Leftovers

The challenge on WeCraftCards.com this week is to only use those extra pieces we all wind up with. So, everything on this card was leftovers, except the base. I cut pieces and added the shaker elements.

Had a whole lot of fun and frustration making it. It’s my Father’s Day card for my dad.

Father’s Day 2021 closed
Father’s Day 2021 Open

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Birthday Bash

Made this for my friend’s birthday, then forgot to take a picture before giving it to her. Making the envelope for my different sized card took some thinking. She staged it beautifully. Thanks Erika!

I used several MFT stamp sets on this card. The inside is filled with birthday sentiments.

The background is a water color piece. It’s purples with touches of orange, as those are her favorite colors.

I’m entering this in the current MFT sketch challenge.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Ahhh

Okay, this card is also being entered in the MFT Sketch Challenge for the week. It, however, gets it’s own post as it just makes me happy.

Pretty Textures

For the background on this one, I used some tissue paper I had used for a while to clean up watercolor ink messes and just like the look of. I glued that onto a piece of thin white card. Left a bit of wrinkle and bubble here and there as it adds texture and is just fun to look at. In my last post, I explained how I did each of the 3 texture pieces on the left. For this one, I also added a sentiment cut from glitter paper and glued that on a piece of vellum, then glued that (liquid adhesive – Elmer’s glue) over the popped up rose piece and down onto the background. Added a few gems and was done. I did rip the tissue paper along the edges, so there are bits that are left hanging off. I usually like neat and tidy, but this just appealed to me. It adds a bit more texture, too.

This one really just calms me down and lets me go “ahhh”.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Textures

If you know me, you know I love texture. It really makes me happy. So, I’ve been playing with different ways to create it.

Mom Bday

The two triangle pieces I added texture to with some wallpaper pieces a friend sent to me. Thank you Bonnie! I showed you the one in my last post, but it didn’t really show on the patterned paper. So, I tried it on plain card stock. It doesn’t show a lot here, either, unless you tip it in the light. You can see it a little.

Textures 2

So, I played with different ways to create texture. The background has Nuvo Embellishment Mousse spread through an MFT stencil. I love the stencil. Fortunately, there was enough moisture left in this mousse for it to actually spread. As I had sections I didn’t cover with the mousse, I did some acrylic sprays over the top. Had fun with that. The top circle has texture added by using a die and cutting a white piece, then gluing it on top of a sooth white piece of card. It adds texture and is fairly simple to do. Well, until you use an old spray adhesive that you only have a bit of that goes everywhere and just does NOT want to come off skin. YUCK! Tossed the tiny bit of it that was left and wound up having to add some shimmer spray after using an adhesive eraser for a long, long, long, long time to try and get rid of the extra that was between the sections and picking up dust out of the air. Oh well, live and learn. The middle circle was done with an embossing folder, then lighting brushed ink across to pick up the image. That one was easy and fun. The bottom circle, I added texture by heat embossing with clear embossing powder using a background stamp (MFT Marble) and then inking across it. The sentiment strip was heat embossed on a piece of white card that I had used more of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse on. The pink was too hard to spread, so used a makeup sponge and just rubbed it on.

Lots of texture in that one, as well as lots of fun to make, even with a lot of mess. This one is going in this week’s MFT Sketch Challenge, too.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Play Time

Had a few minutes here and there the past couple/few/several weeks, but no time to post. Here’s a bit of what I made.

Dad’s Bday

Okay, had fun with this one. The “ground” is made out of brown tissue paper just glued on.

Jon’s 28th Bday

I was hoping for a sushi set with cats, but couldn’t find either, so took a Tim Holtz set and made my own. Gave it to my son this morning and he loved it. I used a wall paper sample a friend sent me to add texture to the background dot piece. You can feel it more than see it, but it really added to the card. Thank you Bonnie!

31st Anniversary

Made this one for my husband and my 31st Anniversary. Good grief, that makes us sound so old. I’m hoping he enjoys this one. I used the Altenew Mini Set for May and did some masking for the background piece.

Purple!

Had lots of fun making this one. It’s being entered in the MFT Sketch Challenge for this week. I used several of their sets and Die-namics to create it. I have to tell you, I have TONS of trouble doing the scripty birthday die and making it work. If I add adhesive to the back before cutting, it just shreds and rips. This was about try #3. Adhered it with some liquid glue and used clear Nuvo Crystal Drops to give it some dimension and shine.

Oh, my husband really did not like this card. He likes it when I color the images. He’s not fond of mixed media backgrounds, either. Oh well. I really like it.

That’s enough for this post. I’ll probably do a couple more posts today. Ha! I had some time today, not a lot, but some and it’s the last of my time for a while. I’ve been really busy, as well as trying to get some thing crocheted for my niece, whom I adore. (Maybe I am that old?!?! I’m on bonus year 11, which is 50 in years, so yep, I really am getting there.)

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend/week.

Mother’s Day

Apparently, I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy and haven’t had much time to make cards, but I did make 4 Mother’s Day cards, so figured I’d share them. Nope, not for a challenge, though I did use the first one in a fold challenge on WeCraftCards.

Mother In Law

Took a class a couple of weeks ago on making flowers. This was the 2nd card I made with this type of flower. Had fun with this, though the class wasn’t great. Granted, I had had my second vaccine shot the day before and was feeling pretty horrible during the class, so that may have something to do with my attitude.

Grandmother

This one I made for my grandmother and was according to one of the class card directions. I like the way this one turned out, though my MILs is more fun.

Mom

This is the one I made for my mom. The whole card was based around the paper I found that I wanted to use for the flowers. Unfortunately, the paper was Yupo paper which was incredibly difficult to shape, especially as I didn’t have the special tool the teacher said we needed for sweat peas. Oh well, a lot of work, but I like it. Probably wouldn’t have kept trying to shape the Yupo paper, had I not already done the rest of the card.

Abbie

This last one was made for my niece, who is pregnant. This one I used pieces from a paper and pieces set. Added a couple of fun butterfly stickers to it, too. It does continue a bit inside. I’m not fond of step cards, as there is very little room to write, so I did the back “step” as a card base and glued it to the step card. It opens up to a full inside, with room to decorate a bit and write.

Granted, I did not do envelopes for any of these cards. The flower cards are hand deliver, or make a box and pay a ton to mail. So, Mother’s Day, where all will be hand delivered.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, whether you are a mother, or a “child”.

Birthday by Sketch

My Favorite Things has a fun sketch this week. I needed to make another birthday card for my son-in-law and get it in today’s mail. I used the sketch and came up with this:

Happy Birth-YAY

Used an MFT set by Birdie Brown and colored it with alcohol markers. I’m not sure what type of paper I stamped it on, but it might have been Bristol. Actually had fun coloring it. After I cut it out, I held it up against a few backgrounds I’d previously made, until I found that I liked the look of this one, with the blue at the bottom. None of my oval dies were big enough, so I used a Creative Memories tool.

Used a couple different patterned papers out of an MFT birthday set. The sentiment is on the inside, as is another piece of the oval paper lined up with the blue at the bottom.

I really like the way this turned out and I got it written in and in the mail in time. That’s always a good thing.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today!

Sympathy in Spring

Finding out a friend went home to be with God, yesterday was a shock. I wanted to make a card for his wife to encourage her. My husband thinks it’s too bright for a sympathy card. I disagree. What do you think?

I’m using this for the WeCraftCards challenge this week, as well as the MFT Sketch challenge.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Friend Fun

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter 2021. We were able to get together with family again this year, which was nice, but also a lot. Couldn’t get everyone together at once, so 2 get togethers. However, I did have a bit of time to play this weekend and got these 2 cards done.

Build a Birdhouse

Lots of texture and layers on this one. There is a lot of dimension that you can’t really see in each of these birdhouses. Put a bluebird of happiness on each one, as well. This was my last Easter card and was done for my BFF. The WeCraftCards.com challenge this past week was to use a birdhouse with a twist. My twist was lots of fun colors and layers. This was hand delivered, as it was not going to go through the mail. All of the dies were from MyFavoriteThings.

Love

This one was done for the MFT Sketch challenge this week. The fence die is from them, as is the plaid patterned paper, and the fun Bunny stamp. Had a lot of fun creating this one. It was pretty quick and easy, as I had already stamped and colored the bunny. It was just a matter of cutting it out. I used the exact same die I used for the green piece behind it, but made it smaller, as I didn’t want it that large.

Even if you only have a few minutes, find some pieces you have laying around that you never used and put together a fun card. On this one, the sentiment is inside. You can design a card however appeals to you. It’s something made by you, so use what you want how you want. There are no set rules for making a card. When I started making cards, as a kid, it was all about a long sentiment I created with fun fonts on the computer, then a fun digi image printed on the front. I’ve come a long way in my creating since then . . . less writing and more creating in fun ways. But, use what you have and make it from you. You will encourage someone else.

Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.

Time Marches On

So, the challenge on WeCraftCards.com this past week was to incorporate a clock. The MFT Sketch challenge for the week was a fun one, so I decided to put them together. This is what I came up with:

I had fun with the My Favorite Things set called: Happy Hello. that is where the Queen’s Guard bear and the Big Ben images came from. The papers are from 3 different MFT sets, as well. Had lots of fun with this on a weekend with little time.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today!