Sunday, January 19, 2020

Crocheted Christmas!

I am definitely one of the crazed Baby Yoda fans sweeping the internet. We have really enjoyed the first season of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and we are looking forward to the second season! My sister made me a couple crocheted dolls of the Yoda-esque youngster for Christmas. She used a combination of doll ideas to build her Baby Yoda.

She did make this one with the baby's signature brown robe, but she also made me a Santa outfit to dress him seasonally.





Isn't he cute! In this picture, his hat pushes his hears down a little. Normally, they stick out more, like the character's. And, since I couldn't decide what shade of green to make him, I also got one made in this very soft green gray yarn:



Since this one is a soft yarn, the ears are floppy. He is adorable! I like the embroidery floss around the eyes better than the thicker ones.

These guys stand about 13-13.5 inches. Here's the small version, which is more like 8 inches.
The yard around this one's eyes is split to make it thinner too, like the floss version. My husband favours the dark-side, so my sister made a dual-ended light saber for this doll. He's currently at the office on display for the week.

Handmade Holidays are the best!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Floating Element Aperture Card - Winter Birthday

I needed to make my mother-in-law a birthday card. I saw a tutorial by Mixed Up Craft. In her spinner version tutorial (that I linked), she links back to her floating element tutorial. I don't like square cards, so I made the 5 x 7 version but used the popped up sentiment bit from the spinner version.




It's basically a twist on a regular shadow box card. Instead of putting the aperture on a flat side of the box, you put it on the corner. That allows you to use acetate to "pop out" of the aperture and to have the sentiment to the same with a very clever "bridge" piece behind it.
You end up with this clever diamond shaped card that folds perfectly flat for mailing. Love it! I've already figured out the dimensions for an A2 version too.
I used my Nuvo Embellishment mousse on some cardstock and then cut the snowflakes out. I wanted to add just a touch of shine. The gifts are made from paper scraps. I love using my scraps to make gift boxes for cards. It works for birthdays and Christmas!



I think I will be making more of these! I think I will go ahead and figure out the dimensions for a landscape version of both sizes. The A7 will have to be constructed out of a front and back piece but the A2 can fit on a single piece of paper. To be honest, now that I think about it, I think a two piece construction might be simpler anyway, so it's easier to figure out what outside and inside areas need paper!

So many possibilities with this design!  I hope you are inspired too!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Hugs Fox (Husky)

I wanted to make an uplifting card for my husband. I always check out fox stamps for the potential to turn them into our husky dog. It has to have the right nose markings.

This one comes from the Woodland Cuties set by Your Next Stamp.
I have a couple of mini leaf punches, so I punched out a pile of leaves to put her in. The tree is actually just a branch die, but it fit my card as a bare fall tree.

I coloured my husky with a selection of Copic Markers in toner greys. It was a hit and brought my husband a smile. I made a more girly version for my mother-in-law. It's the exact same layout but I varied the patterned paper and the mat colour for a more feminine touch.




Sunday, November 17, 2019

Stash Busting - using scrap paper strips and a card sketch

The papers in the rubber stamping and scrapbooking scene are so pretty. Sometimes, it's hard to part with even the scraps! In the beginning, I had so few supplies, I always salvaged all the scraps I could. Today is a different story, but I still have that mindset of needing to hoard my scraps.

I find card sketches are a great way to use up scraps! On these cards, I used Little Tangles Sketch #72 by Neat and Tangled.


I made this one for my husband's birthday. He was born on Halloween, so the monster theme works. This monster stamp set is by C.C. Designs. I added a balloon die cut from a Stampin' Up! punch. I used my fancy gold mirror card for the oval on this one.

I love that stuff! That's the kind of thing I would hoard, so I've been making a conscious effort to use what I love. What good does it do if it just sits in my stash? (Other than make me happy when I open my drawers and see it - but the point to cardmaking is to make other people happy too!)

I made two other cards with this sketch too.
I used a Spellbinder's oval die on this holiday card. (I think I know who will get this one!) I have tonnes of Christmas paper scraps. I think I could make my entire holiday card list out of scraps alone! Again, I used some precious specialty cardstock, this time in a satin finish rose gold. I also used a very lovely, thick gold metallic cardstock as the mat. I like that stuff so much, I cut the centre out of it with a stitched rectangle to keep. I cut a second stitched rectangle out of white cardstock to fill the void so that my striped piece wouldn't sink.

The stamp is a retired image by Your Next Stamp. (Luckily, the still have the same bunny available, just holding a heart instead of a gift.)

On the last card, I used non-shedding glitter paper. (I somehow acquired so much glitter paper, it doesn't all fit in my drawer, which means I'm over the limit!)
This bear stamp is a retired one from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps. I coloured it with my Copic markers on Bazzill Kraft cardstock. (In fact, all three cards were coloured with my Copic markers). If you use a base colour that is close to your lightest Copic shade, then I find there's less work in getting a good blend because the base colour will hide those imperfections. It's a good tip when colouring die-cuts to add depth. (OR, you could just make all your die cuts white all the time to save on cardstock and colour them all yourself.) I think using a coloured base adds something different - makes it a smidgeon more visually interesting.


And while I'm proud of using up some scraps, these three cards hardly made a dent! I've been making cards with sketches for quite a stretch now, trying very consciously to use up scraps. I'm making progress (but it's not nearly as fast as I accumulate new stuff. Shhh! Don't tell!)