Card #120: Alphabet card 1: A

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re all enjoying it.  I’ve spent most of my day tucked away in my craft room making things.  I finished two ornaments today as well as made my card for the blog.  I also hung all the awesome dragon art prints I got for Christmas.  And I even cooked some real food (hey, that’s an accomplishment for me!), so it’s been a pretty productive day.

So, I told you last week that I had a plan for the blog for the next several (read: many) weeks, and today is the start of it.  In my collection of scrapbooking supplies, I have a couple sets of patterned chipboard letters, as well as a TON of letter stickers.  So, I’m going to use up as much of that as I can and make a series of ” _ is for _____” cards.  You may recall that I made an “A is for awesome” card last year.  This idea has been in my head ever since, to make a series of cards with the same phrasing, but different layouts and colors.

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I did use the same wording for this card as for the original, but it’s definitely a different design and color scheme.  I started with a blue base card and just layered everything on, using a few scraps along the way.

It’s going to be interesting trying to match paper and cardstock that I have to the various colors that are on the big letters.  As well as trying to come up with good words for some of the letters!  If anyone reading has suggestions for words that are good for cards, please comment!  I’ve got ideas for some, but I didn’t really think much about how hard some of the letters might be when I decided on this idea.

Hmm, I hope I don’t regret this!

Anyway, hope you enjoy reviewing your alphabet over the next few months as I make these cards!

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Card #119: Wintry Beary Thanks

Welcome to the first blog post of 2018!

And I’m not even late.  We’re off to a good start.  😉

For my first card of the year, I needed something for thank you cards for Christmas.  I needed three thank you cards and I wanted to use a stamp set that I hadn’t used before, so I started browsing on Pinterest for some inspiration.  Hey, it’s been a while since I made a card, so my creative brain is a little rusty!

I found something very similar to what I ended up making, which was these:

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I found the sheet of blue snowflake paper in my collection, so I layered that on a white card first.  I stamped the bears on white; colored the scarves, skates, and mugs; and cut them out.  Since everything else is blue and white, I really like the tiny little dot of dark pink on the mugs.  I used a sponge and ink pad to make the faded blue splotch behind the bears, masking off the lower portion of the white with a sticky note to get that nice, crisp line.  Then I simply glued the bears down, stamped the sentiment, adhered the rectangles with the bears to the cards over the blue snowflakes, and added the little clear gems for some sparkle and interest.

I actually made four cards with this layout, since you can get four equal large rectangles from an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper.  But on the last card I stamped a different sentiment and sent it to the one person who actually sent me a real Christmas card.  And yes, this was too late for Christmas, but I still wanted to send her something.

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I probably would have made more of an effort to make actual Christmas cards had my grandparents not come down for the holiday.  Since they and my parents are about the only people I send cards to anymore, and I knew I was going to see them to wish them Merry Christmas in person, I didn’t make time in my busy December to make any new cards.

So, there we have it!  First post of the year down!  I’ve got a plan for the blog for a while that will hopefully help keep me on track and help me use up some stuff that I otherwise wouldn’t know how to use (since using stuff up was kind of the whole point anyway!).  It’s an idea that’s been in my head for quite some time.  Hopefully you guys won’t get bored with it!

Come back next week to find out what it is!  🙂

 

Stamps used: grateful stamp from Stampin’ Up set “Small Script”, polar bear from Stampin’ Up set “Polar Bears”, friendship sentiment from Stampin’ Up set “Chill of Winter”

Card #118: Penguins!

Happy New Year’s Eve, everybody!

Wow, um, where did December go?

Seriously, I’ve been running around like a madwoman for the past month.  I think literally since Thanksgiving I haven’t had a day where I’ve stayed home all day until yesterday.  And it was glorious.  I slept in way late, and basically just chilled all day.  Got caught up on some Youtube channels I follow, cleaned up a little bit in my craft room/office, and generally was mostly lazy.  And I loved every minute.

Today is new year’s eve, but due to the weather (currently negative 12 degrees), I am not going anywhere.  The wind chill warning on my phone says that frostbite can occur in as little at 10 minutes on exposed skin, so yeah, my skin ain’t getting exposed out there!  My new year’s plans include munching on cheese and crackers and watching movies while snuggled under an extra-long fleece blanket.

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But I figured before I disappear into a bundle of fleece, I’d share one final post (with cards!) with you guys.  I am really planning on kick starting this blog back up in the new year and making cards again.  Life should slow down a bit now, hopefully anyway, with the holidays being done and all.  I am also planning on building up a stock of Christmas ornaments to sell at a craft show next year, so there may be a few pics of those scattered into the blog throughout 2018.  But I really am wanting to get back into card making.  I’ve missed being creative the past couple months after Dragon Con was over and the costumes were all done and moving and getting settled took priority.  But the craft room is all set up and *mostly* organized and decorated, so I should be able to jump back in with gusto!

I actually made these cards a few weeks ago, but I didn’t want to post them until after Christmas.

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They’re little mini cards that I used for one of my mom’s Christmas presents.  Ever since my brother and I were little, we’ve listened to the Adventures in Odyssey radio program produced by Focus on the Family.  When we were kids, it was a weekly evening family event, gathering around the radio to listen to the broadcast.  As we got older, my mom started buying all the episodes on cd.  Well, she was three packs behind when I was looking at getting some for her for Christmas, so I ordered them all.

But instead of just wrapping them up and giving them all to her at once (boring!), I wrapped each one individually and included one of the little penguin cards.  The first present under the tree was a stuffed penguin with the first card, which contained a small poem with a clue as to where she had to go find the next gift.  And each subsequent gift included a cd pack and another card with another poem and clue.

I’m pretty sure she had fun going and finding her gifts, although I probably should have put a little note on the first one with an “open first” message.  It was late enough by the time she opened it that she had to take a flashlight along when she had to trudge out to the mailbox for one of the gifts!  I’ll have to remember that if I do this again sometime.

But anyway, the cards were all made with scraps that I had.  Making mini cards made it easier to just use up scraps rather than having to cut into new cardstock or paper.  The penguins and little white snowflake stickers were all part of one set (which I used up, yay!).

Stay safe and warm out there on this New Year’s Eve, and here’s wishing for an even craftier and more productive 2018!

Well, hello there strangers!

And suddenly, out of nowhere, a wild blog post appears!

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Hey guys!  How’s everybody doing?  Been a while, I know.  This has been just one of the craziest falls in recent history.  I don’t have a card to share with you today, but I thought I’d jump on anyway and give a life update instead in an attempt to explain the lack of posts.

So, where did we leave off?  Oh yeah, I was making costumes for Dragon Con.  Well, D*C was two months ago already, and it was a blast!  My mom and I got all three costumes done in time.

Me and my cousin Hollie as Merlin and Arthur, Applejack, me as Jyn with a sand trooper from Rogue One

Applejack was my most popular at the con itself.  I only ended up giving away 5 of my apple keychains, though, and 4 of them were to one group of girls.  But those girls totally made my day with how they adored the costume, so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’m glad I didn’t carry the entire bag of apples around with me all day, though!  Guess I have a lot for next time I wear the costume.  ButI do need to fix quite a few of them because the hot glue isn’t holding the leaves on the apples like I hoped it would.  So that’ll be a whole process to fix those and find a better glue.

I was going to do a whole post on how I weathered the costumes, but that seems like kind of a moot point now.  Basically, I used three different kinds and colors of fabric spray paint and a couple different colors of shoe polish rubbed on the clothes to weather them down.  I did wash most of the clothes (I think everything except Jyn’s vest) after getting home, and some of the weathering did come out, so I’ll have to redo some of that before the costumes come out to play again.

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Here’s one before and after of the weathering process:

So, that was the beginning of September.  A couple weeks later, my entire family, along with my Grandma, went on vacation to the Cincinnati area and went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

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That was a fun week.  Lots of driving, but we definitely made some good memories.  It was fun to go to those places with my brother and grandma, since they had never been there before.  And on the last day before we started heading home, my mom and I went to a museum that had a traveling display called “Star Wars: The Power of Costumes” and they had a TON of the costumes that were actually used in the films on display, as well as original concept art and other stuff.  That was so cool!  I’m sure glad I found that online when we were in the hotel looking for things to do in the area.  🙂   And we were there just in time, too, because it was the last week that the display was going to be at that museum before moving on to its next location!

The other major news of the last couple months is the fact that I moved!  The day after I got back from Dragon Con, my brother, Mom, and I went to a few houses with my brother’s realtor and he found the house he wanted!  So, all that kind of stuff took up time in those couple weeks between Dragon Con and Cincinnati, then after we got home from Ohio it was time to pack!  My craft stuff was actually some of the first stuff to get packed, so I haven’t even had access to it to make a card for the blog.

We moved in a couple weeks ago, and are slowly getting settled.  My mom is planning on coming over tomorrow to help me hang up my art gallery and some other stuff, and then it will really start feeling like home.

And on top of everything else, as if it wasn’t enough, I’m also on jury duty this month.  😛  Like I needed THAT extra stress in my life right now.

It may be a couple more weeks until I finally get everything organized and actually have space on my craft desk and access to my paper crafts to make a card again.  But I tell you what, I am in such a “making” mood right now, I just want to:

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I have so many things I want to do, especially before Christmas, which will be here before we know it!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks?!  I don’t even have any new Christmas cards made yet.  But seriously, now that I’m living with one of the few people I sent a card to, I think I really only need 2 cards!  How sad is that?  But I have a few other things I want to work on as well, so for the rest of this year I will hopefully be posting some cards, other paper crafts, and some other fun crafts as well.

I’ve definitely been missing crafting and blogging, so here’s hoping that very soon things will get back on a regular schedule!  Talk to you soon!