Saturday, May 14, 2022

Hey Gullfriend!



This week at Just Us Girls #632 it is Trend Week: Shaped Cards. That means anything but a square or rectangle. I love making teepee cards and don't do it often enough! It is so easy and mostly about embellishing the card base. Check it out on Pinterest, there are so many ideas! I don't know what made me grab my seagulls this week, but they are so expressive and funny! Living near the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, we know all about them and how they will steal your food if you are not careful! Never feed the seagulls!!! (Also, they are famous for something else: I have a personal seagull story below if you want a little chuckle...starts out sounding bad but is funny now! Stay tuned to the bottom of this post.)








To make the base of the teepee card, I used three 4" squares of card stock, scored on the diagonal to make my base. Look on Pinterest or You Tube for other sizes and complete instructions, depending on the size you are wanting. I stamped the sentiments on white card stock and cut closely around them so they would fit on the card, and the longest one I decided to cut into short segments to fit on the white mat side of the teepee. I was originally going to have just the sentiment on the white panel side of the teepee and leave room for a handwritten message, but I wanted to add another cute and quirky bird!! You can write a personal message on the other side of the card (which becomes the inside). 

My last three pictures look weirdly shaped but it is just the angle of the photo. I wanted to show the transition from one side of the card to the next, as well as opened up fully. My teepee card folds in half and fits into an A2 envelope! The last step was to cut a small piece of Velcro to hold the teepee together to stand. One more thing, I drew my own potato chips, lol! 

Products I used:

Ellen Hutson: Seaside Seagulls stamps and dies (birds and sentiments)

Flora and Fauna: small fish

Simon Says Stamp: tiny flying seagull stamps

Stazon Ink: Jet Black

Copic markers

Patterned paper

Lilac Lane: Seaside Holiday sequins

Velcro

So my story(ies) about seagulls: I have a penchant for being pooped on by seagulls. Here are just three of them! My mother told me that when she pushed me in my stroller as a little girl they got me a few times...then in high school a few of us went to the beach one time and while lying in the sand by two other people, I was the only one who got nailed by them! And the best story yet, on my wedding day I was walking into church to go down the aisle and guess what?!! Yep! All over my dress and veil! Several people at the entrance to the church whipped out tissues and started blotting the splotches while watching me for tears, but I was laughing. My mother had always said it was good luck (to make the best of the situation) and not to fret. At the reception, people who had already been seated in church and missed all the action upon my arrival, asked what was all over my dress and it made for a few laughs! (I made my dress too! Many long hours to make it just right!)

Back to the challenge this week, a teepee is always an easy, fun shaped card to make. And you've also got to love the variety of fun shaped cards the design team came up with...each one unique! We really hope you will join us for this challenge!

-Carol




Thursday, May 12, 2022

With Love

I am back with our latest Tic Tac Toe Challenge Board #161 (here) created by Jeanne. I recently bought the new Spellbinders Artful Tulip die set that comes with a paint brush die. When I was considering getting the set I knew I could make bouquets with my favorite flower in addition to the paint brush cards I have seen. My bouquet card style is one you have probably seen for a while online, but this is my first time making one and it was not only fun, but fairly easy! From this new board I chose the left column moving down: Layers, Bow, Floral. I am joining the challenge at Four Seasons May Spring Challenge here since my card is full of spring flowers and would be a great Mother's Day card as well as Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies here!








Products I used:

Spellbinders: Artful Tulip die set

My Favorite Things: Scalloped rectangle dies (small white one)

Sugar Pea Designs: Card Front Element Builder dies (large scalloped rectangle)

Hand cut bouquet wrap

Studio Katia: Slider Tag dies (mini tag)

Mama Elephant: Holiday Bitties (tiny sentiment)

Stampin' Up!: Patterned paper

Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

Blender brushes

Wink of Stella pen

Twine

Foam tape


I ink blended blue and green inks on white card stock, then cut my flowers and leaves where I liked the lighter and darker shades in my blended inks. I don't know if there is such a thing as blue tulips but I just felt like blue was the color of the day. There is Wink of Stella pen here and there on the flowers for shine that is better seen in person. I popped up the bouquet on the card with foam tape. That's it!

We hope you will join us this week with Jeanne's board...so many new original choices to inspire you!

-Carol


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Joy

Our May challenge at Christmas Craft Creations is Two Colors. I chose pink and white sparkle for my ornaments theme. We would love for you to join us for this round!






Products I used:

Pinkfresh Studio: Diagonal Stitched Rectangles

Stampin' Up!: Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies

The Stamp Market: Joyful die (cut down to Joy)

White glitter card stock

Pink textured card stock

Sequins

Distress Oxide ink in Kitsch Flamingo

Blender brushes

I cut the top panel with the stitched rectangle die first. Then I ink blended from the bottom up for an ombré look with Kitsch Flamingo distress oxide ink. Next I die cut the ornaments from the white sparkle card stock and layered them onto pink card stock. I ink blended on the ornament hangers using Kitsch Flamingo again and cut the sentiment from the white sparkle card stock. I adhered the long ornament to the front panel with Tacky Glue and popped up the round second ornament with foam tape. Joy was adhered with Tacky Glue as were the sequins. I popped up the completed front panel on foam tape onto an A2 white card base and my card was done!

Take a look at all the design team inspiration and play along!!

-Carol

Saturday, May 7, 2022

National Paper Clip Day

Welcome back to the (our second month!) Wacky Holidays Hop for May on Instagram. You know all those obscure things that earned themselves national/international days of recognition? We're here to celebrate them! Who says only major holidays get cards?!

You may remember we did this for April and it was so much fun we decided to make it a monthly event! Please message @claires_card_on (on Instagram) if you'd like to join the June holidays hop! Go to Nationaltoday.com to see all the wacky holidays throughout the year...you can even apply to add one!

I chose National Paper Clip Day which is celebrated this year on May 29, 2022! After looking through this month's holidays, I thought this would be one that a) I had stamps for and b) no one else might choose it for their card. I also thought that I would make something sort of symmetrical (but wacky) because paper clips do organize things, right? I will let you look up all the historical data on how paper clips came to be...but there is a story or two behind them!


Excerpt from NationalDay.com:

The Paper Clip as an item of stationery has literally been designed to hold things together. This office staple has some pretty clever uses! Here is an excerpt full of info on this wacky holiday from https://nationaltoday.com/national-paperclip-day/#why-we-love

  1. Makeshift zipper
    If you have a broken zipper, simply thread a paperclip through the metal loop of your zipper, and voila!
  2. No-fuss ornament hook
    Broken ornament hooks get old really fast, so use paperclips to hang them with instead.
  3. DIY cellphone stand
    Follow that YouTube recipe on your phone by bending a large paperclip into a phone stand to prop it up.
  4. Screwdriver for your glasses
    When you find the frame of your glasses is getting a little loose, use a paperclip wire to tighten those tiny screws.
  5. Snack bag seal
    Why waste money on plastic clips (not to mention the environmental implications) when a couple of paperclips can seal your snack baggies, keeping the contents fresh?

Check out my Instagram (@sawithadtomakeit) for the the accounts that are participating in this fun hop! Live links are there for you! Our hashtag is #obscureholidaycards Happy hopping!

-Carol



You Make Me Smile

This week at Just Us Girls Challenge #631 it is Word Week: Flowers! It was time to use my new My Favorite Things Harmonious Hibiscus background stamp. I was a bit intimidated knowing I could not miss any spots when inking up such a big stamp.




I held my breath and stamped the floral background on the front of a white, A2 card base by inking up the stamp and pressing the card against it, rubbing it carefully so the whole stamp came into contact with the paper. It is possible to move the card or miss a spot and have to start all over, but neither of those fears materialized! I stamped one flower again on another piece of white card stock and first ink blended some purple on it, then finished it with colored pencils. I fussy cut it, then stamped my sentiment and cut out the banner by hand in both white and black. I popped up both the sentiment and the flower on foam tape.

Products I used:

My Favorite Things: Harmonious Hibiscus

Simon Says Stamp: Intense Black Ink

Pretty Pink Posh: sentiment

Catherine Pooler: Queen for a Day ink pad

Prismacolor: colored pencils

Foam tape

We hope you will get out your flower stamps and join us this week. Check out all the great ideas that the design team came up with by clicking on their names under their pictures. I learn new techniques every week by reading their blog posts!

See you soon, 

-Carol




  

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

Is it ever too early to start creating for the next holiday? Here's a card I decided was for Mother's day for the Just Us Girls #630: Make a Trifold card. Like Patty asks in her post of this gorgeous card here, is it called a trifold, z-fold? (My card was from different directions. I like hers better!)







Some details on my card: I used an older Stampin' Up! sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and that leaf/flower stamp is from their Summer Silhouettes set. The pink patterned paper on the left is also SU! as are the heart brad and ribbon! The floral paper is from American Crafts, I think. The ink I used to stamp is Archival Ink in Cobalt.

Check out all the design team's versions of the trifold card by clicking on their names and reading their blog posts!

See you back here soon,

-Carol

Thursday, April 28, 2022

For Mom

Hello friends, glad you are here for this special week! For TicTac Toe Challenge #159, I designed the board and I decided to use the diagonal row going from top left to bottom right: Anything but a card, Free, Mother's Day. I made a gift box and a "matching" tag. The box is a nice size: roughly 6" x 8" and 2" tall. (I just noticed that my project also fits the third/right column moving down: Ribbon/twine, Bright colors, Mother's Day!)








I recently bought just one sheet of this gorgeous pink and silver card stock and now I want more! The base of the box is glitter card stock and I tried to get a photo of it but I'm not sure you can tell. The tutorial for the box is from Sam at Pootles.co.uk here and listen to the video carefully because she has a trick for the box lid. I embossed my flowers (they aren't the same type of flowers as those on the lid) with silver embossing powder to be like the patterned paper ones, then ink blended them and fussy cut them out. The word mom is an alphabet by Sunny Studios and you join the letters you want when forming a word.

Products I used:

Sunny Studios: Loopy Letters Lower dies

Pretty Pink Posh: Crocus Flowers

Patterned Paper: JoAnn Fabrics

Glitter card stock: JoAnn Fabrics (I think it is Bazzill)

Stampin' Up!: Ribbon and silver twine, silver embossing powder

Reverse Confetti: tag die

Red Line tape (for box and lid)

We hope you will join us this week for this end of school year/spring board!


-Carol