I have not made any cards in quite some time and as I am getting back into cardmaking and making more of an effort to post on my blogs, I thought I would start with one made particularly for Kristina Werner’s monthly mail call. I did not start the card with a plan (which I normally prefer to do) or at the very least a sketch and had quite a few false starts. I was hoping to make a congratulations card for July’s mail call and I wanted to use watercolor in some way without heading straight for distress inks. Don’t get me wrong, I love distress inks but I had been hoarding a lovely new collection of watercolor paints and wanted to break them in. A couple of months ago I purchased the Sakura Koi Field Sketch Set and the Sakura 18pc Watercolor Tube Set. I had heard great things about both sets and had seen them used in many videos.
After creating some watercolor ink blots I was completely unhappy with, I got out my painter’s tape and made some stripes on watercolor paper. I am not sure if subconsciously I was thinking about the August mail call which is dedicated to striped cards but it definitely turned into an August card. I ended up mostly using the Sakura Koi Field Sketch Set for both the stripes and splatters. The color intensity is quite good and I was very surprised at how vibrant the colors were. Once the stripes were dry, I used my watercolor brush to flick on some splatters in various colors, trimmed down the paper to size and layered it on some printed kraft patterned paper from DCWV with foam square adhesive. Unfortunately it is an older 6×6 stack called the printed craft stack which has been discontinued. I alternated the stripe directions to add interest as the pattern going all the same direction did not look right.
I used two different stamp sets from My Favorite Things – Masculine Graphic Tee (YOU ROCK) and Airplane Greetings (Congratulations) with black Stazon ink. Because the watercolor paper was so textured, the You Rock sentiment came out a bit splotchy. I filled in the bad stamped areas with a Distress Ink black marker. Everything was attached to the base card with my tape runner adhesive. Hope you like it.
Last semester in college, one of my classes was using Adobe Illustrator. It’s a program that I had always wanted to learn but never could get the hang of it. I know Photoshop well it always eluded me. I was very excited to finally learn it and thought I would put it to good use. I designed the SVG file in Illustrator and it includes the tree base, tree layer, garland, 2 different shaped ornaments, star, and three different size presents with ribbon and bows.
I then imported the file into Sure Cuts A Lot 2. If you don’t have Sure Cuts A Lot for use with your Cricut cutting machine, I have a link on the lower left side bar. I have the project file set up for approximately an standard sized card. I am offering it available for free for anyone that would like it. I would appreciate it if you would subscribe to my YouTube and/or add yourself to my Google Friend Connect. You can find the files on the SVG/SCAL blog page to download along with my loafer file.
I was extremely excited when the mailman arrived yesterday with my order from Two Peas and a Bucket. For those of you who have not checked out the site, it is wonderful with a really active community and a super packed store. The link is in the side bar. Anyway, the order was full of Christmas pattered paper goodness. I will be sharing with you my order in a following blog post but for now a card.
It was such a rainy day out yesterday, it allowed me to get started on my Christmas cards. New supplies are always my greatest kick of inspiration. I used the Prima North Country patterned paper, a piece from the 25 Days of Christmas pattered paper by Simple Stories, and some kraft cardstock. I also purchased the My Mind’s Eye 25 Days of Christmas clear stamps and used the two trees from the set. The Merry & Bright stamp is from an old Autumn Leaves Tis the Season stamp set that I was able to locate on Simon Says Stamp.
Even in Florida now, the weather is starting to change. Not quite yet cool enough to turn up the A/C but enough to get me in the mood for creating. I am not sure what it is about this time of year but it makes me want to craft. I spent the last weekend cleaning up my scrap room preparing to start my holiday cards and gifts. Along with regular gifts at Christmastime, I always give something handmade. Sometimes I have an idea months and months before and other times it takes me a long time to figure out what I want to do.
Last year, Mark and I matted and framed some of our own photographs. The year before, I transcribed an old family recipe book, added graphics, printed and bound it. The year before it was handmade blankets that folded into pillows. Those were special as the pockets were made from a blanket that I had made my grandmother that she loved and was with her until she passed. I am not sure yet what this year will be yet.
Here is my first card for the holidays. It is a Thanksgiving card I made some time ago to submit to a magazine. I can now share it with you now. I really love it. The base is dark brown with a Martha Stewart Punch edge. I used a Cornish Heritage Farms (now out of business) wood grain stamp stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper and Vintage Photo with Clear Embossing on peach cardstock. I wanted to go for a table cloth look and used a Gingham patterned paper from K & Company. I used a scallop punch and the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Dinner punch. I just used some letter stamps for the sentiment. The inside is also decorated with a little dinner plate.
I really had this card in my mind for quite some time, so I sat one evening and designed the base in Photoshop and made an SVG for Sure Cuts A Lot and am so glad I took the time because I really love it and it will make such cute cards. I have added the file for sale in the store of course along with our stamps. I have another cut I plan on making a new card with tomorrow or Tuesday. Its just the corset with no insert – a slightly different shape. I video taped my card making for you to see. Take a look.
The last few days I have been kind of under the weather and dealing with some random person that stole my husband’s check card number. What an ordeal. We still have not gotten the funds back in our account. I mean, what random overseas person orders Precious Moments trying to jack a person out of their cash. That’s what they did.
Anyway, while I was sitting here, I had a million ideas running through my head. Two of them I finally got to check off my list. DONE – DONE – DONE as Steve Watson used to say on the now canceled Monster House series. I got my etsy shop open. I am selling my cards locally but one can only sell so many cards, so I have put my extras in my etsy shop. I have more to add but its a start. I put the little mini shop link in the side bar.
I also started a free SVG/PDF cut file page for Sure Cuts a Lot users. I am not sure if they can be used in the Cricut software as I went right to SCAL. I have quite a few ideas and files already done and will be adding them as I go. First one is the men’s loafer which I used for a cute Father’s Day Card.
I think my dad will like the card. I wanted to keep it pretty simple as my father is not a frilly sort of guy and the card is quite masculine. My next svg file will be for a chunky heeled shoe. Its super cute. If your interested in downloading the cut file, click on the tab above or under the SVG page on the right in the side bar.
Anyway, I leave you tonight with my sweetie. I got my flickr pro account back working again so I got access to a lot of my old images. Isn’t he just adorable. LOL. My little human. I can’t say it out loud but he is the chosen one.