The Evolution of a Card…

Some people may wonder where we get ideas for cards.  Are we just creative and look at a stamp, die, stencil, or embellishment and instantly know what to do?  I wish it was always that easy and sometimes it is.  It is always great when the picture in your head comes out and is the perfect card.  For me, it is usually a part of the card but I don’t have the complete idea yet.  So, I start and try to work out the rest of the card.

A good example would be our Halloween card for this year.  I knew I wanted to use the Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps.  I have two sets of them so I could use one set on black with white ink and the other on orange with black ink.  I could have used white with orange ink but I thought the images could get lost and I didn’t want to go monochromatic with just black & white.  I thought cutting the paper on a diagonal would be different. But, I didn’t have the words and embellishments sorted out.  So, I made a couple of cards that I liked but didn’t love.  I liked the dashes around the words on one of the cards and the orange mesh.  On the other card I liked the background behind the words.  So, I combined them and ended up adding some bats because the dots weren’t working as well as I would have liked.  They didn’t say “Halloween” to me and the brads were ok but I didn’t think that I had enough to make as many cards as I would like.  The bats definitely said “Halloween”.  I even played around with the words and decided horizontal worked better than diagonal. So, here is the final product.  A card that I am happy with and I will send out to friends and family this year.

Final Halloween Card
Card #1
Card #2


My “helper”

Here is Logan my “helper”.  He is a 12 year old “kitten”.  Until recently he had stayed off the table I set up for making cards but last weekend he seemed to discover it.  I was surprised he hadn’t “helped” me sooner.  I know when I cross-stitch he likes to be on the table in front of me leaning against my arm.  So, I am not sure his “helping” is going to work well with cards.  The table is pretty big and I guess I will have to leave room for him!  Next time he is on the table “helping” I will take a photo but in the meantime…



Simon Says Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes!” #4

Recently I purchased Gamsol and have been excited to finally try it.  This was my first attempt and it needs some work but it was fun to get started.  The cat stamp is by Penny Black and the background stamp is by Stampin’ Up.  I used Prismacolor colored pencils and added some clear Wink of Stella to the white areas of the hat.  I look forward to “playing” with Gamsol some more.


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes!” #4


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Simon Says Wednesday Challenge “Anything Goes!”

Last week I made a birthday card for a friend.  I used a design I created about a month ago and personalized the colors for the recipient.  Well, this weekend I decided I needed more birthday cards for some October and November birthdays that are coming up and I decided to try some more color variations.  This one is my favorite and I will post the other two I made.  The flower and turtle stamps are by JudiKins and the word stamp is by D.O.T.S. (now Close to My Heart).  I used Ranger Enamel Accents and 5 different shades of ink to create the shading.  I did it with sponging.  Enjoy…

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Simon Says Monday Challenge “Stencils & Stamps”

I received a new stencil yesterday and since the Simon Says Monday Challenge is “Stencils & Stamps” it seemed liked a good time to try it out.  The stencil is by Crafters Workshop and is very delicate.  I intend to buy both stencils in this set, this is the tree one and the other is the reverse background.  I sponged the stencil, it is very delicate so I taped down all sides.  I used multiple colors of ink and when I was done I stamped it with Versamark & embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I added some brads for embellishment.  I did it in 2 different colors and here is the first…

Simon Says Monday Challenge “Stencil & Stamp”


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