Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and Valentine's Day Cards - Unity Stamps and Kraftin' Kimmie



Happy New Year Friends!  Did you all have a wonderful start of the year?  Honestly, I started on the wrong foot. . . .it started off with quite a few issues but I think it's settling down and maybe at this point it'll get better.  On a happier note, I actually started on a diet and fitness plan and have stuck to all of my goals for the past 5 days.  It's a good start and I'm confident I'll be able to stick with it.  I do have to come to terms that I won't be able to eat the way I have been eating for years.  I think with time it'll get easier.  I just need to remain focused.  My daughter said that I shouldn't be negative about it but I am being honest with myself. . .I think it's okay to grieve over it. . .LOL!  I can't believe I'm grieving over food. . .but it is a loss.  For example, my daughter and I were out shopping yesterday and she suggested that we stop by to eat breakfast somewhere and I told her I couldn't and wanted to eat at home.  It disappointed her and it's disappointing to me too because this is something we loved doing together but until I can get into the habit of not eating fatty food, eating out in a restaurant will just sabotage my goals.  

I was thinking of purchasing the Fitbit Flex but it's pricey so I need to hold off on it right now.  Eventually I think I will buy it but I need to work out a fitness plan first before I do.  I need to concentrate on changing my eating habit first before I can think of going on a fitness plan head on.  I don't want to burn myself out early in the game.  It's one step at a time.

Anyway, let me talk about the cards I made.  The sentiment on the card above was rubber stamped using an Inkidinkado clear stamp. The designer paper is by Stampin Up.



I used a Unity Stamps for this card.  It's a simple design but the paper design helps bring color to the card.


This image is by Kraftin' Kimmie!  This is the first time I've inked it.  I really love the Stampin Designer paper design with the little hearts.
 

For this card, I used Unity Stamps again.  In contrast to my previous card, this card is really busy but I like it. 

Anyway, my goal for this year is to blog more often.  Not exactly daily but maybe several times a week.  I hope I can stick to this goal.  Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Valentine's Day Card and Other Cards



Hi there friends!  I'm still chugging away making cards.  I wanted to share cards I made this month that aren't Christmas related.  I've already started on Valentine's Day cards and other cards that are unrelated to the holidays.  My goal for the new year is to try to use more of my scraps so I'll probably do a lot more layering.  I have so many small pieces of card stock and designer papers. 

I used Stampin Up for the above card, both designer paper and rubber stamp images.


I used Whiff of Joy for this card and the sentiment is by Unity Stamps.



This is the first time I used this Greeting Farm image.  I have quite a few TGF stamps.  I don't use them as often as I used to.  I have too many stamps that I own that I haven't used so I'm concentrating on them right now.


The sentiment on this card is by Unity Stamps.  I have a lot of sentiment stamps that I would like to use more so another goal of mine for the new year is to use more of them on my cards.


The designer papers on this card is by Stampin Up.  I have A LOT of designer papers that it's not funny.  It's sad that I know I won't be able to use all of them no matter how many cards I make.  Maybe I should focus on making scrapbook layouts so I can dwindle down my stock of scrapbook paper.


 I love most or all of Stampin Up flower images.  All of them are such great rubber stamps.  The designer papers on this card is also by Stampin Up.


The image and the sentiment on this card is by Unity Stamps.  Honestly I initially didn't know how to use the tree image.  I used markers to color the image but I didn't like how it turned out so I added a bit of glitter to the butterflies to make the image stand out a little more.

Anyway, that's it for now.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Still Christmas



Hi Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas filled with joy and many blessings.   I'm sharing a few more Christmas cards that I made in December.  I know Christmas is over but I just wanted to share these cards that I made.

I used a retired Stampin Up image for the card above as well as retired SU designer series papers.  


I used a Rachelle Anne Miller image for this card.  

I have a bunch of Whipper Snapper rubber stamps that I love.  Their images are really cute.


Here's another card I made using Whipper Snapper.


This image is a digital image.  I can't remember the company name.  I'm typing on my laptop and the image is on my desktop so I can't look it up at the moment.



The image on this card is by CC Designs.


This image is super duper cute.  It's  a stamp by Crafter's Companion!  I never heard of this stamp company but they are actually the company that makes the EZ Mounts.  OMG!  Their rubber stamp images are super duper cute.  I was going through all their images and I wanted to buy so many of them!!  I'll have to wait. . . .maybe I'll buy a few at a time.   What I love about their images is that the images are very detailed and beautifully drawn.  Here is their website if you've never heard of this company:  Crafter's Companion


Finally, I used Rachelle Anne Miller for this card .  I used a little embossing powder to the edge of the image.  It's something different.  I think I'm going to continue to make Christmas cards throughout the year so I won't feel rushed during the holiday.  This year I actually started in August but I think I need to start sooner.  One or two cards a month is a good pace.

I made a bunch of Valentine's Day cards and I'm already starting on Easter cards.  I'll share the cards next time!  If I don't blog before New Year's Day, hope you all have a wonderful New Year!!


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vintage Inspired and Clean & Simple Christmas Cards

Hey there Friends!  I decided to work on a few vintage inspired cards and much simpler cards.  I'm not really good with "simple" but I'd like to get better at it.   Back in the day, I bought a lot of lace trimmings for shabby chic type of cards.  I really like the shabby chic style cards but I have difficulties putting the design together.  I'll look around on the web for inspiration and practice a little.  I did try with the card above by adding lace and bead trimming and seam binding.   I still have a lot of lace and seam binding that I'd like to use up so maybe I'll start using them more often.


Another thing I do have are a lot of large sentiment rubber stamps.  Most times I don't know what to do with them because they're so large but going the simple route, I think the snowflake embellishment worked well with this sentiment.

This is a really old Stampin Up stamp.  I heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder and layered it on to a silver metallic card stock.  I kept it simple to give it a more elegant appearance.

 This card is my idea of clean and simple but I can't seem to avoid using designer paper and layering my card.  I love layering mainly because I have so many card stock scraps that I do need to use up.  Layering helps me to use the smaller sized cut up card stock that I've collected through the years.  The image is by Stampin Up and you can't tell by the picture but I heat embossed it then mounted foam stamps to give it a 3D appearance.

I was able to clean my craft room last night so I'm excited to make a few cards today.
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

House Mouse Christmas Cards


 Hello Blogging Friends! My last finals for school was yesterday and I feel so free!  I have a break for about 4 weeks then it starts up all over again!  I think the first thing I'll do is clean my craft room.  It's a mess in there!  I just didn't have the energy to keep things tidy.



 Are any of you House Mouse fans?  I love House Mouse images.  The images are so cute and always so detailed!  I love using them for Christmas cards.  I made quite a few more and I'll share the others some other time.


Off topic but have any of you seen the movie "Gone Girls"?  I saw it a few weeks ago when it was first released. Typically a lot of movies bore me but wow, this movie kept me at the edge of my seat.  It was such a good movie!  It was one of the type of movies that leave you a bit stunned as the movie progresses.  Anyway. . .it's probably not in the theaters anymore but if it comes out on DVD, I do recommend the movie.


Well I'm off to clean my craft room!  I'm a bit excited to see a clean and organized craft room again!!
Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday.  Until next time!
 
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and Snowman Cards


Hey there! Happy Thanksgiving Friends!!  I'm back.  I actually made some of these cards earlier this month but I figured I'll share them with you.  Someone mentioned that they like that I still create "layered" cards.  Honestly, I don't like clean and simple cards.  You have to be very talented to make something simple look . . .well, creative, if not, it just looks plain ole' simple.  LOL!  Besides, if I create simple cards what am I going to do with all the stuff I have?  Sell them at prices that aren't even 25% of what I purchased them for?  Nope.  I'm not rich enough to literally give them away without feeling bad about it.  In the meantime, I'll try to use up what I can until I feel comfortable enough to sell them at dirt cheap prices on Ebay.  I have a rule for many of my rubber stamps.  I have to at least use them at least 3 times before I consider selling them unless I really don't like them.  But the ones I do like, I'll use them as many times until I get tired of them.  It helps that I do sell my cards on Etsy because it forces me to use my stuff and continue creating.

Okay back to my cards.  For the card above, I used my Unity Stamps.  I've used this image several times in the past.  I think this is the first time I inked it this year.  I used Stampin Up designer paper which I have tons of.  I recently bought the "chevron" design embossing folder which I used on my card.  I love it!!

Not sure the brand of this image.  I threw out the packaging and I can't remember who makes it.  Anyway. . .not much to say about this card.  Again SU designer paper and ribbon.  


I love this snowlady!  She's my favorite snowman stamp.  I use her every year. 



This snowman image is a Stampin Up image.  I really love some of the older retired Stampin Up stamps.  I don't think good images get old or outdated.  Besides, the trend seem to recycle itself every few years.  Clean and simple cards is an example  Back in the day before designer papers were popular, people were making clean and simple cards.  Also the old outdated designs for scrapbook paper are popular again.  I have really old paper and they look similar to many of the newer paper designs. 

This image is a digital image.  I can't remember where I downloaded it from.  I'm not very good at organizing my images.  I don't care about brands so much so I don't keep track of who I bought the stamps or images from.  I only care if the image looks good on my card. 

Well I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Until next time!!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Just Christmas Cards and a Bit of Rambling


Hey Friends!  So much for my blogging regularly.  It's been 3 weeks since I last posted.  Time sure do fly quickly.  Still busy with my classes.  It's been difficult to jump back into the studying mode and working on assignments, projects and papers.  Hopefully, I'll be able to get a handle on dividing my time.

I have been making cards on days when I don't have projects due.  I wish I was more discipline when it comes to working on my cards but I've managed to make a few.

The card above is literally all Stampin Up products, from the designer papers, rubber stamp and bow.  I wanted to try a different color combo this time around rather than my typically red and green for Christmas cards.


The image is by PSX.  I don't have many of them but interestingly on Ebay, they are considered collector items.  I guess it's because PSX is no longer in business?  Not sure but I'm assuming that.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used my Prisma Color Pencils to color the background.  I added a lot of glitter to the background although you can't readily tell by the photo. 


I wonder if anyone actually read what I write . . .LOL!  But what's a blog without any writing, right?  If you want to only look or post pictures, you can go to Pinterest to do that.  With this card, I used a House Mouse stamp.  It's another brand that sells for collector prices on Ebay, primarily the wood mounted ones.  The cling on ones you can find in various stores.  I think it may be the ones that are retired that are selling for high prices.  This card size is 6.25 x 4.5"  I like this size better than the A2 size.  I used Stampin Up designer papers again, colored my image with Copic Markers and Prisma Color Pencils.  I only have one spool of baker's twine. . .the red/white  color.  I don't want to buy more of them because I don't use them very often.


The image on this card is by Verve Stamps.  I again used Stampin Up for the designer paper, as well as the ribbon.  I still have a lot of the SU stitched grosgrain ribbon left. I need to use it more often so I can use it up.

I can't remember which brand of stamp I used for this card.  I believe the sentiment is by Inkidinkado.  The ones that you can purchase at Joannes but I don't know about the snowflake.  I believe it's Stampin Up.  Speaking of Stampin Up.  Remember their rhinestone brads and Hodge Podge hardware?  Well I used them on this card.  Do they still sell them?  I haven't looked through a Stampin Up catalog in ages so I have no idea what they still sell.


I think this is the first time I used this rubber stamp.  I didn't even look at the brand.  I was considering selling it but now that I created a card with it, I think I'll use it a few more times.  The designer paper is by Stampin Up as well as the sentiment.  To create the puffy snow, I used liquid applique by heating it up until it puffs up.  You can find them in the fabric section at most craft stores.  Liquid applique is basically fabric paint that puffs up when heated.

Again, this image is by Inkidinkado.  It came from the same set as the sentiment of one of the cards above.  I used Stampin Up designer paper again.  I have a lot lace trimmings that I also need to use up.  I was into the shabby chic/vintage style cards a few years back so I had purchased a bunch of lace for my cards.  Wish I hadn't bought so much of them.. . .LOL!

Off topic. . .but I would love to eat healthier and lose weight with the New Year approaching.  I actually stopped making a list of resolutions because I never followed through on any of them but I think I'll do one for next year.  I was thinking of starting a new blog documenting a few personal things and posting about subjects that I'm interested in other than crafting but ugggh, I can't even keep up with this blog.  Maybe I'll just use this blog to do it.  I had changed my blog name a few years back so I could post other subjects besides crafting but I never followed through on it.  Maybe for the new year, it's something I can work on doing.  Anyway. . .right now it's just a thought.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  Until next time.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Greeting Farm, Penny Black and Thanksgiving Cards!


Hey there!  It's me again!  I actually made this card a week ago I believe.  I can't remember.  I wanted to share it because of the paper doily in the background.  I bought the doily on Etsy, 50 for about $4.00 and it has gone a long way.  I still have at least 25 left.  There are quite a few shops that sell them on Etsy!  I love using them on my card.  I usually cut them in half and use it as a layer on my cards.  I want to buy other patterns but I can't until I use up the ones I already have.

I've been very conscious about bulk purchases.  I never thought about it much in the past.  This includes food.  It appears to be cheaper to buy bulk.. . . only if you intend to use them otherwise you end up with a whole bunch of stuff you either lose interest in or just that there are too much of it that you can't use them all no matter how hard you try.   

So.  . .I stopped buying bulk all together other than the occasional purchase.  Some people sell their left over craft supplies in order to buy more but it's okay if you are willing to lose a little bit of money for the benefit of being able to buy more of something else.

Today, I just cleaned out my freezer.  Despite my best intentions of eating what I bought, some of them expired before I could eat them.  I've been very careful about not buying too many things at once when I go grocery shopping but I still end up with expired food.  It usually happens because I'm inspired to cook a particular dish or eat a particular food while at the grocery store (usually because I'm hungry at the moment) but when I get home, I end up forgetting about them.  Okay, starting today, I will eat what I buy and buy only what I need for the week.


 Alright enough of my rambling.  The image is by the Greeting Farm and the designer papers are by Stampin Up.


Oh. . . talk about bulk purchase.  Dew drops!  Don't even get me started.  I have enough of them to last a life time.  I kid not!  I bought every color that exist and I use them on my cards like crazy because I have so many of them.  Remember when dew drops were popular?  Well, I don't care if it's no longer the "in" embellishment.  I am going to use them on my cards until I can get my supplies down to the point where I feel like I got my money's worth!


Oh Stickles!  That's another thing!  I have Stickles galore!  I also every color that exist.  I do use them on my cards more often than not but not often enough.  Not every image looks good with glitter so can't use them on every card I make.  But from time to time, it looks good especially on a cupcake image.  Don't you agree?  The image is by Penny Black!  I love their images.  I don't think their images will ever go out of style.  

I decided to use this pumpkin patch image again.  I don't have too many Thanksgiving images so I'm left to use what I have over and over.  I again used the microbeads on the flowers.  Nothing much to say about this card.


Thank you once again for stopping by my blog.  I am getting into the blogging thing again.  Hopefully I can continue blogging regularly.
Hope you all have a wonderful day!

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