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!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Handmade birthday card for our Nannie (Mrs.. Kinsey)

This is the card that I made for Nannie Kinsey.  She's actually my hubby's grandmother but she is so warm and welcomes all extended members of the family with open arms, so I honestly feel like she's my adopted grandmother.  I love her so much and I believe she turned 88 this year.  Such an amazing woman.  I love that she's still around for all the up and coming young ladies to learn from her.  She could definitely teach the younger generation (and I'm not speaking about members of her own family, they are great smart and beautiful young ladies) a thing or two about how to be a lady.  I've spend many a night with her in the past playing games into the night just talking and enjoying each others company.  I do love her so.

On to the card, for this card I tried something new, I got these digital papers from a lady I met thru You Tube, I can't remember her first name right at the moment but her shop is called Kittylicious11.blogspot.com..  Here's the link http://kittylicious11.blogspot.com/p/printable-kits.html. You are going to love her store, It's called Kittys scrap post.  She has some beautiful kits and I've recently bought at least four kits from her and a couple of single cut apart sheets of ephemera.  You are also going to love her prices.  She makes the files, usually, in two different sizes, one in a size just right for a mini album and the other may be either 8x8 or 81/2 x11 but you get your downloads just as soon as you place your order and pay thru pay pal. So there's no waiting for the mail to bring you anything, you have every thing you need right there in that one download.  I believe I paid $12 for this kit and it includes like 20 something printable sheets plus about 3 sheets, (I've not counted them) of just cutout ephemera and envelopes and tags. Everything that I've used here on this card was from that one digital kit that I got from her.  I did do a little additional  stamping on the front sheet but you can do that.  It's just like the store bought paper pads only you get to choose which pages you want to print and you can even open the image in a Word document and change the size there. and you can print it as many times as you need, so if there is just one page you really love you don't have to hoard it any longer cause you can print more. I really love the site and check it regularly to see what's new.  I think you should head over there once you get thru with this post and just see for yourself what she has to offer. You may find yourself happily surprised.

So I used two pieces of the designer paper to layer on the front of this card. I did some flourish stamping with my Colorbox chalk inks on the front of the pink layer.  The focal image in white was cut from the ephemera page along with all the butterflies. The image of the little girl is also from one of the ephemera pages and  I shrunk it down by telling my printer to print in 4x6 and to fit to page. I also used one of her tags from the set and it came with the butterfly on it already. But I fussy cut out the larger butterfly from an ephemera sheet. I then colored some seam binding with one of my shimmer sprays and tied it onto the top of the tag, other than that I just added some crochet trim from Recollections .   I also did a little distressing with distress ink from Tim Holtz.
For the inside I cut a darker blue piece of designer paper and layered the white on top to give a place to sign the card.  I added the sentiment with my computer and printer and fussy cut out that butterfly too. and added some washi tape to the bottom corner.  I also want to mention that the kit I used was called "Spring Collection" if you want to look for it in her shop. Hope you all enjoyed today's card, and I do hope you will check out Kitty's scrap post.  It's a wonderful way to get beautiful papers at a great price and her images are always right on trend and she gives great customer service. See you all tomorrow with another card. Till then, I hope you all have a wonderful day. Lots of hugs, amy k