Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another snow day in the Northeast!! We had 28" of snow as of last night so I had a chance to use my new My Monthly Hero set that arrived this past week. Hero Arts has a monthly subscription plan that I recently subscribed to. This month was a cute garden set with dies to match 3 rabbits, gardening tools, ducks, veggies, a picket fence, and a die to make the earth to stick the veggies in. Here's some of the cards I made (also using the paper that came  and a little light blue vellum from last month's kit):
I stamped all the images on XPress paper with Black Momento because I was coloring the images with Copic markers. I'm not an expert on those markers by a long shot, but I was happy how they turned out just the same.
 I didn't color them with bright colors, but more natural colors for the veggies.
 I just love the picket fence and the watering can.
 This one would be really cute if I only had a stamp that said, "I dig you!"
This shows the die that I cut out of the brown cardstock that allows you to stick the veggies down into the "dirt." I trimmed the tips off some of the carrots so they wouldn't stick out.
 Had to use the ducks somehow!

      

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Just in case we don't get that snow storm, I decided to add another video to the collection! Here's one using the Hampton Arts stamp positioned. Many people have done comparison videos online between this one and the MISTI, and they are very similar, except the MISTI will hold a full 8 ½" x 5 ½" card base where this one measures 5 ½" x 7 ⅜" and does not hold the full card base. However, Hampton Arts makes a 10" x 10" version. Since I make more cards than scrapbook pages, I like the MISTI better (even though it's about twice as expensive) because I need to get the whole card base in for the inside greetings. However, this one works fine for card fronts that are a little smaller, as you will see in this video:

Making A Medallion

Thanks for joining me for this card making tutorial! Today we are using the new Sale-A-Bration set "Make A Medallion" from Stampin' Up! to make this relatively simple card. I say "relatively simple" because if you've not seen how to do partial die cutting before, this card uses that technique. I have been offline lately because besides having a full-time teaching job, I've also agreed to direct our school drama production... less time for card making and more time making props!! My husband says we are getting another "Noreaster" tomorrow night so maybe another snow day is in store?! One can only hope!!

Anyway, here's the video for this card and I hope you like it! If you do, subscribe to my channel and give it a "thumbs up!"



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Another SNOW DAY!!! Which means I get to use some more of my new stamps. Today I was looking around to see what would inspire me to use Stampin' Up's new High Tide set. I didn't think I liked this set when I first saw it in the catalog, but when I saw what you could do with it, well, enough said! I'm sure you all have had stamp sets that have impressed you this way before.
I was going to show you how to do a scenic card with the lighthouse and all, but got distracted by Michelle Zindorf (who does really artistic scenes with a lot of sponging. Her card is here:  and I've always liked her cards. But again, I must say I am not an artist like she is, and this is my version.
Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Hey Chick! Revisited

This SAB set is just SO cute I had to make another card, but when I saw the Neat & Tangled, "Happier Than," set with the "fox in a henhouse" stamp I knew it went along with this set. So, sorry for combining all these stamp sets but it was an idea that flourished into this card!
Anyway, the video is a little longer, but I trimmed some out so you won't see much stamping but I do tell you everything I use. The sizes and colors of the cardstock used are as follows:

  • A2 white card base (8.5" x 5.5")
  • Real Red (4.25" x 5.5")
  • Solar White Neenah (4"x 5.25")
  • Smokey Slate (4.25" x 5.5" before stamping) After stamping the Hardwood in Smokey Slate ink on it, trim off a lengthwise strip that is 1" x 4.75" and trim the rest to 5" x 3.25"
  • Strip of So Saffron that is 1" x 4.5"

I stamped the chicks on Solar White Neenah cardstock in Versafine Black Onyx ink and colored them in with markers.
Enjoy!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The three cards are on the right that we'll be making this month, so watch the videos below which show 2 of them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What a day for a "snow day!" Since I was home all day I decided to get the videos for February done (well, at least 2 of them!). I hope you like them, they are both the technique that we will be doing at the February stamp camp on Friday, February 16th. This year Valentine's are up to you, so get stamping your cards early as we will be already heading to spring and Easter! These two new sets from the spring Occasions catalog lend themselves to watercoloring easily-- and such great results!

As I told you before, I am not an "artist" and have no formal training along those lines so I won't be layering lots of colors. These are pretty plain and simple and use the Stampin' Up markers and water brushes. (The NEW watercolor pencils I would have loved to try, but they unfortunately are on backorder right  now, but maybe by the 16th they'll be here and we can check them out!)

Here's two videos, one for the Easter Message set and one for Beautiful You. (I have another for camp, and will upload the photo of the three cards soon, so check back!)
Also, the die sets I use that I'd promise to have a link for here are Sizzix Tim Holtz stitched rectangles and Lawn Fawn's stitched rectangles. I just love these two sets and you can get them here or order them from me at camp.

Beautiful You:


Easter Message: