Tuesday, October 31, 2017

*Eclipse Card*

I've seen a lot of these cards on Pinterest and was lamenting that I didn't own any letter dies or any good word dies... and then it dawned on me.... "Use the Silhouette, stupid!".  So I did!  I need to work on figuring out placement as this cut exactly on the edge of my stamped piece (even though it didn't look like it would in Design Studio) but I was able to salvage it...

This is called the eclipse technique.  You stamp up your panel however you want and then you die cut or use your Silhouette to cut out a word.  I cut the word two more times out of black cardstock.  I then layered the letters on each other, leaving out the insides of the A and Ps.  I put the stamped panel on a black layer, put it on the white card and then put my punched up letters in the holes.  The centres of the letters are only the one layer thick and I added them inside each of their letters.  I added the word "birthday" stamped in black.

I think next time I'll try another layer under the stamped letters.... and I will have to play with placement in Design Studio.

Monday, October 30, 2017

*Clear Embossing Resist*

Another super easy but super colourful card.  I stamped some of the images from Henneh Elements on to white cardstock with my Versarmark ink pad and embossed the images in clear embossing powder.  Once it was cool, I sponged red, blue and yellow Catherine Pooler inks on the panel, blending them to create all the colours of the rainbow.  I used a soft cloth to buff the ink off the embossing, layered it on to a black panel and then on to a white card.  I added a quick sentiment to the bottom of the card.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

*I Used It*

A few years ago, after watching some videos, I decided I needed to buy a Silhouette.  It was delivered and I went straight to cutting a file I had downloaded... and it was a mess...  it stuck to the cutting mat, didn't cut all the way through... and I got discouraged.  I put it away for the day and thought I'd come back to it another time.

But I didn't.  I was seriously considering selling it...

My sister, who bought the Silhouette because of me and who was more afraid to start using it than me, has fallen in love with the machine... and when she was here in August, she showed me a bit about the machine.

So I decided to try playing with it the other day.  I wanted a die cut "happy' to go on a card so I played around with the design software and some of the fonts I downloaded and came up with this card.

Friday, October 27, 2017

*Plot Twist*

A friend of mine was diagnosed several weeks ago with breast cancer.  I made her this card that I hope arrived before her scheduled surgery.  I thought of her when I saw this stamp and had to have it!

It is another quick and easy card...  I stamped the sentiment on the front of the panel in black ink and when it was dry, I taped it off.  I used Catherine Pooler inks on a funky Catherine Pooler stamp to create the rainbow effect.  I cut the panel a little smaller than my card front and sponged ink on to the white card before attaching the panel.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

*Good Friends Again*

I revisited this great Stampin' Up! stamp again... this time I used my Misti and some Catherine Pooler inks to create a rainbow effect on the stamp.  I stamped the sentiment again with Versamark and embossed it in clear.  I used my Perfect Layers tool to cut the silver glitter paper layer and added a Michael's flower that I coloured with some Catherine Pooler ink.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

*The Oldest You've Ever Been*

Just a quick card using some Cathrine Pooler inks... one layer, no embellishments.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

*Big Happy*

My friend Bonnie came to play a few weeks ago and she brought her letter stamps... I wish they weren't a "distressed" look, but I am still happy with how the card turned out.

I stamped the letters using Catherine Pooler ink and my Misti... and added the birthday stamped in black ink.  I used my Perfect Layers tool to create the black layer.

I love how clean and bright this card is!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

*Simple Birthday*

I saw a card like this on Pinterest recently and decided to make it my own.  I used my Perfect Layers tools to create the two layers you see, coloured the image with Copics.  The happy birthday sentiment was supposed to just be on the front of the card but it didn't stamp properly... so instead of ditching the card completely, I just stamped it again and created a banner with it and put it on the card with pop dots.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

*Quilt Dies*

I bought a couple of quilt dies a while back and finally decided to play with them.  I cut the die out of cardstock as well as four different patterned papers.  I pieced them together on the front of a square card.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

*Good Friends*

I was at a Stampin' Up open house ad I saw this stamp set and *had* to have it...  I'm still playing around with the perfect look for it.

For this card I used a sponge dauber and Catherine Pooler inks to create the background.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink and traced around the rubber with a pencil to create the shape.  I then put it through my Brother Scan n Cut to cut it out.  I added a few flowers I had stamped and cut out with my Scan n Cut.  I think maybe the white is a little to drastic, but I still like how it turned out
I sent this card to a friend for her birthday... I've known her since 1976!

I realized I haven't given an update on me since the summer.... 

In mid-July I ended up in the hospital with an infection at the site where they joined my colon to my small intestine.  I ended up in the hospital for 5 days on IV antibiotics.  July 25th, my 27th birthday, I met with my oncologist for the first time and found out that my tumour was a late stage 2 (or could be called early stage 3) so Bruce and I decided that to ensure that the cancer is truly gone I would undergo chemo treatments.  My oncologist told me it would be 2 weeks of pills, one week off for 8 rounds. 

I thought that the oral chemo would be easier on my system... but it wasn't.  I ended up with some pretty severe side effects after my first round so I ended up with an extra week off of pills.  They lowered my dose for round 2 and it has stayed there for round 3 (where I am now).  I am absolutely exhausted at the best of times.  I am working a couple of half days a week and I had hoped to add more time to my schedule but my body just won't allow it. 

I am looking forward to having my life back to "normal"...  bring on January!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

*Colourful Flowers*

I stamped these two flowers several weeks ago when I first got my Brother Scan n Cut.... I wanted to see how it worked.... I LOVE how easy it makes it to cut out stamped images.  No more fooling around with the matching dies.

I used a sponge dauber and some Catherine Pooler inks to colour the flowers.  I added some leaves I'd cut out as well.  The blue panel behind the sentiment was colour with the sponge dauber and Catherine Pooler ink as well.
I really like how this card turned out.