Welcome to Cards by Amy K.

I am SO GLAD you stopped by to check out my blog!!! Here I will be posting my current projects for you to see. PLEASE feel free to leave me a comment. I would LOVE to hear what you think about what I'm working on. I have been a scrapbooker/paper crafter since I first caught wind of this wonderful hobby in 2006. I am lucky enough to get to spend my days doing something I love so much and which brings so much joy into my life. I first started scrapbooking as a way to pass the time as I found myself at home alone all day suddenly, now I can't imagine life without it. Too bad I don't get paid for it, then I really would have it all!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thank you card

This is a pretty simple thank you card.  I made it to thank Carlene for hosting the tag swap every month.  I know that the swaps have to be lot of work for one person to do every month, plus I know she also has her hands full with her new online store (pinkscrappersboutiqe.blogspot.com) and she is still trying to keep up with making the You tube videos all at the same time.  I just wanted her to know how much I appreciate what she is doing for us and that I know she is working hard.
I made this card much like the card I made for Dad earlier this month. I used the Sentimentals cartridge for the cricut to cut out the card base and the back ground is one of the vintage bags that Robin gave me in that wonderful RAK she sent to me.  I simply cut it down one side and across the bottom on my paper trimmer so I could open it up like one big sheet of paper.  I put it thru the cricut and cut the card base shape once again and then cut it in two and used it to cover the front of the white card stock base. I used some fabric that I just cut to fit inside that rectangle shape on the card base and then I frayed the edges by pulling the strings until I got it to where I liked it.  The red flower is one of my own creations and the bracket and the thank you sentiment is from the Elegant greetings clear stamp set from TPC studio.  I used midnight black embossing powder from stampendous to heat emboss it then I fussy cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it to the card front.  The ephemera pieces are from k and co. from the life's journey line. That's it for this card. Hope you like it Carlene.  Hope the rest of you enjoy it too.  Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment.  

Tags for the September tag swap

This is my tag for the September tag swap hosted by Carlene, (pinkscrapper99 on YouTube).  The theme for this month's swap was "music to my ears" and the optional challenge was to use black and white only.  I must say it was a real challenge to only use black and white and no color.  I think they turned out pretty well tho.  I hope the ladies who receive my tags in the swap enjoy them.  That is all that really matters to me.  The ladies who I have been swapping with are such a talented group and do beautiful work. 
To make this tag I first used a crackle medium on the back ground with white paint. I then used tuxedo black ink from Memento to color a sizzix die cut that I then stamped with a sheet music stamp from Stampabilities with versa mark ink and heat embossed in white embossing powder from stampendous.  For sentiment piece I first sprayed a piece of white card stock with silver glimmer mist and then stamped the sentiment with a stamp from Inkadinkado and heat embossed it with Hematite embossing powder from stampendous.  I attached it with dimensional foam tape. The stamp of the lady's face is from Hampton art stamped in tuxedo black ink.  For the flower centers I punched a piece of sheet music paper with a circle punch then used glossy accents to glue it to the back of the glass pebbles.  The black velvet flower is from Bazzill basics and I layered it with a white silk flower, source unknown. The beaded charms are made by me.  I just set an eyelet in the sentiment piece and attached the charms with a jump ring.  I added some black bling pieces to the top right and that's about all for this tag.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have you done something crafty today?

Birthday card for Sara - 2010

I made this card for my dear friend, Sara.  She is my oldest friend.  She and I met years ago when I lived in Calhoun, Ga and we have kept in touch all these years.  I was late with her birthday card, just like I have been with just about all my cards this year, but I hope she still enjoys it. 
I made this card using the Life's Journey paper from K and co.  It's one of my favorite all time paper lines.  I used the Cindy Loo cartridge for the Cricut to cut out the frame and the green vines.  I used bazzill card stock for the brown base, and the sentiment stamp is from Hampton Art.  I stamped it with Versa mark and then covered it with Pearl Ex in supper russet.  One thing  you should remember when working with Pearl Ex is that it doesn't have a binder in it.  One of the ways I solve this problem is to simply spray my project with a coat of hair spray.  That's what I've done here and you cant notice it on your project, not other than it smelling nice=>  The flowers on the top right are prima's in white that I've glimmer misted with Burnt Red and Sunflower.  I attached a pearl button to the center. I also added one of the stick pins I've been embellishing with beads lately to the flower.  The flower on the bottom left is from Recollections.  I used pearl paint for the little pearl drops along the frame corner and the vine is finished off with some self adhesive half pearls, no source, the pearl swirl up in the left corner is some Prima bling. I also distressed the edges of the paper and used some walnut stain distress ink from Tim Holtz and Ranger.  I was really happy with this card once I was finished with it.  I hope Sara enjoys it and that you do too.  Thanks for stopping by. Now go do something crafty today=>