Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sympathy Sunday

I've heard people suggest that they don't want to organize their craft rooms because then they lose the element of surprise by finding things they forgot they had. But truly I don't think that ever goes away unless you limit yourself to a shoebox sized craft stash (and who'd do that?!).
I found this card in with the birthday cards--SURPRISE! Yep, totally forgot I had this so it was exciting to see that I had a sympathy card at the ready, not that I hope to use it soon.

The Fine Print: Card topper by Club Scrap. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Fall Gatefold

I saw a tutorial for a double fold gate card not too long ago and had to try it out. That worked out quite nice. So I thought I'd make another one.
I started out by thinking myself insanely clever by not looking up the directions and making it from wonderful steel-trap memory.  Yeah, that didn't go so well... but I did come up with an interesting card base that I'm sure you'll see at some point.
I scratched that one, pulled out the directions and made this one. Once you have the directions, the hardest part of this card is finding double sided cardstock that will work nicely for this style. You know, it has to be thick enough to make a decent cardbase and the patterns different enough to tell apart but not jarring.

The Fine Print: Double sided CS from my stash, card topper by unknown, greeting by Stampendous, squirrel and nuts by Taylored Expressions, leaf stickers from my stash. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

One for the Dudes

I have many wonderful things to say about Merry Monday. They've kept me on task all year so now I'm not stressed about Christmas cards at all. Just because I'm up-to-date is no reason to start slacking off now though.
This week they are asking for a manly Christmas card, one that puts hair on your chest! Okay, I think I made that last part up, but they definitely want a dude-friendly card.
I have this one to share, it is definitely dude-friendly but could work for someone of the female persuasion as well (I say that because I think I mailed all the man cards I need to mail). I made this in a workshop. The focus was on using and mixing patterned papers for quick holiday cards. There was no stamping in this class because the instructor designed and printed out card toppers for us to use.

The Fine Print: Homemade card topper, I suspect the paper is Basic Gray. That's all she wrote! 

In the Air

No more holiday cards today, I promise. Here's a nice happy one that makes me think of warmer times... you know back when the sun shone and the earth was warm....  *sob*  Unlike the frozen tundra it is now.*
This is not an original design. I copied this from an A Muse Studio Consultant who is now a Stampin' Up Consultant. She's still just as creative as ever.

*Frozen tundra by Southern Arizona standards translates to long pants weather for snow belt dwellers.

The Fine Print: Stamps by Stampin' Up "Bella and Friends," cloud dies and baker's cording by A Muse Studio.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Once More with Gusto

It turns out that ten quick cards were not enough (see yesterday's post if that confuses you) so another ten came into being using the same formula. I'm sure they all look rather familiar to you as you recognize the pattern I used from yesterday.

Yesterday I stamped, colored and cut out each snowman one card at a time. I varied up the blues a little depending on if I were pairing him with a light or dark blue. To make my quick cards even quicker this time I stamped and colored all the girls first using the same color palette for all.

I did cut them out one card at a time as I decided if they needed an circle or square. Back when I first learned One Sheet Wonders die cuts weren't a thing, so pretty much everything was square unless you were proficient with a Coluzzle (and I wasn't).

I couldn't decide what embellishment to use so I fluctuated between two different holly punches I own. I punched out little circles for the berries because I wanted them to be flat, but I think these cards would be cool with bling for berries.

I really wanted to put bows with this cute little girl, but again I was going for flat. Then I remembered this small bow die cut I had and used that. That broke my rule of stick to what you know because I'd never used that die cut before. I folded it flat for these cards but it made so you can have rounded bows on it which makes it a bit fiddly to put together. The secret is text weight paper, not cardstock and use a bone folder to gently curve the paper.

For One Sheet Wonders I like to stick to neutral card bases. Yesterday's were white and today's are cream. The scraps of paper I used to stamp the girls on was cream as well, although it was a lighter shade then the cards (just using the scraps I had handy). I know they look white in the photos but they aren't.  So that's that.

The Fine Print: Stamp by Stampin' Up "Greeting Card Kids," die cut pieces by Spellbinders except for the stitched circles and medium scalloped border by A Muse Studio, holly punches by Marvy (two leaf) and Martha Stewart (3 leaf), hollies on card 6 a die cut by A Muse Studio, and tiny bow die by The Stamp Doctor. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Need Cards in a Hurry?

If you need cards in a hurry one of the best ways to whip out a batch of them is to follow at One Sheet Wonder guide. The OSW guide will tell you how to chop up a piece of designer patterned cardstock to get multiple cards out of it.

Once you know what designer paper you are using you can pick out some colored scraps of cardstock to layer on your cards. It's best to stick to just one or two accent colors or else you'll slow yourself down.It is also good to limit the stamps you are going to use on your card. Again, stick to one or two that will be versatile enough to get you through your stack of cards.

The other secret to making a quick bunch of cards is stick with what you know. This is not time to try out a new technique, a new color combo, a new coloring medium or even a new stamp.

I picked out my favorite 8.5" x 11" template which I had to modify because my piece of designer paper was 8" x 12" but it worked out fine since I had that extra inch. Since I was aiming for holiday stamps I picked out one that was easy to color and since I was making these for someone else I kept to flat embellishments. I didn't use brads, ribbon, buttons or anything else with bulk.

Then I sat down and had at it:

Since all the layers I stamped on and the blue pieces were scraps I am taking my overly ambitious stash of cards to Pixie's Snippet Playground Week 257.  And while this is a great way to use up snippets, it doesn't help use up the patterned paper stash at all.

The Fine Print: Stamp by Stampin' Up "Christmas Magic," die cut layered pieces by Spellbinders except for Stitched Circles and scalloped border by A Muse Studio, snowflake dies by Impression Obsession and A Muse Studio.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lookie What I Did!

You know what pocket letters are, right? In case not, they are trading card sleeves filled with homemade ATC-sized art and little bits of crafting goodies that you send to your friends.  The theory is that you received on in the mail and then promptly send one of your own to that person.

And by promptly, I mean within the next 3 years. Or at least those are the guidelines I'm going by.

I've received three of them myself and in return I started with the one the that had the furthest to travel (some 6000 miles and change). I sent it to this girl who kind of sort of like cats, so that made the subject matter easy to identify.
These ATCs made up the first row. I have whole selection of pre-printed cards from some Project Life Clone and since they were cat themed, this was the purrfect opportunity to use them. Of course, if you like cats, you know all about the Cat Butt and how it plays a prominent feature in cat ownership.
 You also understand the whole cats in boxes thing that shows up in the second row. And of course, we can't have dogs in our cat themed project, now can we?! Do you like my attempt at coloring a Siamese cat in the last ATC?
Here's the whole thing put together:
and the back: 
And  a close up of the wee tag:
The Fine Print: Cat butt stamp by Eat Cake Graphics, It's a Cat Thing by unknown, Just for You, Tabby Cat, Box Kitty, and Siamese Kitty by MFT, Orange Kitty (middle row) by Hero Arts, and Cool Cat Orange Kitty by Stampendous? (i forgot). Pawprint punch by EK Success. Fake Project Life cards by A Muse Studio.