I guess my pants are on fire today.
I know I posted yesterday that you wouldn't be seeing any new cards for a while. Well, I saw the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and I had the perfect card for it. This is a card that I made a while ago but never posted, because I was sending it to someone and didn't want to spoil the surprise. Well, since they have the card now, I guess I'm safe to share!
The challenge today is vacations/travel. Growing up, our family vacations were always camping. I haven't gone camping in such a long time now, but I have fond memories of it. Sleeping in a tent, roasting hot dogs, s'mores, and pudgie pies. Did anyone else ever do pudgie pies or was that just a thing my family did? We had these awesome pie-maker things that you put a slice of bread in, then add some canned pie filling, and top it with another slice of bread. You close it up and put it in the fire till its all toasty on the outside, and warm and gooey on the inside. Delicious!
Anyway, Im getting off track. This is supposed to be about the card, not food.
I started with scoring the background, and then dragging two different shades of brown down the front to create this woodgrain background. Super simple, and it looks great!
Then, I stamped the camping image with dark brown in on a kraft cardstock to get a tone-on-tone look. I added some dash lines with my white gel pen for some detail.
The letters for "take a" were cut with my Cricut. The "Hike" letters were stamped and embossed in brown. I wanted to keep everything in brown tones.
I arranged everything very square. After getting the camping image and the "Take a Hike" adhered on, the right side seemed like it needed something so I added three metal eyelets. Then, just for one pop of color against the brown I stamped a little red heart, adhered it down, and also added a twine knot for some texture.
Its pretty simple, and it works.
Although, looking at it makes me want to go camping!
Also, I found a link to the pudgie-pie makers we used to use:
Amazon doesn't call them pudgie-pie makers, so I don't know where that name came from, but I'm sticking with it.
Well, this is kind of a sad announcement I have to make here.
All my craft supplies are packed up. Put in storage bins. Not easily accessible.
No, I'm quitting on card making. I still love my crafting.
Its just that my husband and I are about to embark on a new adventure. We are moving from Washington to Oklahoma in just a few weeks! Its exciting but I also find myself becoming very sentimental to the area here where we have lived for the past four years.
I've been busy around our house organizing everything and making sure I have all the necessary arrangements and phone numbers and important documents that we need to take with us. After the packers come in we will be busy cleaning our house spotless before we leave it.
I have everything written on our calendars, and several to-do lists, and yet I always feel like I'm forgetting something. At the end of the day though, I have to fall back on what my Early Ed teachers always told us in college....
Prepare, prepare, prepare- and then be flexible. Sometimes the lesson plans don't go the way you had them written.
I guess the point of all this is to just let you all know I might not be posting any new cards for a while (although I can't promise I won't sneak a few of my supplies out of storage to play with if I have time).
I promise I will be back, though! It will just take a little time for us to make our move, find a home, and get settled again.
So don't go away! Don't change that dial!
I can't wait until we can set up our new home and I can freshly re-organize the crafty supplies! Once I do, you will be hearing from me.
That's a promise.
That's right, folks. Its never to early to start prepping for Christmas.
When I saw the sketch on this week's challenge at Operation Write Home, it just seemed like it needed to be a Christmas card.
Its a pretty simple sketch, and I didn't even include all the layers it called for. I cut out my four squares and arranged them on the card. Then, I made a cute little bow with my red raffia, and also glued a strip of it along the bottom. I have had these green chipboard letters forever, so I glitzed them up with some Diamond stickles. Lastly, I wrapped some twine around and knotted it.
So, I continued the Christmas theme to my second card. This on is being linked to Simon Says Stamp. Their Monday challenge this week is to include the letter "M" in some way.
"M" is for "Merry"!
I cut out the letters for the word "Merry" with my Cricut. I glued three layers together to give it a little more dimension. Then, I colored the letters red with an ink pad, added some diamond stickles, and applied glossy accents on top. Its oh-so-sparkly with a glossy finish.
I stamped and embossed "Season's Greetings". The circles that I used are also cut with the Cricut.
The background I created by stamping that cute snowflake over and over in a sort of polka-dot pattern, and used my white gel pen to add just a bit of detail.
Last but not least, a button and a twine bow at the top.
Ok, so this last one here does not follow the Christmas theme. The midweek challenge for OWH is about "missing you" cards, and SSS is challenging us to use die cuts.
So I started by cutting out the flowers with my Cricut. Then, I watercolored them with my pencils. I used just one strip of patterned paper and glued on the letters to spell "you". These letters were also cut with my Cricut. I don't know if you can tell, but I also applied some stickles to the letters. After adding the stickles I remembered the guidelines about glitter for OWH, so I applied some glossy accents over the top. Hopefully that should keep any glitter from escaping!
Below are a few of the products I used on these cards. To see more products that I love and recommend, please visit my Amazon store! There is a link to it in the navigation menu at the top of the page.
Im always in need of more birthday cards to add to my stash. Seems like those are the cards I send out most often. So, for the challenges and card sites I am visiting this week, I am going to try to make my cards birthday cards.
This first one I used the sketch from Operation Write Home for the layout. The "happy birthday" was cut using my Cricut and the Craft Room Basics Font. I used the cut-out for this card, but the next card I used the actual cut out letters. Great way to get more use out of your cuts- two cards with one Cricut cut!
Anyway, I backed the letters with some patterned paper. Then I stamped and cut out the stars. I covered the stars in Versa Mark and then heat embossed them with some silver embossing powder. I actually coated the stars several times, trying to achieve a smoother finish. Obviously, I need more practice with that technique.
Here is the second card I made using the cut-outs from my Cricut. This time, I used hearts in the place of the "a". I watercolored the hearts and added some Diamond Stickles.
I used five different patterns for this card. Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge is to be inspired by the number 5 somehow. I just received a pack of patterned papers and some washi tape, so I threw them all together and I'm surprised how well they actually coordinate! I always seem to have problems pairing more than a few patterns.
So those are a few of the cards for the week. Hope you enjoy!
Some products I used:
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