Monday, April 14, 2014

Life goes on

I'm still taking a break from card making.  I've been going through boxes of my supplies that used to be a big part of my life.  Yesterday, I watched a video on Ribbon Embroidery from 1995.  I also located my supplies, and even some partially finished projects.  Does anyone still do Ribbon Embroidery?  It's so pretty, but I'm not sure my arthritic fingers can do it any more.  I have lots of silk ribbon and fabric.  I also have kits that are unopened.

Why or why did I have to buy so much stuff and then lose interest.  I also found some beading supplies and pattern books.

Right now, I'm really involved in watching the eaglets grow up in Decorah, Iowa.  They have a great Eagle Cam.  There is also a lot of info on their Facebook page.   Check them out HERE.  Three little ones are being well cared for by their parents during rainy and snowy weather.
Beware, the eagles are very addictive.  It's the first thing I check in the morning and last before bedtime.  It is such a treat to be able to follow an eagle family as they go about living their lives.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Back to Basics

I've been stuck without mojo for a few weeks.  I decided to go through my old supplies.  I have found a lot of things that I bought when I first started making cards.  Lots of supplies are in my stash.  I also found a box of videos from those days.  Some of these are dated 1999.
My friend and I watched some of these videos yesterday.  One thing we noticed was that there was no patterned paper used.  They made their own designs using ink and cardstock, with very few stamps.  These were the times before embossing folders and dies.  We used plain cardstock and ink, with few stamps.  There were tools that we no long use now.  Many of my supplies have deteriorated from sitting for years unused.

Gingerwood Bulletin Board is encouraging us to use these old supplies and techniques.  We will be having Throwback Thursday events.  There will be no prizes, just a place to be able to share our efforts.  In most challenges, we are encouraged to use the latest supplies.  Those of us who have been making cards for many years have far too much stuff in our stash and need an opportunity to use them and share the results.  You have to register to be a part of this group, but it's free and filled with friendly card makers.  We love to share our knowledge with anyone willing to ask questions.

If I can get motivated, I will try to make some cards using these old techniques.  I even found a few things that I had started and never turned into cards.  I have lots of backgrounds, but here are a few stamped and colored images that got packed away before finishing the project.

These were stamped in white ink on dark cardstock and colored with pencils.  I'll work on turning them into cards.

These were stamped on white cardstock and colored with chalks with chalk blending solution.

I'll see what I can do to use some of my old supplies and techniques.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Archeology Contest

Recently on Gingerwood Bulletin Board, we were challenged to use supplies that we've had for at least 5 years and not used.  I had a lot of this, but gave away some of them.  This are the items I chose to use.
These are Marvy Metallic markers.  I also used the water Mini Mister and black glossy cardstock.  I scribbled the markers onto the black cardstock and misted it with water, both before and after applying.  I also placed a sheet of plastic wrap over the wet ink and smoothed it out a bit, then allowed it dry.  When I removed the plastic wrap, this card appeared.
I stamped the sentiment on the image and embossed with gold embossing powder, then mounted it on glossy gold cardstock and a white card base.

Friday, March 21, 2014

RW&B birthday

I haven't made cards for a while.  The mojo just left me.  I just got a new address for my grandson who has birthday next week, so made a quick card and put it in the mail.  He probably won't get it in time, because he's on the other side of the world.  The gold brads are to represent the brass buttons on his uniform, although his are probably in a straight line.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Catching up

I spent some time sorting and organizing my craft room after spending time doing yard work.  One finally step was to bring my Ott-Lite floor lamp into craft room from my reading space.  Now, I can see to assemble cards at this counter top high table.
With this new area to work, I decided to create a few personal birthday cards.
This background paper is from the Ombre pad by Colorbok and is shaded from dark to light from bottom to top.  I made this card with top section, but put it in folder backwards, so it's debossed.  I wanted color to show, so I added ink to embossing folder and ran it through again.

This is lower portion of same paper, embossed correctly this time.  The flowers are from containers of Bride's flowers from Michaels.  I chose scraps from my stash to go with the color of flowers.  Tiny brads hold the flowers to card.  Sentiments are gold stickers.

For this card I used a very old brass stencil for sentiment.  I embossed it, then added Krylon gold marker through the stencil.  Both circles are cut with Spellbinder's dies and staggered to create diamonds.  The background paper is from Watercolor pad by Colorbok and is embossed with a Cuttlebug folder with diamonds.  I punched some diamonds to embellish the embossed diamonds.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sorting scraps

When I get overwhelmed by a problem, I need to try to find a solution.  Since I had lots of paper scraps piled on my table, I needed a place to put them as I sorted them.  The first step was to create some storage containers from some empty Kleenex boxes.  You can see the tutorial HERE.  I have a lot of these for storage, but I needed some empty ones.
When the glue had dried and I could remove clothes pins, I started sorting into the boxes.  I used 4 containers.  Full and large sheets went into the existing container.  Medium size pieces (suitable for layering) went into 2nd box.  Patterned paper had it's own box and those odd shaped pieces (suitable for punches and stamping images) went into the 4th box.
This looked pretty good until I turned around to see where I had stacked stamped images, digi images and die cut papers.  Where to begin with this...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Scrap problems

I've been stuck in a rut and took some time away from my craft room to do some yard work.  I'm tired, but hope the plants do better when the new growth begins.  Suddenly, I realized that March is quickly approaching and I have a lot of family birthdays in March.  I quickly made and mailed one that was imminent.
Now, before I begin the rest of the cards, I think I need to clean up some of this mess.
The problem is that I'm overwhelmed and don't know where to begin.  I may have to go watch the video from the Scrap Wrangler.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Choosing colors

After tucking and sorting my cards for the next box for Operation Write Home, I discovered that I needed more 'love' cards.  I picked out some sentiments and proceeded to make some cards.  My first group just didn't please me.
After staring at these cards to see why I didn't like them, I slept on it.  The next morning, I looked at them again in daylight.  Surprise!  Those flower centers were brown, not black.  I had more of that paper, so decided to pair it with brown and this is the result.
I liked this card, so made 3 of them.  The lesson here is to look at colors in good light and try to use colors that look good together.  A color wheel can be very helpful, but I admit that I mostly just choose what I think looks good together in daylight.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fisherboy card

Recently, I was looking at a group of my old rubber stamps that don't get used often because they look better when colored and I don't enjoy coloring.  I stamped them and gave them to a couple of friends who do enjoy coloring.  Susan returned this little fisherboy all colored and fussy cut and challenged me to make a card with it.  Here's my resulting card.
The stamp is unmounted and I have no idea who made it.  The background stamp is from Posh Impressions.  Sentiment is a Cuttlebug die.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Playing with old tools

Can you take one more post about the brayered background and white embossing?  These images were stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I then, brayered ink from Kaleidacolor ink pads over the image with a foam brayer.  These backgrounds are not as intense as the previous ones because of less passes with the brayer. 

Once again, I didn't have dies the right size to cut out these images.  I pulled out some of my old unused supplies to create these.  The white scalloped oval frame was cut with a Sizzix original die.  The inner oval was cut with a Coluzzle.  Do any of you still have these old nesting templates.  They work with a strange looking swivel craft knife and some special foam for a cutting mat.  They still work and love being used once again.  Show some love to your old tools.

The rectangle card could have been cut with a trimmer, but I used my old Evo Templates and a craft knife.  Instead of just storing your old supplies, give them some love.  They work as well as they did when we first bought them.
The B on some of the templates is a second set called In Betweens.  These fit between the sizes of the other set.  The round dots are finger dots added to help them stick to the image you're cutting.  I have other sizes and shapes also.  Before you look for these, they are out of business and you can only get them from people like me who kept the old tools.