Monday, July 18, 2016

Sheltering Tree Sympathy Card

A co-worker of mine recently lost some close family members. I needed to make her a sympathy card. I want it to look soft, but not sad. I searched around the internet and found one like this. I used what I had to re-create it. I liked how the grey was a softer neutral than black.

The stamp set (tree, ground, blossoms, sentiment) are all from Stampin' Up!'s Sheltering tree set. I added some Wink of Stella sparkles to a few of the blossoms (hard to see in the picture. Click to enlarge it.) I used my new pink stamp pad from Close to My Heart. I would have liked to have used more than one pink colour but I have only one. I used second generation stamping but it hardly shows on such a light colour. You can see the second generation stamping on the two ground swooshes though.

I finished it with a glitter, silver heart to brighten up the grey.

My co-worked got it later than I'd hoped, but she let me know it was appreciated nonetheless.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Holy BUCK! Father's Day card

I went for something punny this year for father's day.

The deer head I got at Michael's in their sale bin. The banner is from a CMTH set. The ovals are Stampin' Up! nesting dies and the branches are a Martha Stewart punch. The "herd" is from Frog Whisker's stamps.

I gold embossed the buck on the black patterned paper. Unless it's in sunlight, it's a little hard to see. I put the ovals on foam tape so the branches could be behind it.
It turned out to be fairly easy to make! I wish the banner were bigger. I want to find a way to make a "Holy Buck, Dude!" version. Guy cards are so hard to think of!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Humourous Masculine Birthday Card

When I saw this sentiment stamp set from Your Next Stamp, one single sentiment made it worthwhile. I thought it would be perfect for masculine birthdays, both young and old. My dad celebrated his birthday in May and this is what I made him:

I used a nested stitched rectangle from Your Next Stamp to make the yearbook/Polaroid type frame.

The sentiment says: "Birthdays are like boogers - the more you have the harder it is to breathe." I thought it was funny! My dad did too. I felt it went well with the little monster stamp too.

I LOVE this Lil' Monster's Balloon stamp from Annabelle Stamps. So sad they closed up shop. (Looks like you can still get this monster set here though while supplies last! --> LINK) I coloured the monster with alcohol markers, practicing to leave some white space as highlights.

I like this result so much I made a variant into a shaker card. You can see that one in my shop.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dog Cookies! Made by me!

I've been creating - just not out of paper. I found a "vet approved" dog treat recipe online - which I also passed by the vet in our family - and decided to use this long weekend to bake. If you know me, then you know that I consider the kitchen a foreign land - a place I pass through from time to time, but not that I would call home!

Well, I went and picked up the ingredients - and they weren't cheap, since the quantity they are sold in was WAY over the quantity I needed for a single batch. I thought I had everything but, as I was stirring all the stuff together and it was thickening into a dough, I realized... I don't have a rolling pin.

Mommy to the rescue! I scooted downstairs and borrowed my in-law's.

Here's the result:

One batch of peanut butter cinnamon cookies! The dough smelled pretty good too. Did Shadow eat them?

Well, we broke one in half so we could each give her a little. She eagerly went for it and then immediately drew back. It was as if she was thinking, "OOOO Cookie! Wait... what the... ... This is *not* my normal cookie." She timidly kept taste testing it from my husband's hand and, eventually ate it. So, I called her for my half. She was hesitant, but took it. As she chewed, a piece fell out of her mouth with a great big glob of drool. So, I count that as: She liked it.

I have also been creating with paper a little and not just cards! Somewhere down the line, you can look for something different!