Just days away is Valentine’s Day. I make cards, so I make Valentine’s Day Cards to give. This Card I made for my husband. We have Several cats and he loves them. It is goofy we never had cats growing up in our family or his. We have been married…33 years..wow and most of that time we have had at least one cat. They just come knocking on our door. Where we live, sadly, people just throw them out of their cars. Yes, it makes me sick. We have many cats and a dog. Miguel is a chihuahua who we adopted from a local shelter…we have had him for 7 of his 10 years, he is a sweetie.
Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.
First Layer: Whisper White cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″ This layer is stamps with hearts from Forever Lovely stampset, Lovely Lipstick was used to cut fancy heart from die set. I also used the die as the template for the first layer. The back ground with Lovely Lipstick ink, Happy Valentine’s Day from Meant to Be Stamp set. This stamp set had a lovely die set that matches and I have used it for so many cards. The die set is called Stitched Be Mine dies.
Second Layer: Cats from the punch out with Cat Punch from the stamp set Nine Lives using whisper white. I colored the cats with water color pencils to match a few of our cats. Lovely Lipstick cardstock was used to cut fancy heart from die set. I also used the die as the template for the first layer.
Inside Layer: 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock. I put a another punched out cat stamped in black and colored with watercolor pencils. I put inside and put the hearts coming out of him in Lovely Lipstick.
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Yes, I have Osteoartritis but I still am trying to enjoy life and bring love to others. Some days it is not good, some days good. I create cards, lots of cards. I am trying to use my arthiritc hands everyday, yes, I fumble, I drop and sometimes cry.
I have to do things in spurts, no marathon creating. My life has changed greatly. No fun but I have to deal with it cause there is no cure.
The above card is so easy and fun. It is from the Sentimental Bundle.
I have to watch my pennies and I was blessed with the lovely paper in a sample pack that you get when you join Stampin Up during celebration.
Card Base: 5 1/2″ x 7″ Poppy Parade Cardstock, scored at 4 1/4″.
First Layer: 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper
Second Layer: Scrap of Poppy Parade Cardstock. Place a rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies on the cardstock and put through a Die Cutting Machine. Score at 1/2″ from the right side. Attach to the Card Base.
Third Layer: 2″ x 2 5/8″ Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the sentiment in Poppy Parade Ink. Attach to the Second Layer.
Inside Layer: 4″ x 5 1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock. This hides the 1/2″ piece of the Second Layer.
Inking Errors, what do you do?? Start over, sometimes. But what about that shadow by that “Y” you see above…scrap it? Flip over the paper and use the other side…yes you could the reink. I keep it…yes. You do the cover up technique. Use a rinestone, or some greenery from a die cut out or just a little circle. Yes, circles are my friend.
Birthday Jubilee is my go to stamp set of late. It is great alone or you can get the matching die set. I went with the just the stamp set, wish I bought the matching dies… I am going to put on my wish list.
Had alot of hard days of late. Can not do what I want to do when I want to do it. First it is Arthiritis and second little Money. Today I was to go to my doctor but to be honest I did not go cause I did not have the $35 co-pay, plus I already have a running bill. My life is not what I like, do what I can to be happy, move on and face it.
I love making these tags, simple and fun. The paper is old but I use what I have. Yes, I have to much. My storage space is not there, I am working on a system but a small 2 bedroom house, there is no space…just the way it is. I am thankful we do not have a big house, big house big taxes.
Yes, I have been down. Under the weather. Yesterday, I had to get out after a week of being down. I was in a bad way, hurting so bad. Hopefully, better days ahead.
The cared I am sharing today is a little of everything. Yes, I do it often. A little of this, a little of that. Not all one company, not all the latest and add some bling.
I did use a current stamp set above with a little of squares of some of beautiful this and that paper. Yes, it creates a one of a kind card. Spread your wings do something fun, play. I did add a touch of vellum also and it adds a new texture.
The day begins with lining up what to do? Yikes, so many things to get done before play time. Dishes and laundry. Yes, than figuring out dinner. Does not seem like much but live with arthritis is no fun. You can not do what you want to do when you want to do it. The body just hurts and does not move on call.
Here is a card I worked on…but I have to make Birthday, Sympathy and Get Well Card.
This is a technique I love to do. You use crumb cake card stock, stamp with black memento ink. You color with white water color pencil and than blend with blenders. Blenders are so cool cause you spread the color without water. I than used pink centers. I fussy cut the little extras and put on with dimensionals. The stamp design was from last years Sale a Bration. The stamp set can be any stamp.
Yes, I have been doing Machine Embroidery for many of years. 1997 when I began than 2010 I had health issues. I than could not do, recently I am trying to get back. I can not do like before.. now a little at a time.
Working on patches my embroidery love. You can find them in my Etsy store called Wildwoodemb.
Ok, today I am posting a video and my first video to this blog. Lets see how it goes.
The Big Shot is a Die Cutting and Embossing tool that saves time, creates beautiful embossed paper pieces. The Cutting is down with dies, that sit between two plates. The plates can add up quickly…well here is a technique I now use to cut with dies. Note: You still need 2 plates to emboss.