"Hey Jude ... take a sad song & make it better!" - the Beatles

My goal is to turn my disabilities around to abilities using art therapy as a means of stroke rehabilitation on my hands & arms. I want to also use cards to spread kindness, show different fun card techniques, bring awareness to issues that are important to me, and to just spread joy in general!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This Little Piggy Beach Cards

I am not normally a "cute card" kind of a gal.  I mean, I like them but I like to normally make funny or different looking cards - at least that is what I am normally drawn to do.  However, this set just made me giddy!!!  It was so fun to create with and the minute I saw it I knew that I had to buy it because piggies and the beach = fun, fun, fun!!!  I just had a blast creating these cards and I hope you enjoy them too.

I started by using my texture sand embossing paste to create a beach scene for two of the cards.  On one of the cards I used the texture paste straight out of the jar and on the other I added Tea Dye Distress Ink to make it a bit more sandy looking.  The key with texture paste - or any embossing paste - is to clean up right away!  I have learned the hard way!!!!  I let these dry for a couple of hours and then I came back to color the tops of the cards in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I tried to make each of them look a bit different.  I also used the Spectrum Noir markers to color in the pigs, towels, rafts, and ball for the beach.  I used peach, tan and pink for the pigs in various tones and then used bright and fun colors for all of the beach accessories!  My favorite is the bikinis and the sun glasses - too cute!!!

Next I added foam tape to the back of the textured panels (I originally was going to use them as just the front of the card, but I had to cut the panels off and add the foam to the back to erase the warping).  I added Kat Scrappiness sequins in the shell shape to one of the cards and also used my sparkle glitter pens and the Tonic Nuvo Morning Dew clear drops for some added punch!  For the sentiments I used one of my favorite sets from Hero Arts called Hello Gorgeous - just the perfect sentiments to make someones day!!!  On the other I used the Simon Says Stamp set called You Matter.  I love this stamp set and die and tend to use it a lot.  It just says what I want to say so much of the time.  I then added these panels to some Stampin' Up card stock and we had two cute little piggy beach cards!

For the third card I wanted to make a pool scene of sorts so I looked up pictures of aerial views of pools and decided I could create my own!  I don't know how great it turned out, but it sure was fun to create!  I added a panel of Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes patterned paper to the center of a Simon Says Stamp card base and left two strips on the side to create the "concrete" look of the pool.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color that in and give it texture.  For the pool I added some lines to create the lap lines and then added the stairs on each side.  I used the navy gel pen to line these and created some shadows with the alcohol markers.  I used the Catherine Pooler inks and the Hero Arts sentiment set again for that final little fun touch.  Finally, I added the colored in pigs and included one of the piggies inside the intertube with partial foam tape to have her stand out!  I just love this - it totally made my day to create it!!!

So, that was it - I hope you enjoyed and I would love to see your creations if you decide to pick up this set.  I promise you will be smiling ear to ear as I was while I created these.  I just cannot wait to send them out!

As always, thanks for being here and spending some of your time with me.  Have an incredible day!  Jude  :-)
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Using Dies Only for Embellishment - Dog Series Four

I wanted to create this little video because I have a few dies and die sets that do not have the stamp sets that go with them.  They were either gifts or the stamp sets were not available at the time I purchased the dies but I still wanted to use them.  So, I decided to create four cards using the dies as the main embellishment feature and only adding sentiment stamps when necessary as a secondary element.

I first picked out a couple of dies that were dog related.  I got one as a gift from Lizi and Love from Lizi and the other ones I got on ebay for a very reasonable price, but they are both Simon Says Stamp items.  I cut the dies out of the card stock in order to create a stencil.  I wanted to add some color to the panels that I pulled and use the corresponding dies.

On the first card, I used a pink card base from Simon Says Stamp and the cute little dog die and used Broken China, Barn Door, and Mowed Lawn Distress inks to create the stenciled effect.  I wanted some primary colors on the pastel card bases that I chose.  I also used the die to outline the shapes once they had dried to give it a little more pop.  I ran the card panel through the die cutting machine with the Sunshine Layers border die and adhered the panel onto the card base.  I then added the sentiment from the My Favorite Things Playful Pups stamp set.  Finally, I added the two original white dogs cut out from the die and left them stark white with wink of stella glitter on them to give the card a nice pop.

For the second card, I took a die that I received as a gift from the wonderful Lizi at Love From Lizi.  It looks like a pitbull and that is why she sent it to me - she knew that I would love it!  I wanted to a different type of look on this card so I only stenciled three of the dogs at the bottom of the panel rather than all over as in the previous example.  I then cut the panel with the Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die and adhered it to the Simon Says Stamp card base that I had ready.  I attached the stark white die cut piece of the pitbull to the card and, again, added wink of stella for that minimalistic look.  I did add a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Lucky Dog set in red ink from Catherine Pooler.

On the third card I had a die that cut out paw prints but also cut out a circle.  So, I kept the paw prints that were cut out to go for the similar look as before and then used the stencil to create a few circles up the side of the card panel.  I then cut those panels to create a unique looking edge and attached the white die cut pieces to the circles with foam tape.  Once again I added wink of stella and a sentiment and this card came out just as cute as the others!

For the final card I wanted to do something a little bit different.  I still used a die to create a stencil and then stenciled the color on as before in a random pattern to create my owed patterned paper.  But I also had the die cut out of the middle top of the panel so that I could create a shaker card.  I used the MFT Blueprints 24 die to create the stitched edging on this card and then I attached the acetate and the foam strips necessary to the back of the panel. I poured some sequins from Kennedy Grace Creations onto the card base by Simon Says Stamp and then adhered the panel.  Done!  A cute little shaker card made only with dies!!!

I hope you enjoyed this video and these cards.  I hope that you would try to stretch your dies in a similar way as well.  I'm sure you guys have some fantastic ideas that you could send my way as well!  Thanks for being here and spending some of your time with me - Jude  :-)
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