I Had Time to Make Some Cards – and a Mistake!

4 09 2018

I feel like I used all the things to make these πŸ™‚

Most of the designing happened digitally in Craft Artist. Then I added those images to my Silhouette work space and cut them out. THEN I used some stamps and colored those images on the card front. Finally, I assembled them all.

Oh wait, I also used a metal die and my Evolution Advanced for one of the cards. See, I told you. I used all the things πŸ˜‰

I was in a purple mood, so purple was the theme for these three cards.

First, the one I almost didn’t keep, until I played around with it a little more.

Before:

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I tried to be tricky and mask the original stamped image so I could add another behind it. But I didn’t like how it turned out. I felt like it was kind of mashed together and it was hard to tell what you were looking at and where each thing was.

Instead of scrapping it, I got out my colored pencils and played a little. If I messed it up, it wasn’t a big deal, I wasn’t planning on using this anyway. All I could see was a winning situation.

Funny thing. I liked the image after I used my pencils. Although I stamped the flowers, I printed off two layers of pretty for my Silhouette to cut out for me.

After:

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This next one I thought was kind of plain, but it turned out to be the favorite of someone else. So, yay! This card I printed and cut out two layers for the card as well as the bow. I also used my pencils to enhance the bow, because I like crazy details like that. The hello is stamped and I used a metal die to cut it out.

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This one was kind of fun. I liked the butterfly πŸ™‚ This card just had one printed layer. I also printed and cut out a butterfly so I could pop it on and add dimension. I stamped the orchid and used my pencils to add some shading and a little extra color.

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xoxo

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That Time the Physical Therapist Did Her Job Too Well

4 09 2018

and now we have to say good bye.

At four months of age, our youngest started receiving physical therapy in our home through our state’s early intervention program. His muscles were so tight, we had to physically bend him to help him sit on our laps.

In the early weeks of his prenatal development, a part of his brain didn’t form quite right. When the neurologist told us about the finding on the MRI, she couldn’t tell us how or if that damage would affect him.

What we learned is that he needed help meeting EVERY milestone. Rolling. Sitting. Crawling. Walking.

Everything. We’re still working on speech.

BUT, he hit every single one, just in his own time, and not too far out of the normal range. But he was resistantΒ  to them all. Our best guess is that the challenges are a combination of the brain abnormality and our autism diagnosis. But you can’t tell how much work it took to get him to this point because he overcame all of those challenges and most of his success is because of a WONDERFUL physical therapist.

She’s the one that first saw and noted the autism red flags. And when my son needed a break from the PT, she addressed some of those issues. She wrote letters outlining the team’s concerns over these red flags. These letters were so helpful in a number of areas, but especially in his autism diagnosis.

He’s 28 months now…she’s been part of our family for the last 24 months. For two years she showed up each week and worked with him. She explained things to me so I could help him. She found just the right mixture of concern and calm. She listened when I was worried and cheered with us when we saw progress. I think she may have been almost as eager as we were about the adoption πŸ™‚

For two years, my son was her son for an hour a week. I couldn’t have asked for a better woman to work with him.

But now, it’s time for her to go help another little one. So I made her a dozen roses and a card as an inadequate thank you. It took a week, but it was well worth the time.

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I cut the roses out of white paper. I used ink and a water brush to watercolor the rose pieces before I put them together. What you can’t see, is that I sprayed them with glimmer mist to give them a little sparkle.

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I happen to know she likes humming birds, so I included a little tiny one on this card and used a sketch pen for the greeting.

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xoxo





Get Well Soon Blossoms

9 08 2018

Life isn’t perfect.

Sometimes you need a get well soon card. But these are SO much better than sympathy cards, so I’m happy to do make them πŸ™‚

I used Penny Black’s The Unfolding stamp for this. There’s masking, inking, platform stamping, watercolor blending, colored pencil work, markers, and just the tiniest bit of sparkle (which you can’t see in this picture but I wish you could).

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xoxo

Get Well Soon Blossoms





That Time I Made Some Box Cards…Again

2 08 2018

I really do love box cards, probably because I love dimension. Creating something 3D out of paper always seems like magic to me, even though it’s not new.

So, here are a couple of box cards.

This one can be found in the Silhouette Design Store and was for someone in the hospital.

Healing Wishes

This one can be found at SVG Cuts. I made it for a friend of mine who unexpectedly lost her dog last week. I had NO idea she had a thing for hummingbirds, but she does, so this was a perfect fit.

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That Time I Made Some Cards

30 07 2018

 

So that title might be a little misleading…I seem to always be making cards, lol. But here’s some you may not have seen yet.

Trying my hand at water coloring…I think this was my first try. It’s okay. It’s not going to win any awards, but it wasn’t bad enough to toss.

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I had THREE birthday boys in May…I need to figure out where the other card went. But here’s two of them πŸ™‚ I was able to color the one on the left with copics as well as parts of the one on the right.Craft Project 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, you just have to color a rose πŸ™‚

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And this caterpillar is *so* cute. I totally “borrowed” this idea from Sandy Allnock. She did it for Autism Awareness month back in April. I used it as a birthday card πŸ™‚

Craft Project 2

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I Colored!

27 07 2018

It’s been a month or so since I posted.

Little man is doing GREAT in ABA therapy, but we’re doing roughly 20 hours a week, so we’re pretty busy which doesn’t leave a lot of crafting time. But he’s worth it so no big.

Because of the time restrictions, I don’t get to make a lot of 3D projects anymore, but I’ve found that I can do a card or two here and there, so that’s what I’m sharing today πŸ™‚

So one of the new things I bought myself was the Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios stamp platform. One of the things I REALLY loved about this device is the work space on the side that I can use as a color pallet. So I used my inks and tried a little water coloring. Many of the cards shown below will be water colored. These images are stamped then colored. And with many of these cards I used a masking technique when I stamped the images.

The hummingbird is water color mixed with pencil. The orchid is water color.

Set 1

The flamingo is water colored with pencil on top as well as sponged on color.

Flamingo Thank You Watercolor

On the flower, I used my copics then pencils over top. I finished that one off by heat embossing black over the top after the image was colored. The heron is a mix of copics and pencils. Then the image was embossed with clear embossing powder and the sky filled in with water color and sponging on color from my ink pads.

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The flowers were done with markers directly on the stamp then stamped on to the paper. Then I sponged the background. What you can’t see, due to poor planning on my part, are the words Thinking of You that I embossed in white. There’s not enough contrast, so the words get lost on the card. Unfortunately, there’s no undo button on things like this, so it is what it is *shrugs*.

The mermaid card turned out better than I expected which is always a bonus! I used copics then my pencils. The octopus was a layered stamp, but I went in with pencils and embellished areas and deepened others.

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Typically, I try to link to the products I used, but there are quite a few here and like I said before, time is limited. And really, I’d rather be crafting than linking πŸ˜‰ BUT if you have a questions about anything I posted, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer πŸ™‚

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xoxo

 

 





That Time My Father-in-law Turned 90

2 04 2018

Yes, 90! Amazing! His mom lived until she was 102 or 103, so we’ll see what happens πŸ™‚

But when someone turns 90, you gotta have something good because odds are they’ve seen almost everything.

So I put together a gift set for him πŸ™‚

Here he is with his cake – isn’t he handsome? Sorry girls, he’s taken.

Here’s the packaged gift set

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And unpacked with boxes and bags (I made those, too).

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And individual pieces

He used to love to garden and liked his flowers. So we went with this card πŸ™‚

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And a sweet sentiment for him put on a mug – although I’m not entirely happy with how this came out. It was my first time using oracal 651. It just means I need to play more. Yay!

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And something fun to wear like a big hug from us πŸ™‚

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xoxo

Links to some items used in the gift set:

Springtime Box CardsΒ  Kit, Age is merely