My First Shaker Card

I have resisted making a shaker card for quite awhile, they have been one of the “in” things in the card world for awhile.  I have watched several videos (thanks to Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner) and I know they aren’t hard but they are time consuming.  I needed to make a birthday card for a certain 7 year old this week and decided it was time to finally make one because I know she will enjoy it.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries for the background.  The heart embossing is by We R Memory Keepers.  I used a Sizzix circle die and the Happy Birthday and Cupcake dies are by Simon Says Stamp.  I used various sequins and hold punched hearts & stars out of glitter paper to fill the shaker.  I am happy with my first shaker 🙂

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Happy Easter Everyone!

I finally completed our Easter cards and ended up doing them in several different colors.  It is interesting how an idea for a card starts and evolves into a completed card.  I originally was going with the blended colored background but it took away from the die cut.  In the end just using an embossing folder and solid color card worked the best.  Enjoy, I hope you all have a Happy Easter with your families this weekend!

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Happy Holidays!

I’ve been busy finishing up the cross-stitch ornaments I made for Christmas and spending time with family & friends.  I have a lot of future card ideas in my head that I can’t wait to get out and actually create!  So, more cards are coming….but probably not until after Christmas 🙁

 

Stitching Instead of Stamping…

I have been busy stitching instead of stamping for the last couple of weeks, getting ready for Christmas.  I enjoy making homemade gifts, especially for hard to buy for people.  Here are some pics of what I have been working on.  The cat will become a magnet and the dog will be a Christmas ornament.  They just need to be ironed and put together.  Stampers may recognize these critters.  They are designs by Margaret Sherry and Penny Black has turned some of her designs into stamps.  I will be back stamping soon!

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Margaret Sherry Dog
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Margaret Sherry Cat

Cards are delayed but are coming…

Well, two weeks ago I was gung ho to get some cards made for friends & family that have been requesting them.  I got a good start and was in the middle of a batch of 10 thank you cards and then wham my old friend bronchitis paid a visit.  I call it an old “friend” because I used to have it every winter as a child and young adult.  I haven’t had it in many years so it was quite a surprise.  Needless to say, it knocked me a good one and I am still recovering, so much for getting lots of cards made!  I did finish up the 10 thank you cards I had started though and it looks like I will have time this week to start creating again!  This has been a crazy 9 months and, like I have said before, I am ready to get back to “normal”!

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Thank You Cards

Update…

Well, I’ve been busy making cards!  Friends and family keep asking me to bring them to parties and it is about time I made some to sell!  So, that is what I did last weekend and I will continue through the week!  So, stay tuned to see a lot of cards!  I will post a pic when I get them finished later this week.  We are having a Girl’s Night at a friends on Friday and this is the third request to bring cards, so I will be an industrious crafter this week!

One of my favorite places…

I love the ocean, and my favorite place to enjoy it is Pacific Grove, CA.  I am a California girl born and bred.  I live in Sacramento, CA and I am lucky enough to have the ocean less than 2 hours away to the west and the mountains (Sierras) less than 2 hours to the east.  Pacific Grove is located between Monterey & Carmel and it is a beautiful area.  We try to get down, even for a day trip, at least once a year.  We were fortunate enough to make it down last Saturday and here are a few pictures from 17 Mile Drive which runs from Pacific Grove, through Pebble Beach and into Carmel and the area around it, enjoy…

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One of the many gorgeous sites from 17 Mile Drive
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The famous Lone Cypress of Carmel
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Deer in Pacific Grove
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Bougainvillea in Monterey (I wish it grew like that here!)

Inspiration

Since getting back to making cards again last year, there are many people that have helped me through the process of “catching up” and along the way inspired me to create.  The top three on the list are Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Simon Says Stamp.

There are so many new products, techniques and more that it was overwhelming at first.  Acrylic stamps were just starting to come in when I was last making cards.  I had heard of a Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Sizzix, etc. and had an idea of what they did but didn’t really know the difference.  I had never really understood the difference between dye and pigment inks.  With the help of Jennifer and Kristina’s YouTube videos I quickly “caught up” and also finally got my questions answered about inks, paper, new products, etc.  I also found out what was “in”, for example: water coloring, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and currently shaker cards.  I discovered how to use new products in multiple ways with easy instructions.

I picked Jennifer & Kristina because they have a similar style to my own.  I don’t like “fussy” cards; I like clean lines and color.  There are many designers out there and I encourage anyone to check out YouTube and find one(s) that feature your own style and sign up for their blogs or YouTube channels.  Weekly I am amazed at what they both come up with whether it is a new technique, another way to use a stamp or product, or just an amazing card.  I also enjoy finding out about new stamps and products that are coming out.

Finally, Simon Says Stamp!  They have become my “go to” place for buying products.  I am fortunate to have a stamp store in my area but it is a half hour away and doesn’t carry the volume of products that Simon Says does – no one does!  They have their own exclusive line and also sell products from MANY other designers and companies.  I especially enjoy their blog

Daily I am inspired by other designers and get to see new products coming out, videos and how different people come up with totally different designs with the same set of stamps.  Whether it is a card, scrapbook page or some other art form.  I especially enjoy the Monday and Wednesday Challenges where you can send in photos of your own creations to share and can win a $50 gift card to Simon Says Stamp from a random drawing each week – twice a week.  I have been lucky enough to win once and also won a blog hop.  Yep, they have blog hops too, where you can check out how different designers have created a work of art with a new stamp set or product.

The challenges are also great to check out what other people are creating.  There are SO MANY talented people out there from all over the world!  It is always good to leave a comment on their blog too and let them know you appreciate their work.

I encourage you to check out these blogs & websites and become INSPIRED!

 

 

Last weekend…

Last weekend was kind of a complete incomplete projects and play with new “stuff” weekend.  I finished up the Halloween cards that I had been working on, all 44 of them!  I finally had a chance to make the Halloween tags in my Paper Pumpkin kit and get them ready for Halloween.  I played with the stamp set that came with my Simon Says October Card Kit and made a cute card.  It still needs some work but it is getting there.  The big event was that I finally took our new Sizzix Big Shot out of the box and played with it!  We don’t have a lot of dies and embossing folders yet but it was fun to get started.

I tried out both of the embossing folders that we have, swirls & chevrons.  I used the die from the Simon Says kit and made a few coffee cups.  Then tried out my “thanks” and Christmas frame die that we bought.  I haven’t made any cards with them yet but ideas are whirling around in my head.  So many ideas, so little time!  Time to create some more!

Help! I’m buried in new products!

Last week we bought a Sizzix Big Shot (a machine used for embossing and cutting shapes out of paper) along with a couple of embossing folders and dies; I haven’t even taken them out of the box!  Last week I also received my Stampin’ Up monthly Paper Pumpkin kit AND my Simon Says October Card Kit which included a die.  I have only had time to use one stamp from the Stampin’ Up kit (in my Halloween card)!  I am busy finishing up my Halloween cards and want to get them done before I start anything else.  It didn’t help that I am making 44 of them!  I ran out of Multi Medium Matte to glue the mesh down and Tombo adhesive to glue the card pieces together.  So, little process was made on cards this week.  Oh, I take that back…I got to play with a new stamp set!  It is the Simon Says Strong Together set.  I pulled out my Prismacolor Art Markers, that I haven’t used in years, and had some fun coloring about 3 of the images.

Last night I went through all of the markers I have, and found out which ones actually work.  I had a couple of them that leaked that I had in a bag, otherwise they were in good shape except for 2-3 others, that were low on ink.  We bought them at least 12 years ago.  I inventoried the colors and ordered some additional ones to fill in any gaps.  We have about 40 of them and the additional purchase should cover the color spectrum.

I have been watching videos on Copic Markers and I am learning how to actually use my Prismacolor ones.  The Copic markers are more expensive (about $175 for a set of 36 on Amazon) but have replaceable tips and ink.  For now, I will be happy to use my Prismacolor Art Markers but maybe someday in the future I will be adding some Copic markers.

So, I will be finishing up those Halloween cards (the glue came today – along with another die) and will start creating again next weekend…yippee!  So many ideas and new stuff to try, I guess I will have to make some more time!