Easel card for Mom

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Yesterday and today I've been making my Easter cards. I didn't procrastinate on purpose. It's just that I've become accustomed to creating on the OWH schedule. The spring/Easter deadline for OWH is long past and I've been working on Father's day cards. A couple days ago, I realized that I hadn't made any of my family cards. Today, I made a card for my 84 year old mother, and went completely off my usual style. Maybe because we can't use glitter on OWH cards (it shows up on night vision scopes, and could endanger our troops if the glitter rubbed off on them.) So, I went glitter, flower and embellishment crazy on this card, AND it's my first easel card. (Thanks for the tutorial, OWH.) My daughter, the embellishment queen, is sooo proud of me!

Western card inspired by art

Friday, March 22, 2013
A couple weeks ago, when my travels took me to Winslow, Arizona (yes I was Standin on the Corner), we stayed at La Posada Hotel. In the gift shop, I saw an original art work, of a windmill and horse, on a circular canvas and framed with real barbed wire. I'm sorry that I don't know who the artist is, to give credit. But I was struck with such strong card making inspiration, that I actually didn't forget it by the time I got home!

1. Prepare 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up) card base.
2. Cut 5 1/4 by 4 inch from Ivory Naturals card stock. Stamp Weathered background using Close to Cocoa ink. (Both by Stampin Up.
3. Using Spellbinders die, cut a 3 inch window in the weathered panel.
4. Using Spellbinders dies as guides, draw two circles in dark brown around window (I purposely offset them.) With brown pen, draw freehand curvy lines around each circle. Add tiny X's all around for barbs.
5. I found a piece of pale blue and white marbled card stock in my stash. Otherwise, I would have used white and sponged cloudy blue sky effect. Either way, cut a piece 4 by 3 1/2 inches. Layer the weathered panel over this panel and lightly draw a pencil circle on the sky panel using the window in the weathered panel as a guide.
6. With the pencilled line as a guide, stamp the windmill (B & J Art Stamps) on the sky panel. Stamp windmill again on thin paper and cut out to use as mask. Place the mask over the image on sky panel, then stamp herd of horses (I used an old PSX Passion for Horses set image.)
7. Remove mask, color windmill as desired. Sponge green for ground. A tip: I use a Q-Tip to dab color into areas too tiny to sponge. Erase the pencilled guideline circle.
8. Adhere the weathered panel over the sky panel. Attach small brass star brads to three corners, as shown.
9. On a scrap of Creamy Caramel, or similar color, stamp the horse head. My stamp is a whole horse by B & J's Art Stamps, but its head was just the right size for this card. Cut out horse head, squaring bottom corner. Color mane and eye with Chocolate Chip and sponge Close to Cocoa for shading. Attach horse head to weathered panel, as shown. Attach completed panel to the Chocolate Chip card base and it's done!
It really isn't a hard to make card. It took me longer to write out these instructions than it did to make the card!

Masculine cards

March 18, 2013

Another weekend just flew by! My sister from southern California is visiting, mostly for a business conference, but it was great to have girl time with her and my daughter, before she had to work. It's just too bad she isn't here long enough for us to spend quality sister papercrafting time together.
So, I've been all alone in my craft room today, as usual. I've decided for my next box to OWH, I'm focusing on more guy cards. I have a pad of printed paper that I'm trying to use, and got several cards designed today. I made multiples of some, so got a good pile of cards done. These are the ones I like best:

Mother's day, washi and spring cards

March 14, 2013
I've spent quite a bit of time in my craft room this week, but couldn't seem to stop and blog some of my creations. So now I'm catching up before I get busy with weekend stuff. My sister is coming from SoCal for a visit, and whenever she, my daughter and I get together, time flies by.
I finished the last of my OWH mother's day cards:

Having recently discovered washi tape, I picked up a few rolls that I found on sale. So, what's the first thing you do with any new toys? Right, you play as soon as you get home!

Yesterday, the temperature here (in Southern Nevada) hit the 80's for the first time this year, 83 to be exact. Ugh! But I made a few spring cards anyway, even though it feels like summer.

Mother's Day cards

MARCH 11, 2013

When I'm travelling, everywhere I look, I see card inspiration. I've been known to surreptitiously use my cell phone camera to capture an idea so that I won't forget by the time I get back to my craft room. As soon as I finish my Mother's Day cards and go to the post office, I'll be trying a couple ideas I picked up on my latest trip.

My daughter shares the craft room, and she had a jar of pretty yellow lacy Prima flowers that called out to me. I decided on a speckled green printed paper and began embossing, layering, die cutting, and punching, and this card is the result. I didn't have a single mother/mom stamp, so printed the sentiment on the computer.

The next card was CASE'd from Pinterest and was perfect for some Stampin Up designer printed paper in my stash.  A lot of cutting and layering, but really a very easy to make card.  I love pink and brown together!

OWH Sketch #163

March 11, 2013
Playing along with OWH sketch challenge #163, making another Mom card for a box going out this week.
March 1, 2013

I saw a card on someone's blog that used octagonal inchies and a jungle theme. So, feeling a little wild as we begin March, I used that card as a jumping off point for my own "Wild Thing" cards. I'm still trying to make more masculine looking cards, so I thought this idea would work.

This first card was quick and easy. Layer tiger print on black mat, then attach to Ivory Naturals (Stampin Up) A2 card base. Die cut three small animal print octagons, mat top and bottom ones on dark brown, middle one on black. Cut a strip of golden/pumpkin cardstock 2 3/4 by 1 3/8. Mat very closely on black. Attach inchies as shown. I didn't have (or couldn't find!) the stamp for the sentiment, so I printed it on my computer. Cut banner tails, then double mounted on black, then golden/pumpkin. Attach sentiment to prepared card base, then attach strip with inchies as shown. I thought it needed just one more accent, to I stamped, colored and fussy cut an elephant, using a Michael's dollar stamp. Then attached the elephant using dimensionals.

The second card follows the same concept with octagons and jungle theme. Again, I used the Ivory Naturals for the A2 card base. Then I cut a piece of rust cardstock, 4" by 5 1/4" and embossed using a cuttlebug folder. Next, I wrapped two strands of black twine around rust piece, then adhered it to the card base. I die cut two animal print octagons (about 1 1/2"), then two black octagons (about 1 3/4"), and one larger black octagon (about 2".) Stamp, color and fussy cut the elephant and attach to largest black octagon. Attach the animal print octagons to the remaining two black octagons. Attach to card front as shown. Print sentiment from computer on Ivory Natural cardstock, then mat on pumpkin, then on black. Stamp tiny tiger footprints in corner, the attach to card front.

February 28, 2013

Well, February has finally came to an end. For some reason, it seemed like a very long month. But, unlike most of the country, here in southern Nevada, we've been having beautiful weather. So, I've been alternating hiking/geocaching with stamping. I realize that I don't make enough masculine or children's cards, so today I rummaged through my really old stamps and found two great ones that I've never used.

The first card shows the two original images, the shirt and the tie. I stamped the shirt twice on white cardstock, and cut out the first image. Then I cut the pocket and collar from the second one and layered it on top of the first, for a little depth. Stamped the tie on a scrap of blue printed paper and adhered to shirt. After mounting it on a navy blue card base, it still needed something. So I added two brads for collar buttons, punched and added three little hearts and stamped the sentiment on the pocket. Fun to make, although not a really fast card.

Well, after I finished that one, I still had all the paper and scraps all over my workdesk, so why not do a second card. Only this time, I wanted a western shirt. So, I created my own template for the yoke of the shirt. I stamped the image on white cardstock, drew the pointed yoke lines with pencil, then cut out the yoke as shown below. I stamped the image on the blue printed paper, then laid my yoke template on top, aligned it with the blue image, and used a black marker to draw the bottome outline of the yoke on the blue. I cut out the neck hole part of the shirt and glued a scrap of white behind it. This gave more depth and defined the collar more. I had just enough blue left to cut an extra pocket. Next I stamped the entire shirt image on a piece of red and white striped paper and cut it out. I glued the yoke and blue pocket over the striped image. Since the stamped shirt has buttons, I decided to create the snap fastener look of a western shirt by placing brads over each stamped button. Using a white pen, I outlined and did faux stitching on the yoke, collar and pocket. I sponged a little navy ink on the collar hole, to soften it just a little and colored the collar tag. Mounted the finished shirt on red, added two star brads, and attached to white card base. Yeehaw! It's an all-American cowboy! (My former son-in-law, who was on the Thunderbirds team, had a shirt almost identical to this.) I'm still trying to decide if I need to add a sentiment before it goes into the shipping box.

February 26, 2013

Here are the cards I meant to post a day or two ago:

The first one was a quick and easy card which I made after my attempt at a cascading card failed. One of my favorite color combos, it restored a little of my confidence. Besides, my daughter walked by and ooohed and ahhhed, which always makes me feel good!

Then I decided to play with the triple time sketch, but instead of stamping, I used printed paper for the background layers. It's not as cool as the effect shown in the Operation Write Home tutorial, but after my earlier failure, I decided to take a shortcut to see if I liked the technique. I did like it, and got to use up a partial sheet of printed paper that was hanging around.