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More Distress ATCs

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Some more ATCs, made with Distress Stains.

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One Sheet Wonder Inspired

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While working with the Indie Chic Collection Kit I have, I noticed a lot of the pre-made sentiments and embellishments — the die-cuts and such — were really too big for the 3-inch squares of DP we are using in the One Sheet Wonder class. They needed a bigger ground. So I cut some three-and-a-half inch squares, but otherwise followed the templates. (More or less.) Here are some.

 

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I really enjoy the bright colors against the kraft cardstock.  I didn’t think I would like kraft, until I started working with it.  But this contrast is something I keep coming back to again and again.

 

 

 

 

More One Sheet Wonders

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Here are more cards I’m learning to make using Jessica Taylor’s One Sheet Wonders technique:

 

 

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The paper is the Indie Chic collection from MME.  (NBUS) I got the entire Collection Pack real cheap on Craftysteals.com, so it came with ALL the embellishments.  And I used them.  Maybe too much — but I wanted to honor the boho, artsy style of the collection itself.  Thus I used more embellishments than I usually do.  Not my usual style, but it’s good to try different things from time to time.

Traditional Red & Green Christmas Cards

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More cards from the Holiday One Sheet Wonders class.  If you’re visiting from the class, you’ll note some of these sizes are non-standard.  I messed up the cuts from the template.  I don’t even know where I went wrong.  I even messed up cutting some of the card bases!  I don’t know where my head was that night.  But I SOLDIERED ON, using the principles from the class to use the cuts I had. And I think they turned out fine.

I enjoyed dolling them up with various embellishments, but again, I think the embellishments support the DP rather than detract from it.  This class has given me new confidence in working with patterned paper — how to just let it’s do its thing and take center stage on the card, instead of burying it under inks, stamps and embellishments.

I’m also enjoying the kraft cards with the Christmas papers and embellishments,  I didn’t expect that.  I never thought of kraft paper as Christmasy — but in the right combinations it can be.

Rustic Christmas Cards

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Here is another set of holiday cards from the templates in the One Sheet Wonder class:

 

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The paper pack I was using, which is from Paper Wishes, had a kraft background on many of the papers, so I used kraft card bases  I luckily had some old snowflake embellishments that went with the paper very nicely.  Also those Martha Stewart buttons on the center back card.  Most of hem have peel-off sticker sentiments.

They are rather more rustic and country-looking than is usually my style, but I actually really like how they turned out.  Again I think I’ve been successful in using the embellies to highlight the DP instead of overpower it.

I have to say, using Jessica Taylor‘s cut templates allows you to knock our a good number of cards really fast.  Good thing for holiday cards!

Yet More Christmas Cards

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Here is another batch of Christmas cards I made from that One Sheet Wonders Class I am taking from Jessica Taylor:

 

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The DP I used in these cards I stamped myself — the blue and silver snowflakes.  That was fun.  It’s part of the class.  I used blue Colorbox pigment inks and Delicata Silver.  The stamps are a Stampendous cling set called Jumbo Snowflakes.

I couldn’t resist blinging most of these cards up in one way or another — gems, glitter tape, glitter embossing powder.  But still the DP does most of the work.  Some of the people who post their work in the class, I think, have fussed up their cards with too many embellishments.  That’s just my opinion, but I think the point here is to highlight the DP, not hide it behind ribbons and doilies and doo-dads.The left-hand card in the second row has no bling at all, and I think it’s one of the better cards.  I deliberately restrained myself.  If you add too much, you can’t always take it back — better to quit before you go too far and ruin and otherwise fine card.

What do you think — can there ever be too much bling?

More Christmas Cards

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Here are more cards from the One Sheet Wonders class.  It’s good. I don’t often know what to do with decorated papers, but this class is showing me how to let them stand on their own.

 

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The one with the silver embossed Christmas tree did not turn out as well as I was imagining it in my mind, but it is adequate.  That’s silver foil paper behind the DP strip, although you can’t tell in the pic.  It just looks white.  But It’s silver.  You can see it a little better in the top left one there.

Christmas Cards

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Hello, all.  I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. I actually got to feeling pretty “crafted out” after that last card class, and needed to take a break for a while.  Also, my mom has been in the hospital, I’m afraid, and I go see her most days after work, so by the time I get home I don’t have much energy for crafting or anything else.

But I do need to get started on my Christmas cards.  I always send out handmade Christmas cards to close friends and family, and to the other branches and departments at work.  Last year I didn’t start my cards until after Thanksgiving,  and it just made me crazy, and in fact I didn’t get them all done and had to skip some people.  Don’t want that to happen again.

 

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So here are some cards I made from a class I’m taking from Jessica Taylor called Holiday One Sheet Wonders.  The class teaches how to stamp and then cut up one sheet of paper (letter size or 12×12) into different shapes to decorate several different A2 sized cards at once.

These card bases are Recollections.  The DP is from the freebie pack with the current issue of CARDMAKING AND PAPERCRAFT magazine.  I used American Crafts glitter tape.  The labels are Martha Stewart, and the little fun foam and glitter sentiments are Recollections, which I got in the post-Christmas sale last year.  The card on the lower right says “Joy,” and that is a peel-off sticker from Paper Wishes.

Almost everything, then, is from my stash, except the DP which came with the magazine.  (That’s a fun way to get around the purchase embargo and get new stuff, I have to say — the free swag that comes in every issue of most of the British craft magazines.  This month it was Christmas paper, stamps and an embossing folder in C&P.  Last month it was a wafer-thin die! Isn’t that great?)

Oh, you can’t really tell in the picture, but the snowflake paper is foiled — the snowflakes are foiled.  It’s really pretty IRL.  The picture doesn’t do these cards justice.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll try to blog more going forward.

SYS2 – Graphic Stamps

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The next lesson in SYS2 is on graphic stamps.  Here is my attempt at Debby Hughes’s card:

 

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This stamp is from the Altenew set Socatoah.    The ink is an Inkadinkado pigment ink stack that I have had for a while. Shades of blue, like this:

 

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I always wanted to do a project where I used all these ink colors together, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  In retrospect, I would only use one of the two lightest shades; they’re so close as to make no nevermind between them. Obviously I didn’t use the white ink either.

I added a birthday sentiment — we can all use more birthday cards. It’s from Fresh Squeezed Stamps — it’s the set that has the “You Color my World” sentiment, I found it again.

The little glossy triangles are from Basic Grey. They’re like enamel dots, but — not dots. Enamel shapes, I guess.  That I had them, and in that color, is just one of those happy accidents.

The stamps and the enamel dots — er, shapes — are NBUS.  Happy that this class is helping me dig into my stash.