Clean and Simple

Yesterday I made a clean and simple (CAS) card all out of grays featuring a sentiment.  I took 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ light gray paper, cut it in half at 5 1/2″, folded that in half for my A2 card base.  I then cut off a 3 3/4″ piece of the other part of the light gray sheet and cut the other direction at 5″ to make it 3-3/4 x 5″.  I also cut a piece of slate gray card 5-1/4 x 4″.  I knew what sentiment I wanted to use, so I determined it should be a wide card rather than a tall one.  I then used an edger to get a fun top and bottom edge on the small piece of light gray paper.  I used a dark gray ink to stamp the sentiment, but it has very fine lines and didn’t show up as well as I liked, so I traced over it with a gray Sakura Glaze pen.  Unfortunately, the further I went, the more freely the ink flowed, so it got a bit thick towards the end.  Anyway, I just wanted you to see how CAS can also be elegant.  This also works for a masculine card.  It is being entered in the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge for this week.

7-30-13 SZ STV MFP CAS Gray Sent

It looks like there is a smudge on the card, but there really isn’t.  I’m thinking I’ll need to clean my camera lens.  The sentiment says, “Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible. ~Sir William Osler.”

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Same Sketch Different Ways

I worked on this sketch to make a birthday card this week and thought it would be fun to do the same sketch using the same stamps/dies trying to make a masculine and feminine version.

Here’s the sketch:

 

Here is the first card I did.  As I was looking for inspiration for a birthday card, I found a set of fun birthday “signs” and chose one of those to use.  That inspired the colors to be used, then I looked through my stash to find papers that went along with it.

 

Then I decided to put the sketch back up the way it was given and do it two times using the Die-namics Contempo Cage set with different papers, ribbon and inks to try to show both a masculine and feminine version.

 

 

So, which do you think is which?  I will tell you that the one on the bottom has the bird made from a bluish shimmer sheet.  Also, you can’t see the embossing on the vellum, but it is dots and circles to go along with the circle patterned paper.

Can you tell that I am low on birthday cards?  I turned to December in my card calendar to see when the next card needed to be mailed and only found one card for the 6 upcoming birthdays.  Oops!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving this week!  Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Don’t forget, enjoy the next few weeks, even if you are busy.  Jesus is the reason for this season, the other stuff is just add ons.  Also, if you have little kids, they usually like the wrapping paper and boxes better than the gifts.  Older than that, it doesn’t matter so much what it is, just that they get the same number of gifts as everyone else.  Adults enjoy it, but it isn’t totally necessary and they usually love something handmade, just for them as much as the big expensive things.  So, take time to relax and enjoy!

Hot Diggity Dog

Had so much fun with this card!  It is for the Sketch With a Twist challenge on MFP Speedy TV.  The twist was to make a card for a friend.  This one will definitely be for a guy friend.

 

Supplies:

  • Assorted Papers
  • Rich Cocoa ink (Memento)
  • Fabulous Dogs (Mark’s Finest Papers Heinrich Collection)
  • Bakers Twine

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Now, go enjoy the weekend.

What is Masculine?

What makes a card “masculine”?  That was my question to my family.  My husband thought a card with a muscle across it.  His other idea was a girl in a bikini.  My son said something really simple with just one image that just says, “Happy Birthday” right in the middle inside.  My daughter said blues and greens.  Hmm, obviously not quite the way I think as you can tell from my last post.  Here is what I came up with from their suggestions.

It is blues and greens with “Happy Birthday” right in the center inside.  My husband was disappointed I used a dragonfly rather than a big, flexed arm muscle.  Like that was going to happen.

This is kind of fun as the dragonfly looks like it’s flying.  Unfortunately, it’s not going to be able to go through the mail.

I used a paperclip to get it to fly high.  I had to use wire cutters to make it a bit smaller, so hey, there were tools involved.  Inside, I used a large glob of glue and covered it with a thick piece of card stock (couldn’t find the same color, which would have been better).

Have some fun in life and try new things!

I used:

  • Recollections card stock in a teal/turquoise and white
  • Hope Grows stamp set from Gina K. Stamps (leaves)
  • Follow Your Dreams stamp set from Gina K. Stamps (sentiment)
  • Art Accentz Stickeez Decorative Adhesive (dragonfly)
  • Green glitter
  • Perfect Pearls Mists in Heirloom Gold
  • Paint chip from Ace Hardware

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Make sure you come back tomorrow as I am hosing the “Funky Fold” challenge at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap, and the instructions and examples will be here.