Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Where there is a Part 1, there must also be a Part 2…

So I couldn't leave the Kraft-Tex paper/fabric projects while there was still enough to cut up and make stuff out of.  And I loved the first passport cover I made, and had so many more stamps/ideas that wanted to be used/created that I had to make a few more.  I'm just glad I don't have to decide which one I like best!  I love them ALL!

When I was finished with these, there was still a small piece of Kraft-Tex left that I ran through the Sizzix embossing/die cutting machine to make an assortment of leaves.  The perfect little embellishment to any project that just needs a little some'pn some'pn.  Like these cards!

These projects, along with a few more "process" photos are posted at Love is in the Details today.  As well as links to getcha some Kraft-Tex stuff for y'self!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Latest and Greatest, part 1

I'm posting today at Love is in the Details, showing a couple of simple little projects I created using a very cool new product called Kraft-Tex!  Paper fabric basically!  I made Mr B a passport cover like he's been wanting, and a matching luggage tag.  

And I still have more paper.  Or fabric, now that it's been washed.  And several more ideas…so check back for another post about that!  All the specifics, instructions and more photos are found here.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gifts and Giveaways….

I got a call a couple of weeks ago, from a friend, who's friend had a friend, who's daughter-in-law had passed away last year, and they were wondering if I could use a boat-load of card making and scrappy supplies??  Well, yes.  Yes, I could!  I feel badly that this is the route these supplies came to me, but I feel much worse thinking that when I die, Mr B will sell all my supplies for what I told him I paid!  
(Lol, I saw that on Pinterest.  But it fits.)

There was actually quite a bit that I couldn't use, so in sorting through it all, I decided to use what I could RIGHT NOW.  Before it's stashed with all the rest of the stash and forgotten.  The first thing that inspired me was 2 sheets of GORgeous Anna Griffin textured vellum covered in lilac blooms.  I should have taken a picture, but if you've been paper crafting since forever you might remember it.  You've probably hoarded a piece of it yourself.  It's way too pretty to actually use!!

But use it I would!  So I set to fussy cutting.  It's not something I do much of, because it seems like I should be doing something else at the same time.  But we had a road trip to make, so I took it along on the drive and it was SUCH a relaxing way to pass the time!  Now I want to fussy cut everything!!

But I'm talking too much.  How about let's just look at the cards they made up into.  I made it a rule to only use the new old stash I'd been given, or old stash of my own.  But mostly her's.  

 Check out these rain stones!  Aren't they gorgeous?!  They're not old stash.  And I can see I'll be needing to order more fairly soon!!

 This paper??  Was BEADED!!  I kid you not!  The rest that didn't get used may have to be hoarded now.  

I'm very grateful that my friend thought of me when all these supplies needed a new home, but I'm even more grateful for the spurt of creating it inspired!!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Texture Issues...

So, porridge.  Not…..something I love.  Never have.  Even feeding it to my babies was an exercise in gag control.  I know it's good for me, and I would love to love it, but it's the texture that doesn't work for me.

Dry embossing though?  THAT is a texture that works for me!  I riffled through my folders and just wanted to play with ALL of them.  I didn't get to use them all, but I did use a few.  Here are the cards I made with them.

For this card, I used the gorgeous Anna Griffin embossing folder - Blossom Dance.  I popped the embossed panel up on dimensional adhesive with the stamped floral image and sentiment behind.  Word to the wise.  Die cut the opening first, THEN run the card stock through the embossing folder.  Ask me how I know this. 

For this card I punched butterflies out a variety of embossed kraft card stock.  I simply layered them on a piece of corrugated cardboard that I cut with a fishtail.  It had nothing to do with it being easier to USE that piece of cardboard laying on the table than get up and take it to the garbage. 

For this last card, I laid three strips of embossed card stock side by side and taped them with Washi tape so that I could punch the heart out. 

 I filled the heart opening with aqua colored buttons and pearl dots.  The ombre coloring is subtle.  Maybe too subtle to see?  I dunno.
This was posted at Love is in the Details recently.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cardabilities #110

Well!  Time to do some catching up here on the bloggity blog!  

Let's start with today's new card sketch reveal at Cardabilities!  

This is what our sketch looked like…

And here's what I made.  For this card I played with an embossing folder, did some fussy cutting, some layering, and those fabulous raindrop dots!  Oh my! 

Be sure and stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the rest of the team created from this sketch, and to add your own if you're inspired to create!  And this is goodbye to the Cardabilities design team gig!  It's been fun, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to play with them!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cardabilities Sketch #109

Hi all!  Here's another card for you inspired by Sketch #109 at Cardabilities!  

I had the idea this time that I'd like to incorporate a stamp, a die AND an embossing folder!  I'm sure there's a more accurate way to accomplish this, but for now, I'm pretty happy with the results.  Yes, the stamp overlapped the top card stock (it was supposed to stay on the bottom layer of card stock only) but  I decided to embrace imperfection.

On that note.  Did you know that the Amish quilters purposely stitch a flaw into their quilts??  Because "perfection belongeth unto the Lord".  Not even kidding about that!  That's some awesome confidence in your own skills.

Aaaanyway…  Here's the sketch we used.  And you can too!

And the cards I came up with using that sketch.  I still can't decide which I like better, so you're getting to see them both!

So, I positioned the die onto the card stock and cut it out, then ran that piece through the embossing folder.  I accented the brick design with lightly brushing a sponge applicator and distress ink.
 The tricky part is to stamp the image below EXACTLY where it should be, so that the top layer perfectly surounds, but doesn't obstruct the image.
 I like this technique so happily I'll be trying it a few more times and in the process, hope to figure out how to achieve perfection.  In card making at least.  
 The stamp and die are from Papertrey Ink, the wood veneers are Recollections from Michaels and the gold foil leaf was cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  As well, the "hello awesome" sticker is from Cosmo Cricket.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to jump over to the Cardabilities blog to see what the rest of the team created, and to link your card too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sketch #108

It's the first day of a new month and that means we have a new sketch for you at Cardabilities today!  

Here is the sketch we worked from…

And this is what I made with it.

Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see what the rest of the DT have created and to link your own creation made from this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by again today!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Almost caught up….

Um, so I kinda let the blogging fall off there for awhile this summer.  It might have been the (insert list of improbable, unlikely, unconvincing, questionable excuses here) that prevented me from posting with any regularity.   Or it might have just been good old-fashioned laziness.

But, today we are caught up!  I did these cards back in the early summer, and because they didn't really fall into any category, I let them languish in the "to post" folder.  

For the most part, they are from my experimentations with watercolor.  This first card was inspired by a stamp set I ordered from SimonSaysStamp, and then decided I couldn't wait for it to arrive to play with it, so I pulled out the Sharpies and attempted my own.  I saw what Shari Carroll did with it and tried my own.  

 Then I tried some brush tip lettering to create this Graduation card.  (See?  I told you…old projects!)
 And these ones were just plain fun!!   A lightly penciled word for a guideline, and a mix of watercolor paints and you can get the most amazing results!!  Have I mentioned lately how much I love playing with watercolor??

Thanks again for stopping by today!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014


A week ago, I taught a stencil class in Winkler, MB for a lovely group of ladies and we made quite a few pretty cards using some fun techniques!  Be sure and check out the Love is in the Details blog for more of the how-to details.  But for now, here are some photos.  

Actually, quite a few of them…! [ embarassed grin ]

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