Sunday, May 16, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
...as in an old-fashioned or retro vibe with us at Jingle Belles, where we're still making cards with vintage style and you're still invited to join us! Here's what I made this week:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
As you know, I can never resist a diabolical pun in ANY language; thus when I got my hands on the lovely new Colored Daisy Brads from Eyelet Outlet, my first thought was to make a card with the sentiment "Merci Bouquet". So here it is:
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called, "Here Fishy Fishy" and if you think we're looking for projects which feature our fin-bedecked aquatic pals, you're way ahead of the game! This would be a great time to get a jump on Father's Day cards; or even maybe just a little kid birthday, as I've done here:
I've had Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Sea" stamp set* for at least eight or nine years and I still find myself coming back to it over and over. The critters are a lot of fun to color, or... as I've done here... to paper-piece. I also make a couple of "Best Fishes" cards per year, in styles ranging from realistic to uber-cute; clearly this is the latter, so I've used Doodlebug and Pink Paislee alphabet stickers for the sentiment. I torn apart a piece of well-hoarded, not-quite-solid, Basic Grey patterned paper and layered it over a background featuring all my pale blue washi tapes, added the fishy friends, et voila: une carte avec poisson!
Swim on over to SOS to see additional aquatic awesomeness and link up your own FIN-tastic creation!
*Out of curiosity, I checked Lawn Fawn's website and discovered that "Critters in the Sea" was released in 2010, and along with many others in the "Critters" line, it's still in print! (PS: I've now made myself crave a BUNCH more sets, especially "Critters in the Arctic"!)
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is celebrating! Since this seemed like an especially good day for a beautiful female image... or flowers... (or both!) I've used Hero Arts Flower Power Layering Stamps and Die Bundle to make two fun and colorful cards. The results are on The Ink Pad Blog.
Friday, May 7, 2021
We're celebrating "The Spirit of Christmas Past" this fortnight at Jingle Belles, which means we're creating cards with a vintage vibe. That might mean incorporating actual vintage items; OR using new papers, dies or stamps with an old-fashioned feeling. What do we mean by "vintage"? Pretty much any timeframe in history! Your "days of old" could be Regency England, Midcentury Palm Springs, or even just the fond days of your childhood Christmases. Just in case you have nothing that will suit, I've scanned a few vintage postcards and some sheet music from my own collection and placed them in the Jingle Belles post for you to right-click and save to your computer, then print them out at whatever size you'd like.
Meanwhile, here's what I made this week:
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Impression Obsession's Slim Scenes Large Town stamp set is both beautiful and useful for themes like a new home, a new job, a milestone at work, or trips into and out of your favorite city. The set has both a solid skyline stamp and an outline one, so of course I wanted to test-drive both! I've paired them with Picket Fence Studios' Slimline Nested Rectangles die set and Fancy Congratulations Sentiments stamp set; and added color with my Karin Brushmarkers. The results... in both slimline and A2 card form... are on The Ink Pad Blog today.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
CHAMELEON!!! I'm leading off with the sentiment from my second card, just in case it doesn't kick in right away. Because today's post is a blizzard of lizards, thanks to the adorable new Eyelet Outlet Reptile Brads!
When I heard we'd be getting a brad set that featured chameleons and geckos, the very first phrase I thought of was, "Leapin' Lizards"! I'm not sure why, exactly, because I don't think I've ever uttered those words before; but it struck me as both funny and useful, so I wrote it down in my little book of ideas. I used alphabet stickers to create the words on this card, but I'll also put a little jpg word art below, in case anyone would like to right-click and save it. Three blended circles of Oxide ink and some leafy "Perfect Vine" diecuts from Catherine Pooler finish off my design.
I can't take credit for the Culture Club inspired sentiment, it's yet another case of my seeing a silly t-shirt and stealing the phrase right off it! I used the five largest commas I could find in my collection of chipboard alphabets and one handsome chameleon. The original shirt design didn't have additional info beneath the word art, but I discovered in a casual poll of friends that by saying, "sing it" they got the joke faster; so I thought I'd put those instructions right on the card. I made a mat of Circle Washi Tape, because it had all the right colors and added a fun sense of movement.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Dare 2B Artzy's Wavy Slimline dies and Nature Backgrounds clear stamps are each lovely and useful in their own right; but when I saw them, I wondered if they might be even better together? And I think I was right about that! Read more about these two colorful cards on The Ink Pad Blog today.
Friday, April 30, 2021
At Jingle Belles, we're still celebrating the joy and convenience of giving gift cards, by making cards or other containers to hold them. This week I've turned an obsession with a recent Instagram discovery to good use by making a fun folded pocket thingie. See?
I experimented on different sizes, shapes and weights of paper, and found that generally, the thinner the paper the better; though anything fragile is clearly not a great choice. Making a small crease in one corner is a good paper test; if you find your paper wants to splinter or otherwise misbehave, choose something else. Also rolled giftwrap that cannot be persuaded to lie flat will be a torment throughout (ask me how I know!). The size and shape of the pocket is obviously determined by the size and shape of the paper; for a library-card-sized pocket like I've got here, you want paper that's around 8.5x11". The most important aspects while you're working are to make sure your folds are parallel and perpendicular; also you want to make nice sharp creases.
So what's inside, apart from the gift card? There are basically three levels of pocket, once it's assembled. For the furthest back area, I decorated a #8 shipping tag with some torn paper, vintage postage, a fussy-cut Authentique reindeer and miscellaneous blooms held on with ancient brads. For the middle section I grabbed a #5 shipping tag, trimmed down another Authentique journal card and a sentiment and augmented the holly on Santa's hat with some Eyelet Outlet Holly Brads. And then the gift card tucks into the shallowest pocket right at the front.
Check out Stephanie's project at Jingle Belles and start planning what you'll link up with us this time!
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Picket Fence Studios' "Life Happens, Lashes Help" stamp set has seven (7!) sentiments and two images, but the one you notice immediately is the nearly life-sized pair of dramatically lashed eyes. So of course that's the first one I inked up, and it's the centerpiece of my card. Hop over to The Ink Pad Blog to read all about it and see a second, bonus project. (Spoiler Alert: it's a bookmark!)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash the challenge is called, "I Made This for You, Mom" and if you've already deduced that we're looking for Mother's Day cards and projects, you're way ahead of the game. Here's my card:
Lots of absolutely ancient stash here, including roses I fussy-cut (and outlined) from a sadly neglected GCD paper pad; my trusty mason jar die, used on vellum; scraps of Basic Grey and Fancy Pants papers; and a beautifully patina-ed doily from the whole entire box I got at the flea market, from a lady who was both appalled and delighted that I wanted to buy!
Save the drama (in card form!) for your Mama... then come and link up with us at SOS!
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Picket Fence Studios' This Dog is for You stamp is so adorable, it might be doggone irresistible! Here are a pair of cute canine cards which are embossed differently, but both colored with Karin Brushmarker Pros. Hop over to The Ink Pad Blog to read about both versions and see a third attempt that really (REALLY!) did not work! :)
Friday, April 23, 2021
Of course, one can enclose a gift card in ANY handmade card and it will be awesome, but at Jingle Belles, we like to raise the bar a little bit more, so this fortnight we're making cards that have a purpose-built pocket or window that can contain a gift card; OR a specialty box or envelope intended for the same purpose. There are lots of dies and templates on the market, or you can decorate a store-bought item. Here's what I made:
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Picket Fence Studios' "For the Love of Coffee" is everything a die set should be: useful (I loooove making coffee cards!); attractive (how fab is that scripty font?); and exactly the right size to work on a card, in a journal, or even a scrapbook page. The only thing that could make it even better would be some Eyelet Outlet Coffee Brads and Sticker Marche Doughnut Stickers. Luckily, they can all be found at The Ink Pad!
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
I couldn't resist one more completely gratuitous shot of the bird brads staged with the foliage.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Traveler's Company NotebookRegular Sized TN(there's a Passport Size too)Binderas opposed to a leather coverMonthlyWeekly Diary(family milestones, the election, etc) (tv shows we've binged, audiobooks I've devoured)