Monday, September 16, 2013

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

I've been diligently working away at making a lot of 3" x 3" Thanksgiving cards, to hand out to people close to the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend -- maybe with miniature pumpkins. I have around 70 completed, and I consider that to be enough (already!!). I chose to make them in two different colours, using the same stamp sets. The punched "ribbon" plus the decorative ribbon add just the right amount of embellishments to make them look balanced and pretty.  The pumpkins stamped in the background are subtle, but provide that thematic approach to the subject.

The next card is a modified easel card (9-3/4" x 5-1/2"), allowing for a decorative side panel when the card is open. It is also multi-layered, providing more space for decorating and encouraging messages.  The front of the card says, "Never, never, never give up." (Winston Churchill), which is also reflected in the Philippians scripture passage, which follows. The final message, and the "block" to prevent the card from closing when standing, says, "I'm praying for you."  These are all great messages for those that are going through a long struggle.

The praying hands card, which has "Sweet Hour of Prayer" ing the background and "Grace" greeting has a lattice side panel and is another layered card, having 3 surfaces to decorate. The "Faith" card, with lattice side panel, die-cut and watercoloured butterflies was fun and quick to make, and is another encouragement card for a friend. I made another "Never Give Up" card, but changed the message inside, for another friend. I've been really enjoying the "grunge" look, especially with some of these retired colour combinations. The last card for this past week's effort is a Pop'n Cut Label die cut card, with a retired Christmas greeting, using retired DSP and cardstocks. It has some Washi tape details, along with some brads, for embellishments. I've used this stamp set before for a shaker card, but wanted it to be kept simple, as it does have a "pop-up" inside. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This and That

I've joined a gym, so my days schedule has drastically changed...Now I have time slots for various classes I like to take that upset my routine. I will adapt, but it may take some time! So, not much stamping has occurred in the last 2 weeks.  The first card is a mixed media card -- using masking tape, glue gun, paper flours, gelatos, die cuts, glitter brads, ink pads and stamps. It's fun to make, but time consuming. I like the effect of the masking tape and glue gun droplets, adding unusual dimension and effects. Once you've placed your dimensional products on the page, you need to use gesso to allow them to be painted/inked, as the media normally resists coloring.

The Christmas card (right) uses retired Stampin' Up!™ inks, stamps and designer series paper. It also is built on the Label Pop'n Cuts © die, which makes for a nice surprise 3-D effect when the card is opened.

The birthday card (left below) uses several similar retired stamps to make a flat cardfront (good for mailing). The balloons were stamped in color, then Lumiere© was coated on top, to add shine.  It makes for a cheerful, colorful card.

I better get moving, if I'm going to make my gym date!  Catch you later............