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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1: Feathers!

Darnell, over on djkardkreations, has helped create a new challenge blog that is a lot of fun. It's called the "Twofer Card Challenge" and asks participants to use the challenge theme to make two different types of cards. Since the first challenge was to use feathers on a card, I grabbed my one and only feather stamp set and went to work. Here's what I came up with:


I tried to make my two cards very different, but using the same feather stamp.


This is, of course, a Valentine and came together very quickly. I simply stamped my feather twice to simulate the shape of a heart. Then I added my two little heart die-cut borders (unbranded).  My sentiment was computer-generated. I used a little cross-stitch bordered rectangle die to cut out my sentiment, because the cross-stitches reminded me of kisses.

I couldn't help but add a little bit of sparkle to my feather heart with a glitter pen. If you look closely at this photo, you'll see it!


















The inside of this card is very simple, with another computer-generated sentiment. I considered adding something--maybe some hearts--but then decided I liked just the plain interior with the sentiment in its pretty Lavenderia font.













For my second card, I stamped a vertical row of feathers, masking off where they overlap to keep them looking neater. I also added a little blue to them with a ProMarker (alcohol marker) to reflect the blue in the tiny diagonal stripes on my DSP.  The sentiment is a stamp by Fiskars.



Here's another look at my feathers and also at the twine and tassel that I've added to the fold of my card. I did this by punching two small (1/8") holes in the fold--one at the very top (to hold the twine in place) and one about halfway down, where I tied the two ends together.
















Here, you can see how the twine looks on the inside. Another simple card interior with a DSP matte and stamped sentiment (unbranded).

It was so much fun to try to figure out how I could use feathers differently on two cards--a good way to stretch my imagination!

I hope you'll head over to the Twofer Card Challenge and join in. There are a good number of entrants that you can look at for inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Friday, January 12, 2018

Star struck birthday...

This is another card that was made some months ago, but I never got around to posting.

A very simple card using some star-patterned paper along with stitched star die-cuts.  The "Happy Birthday" die is one I bought on eBay a long time ago. It works so well here because of the little stars that are a part of it's design.

My sentiment was computer generated and then I cut it out using a rectangle die with a pricked edge. A few more of those die-cut stars finished off the inside of my card.

I purposely didn't add any sparkle to the stars on this one, as I made it for a boy's birthday.

We are once again in the deep freeze. It is currently -6 F (which is -21 C), and it is supposed to dip down to -12 F (-24 C) tonight. I needed to run to the store today and my poor car was so cold. I think it was hurling curse words at me for the first mile or so. It eventually warmed up, and we got along a little better after that. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Retirement card...

I was looking through my photo files from 2017 and realized there were a few cards that I had not posted on my blog. This was one of them.


This was a simple card for my BIL. I found an image of scrabble tiles on line and simply printed them out on cardstock. Then I fussy cut them and popped them up on my card next to a computer-generated list of retirement activities.



Here you can see that they are, indeed, popped up a bit, adding a little dimension.


















On the inside I used some of the same papers and mats that I had used on the front. The sentiment is my own and was also computer-generated.

This is a very simple card, but I think that's usually best when it's for a male.

I've finally gotten my Christmas decorations all put away, and I'm now working on cards for the next holiday--Valentine's Day!

Sometimes I wonder what I did with all my time before I started making cards for every occasion and for all my family members (and I have a big family). Of course, I had a fulltime job then.

I definitely prefer being retired and spending much of my time on paper crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl


Friday, January 5, 2018

Let's Craft and Create Challenge #133 - ANYTHING GOES + option LOVE IS IN THE AIR...

It is once again time for the monthly challenge over at Let's Craft and Create. I do hope you will join us!

It is an honor for me to continue to serve in 2018 as a member of the Design Team, and I want to say a special "thank you" to our dear team leader Mary Trainer who is so dedicated to the blog's success. She does a wonderful job, even though it must be like herding cats at times!

Since our optional theme this week is "Love is in the Air," I decided to make a card for Valentine's Day. I was a bit pressed for time, so my card is quite CAS, but it was fun to make, nonetheless.

 The heart banner is an unbranded die, as is the sentiment die. I enhanced the banner by adding colored hearts and accents and adhering some pink gems to the little "tie" above each heart. I also added a couple of pink hearts to the sentiment and some more pink gems placed randomly around it.

The dotted line near the bottom of my card was made with a Paper Smooches die, and the scallops at the very bottom were created with a Fiskars border punch.

Here's a little closer look at my heart banner where you can see some of the detail. This is such a cute banner, and I think I'll use it a lot. In fact, I have to make a new baby card soon, and I think this will work perfectly.

So, with one last look at my card, I urge you to hop over to Let's Craft and Create and join in on the fun. We'd love to have you submit your creation, whether it's a card, a 3-D object, a tag or even a scrapbook page.

Remember, you can choose between "Anything Goes" or "Love is in the Air."

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Cheryl

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Silver and gold for Christmas...

No, I didn't receive any silver or gold for Christmas, but I did make some silver and gold cards--10 of them, to be exact.

My background die-cut is by Darice. It cuts nicely, but I did have to be careful pulling it out of the die. The glossy metallic cardstock is pretty strong, but the die is just so intricate! It was adhered to the front of my card with spray adhesive.

I heat-embossed my sentiment. This particular sentiment flag was edged with a gold metallic pen to help define its edges. On other cards, I used a stitched banner die, like the one I used on the silver card.


On the inside of my cards, I cut just a portion of the background die, cut it off of the frame and adhered it to the inside of my card. Then I heat-embossed a sentiment on the inside, as well. Sorry for the bad photo. Shiny cardstock is impossible to photograph!

I am entering these cards into Merry Monday's challenge #271: Embossing.

I have actually (since Christmas) made a dozen holiday cards for 2018, all using supplies I received with the latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. I won't share any of them with you for a while. I'm a little tired of making and talking about Christmas cards. Tomorrow, I will start making cards for other occasions. Hooray!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hello to a new year...

Believe it or not, I've been working on a few Christmas cards for 2018 before I put all my Christmas supplies away. I'm not going to show those to you today, though. Instead, I want to share a little "Hello" card I made.

I had some pretty dotted paper that even included some glittery dots. I searched through my scraps to see if I had a close match to any of the colored dots and came up with a pretty green.


I die-cut a cute little bow using an unbranded die set that includes the dies for three sizes of bows. This was the middle size.

Notice that I trimmed my green strip to make it look as though it is a ribbon tied at the point of the bow.

I also die-cut my "hello" from this same green CS using another unbranded die.

Three enamel dots from my stash finished off my card.





We had a great Christmas, but it has been really, really cold. I hate the thought of having to go outside when it's double digits below zero!!

I think we will have a quiet New Year's celebration at home. Maybe a little glass of wine, a nice meal and a fire in the fireplace. Sounds good, doesn't it?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day! And Happy New Year to all of you!!
Cheryl

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Another very quick Christmas card...

I thought I was at the end of my card making, and then the inevitable happened. I realized I needed one more. I decided to grab an embossing folder, a couple of dies and make a CAS card.  I think the embossing folder is by Darice, and the cross-stitched rectangle, J, Y and snowflake dies are all unbranded.


I have since ordered a die that cuts the J, Y and snowflake all at the same time. It's approximately the same size as the ones pictured here, so next year, I can make these even more quickly.







To decorate the inside of my card, I cut apart a larger multi-snowflake stamp (by Inkadinkadoo) to create this arc of snowflakes across the top of my sentiment (by Penny Black). It wasn't a background stamp but simply a sort of swirl of snowflakes that just didn't seem to work for me in its factory form. A little surgery by me, however, did the trick, and now I love it.

I think this card would be pretty with lots of different colored mats and inks.

I am down to the last couple of tasks before I am completely ready for Christmas. I have a couple of gifts to wrap, a batch of cookies to make, and some cooking to do.  It should be no problem as I have a couple days to get it all done.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with lots of merry making and good cheer!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.
Cheryl