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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clean and Simple Card Making, Day 3

I was excited to see today's lesson, because it was all about using different stamping techniques.  I'm a beginning stamper, so it was great to learn about some new techniques.

When I went to use my own ideas and supplies for a card, it was a little challenging, as I didn't have the "recommended" supplies for the class.  But I was able to make it work, and this is what I came up with, using a gradient technique:

This was made using hand made stamps I bought from StudioMo on Etsy.  I'd been itching to use them, and so glad I finally found an excuse!  Also, I didn't have embossing powder or materials, so I stamped the "Miss You" lightly with white pigment ink, and then just traced over it with my white Signo pen.

I'm off to try some more of the techniques we learned today!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Clean and Simple card making, Day 2

I'm catching up slowly by slowly on the card making class!  Day 2's lesson was about making one layer cards, and using masking and watercolor techniques to make them stand out.  Making the card below was, for me, an exercise in figuring out how to use what I have instead of fancy tools I can't afford.

So, instead of a die cutter, I used a circle cutter (if I had had more patience it would have been an exacto knife, but, well, it's late); instead of sticky backed paper, I used card stock and respositionable adhesive that I don't use much; instead of making an embellishment out of an epoxy sticker, I colored in a stamp with my Glaze pens.  By the way, I love those Glaze pens.  The local craft store told me they weren't selling well, so maybe I'm the only one who loves them, but I just think they are genius and so much fun.

I kind of hate using up my stamp ink on filling in stencils though, and I don't have enough materials to really do it right.  I wonder if I could use colored pencils or watercolors instead?

Here's the card:  I don't love it, but it's sort of cute.  Let me know what you think!

Clean and Simple Card Making Part 2, Day 1

I found a great online class on Clean and Simple card making, and for day 1, we learned some tips on craftsmanship and some other techniques.  Our homework was to create a card based on some of the techniques we learned.  (I'm a little behind, as the class started yesterday.)

So here is the card I came up with, which combines several of the techniques.  I wasn't sure what to put on it, and then remember that I was intending on making some Passover cards, so I thought I would try out the techniques on one!

Can't wait to see what day 2 has in store!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

All about buttons!

Last week, my partner in crime J came up with a great Valentine's Day card idea involving a button... and then I found the Neat & Tangled All About Buttons challenge!  It's sponsored by MossyMade, one of my favorite card bloggers.

Here's the card I came up with:

J is great at coming up with puns, and I love the simplicity of it.  Enjoy!

For something slightly different...

A few weeks ago, my friend Merav mentioned that she wanted to announce her new pregnancy in a unique way - she was sick of the boring Facebook posts.  I volunteered to help her out and create something she could show off, which would be subtle but also convey the message.  It's a little different from my usual style, but this is what I came up with:

It's all made from card stock cut outs (hand cut), patterned paper, and a basic grade school hole puncher.  The sentiment was made with Microsoft Word.  Though the supplies used on this were among my most basic, coming up with this idea was a long process!  Hope you enjoy it.

When I saw that this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge was paper piecing, I decided to enter it.  

More cards made with my January card kit

Here is another card I made with the January card kit from Simon Says Stamp:

The SSS January Gallery can be found here: here

Cards using my card kits

So I used to be a Birchbox member, because I loved getting a box of stuff every month, without knowing what was in it.  But as much as I love their service, I was finding that make-up samples aren't really my thing.  I was delighted when I found out that Simon Says Stamp, a website which sells crafting supplies, has a monthly card kit!  I've been playing with the loot I've been getting for the last few months, and here are some of the results, which are on my Etsy shop, and which you can also see here, in the January 2013 card kit gallery, and here, in the February 2013 card kit gallery.

With the January kit, I made two cards, trying out a technique of stamping a background in different colors.  I used small floral stamps I had lying around, inked them in different colors, and went nuts making backgrounds.  Then I added some ribbon and popped the sentiment up.

Card #1:

With the February kit, I used the pink and gray colors to inspire a wedding card:

I used a stamp from the Paper Source, using half of it at a time, and the sentiment is also stamped. The rest of it is hand drawn, and the strong was added when I just didn't know what else to do!

I hope you like these, and thanks for stopping by!

CAS-ual Fridays challenge

Jumping right in to enter this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge. This week's creation was "use your markers," and this is what I came up with.

This is a set of Thank You cards that I made using rubber stamps, and colored them in with Tombo brush markers. Since I can't afford Copics, I used the simple Copic blending technique with the Tombos, and I liked the results. Stop by the challenge if you're inclined to enter as well!

Thanks for reading!


Hi everyone! I decided to join the social media world and start a blog for my paper crafting. I have a degree in library science, but while I look for a full time library job, I'm keeping busy by making cards and other paper crafts and attempting to sell them on Etsy and to friends and family. I hope you'll join me in my adventures. Without further ado, I will jump right in and enter some challenges! Read on.