Card #117: Invitation

2 observations:

  1. I always seem to get sick over long, holiday weekends.  And it sucks.  😦
  2. You know I’m in full-on cosplay build mode when I willingly go to Menards, even after working the late shift at work and having not had supper yet.  🙂

So those are my excused for not having this post up yesterday.  I’m sick, and I was working on a costume project.  The going to Menards thing was on Monday (though I was there again today) but it led into working on costumes and I had though about posting that observation on facebook but never got around to it so I did it here instead.  And now I’m rambling, which must be a result of illness.  I had intended to write this yesterday, but once I got started sanding plastic, I just couldn’t stop!  And stayed up later than I should have.  Which is probably also why I’m sick.

Hmm.

Anyway, I was tasked last week with making some invitations for the Alpha Center, since they know I like to do that sort of thing.  Since the invitations really didn’t have anything to do with babies, I made them pretty generic.

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A little patterned paper (used some really old stuff up, yay!), a yellow card base, and some red to frame out the words.  Inside of course was all the details about the event, printed on the computer.  And I added a couple blue gems for a little sparkle and decoration.  I didn’t have enough of any one blue to do all dozen cards, so a few of them were different.  But since everyone will only see their own card, it doesn’t really matter.  🙂

Ok, I’m going to bed now.  A long day of costume work is in store for me (and my wonderful mom! hi mom!) tomorrow, and I’m beat, so hopefully a better night’s rest tonight and I at least won’t be hacking all day in her sewing room.

Oh, also, if you haven’t seen it yet, GO SEE WONDER WOMAN!!!  I finally saw it today, and it did not disappoint.  🙂

All right, off to bed now…

Craft time!

Wow, isn’t amazing how life happens and gets in the way of other things?  I hadn’t intended to take last week off from my blog, but with VBS and everything going on with that, I just didn’t have time to make a card.  And this week, I have to admit I didn’t make a card either (it’s still the weekend, so I’m not counting myself as late with this post. 🙂 ).  My brain has just been focused on other things and my craft juices were flowing towards something other than cards:

dragon eggs!

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Aren’t they so fun?!

I saw a link to a tutorial on facebook a couple weeks ago and thought it looked like a super cute project to do.  Essentially, you paint push pins with nail polish and stick them on a foam egg, spiraling up from the bottom.  Simple, fun, and endless color options!

I started with the green egg, which I picked up at Joann’s in a set of 2, but after having to use more than 2 packages of pins just for that one egg, I found a package of several sizes, all of which are smaller than the original, at Michael’s.

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I’m holding it for size reference.  See, it’s really big!

I still have several eggs to do, and a small supply of pins already painted pink.  But I’ve bought out three of the local Walmarts of their white push pins already.  Haven’t made it to the one that’s farthest away yet.

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This one I painted with holographic nail polish so it has that gorgeous rainbow effect.  I was working on it at night in my dark apartment and it looked pretty blah, but the next day when I held it in the sunshine I was really impressed.

So yeah, that’s what’s been keeping me busy lately, besides the rest of life in general.  I really am planning on having a card for you this Saturday.  In the meantime, have a great week!

Card #113: Awesome!

Well, this is the final week of my pre-made cards, so next week I’ll have to start getting creative again.  Not that I haven’t been creative in the last few weeks as we’ve been getting decorations and other preparations ready for VBS, but I’ll actually have to sit down at my craft desk again instead of on the floor in the living room in front of My Little Pony reruns whilst crafting.

Cuz yeah, that happened.

Anyway…

After I made the “hi” card with the ribbon scraps, I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use more of those chipboard letters.  (btw, I did end up having to go back and use some big glue dots on those letters to keep them attached to the card, because the glue on the back just didn’t hold.)  I came up with the idea for this card, and was thinking about making a whole series of cards like it with different words, but then I thought that would be kind of boring.  But maybe I’ll do that anyway, just to use stuff up, and not bother posting them here.  Or doing a big long post with a bunch of cards in the same style.  Who knows?  It ain’t gonna happen for a while, at least until after VBS, if it does happen at all.

Oh, you want to see the card?  Sorry, sometimes the rambling gets out of control.

 

I tried to find some cardstocks and letter stickers that matched the colors in the “a”, and came up with this simple design.  The light mauve-y pinkish color is a textured cardstock, which adds to the character of the card without adding more colors and making it too busy.

So my thought was to use the letters and do like a series of “b is for blessing” and “c is for caring”, etc. kind of cards, just nice encouragement-type messages.  That would use a lot of my letter stickers, too, which I have a LOT of, so maybe I should work on that sometime.  If I made all the cards with the same layout, it wouldn’t actually be that hard, and it would use a lot of materials, which would be beneficial to my collection, especially if I used a layout that did use some more patterned-type papers.  I really should work on that…

So yeah, I hope you have a great weekend, and a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms reading this!

 

Card #108: Hooray! birthday card

Today has been absolutely gorgeous out!  I don’t think it hit 81 degrees like they were predicting, but then again, I wouldn’t know.  I’ve been inside all day working on Vacation Bible School prep.  At least I’ve got my windows open!

Yeah, it’s getting to be that time of year again where a large portion of my free time (including many Saturdays) will be taken up with VBS stuff, but I’m going to try to do a little better on my blog this year.  Last year for the month or so before VBS week, I took time off from my blog so I didn’t have the pressure of trying to get EVERYTHING accomplished.  I’m hoping this year, instead of taking time off, of getting some cards done ahead of time, so that the weeks that I’m working on set design and such on Saturdays, I can have cards and blog posts all prepped and ready to publish.  Maybe it’s cheating a little bit, but that way I’ll still have something new for my readers each week without having the time crunch of trying to get it done when I’m busy with other things.

That’s my plan anyway.  I’ve got a couple weeks to get extra cards done before my Saturdays are booked, so we’ll see if I can get that accomplished amidst my other stuff I need to get done.

Anyway, as far as this week goes, I think the card turned out pretty darn cute.  And I used up a set of embellishments from which I only had a couple left, so that felt good.

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I don’t know why I pulled these out, but I had decided I wanted to use embellishments instead of stamps again this week, so when I dug into my drawer, I just pulled out a file, and it happened to be the “birthday” file.  I found these and was like, “hey, if I use these two, I can actually use something all the way up!”  So that’s what I did.  🙂

I found a card layout on my Pinterest inspiration board that seemed like it would work pretty well with these stickers, and the candle paper was a scrap I had left over.  After deciding on colors, the card came together pretty quickly.  I added the gems at the end for a little extra interest and sparkle.

I did use a happy birthday stamp on the inside and outlined it with the purple on the front of the card.

And now I think it’s time to quit staring at my computer for the day and go do something else.  Like I should probably go find out if my renaissance costume still fits, since that’s what I’ll be wearing for VBS this year!  Gonna be fun times!

 

stamp used: “happy birthday” by Great Impressions