Sunday, July 21, 2013

Taking a Card Class

Most of my crafting friends in my community have gone North for the summer.  Really miss those folks!  So to fill the void, I decided to take a card making class at She Scrapbooks in The Villages.   You can see her blog at:  The class was about making masculine cards.  Since Operation Write Home is always asking for Masculine cards, I thought this would be just the thing to do.  Here's the results:


To make the cards, we used embossed backgrounds, distressed and inked them.  Then chipboard accents were added.  They were inked with two colors of distress inks and then clear embossed.  It's been a long time since I have embossed but it was fun to get back to using it.  I think they came out very well and I'm sure I'll use this on other cards. 

On a trip to Michael's, I found the cutest ever sock monkey magnets in the clearance section.  I thought they would make perfect cards for kids. 

Each one had accessories to go with them and I had just the right papers in my stash to go with them.  I really like the chef monkey.  The background was perfect for his outfit. The camo monkey just needed to be in the forest.  The background I used there was a scrap I had left over from as 12X12 sheet.  Unfortunately it had a big chunk out of it.  So I had to get creative in the placement of the monkey to cover that part up.  I think the card works ok.   I still have a Sheriff and Rock Star monkey left.  I'll have to mull those over before I come up with the right backgrounds for those two.  These were just so much fun to work with. 
All of these cards have found their way to Operation Write Home.  Hope all my friends are having a crafty summer and will be back in the fall ready for some more fun.  Keep cool.  It's been hot, muggy, and very wet here.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fourth of July!

I had hoped to do a better job of keeping up with a blog but time has gotten away from me again.  It's been a good month of card making even though many of my crafty friends have gone North for the summer.  With the heat waves across the country though, I doubt they are fairing much better than we are in Florida. 

One of my favorite completed cards is made from Graphic 45, one of their steampunk lines.  I love the look of this Victorian lady and thought that just the paper with some small embellishments was enough.
I've been having a great time this month learning new techniques from the Operation Write Home website as well as various items on YouTube.  There are so many things out there to explore!  It's just amazing.   I purchased the Close To My Heart Artiste cricut cartridge.  This cartridge has so many things on it, it will take ages to go through it all.  I had purchased some robot paper at Tuesday Morning a while back and thought the robot from this cartridge would be perfect to go with it.  What I like about the CTMH cartridges is they have stamps to coordinate with the cuts on the cricut as well as information about what size to cut.  I thought a general robot card would be great to send to a little boy for any occasion.  So here is how that card came out when I finished it:
I'll be experimenting more with the Artiste cartridge and coordinating stamps.  Hope you're having a great Fourth of July!