Today I sent 22 cards that I have made and sent to two organizations that distribute cards to those who need some cheering up. Love doing this since it gives me lots of practice and I feel like I am doing something worthwhile.
These are all from the My Favorite Things Happy Panda stamp set. I love it. I made these cards for an organization that puts on Birthday Parties for Homeless children and also another organization that makes up little kits with a encouraging card for Foster children who are waiting to be placed. Im going to make a lot more of these because they are fast and don’t require a lot of coloring and they turn out adorable.
Two more Christmas Cards today. Trying to get enough so I can donate some to the Meals on Wheels organization. The first one I stamped the sentiment and embossed in white. Then I stamped foliage from Catherine Pooler Designs Merry and Bright Boughs stamp set and Hip Holidays and Candy Cane Lane. I watercolored with some inexpensive metallic watercolors. I wanted a little more gold so the second I embossed the foliage in gold as well as the sentiment. I painted the leaves and berries. On this one, I messed up. Flecks of gold emboss in the wrong place and white ink where it shouldn’t be. So I decided to flick some of the gold water color with a brush, That wasn’t enough so I sprayed with Hero Arts gold shimmer spray. I actually liked it in the end. Again without over thinking, I just did whatever and it is amazing what you end up with.
This was the messed up one. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
Catherine Pooler of Stamp Nation had a video where she and another person did a card in 15 minutes from start to finish. Since it takes me quite a few hours to complete a card I decided to try and do it by using simple techniques. Here are two I did and actually they only took 10 minutes. Mostly because I wasn’t worrying about making them for anyone special. It was amazing. I obviously stress out too much normally which just takes more time.
Both cards I stenciled a partial background, stamped a large sentiment and added stamped and die cut embellishments. On the third card I just sponged distress ink on the leaves and pumpkins and it was a lot faster than stamping and cutting.
Took me all day but I loved creating this card for a friend who had neck surgery. Used computer for front sentiment and inside sentiment and birds I altered from Simon Says Stamp’s Stacking Animals Set. The Giraffe is from that set also. Watercolored the giraffe with Zig Clear Color Brush Pens. Used my pattern paper from Premium Stacks Safari Chic Stack.
First two cards made from the Stamp of Approval Candy Cane Lane Collection.
I didn’t think I was going to like the Reindeer head but decided to get the collection since there were so many other things in it. I have a thing about heads of animals with no body. But then, I saw an example that someone did of the Reindeer peeking out from behind something. Now I love him. I think I am going to use him a lot.
My craft room is continually a work in progress. It used to be in pretty good shape but my Elfa shelving was improperly installed (I guess) and it came down with everything on it. Luckily no huge damage but I had to remove everything and re do it. So I redid, with the help of my Son-in-law, all the shelving in the room. I had added so many new things, as well as spending a lot more time creating and here I am a year later still getting things back in order. I am going to document, in pictures, the only part I have really gotten back in good order. This is the part where I spend most of my time and I love it. So I kind of am ignoring the rest of the room including my husbands little (very little) corner. I am going to have to get it done soon because it is now getting annoying.
Here was the before we re-did.
Here is my organized space that I use often (and clean up after each project.) Most of the supplies I use often are very well organized thanks to all the help from fellow craftspeople and their videos. I purchased a wrap around glass top desk from Office Depot and I love it. Much better than the Elfa attachment I had. The desk is much more stable.
One more card for the August Challenge. I also sent this to LLC for the Birthday Party Challenge. I love this one. It is a stamp from Penny Black that I love.
Since I have never been to France, I was inspired by Catherine’s White Emboss Resist and Wrinkle Free Distress using the same colors. White embossing and then smooching the distress colors on watercolor paper. Cut a butterfly out of the same smooching. and added some sequins.
Another card used for the Birthday Party Project.