Friday, March 30, 2018

*Thank You Card Series*

As I said in an earlier post, I needed to make some thank you cards.  I wanted to send some cards to a few people who truly made a difference during the last several months while I battled colon cancer.  Just a little something to let them know how much their kindness and effort meant to me.

This was another of the thank you cards I made... I used a very old Inkadinkadoo stamp set with some Catherine Pooler ink to create the swirls.  I added the Thank You stamped with CP inks (Concord & 9th stamp set) and then again with VersaMark so I could emboss it with Stampin' Up! Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  And then I set the card panel aside cuz I wasn't sure I liked it.

I decided to keep trying to play with it....  I used some Catherine Pooler ink and sponged the edges of a white panel and attached my stamped panel to it.  I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create the border and put it all on a white card.

And it still didn't feel right.  So Bonnie suggested some Stickles on the dots.... which I did.... and it still didn't feel right.  So Bonnie suggested flicking my Wink of Stella pen on it... which I did...and it still didn't feel right.... so then I flicked on some of the silver Wink of Stella and finally it felt OK.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

*Good Friends*

I love the colours of this card....

I stamped the Stampin' Up large sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed it on white on a white cardstock panel.  I then used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and my blending tool to create the colourful resist.  I used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a double mat in a deep cranberry colour and black before adding it to the front of a white top fold card.

So very quick and easy on a day when my creativity *wanted* to flow but wasn't...

Friday, March 23, 2018

*You Make My Heart Smile*

I've seen a lot of cards that I've loved with what look like ink splotches on them.  In some cases I think they are working on a glossy or coated cardstock and are dropping alcohol inks on the cardstock and blowing it with a straw or a heat tool.  I decided I liked the look of these stamps by My Favorite Things and bought them with my last order.  I stamped them in some of the Spa Collection colours from Catherine Pooler.  I have had the inks since they were released but this was my first time using them.  I started with just the purple, orange and green and realized it looked very "halloween" so I added some yellow and pink as well.

I added a strip with the stamped and embossed sentiment and die cut the word SMILE, all from My Favorite Things.

I cut down the front panel and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a dark purple 1/16th" border before layering it all on to a white card base.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

*Another Thank You*

Not quite done with the thank you cards....  just a few more to go....

I played with my Copics and my Silhouette again for this card.  While the Silhouette was frantically working to cut out the thanks on black cardstock (again, three layers), I was busy stamping and colouring these flowers by AlteNew.  I was originally going to make this a one layer card, but as I started to colour with my Copics, I knew I couldn't.  So, after colour the panel (and stamping the leaves with the Eucalyptus ink by Catherine Pooler) I cut 1/4" off the top and one side of the cardstock to create a panel.  I then attached it to a white side folding card with foam tape.  I added the cut out thanks and added some Wink of Stella to the centres of the flowers and to the thanks.

Friday, March 16, 2018

*Gnome Thanks*

I have seen so many cards using the adorable gnomes from MFT that I just had to buy the set.  I thought this little guy with the potted flowers would be great on a thank you card.

These two cards are pretty much the same... just different colours.  I used a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder on the fronts of the coloured layers.  I stamped the gnomes and coloured them with my Copics (I am very slow at colouring so I don't do it very often) and then cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut.  I stamped the greeting on the white strips and coloured in the many with a Copic colour to match the background.  I put the white layer on a scrap of the coloured layer and used my Perfect Layers Tools to create the border.  I popped up the gnome with pop dots and put it all on to a white side fold card.

I've been using Copics for a lot of years, but have never really invested a lot of time to practicing or taking my time in the colouring... I have to tell you how proud I am of the green hat on the one gnome... I just love how it turned out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

*A Quick Thanks*

I need a few thank you cards to send out to some people who have been there during my shitstorm these last 9 months (almost 10!)....  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest for this one. 

The floral background is by CASual Fridays and I stamped it with VersaFine ink on Stampin' Up Whisper White cardstock.  It took a bit to dry so I set it aside while I got out my computer and Silhouette to create the "thanks" which I cut out of white cardstock and layered together 3 for dimension.  I then used three Distress Inks and blended them on the word and set it aside.  I attached the stamped panel to a blue piece of cardstock and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a perfect 1/16" border around the stamped panel.  I put it on to a white top fold card, added the thanks to the front of the card and a few Dew Drops to the stamped panel for colour.

Friday, March 09, 2018

*Big Smile*

A quick and easy card for you... a white card base, a black layer and white dry embossed layer (using this great double sided embossing folder from Spellbinders!) and the die cut of SMILE.  I put it all together and realized that it needed something, so I added some glitter along the edge of the black panel to give it some bling!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

*Strips of Patterned Paper*

More patterned paper love from that day that Bonnie was here.  I used what was left after I cut the original sheets on the angle and cut them in to 1/4" strips and layered them together on to a white card front.  I added a blue layer and put it on to a white card.  I die cut the happy out of blue cardstock 3 times and layered it together and then added some white "stitching" lines to help make it stand out.  I finished it off by stamping the word birthday in black Versa Fine ink.

Funny story.... I had every intention of making this a horizontal card but then adhered the card front to the card and got to finishing it off before I realized what I'd done.  It's not that I don't like it, but I had a different thought in my head.

Friday, March 02, 2018

*Patterned Paper Angles*

I decided to play with some more patterned paper when Bonnie was here to play a few weeks ago...  I don't think that the blue button really "goes" with the birthday card, but it was as close as I could get... and I knew that the card needed *something*

For the smile card, I used a MFT die and cut it out of black paper three times to give it some dimension.  For the birthday card I just stamped the sentiment and added some iridescent sequins.