Monday, February 1, 2016

all occasion cards

Hello!  Happy February!  Totally fighting the urge to go back to bed.  Think I had too much coffee and soda yesterday to fall asleep at my usual time.  So I was in bed staring at my phone!  Haha.  Morning came fast today!

I made these cards over the weekend intending them to be thank you cards.  I was planning to add the arigato sentiment over the tree branches but somehow it didn't look quite right so I kept it off.  My preference is always to keep things simple.  I like how these turned out in the end.

So now because they don't have a sentiment, it can be used for any occasion really. 

The main image is Sister Stamps Minako.  I like that she is so peaceful looking.  I thought the Mama Elephant branches and cherry blossom stamps would be a good match on this card.

I also finished up my first cowl using the puff stitch.  I followed the tutorial from All About Ami's blog.  I just used a different yarn brand that I found at Walmart.  I was too impatient to order something online and wait.  I wanted to crochet something that day while waiting in the car. 

Here it is wrapped around a hanger.  It measured about 5 feet in length before I stitched the ends together.  I did end up crocheting this at home also this past weekend.  I was so close to finishing so I just kept going!  I think I will crochet some hearts while waiting in the car today since I have about half a ball left of this yarn.  I already placed an order for my next scarf project.  It's also from All About Ami's blog and is called the Triple Luxe Cowl.  The pattern looks so pretty!  Can't wait to start on that.  Maybe I can finish a scarf/cowl a month?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Aloha!

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  I have plans to finish a couple cards today.  That is my goal, to finish at least a card a day.  I don't know if I can actually do that but I'll try.  But of course, it's also laundry day.  Bleh. 

I finished these Aloha cards the other day.  This is Sister Stamps Pua and Kaleo.  I think Aloha says it all.  It seems to be an all inclusive sentiment, great for any occasion.

Here is Pua.  I added the white Sharpie dots on her dress too.  I like using the white Sharpie better than other white gel pens that kind of fade or don't write too well.  The white Sharpie is a paint pen and I ordered it online from Taylored Expressions.  I don't know if that is the best deal but since I was putting an order through them anyway, I added the Sharpie.

Here is Kaleo.  He is kind of patriotic looking with his red, white & blue outfit.

Well, I am off to do the first load of laundry.  Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you're having a great weekend!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Doctor cards

Hello!  I made three doctor or medical related cards today so I felt really productive.  But of course it's not just making cards anymore.  There's the photo taking, photo editing, then listing and then promoting.  I finally feel like I have a process of card making and listing on Etsy.  Oh, and then there is the packing and printing and taking packages to the post office.  I am so grateful my kids' school is near the post office but I wonder if the post office employees are tired of seeing me.  I go to a small one that's only open a few hours a week.

All three cards were made using Altenew's Doctors Rule stamp set.  I made a similar one to this a while ago and since it finally sold, I made another one.  But this one doesn't have the giftcard holder on the the inside already included like the original.  The stethoscope is heat embossed in gold.  And I tidy up the stamping of the sentiment with my Copic multiliner.

So while I was making these cards I looked up matching day and it's in March.  I like that this card is very unique for Match Day for doctors.  The stethoscope here is also heat embossed in gold.

Here is the 3rd card.  I like the heart!  It's just right for the right person.  Haha.  My kids keep telling me no one is gonna buy the cards with this heart on it.  I want to prove them wrong.

Okay, I have some other cards to finish up.  Thanks so much for stopping by!




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

a bubbly i heart you

Hello!  So does it seem like a slow week?  I can't help but think it is after hearing my hubby suggest it.  The power of suggestion!  Can't he say something that will make me more productive?  Sometimes I need motivation to finish up my projects.  What motivates people to get up and blog every day?  I don't think I have enough projects to blog each day.  I do have a list of things to do but finding that push to finish them is difficult.

Here is my latest card using My Favorite Things Adorable Elephants again.  That is the most appropriately labeled stamp set, isn't it?  The elephant images in this set are truly adorable.  I had this idea in my head that this particular elephant would be blowing bubbles from his trunk.  I didn't quite know how I would do this since I didn't have any bubble stamps!  I thought maybe I could use a bubble font and print it out?  But in the end I just drew them out.

I made the background using distress inks.  I like that a lot and I like these colors a lot.  Maybe I'll start to branch out a bit but still trying to craft on a budget here.  I first drew out the bubbles on white paper and cut them all out but it didn't look too realistic since they were white.  So I drew them again on to vellum and cut them out.  I did so many trials!  Then I added some stickles on the the black edges and highlighted a little with a light blue Copic.  It is a bit faint but there are white bubbles too that I made with a white stamp pad and highlighted as well.

Hope this week is not going too slow for you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, January 25, 2016

mahalo!

Hello!  Feeling a little sleepy while I type.  I think it's the dark and gloomy weather this morning.  I finished up a couple of mahalo (thank you) cards last night.

This is Sister Stamps Pua and I think she is such a versatile image.  I made Xmas cards with her also.  And she would be great on birthday cards too.

I added some white dots on her dress to resemble flowers using my white Sharpie.  And then the cards were all done.  These will be added to the shop as a pair cause you can never have enough thank you cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, January 22, 2016

mama, papa & baby bear

Hello!  I have a set of 3 cards to share today.  I used a stamp set from Mama Elephant called Bear Hugs.  I love the sentiments that come with this set.  The sentiments and images together are so sweet!

Here is the first one.  This one is for a mama bear.  I used distress inks to watercolor the background.  Then I fussy cut the bears and the honey pot.  I stamped the tiny bees directly onto the watercolored background and colored them in lightly with Copics.  Also added some Stickles to their wings and added Glaze onto the honey spilling out of the pot.

This one is also for a mama bear.  Some process with this card as well.

This is the last one but for a papa bear.  I'm thinking that the papa bear is reading the sentiment while the baby bear is playing with the bee.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

A different kind of I heart you

Hello!  I made a card today that is a bit different from the cards I usually make.  I've been wanting to make a card with Altenew's Doctors Rule stamp set.  I only had used the set to make a couple of graduation cards.  And I really wanted to use the big anatomical heart image in the set.  It stamps so nicely!  So I looked at all the sentiments and there was an I and a you so then I heart you came to mind.

But in the end I didn't use the stamps for I and you because stamping them straight and really bold black was a little tricky.  I ended up using my computer and printing the I and you and then stamping the red heart in the middle.  A simple design but I used up a bit of scratch paper and a couple sheets of my good quality cardstock!  I really like this card!

I don't know why but my kids thought the heart was a little gross.  I think it looks kind of neat.  Look at all the details that stamped so cleanly!

I finished up my bear cards too so I'll share them next time.  Thanks for stopping by!