Friday, September 21, 2018

Oh so many scraps

A LONG LONG time ago, approximately 2 years, I made a quilt card and I did it in the most tedious way possible.  I die cut the same dies over a dozen times to make ONE card.  Considering how now I use both the positive and negative of a die now, it's quite funny.  

But like quilting, with papercrafting comes oh, so many scraps.  So one night I sat down and was determined to use the scraps I had saved... though not very carefully because there was not a complete set of anything.  Haha!  So instead of making a quilt, I glued them in a more graphic and freer pattern and came up with quite a few cards.  I'm showing my favorites here and you can see that I couldn't decide if I wanted to go stark white or a softer gray neutral.

I also went to my collection of word dies and paired them up for my different moods.  (If you knew how much time I waste on finding the perfect font for projects...)

Classy and elegant with Quietfire Design - always my go-to-company for word dies for obvious reasons.

Cute and whimsical with Lawn Fawn.

Sweet and kiddie with Sweet and Sassy Stamps.

Modern and fresh with Altenew.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Quietfire Design and butterflies

It's been too long since I made a butterfly card so here's a whole trio of them!  I started by die cutting this very large Butterfly Aperture by Elizabeth Craft Designs on gray card stock of all colors.  As you know, I like to use ALL my die pieces the first one uses the negative on gray cardstock for a very subtle background.

The next two uses the gray positive die cut on white and then black.  Much more striking.

I especially love the black one.

As you can see, nothing goes so well with a beautiful butterfly than Quietfire Design A Way With Words.  Lots  of potential combinations - Be bold would have been my fourth card.

I realize I'm missing the negative to the other side of my butterfly but I messed up gluing some of those little pieces.  :(  The trick is to use Press and Seal to keep all the pieces and very carefully add a very thin layer of glue so it doesn't spread to where you don't want it.  Let dry and peel off the positive/negative.)  

Amazing Beautiful - Metal Cutting Dies
Amazing Beautiful (QF | ECD)

Blessings Prayers - Metal Cutting Dies

Blessings Prayers (QF | ECD)

Be Brave Bold Yourself - Metal Cutting Dies

Be Brave Bold Yourself (QF | ECD)

Monday, September 17, 2018

Emboss Everything

Hi, there!  Fall is definitely in the air though it's not cool enough for the changing of the colors.  That is my absolute favorite thing about falls - besides sweaters - and hot drinks - and the dying of bugs - I like a lot of things about fall!  

This is the about the only time I reach for my oranges and browns - probably the least of my favorite colors.  But they are just beautiful and perfect for autumn inspired cards.

My first step in making the card above was to clear emboss the grid lines on black cardstock.  I then went back and colored in some squares with an embossing pen - it gives the card texture but oh-so-subtle.  I love the shiny black on black look.

 (picture of the pen I used and the embossing powder before I heated it up)

The little leaves were die cut with a watercolor scrap I scribbled with waterbrush markers and die cut (Impression Obsession Little Leaves) and I also added a layer of ultra thick embossing powder.

The quote was white embossed... just changed my title to include "Emboss Everything" - didn't realize how much I did that until I wrote up this description! Lol!

Grid Background - Mounted

Leaves, Set of 6 - Mounted

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

I've been praying for you

Popping in with another card using Verve (now closed - sooooo sad!!!) and some flowers I found in the clearance aisles.  A bit of burlap and sponging to complete the card.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Good bye, Verve

So I forgot to post these two after I ordered some stamps from Verve before they closed.  The patterned papers were freebies that came with the order so the cards came together super quick! Stamp, trim, and paste.