Play Time Cards

With all the noise and activity in the house from the workers, I’ve been struggling to focus and be creative. I’ve dabbled with this and forced myself to glue flowers to the front of cards, but wasn’t feeling it until yesterday.

Distress Oxides, Stencil & A Million Little Things (D1925)

I had tried learning more about the distress oxides ink and made some little samples on different papers with different products. Today when sleep eluded me, I decided I was going to do SOMETHING with them. a quick glance on pinterest and I had some inspiration.

This is the card that inspired mine.

My craft desk has been strewn with pieces parts of of various projects, current and from years ago. I had decided I wanted to use some things up in the employ of cards for happy mail.

At first I was distracted by interruptions, the thoughts in my head and the colors of the flowers on my desk. I gave myself permission to discard any piece that was blocking me from creating. It’s funny. I removed dark flowers and leaves that had been punched from orange cardstock. Once those were no longer in my way, I was able to create. . . .

Most of these pieces were leftovers from our August Club Night cards. I added some silver and white pieces and the blockade gave way and I was able to create!

If you have the Art Philosophy Image Set, you should be able to cut out your own card pieces. Here is the link.

Also there is a video for some of the techniques used in creating it here.

There are still more pieces on my craft table. I’m going to see what I can do with them! Happy Crafting!

Day at the Beach Scrapbook layout

After a year and a half of not scrapbooking any of our photos, I finally finished 4 pages in one day! I felt like I was a novice at first and it took me a long time to get back into the swing of it, but I’m happy with the results.

Not having access to all my supplies and tools has made me dig a little deeper into my bag of techniques. On this layout, I started with one of our how to pattern books a group of photos, and a pack of paper that worked with the colors in the photos. From there I added some homemade stencils, used some flip flaps, and just had some fun.

There is a video of me walking through the creation of these pages if you want to see more of what I did.

Happy Crafting!

Quick Card for Club Project

Back before our family moved to California, and then before the Coronavirus was an everyday concern, I hosted a free monthly crop. Ladies would come and work on their own projects during the day and in the evenings everyone would be given the materials for a project. Often the project was a card workshop, but sometimes we did home decor items or learned new techniques. We have all missed this, and I have started hosting zoom chat & crafts for everyone in my VIP group. (Got to Facebook and request to join)

This month I decided we needed to try and do more together and I designed this card for our third Thursday chat & craft.

Aug 2020 Club Project

I originally designed this card for a color challenge and a scraplift challenge.

Color & Scraplift Challenge Cards

I used the August 2020 Stamp of the Month for all the background stamping. It was fun doing some random stamping again!

I did a video of how this card came together and you can check it out on my youtube channel.

Do you recognized any of the shapes? They all came from the first Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge, Art Philosophy. I think this card would be great for any occasion. What would you use it for?

Happy Crafting!

August Crafting Challenges

Each month I am putting together challenges in hopes to inspire more crafting. There will be a winner drawn from all the entries and that winner will receive a RAK from me.

For each of these challenges, they must have been done during the month of August 2020. Only Facebook VIP members that complete a challenge and post a photo in the August Challenges album are eligible for prizes. To join our facebook group, go to this page and submit a request to join.

For the card challenge create TWO cards using this sketch as an inspiration. Post a photo of your cards in the August Challenges photo album.

For the Layout challenge you can create two cards, or one layout, planner page, or paper crafting item that is inspired from this sketch. Post photo in the August Challenges Album.

For the Color challenge, create two cards, a layout, planner page, or other paper craft item using only these colors. You may add White, Black or Kraft cardstock. Post a photo of your creation in the August Challenges Album.

For our last challenge, you can double dip as they say. I want you to use 10 of your embellishments that have been in your stash for a bit. The 10 embellishments do not have to be on one project but can be spread over multiple projects that you have created THIS month. So you can embellish your card challenge and your color challenge with 10 embellishments, post the photos of your creations in the album and wah-lah you have earned multiple tickets for the prize drawing.

Happy Crafting!

It’s a new year – and I have scheduled some blog time

Hi everyone,

December FLEW by.  Between Community Chorus concerts and rehearsals, music rehearsals for church, family needs (many doctor appointments and an outpatient surgery for one) and preparing for Christmas some things had to “give.”  The house and the blog were the two that “gave” the most.  The house is slowly returning to tame,  so now if the time to bring the blog back into repair.

Way back in September our monthly group started learning/relearning some fun folds for cards.   Thankfully at that time I did some research and prepared for the next few months of projects.  Now it is time to share with you those instruction sheets & cards.

Basic Z fold cards.

I use Pinterest and good ol’ Google for researching different card folds & such.  I then compiled a list and tried to start with the basic ones,  and,  as we continue down this road build into more advance folding cards.

We started with “Fun Fold,” “Z fold” and “Double Z.”   I also gave everyone a blank notebook and some tips for modifying it so we could all create a place for all our samples and notes of all these great cards in one place.  I will have more on that in another post.

Just so you can catch up,  here is my sheet of instructions for the Fun, Z & Double Z folds.

Soon I’ll post my completed Christmas card for 2017.  It too utilizes one of our recent folding techniques.

Happy Crafting!