We’ve had lots of wind and rain today…our temperatures have dropped significantly. Its kind of a relief from the hot sun, as long as it doesn’t linger!
As usual, its been a busy week. My daughter deals with three chronic illnesses and we’ve had Dr’s appointments this week with more coming up.
I didn’t get to spend a lot of time cardmaking this week but I did make a set of July 4th cards.
I went to my local craft store this week and found paper packs by Photoplay called Gnome for the Holidays. They ahve the cutest gnome themed papers for lots of holidays…Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas etc. I used the July 4th pack and created these cards.
I just used the paper in the pack to layer and create the cards. I added twine and enamel dots to some.
I didn’t do any stamping on these. Its all just layered or die cut paper. I really love patterned paper so its fun for me to do a set like these. I can’t wait to use the other sets for Halloween etc.
They also had stamps and dies for these holiday gnomes, so I will be making some cards with those too.
I love butterflies. We have had a swallow tail butterfly hanging around our yard for a little while. Some people believe that when a butterfly is near, a loved one from the other side is saying hello. Its nice to think that could be true.
Today I made a couple of cards featuring butterflies. Both of them were made in the same way although I made the backgrounds different.
For this one I stamped the butterflies and the sentiment in black versafine ink and then used clear emobossing powder and heat set it. Then I cut masks and covered the butterflies and then used a striped stencil and three shades of distress inks to create the background. I used Arteza real brush markers to color the butterflies. I then framed the main panel with black cardstock to make it pop and adhered it to a white card base.
This card was made the same way, just using a different sentiment and a different stencil. I used 3 shades of purple distress inks for the background.
I’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I don’t have too many copic markers as they are so expensive, so this was a nice way to add to my collection.
As we left Michaels and were driving home, we noticed all of these wild poppies growing by the side of the road, so we had to stop and take a picture or two. I love poppies. Our last dog was called Poppy. I’ve never seen Poppies growing wild before so it was a treat.
Once I got home, I got some happy mail from Taylored Expressions. I was so excited to get some of their new patriotic release.
I was not born in America, but I love to make patriotic things! So thats the card I will be sharing today.
Basically I just layered patterned paper with a patriotic theme using a sketch from Mojo Monday #532. For the center panel I used the layering stencils from Taylored Expression to make the fireworks background. I just love how it looks. The sentiment is from Taylored Expression also and I stamped that with Simon Says Stamp soft navy ink and cut it with the matching dies. I added a ribbon on top and some die cut stars and that was it!
Here is a list of some of the items I used for the card.
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.
There’s not a lot going on so lets just jump in and share a card!
This is a card I made the other day so we will start out with this one.
This is a slimline card (9″x4″) I made using a stamp set from My Favorite Things called “Party Animals”. I will add all the links below. I stamped the images and then colored them with a mixture of copic and spectrum noir alcohol makers. I stamp with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto Neenah Classic Crest 80lb solar white cardstock. After the images were colored I fussy cut them out.
I used Whimsy stamps Slimline Marquee Die for the “windows”. I created some clouds with distress oxide inks in tumbled glass and used the mini edge clouds stencil from My favorite things. I cut some grass with the Honey Bee stamps grass border die.
To create the card base I used Recollections heavy weight white cardstock from Michaels. I use it all the time for my card bases and really like it. I cut it to 9″x8″ and scored and folded it at 4″.
I used some photo play paper that I had lying around to create the background and to cover the “window” part of the card. I made sure to stamp my sentiments before I started to construct the card. I then used foam tape to prop up the window panel and then added the images with a mixture of liquid glue and foam tape.
So that is pretty much it for this card. I hope you like it. I enjoy doing slimline cards as it gives you more space to work with. I’ll be back soon with another card.