soon.






Friday, November 24, 2017

Holy Cow!

A lot has happened since my last post.  My computer developed problems and I bought a new one.  I had problems getting it set up.  Then, my grandson arrived and helped me out.  His wife and brother have also been here, so I haven't spent much time on computer.  I did manage to create a birthday card for my brother who will turn 96 in December.

This is an old stamp from Embossing Arts.  I stamped it on white cardstock and fussy cut the cow and mounted it on foam tape on a pearlescent paper.  There is Wink of Stella on the wings and gold embossing powder on the halo and sentiment.  Inside the card it says "You're how old".  After the grandsons go back home, I'll try to make some Christmas cards.

Monday, November 13, 2017

More Thanksgiving cards

Since I'm running out of time, I quickly finished assembling my Thanksgiving cards so I can get them in the mail.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thanksgiving Watercolor

It's been over a month since I made cards.  I finally decided that if I was going to use the autumn cards I had started, I must finish them now.  I located the pieces I had started and assembled some.  Here's the result:
I have some others partly made, but not assembled as yet.  Hopefully, life calms a bit and I can finish them and get them in the mail.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Respect for life


Life is precious.  It is a gift from our creator and should be preserved.  I cannot understand why so many people are willing to destroy the life of others.  This thought was recently revived by the way a mass murderer can take the life of people he didn’t even know. 

This disrespect for life has been growing over the years.  I first became aware of this when I saw how easily people destroy the life of a tiny life before the baby has enough awareness to protect itself.  The sheer number of abortions is overwhelming.  How can anyone just callously murder these tiny beings?  I just can’t understand.

I hear so much hate language and total disrespect for others that makes it possible to destroy the precious life of another human being.  There seems to be no tolerance for the beliefs of those who do not agree with us.   Humans have a great brain to form their own opinions and the more we learn to listen to the thoughts of others, the better we will understand our differences.
Over the years, I’ve noticed great divisions in groups of people.  I have always believed that we are all created equal and should be able to coexist on the earth.  Why all the division.   For some reason, groups are influenced to disrespect and even hate those who disagree with them.  What or who is making this hate and disrespect grow so intently?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Watercolor Thanksgiving

I've made a few more watercolor backgrounds to make Thanksgiving cards.  This is the first one I've assembled.


I also made a birthday card for a good friend with the Hero Arts layered pumpkins.  I did a lot of masking to get the two pumpkins and stems lined up.  The ovals are popped with some foam tape, but that doesn't show in the photo.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More autumn cards

I had one piece of the Color Burst watercolor backgrounds left, so I cut it into strips for these three cards.  The sunflower and pumpkins are from the Hero Arts stamp set.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

More autumn cards

I managed to assemble 2 more autumn cards on watercolor backgrounds.  These use an oak leaf and acorn.  The first card has die cuts flat on paper and the second card has them popped on foam tape.