Thursday, April 1, 2021

Rainbow Card Challenge for April

Hello there crafty friends,
It is April already... spring has sprung and our roses are blooming again!!! 
I love it!!!

We had  5 birthdays in March so I was quite busy making cards for everyone. The first one was for my great-granddaughter who lives in St. Louis, MO. She turned 13 and I thought that was quite a milestone.  Since I don't see her very often, I couldn't get my head around any kind of a card fitting the occasion. I know, I know, I should have been able to just go with something... but I froze!!! So, I went out and bought a card and sent that. Done!!! When my son-in-law found out I bought a card, his words were: "What??? you make cards for those not nearly as important in your life, and you bought a card for your great-granddaughter's 13th birthday???" I couldn't believe that he (being a man) thought that making a card was that important!!! I just always thought it was something I wanted to do but that it didn't necessarily mean that much to people. It was nice, but not really that important!!! 

I now see this differently. It isn't so much what we make, it's that we take the time, the effort and fill the card with love that makes the impression on those we send them to. So my encouragement for all of us in this craft is that we don't make cards to impress people, we make them to love on people!!! The love will come through, and those you love will know you cared enough to spend your time, energy and a part of yourself with them. 

So, aside from all that, here is the card I made for the challenge blog I belong to. The challenge for the month of April is DAFFODIL!! I love yellow, but don't use it very much for a monochromatic card. 

I really enjoyed making this card. I had seen so many cards made with flowers making a frame and the sentiment in the middle. I fell in love with the look. So I gathered my flower stamps, picked the ones I wanted and started stamping around the outside of the card. BUT I decided right away that I wanted the flowers embossed in gold (I thought they would look better)... Well, that was a much harder process. But worth it! I loved the outcome. But I don't think I would do it again. It was way too hard because I didn't have enough flower stamps to just lay them down, I had to stamp them a few at a time, emboss, and then stamp a few more. Quite a process for one little card. I think I'll find an easier way to do that, because I do like the look and want to do it again.
Here is my card:

I used several flowers from different manufacturers
The Misti worked wonderfully to help me place them at the right angles
Embossed in Queen's gold from Ranger
Used Tombow dual brush pens and their blending pen
The sentiment is from a set I bought several years ago
I made my own envelope with yellow paper (I love to make my own envelopes)

I am also entering these challenges: Easter/Spring All About Occasions Inspired by Words

So there you have it, 
Hope you will join us in this challenge. Yellow is FUN!!! 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

February's Challenge

Hello there,
I am participating in the February Card Chain Challenge. This is so fun!!! Not only do you get to make a card for someone in particular... but you also receive a card from someone... YAY!!! There are so many women participating, and as you know, we are all so different in what we like to make, that it's always a lovely surprise to receive a card from another crafter!!! If you have not participated in this challenge, you must try it!!  You won't be sorry, I promise!!!

So here's what I sent off to my friend, Janis Woolbright. We had been paired up before, and then I signed up to follow her blog, so I know her a little bit. And it was like meeting an old friend!!! What a treat!!!

This is a stamp of long ago from Lily of the Valley stamps in Australia. I have loved their stamps for a long time. They have all kinds of images but these with the little girls are just my favorite. It's like watching my kids play dress-up.

I colored the girls with my pencils. I find that easier than trying to water color all those small details. I also wrote a part of a scripture (Psalm 23) around the oval after I adhered it to the back. As you can see, the front of my card has a real cute cut out so that the girls are adhered to the back of the card and the image shows through. I also used an embossing folder on the front since it is just a white card.

The front still needed something else so I searched around for a large sentiment that would fit. I have a Silhouette Cameo that I use a lot for sentiments and I found this one that really fit. I had just used that "you are loved" on another card and thought it would work perfectly here also. Hunted around for a paper and a cute polka dot paper was just right... I also included in the envelope a little paper clip of a cat. Janis adores cats!!!

So there we are, 
A fun card for a "hope to meet someday crafter"


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

I love JADE!!! My favorite gem ha ha...

The color is GREEN!!!
Welcome to the Rainbow Card Challenge for March. You can make any type of card as long as the colors are monochromatic green. 

This one was not hard for me. I had just learned a new technique for making back-grounds and was in the mood for trying it out. I saw this technique on Bonnie Klass' blog and then watched a video by Eileen Godwin on YouTube. So I ended up making 4 cards with the same background but using different colors. And I loved them all!!! I can see that I will be using this technique quite a lot to make cards with the same technique but different designs.

So here's my card:
Here's a close up of the leaf:
The background is done by using a straight edge (I used a plastic sheet that some stamps came on) and applying color off the edge on to paper in short strokes. You really need to watch the video to see clearly how it's done. So then you keep moving the edge around at different angles and applying colors in the same color family but different shades.

Once you get your colors how you want it, pick out some stencils to lay down and color on top. This is what gives it the interest and makes it pop. I used 3 different stencils in different spots and in deeper shades. When that's done you can stamp a stamp right on top of the image or stamp separately and color, fussy cut and apply.

I made a yellow background with blue/purple flowers attached on top and I liked that a lot.

This is very versatile and a great go-to when you need a card quickly. Once you get that background colored, you're almost done!!!

Embrace your crafty self...


Rainbow Card Challenge for April

Hello there crafty friends, It is April already... spring has sprung and our roses are blooming again!!!  I love it!!! We had  5 birthdays i...