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, April 26, 2013

Masculine birthday card for Andrew

Recently I purchased a new book.  It's called, "Creative Foundations".  It's full of techniques for scrapbooking and mixed media.  I just love this book.  I can't say enough good things about it.  I've learned alot from it and the techniques are easy to follow and they give you step by step instructions plus they use products that most crafters all ready have on hand so you don't have to go out and buy alot of new stuff to do these techniques. I used a couple of the techniques that I learned from this book on this card. The first one is called, "faux letterpress".  I used it for the back ground paper on top of the card.  You just ink up one side of your embossing folder with a dye based ink and run it thru your die cutting machine like normal being careful not to smear the ink when you place your cardstock in the folder.  Then, once I had it embossed, I used Antique Linen distress ink from Tim Holtz to color the raised areas of the cardstock.  The next technique I used is called, "tie-dye markers".  I used it on the strip of cardstock  that runs across the center of the card.  To do this technique all you do is use some water based markers, any kid friendly markers will do, and you color a few different colors onto your cardstock then you spray it with water and let the ink run.  Then you crumple up the cardstock while it's still wet then straighten it back out and dry it using your heating gun. Then used a script stamp and black archival ink and stamped over the marker.  I then tore the edges before adhering it to the card base. The designer paper across the bottom of the card is from the Teresa Collins, World Traveler 6x6 pad.  I use this paper so often for my masculine cards. I think it looks great for a "man" card.   The label die cut is from Spellbinders and the sentiment stamp is from Hot Off The Press and I heat embossed it using Recollections embossing powder in champagne.  I just love the way the techniques turned out on this card and I can't wait to try more from the book.Here's the link to find this book if you are interested. Happy crafting!  Hugs to you all, Amy K.   

Anniversary card for Husband

This year Brian and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  This is the card I made him to show him how much I love him and appreciate all he does for me and how he's always been there for  me.  I made the card using designer paper from Basic Grey, the Sultry collection.  It's an older collection and I'm not even sure if you could find it anywhere any more but I love it and still use it from time to time.  The sentiment is from a vellum sticker pad from K & Company, I just backed it on a sheet of the designer paper as the sticker is clear. The doily die cut is from Cherry Lynn Designs and the label die cut is from Spellbinders.  I used an ek success boarder punch for the edge of the card.  I wish I had taken pictures of the inside but sadly, I did not. I used more designer paper and a smaller label die cut inside.  I just tied a simple bow of pink seam binding to finish the front off.  I know its a simple card in design but I thought it turned out nice and he liked it and in the end that's all that matters, right? Thank you for stopping by the blog today and stay tuned for another card coming up today. Hugs to you all, Amy K.