Monday, August 5

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Hey All,

Since I needed a mental break from writing a text book, I decided to do some more card making.  Since I have been working super hard at school I decided to make some quick Thank-You Cards.  I found out last year I couldn't have made enough Thank You Cards last year.  I probably used about 20!  Yikes!  This Thursday, Brittany my [fake] sister and I are going to do some paper crafting.  Instead of doing scrapbooking (which I hoped to do), I will probably make about 50 Thank You Cards so I am fully stocked up for the school year.

So this is what I did to make what I call a Quick Thank You Card.  It is quick and easy to make!  

1/First I got some alcohol inks.  I chose "Pool," "Sunset Orange" and "Forest Green"  Two important things to know about inks.  A/They stain your clothes!  So be careful!  B/It is easy to mix up the caps.  So I always lay my inks out like so: 

2/Then I stain the pad.  Like so: 

3/Then I stamp the paper to pieces.  Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!  All my piggies HATE this sound...(sorry this picture looks bad, call it an action shot!)

4/Viola!  I let them dry.  It takes a whole 2 minutes for the colors to set.

Because you have to reapply the ink each time, your colors are going to look different!  Each and every time!  The first one had more of a berry look, while the other two are not as berry-fruity looking.

5/Then I take a stamp and stamp right onto the nice ink image, glue it onto a card and...

Didn't I tell you it was super easy!?!?!  It took me about 30 minutes to make four cards....that's less than 10 minutes per card!  And I am sure it would go faster if I wasn't taking so many photos on my camera to share with you guys and I didn't completely fumble on the first card.  They are simple and look super flashy, with little to no time at all!

More to come soon!

Thursday, August 1

Cards! Cards! Cards!

Hi Everybody!

So, I am sure everybody noticed I was not blogging for quite sometime!  Yikes!  I can't believe the time just flew by!  Well, now I'm back...for now!

I am here today to show you some of my latest and greatest cards that I have been making to pass the time before school starts.  (And round 2 begins.)

Card #1: Graduation Card

It's been a while, but somebody in my family graduated from high school.  I had the challenge to make it the correct corresponding colors.  (Deep purple and gold.)

I was sad that I didn't have a deep enough purple to make the graduation cap match with the color of the card.   Nevertheless, I am quite pleased with the results!

As for the inside of the card...I actually had an inside.  (Normally I do not.  This way the person can make their own greeting inside.)

Even though this card was made for a male, his mother, my aunt Jamie makes cards as well.  I don't talk to Jamie very often (once a year if I happen to attend the family Christmas celebration...) but I know she would at least appreciate the hand-made card!  After all, she made some awesome invitations using the same colors!

Card #2: Thank You!

As some know, I left Saint Joseph Parish in Oneida last weekend.  It was a sad ordeal, but also an exciting one because now I am starting a new part time job to help pay off those nasty debts!    I created this simple thank you card to show my gratitude.

With this card, I used all scraps!  That's right!  No original paper was used in making this card!  I'm pretty excited about that!  After all, the purpose of scrapbooking is to use, well... scraps!

Since I did use scraps...I used embossing to make the "Thank You" stand out more!  I really liked the effect the blue had on it!

Card #3 & 4: Twin Sympathy Cards

I don't make enough sympathy cards.  These two cards were made at the same time.  I used the same scraps and colors to make these wonderful cards.


Since hanging out with Brittany De Laruelle, I have fallen in love with bold, bright colors.  I love how the bright blue stands out.  It breaks up the "brightness" of the yellow without dulling it down.

I also used Copic markers to color the butterfly.  I love this butterfly, she has been used in about 10 cards over the past year.  I like this butterfly because it is super versatile.  I can make it on anything that is feminine.   Coloring with Copic's has gotten easier over the past year.  Now that I have mastered the art of blending with these super expensive and super awesome markers, my work is beginning to look a lot more professional!

Overall, I have created these beautiful cards!  If you are celebrating a special day or are in need of a card, then you might get one of these treasured gifts!  I hope that you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them!

That's all for now!