Valentine’s

I try to always give at least 1, if not a couple of Valentine’s to my husband every year.  This year, he only gets 2, but the first was designed just for him.  I also try to give each of my children a Valentine, just to remind them they are loved, they are important and they are very special.

This first one was designed for my daughter, as she loves dachshunds.  She also likes pink, so I used a bit of that, too.

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This second one was designed for my son, who can tell you just about anything and most everything about comics, supernatural, science fiction and science.  We’ve had several Bigfoot/Yeti conversations over the years, so I thought he would like this one, and he did.

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Now, the one that is an inside joke for my husband, I spent a lot of time on – idea, planning, fine tuning, creating.  He got it this morning and after he could finally read it (didn’t put on his glasses and it is small print), he really liked it.

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Inside it says, “But because it’s you, I’ll deal with it.”

This next one I slid inside his lunch bag.  I’m really hoping being in the fridge overnight that the adhesive will still be stuck.

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He gave me this Altenew stamp set for Christmas.  It was one he picked out, and I immediately thought it would make a fun Valentine for him.  I tried to get a good look at the moon, yesterday morning, on the way to work, but I still think I didn’t get it quite right.  My poor, light gray ink that I specifically got for this, and stamped off, still is way too dark and not quite gray.  Hmmm, I’m definitely going to have to play with this one.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  No, it’s not a “Hallmark” day, as my husband says.  It is a day to show your love for those around you.  We should do that every day, but this is just a day to step out a little more.

Thanks for spending some of your precious time with me, today!

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Christmas Recipe

One of the challenges on the WeCraftCards.com site this week is a Christmas Recipe card.  So, I figured I’d share a favorite recipe with you.

Every Christmas Eve, my mom invites family, friends, extended family, over for Clam Chowder and sandwiches.  It’s a fun evening of fellowship.  Now, this isn’t the recipe my mom uses, as she does BULK, but this is my favorite clam chowder recipe.  It is, my mother-in-law’s recipe.

CLAM CHOWDER – by Judy Peterson

  • 2 cans minced clams
  • 1 cup onion, chopped fine
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cups potatoes, diced (don’t rinse)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 pint half&half
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Drain juice of clams into a saucepan.  Add vegetables and bring to boil.  (Be careful not to scorch.)  Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Melt butter in large saucepan.  Add flour and stir until smooth.  Add milk, half & half, salt pepper and sugar.  Cook, stirring constantly until smooth and thick.

Add vegetables, including juice, and clams.  Stir to mix and heat through.

Enjoy!

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  If you aren’t in the United States, have a wonderful week.

Christmas Fishes

Here’s another idea for fun Christmas cards . . .

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This is my husband’s favorite, so far.  Fish wearing sweaters.  Yep, definitely had fun with this one.  I used another Hero Arts layering stamp set, the gold fish.

What do you think?

Thanks for spending a bit of your time with me today.  I hope you had some fun.

Flamingo Fun

Having lots of fun trying to decide what to do for Christmas cards this year.  Thought I’d step out of the box and go with different ideas.

Idea #1 has some fun layering stamps I got from Hero Arts.

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I’m loving this one.  However, cutting out each of the red and green shrimp, and adding a bit of sparkle to them, was quite the chore.

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.  What do you think of this as a Christmas card?

Faux Torn Edges

Sometimes layers are wonderful.  Other times, you need a pretty flat card.  Here is a simple walk through of how to do a flat card that looks like it has layers.

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To start, you need to tear the edges of a piece of scrap paper.

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I used some removable tape on the back of my strip of scrap paper.  You can use some regular adhesive, if you press it onto your skin and pull it off several times.  You want it to come off cleanly, at the end.

After my strip was placed, I used the different inks to ink around the edges.  I started with the lightest colors and the edges of the card and the darkest closest to my strip.  Granted, there wasn’t a whole lot of difference in the inks and I did blend them together, somewhat.

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Next, I left the scrap paper strip on the card and stamped my flowers using a different color.  I did overlap the edges, so they were partially stamped onto the strip.  This adds to the faux layered look.  I also added some leaves.  Then, I removed the strip.

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It almost looks like a torn white strip is placed on top of a detailed background.  The last step was to stamp my sentiment.  After I stamped it, I decided to add a couple of stick on embellishments.  These are quite tall, so not good for mailing.  However, if you wanted to stamp something in the blank space, or adhere something smaller, or even just leave it blank, it all depends on what look you want.

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The finished card.

Here’s another one that I did with 2 torn pieces at the edges, rather than 1 in the center.

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The colored, stamped flowers, were popped up with pop dots.

This really is a fun technique.  Try it and see what you come up with.  Have fun with the inking!

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Somewhat Contained Glitter

Last weekend, I was trying to think of some Christmas Card ideas, as it is, already, September and I don’t have many done.  So, I thought about butterflies and glitter.  Here’s what I did, for a few.

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Actually, what I did first, was put some 2-1/2″ double sided adhesive tape on some white card stock.  I just used the cheap kind of card stock.  Then, I took this wonderful die I got at Simon Says Stamp called Butterfly Drift, put it on top of the adhesive backer, which I had left on the top, then ran it through as a regular cut.  I didn’t add any shims, as I didn’t want it to cut all the way through.

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You can kind of see the cut lines in the above picture.

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Next, I pulled up the “frame” edge.  I used a paper piercer to start that, though an edge of a paperclip, or something else small and sharp would have worked, too.  I grabbed that and slowly pulled it up, to get all of it.  Then, I opened up my dark green micro-fine glitter.  (This has to be MICRO fine glitter, or it doesn’t work well.)

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I dabbed my finger in and using just what was on my finger, started rubbing firmly over the adhesive that was now showing.

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As you can see, there’s not much extra glitter left on the top of the adhesive liner.

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Then I used that little piece of Swiffer Sweeper cloth, that I had cut off and wiped up the excess glitter.  There wasn’t much.  Quick and easy cleanup, that way.

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Next, I pulled the liner off the butterflies and rubbed on gold micro-fine glitter.  Cleaned up the bit of excess glitter with another small piece of Swiffer Sweeper cloth.  I decided I didn’t want the whole piece of adhesive, as that would take too much room, so I just used my scissors and cut around the butterflies.  I used a craft knife to get that one small center piece out, too.

On the side of my card base, I used gold embossing powder and embossed my “Merry Christmas” greeting.  It didn’t show up very well against my stamped background, so I found a piece of similar green paper, embossed it on there, and adhered that.

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Done.  Fairly quick and easy.  And, the glitter doesn’t fall off, as it is quite well adhered.  Also, when I was wiping off the little bit of excess glitter, I went over my piece, as well, which picked up any extra.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.

Monkey’n Around

This is a challenge on the We Craft Cards forum.  This week we are having a card crop, with 2 challenges per day, Wednesday through Saturday, as well as a game.  Join in the fun and play along.  You do need to register for the site, but it’s free and is full of fun inspiration and soon-to-be-friends.

My challenge is to make a card with an animal not acting like an animal.  Here are some examples:

 

 

So, a pretty easy challenge, but fun.  Come check out all the fun.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.