Monday, July 4

It's A Girl ! Part 1

A good friend was having a baby girl and asked to make baby shower cards to give to friends, family and co-workers.  I happily obliged, had her come over to the planet and did some planning. She chose the colors pink and lime green for her theme, and selected the different tools and embellishments we'll be using for the cards.  

We picked the date to tackle this quest, and ended up with four people making the cards together.  Each one had a job to do - from cutting, folding, die cutting, embossing, stamping to assembly.  I always love it when friends come over for some paper crafting fun. 

Let me tell you a secret:  even the soon-to-be Daddy helped out. After this session, he became an expert die cutter and embosser. Men can be a natural at this! This is actually a happy thought, because no male, not even my husband, has ever done any crafting in my planet.  He sure made a mark over here.

We made a total of 40 cards that day.  Everything about the card was conceptualized by the future Mom.  

Materials used:
stamps - Simple Chic Stamps by Provo Craft (retired)
tools - Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders dies, Martha Stewart edge punch
embellishments - bling, Recollections embossing powder

We have a good number of layers and texture - which I always love.

We just used MS Word for the text inside the card.

And for an added touch, we embossed the flap of the envelope. 

The cards fit perfectly in this recyclable box.  Glad I keep them sometimes.  It can be frustrating when you need one soon after you take them to the recycling center.  Not this time.

I also made something else for the baby shower decorations.  I'll be sharing that with you soon.

'Til next blog!

Thursday, June 30

We've Moved!!!

I had lots of negative cuts from my Recycled Cards Series, that I had to use them for something. They kinda looked like elephants, at least to me.  I adhered white half pearls to serve as the eye. I made this card set to give to my cousin in Washington State who moved in to a new house this year.

I used card stock from the Old World Mat Stack by DCWV, and it went really well with the negative pieces, along with the rustic embelishments. I just punched one of the long edges with an EK Success edge punch.

The cards remind me of Thailand.  They are quick cards to make, but I'm very glad with the outcome.

'Til next blog!

Friday, June 24

Recycled Cards Part 3

Hello crafty friends!  Here's probably last of the Recycled Cards series.  I saved some greeting card fronts a former co-worker was trying to get rid of, and made cards out of them.

You can see the the previous sets by clicking below:

This bunch is a Thank You Card Set I made for a neighbor.  I have been giving her card sets every year.  I think the year before, I gave her a Christmas Card Set (click here to see).

For this set, I used the same newspaper background paper, and pierced around the edges.  I really like how this ended up to be. Just like the previous recycled cards in the series, I used sentiments cut from 2012 Winter CHA stamping catalogs.

I put the cards in my Tinker Planet paper bag, which I use when I sell my handmade cards at craft shows.  This way is quick and easy, and promotes my blog as well.

'Til next blog!

Sunday, May 22

Color Blind

Well, it took me about 2 months to not buying another coloring book. But one night, I went to Walmart (to buy something I need), and somehow ended up in the crafting and books aisles.  Guess what I found?

I just can't say no to anything Asian.  So I bought it.  The designs remind me a lot about Japanese washi paper.  To me, they are the Rolls Royce of paper - the way they are made, to the intricate designs and application of color.  And because of all the work put into a design of washi paper, it is not cheap.  If I can buy all the washi paper in the world, I would.  

Last Sunday, I worked on the first page.  For this one, I used Solabela Color Pencils, except for the gold around the flowers.  I used a gold gel pen on that to achieve the look of Japanese washi paper.  I'll definitely use this to make a card set with.

Also last weekend, we went to Sams Club to stock up on house supplies.  And guess what I found?  A whole bunch of adult coloring books.  Ok, I have to admit.  It felt like being a kid in a candy store.  But I was a good girl, because I picked the best ones for my taste and only got two.  Actually, I only got one.  The other book was an adult "connect the dots" type.  I thought it would be good to try something different.

Finally, I'd like to share with you my coloring supplies.  I made a promise to limit myself to what can fit on this Pampered Chef tool carousel.  There's the typical colored pencils, Sharpies, gel pens, cheap alcohol markers and pastel pencils.  You can see some Letraset markers there too.  I was lucky enough to find them at our local Merchandise Outlet for $6 a dozen.  Not bad.

It would give me a sense of achievement if I can use them all up to their last drop of ink or last bit of color.  I just need to use them more often.  I guess I just have to quit my RL job.  Well, that's not going to happen any time soon.

'Til next blog!

Friday, April 15

Easy Card Set

This post is going to be quick and short, the same way I made this card set.  CAS really, but I'm glad my DSIL liked it.

But let me tell you about the box I repurposed for this set.  Believe it or not, it's a box for Japanese chocolates which I brought with me from Japan 9 years ago.  I thought the box was really special.  If I come upon a box that I know would be good for a card set, I hoard it.  Nine years later, I'm glad I kept this box and now it's put into very good use.

The strip used on the cards is specialty paper.  And the sentiments are stickers from a set by 7 Gypsies - bought from either HSN or QVC quite a while ago.  They're layered on card stock punched with EK Success Real Estate Sign Large Punch, one of my favorite tools for quick projects.  The embossing folder used is by Anna Griffin.

'Til next blog!

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