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!!!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Some Handmade cards for the Church this week

Here are the cards I've made for last week at the church.  This first card is a Get Well soon card.  I'm not sure who this card will be going out to so I can't give you that information.  I guess whom ever is on the prayer list and the pastor thinks it will benefit the most.  I hope who ever gets it that it will brighten their day.

For this card I used a patterned paper 6x6" stack by My Minds Eye called Reunion.  I think this is an oldie but a goodie. lol.  I used a couple of Spellbinders dies.  The dollie die out of the black paper is from the set called Lacey Circles and the frame is from the Classic Frames set.  On it I used some Hero Arts ink in Green.  For the sentiment I used the Sizzix die called Styled Labels and used the same green ink to stamp out the first part of the sentiment and some more Hero Arts ink in orange for the second part and I used that same ink to distress around the edges of the manila card stock.  That sentiment is from Papertray Ink called Big & Bold Wishes.  The two little flowers on the end are also from the Spellbinders Classic Frames die set. Then I added some dew drops in orange.  This color pallet is a little out of my norm but I think it's good to flex your creative muscles from time to time.  I know I am guilty of getting in a comfort zone and it's easy to stay there and I don't think you can grow as an artist that way.  You have to always stretch your imagination and try new things.  I look at it like this, I can always fall back on what I know if something new doesn't work out alto I almost never throw any part of my project away and start over.  I almost always find a way to make what ever I've done work.  I don't know, I almost feel like it's wasteful to throw away something just because it's not perfect.  I know I've got plenty of supplies but that's not the point.  I think my husband would die if he thought I was throwing away something that I could easily fix.  These things we make as crafters and artist are handmade and that means that not every one will look the same and they won't all be perfect.  I'm glad for that.  One thing that I think is always true, however, is that you will be getting a quality product when you get something that's handmade.  I know I make my cards to last.  That's why I hate using hot glue on them because over time it becomes brittle and will fall apart.  I know some of my family members have saved all the cards that I've made them and that's so cool.  I would hate if they went to look at them years later and they started falling apart and they had to throw them away.  That's not very cool.

So, On to the second card.....

This second card is also a Get Well Soon card.  I used several die cuts for this card.  I started with paper from g.c.d. studio made with Donna Salazar.  I think she's so very cool. The patterned paper pack is called Botanique.  I used some texture paste that I colored with some reinker in Salty Ocean blue by Tim Holtz and used it with a stencil from Prima for that cracked design.  The I used the Tattered Flourals die from Sizzix to make the flower in the top corner.  I made that flower out of some muslin fabric that I first used some stiffener on then die cut and used my glimmer mist to color. The flower center is made by me out of clay that I used a button to make a mold of so that I could have an endless supply of that design. I used the Viva Decor Inka Gold Metallic Rub to color it. The label shape in the bottom corner is a Spellbinders die called Labels 22.  I colored it while it was still in the die after die cutting with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist. I then cut out the Dizzy Dolly Duo die from My Favorite Things in blue card stock and layered it over top of the label die. I finished it off with the Elegant Flourishes die from Sizzix cut from some Metallic brown card stock from Bazzill.  Love it every chance I get to use that die. :)  And I finished the card off with some pink dew drops made from pony beads.

Here's the last card....

This card was a favorite with my husband, (all cards must first be approved by my husband lol) along with the people at church.  It's a Thinking of You card.  I also used another Oldie but Goodie paper line on this card.  It's made using the Nature's Garden from Prima  I started off with the 5.5x5.5" card base from Micheals and then distressed all the edges of the patterned paper, tip: I use my dremel tool to do this.  Then I used distress ink on all edges in Gattered twigs.  I used that Styled Labels die again here on this card for the sentiment which is a Close to my Heart stamp set called Gracious Greetings and heat embossed it with a metallic purple embossing powder.  I used another MFT's die called Fancy Flourishes in the dark purple card stock and a Prima flower in burlap that I colored using some Lindy's Stamp Gang spray that was applied using a paint brush to get in just where I wanted it. I finished off the card with some vintage crocheted lace from my stash.  

I know this was a long blog post and I hope you stayed till the end.  To those who did I thank you.  I really am enjoying making these cards for the church and I hope they are enjoying it too.  It's going to really get me some good practice in. lol.  I have to go for now and I guess you will see me back here Monday as I am taking tomorrow off.  I will be very busy next week as we have Homecoming at the church Sunday and then all next week I'm teaching Vacation Bible School.  That will be a first time experience for me so please keep me in your prayers.  I wouldn't want to misguide one of our children. I will try to keep up with my blogging all week though.  We shall just see how it goes. I'll see you back here Monday.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Till then, Much love and hugs, Amy k

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mother's Day card share

Every year I have only two Mother's Day cards to make.  Thank goodness, I wouldn't ever want another one. I love the two Mothers that I have with all my heart. They are seriously two amazing women.  Both my mother and my mother in law have shown tremendous strength in dealing with death and divorce and suddenly being thrust into life and find themselves alone and having to bear the weight of the world alone.  I can't imagine what it has been like for each of them but Mom is doing alright after my Dad's death and mother in law, Judy has sense moved on to find happiness with a new man and they've just celebrated another anniversary this month and still say they've yet to have a fight.  Isn't that amazing? I mean, my husband and I don't really fight but I can't say that we've NEVER had a fight.  I mean, come on, we're only human and we've been together like 16 years.  A person is bound to have one bad day in that amount of time, right?  I can believe they've never fought because they are so respectful of each other.  My mom has had to take on a second job to support herself but she's also in the middle of renovating her basically whole house and only with the help of my husband, a close friend of ours and one contractor and her brother helped a bit.  It's taken us a while to get it done but we're slowly seeing progress and hopefully will have it done by the end of the year.  Finger's crossed.

I also want to say to all my family that read this either here or on Facebook, that due to the amount of cards that I'm now making for the church, I will no longer be able to send hand made cards to each of you for birthday's and anniversaries like I've been doing for several years now. I'm sorry but I just don't have the energy with my being disabled and all.  I have loved making cards for each of you and I appreciate you letting me get my practice in on you guys.  From this new month of June forward, the only way you will be receiving a hand made card from me will be if you attend Fishers Chapel or maybe for Christmas.  I haven't decided about that yet. . I will also be making Mother's day and Father's day cards for you guys. Once again, I am sorry that I've had to make this very hard decision but I wanted to give you some explanation as to why you no longer receive cards instead of you just not getting them.  

Okay, on with the cards for today.  I've got the two cards today that I made for both my Mother and my Mother in law, Judy.  This first card was made for Mama Judy.  I used my new Anna Griffin die cuts and embossing folders for this card.  I just love the way both of these cards turned out by the way.  I think the both of them are just great and I'm not one to sit around bragging about the projects that I make.  I just love the products that I got to use for these cards.  I started off with an Ivory card base of 5.5" x 6".  I used the fuax letterpress technique for the front of the card and I used my Hero Arts ink and placed it one the debossed side of the embossing folder and then ran it through the cuttlebug.  I then used my bundled sage green distress ink to color up a sheet of white card stock and then I used one of the dies from Anna and cut out the scroll/flourish piece.  I adhered it straight to the card front.  I also used the Hero Arts ink to color up the pink label and then die cut it using my Spellbinders die called, Fancy Tags Two.  I used a Studio G stamp set for the sentiment and used Hero Arts India Ink in black (love that ink).  I added some bling to the label and adhered it with foam dots.  I used that same piece of bundled sage green colored paper to die cut the boarder to go across the bottom half with the Anna dies and used the coordinating embossing folders for that.  I adhered it over a piece of gathered lace from my vintage stash. I then adhered a Prima flower and recollections leafs and some dew drops that I've been making from Pony Beads. (you can find videos in many places on You tube so I haven't done one). 

This is the card I made for my Mother.  I used some patterned paper by K & Co. for the background.  I die cut the top note label shape from a Sizzix die called Ornamental.  I stamped the image on the left side using a Hot off the Press stamp and used my Copic markers to color it in.  The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts and the burlap trim is from Hobby Lobby.  I frayed the edges of that trim and cut off the wired edges.  I used to flower by The Paper Studio and a Recollections wooden owl that I also used Copic markers to color.  The heart is a die cut from Cricut. The bling is also from Recollections and on the background I used a metallic red Dollie cut down to size.  To finish the card I used dew drops that I made.

That is all for today.  Hope you enjoyed my Mother's Day cards.  I will be back tomorrow with another card. Hope to see you then.  Till then, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Much love and hugs, Amy k

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Birthday for my Husband

This is the Birthday card I made for my wonderful, smart, and funny Husband this year in March.  I'm catching up on the blog post but it's taking some time.  Hey, at least I'm crafting, right?  lol. So, to make this card I first started with the 5.5 inch square corrugated card bases from Micheals. I added a piece of the red Bazzill basics card stock cut to fit the card base then I used patterned paper by Teresa Collins called Far and Away.  I cut the map paper a 1/4" smaller all around then inked the edges with distress ink.  I used another piece of the patterned paper in this kinda floral damask pattern and I used the cricut to cut out this note book shape from the Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart. The two tag shapes are from the paper line on the cut apart sheet.  I inked all the edges with the same distress ink. I used some paper flowers from The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby and added a bow that's wrapped around the note book shape die cut.  Then I just added the Happy Birthday sentiment and I'm unsure of the maker of that stamp.  Some of my stamps no longer have the paper work with them, sorry.  I'm sure I used Colorbox fluid chalk ink to stamp that out.  

Okay, that's all for today.  I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by today and check out my blog.  I hope, as always, that you find some inspiration.  I wish you all a happy and blessed day and I will be back tomorrow with another card.  See you then.  Much love and hugs, Amy k

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The cards I made this week for friends, family and my church family

Anniversary card for my Husband

I just love it when I can make a card without relying on patterned paper.  Don't get me wrong, I love my pattern paper and I have a ton of it but sometimes it's nice to just to be able to rely on what you've learned in crafting to make the projects.  I mean, Come on guys, I challenge you to use just your techniques to make a project.  Sure it's beautiful to cover the front of your card with pattern paper but it's also the easy way to craft and you know it if you are really honest with your self.  I am guilty of it most of all.  I post cards all the time that have multiple pieces of patterned paper on them but sometimes I like to, so to say, get back to my roots and just use a technique or two to make my own beauty.  For this card I took a white  4.25 x.5.5" card base and first used my embossing powder bag to remove the oils and static from the card so that the embossing powder would only stick to the versa mark ink. So I took my stamp from Hero Arts and inked it up with the versa mark ink then stamped it down on the card base.  I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then I picked my distress inks in four colors: salty ocean, picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, and spiced marmalade. I used an ink blending tool to apply the distress ink to the card front.  The embossing powder will resist the ink and the card will remain white underneath.  Once you are done adding ink all you have to do is wipe the card base down with a dry towel to remove any excess distress ink.  The sentiment is from the Tilted banner sayings stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and the banner die also goes with that set and can be purchased separately.   I then just simply added some orange toned flowers from Recollections by Micheal's stores and made a bow out of some shimmery green wired ribbon I had in my stash.  I hope you enjoyed the card today and I hope you have a blessed and safe Memorial Day holiday. And I hope you all have a very Blessed Sunday. I've got to be off but I'll be back tomorrow with another card. (Still trying to play catch up). Talk to you soon, much love and hugs, amy k

Friday, May 23, 2014

Handmade Birthday card for my Briother

Those of you who know me well know that I only have one sibling and that's my wonderful, fully, sensitive, personable, lovable, and just all around wonderful kinda guy who is my Brother.  His name is Derek but I've pretty much always called him Brother. So don't get confused if I do so here, okay?  Brother and I have a special unspoken very tight bond.  We don't get to see one another near as much as I would like but he has two wonderful children and a loving wife to tend to and I have Brian to tend to, lol, just kidding. Well, No, not really. But anyway, as you know, sometimes life just gets in the way of us being able to get around to doing some of the things we just want to do because there are too many pressing matters that HAVE to be done.  But us being apart hasn't changed how much we love one another in the least.  I don't have to be told he loves me I see it in his eyes and feel it when he gives me a hug, EVERY time he greets me.  I told you he's wonderful, didn't I?  I want to make him a special card every year and each year I try.  I do think or at least I hope, that my card making improves every year so at least they are never the same. 

I made this card on a standard 4.25 x 5.5" card base and covered it with background paper by K & Co. from the "Life's Journey" collection. Yes, I know that's an old collection but I can't help it, I love the paper and I've bought and have like three of the 12 x 12 " paper pads and one of the "Ancestry" pads. LOVE that paper! I used some metallic gold card stock and my new Anna Griffin dies that I recently got from HSN. I got a bunch of dies and embossing folders and I've been loving making cards with those bad boys. lol. So, That corner piece and the scroll type flourish piece that runs behind the sentiment were cut from that gold card using Anna's dies. The die cut in the center from the 'news print' type paper (also from that K & Co. paper pad) is a Spellbinders die, it's called Labels 22. For the top note shape I just used Ga Pacific White card stock from good ole Wal Mart, I punched it out with an extra large punch from the Paper Studio which is made by Hobby Lobby. I distressed the edges of both the die cut and the punched top note shapes with distress ink from Tim Holtz for Ranger.  Sorry, I am unsure about what the color was..  There is also a piece from the K & Co. die cut ephemera shapes in the left of the spellbinders die cut.  For the sentiment I used a stamp set from Close to My Heart called  "Just a Number". It's one of those inside and  out sets. The banner die cut and sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. I kinda made it read funny but it's supposed to read like this: "Inside every older person is a younger person..... (and Inside) wondering what happened." but it made it read crazy when I put that "wishing you the best" right square in the middle of it all. lol Yeah, I still have those moments.

Here's a picture of the inside just showing the rest of the sentiment. I used that same distress ink on it and punched it from an ek success punch.  One more thing, I've found this wonderful new black ink that I'm loving.  It's from Hero Arts and its India ink black. Love it! Stamps like a dream.

That's all for today, hope you enjoyed my card, Mistakes and all. I hope you have an wonderful day and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope to see you back here again tomorrow for another card as I still have a few to go to get completely caught up. lol. Till then, I'll c u later. Hugs and love, Amy k

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Birthday Card for Nicole using a napkin technique

Nicole's birthday was back in mid April so that just goes to show you how far behind I still am on getting these cards posted but stick with me and I promise to get them all up soon!  This technique for making a card is nothing new altho you may not have seen it before.  I want you to know that I didn't think it up or come up with the idea myself.  I saw it done somewhere and thought it would make a great card and so here we are.  The great thing about making this card is you really need few supplies to get it done and make it look great.  I find these dinner size napkins at dollar stores everywhere.  I found this particular one at my local Tuesday Morning store. I cut the blue mat to size, The card is 5.5 x 5.5 so I believe I cut the mat at 5.25 x 5.25".  The next thing you need is white card stock if you want the color of the napkin to remain true.  You peel away the layers of the napkin and only use the printed top layer so when you apply it to your card stock whatever color you are using will show through.  The napkin becomes kinda translucent. I used gel medium to glue my napkin down but you could use mod podge or pretty much any of your favorite wet glue I suppose but I really only recommend these two.  You have to have edge to edge coverage and you need a glue that will stay wet long enough for you to get the napkin into place.  I will tell you that I made a boo boo when I was gluing down my napkin and instead of throwing it out and starting over I just decided to fix it and I will tell you what I did so that you can learn from my mistake.  Like I said, I was using gel medium and I don't have alot of experience using the stuff so I don't know if all of them are created equal. lol. I happened to be using some that was pretty thick and I don't know if that's just a characteristic of the medium or if you can get it in different thicknesses.  So I took my white card and I use a bigger size than what I need for the card base so that once the medium is dry I can use my trimmer and cut it down to the size needed.  So I was applying my medium and I got my napkin laid down and then the next step is to apply more gel medium over the top to seal it. Just like you would mod podge anything.  So when I was going over the top of the napkin with my medium I got a little heavy handed in the area right where the bird is.  I tore a great big gaping hole in my napkin I thought I had ruined it. but I stuck it down the best I could and let it dry.  While that was drying I took another napkin and removed the layers and then started fussy cutting out the bird.  Not so easy to do on something as thin as tissue paper. lol. But not to fear, I got it done. Once the gel medium on the napkin was dry I CAREFULLY added another layer of medium only to the area where the bird would be going and lay my bird right into place taking care to line up all the edges of the print so it looked seamless. Then I added my top layer of gel medium over the top of the bird only. Now, here's were my bad memory comes into play, I can't remember if I added the glitter to the gel medium or if I waited for that to dry and then added glue back to the bird area and then added glitter.  I think I used the glue but I'm sure you could do it either way but I'm thinking I used the glue because I had gotten the gel medium off the edges of the bird and I only wanted the glitter to stick to the bird.  So I added the glitter and let that dry and then used my enamel accents in black to dot in the eye and let that dry. Once it was all done and had dried over night I used my t square to square up the image and used the paper trimmer to cut the napkin covered card stock down to the proper size to fit the front of my card.  It's really a simple process if you don't have set backs like did and like I said, I could have just as easily tossed it and started over. Napkins are cheap and that's part of the beauty of this technique.  Ok, I'm going to hurry this blog post along and show you the inside of the card because you can obviously see how I just stamped a sentiment and punched it out and then added it with a silk flower I had in my stash. I did remove the plastic center of the flower and I added my own brad to the center. I also had some berry looking bits from a spray and I tucked them in under and around the flower. That finished off the front. and the sentiment is made by Unity stamp co.

For the inside of the card I cut another piece of that same blue card stock and layered it inside then I cut down a piece of white to fit inside the blue and I then took my Martha Stewart boarder punch to punch out the bottom edge. The sentiment was stamped on a separate piece of white card and I used Hero Arts ink but am unsure of the color and the stamp set is by Dylusions By Ranger inc. and the name of set is "say what you mean". I then cut out each line of the stamped sentiment and it comes with the boarder around the words so all I needed to do was cut it apart. The Happy Birthday was a sentiment from Hot off the Press and I'm unsure of the stamp set name but you can still find it in their current catalogs. I used some Powder Puff chalk ink in yellow to stamp that image.  Here's a crafty tip for those of you who are just learning about stamping.  All clear stamps are not created equal. You have just plain acrylic stamps and they are made by companies like Hot off the Press and Inkadinkado and tend to have a cheaper price point. Then you have Photopolimer stamps and they are the cream that rises to the top of the stamping world. lol.  I find them made by companies like Close to my Heart and Hero Arts and Paper Trey Ink and even Simon Says Stamp. Either of these kind of stamps will stick to an acrylic block and sometimes they are hard to tell apart but as you buy more stamps from different companies you will know to look for what they are made of and you will know by the pricing of each stamp set. I have even learned how to tell them apart by the "feel" of the stamp.  I really can't describe that to you but the main thing is the Photo stamps feel stickier. I know that sounds crazy but you will learn how to tell them apart.  Now I took the time to tell you all that to tell you this.  Not all inks will stick to and stamp well with your common acrylic stamps but I have found one kind of ink that does tend to stamp pretty well with all kinds of stamps and that is in particular Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks.  I've found most other chalk inks pretty much will do a good job too with acrylic stamps but I really like either the colorbox or the powder puff. I know you can get reinkers for the colorbox and it comes in many many different colors, I am not sure if you can however, get reinkers for the powder puff inks. But, Hey, don't just take my word for it. go out and buy from lots of companies and find out what you like best and what works the best for you before you begin stocking up on their products. And don't ever, ever buy crafty supplies just because they are cheap.  If they are cheap and you know that they work great Perfect. I would say go for it..
I also wanted to show you the envelope I stamped for this card because it's kraft card and I wanted to show you how well the chalk inks stamped on it. So here's a picture of that now:

I used acrylic stamps for all these images and they come from lots of different companies. I used chalk ink for all the images and then I used my copic markers to color in the flowers and used my souffle pens to do the yellow centers.

That's all I have for today and I'm sorry that the post was SO long but if you hung in to the end you are a true champion and my crafty hat goes off to you my friend. Thank you all for stopping by and checking out my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day today. I hope you learned something new today as well and if you liked (Or not) what you saw here leave me a comment. I love to hear your feed back. Lots of hugs, amyk

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Birthday Card!

Today's card was made for a really good and close friend to the family, I can't call him her  husband yet because they are still dating but he is my SIL, Jennifer's boyfriend and baby daddy. lol. We absolutely love Andrew to death and if they are happy not being married then more power to them and I'm happy for them too. Enough said about that, I don't want them to think I'm being all opinionated about their living arrangement lol.

So this card is another card that was actually made back in March but like I said, I'm working on catching them up.  To make this card I first started off with one of my favorite card bases, the coruigated card bases from Micheal's. I then layered a map page over the card base. I absoultely love this map paper. It comes in 12x12 pads only as far as I've seen anyway.  It's called "Uncharted" and it's made by the Paper Studio, which is Hobby Lobby's brand. I then took a sheet of 6x6 card stock from the My Mind's Eye "Cowboy" stack and cut it down some to fit over the map paper.  I distressed the edges in blue, sorry I don't remember the color of distress ink. I stamped the  sentiment out from a Dylusions stamp set called "Say what you mean".  I then cut the stamped image into strips of text and glued them to the front and then once I had them glued down I went over all of them with my Wink Of Stella glitter pen in clear. I had to take the picture on an angle because of all the shine put off from that pen it was blinding out the sentiment behind it.. Lastly I added a tab die cut stamped with Happy Birthday and added it to the side.

I hope you enjoyed the card today,  I enjoy bringing them to you.  I will have many more to come in the near future so stay turned. I hope you all have a Blessed Sunday.  May you be a blessing so someone today.  ttys, Hugs, amyk

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Just for being my friend card

Recently (and by that I mean like March lol) I was getting together a small package of a few crafty items that I wanted to share with Robin.  Robin is my very first and oldest online friend. and by oldest I mean she's been my online friend the longest.  I wouldn't dare hint as to her age. no,no, no. That would be bad, bad, bad for me lol. Any way I love her and we enjoy speaking to one another on the phone a few times a week and thru our crafty surprise mail.  I think in this package I had a few duplicates that I loved so much I accidentally bought them twice.  So I don't like to send a package without a card inside so this is the little card that I came up with to send along in this package.

I'm sorry, I'm not sure about the background paper.  I believe its from Hobby Lobby and then I distressed the edges and added gesso to better define the distressed edges. I used a spellbinders die for the cut at the top left with the two friends. It's called Labels 22, for the sentiment cut I  used a punch from Hobby Lobby by the Paper Studio for that.  The stamps that I used was a pair that come together, they are by Dawn Houser for Inkadinkado. After die cutting the image I left it in the die and sponged around the inside of the die but not around the image because I wanted to color it.  For the sentiment I just sponged around the punched piece.  For the image I just got out my Prisma color pencils and colored up the image. I thought it worked out great and I was glad I used the pencils.  I felt like the image was just too small for my coloring to use copics and do any shading. I used some flowers that I received in a gift package that I won from Lavish Laces over on the Little Scrap of Heaven ning site.  I also won some of her fabulous laces and bloomers trims.   I didn't use her ribbon for this card but I did use this fabulous one that I got from Hobby Lobby on a roll.  I Just loved this card and I sure hope that Robin did too.

That's all I've got for now so until tomorrow, have a great day and a blessed day.  May you be a special blessing to someone in need today. ttys, hugs, amy k 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Got an Anniversary card for you today, for a young and in love couple who I love

I love this card and I LOVE this cute little couple I made it for. I won't keep you waiting any longer, its for Jeff and Nicole Cochran, she's my first cousin so you can BELIEVE me when I say we grew up together. It's good. I love their love and I'm so happy to help celebrate it with them if only via the post. lol. 

So, I got my game tight today and went and found out all the names of the papers so that I could share with you.  You ready? Here we go... The animal print on the back is from the Heidi Swap paper pad called Sugar Chic (and in case I forgot to mention and I did lol) all most all of the elements from this card are from Heidi Swap.  I used a  page of the Color Magic pack and sprayed it with her mustard color shine. To get the stripes back you just wipe the paper down with a paper towel after you get done spraying. The pink piece is also from that Color Magic line, they are called notes.  I also used some color shine on it and then the piece that says happy anniversary is a punch from ek success and I stamped it with (I think) a GCD studio stamp and some Hero Arts neon blue ink. to finish it all off I added some Prima flowers and some of those button bling centers with the backs removed, of course. I hope you enjoyed today's card. and you know I will be back tomorrow with another card for you.

Also. I have some news to share and to me its huge! I'm so excited i'm doing the pee pee dance lol.  The Pastor, Mr. Art, gave me a call a few weeks ago and he has asked me to make all the cards for the churches correspondence such as get well cards and sympathy cards, and maybe some post cards that say thank you for visiting our church.  I've made a few demos for them and they loved them, don't worry, I will be sharing them here with you just as soon as I get caught up some.  We are still working out the details on what they want each card to look like. So this is a work in progress but I'm so excited that I'm about to burst at the seams. lol. I can't believe someone took notice of my work and wanted more. That Rocks! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I'm back and with a few cards to show you!

I've heard many bloggers say  that you should never apologize for lack of posting or not posting more frequently but I thought you deserved an explanation as to why I was gone for so long.  It's simple really and I'll tell you and then we can get on with the showing of the cards. OK? okay. So back towards the end of the year last year round Oct. I had gotten behind on making my blog post. Then all of a sudden, My computer (mind you I was running windows xp and loving it), asked me to do an update for FireFox. so when I did that update in it was a patch for xp.  Long story short, the patch was bad and it totally fried my hard drive loading system.  I think all the information is still there it just cant start up.  All my pictures are there too.  I'm in panic mode and if anyone out there has a really good idea for a back up system that will support alot of large files please let me know.  So now I've just got a new computer and it's taken some getting used to but I'm learning it slowly. Any ho, I'm back to blogging and hopefully back to making you tube videos real soon too.
So on with the cards.

This first card is one that I made for my mother's birthday back in Jan.  You'll have to forgive me that I don't remember all the names of what products that I used.  I know this is some Prima paper and that flower is made by me, it's a Prima dooop. lol.I see some spellbinders labels dies and dies from My Favorite Things, and the circular kinda odd shape is from the cricut and one of the Close to My Heart cartridges because I see that it's stamped with a coordinating stamp of theirs. Same thing with the ticket that says Jan. it's a cricut cut for close to my heart and stamped with one of their stamps that go with the cuts.  The bling is from a flourish beaded spray thing that I got from Micheal's back when they were having their big after Christmas sale. I got two of those things and they are huge. got them puppies for cheap too. I just used some rosette trim around the bottom and I put it all on one of the 5.5 sq. card bases from Micheal's;  love those card bases

This next picture is from Valentines day this year.  I made it for my Husband.  I know that the paper line is from K & Co. and I used a few cricut cuts on it.  The card base is one of the corrugated cardboard bases I love from Micheal's. I used some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and one from Recollections.  The leave was also from Recollections.  On the two red toned roses I kinda made my own version of Snow Tex by just mixing some gesso and some of this really chunky glittery stuff I had together. The gesso covers up to color of the glittery stuff. I don't even know if I would call it glitter. It is more like ground up plastic that kinda has a sheen to it. Maybe it's children's glitter. It is definitely on the chunkier side and no fine particles and it looks like some kind of plastic. I know alot of people use sand for this technique and I was all out of sand so I figured I already had the stuff on hand, wasn't going to cost me anything to mix the gesso with it and just see how it worked.  It worked great!  It gave just the chunky texture I was looking for. So that is what I added to the red colored WOC flowers. Loved the way it came out looking.  I made that hanging sign with one of the Close to My Heart cricut cartridges and that stamp set was a coordinating one that I had.  I used my new collection of Hero Arts inks for the stamping.. OH, yeah, sense I've been away for so long I haven't had a chance to tell you that over the winter months I've really been adding to my ink pad collection,  I picked Hero Arts Shadow inks to start with and Color box fluid chalk ink for the other ink I wanted to collect.  Now I've got a solid collection of both. I wanted the chalk in to stamp on my cheaper clear stamps that are made out of acrylic sense it seems to give better coverage and the Hero arts for all other stamping.  I'm loving both, definitely made the right choice in going with those two brands. Now I think I have all the shadow inks from Hero arts or at least all the mid tones.  I have all the neon colors and the new colors they just added. To have the entire collection of their reg. dye based ink pads I still need to get the soft colors and all the older regular colors.  As for the color box chalk inks I've got a great base of colors started and I don't really know of any I need to round out my collection with but will definitely be keeping an eye out for any new colors that I love.  Both companies have been around for along time and you can get re-inkers for all their ink pads so I feel pretty safe in my investment.  These are all the cards I'm going to add for now. I'll definitely do some research and try to come up with a better product list for the next posting. If you saw anything today that you just have to have the name of because you love it so much or something. you know what I mean, then just leave me a comment and I promise I will leave no crafty stone unturned to find you that info. Till next time , Keep crafting and I'll be seeing you soon. Hugs, amyk