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Friday, March 22, 2013

Pattern Play, Day 3

I'm a little behind on my home work for the Pattern Play class over at Online Card Classes, but here's what I did with Kristina's technique from day 3:

I have tons of this paper lying around - I got it in packs of 99 cent paper from Blick, and have had no idea what to do with it.  The patterns are really bold and sparkly, and the paper is really thick and kind of home-made.  It's hard to cut into, and hard to use.  But I think making it the focal point of the card, and splitting up the pattern a little is a really good way to finally get some use out of this paper!

I'm off to try to catch up a little more on the "homework".  This class is a challenge for me, as someone who likes my cards clean and simple, it's hard to figure out how to make the patterns fit in.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pattern Play, Day 2

Hiya!  I glanced at the instructions and sketches for Day 2, and whipped up this quick card using the techniques learned in Day 1, and the idea of stamping on patterns from Day 2.

I made this card for my partner, who is also a librarian, but unlike me, actually has a job - and got a promotion and a raise today.  I thought these papers from Lawn Fawn's Dewey Decimal collection would be perfect!

Pattern Play, Day 1

It's time for another Online Card Class, this time we're learning about how to use patterned paper.  Just like many others in the class, I buy tons of patterned paper, but tend to put it aside in favor of stamps or just plain white.  Plus, it comes with all my card kits, and I never know what to do with it!

For the first day of class, we talked about some basic principles of combining patterns.  I'm not good at coming up with sketches/layouts on my own (that's a class I need!), so I used the same layout as Kristina Werner did in her video to make a Passover card requested by a family member.  I used paper from Indie Bloom by Basic Grey, and stamps from Papertrey.

 And here's another card where I used some patterned papers, though not as copiously.

See you tomorrow for day 2!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Easter and St. Patrick's Day cards

I was busy while I was away... but since the craft fair I'm selling at is the day before St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would make some St. Patrick's Day themed stuff, along with some Easter cards to go along with the Passover collection.

This Easter card was almost entirely created by items from those dollar bins at Michael's.  You never know what you will find there! 

I was having a really hard time coming up with St. Patrick's Day card which would be fitting for the occasion - not too sappy, and not ugly.  I decided to go with green beer and a Lawn Fawn sentiment.  Once I decided on the layout, I just went with it.

I thought this sunburst background stamp was the perfect feel for St. Patrick's Day, and even though cutting it out for this second card was tedious, I love the way it came out.

If you're not sick of me yet, I have a few more Birthday and other miscellaneous cards to share - I told you, I've been busy!

Mother's Day cards

Since I'm selling stuff at a craft fair this weekend, I wanted to have as much stuff themes for Spring holidays as possible.  Here are some Mother's Day Cards I put together:

This was made almost entirely from the Simon Says March Card Kit, the sentiment is Lawn Fawn.  The background is that yellow striped washi tape that comes in the kit, and the stems are just colored with markers.  I finally found a use for washi tape!

This card was inspired by a masking technique I learned in Clean and Simple 2 at Online Card Classes, and I had tried to make a version of this during the class that I don't think came out too well.  Here is the improved version - much cleaner, and I like it much better.

These two are variations on the same card, just in different colors.  I used watercolor paper and gelatos or waterbased markers to create the gradient strip, and then just punched out the little flowers from the gradient I made.  I embossed the flowers in clear embossing powder to make them shine a little.

Keep reading for my St. Patrick's Day cards, Easter cards, and some Birthday cards I made for a friend.

I'm back and Happy Spring!

Hello!  I bet you didn't even notice (I'm not famous enough yet for people to notice ;), but I was out of town and therefore disappeared from the Internet for a little while.  I was in Florida, visiting my grandparents at their snowbird condo in Boca.  I did, however, have time to make a bunch of cards, so I have lots of things to share with you.

First, though, a few more orders of business:

If you're in the Boston area, please come visit me at the SLAM Market at the Burren in Somerville, this Saturday from 12 - 4.  It's my first foray into selling at a craft fair, and I'm super nervous about it.  But, if you come, the Burren is offering $5 lunches all day!

Also, if you like the cards I've been posting, please check out my Etsy shop.  I've kind of been neglecting it lately, in the hopes of fame fortune in the blog world... but I'm about to post all of the Spring cards you see on the blog, so please check it out here.

Now, onto the card eye candy!  First up is a set of Passover cards I made to send to family members both in Israel and stateside.  I used backgrounds from Paper Smooches, and icons and Hebrew lettering from a local stamp company in Newton, MA called Zum Gali Gali.

See my next posts for some Easter, Spring, and Mother's Day cards!