Friday, October 8, 2010

Last Weekends Card Making (Just couldn't get this posted sooner)

Well, I have started this post no less than three times this week and seem to keep getting pulled away by other things. This time I intend to get it posted no matter the obstacles!

These three cards are my making, but not my design. On World Cardmaking Day, Saturday last, Oct. 2, 2010, my 15y.o. granddaughter & I went to the LSS and took a Make & Take Class.I really like taking these classes because I learn techniques and find products I had not tried before. I also love that my granddaughter has discovered the fun and pleasure of scrapbooking & card-making and we can spend time together with this craft.

So, for this class we made Christmas cards. Three to be exact. I will highlight them one by one, but we actually worked on all three simultaneously. We started with the first card I will highlight because we needed to color the small circle detail and paint it with a crackle product and then leave it to dry. That circle detail was the first we worked on and the last we worked on because we glued it to the first card after we had finished the others. Well, almost finished the others. Truth be told, there is a rhinestone on the center of card three that did not get attached until we got back to my house, but the crackle circle was the first & last that we handled while at the LSS. :) minutiae

Okay, so here is card number one with the crackle circle detail. Basic red cardstock topped with printed paper by The Girls Paperie that has been edged with pinking shears and aged with a dry ink. And here I should point out that my granddaughter & I used the opposite side of this printed paper than what Christine, our instructor, was directing. Both sides would work but we liked the poinsettia side better. I should also point out that this is not the first time I have been a rebel in one of Christine's classes. I also deviated from the instruction in the first class I took with Christine while making this card: Cute Dragon. Okay, so back to the card. Once the printed paper was attached we used Alene's Tacky Glue to attach a piece of neutral felt and then added another printed paper by The Girls Paperie that has been edged with pinking shears and also aged with dry ink. We then tied a narrow width grosgrain ribbon around the card. The crackled circle detail is attached to a black circle that has been attached to a green printed scalloped circle (the green scallop also got the dry ink edging) and all was then added to the card with foam pop-dots.



Here is card number two.  Basic green, almost a muted apple green, with two different size rectangles of printed paper by The Girls Paperie. We then used the Christmas Nested Frames set from the JustRite 2010 Christmas Collection to stamp the sentiment in red and then we stamped both the small and large frames in a linen color ink twice. We colored the holly leaves of the large frame on one stamped image and the holly leaves of the small frame on the second stamped image with Copic markers. We then trimmed the large uncolored frame off of the mall frame and attached the small frame to the center of the large frame with foam pop-dots. We finished by attaching the sentiment to the small frame with more foam pop dots. On this card both of the printed papers as well as the sentiment were aged with a dry ink.



Okay, and this is card number three. We started with a red square card this time and attached a square of music print paper that was aged with dry ink. We then took a rectangle of the red snowflake print paper and ran a line of tape runner along the bottom edge. To the tape runner we lined up four black circles, staring in the center and leaving a little less than half the circle exposed below the red paper. We then trimmed the excess circle from the ends. We attached that about half way down the music paper and placed a strip of the green print paper across the top, slightly overlapping the red paper. The giant snowflake was cut from a lightweight chipboard. I'm not sure what die was used since that was provided to us already cut, we just added spray adhesive & glitter. This glittery snowflake was attached by spraying the backside with spray adhesive. The center detail is and accordion folded strip of red cardstock. Again, this was cut for us so I'm not positive, but I believe the die was a Tim Holtz. Folding it was easy enough, back & forth like a fan. But it took 2 people to hold it down into a circle and get the ends glued together and then to get some heavy double sided tape attached to one side. To this strip of tape we added the smaller circle detail, This detail is a black circle topped by a white circle that we stamped a JustRite circle on that reads "Let it Snow" over & over. To the white sentiment circle we attached a small black circle with a snowflake stamped in white pigment. The completed accordion and circle detail was attached to the snowflake with another piece of the heavy duty double sided tape. And we finished it off with a small rhinestone in the center of the snowflake.

And, to finish out the fun we had at the Make & Take Class - they had a drawing for two door prizes and my granddaughter's name was drawn for one of the prizes! YAY Sabrina! She won a JustRite stamp set.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Post-World Cardmaking Day Weekend

Well, that was a busy & exciting weekend. I was part of a blog hop sponsored by the CardSwap Forum, which is a part of Cardmakermagazine.com. It was my first time to be one of the hops along a blog hop and it was so exciting to see new comments posted throughout the weekend. That is without a doubt the most comments I have ever had, and probably will ever have again until I am a hop along another blog hop in the future. And I enjoyed visiting all the other blogs on this hop as well as the hop along the Imagine-Nation Blog Hop.

I also submitted entries into several challenges (and I was actually the winner of one - yay me. Don't know what I won, but I won - lol). Here is a quick rundown of the challenge cards I made:

KISS - Monochrome (the one my number was drawn in):
 For my monochrome entry I went with green simply because I have tons of green paper - no clue how I managed to accumulate so much green since pink & purple are my favorite colors, but since I do have so much green it just screamed out "USE ME!". I also used a stamp set that my 15y.o. granddaughter won as a door prize at the LSS where we did a card class Make & Take Saturday. (Hope to post those cards tomorrow, maybe the next day)
Sketch.  
It is an A2 of course, since it will go in my OWH stack. The cardstock is a generic paper I bought at Michael's years ago. Same with the pink vellum. The solid green is from a DCWV stack:


Just a Note (had to be a 3x3 note card):
This was interesting because I had a hard time thinking in a 3x3 square. But here is my Just a Note:


Go Digi (use a digi provided by one of the three digi artists on the blog hop):
I went with the apples digi that was provided by Faith Skrdla (her blog) for my digi entry. And I had to redo them a couple of times - once because I over-saturated my cardstock & the red bled out, and it seems no amount of colorless blender will help when you bleed deep color. And another redo because I bought some of the new Copic paper while I was at the LSS Saturday and I had a slight learning curve figuring out how to get the blending I wanted.


Color Scheme (use purple, orange & brown):
It is a pretty simple card, and most of my required color was already done for me because it was printed paper that already had orange, purple and brown. But I was having a hard time thinking this one through and most of my orange was a bright orange, which I just wasn't feelin' that day.


10 Minute Card (set a timer & complete a card in 10 minutes or less):
Okay, I probably cheated on this one because I used a collection pack which has all the matching paper with stickers and adhesive letters (didn't use the letters though), so this one went together in less than 10 minutes. But I swear, if I had not used a collection pack it would take me an hour just to stage components because I pull out paper & stamps and embellishments and then I swap paper, then I swap paper again, then I swap embellishments, then I swap paper again, then I swap stamp, then I swap . . . well, you get the picture - lol. Anyway, here is my 10 minute entry that is now added to my OWH stack:


And a secret challenge that the blog hop co-ordinator posted on her blog and you had to find it to get details on what to create (a Christmas card with gold, but no ribbon:
And here is what I learned with this challenge.
(1) I don't own much gold! I have one package with some gold dots and I have Alcohol Ink in Gold, that's it! Adding that to my shopping list for next week :gold stuff".
(2) I cant use Alcohol Ink to stamp a rubber stamp and get the gold image on a piece of cardstock. It dries too fast and it was too hard to clean off of the rubber stamp when I failed.

I went with the alcohol ink and stamped on it with Memento Black Tuxedo which does not come out very black on the Gold Alcohol Ink, but the end result suited the stamp as well as the paper behind, so I think I like it better than if it had come out a clear sharp black image.

And here is a second shot of the Christmas card since the gold in the first is muted to a point that it looks almost like an aged brown:


There were other challenges posted that I just could not find the time to create a card for. Maybe I will do better managing my time next time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

CardSwaps World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop!

Hello and Welcome! 

You are on the CardSwaps World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop!
You should have arrived here from Faith Skrdla (Designed 2 Delight) -
http://designed2delight.blogspot.com/2010/09/cardswap-blog-hop.html.
If you got here differently, make sure you start at the beginning and work your way around. 

Comment on every blog by midnight CST, October 3, 2010, to be entered into a drawing for prizes. The full list of prizes are on Lora's blog.

For my part in the Blog Hop I was assigned an Individual Challenge. The Individual Challenge I was assigned is: Recipe Challenge - Create a card using the following items: 4 brads, 3 flowers, 2 patterned papers, 1 image. (Okay, I'm going to give everyone a good chuckle here. Being relatively new to cardmaking and challenges I had to ask Lora what the "recipe" part of my challenge meant. Did it mean I had to actually put a recipe on or in the card? Eek, do I have a recipe that will fit on a greeting card? Well, she apologized for having a laugh at my question, but I have to admit, once I read her reply I had a good giggle too! Those who understood the "recipe", go ahead & giggle, but for those who may not have - it simply meant I was given the specific ingredients, the "recipe" to use (i.e. the specifics of: 4 brads, 3 flowers, 2 patterned papers, 1 image). Now you know why I had a laugh at my own self too!

And, here is my completed challenge card. This is the front view of the card while 
it is closed. The four flowers in the corners are the four brads of my recipe. These 
are not the 3 flowers the recipe required, but because I had no luck in my search 
for bumblebee brads I had to settle for flower brads.

Front View - Closed Card
And when the card opens it opens almost in an accordion manner. Here is the front view as it is being opened. In this view you see the 1 stamped image and the 2 printed paper the recipe called for.

Front View - Opened Card

And this is the inside of the card as it is being opened. Here you see the 3 flowers the recipe said use. They are a little surprise waiting for you to find them when you open the card.
Inside View - Opened card
For this project I used:   AC Textured White cardstock, Making Memories Pastel Mini Flower Brads, Copic markers, Creative Memories "Delight" patterned paper, Fresh Print Clothesline "Purple Pansy" patterned paper,Color Me Crazy flowers from Petaloo and the image is "End of Summer" by Mo Manning of Stampavie.

This techniques is one I found in "Fast and Fun Folded Cards by  Annie's Attic. page 22 on a card titled Welcome Neighbor. The directions say to make this card you cut a 6 -1/4 x 5-1/2 piece of cardstock. Score according to the dotted lines and cut according to the solid lines of the template provided in the back of the book (shown below), but I modified the dimension a little to be sure my finished card fit an A2 envelope so that I could include it in my Operation Write Home shipment. You then cut printed paper to attach to the front sections as it is laid flat and attach the image you want on the inside of the finished card. Then turn the card over to attach the image that will appear on the front when the card is closed.

Template from Fast and Fun Folded Cards by Annie's Attic

I have only been making cards for a few months, but I have really enjoyed it. My cardmaking started with an interest in Copic markers. Well, actually, it started with scrapbooking, something I dabbled in several years ago but had pushed aside because of the time my job required of me. I had the opportunity to retire about a year & a half ago and slowly started pulling my scrapbooking stuff back out. Because I had not worked on it for several years I felt I needed to visit my LSS and see what was new. What I found was handmade cards that had stamped images colored with Copic markers. I admired the different cards and Copic colored images for several visits to that LSS and when I saw a Beginners Copic class scheduled to be taught there, I signed myself up. The class was taught by Christine Ousley, and she did a wonderful job. I was hooked. Hooked on coloring stamped images with Copic that is. But I couldn't just color those images and stuff them in a drawer! I like them too much to do that to them. And so, the only logical choice was to make cards to put them on. Since then I have discovered I really enjoy making cards, with or without a Copic colored stamped image.

Initially I made a handful of cards for some birthdays and such, but more recently I found a very worthwhile avenue for my cardmaking. I have adopted a project that allows me to make and make and make cards. I am now in the process of making cards for Operation Write Home (OWH). Operation Write Home's Mission is to support our nation’s armed forces by sending blank greeting cards to deployed troops for them to write home on, as well as sending cards of gratitude to encourage the troops. My part is simple, I make A2 size cards and send them to a shipper who will process them and ship them out to the troops. For me, this is a heart-warming & rewarding project to be part of.

Okay, enough about me, back to the Blog Hop stuff.

You have until midnight, CST, October 3, 2010, to post your comment on each blog on the hop. Everyone that comments on each blog will be entered into the drawings for blog hop prizes. In addition, if you want to participate in the challenges for the mini crop at Card Swaps, go check it out after the blog hop and upload your completed project by midnight CST, October 3, 2010,  in order to get in the drawings for prizes!

That said, your next stop on this Blog Hop is: 


The following is a full list of the blogs on this blog hop:
Redonna: http://perpetual-playtime.blogspot.com/2010/09/cardswaps-world-cardmaking-day-blog-hop.html <<< YOU ARE HERE