Wednesday, September 7, 2016
My CTMH stamping and cardmaking has suffered due to my full time job. LOL.
After my foot surgery in April 2015, I went back to work on a large proposal, with lots of overtime, and moved into 2 more proposal projects that lasted through December, and then through June 2016. Then, I worked 80 hours a week through July and most of August on a new project. That's proposal life. I was barely able to keep up with family cards.
So...I hope that my new project (not on deadline yet, so plenty of planning time) will allow me to spend a little more creative time, and I can get my cardmaking and scrapping mojo back! I'll be posting catch up pix of my cards and projects over the last year, so stay tuned! Been missing blogging and sharing and seeing everyone's creative play!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
2 of the cards use Sunset, Autumn Terracotta and Goldrush inks. On the pinkish one, I used Sorbet instead of Goldrush.
The sentiment here is now retired from the Operation Smile set, You're the Bomb, in the SE1 catalog.
The sentiment on this card is also Gold-embossed, and is from the Hostess Set, Paper Bird.
The last card used a sentiment from Finding the Right Words.
I LOVE how they turned out!
I hope you enjoyed looking! See my previous blog on the Bokeh Technique to see how to create your own!
May 7, 2015
I didn't get my April SOTM sample put together until the last week of April just before a craft fair. I learned about the Bokeh technique and combined the technique with the Typed Note image to create a simple Father's Day card.
The Blossom Workshop on the Go comes with all the materials to make 15 cards.
It includes 15 card bases and envelopes, Blossom B&T papers, an exclusive stamp set, Glacier, Pear and Lagoon solid papers, thick Lagoon twine, and a set of Caribbean sequins. Of course I had scraps left over and wanted to use them all. That's just my personal challenge. If I've gone to all the trouble to gather coordinating papers and embellishments, why not use them while they are out?
Card 2 uses the adorable popsicle stamps. One is stamped in Pear and the other in Smoothie. I tried embossing the Smoothie popsicle as you see in the picture, however it didn't come out quite like I wanted. I stamped it then very quickly added Clear CTMH embossing powder. Hey - sometimes it works! But it was a bit uneven, so the other 4 cards do not have embossed popsicles. (I did place an order for the mini pigment inks just because of this failure). Many times I would like to make the ink color stand out instead of an embossing powder. You can do that with a pigment ink and clear embossing powder, but the dye inks just dry too quickly to emboss well. To ensure even placement of the sentiment, I laid the cut strip and the layered embossed stamping on the patterned paper, then stamped the sentiments using Versamark ink. I removed the layers and heat embossed in Black. This subtle blue pattern is the back of the flowery Blossom paper. From there I started assembly. The strip of Lagoon has a small strip of Blossom floral on top with the Lagoon twine on the side. I used 2-way glue to attach the twine and simply snipped the ends at the edge of the paper. I attached the popsicles layered with Pear and then a few Caribbean sequins to finish the card.
I'm still playing with the Bokeh cardstock background I made using CTMH Pear, Sweet Leaf and Topiary inks.
I made a simple sympathy card. Not only am I still having fun with Bokeh, I seem to be using Gold heat embossing on everything, too. The gold scroll is Inkadinkadoo, the sentiment is JustRite Stampers, and the embossed, fussy-cut butterfly is Cloud Designs.
Ice Cream Dream
See the set on this page.
May 7, 2015.
Yep. I had some scraps left over from my mini album project and of course I made cards!
My first card uses Kraft as a background. The sorbet paper has washi tape on the left, and I dry-embossed the right side using the ctmh Arrow embossing folder. being the sentiment is gold embossed on white daisy layered on crafts paper. I added one of the gold stickers and a few sequins from the Caribbean. A simple card.