Tuesday, January 21, 2014

More Valentine's Day Cards...

Hello all, who else is getting snow today? We are supposed to get between 4 and 6 inches of snow in the D.C. area. My entire company got a work from home mandate today (but me, still being in the mentality of the north, even though I have lived here for 5.5 years, lol, didn't even think to check my email!) It was completely clear earlier, but started coming down around 11 and hasn't stopped since, so I am glad that even though I missed the email telling me to stay home, I was able to get home before the snow started! I am very thankful to be working at a company where the owner seems to genuinely care about the safety of his employees. That is a very rare find these days.

Anyhoo, enough talk about snow…. On to the crafty portion of this weather update… ;)  Today I thought I would share a few more cards that I created for the Cards from the Heart Card Drive for the kids at St. Jude's Hospitals (For more info, click on the heart icon in the right panel). I really struggle with age and gender neutral Valentine's cards, so this year I thought I would go with a new approach. First, I scoured Google Images and Pinterest for potential ideas that fit the necessary criteria and pinned them all to a board specifically for this Card Drive. Next, I went through all of my 8x8 and 6x6 paper pads and pulled out pieces of paper that fit the bill of being somewhat valentinesy (I just invented a new word. hah), but still not overly girlie. Then I pulled out all of the stamps and inks that I was going to use. This really helped when I sat down to start working on cards, because I wasn't having to scrounge around in my papers and stamps to figure out what I was going to use every time I went to make a card. In the end, I think my final count was 21, which is about double what I was able to get done last year, so I'm happy with that. Below are a few of my favorite cards of the bunch…

I used a combination of Inkadinkado stamps, Dear Lizzy stamps, and a Crafter's Companion image. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color in the images and used pieces from a number of different paper lines (Pebbles, Dear Lizzy, Carta Bella, and Tim Holtz), some Tim Holtz twine, BasicGrey letter stickers, Darice layered felt hearts, Darice ribbon, and Dear Lizzy stickers to pull these together. I also used a Studio Calico wood venire open scalloped circle in this first card to frame the image, and simply added a black dash-line around the edge for a little added pop. 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the finished products. There are some I for sure like better than others, but I think that by limiting my supplies and having a solid idea of what I wanted to do for a number of the cards definitely helped. Just goes to show, that it doesn't have to be red and pink to be a Valentine's card!!

 (This image is by far my favorite! Crafter's Companion has such adorable stamps!)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Will You Be My Valentine???

Hello All! I hope that you are having a glorious Friday. If not, then, Hey, It's Friday! It's  almost the weekend! And it's noon, which means that the workday is half over! Anyhoo, I thought I'd pop by during my lunch and share a couple of Valentine's Day Cards that I have been making for the Cards from the Heart Card Drive. If you are interested in finding more details for this great cause, click on the Cards from the Heart Card Drive icon in the right panel. It will take you to Winter's blog post!

These are my three favorite cards that I've made so far, I've done about 8 more other than this and hope to get up to twenty before I have to send the package out to make it to Winter on time!

I pulled my papers from various different paper pads that I had. I basically just went through all of my 6x6 paper pads and pulled out anything that would fit a gender neutral card. That way I haven't had to keep digging through my papers for each card. I am finding that it has saved me quite a bit of time and I am able to get more cards done because I don't have to spend as much time searching for supplies. I used papers from Tim Holtz, Dear Lizzy, and an older Bella Blvd paper pad.

The duck stamp is an Inkadinkadoo Valentine stamp set and the little rocket is from a Recollections stamp set. I used BasicGrey mini alphas for the sentiment on the card with the rocket on it. I am going to have to add a sentiment to one of the cards with the ducks. You may not be able to see it in the picture, but I got a small smudge of black ink in the area colored blue and am going to have to put a sentiment in that area to cover it up. I also used some Tim Holtz twine to finish off the cards.

Enjoy! and Happy Friday!!!!

 I wanted to make the rocket ship look almost like it was orbiting a planet, even if the background is a constellation chart, I think that it turned out pretty well. It is a little more plain than I usually like to make, but as there really can't be any embellishments that a little one could pull off and choke on, plainer is better!!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Birthday to MY SIL

Happy Wednesday All! Hope that you are all keeping toasty warm in this recent cold freeze sweeping the country. Tonight I whipped up a quick card for my brother's wife, whose birthday is at the end of the month.  I have been itching to practice with my Spectrum Noir markers on more detailed stamps, so I got out a stamp set and my markers and had some crafty time. :)

I used TB1, 5, 7 and BT 1 and 2 for the dress and wings, CT 1 and 3 for the stars, GB 7, 8 and 10 for the hair, DG 3 and JG2 for the grass. The frog I colored in with LG5 and JG1.

I used The Sweetest Thing 6x6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye. The stamp and sentiment are from the Lucy set by Kanban.

I have also been looking to try the Spellbinders rubber embossings mats that my hubby got me Christmas with my circle and scallop circle Spellbinders dies. It took a couple tries to figure out how to get the best impression, but it got much easier after I properly read the directions. :)

Next I need to play with my heat embossing tool that hubby bought me for Christmas and vellum that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Playing with Some Christmas Presents!

Well, I was going to share some Valetine's cards that I have been putting together for the Caring Hearts Card Drive, but my pictures are still on my phone, so I thought I would share the birthday card that I made for my mom. Her birthday is on January 10, so I whipped it up over the weekend and put it in the mail Saturday evening. Her favorite color is blue and she loves earth tones, so I knew that these were the perfect supplies for her card!

I used some of the lovely craft supplies that my cousin Christy bought for me for Christmas, primarily choosing both the papers and embellishments from the Colorbok "Flea Market" collection. I also used some gems from Hobby Lobby. On the inside of the card I used the remainder scraps from the papers on the front of the card and used an American Crafts border punch to add a little extra something! I edged all of the papers and embellishments with the Rich Cocoa Memento dew drop ink. The base of the card is a basic kraft card stock.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's That Time Again!!!!!

It's time for the Cards from the Heart Card Drive, run by Winter Sims at her blog, Winter Wonderland! It's a great cause, creating Valentines Cards for the children at St. Jude's hospitals! The card drive runs from January 1 to January 31. If you would like to get the deets on this card drive head on over to her blog post! You can also click on the icon in the panel on the right of this post!