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!!!

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