This month over at Stinkin Inkers Challenge is to make a long and skinny card aka Slim line Cards. I have to admit I am not a fan. But I pressed onward and challenged myself to make one for the team.
What I was pleasantly surprised by was I could use more stamps and bigger stamps on cards. I also got my Scan N Cut out because I refuse to pay all that money for a slimline die and purchased a $1.99 SVG file on etsy.
I watercolored the images and the products I used are from the Stamps of Life.
This month’s challenge over at Stinkin’ Inkers is to use something that hops on your card. Of course I immediately thought of bunnies for this time of the year, but going through my stash I had to pull out one of my favorite items to craft with — OUTLINE Stickers. Here is my card.
I used the Frog outline stickers from Krazy Kreations. Adhered the frog to glitter paper, colored with copics, I added the reeds and lilly pad directly to the card and colored those with colored pencils. I fuzzy cut out the frog and adhered him to the card using a small wobble.
The paper was in my stash, and I embossed the clouds just above the images. I added the sentiment and a few more embellishments.
This month’s challenge over at the Stinkin Inkers Challenge is to use the kissing technique. This is an older technique but really challenged me. I used elements from the Hero Arts February 2018 Kit for inspiration. When doing the Kissing Technique it is best to use a bold image and a patterned stamp. My bold image is the bird and my patterned image is the floral (peg stamp in a darker ink).
You can search Pinterest and the Internet for all kinds of Kissing Techniques. Hope our challenge this month inspires you to use this older technique and if you are NEW to stamping, we want to see your creations. Remember challenges are just that — challenge yourself to do something out of your comfort zone.
During this quarantined time with the Pandemic I have been using my free time to practice and learn how to use my Scan N Cut. I have learned over these last 60+ days is that you really have to get to know your machine and how it works. It is not a plug and go machine as I believe all cutting machines are. There are several bloggers who I have followed to help me with this (go to this post to find out). One of my frustrations is not so much cutting out the file but how to put it together once it is cut out.
This month the theme over at Stinkin Inkers is to create a Gift Card Holder. The card I created was a free SVG file over at Dreaming Tree.
As you can see this is a wallet (file comes with an envelope also). It is hard to create unique cards, etc. for the guys. This is so perfect. You can use it for any occasion. There is a slot for cash, gift card and sentiment. If you are giving a gift card you can use the bill holder for a message, if you are giving cash (graduate) you can use the other slots for messages, etc. You don’t have to use all the elements.
I have had my Scan N Cut2 for a few years. The reason I purchased the Scan N Cut was to use it to cut out my stamped images. I just cannot justify buying those matching die cuts. It has served me well. The price I paid for the Scan n Cut2 has far surpassed the amount of money I saved that I would have spent on matching dies.
There are so many crafters who abhor their Scan N Cut, leave it in the box, never use it, etc. But I feel they don’t give it the time they need to learn it. If you want to invest in it you must also KNOW that it involves commitment. It is not a plug in and go tool. You have to have the resolve to learn it. And there are so very many wonderful crafters out there that you can learn from. Here are my top three who I refer to over and over again. They explain things that I can understand.
Sheri Baldy who is an artist and has wonderful images on etsy ( Sheri Baldy Art ) had offered the image and sentiment on my card today for free (it was a one day deal). I took advantage of it because it is so appropriate for this time. Here is my card.
I printed the image on Copic Friendly paper and colored the image with both Copics and Prisma Colored Pencils. Everything else was in my stash.
I would like to participate in the following challenges:
I don’t know what it is about Dollar Tree but I can never walk out of this store empty handed because “It’s only a dollar” (as my cart has about 20 things in it).
I recently picked up a few of their sticker packs and here are three quick cards I created with things in my stash.
For this first card, I had the dot background in my card base stash already to go. I created it by using distress oxide inks and a dot stencil. I cut the circle die from papers in my stash. I then played around placing the stickers where I thought they would look good. I used a Happy Birthday Outline Sticker (huge fan of outline stickers). I placed the panel on black card stock and adhered that to a white card base.
For the second card I had the card base completed in my card base stash. I thought a frame around the toucan would make it stand out. The sticker is 3D so I didn’t have to do anything but adhere it to the card. I added the 3D balloon to look like it was coming from the parrot’s wing (hand). I added the three stars (from my stash), and again used a Happy Birthday Outline Sticker.
Again I found another card base in my stash which was made from the Stamps of Life birthday papers, die cut the yellow circle from card stock, added the bird (not sure if he is a toucan or not). I added the Birthday Hat from another Dollar Tree Sticker Pack and added the balloons as well. Again, used a Happy Birthday Outline Sticker.
I am always looking for people and places to send cards. If you are an organization or hospital visiting this blog, and think that our program could help you, please contact me and I can give you more information.
If you are a card maker and feel that you have way too many cards, I can help you spread the joy to worthy causes. Please contact me.
Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by and be blessed.
This month’s challenge over at Stinkin Inkers is to use Embossing Folders. Here is my card:
I have recently joined a Facebook Group called the Card Kindness Project. I really like this new Facebook Group because it encourages you to send out cards to develop relationships with like minded card makers. If you think this Group is for you check them out and let them know I sent you.
For those of you who know me already, my blog says it all — cards and kindness. I have shipped thousands of cards to Children’s Hospitals, Veterans Homes, Soldiers, and Seniors. I am so busy receiving and mailing out cards to the organizations that I rarely have time to blog but you will be seeing more from me.
Needless to say this card will be going to someone in the Card Kindness Project.
If you have cards you made and don’t know where to send them please check out my “All About Me” page and feel free to contact me.
I have been extremely busy receiving and sorting all your lovely creations to send to SAS4Kids, the Veterans Homes in PA, Nursing Homes and more recently found 2 more organizations to send to our soldiers overseas. Thank you all so very much.
I open up each box, package, envelope and am so inspired. There is just one problem. I am busy sorting and shipping cards and have no time for my own creations, but that is OK with me because I know the recipients receiving your cards have smiles on their faces and emotions that we cannot describe.