Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Winter's Eve Window card

More from Heartfelt Creations!  LOL since I have the whole set, you'd think I'd be all set up for Christmas card making.  And I am.  But I still find things that I just gotta have.  Anyhoo.  Here's my card:

This might be as close to clean and simple as you can get with Heartfelt Creations lol.  So I used one of the 6 x 6 paper sections and adhered that to the front of the card only around the outside edge.  Then I used the Cut Mat Create die to cut out the center of the paper and card front, discarded the center piece of the card front and layered the center piece of the patterned paper into the inside of the card.  I thought the swirls from other Cut Mat Create die set looked like swirling snow so I cut off all the little leaves and now we're pretending the flowers are snowflakes.  The tree border and deer are Darice dies that I had in my stash, I think they add a more dimension to the scene.

What do you think?

Supplies used:

HC Winter's Eve paper collection
HC Cut Mat Create 2A and 2B die sets
Recollections pearl paper
DoCrafts Papermania 6 x 6 card blank
SU! Garden Green and Chocolate Chip card stock

Thanks for looking!

Heartfelt Creations Christmas Card

So I went and splurged on the Winter's Eve collection from Heartfelt Creations, thinking that was all I would need for some pretty cards.  Well, I got halfway through this card, and realized I wanted Christmas trees.  Of course this meant I had to go back and order Some from the Snow Kissed collection lol.  First world problems, right?

Here is my complete-for-now card:

I say complete-for-now because I feel like the front greeting needs a little more oomph.  I haven't decided what to do there.  

Did I mention I love Christmas trees?  lol there are eight die cut trees on this card!  I added Perfect Pearls because I felt they needed a little decoration. 

Anyhoo.  Here's my supply list:

HC 4.25 x 5.5 foldout card
HC Winter's Eve patterned paper
HC Winter's Eve stamp set (outside greeting)
SU! Tempting Turquoise ink
HC Classic Border Basics die
HC Delicate Border Basics dies
SU! Tempting Turquoise card stock
HC Snow Kissed Spruce stamp set
HC Frolicking Frosty and Spruce die set
SU! Pear Pizazz card stock
SU! Garden Green ink
SU! Chocolate Chip ink
Ranger Perfect Pearls - platinum

Wow that's a heckuva list.  You'd almost need a whole Heartfelt Creations and Stampin' Up! craft room to do this... oh wait... I DO have that!  lol

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

What do you really need? And what can you live without? (In card making, anyway)

So have you ever just read hundreds of blogs, thinking "hey! I wanna do that too", and then wonder how on earth you ever get started?

Well that's what I'm going to talk about today.  Stuff you need to get started making cards.  Let's get right to it!  To keep this readable, I'll post a few at a time.  Today's stuff you gotta have (And I don't even get to the stamps yet!):

1.  A good paper trimmer.  Not the cheapest one you can find, but you don't have to spend big bucks here.  I used to like guillotine trimmers because I could lop off all the uneven layers on a card in one big chomp.  Now I prefer a tool that I can measure well with and have even layers to begin with.  The problem with guillotine trimmers?  Well, for me, it was hard to consistently get even layers- I would measure, but the trimming process managed to miss the mark somehow.  So I had to put finished cards in the trimmer and cut off all the unevenness.   Yes, it was a user problem, not necessarily an equipment problem.  But you know what?  When I got my Stampin' Up trimmer, I suddenly started making much more even layers.  No more chopping up finished cards.

2.  Great card stock.  Don't buy the cheap stuff at the store.  It's 2017, use your internet and get great card stock. It makes a difference.  There are lots of fantastic choices out there, from My Favorite Things to Simon Says Stamp to Stampin' Up.  Why do I like Stampin' Up?  Because I love that their inks and papers color coordinate (makes it easier for me to make a nice card) and their colored inks work fabulously on their Whisper White card stock.  I mean really, really fabulously.  No splotches, no fading, no bleeding. Several companies have coordinating card stock and inks, several companies have a white card stock that works well with their colored inks.  Shop around, see what you like best.

3.  Your favorite inks.  Dye inks are great.  They don't cost a lot, they come in hundreds of colors, and they often match your card stock.  You don't need lots of pigment inks, unless you do tons of embossing.  Versamark and white craft ink are the only pigment inks I use to emboss with.  There are inks out there made for certain special effects.  Just know that you can do most ink blending techniques with most dye inks.  You don't necessarily need all five thousand different Tim Holtz inks (although I do have a few dozen!) and you don't necessarily need all fifty Stampin' Up! inks (although I do have them all).  Here again, use your internet and get good inks, don't just stick with what's at the local hobby store.

Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
4.  A few markers to color with.  Don't think you have to spend big money here, either, but you will want to color in images for your cards.  Water-based markers cost less than alcohol-based, but both have their place in the crafter's nook.  I'd start with water-based because you can stamp with them, water color with them, and they often come in colors to match your inks.  Those come in handy when you stamp imperfectly- you can touch up the image with the coordinating marker and Ta-daa! You've got a perfect image.

5.  A computer.  You will at some point, be stuck.  Have a stamp set you have no idea what to do with.  Want to see a new technique.  Try to figure out where your great card went wrong.  Thanks to the internet, you'll be able to find new inspiration, tutorials, and friends willing to provide feedback.  And you can do it at 2:00 am.

Thanks for looking.  I'll post more later.

Bling it up a notch

Well if you're gonna CASE something, CASE something.  And kick it up a notch, change it and make it your own.  Today I CASEd this card, using the basic layout but blinging it up a notch!

Here is my card:

You can see a little of the blingy goodness, but you know, it's hard to capture all the sparkle in one shot.

I used a retired glimmer paper in Bermuda Bay as my starting point, and boy I hated to make that first cut on my little 6x6 sheet of glimmer paper!  See, I hoard all things shiny and crafty, so I had to find a way to make that one piece of paper go as far as possible!  I listed silver glimmer paper in the supplies so you'd have a link, but know that the Bermuda Bay color is no longer available.

First, I cut my big layer for under the pretty cutouts.  Then I cut my trees from the left over piece.  And I could not bear to cut a second piece of glimmer paper for the same card, so I cut the square layer from the center of the big layer!  No one will ever know, unless they take my card apart, which, to my knowledge, they don't do.

I am loving the Carols of Christmas bundle, which is available in the Holiday catalog that goes live on September 1, 2017.  Big elements like the "Peace on Earth" greeting mean you don't have to get too fussy on your cards to have a great result.  And the trees are so cool.  Did you know there's a deer in the stamp and die sets to go with it?  Again- cool.

Any hoo.  Here are the supplies I used:

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Something old, something new birthday card

My niece is having a birthday this weekend, so I had to make her a pretty card.  I CASEd this card, changing up the color scheme.  Here's what I came up with:

I really like the fresh green color against the gray and white.  I did use a stamp and die set that is retired- Chalk Talk.  It's not available in my store, but you could find it for sale elsewhere if you really wanted it.  Any label would do here as a substitute.  I just like using my older sets.  I certainly have a lot of them!

How many of you have lots of retired stamp sets?  How many do you have?  I have dozens... I probably should catalog and count them so I know what I have, but I'm not quite there yet.

Anyhoo.  Here's my list of supplies:

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

First Christmas card of 2017

And it has begun- the great Christmas card race of 2017!  Can she make enough cards for all her friends, family, and church family?  Will she maintain her mojo or will she CASE every card?  Stay tuned!


SU! Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Whisper White cardstock
SU! Fancy Frost DSP (embossed paper)
SU! Whisper White craft ink
SU! White embossing powder
SU! Chalk Talk framelit
SSS Ugly Sweater stamp set
SSS Sweater Words & Appliques stamp set
SSS Sweaters die
Copic markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Delicata gold ink
SU! gold embossing powder

Thanks for looking!